Explorator 20.26 ~ October 22, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Trevor Ogden, Jona Lendering, Christopher Stacy, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
Bob Heuman, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for
headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Some potentially interesting hominin teeth (much older than Lucy) from Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/archaeology-fossil-teeth-discovery-in-germany-could-re-write-human-history/a-41028029

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AFRICA
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Feature on Great Zimbabwe;

http://www.herald.co.zw/unravelling-the-mystery-of-great-zimbabwe/

Libyan officials deny antiquities looting has been going on in Sultan:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/office-antiquities-sirte-denies-looting-ancient-city-sultan
https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/16/philaeni-statues-disappearance-refuted-by-antiquities-authorities/

More on that royal palace in Rwanda:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201710110018.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a temple of Ramses II from Abusir:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/czech-excavation-uncovers-temple-king-ramses-ii-abusir/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/10/16/remains-of-king-ramses-ii-temple-uncovered-in-egypts-abu-sir/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egyptian-lost-pharaoh-tomb-ramses-cairo-discover-archaeology-ancient-a8005466.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/desert-discovery-lost-temple-of-ramses-ii-uncovered-by-archaeologists/news-story/1a55d03f3f4b8fd96348710bd10a2c26
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-lost-temple-ramses-ii-reveals-3000-year-old-mysteries-god-king-685603
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-powerful-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-180965325/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5989-171016-abusir-ramses-temple

I think we mentioned this find of a 4000 years bp wooden statue of Queen Ankhesenpepi II:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-egypt-archaeologists-year-old-statue.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/head-queen-ankhnespepy-ii-statue-unearthed-sakkara/
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Oct-19/423138-in-egypt-archaeologists-find-4000-year-old-statue.ashx
https://www.livescience.com/60714-statue-of-egyptian-queen-found.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-4000-year-old-statue-pharaoh-queen-uncovered-near-great-pyramid-688307
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-archaeologists-find-part-4000-year-statue-50553964
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/10/18/Archaeologists-find-4000-year-old-wooden-statue-head-in-Egypt/6931508338487/

… or perhaps it was this pyramidion:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/15/new-pyramidion-discovered-sakkara-necropolis/

Marking the anniversary of the discovery of Abu Simbel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28637/Antiquities-to-mark-200th-anniv-of-Abu-Simbel-discovery-in
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-italy-celebrate-the-200th-anniversary-of-the-discovery-of-abu-simbel/

… and there was a solar alignment observation too:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28870/3-500-tourists-watch-solar-alignment-at-Abu-Simbel-Temple

Plans to develop Salamlek Palace:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-develop-salamlek-palace/

Review of Lehner and Hawass’ tome on recent pyramid research:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v550/n7676/full/550330a.html

Traces of Elamite urban remains from northern Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/417642/Traces-of-Elamite-urban-life-detected-in-northcentral-Iran

Roughly 400 stone structures (dubbed ‘gates’) found in Saudi Arabia (didn’t we have something like this before?):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/saudi-arabia-gates-google-earth.html
https://www.livescience.com/60698-mysterious-stone-structures-discovered-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.livescience.com/60697-photos-stone-structures-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/10/18/400-mysterious-stone-gates-discovered-in-remote-saudi-arabia/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/saudi-arabia-stone-structures-ancient-gates-volcanoes-lava-flows-david-kennedy-a8008156.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologist-spots-hundreds-mysterious-ancient-stone-gates-google-earth-085944860.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australian-archaeologist-chronicles-mysterious-stone-gates-found-in-saudi-arabias-desert-20171020-gz50ed
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/mysterious-ancient-stone-structures-found-around-remote-saudi-lava-domes/news-story/e0c0b23b026a4cddf9fe0957dbda7191
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11935529
https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37533796/australian-scientist-finds-ancient-stone-structures-on-google/
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/mysterious-gates-400-ancient-stone-structures-edge-volcanoes-discovered-saudi-arabia-746161
http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-ancient-stone-structures-discovered-687568
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/archaeologists-are-mystified-by-ancient-gates-in-saudi-lava-fields/

Bronze age ‘toys’ from southern Turkey (I think we mentioned these a while ago):

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6025-171017-bronze-age-toys

Wasn’t quite sure where to put this one … plenty of attention for a Roman era ‘theatre’ (odeion?) next to some newly found courses of the Western Wall:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4315
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-israel-uncovers-section-western-wall.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/new-stone-courses-ancient-theater-discovered-in-western-wall-tunnels/2017/10/16/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236757
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Jerusalems-lost-theater-and-8-ancient-stone-courses-discovered-under-Western-Wall-507544
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.817500
https://www.jta.org/2017/10/16/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/ancient-roman-theater-stone-courses-discovered-in-western-wall-excavations
https://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-section-of-western-wall-and-roman-theater-uncovered-after-1700-years/
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5029353,00.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/lost-roman-theatre-jerusalem-western-wall-archaeologists-discover-middle-east-a8003481.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-theatre-found-at-jerusalem-s-western-wall-after-150-year-hunt-b66pmjmhc
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/16/newly-discovered-portions-of-western-wall-and-roman-theater-unveiled-in-jerusalem/
https://www.livescience.com/60692-roman-amphitheater-found-under-western-wall.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/archaeologists-unearth-roman-structure-at-the-foot-of-jerusalems-western-wall
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-uncovers-buried-section-western-wall-112100227.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/roman-theater-uncovered-base-jerusalems-western-wall-50504573
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/roman-theater-uncovered-at-base-of-jerusalems-western-wall/2017/10/16/faae970e-b251-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/16/middleeast/ancient-theater-western-wall/index.html
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-just-unearthed-buried-roman-theater-western-wall-686333
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-ancient-roman-ruins-underneath-holy-site-jerusalem-2602121
http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/16/ancient-amphitheatre-found-in-jerusalem
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/ancient-roman-theater-discovery-jerusalem-video-spd/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5988-171016-jerusalem-stone-courses

See also: http://www.foundationstone.org/

A Roman-era cave system beneath a home in Lower Galilee was plundered:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Roman-era-cave-system-in-Lower-Galilee-plundered-by-thieves-507750
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.818044
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-biblical-roman-stables-discovered-area-where-jesus-lived-and-preached-688666

Feature on the Tel Kabri dig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/dining/israel-ancient-wine-canaanite.html

A permanent home for the Lod Mosaic:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/breathtaking-lod-mosaic-to-finally-have-a-floor-to-call-home/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/the-most-spectacular-mosaics-exposed-in-israel-to-receive-the-most-spectacular-permanent-home-in-lod/2017/10/20/

Excellent feature on a disputed papyrus fragment of Galatians owned by the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-an-ancient-text-in-the-museum-of-the-bible-real-or-fake

… related review:

http://www.startribune.com/review-bible-nation-the-united-states-of-hobby-lobby-by-candida-r-moss-and-joel-s-baden/451695703/

Hasankeyf will soon be under water:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ancient-turkish-town-floodwaters.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/28563/Ancient-Turkish-town-prepares-to-vanish-under-floodwaters

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Coverage of the dig at Thirassia:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/17/clues-of-early-cycladic-life-on-islet-of-thirassia-santorini-photos/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-monument-discovered-inexplicably-abandoned-settlement-baffles-687486
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6036-171020-greece-thirassia-buildings

Another one which made me wonder where to put it … an interesting study (spun in various ways by the press) suggesting that climate effects caused by volcanic eruptions and responses thereto may have contributed to the demise of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/10/17/study-reshapes-understanding-climate-changes-impact-early-societies
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/fe-vel101317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171017124335.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/science/volcanoes-ancient-egypt-revolts.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/17/asp-or-ash-climate-historians-link-cleopatra-demise-volcanic-eruption-nile
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/volcanic-eruption-led-cleopatra-to-kill-herself-838dcpmxh
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/17/climate-change-sparked-revolts-in-ancient-egypt-study-says/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/did-a-volcanic-eruption-bring-down-cleopatra-ancient-egypts-last-ruler/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/climate/volcanoes-spurred-the-fall-of-ancient-egypt
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-fall-volcano-eruptions-686919
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/97991154/ancient-egypts-rulers-mishandled-climate-disasters-then-the-people-revolted
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2017/10/18/demise-of-ancient-egypt-linked-to-a-climate-changing-volcano/
https://www.seeker.com/earth/climate/climate-changing-volcanic-eruptions-may-have-helped-topple-cleopatra
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/10/17/volcanoes-egypt/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/volcanoes-Nile-flood-climate-Egypt/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/volcanic-eruptions-connected-to-social-unrest-in-ancient-egypt
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/volcanoes-may-have-triggered-riots-ancient-egypt
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-volcanic-eruptions-spurred-revolts-ancient-egypt-180965306/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/10/17/ciencia/1508227377_259419.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6027-171017-egypt-volcano-nile

Cf:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00957-y
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00957-y/figures/1

A study suggests ancient Greek theatres weren’t as great acoustically as touted:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-acoustics-ancient-greek-theaters-good.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/16/whisper-it-greek-amphitheatre-legendary-acoustics-myth-epidaurus
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/greek-acoustics-at-epidaurus-seemed-pretty-magical-to-me

… but then there was reaction:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27726-helina-guardian-article-on-epidaurus-failed-to-cross-check-the-science.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greek-academics-sound-off-over-report-on-epidaurus-theatre-acoustics-7hhqd8ghf

… see also:

http://www.amna.gr/home/article/197661/

… and:

http://www.nacca.nl/2017/10/19/myth-busting-the-acoustics-of-ancient-greek-theatres-or-not/

Meanwhile, a Greek theatre was excavated in Thouria:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222618/article/ekathimerini/news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-theater-of-thouria-in-messinia
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/10/20/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-theater-of-thouria-southern-greece/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/theater-ancient-greece/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/20/c_136692291.htm

Really a repatriation story, but worth mentioning here … a piece of Roman mosaic flooring, purportedly from one of Caligula’s ships at Nemi, was found as a coffee table in New York:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/arts/design/a-remnant-from-caligulas-ship-once-a-coffee-table-heads-home.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/20/stolen-mosaic-adorned-emperor-caligulas-lavish-pleasure-barge/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/piece-caligula-s-ship-found-new-york-apartment-n812511
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/20/newly-discovered-a-mosaic-from-caligulas-pleasure-barge-being-used-as-a-coffee-table-in-new-york/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/20/caligula-ship-mosaic-returned-to-italy-2_c717679f-3645-41ba-8d31-67ef7725e6aa.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-culture-caligula/italy-gets-back-looted-mosaic-from-emperor-caligulas-ship-idUSKBN1CP23I?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6035-171020-italy-repatriation-mosaic

Another Roman coin hoard from a Spanish mining site:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/10/ancient-roman-coins-found-at-spanish-mining-site.all.html

… and one from Bulgaria, which is raising more questions:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/10/16/archaeology-187-silver-roman-imperial-coins-found-in-bulgarias-mezdra-but-were-there-more/

A 4th century sarcophagus find from Ljubljana:

https://english.sta.si/2441745/4th-century-sarcophagus-found-during-excavations-in-ljubljana

Phaselis is slowly submerging:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27679-turkish-archaeologists-ancient-greek-roman-city-of-phaselis-slowly-submerging.html

Feature on Egyptian connections to Athens:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27708-report-following-the-trail-of-egyptian-connections-in-athens.html

Feature on the Nika riots:

http://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2017/10/20/nika-riots-chariot-racing

Feature on the Antikythera device:

http://asorblog.org/2017/10/17/antikythera-device-working-model-cosmos/

Feature on sunken Alexandria:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wonder-list-bill-weir-egypt/index.html

Studying the traffic of Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/10/16/pompeii-had-some-intense-rush-hour-traffic-too/

Feature on a bust of Livia coming to auction:

http://www.christies.com/features/5-minutes-with-a-Roman-marble-portrait-bust-of-the-Empress-Livia-8628-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

Feature on that sarcophagus found at Southwark a while back:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-sarcophagus-found-southwark.htm

Another bit of Classical Dylan coverage:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/11/a-classicists-dylan

What Bettany Hughes is up to:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/bettany-hughes-generation-worked-every-hour-god-sent-todays/

What Andrea de Giorgi is up to:

http://www.utdailybeacon.com/news/campus_life/visiting-assistant-classics-professor-shares-secrets-of-ancient-city/article_5e52796c-b5bb-11e7-8472-6b2e9ca1268c.html

On some of the names in Asterix comics:

http://www.dw.com/en/5-unusual-character-names-from-the-asterix-comics-series/a-40980772

… and there’s a new comic out:

http://www.dw.com/en/asterix-and-the-chariot-race-latest-edition-of-classic-comic-series-launches/a-41032975

Comparing Trump to Hiero:

http://theconversation.com/a-hiero-in-the-white-house-trumps-resemblance-to-a-greek-tyrant-83866

Some Pythagorean humour:

http://www.theonion.com/article/new-evidence-reveals-pythagoras-wrote-dozens-unhin-57230

Brexit won’t involve the Parthenon/Elgin marbles:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/10/18/eu-directives-dont-apply-to-parthenon-marbles-return-after-brexit/

More on that Roman hoard with the dog figurine/statue:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-hoard-holds-unique-dog-statue.htm

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Food consumed at Stonehenge apparently came from as far away as Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41669774
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/19/stonehenge-builders-feasted-animals-scotland-feast-exhibition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/19/stonehenge-builders-ate-animals-scotland-study-shows/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-britons-feasted-hard-while-building-stonehenge-180965324/

Possible Neolithic ‘stones’ on a construction site in St Clements:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/10/18/archaeologists-find-stones-of-interest-on-estate-site/

Vague item on a body “hundreds of years old” being found in Ireland (we might be hearing more about this one):

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/body-hundreds-years-old-found-11363065

Trying to undo the Viking impact on Iceland:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/20/climate/iceland-trees-reforestation.html

A missing piece of a jewellery box associated with Harald Bluetooth may have been found:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6026-171017-denmark-silver-box
https://www.archaeology.org/issues/162-features/top10/2791-denmark-viking-king-bluetooth-fortress

More on the reaction to ‘Allah’ in a Viking textile find:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/allah-viking-burial-fabrics-false-kufic-inscription-clothes-name-woven-myth-islam-uppsala-sweden-a8003881.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/viking-funeral-clothes-arabic-sweden-spd/
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/viking-couture-allah/543045/

Seeking protection for Royston’s Royse Stone:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41570144

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A ‘prehistoric labyrinth’ from east Godavari:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/prehistoric-labyrinth-discovered-in-e-godavari/article19892482.ece

2000 years bp children’s burials from northern China (I think we mentioned this):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/17/c_136686009.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6029-171018-china-child-graves

A major 1000 years bp coin hoard from Jingdezhen:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/20/c_136693602.htm
http://www.nerve.in/news%3A2535003962274

Feature on Minakata Kumagusu:

http://www.nippon.com/en/column/g00415/

A once-banned Confucian is back in China’s good books:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/world/asia/china-guiyang-wang-yangming-confucian.html

A possible mass grave on the site proposed for the Tauranga Museum:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97765741/Mass-grave-possibly-uncovered-in-assessment-of-land-for-Tauranga-museum

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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What they found at that pre-Confederation parliament dig in Montreal:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/canadas-first-parliament-artifacts-relate-high-low-point-in-montreals-history
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/pointe-a-calliere-parliament-montreal-archeological-dig-1.4357319?cmp=rss
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/10/17/archaeological-dig-at-site-of-former-parliament-in-montreal-turns-up-rare-stamps-burned-books-and-oyster-shells.html
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/stamps-dishes-books-among-objects-retrieved-from-montreal-parliament-dig-site-1.3636451

Studying turquoise mining in the American southwest:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/ua-research-sheds-new-light-early-turquoise-mining-southwest
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoa-rsn101817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-early-turquoise-southwest.html

Studying middens in Maine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/native-americans-shell-middens-maine.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

More on the Irma canoe:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/98015335/Wooden-canoe-found-in-Florida-could-date-back-to-1600s

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pre-Columbian items from Bolivian road construction:

https://www.prlog.org/12670939-ibt-of-miami-unearths-pre-columbian-artifacts-in-bolivian-road-project.html

Some Pacopampa burials show serious injuries which had healed:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/pacopampa-peru-andes-archaeology-ritual-violence-skeletons-ancient-civilization-discovery-torture-a8011076.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/andean-civilizations-pacopampa-ritual-violence-study-2017-10
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5991-171016-peru-pacopampa-injuries

Studying sacrificial ritual in Mexico:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/10/17/la_serpiente_emplumada/1508203743_341649.html

What Ivan Sprajc is up to:

https://english.sta.si/2440192/archaeologist-sprajc-returns-to-yucatan-for-vital-answers-about-the-maya

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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 the origins of the tarantella:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/17/553751656/the-folk-music-festival-that-started-with-a-spider-bite

Feature on Leibnitz:

http://www.dw.com/en/rooms-of-wonder-gottfried-leibniz/av-40952900

Feature on Mata Hari:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41595828

Rethinking the impact of agriculture:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-agriculture-greatest-blunder-human-history.html

When wealth inequality arose:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/10/20/wealth-inequality-arose/

An interview with Sarah Parcak:

https://boingboing.net/2017/10/18/space-archaeology-a-conversat.html

Pondering the orb in daVinci’s Salvator Mundi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/19/mystery-jesus-christ-orb-leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi-painting

A tourist was killed when an architectural feature fell off a Florence basilica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41685760
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-italy-church-death/fragment-falls-off-florence-basilica-killing-spanish-tourist-idUKKBN1CO29K
https://in.reuters.com/article/italy-church-death/fragment-falls-off-florence-basilica-killing-spanish-tourist-idINKBN1CO2LF
https://politica.elpais.com/politica/2017/10/19/actualidad/1508425817_539172.html

A stolen Dali turned up in Lebanon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41677929

… and a long forgotten Rodin turned up in New Jersey:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/21/us/rodin-bust-in-new-jersey/index.html

In case you haven’t heard about Trump’s ‘Renoir’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41686623

On the history of medical quackery:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/15/557479531/quackery-chronicles-how-our-love-of-miracle-cures-leads-us-astray?sc=17&f=1007

On the importance of the ‘s bend’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41188465

On the Endangered Poetry Project:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171013-the-people-saving-lost-words

Feature on Appalachian English:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/10/16/appalachian-english/
http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/appalachianenglish/

Review of Fulton, *The Butchering Art*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/13/557367840/the-butchering-art-how-a-19th-century-physician-made-surgery-safer?sc=17&f=1007

Review of Zimmerman, *Lady Killers*:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/14/555690824/lady-killers-cherchez-la-femme-fatale?sc=17&f=1032

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Poster Girls:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41552276

Eleusinian Mysteries:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27663-acropolis-museum-show-on-eleusinian-mysteries-%E2%80%9Csacred-way%E2%80%9D-in-december.html

Ancient Mediterranean:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-field-ancient-mediterranean-1019-story.html

Rembrandt:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/going-out/see-the-brilliance-of-rembrandt-in-new-norwich-castle-museum-exhibition-1-5241077

Art of Laughter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/21/arts/humor-17th-century-dutch-art.html

Scythians:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-scythians-warriors-ancient-siberia.htm

Imagining the Divine:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/art/15610333.Imagining_The_Divine_exhibition_explained_by_The_Ashmolean__39_s_expert_curators/

I think this is related to the above:

https://www.ft.com/content/baeb0bbe-b532-11e7-aa26-bb002965bce8
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/oct/21/david-hepworth-radio-review

The Freer and Sackler Galleries have reopened:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/reopened-after-18-months-the-freer-and-sackler-galleries-inspire/2017/10/16/14e0a40a-b284-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html

Plans for the Vatican Museums:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/vatican-city-museums-seeing-major-change-new-director-1117547

Again we’re hearing that the Benghazi Palace might become an archaeological museum:

https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/18/benghazi-palace-may-become-archaeological-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Studying indigenous Australian ochre sources:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-indigenous-australian-ochre-sources-microbial.html
http://theconversation.com/when-bacteria-tell-a-story-tracing-indigenous-australian-ochre-sources-via-microbial-fingerprinting-85455

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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40 000 years bp genome derived from Tianyuan Cave remains:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-genome-wide-year-old-china-reveals-complicated.html

More on that study of genes and race:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/skin-color-race.html

More on Easter Island DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/easter-island-dna-south-america.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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An Egyptian pot was recovered in Larnaca:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/17/larnaca-cid-seize-stolen-ancient-egyptian-pot/

An anti-smuggling operation in Istanbul bore fruit:

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/10/18/28-historical-artifacts-seized-during-anti-smuggling-op-in-istanbul

An attempt to smuggle some 19th century items to Lebanon was foiled in Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/280050/Heritage/Islamic/Attempt-to-smuggle-th-century-antiques-to-Lebanon-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/28468/Historical-Porcelain-Pots-smuggling-attempt

A bust in Upper Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/28768/99-Artifacts-seized-by-Police-in-Upper-Egypt

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-9-15-october-2017.html

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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Saudi Arabia has recovered a pile of items over the years:

http://www.menafn.com/1095969353/Saudi–KSA-Reclaims-More-than-52000-Artifacts-from-Inside-and-Outside
http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/806863

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NUMISMATICA
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On collecting ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-ancient-coins-100/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n42.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n43.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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Loving Vincent:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/13/loving-vincent-van-gogh-painted-animation-dorota-kobiela-hugh-welchman

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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/2663-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-october-2017-14-october-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Fred Willard:

http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2017/10/22/Willard-historian-of-Lost-Colony-dies-after-fall-from-tree.html

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

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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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Explorator 20.25 ~ October 15, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Emery, Rick Heli,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of Neanderthals in western Iran:

http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/archaeologists-traces-neanderthals/

Latest fiction incorporating Neanderthals in the storyline:

http://www.cbc.ca/books/why-claire-cameron-wants-to-change-the-way-we-see-neanderthals-1.4352340

Not sure where I’ve been putting this one on ‘Stone Age’ technology development:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-longer-home-key-stone-age.html

More on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-dna-european-asian-ancestry
http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/you-might-be-a-neanderthal-if

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AFRICA
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Excavating a royal palace site in Rwanda:

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/221549/
http://allafrica.com/stories/201710110018.html

Study suggests the 14th century Black Death hit sub Saharan Africa as hard as it hit Europe:

http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2017/did-the-second-plague-pandemic-reach-sub-saharan-africa.php

More on the latest climate change link to the Out of Africa hypothesis:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149848-cold-climate-may-have-driven-ancient-humans-move-out-of-africa/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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An Old Kingdom pyramidion, associated possibly with Queen Ankhnespepy II from Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278680/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Old-Kingdom-pyramid-peak-discovered-in-Saqqara.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/french-swiss-archaeological-mission-unearth-mini-pyramid-saqqara/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/27555/A-Small-Pyramidion-uncovered-around-Saqqara
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/15/new-pyramidion-discovered-sakkara-necropolis/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-pyramidion-found-next-largest-obelisk-hints-existence-queens-684318
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-egypt-pyramid-belonged-powerful-162327105.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-discover-pyramidion-clue-queen-ankhnespepy-iis-long-lost-chamber-1643171

Marking the discovery of the tomb of Seti I:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/12/c_136672879.htm

On cats and the ancient Egyptians:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-ancient-egyptians-loved-their-kitties-180965155/

Zahi Hawass is criticizing claims of an ‘underground city’ beneath the Sphinx:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/13/c_136677881.htm

More bits of Psamtik I’s colossal statue from Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278505/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/The-lower-part-of-th-Dynasty-king-Psamtik-I-coloss.aspx
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2444454&CategoryId=13936

A 5000 years bp toy chariot from a tomb in Sogmatar:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/stunning-5000-year-old-toy-chariot-found-tomb-ancient-turkish-city-where-moses-may-have-lived-1643180

A 4500 years bp male burial from Corum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/09/4500-year-old-male-skeleton-found-in-northern-turkey

Claims of the decipherment of a lost Luwian inscription with details about the Sea Peoples and Troy (the Live Science version seems to express the appropriate skepticism):

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-luwian-hieroglyphic-inscription-bronze-age.html
https://www.livescience.com/60629-ancient-inscription-trojan-prince-sea-people.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/archaeologists-decipher-ancient-stone-turkey-invasion-mysterious-sea-people-luwain-hieroglyphic-a7992141.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/history-science/stone-inscription-troy-42342/
http://www.9news.com.au/technology/2017/10/11/14/02/who-were-the-sea-peoples-hieroglyphic-inscription-turkey-solves-ancient-mystery
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/3200yearold-stone-tells-of-invasion-of-mysterious-sea-people-36217376.html
https://sputniknews.com/science/201710111058124569-archeologists-decipher-ancient-stone/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-hieroglyphs-reveal-answers-bronze-age-archaeological-mystery-1642964
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/12/one-of-the-greatest-puzzles-of-mediterranean-archaeology-deciphered-in-central-turkey
http://www.newsweek.com/mystery-lost-biblical-sea-people-revealed-ancient-hieroglyphs-uncovered-turkey-683110
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3200-year-old-inscription-lost-language-and-lot-doubt-180965244/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5975-171010-luwian-inscription-translated

What the IDF does in regards to archaeology:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236648

Karaganda archaeologists have reconstructed the Saryarka pyramid:

http://www.inform.kz/en/karaganda-archaeologists-complete-reconstruction-of-an-ancient-saryarka-pyramid_a3073011

Feature on the Erbil citadel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/world/middleeast/iraq-erbil-citadel.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

What Jutta Haser is up to:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/german-scholar-explores-jordan%E2%80%99s-ancient-monasteries

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Pipeline construction has revealed a Roman necropolis in Kutahya:

http://aa.com.tr/en/pg/photo-gallery/roman-burial-ground-found-in-turkeys-kutahya/0
http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/Roman-burial-ground-discovered-in-Turkey-s-Kutahya.html

Roman mosaic find from Idyrus:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/10/10/ancient-greek-mosaics-uncovered-in-southern-turkey/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27612-ancient-greek-mosaics-discovered-in-southern-turkey.html

A dig in Wales unearthed a stretch of a major Roman road:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roman-a55-north-wales-archaeology-13742114

A Roman ring from a Jersey field:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/10/15/2000-year-old-roman-ring-found-in-jersey-field/

Poland will be establishing a permanent mission in Georgia to dig for remains of the Colchis kingdom:

http://agenda.ge/news/88600/eng

They’re digging at the eastern gate of Philippopolis (Plovdiv):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2017/10/13/archaeologists-start-excavations-of-eastern-gate-of-philippopolis-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A Roman hoard of silver from Fife is going on display:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/silver-treasure-spanning-1-000-years-to-sparkle-at-national-museum-1-4586294
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/524672/historic-hoard-of-silver-found-in-fife-village-to-go-on-public-display/

Studying the transition from Iron Age to Roman in Dorset:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/iron-age-roman-transition-dorset.htm

‘Fake news’ in Roman coins:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/coins-identify-fake-news

A ancient counterfeit aureus came to auction:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/10/contemporary-counterfeit-ancient-aureus-sells-in-auction.all.html

Feature on Roman remains in Serbia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-41516191/exploring-serbia-s-rich-and-hidden-roman-history

Feature on garum:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171011-the-ancient-condiment-that-came-back-from-the-dead

Suggestion that the fall of Rome might have been a ‘biological affair’:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-harper-pandemics-rome-20171015-story.html

Feature on a Thracian chariot find from a while back that was making the rounds on social media this week:

https://www.livescience.com/60678-thracian-chariot-on-reddit-explained.html

On what the Romans did with abusive travel expense claims by officials:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/government-officials-abusing-travel-budgets-is-an-old-problem-ancient-in-fact/2017/10/09/27aaaee4-ad27-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html
https://www.news-journal.com/news/2017/oct/10/rampell-how-roman-emperors-dealt-with-government-o/

Feature on mentorship in the Odyssey:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/10/the-odyssey-mentorship/542676/

Comparing oligarchies ancient and modern:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/15/oligarchy-lessons-ancient-greece

What Cary Fulton is up to:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-archaeologist-ancient-routes-cyprus.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/10/09/Researchers-look-for-ancient-trade-routes-at-the-bottom-of-the-Mediterranean/4201507568124/

What Richard Saller is up to:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/10/09/richard-saller-step-dean-humanities-sciences/

What Leopold Leeb is up to:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-10/12/content_41720206.htm

What Eric Cline and Kathy Schwab are up to:

https://www.greenwichsentinel.com/2017/10/13/two-archaeologists-reveal-how-civilizations-collapse-then-and-now-and-how-ancients-painted-their-sculptures/

An interview with Josiah Ober:

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166349

What Mark Mastrabgelo is up to:

https://thedickinsonian.com/opinion/2017/10/12/professor-spotlight-marc-mastrabgelo/

The Parthenon Marbles are not part of Brexit negotiations, apparently:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1070054.shtml

UCLA has received funding to establish a Center for Hellenic Culture:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/ucla-receives-5-million-establish-center-study-hellenic-culture

On what Stoicism can do for depression:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/How-the-stoicism-of-Roman-philosophers-can-help-12265085.php

Some Classical reception at Talladega:

http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/20956789/drivers-win-talladega-iconic-vulcan-hammer-anvil-trophies

A lesson plan for comparing ancient Rome to modern times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/learning/lesson-plans/then-and-now-exploring-modern-life-amid-relics-of-the-roman-empire.html

More on the assorted finds from the Antikythera shipwreck:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/10/what-mysteries-could-be-unlocked-by-new-antikythera-shipwreck-finds
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/antikythera-shipwreck-statues-bronze-11102017/

More on the Colosseum opening the upper levels to the public:

https://www.thespec.com/living-story/7622332-colosseum-opens-its-top-levels-to-public/

More on the Pantheon charging an entrance fee:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rome-pantheon-tickets-price-cost-charge-visitors-a7985311.html

More on fault lines and Greek sacred sites:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222454/article/ekathimerini/news/fault-lines-key-to-sacred-sites-of-ancient-greeks-study-claims

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of a Neolithic longhouse from Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/general/traces-of-4000-year-old-house-discovered-in-north-zealand.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5977-171010-denmark-neolithic-longhouse

Prehistoric burials from a Larkhill Garrison site:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15593046.Prehistoric_remains_unearthed_in_Larkhill/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5983-171012-england-larkhill-garrison

Latest find from the Lincoln Bypass construction is some massive 5000 years bp (maybe) structure of soe sort:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-unearth-massive-5000-year-603713

Fifth century gold items found at that ‘massacre’ site at Sandy Borg (Sweden):

https://www.thelocal.se/20171011/gold-coin-sheds-new-light-on-5th-century-swedish-island-massacre
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5984-171012-gold-sandby-borg

Remains of an Anglo Saxon settlement (and other items) found during wind farm construction in Suffolk:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-41367884
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/windfarm-cable-archeological-dig-unearths-fascinating-clues-to-our-past-1-5226352
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/10/c_136667878.htm

Plenty of press attention and spins on an apparent ‘Allah’ motif found in a Viking burial:

https://www.thelocal.se/20171012/why-viking-burial-clothes-contained-inscriptions-to-allah-and-ali
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41567391
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/allah-viking-burial-fabrics-clothes-name-woven-found-islam-uppsala-sweden-funeral-customs-a7996166.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/13/viking-burial-clothes-woven-with-allah-unveiled-by-swedish-university
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/14/world/europe/vikings-allah-sweden.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/12/were-vikings-muslim-new-research-finds-allah-woven-into-burial-clothes-6995713/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/islamic-script-found-10th-century-viking-garments-1033146
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/viking-funeral-clothes-arabic-sweden-spd/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-vikings-buried-their-dead-clothing-bearing-arabic-word-allah-180965262/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5982-171012-viking-arabic-words

Some 10th century iron found in a stone oven in Topolcany:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20666921/archaeologists-discover-iron-treasure-hidden-in-oven.html

A medieval ring found during water supply work in Bulgaria:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2017/10/10/archaeology-mediaeval-ring-found-during-work-on-water-supply-in-bulgarias-assenovgrad/

A 17th century coin hoard from Poland:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28720

… and a much larger one from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671070/hundreds-of-coins-found-near-lucivna.html

Studying medieval gilding techniques:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/acs-tmo101117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171011120324.htm

Feature on a medieval ‘city of the dead’ in Russia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-41587745/is-this-where-the-sick-went-to-die

On the use of silver in Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41565591

Publication of an Iron Age site in Scotland found in 2010:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/excavating-an-iron-age-dun-in-the-scottish-highlands

More on that copper axe being linked to Otzi:

http://www.ibtimes.com/ax-linked-otzi-iceman-found-archaeologists-switzerland-2599333
http://micetimes.asia/archeologists-made-a-unique-discovery-about-the-alpine-ice-man/

More on those Bronze Age items found in a Swiss Alpine pass:

https://www.livescience.com/60651-bronze-age-artifacts-found-in-alpine-pass.html
https://www.livescience.com/60640-4000-year-old-bronze-age-artifacts-photos.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/swiss-alpine-pass-yields-4-103900824.html
http://micetimes.asia/in-the-alps-found-unique-artifacts/

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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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A Neolithic site near Changchun:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/14/c_136679540.htm

Interesting semi-subterranean dwelling remains (the dating is confusing) from Sichuan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-10/12/content_33159270.htm

… I’m not sure if these finds are from the same site:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/11/c_136672631.htm

Remains of 800 years bp walls and gates from Baidi township (China):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/14/c_136679226.htm
http://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=476750
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/800yearold-pieces-of-walls-gates-excavated-in-china/1167709

Feature on some of China’s lesser-known heritage sites:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2115235/beyond-great-wall-chinas-lesser-known-world-heritage-sites

On the colours of the terracotta army:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/culture/terracotta-warriors/

Feature on Chinese archaeologists working around the world:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1069823.shtml

A Maori stone adze find from New Zealand:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/97403004/Ancient-M-ori-tool-found-on-Waikanae-golf-courses-ninth-fairway
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5987-171013-maori-stone-adze

A mass burial site from Tauranga:

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/10/surveyors-stumble-across-mass-burial-site-in-tauranga.html

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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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That canoe exposed by Hurricane Irma is still getting press attention:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-historical-canoe-hurricane-irma-20171006-story.html
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/fl-reg-historical-canoe-hurricane-irma-20171006-story.html
http://www.startribune.com/mysterious-wooden-canoe-found-in-florida-after-hurricane-may-date-to-1600s/450430843/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hurricane-irma-cleanup-turns-up-an-ancient-canoe/2017/10/13/7856c4b0-aeab-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canoe-churned-irma-may-date-1600s-180965161/

Plans to dig at James Garfield’s former residence:

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/10/president_james_a_garfields_fo.html

Plans to ‘dig’ at St Agnes mound:

https://www.avoyellestoday.com/news/archaeologists-plan-%E2%80%98dig%E2%80%99-st-agnes-mound

Assorted finds from pre-parkway construction on land once owned by Thomas Jefferson:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5980-171011-jefferson-poplar-forest

Feature on Anna O. Shepard’s work:

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_31358731/boulder-county-history-archaeologist-anna-shepard-pioneered-ancient?source=rss

Descendents of Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia might soon get title to their land (finally):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41488953

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Rice was domesticated in the Amazon some 4000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoe-afd100817.php

Interesting wooden sculptures and other items from a Chanchan burial:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-wood-sculptures-and-other-relics-found-at-ancient-chan-chan-684510.aspx

Remains of an Inca citadel from Cusco:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-inca-citadel-remains-found-in-cusco-686051.aspx
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/12/c_136673088.htm

Evidence of ancient Sican human sacrifice:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pre-incan-grave-skeletons-1000-year-old-human-sacrifices-found-peru-1640974

What Olivia Navarro-Farr is up to:

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/discovery-of-ancient-maya-tomb-has-direct-link-to-college-of-wooster-professor

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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 clouds in various cultures:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/from-cloud-nine-to-climate-change-heres-why-you-should-always-look-up/2017/10/06/7278bf64-a459-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/match-the-clouds-to-the-artist/031fc876-9da2-4aa1-8d85-04ad28b00c7a_quiz.html

OpEd on ‘Victoria and Abdul’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/10/09/why-does-hollywood-keep-churning-out-racist-fantasies-like-victoria-abdul/

The US and Turkey are having a spat which might impact archaeology:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/08/world/us-turkey-halt-visa-service/index.html

Pondering Columbus and his legacy:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/10/09/columbus-swashbuckling-hero-bootstrapping-immigrant-or-genocidal-monster/

… and his Catalan-inflected language:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/10/08/christopher-columbuss-catalan-inflected-language/?cid=wb&elqTrackId=4357f9edf3fc4e63b6f6aaf92243c3d8&elq=5dd58188e2cb481c908a37445321fb00&elqaid=15967&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=6889

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I has been restored and returned:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/13/armada-portrait-elizabeth-i-restoration-spanish-armada-london-queens-house-greenwich

On causes of death by volcano since 1500 ce:

http://www.ibtimes.com/volcano-causes-death-1500-ad-pyroclastic-flow-projectiles-tsunamis-2599093

Rethinking the origin of cities:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23631462-700-the-real-roots-of-early-city-states-may-rip-up-the-textbooks/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

A daVinci is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/10/only-leonardo-in-private-hands-set-to-fetch-75m-at-auction
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/11/557183483/last-da-vinci-painting-in-private-hands-will-be-auctioned-next-month?sc=17&f=1008
https://www.voanews.com/a/da-vinci-portrait-christ-expected-fetch-one-hundred-million-dollars-at-auction/4064681.html

… and a feature on the Mona Lisa:

http://www.dw.com/en/leonardo-da-vinci-unveiled-his-enigmatic-mona-lisa-500-years-ago/a-40889784

Some Friday 13th stuff:

http://www.dw.com/en/13-cultural-references-that-made-friday-the-13th-unlucky/a-37118529

Feature on some really nice libraries:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/libraries-most-beautiful-world-bibliotheca-alexandrina-national-library-of-austria-bodleian-trinity-a7992821.html

How astronomers had to deal with a supernova in 1604:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1604-supernova-presented-challenge-astronomers-180965138/

A gold leaf from Napoleon’s crown is coming to auction too:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/gold-leaf-from-napoleons-crown-to-go-under-hammer-estimated-to-fetch-usd-177000/articleshow/61038607.cms

On keeping human skulls around the house:

https://arstechnica.com/video/2017/10/why-did-ancient-people-keep-human-skulls-around-the-house/

On the use of beeswax in various historical eras:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/europes-stone-age-fishers-used-beeswax-make-point

Studying lentils and social inequality:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/11/lentils-origins-of-social-inequality

A strange possible poisoning cold case:

http://www.historytoday.com/joseph-kaifala/man-who-would-be-king-or-vicar

Victor Nuovo’s latest looks at the US Constitution:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201710victor-nuovo-reasonableness-constitution

In light of the UNESCO change at the top this week, this item on the candidate from Qatar was interesting:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/27132/Suspicions-prevail-on-smuggled-artifacts-in-Arab-world

… related:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-unesco-vote/frances-azoulay-wins-unesco-director-general-election-sources-idUSKBN1CI15P?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Latest ‘lost masterpieces found’ story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-41594195

This year’s MacArthur Grant recipients:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/macarthur-genius-grants.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/11/556891441/here-are-the-2017-macarthur-genius-grant-winners?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

A German Cistercian monastery is closing due to a shortage of monks:

http://www.dw.com/en/german-monastery-to-close-its-doors-after-nearly-nine-centuries/a-40954168

On the history of hard apple cider:

https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/the-history-of-hard-cider-from-the-old-testament-to-the-apple-orchard

More on the hidden figures revealed in that painting at Yale:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-catholic-figures-found-hidden-17th-century-painting-reformation-leaders-180965174/
http://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Yale-painting-s-secret-revealed-A-Protestant-12278655.php

Review of Fitzharris, *The Butchering Art*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/13/557367840/the-butchering-art-how-a-19th-century-physician-made-surgery-safer

Some humour on the spread of meditation:

http://www.theonion.com/article/historians-discover-meditation-spread-ancient-chin-57197

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Bloody Gold:

http://www.dw.com/en/what-europes-most-ancient-battlefield-reveals/a-40872262

Qin and Han Dynasties:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-10/10/content_33056701.htm

Faces of China:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-chinese-portrait-painting-wasnt-only-for-the-powerful-and-famous/a-40925536

Drawn to Greatness:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/arts/design/a-gathering-of-greats-in-a-trove-of-drawings-at-the-morgan.html

Eleusinian Mysteries:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27663-acropolis-museum-show-on-eleusinian-mysteries-%E2%80%9Csacred-way%E2%80%9D-in-december.html

Mata Hari:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/arts/mata-hari-netherlands.html

Feeding Stonehenge:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/15/stonehenge-neolithic-man-sweet-pork-rich-cheese-feasts

150 years of archaeology in Spain:

http://www.epa.eu/arts-culture-and-entertainment-photos/archeology-photos/madrid-s-archaeological-museum-presents-exhibit-on-150-years-of-archaeology-in-spain-photos-53821711

The Boston MFA has been given some nice Flemish and Dutch collections:

https://www.mfa.org/give/gifts-of-art/van-otterloo-and-weatherbie-collections
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/the-museum-of-fine-arts-boston-to-receive-two-major-donations.html

Feature on the UCD Classics Museum:

http://www.universityobserver.ie/uncategorized/lesser-spotted-ucd-classics-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On detecting forged ancient silk:

https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i41/Forgery-ancient-silk-leaves-chemical.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA of the Rapa Nui people suggest they were rather isolated:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-paleogenomic-analysis-easter-island-mysteries.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoc–pas100617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171012123046.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60673-easter-island-dna-evidence.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/easter-island-dna-south-america.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-easterisland/mystery-surrounding-ancient-easter-island-people-deepens-idUSKBN1CH2EV?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.yahoo.com/news/secrets-easter-island-doomed-civilization-104225034.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-10-13/who-were-the-ancient-easter-islanders/9040266

A study of Beothuk DNA suggests they were actually two distinct groups:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-newfoundland-populated-multiple-distinct-groups.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171012143329.htm
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/dna-deepens-mystery-of-newfoundlands-lost-beothuk-people/article36560469/

A study of skin colour and DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/science/skin-color-race.html

Studying the genome of a 40 000 years bp Chinese burial:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/caos-gdf101317.php

Dog DNA changes parallel human DNA changes (or something like that):

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/10/13/557166894/dogs-and-people-have-more-in-common-than-you-might-think

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Lamanai, Belize:

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/travel/2017/10/the-mystery-of-the-mayas-a-visit-to-lamanai-belize/

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CRIME BEAT
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A major bust in Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/romanian-police-5000-artifacts-treasure-hunters/

A British national caught smuggling items from the Ukraine:

http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/454577.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-2-8-october-2017.html

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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Turkey is trying to get back some Zeugma mosaics from the US:

http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkey-attempts-to-retrieve-roman-mosaics-from-us/932512

More on the return of the ‘calf bearer’ to Lebanon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/design/looted-antiquity-once-at-met-museum-to-return-to-lebanon.html
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2017/Oct-13/422549-decades-on-stolen-antiquity-to-be-returned.ashx

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n41.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n42.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/2660-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-october-2017-7-october-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Tony Sagona:

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/obituaries/scholar-brought-the-ancient-world-to-life-20171012-gyzfb3.html

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

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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 20.24 ~ October 7, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Bill Kennedy, Magnus Fiskesjo, Rick Heli,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest spin/motivation for ‘Out of Africa’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoa-ahl100417.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/drying-and-cooling-climate-may-have-led-to-migration-from-africa-into-eurasia

On the origins of genital herpes:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/health/early-human-ancestor-genital-herpes/index.html

On Neanderthal genetics’ effect on us:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-neanderthals-didnt-red-hair.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/05/struggling-get-tan-blame-neanderthal-ancestors/
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/05/555592707/neanderthal-genes-help-shape-how-many-modern-humans-look
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/97579696/roger-hanson-exploring-the-history-and-genetics-of-neanderthals-and-us
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/2-del-adn-los-seres-humanos-actuales-proviene-los-neandertales/

More on that dig by China in Kenya:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/01/c_136653304.htm

More on sapiens being around longer than previously thought:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/dna-from-old-skeleton-suggests-humanitys-been-here-longer-than-we-thought/

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Some predynastic petroglyphs from the Subeira Valley:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278221/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-wall-markings-of-wild-animals-uncovered-in.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/predynastic-graffiti-rock-dating-back-stone-age-unearthed-south-aswan/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5966-171004-egypt-subeira-valley

A broken bit of an Old Kingdom obelisk from near Giza:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278261/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeologists-unearth-largestever-discovered-obel.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/upper-part-4000-year-old-obelisk-discovered-near-giza-antiquities-ministry/
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/10/04/ml-egypt-antiquities/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-obelisk-fragment-uncovered-egypt-largest-ever-recovered-679628
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5971-171006-saqqara-queen-obelisk

A head from a statue of Akhenaten found in Minya:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/02/statue-king-akhenatens-head-discovered-minya/

A Ptolemaic/Roman era pet cemetery near the Red Sea:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/26474/Biggest-Cemetery-for-Pets-in-Ancient-Egypt-unearthed
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-pet-cemetery-1800-years-old-filled-100-skeletons-discovered-678384
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/10/04/archaeologists-find-rare-pet-cemetery-in-ancient-egypt/

What it’s like to crawl into an Egyptian tomb:

http://www.abc17news.com/news/national-world/what-its-like-to-crawl-inside-a-3500yearold-egyptian-tomb/625362458

What Zahi Hawass is explaining now:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/25825/Hawass-Ancient-Egyptians-denounced-homosexuality

More on how Egyptians transported the stone to build the pyramids:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/10/06/did-egyptians-create-canal-and-port-bring-stone-great-pyramid/xtoi4NzlTz9PYRo2QnmG0M/story.html

Studying the development of agriculture and cities in northern Mesopotamia:

http://sciencenordic.com/ancient-grain-reveals-development-earliest-cities
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5961-171003-syria-tell-brak-grain

A flight ban has effectively halted a dig in Iraqi Kurdistan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-iraq-flight-halts-lost-ancient.html
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1172666/world

Hamas has ‘levelled’ a Canaanite site in Gaza:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-gaza-hamas-ancient-treasure.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-gaza-hamas-levels-an-ancient-archaeological-treasure/
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.815965
http://gazette.com/in-gaza-hamas-levels-an-ancient-treasure/article/feed/499495
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/in-gaza-hamas-levels-an-ancient-treasure

OpEd on the politics of archaeology in Israel:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/10/israel-palestinians-west-bank-jerusalem-archaeology-netanyahu.html

… and a feature on ‘Temple Mount denial’:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Disproving-Temple-Mount-denial-one-bucket-at-a-time-506539

A number of recently-sold DSS fragments are fake, apparently:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scrolls-scam-dozens-of-recently-sold-fragments-are-fakes-experts-warn/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-bought-100000-are-clever-fakes-written-2000-year-old-leather-1641970

The restored Lion of al-Lat is back on display in Damascus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.815115
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-statue/palmyra-statue-damaged-by-islamic-state-goes-on-display-in-damascus-idUKKCN1C61FA
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/palmyra-lion-of-allat-statue-damaged-by-is-now-stands-proud-in-damascus-20171002-gyseh9.html
http://www.newsweek.com/syria-ancient-palmyra-lion-saved-isis-brought-back-life-damascus-677000
https://hyperallergic.com/404189/palmyra-ancient-lion-restored-isis/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/97483064/Damaged-2000-year-old-Palmyra-statue-goes-back-on-display-in-Damascus
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-statue-damaged-isis-resurrected-damascus-180965091/

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A bronze arm and other bits of statuary from the Antikythera shipwreck site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-rich-ancient-shipwreck-greece-yields.html
https://www.livescience.com/60605-bronze-arm-at-antikythera-shipwreck.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/science/antikythera-shipwreck-greece.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/04/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-new-treasures-and-hints-of-priceless-classical-statues
http://www.newsweek.com/antikythera-shipwreck-excavation-recovers-priceless-bronze-arm-ancient-greek-677791
https://www.yahoo.com/news/antikythera-shipwreck-excavation-recovers-bronze-190539292.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seven-bronze-statues-may-be-buried-site-antikythera-shipwreck-180965127/

… there is also mention of a ‘mysterious disk’ in some articles:

http://www.nature.com/news/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-statue-pieces-and-mystery-bronze-disc-1.22735
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/ancient-greek-shipwreck-statues-found-video-spd/

A section of Hadrian’s Wall has been found in Newcastle:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/part-hadrians-wall-been-found-13705748
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/861773/hadrian-wall-newcastle-city-centre-new-route-discovered
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5963-171003-hadrians-wall-newcastle

A metal detectorist has found a hoard of silver denarii in Dorset:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/metal-detectorist-finds-lifetime-hoard-rare-roman-coins/

… while a ‘secret hoard’ from Lincolnshire has gone on display:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/secret-hoard-1700-year-old-575512

Plenty of press coverage of the possible discovery of the tomb of St Nicholas (although the press naturally prefers to use ‘Santa Claus’):

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-archaeologists-st-nick-bones.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41504172
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/04/turkish-archaeologists-believe-have-discovered-santa-clauss/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/04/santa-claus-tomb-may-have-been-uncovered-beneath-turkish-church-saint-nicholas
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/st-nicholas-remains-turkey-father-christmas-discovery-a7982796.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/santas-ancient-tomb-discovered-in-turkey/news-story/0f4c89cf60a24451873e5e736c55d191
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/10/04/santa-dead-archaeologists-say/
http://www.newsweek.com/santa-claus-tomb-discovered-beneath-ancient-church-turkey-676598
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/santa-clauss-grave-has-been-found-by-archaeologists-st-nicholas-church-turkey-1641747
http://www.theage.com.au/world/father-christmas-traced-to-tomb-at-turkish-church-20171004-gyujz5
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2017/10/santa_claus_tomb_saint_nicholas_christmas.html
http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/archaeologists-discover-santa-claus-s-tomb-in-turkey-1-4578998
https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkish-archaeologists-believe-discovered-santa-113735606.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/03/santa-claus-untouched-grave-may-be-beneath-church-in-turkeys-antalya-archaeologist-says
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/97632791/Children-look-away-Father-Christmas-may-be-dead-and-buried-in-Turkey
https://www.thedailybeast.com/if-santa-is-buried-in-turkey-who-has-been-delivering-the-presents
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archaeologists-discovered-st-nicks-bones-50297463
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Ho-Ho-Oh-Archaeologists-find-tomb-of-St-Nicholas-in-Turkey
https://gizmodo.com/turkish-archeologists-think-they-may-have-discovered-th-1819136539
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/santa-claus-st-nicholas-tomb-archaeology-turkey-spd/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-claims-its-found-st-nicholas-crypt-180965116/

Looking for a 4th century palace in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/06/turkish-archaeologists-seek-4th-century-byzantine-palace-in-historic-istanbul-district

Nice feature on the Roman dig in Leicester:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/colourful-past-uncovering-magnificent-mosaics-heart-roman-leicester.htm

Studying the logistics of the Roman army in Wales:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/956393-how-to-feed-an-invading-army-thousands-of-miles-from-home
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-invading-army-thousands-miles-home.html

Studying ancient trade routes in Cyprus:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/deep-dive-u-t-archaeologist-goes-underwater-study-ancient-trade-routes-cyprus

A study of feces from a Roman latrine at Sagalassos:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/10/03/archaeologists-test-feces-from-roman-latrine-find-roundworms-and-parasites/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-turkey-roman-poop-was-full-parasites-sewage-system-677660

Rethinking the fate of pagan temples:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/10/07/were-pagan-temples-all-smashed-or-just-converted-into-christian-ones/

A potentially interesting (lost) inscription with Troy references:

https://www.livescience.com/60629-ancient-inscription-trojan-prince-sea-people.html

Latest ‘benefits of Classics’ piece:

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/telegraph-view-keeping-classics-for-tomorrow-1-8788807

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/mary-beard-filled-imaginary-museum-bronze-potatoes-ebay-finds/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cicero-would-have-loved-frieze-and-other-insights-on-art-fairs-from-classicist-mary-beard-1105910

An interview with Daniel Mendelsohn:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/02/555075030/how-an-epic-poem-helped-transform-a-difficult-father-son-relationship

… and reviews of his recent tome:

https://newrepublic.com/article/145138/people-just-dont-like-odyssey
http://krcc.org/post/how-epic-poem-helped-transform-difficult-father-son-relationship
http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/06/professor-81-year-old-father-odyssey-reading-homer/

Plans to reconnect Ephesus to the sea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ambitious-project-aims-to-reunite-ancient-city-of-ephesus-with-sea-118416

Finds from a site in Cyprus will be protected even though the site isn’t classified as an archaeological site any more:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/04/antiquities-department-will-protect-finds-tourist-complex/

… on the declassification:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/05/government-defends-declassification-church-plot-antiquities-site/

… and the church was apparently rather adamant:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/06/archbishop-threatened-antiquities-department-head-church-land-designation/

… so now the focus is concern for sites in northern Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/08/ancient-sites-north-risk/

The upper levels of the Colosseum are being opened to the public:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/plebeians-eye-view-tourists-allowed-highest-level-colosseum/
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/rome-colosseum-open-top-floors-roof-public-visitors-a7984816.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/top-tier-of-romes-colosseum-opens-for-first-time-in-40-years-6rfkmph9f
http://www.dw.com/en/rome-colosseum-opens-its-top-levels-to-public/a-40802664
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/turismo/2017/10/1924258-coliseu-abre-andares-mais-altos-para-visitacao-a-partir-de-novembro.shtml
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/04/colosseums-highest-level-to-reopen_f94e9490-7d32-4a20-89e2-96ff6842f0a9.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20171003/romes-colosseum-italy-open-its-upper-levels-to-tourists-public
http://www.latimes.com/sns-bc-eu–italy-colosseum-20171003-story.html

In case you haven’t seen the Cleopatra connection in the latest Assassin’s Creed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gaming/features/assassins-creed-origins-preview-not-assassins-creed-remember/

More on plans to charge admission to the Pantheon:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/rome/articles/pantheon-entry-fee-introduction-/

More on Hellenikon:

http://www.reuters.com/article/eurozone-greece-hellenikon-government/greek-archaeologists-decision-clears-way-for-hellenikon-tourism-project-idUSL8N1MF0YD?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/27506-greek-privatization-agency-head-calls-for-publication-of-archaeologists-ruling-on-hellinikon.html

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

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A mesolithic carved antler horn from Poland:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ornamented-artifact-long-distance-exchange-mesolithic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/p-oam092817.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2017/antler-artefact-may-provide-evidence-of-exchange-between-mesolithic-communities

13 000 years bp evidence of use of beeswax as an adhesive:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/europes-stone-age-fishers-used-beeswax-make-point

A copper ax linked to Otzi (?) has been found in the Swiss alps:

https://www.livescience.com/60614-ax-linked-to-otzi-iceman-found.html
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/snow-and-arrow_crossing-the-alps-in-the-neolithic-age/43567592?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss

… while these Bronze Age finds I think we’ve mentioned before:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20171004/bronze-age-equipment-found-on-swiss-mountain-pass
https://www.yahoo.com/news/4-000-old-climbing-gear-110904287.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5965-100417-swiss-bronze-age

Unusual stone tools from a Bronze Age site in Wales:

https://www.livescience.com/60606-stone-tools-unearthed-at-bronze-age-site.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5969-171005-wales-stone-tools

A possible Norse/Viking meeting place/parliament from Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41485948
http://www.scotsman.com/news/viking-parliament-site-in-caithness-may-have-been-found-1-4580380
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15573957.Archaeologists_make_tantalising_discoveries_at_mysterious_Highland_ruins/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5962-171003-scotland-norse-parliament

Finds from a 14th century necropolis from Bulgaria:

http://micetimes.asia/in-bulgaria-archaeologists-have-discovered-a-valuable-find/

Prussian spearheads from the battle of Grunwald:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/600-year-old-prussian-spearheads-battle-grunwald-unearthed-1641517

Latest exhumation is of a 270 years bp headless Jacobite clan chief:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/05/body-headless-jacobite-clan-chief-exhumed-solve-270-year-old/

Studying leprosy in the Middle Ages:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/sfi-mam100317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-morbidity-mortality-leprosy-middle-ages.html

Comparing the social differences between folks buried in dolmens and those buried in caves:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uotb-brs100317.php

The Ely Bronze Age torc has gone on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41513451
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41365740

A mysterious 17th century mural of Cleopatra:

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/mystery-surrounds-17th-century-mural-found-in-grade-ii-listed-building-in-ipswich-1-5223078

What they’re finding at the Manea colony dig:

http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/secrets-of-manea-colony-revealed-in-video-1-5218389

Feature on Catalonia:

http://www.dw.com/en/catalonias-independence-movement-a-brief-history/g-40819449

Latest theory on King Arthur:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/miles-russell-bournemouth-university-king-arthur-was-created-as-a-celtic-superhero-fxj680g8t
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/king-arthur-never-existed-created-11304183

Concerns for the Mary Rose:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/01/wreck-mary-rose-has-started-collapse-onto-warn-conservators/

Plans to restore a Venice palazzo:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/04/british-architect-chosen-lead-restoration-venice-palazzo-has/

Plans for Sutton Hoo:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/major-work-to-transform-sutton-hoo-into-world-heritage-attraction-to-go-ahead-thanks-to-lottery-cash-1-5219553

The Svevo Castle in Bari has (re)opened to the public:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/10/03/restored-svevo-castle-in-bari-reopens_b19166b5-fb63-4425-ae06-e836350c4605.html

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

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A 12 000 years bp site from Vavunya (Sri Lanka):

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1032321/prehistoric-settlement-dating-back-12-000-years-found-in-vavuniya

Big bucks for a Song Dynasty bowl:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/03/1000-year-old-china-song-dynasty-bowl-sells-for-record-377m
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41480690

Studying Harappan remains from Uttar Pradesh:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-key-to-why-harappans-moved-east-lies-in-excavations-2550564

Expectations of finding Maori remains at a residential development site:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/97458458/buried-bodies-and-mori-artefacts-are-likely-to-be-found-during-residential-development

… while Maori garden remains were found at a Waikato Expressway construction site:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97172399/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-kumara-garden-during-waikato-expressway-construction

Concerns arising from India’s new antiquities bill:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/new-draft-antiquities-bill-will-facilitate-idol-theft-smuggling-say-activists/articleshow/60989155.cms

Feature on some Bronze Age Chinese bells:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bronze-age-chinese-bells-tells-story-ancient-innovation-180964459/

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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A 19th century flour mill from Virginia:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5960-171003-alexandria-flower-mill-excavation

Latest on that Hurricane Irma canoe:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/05/cocoa-canoe-washed-up-hurricane-irma-may-date-1600-s/736511001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

Damage to a site by Hurricane Maria:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/sd-me-ucsd-maria-20171002-story.html

What they’ve found in a Butler Mounds dig:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/chickasaw-explorer-holds-two-shards-pottery-were-found-during-archeological-excavations-butler

Feature on Chaco Canyon:

https://www.livescience.com/60570-chaco-canyon-photos.html

An older statue controversy from New Mexico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/us/statue-foot-new-mexico.html

More on Paul Revere’s outhouse:

https://www.livescience.com/60598-paul-revere-outhouse-excavated-in-boston.html
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2017/10/04/paul-revere-outhouse-excavation/

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Evidence of the role of women in Chan Chan:

https://perureports.com/2017/10/03/archaeologists-peru-women/

Studying life in Colombia 2400 years bp:

https://colombiareports.com/archaeologists-probing-life-colombia-2400-years-ago/

15th century accounts of earthquakes in Mexico:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/10/06/la_serpiente_emplumada/1507242256_189178.html

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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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In the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death, a feature on nudity in art and elsewhere:

https://www.salon.com/2017/10/01/hugh-hefner-playboy-and-the-art-history-of-naked-ladies/

Interesting account of how an art ‘fraudster’ met his comeuppance:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/02/fraudster-tried-sell-fake-greek-bowl-foiled-poundland-notebook/
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=2ce8bacc-c820-4b64-8499-1cd33960c91e

Applying blockchain methods to archaeology (?):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/02/archaeology-and-blockchain-a-social-science-data-revolution

Not really sure where to put this piece on Novgorod and Russia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171002-the-town-that-gave-russia-its-name

On the myth of language history:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-myth-language-history-languages.html

Digging up containers of mustard gas might not be a good idea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-41491942

Feature on assorted gold artifacts:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/ancient-gold-treasure-archaeology-egypt/

… and the search for assorted artifacts/sites:

https://www.livescience.com/60628-spectacular-archaeology-mysteries.html

On the origins of the concept of ‘evil’:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/08/us/las-vegas-evil-debate/index.html

On the invention of zero:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/07/opinion/sunday/who-invented-zero.html

One of the Scott Expedition folks wasn’t really a team player:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uons-dte100517.php

Pondering Columbus’ ships:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/columbus-nina-pinta-santa-maria-shipwreck-archaeology/

Restoration reveals some hidden figures in a painting at Yale Divinity School:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/10/05/restoration-reveals-hidden-figures-div-school-reformation-painting

A Viking reenactment group:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/viking_club_where_men_fight_their_demons

I think we mentioned this database of Jewish art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-database-jewish-art-preserves-risk-heritage-objects-180965103/

Review of Scott, *Against the Grain*:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/rise-agricultural-states-came-big-cost-new-book-argues

More on the ‘naked Mona Lisa’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-had-hand-naked-mona-lisa-180965079/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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A jar from the Plain of Jars:

http://www.startribune.com/once-secret-cia-records-reveal-gift-of-ancient-stone-jar/448830723/

Soulful Creatures:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/arts/design/soulful-creatures-animal-mummies-in-ancient-egyptian-brooklyn-museum.html

Gladiators:

http://www.ajc.com/entertainment/attractions/fernbank-offers-look-into-the-lives-the-gladiators/3Grr34nQbEo5elx2BR8xVI/

Scythians:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/horses-a-scythians-best-friend/

We had hints of this a while ago … thousands of items are missing from UK museums:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/01/thousands-artefacts-missing-britains-top-musuems/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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3d reconstruction of the Mars site:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/mars-3D-reconstruction-shipwreck-baltic-sweden-archaeology/

Virtual Athens:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/ancient-athens-vr/

Recreating a lost chapel at Westminster in 3d:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-lost-chapel-westminster-palace-revealed.html

Latest facial reconstruction is on 30 000 years bp Sungir folk:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/vs-3os100617.php

More on aerial thermal imagery and archaeology:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/dc-hat092117.php

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests humans knew early on that inbreeding wasn’t a good thing:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-prehistoric-humans-networks-inbreeding.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-incest-neanderthal-woman-genome.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/fos–pha100517.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171005141759.htm
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/russia-prehistoric-remains-show-humans-181002451.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-humans-avoided-inbreeding-networking

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CRIME BEAT
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An attempt to smuggle some Mughal-era artifacts was foiled:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1524795/bid-smuggle-mughal-era-antiquities-foiled/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-26-september-1-october-2017.html

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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StudyingGerman colonial skulls are a repatriation case in the making:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/06/germany-to-investigate-1000-skulls-taken-from-african-colonies-for-racial-research
http://www.dw.com/en/german-foundation-launches-probe-into-origin-of-african-skulls/a-40826267

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NUMISMATICA
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11th century hoard is headed to a Czech museum:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/rare-coin-treasure-troves-headed-for-czech-museum

Feature on a silver stater:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/apollo-reverse-incuse-silver-stater-kunker-ma-shops/

Feature on a coin of Decimus Albinus:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profile-decimus-albinus-brutus-stabbed-caesar/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n40.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n41.html

In case you missed the study linking Roman coins to Carthaginian mines:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/high-tech-coin-research-reveals-metal-source

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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/2659-audio-news-from-archaeologica-24-september-2017-30-september-2017
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OBITUARIES
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James Morwood:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-james-morwood

John C. Williams:

http://caneweb.org/new/?p=3683

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

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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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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Don Buck, David Critchley,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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According to genomic research, homo sapiens apparently emerged 300 000 years bp (didn’t we have this a few months ago?):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uu-mhe092517.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uoj-sac092817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-modern-humans-emerged-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170928142016.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/world/homo-sapiens-are-150000-years-older-than-previously-thought-study-finds-20170929-gyrb8s.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/97412098/Homo-sapiens-are-150-000-years-older-than-previously-thought-study-finds
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-humans/happy-350000th-birthday-study-pushes-back-homo-sapiens-origins-idUSKCN1C32XU?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/southern-african-ancestors-reveal-modern-humans-emerged-350000-years-ago
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/dna-reveals-that-modern-humans-emerged-more-than-300000-years-ago

Feature on homo floresiensis:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/the-struggle-to-understand-the-hobbit

Hype for a Chinese expedition to Kenya:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/28/c_136645941.htm

More on the slow growth rate of Neanderthals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41351019
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/22/552963854/study-suggests-neanderthals-enjoyed-long-childhoods?sc=ipad&f=1007
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-kids-were-lot-kids-today-least-how-they-grew
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/researchers-reconstruct-how-neanderthals-grew

Some cave art humour:

http://bizarro.com/comics/september-27-2017/

… and a feature on cave art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/science/prehistoric-cave-paintings.html

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AFRICA
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Earliest evidence of domesticated sorghum in Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uocp-eef092717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170927162011.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-earliest-evidence-native-african-cultigen.html

In case you missed the news of the African genomic study:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ancient-skeletons-reveal-clues-to-africas-past/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41348087

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Excavation of a couple of toes of that Psameik I statue from Matariya:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/two-toes-king-psamtik-statue-excavated-matariya/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5951-170928-egypt-colossal-toes

A gypsum head of Akhenaten from Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/278025/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Gypsum-head-of-King-Akhenaten-statue-unearthed-in-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/gypsum-head-king-akhenaten-statue-unearthed-minya-statement/

Investigation after some illegal digging in Aswan led to evidence of an extension on the Edfo Temple:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/24753/Edfo-Temple-expansion-discovered

There will be more work done on the Djoser pyramid:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/24822/Hawas-follows-up-restoration-work-at-Djoser-Pyramid

… and the armed forces engineers will be working to bring the area around the pyramids up to grade:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/28/armed-forces-engineering-authority-complete-developing-pyramids-area-mid-2018-antiquities-minister/
http://www.menafn.com/1095907070/Egypt–Armed-Forces-Engineering-Authority-to-complete-developing-pyramids-area-by-mid-2018-Antiquities-Minister

Pondering why Giza was selected as the site for the pyramids:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/25413/Why-ancient-Egyptians-selected-the-place-of-Giza-Pyramids

More on the latest evidence of how Egyptians moved big blocks to make the Great Pyramid:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/archeologist-mark-lehner-solves-mystery-pyramid-giza-built-egypt-solved-ancient-civilisation-channel-a7965916.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-uncover-proof-of-how-ancient-egyptians-built-the-great-pyramid-in-2600bc/news-story/738fe5e3f536709b6e4e333a6b582847
https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37205404/documentary-reveals-how-great-pyramid-of-giza-was-built/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-papyrus-reveals-secret-how-ancient-egyptians-built-great-pyramid-giza-2600bc-1640617
http://www.newsweek.com/who-built-ancient-egypts-great-pyramid-hidden-text-holds-clues-thousand-year-670265
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/063d768d-4053-3c62-82c3-c90912ce8098/ss_archaeologists-solve-the.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/built-ancient-egypt-great-pyramid-110004267.html
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/09/25/pyramids-mystery-solved/
http://www.cbs46.com/story/36448884/archeologists-say-they-solved-the-mummy-of-all-mysteries-the-great-pyramid-at-giza

The Menasche Synagogue in Alexandria has been added to Egypt’s heritage list:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/277921/Heritage/Islamic/Menasche-Synagogue-in-Alexandria-to-be-added-to-Eg.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/277921/Heritage/Islamic/Menasce-Synagogue-in-Alexandria-to-be-added-to-Egy.aspx

Remains of an 11 500 years bp settlement at Hasankeyf:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/11500-year-old-settlement-unearthed-in-hasankeyf-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118364&NewsCatID=375

Studying Natufian remains in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologist-explores-ancient-sedentary-communities-northeastern-jordan

A 4000 years bp Canaanite burial from Jerusalem includes a jar of headless toads (!):

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4313
https://www.timesofisrael.com/afterlife-snack-jar-of-toads-popped-open-in-4000-year-old-canaanite-tomb-dig/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/4000-year-old-burial-remains-discovered-in-ancient-Jerusalem-tomb-505893
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/156303-170925-4-000-year-old-remains-of-decapitated-toads-discovered-in-jerusalem-tomb
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/decapitated-toads-found-in-4000-year-old-caananite-tomb-uncovered-in-excavation-near-jerusalem-biblical-zoo/2017/09/25/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/9/25/decapitated-toads-found-in-4000-year-old-canaanite-jug
https://www.livescience.com/60519-headless-toads-discovered-in-jerusalem-burial.html
https://www.livescience.com/60512-photos-bronze-age-burial-headless-toad.html
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2443826&CategoryId=13936
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/09/26/decapitated-toads-found-in-4000-year-old-canaanite-jug/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jar-headless-toads-found-bronze-age-tomb-180965031/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5940-170925-israel-canaanite-toads

Remains of a First Temple era settlement beneath a former IDF training base:

http://jni.media/secret-first-temple-jewish-city-discovered-under-idf-training-base/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lost-jewish-city-discovered-underneath-israeli-army-base-1641227

Feature on Turkey’s policies regarding sale of antiquities:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28703

A 1200 years bp church from Turkey’s Balikesir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/27/1200-year-old-church-discovered-in-turkeys-balikesir

On the Future of Babylon project:

http://iaassyriology.org/mar-shiprim/future-of-babylon/

The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art might be of interest:

https://hyperallergic.com/397208/jewish-art-worlds-largest-database/

Overviewish piece on Iraq’s archaeological remains in the wake of ISIL:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41390440
http://www.aina.org/news/20170929114435.htm

Seeing what can be salvaged in Nimrud:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6358/1340.full

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Bronze Age finds from Bayley (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/09/25/3400-year-old-encrusted-ceramics-discovered-bronze-age-necropolis-bulgarias-danube-town-baley/

Feature on some archaic Greek sites in Calabria:

http://www.surfky.com/index.php/hopkins/179-news/kentucky/123132-uk-researchers-explore-archaic-greek-sites-in-italy

Plenty of interest in the discovery of the remains of a Hellenistic (maybe) city associated (by the press) with Alexander the Great:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/lost-city-iraq-alexander-great-founded-discover-archaeologists-qalatga-darband-a7965651.html
https://www.livescience.com/60545-lost-city-alexander-the-great-uncovered.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/lost-city-of-alexander-the-great-found-in-iraq-pw6g2dtvj
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/drones-reveal-lost-city-alexander-great-located-iraq-1025870
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/drone360/2017/09/25/drones-lost-city/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lost-city-founded-by-alexander-great-uncovered-iraq-after-2000-years-1640773
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/2000-year-old-lost-city-said-to-be-founded-by-Alexander-the-Great-discovered-in-Iraq
http://mashable.com/2017/09/26/discovery-of-lost-city-in-iraq/
https://www.inverse.com/article/36924-qalatga-darband-alexander-the-great-lost-city
http://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologists-find-lost-city-of-alexander-the-great-in-iraq
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5942-170925-iraq-qalatga-darband
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-alexander-greats-long-lost-city-uncovered-archaeologists-using-671382

… but the connection to Alexander is tenuous:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/is-the-lost-city-of-alexander-the-great-actually-alexanders

… Smithsonian mag seems to have it right:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-reveal-unexplored-ancient-settlement-iraqi-kurdistan-180965028/

I think we mentioned this find of a sanctuary of Artemis on Evia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-41415952
http://www.ekathimerini.com/221897/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-greek-sanctuary-of-artemis-unearthed-in-evia-says-culture-ministry
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Sanctuary-of-Artemis-unearthed-in-Evia
https://www.rt.com/news/404956-greek-ruins-artemis-temple-discovery/
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-lost-ancient-greek-temple-goddess-artemis-2594658
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4928968/Century-long-search-temple-Artemis-over.html

2000 years bp toys from child burials at Parion:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/28/2000-year-old-toys-discovered-inside-childrens-tombs-in-turkeys-canakkale
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5954-170928-turkey-parion-toys

A metal detectorist found a massive Roman coin hoard in Dorset:

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/must-reads/man-finds-massive-coin-hoard-metal-detecting-weekend-worth-200k/29/09/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4577166/roman-coins-2000-years-old-bridport/

Remains of a Romano-British settlement at Wylfa Newydd:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roman-british-settlement-found-wylfa-13691613

Finds from various periods (with a focus on Roman, it seems) on the banks of the Maas:

https://nltimes.nl/2017/09/29/roman-settlement-mammoth-remains-shipwrecks-found-along-maas-river
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/09/archaeologists-uncover-spectacular-shipwreck-graveyard/

Plenty of press interest in a Roman bronze hoard from Gloucestershire, including an interesting dog statue:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/27/metal-detectorists-unearth-unique-hoard-of-roman-artefacts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/27/roman-licking-dog-never-seen-britain-found-metal-detector-enthusiasts/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-41419523
http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/amazing-discovery-could-evidence-hidden-542056
http://www.ibtimes.com/two-brits-metal-detector-find-ancient-roman-bronze-artifacts-2595343
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/licking-dog-bristol-museum-never-544783
https://www.rt.com/uk/405063-roman-bronze-treasure-discovery/
http://www.theforestreview.co.uk/article.cfm?id=107423&headline=Roman%20find%20is%20a%20UK%20first%20and%20may%20be%20linked%20to%20Lydney%20temple&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5949-170927-bronze-licking-dog

Plans to excavate the remains of Prusias ad Hypium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/28/ephesus-of-the-black-sea-to-be-excavated

‘Nighthawks’ hit the Roman site near Hadrian’s wall at Corbridge:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15564399.__39_Nighthawk__39__artefacts_hunters_hit_Hadrian__39_s_Wall_area_Roman_site/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/nighthawk-raiders-using-metal-detectors-13688090
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/illegal-treasure-hunters-damage-north-east-roman-site-1-8778990

… and subsequent concerns therefor:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15565701.Nail_the_nighthawks_plea_as_treasure_hunters_target_Roman_Corbridge/

Using lead plumbing to track the Roman economy:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-09-24/new-study-tracks-ancient-roman-economy-using-city-s-early-lead-plumbing
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/09/26/tracking-romes-economy-through-its-lead-pipes/

The return of that Hercules sarcophagus to Turkey is still getting press coverage:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-sarcophagus-of-hercules-welcomes-visitors-at-antalya-museum.aspx?NewsCatID=375&nID=118331&pageID=238
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/25/c_136634797.htm

Big bucks for a Roman necklace (sort of):

http://thenantwichnews.co.uk/2017/09/26/roman-necklace-sells-for-28000-at-nantwich-auction/

Honours for Joyce Reynolds:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/13584

An interview with Josiah Ober:

https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/interviews/two-way-street-talking-josiah-ober/

What Joan Breton Connelly is up to:

http://today.ku.edu/macarthur-fellowship-winner-and-nyu-classics-professor-present-humanities-lecture-series

What Bob Wolverton is up to:

http://www.cdispatch.com/opinions/article.asp?aid=61049

Plans for a ‘Year of Troy’ in Turkey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/26/archaeologists-home-in-on-homeric-clues-as-turkey-declares-year-of-troy

On grading Latin at Harvard:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/19/how-harvard-helps-its-richest-and-most-arrogant-students-get-ahead/?utm_term=.d1aaef4597e7

Coverage of Colorado Classics Day:

http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_31342188/latin-students-come-from-all-over-state-cu

On protests at sporting venues in ancient times:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/09/25/the-sports-arena-has-always-been-a-venue-for-protest/

Defending Classics:

http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2017/09/27/ancient-greece-gail-pool

Latest linking of Brexit to the return of the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/859542/Brexit-news-Elgin-Marbles-Greece-Tottenham-Hotspur-Cyprus
https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Greece/Brexit-and-the-Parthenon-marbles-182760

You’ll soon have to pay to get into the Pantheon:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170929/visitors-will-soon-have-to-pay-to-enter-romes-pantheon

More on Nero-stamped tiles from near Basingstoke:

http://www.basingstokeobserver.co.uk/2000-year-old-tiles-found-near-basingstoke-shed-insight-on-roman-history

More on those Black Sea shipwrecks (and 3d recreations):

http://today.uconn.edu/2017/09/2000-year-old-ship-found-intact-uconn-expert-colleagues/
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/UConn-research-helps-find-ancient-ships-in-Black-12227378.php
http://www.theday.com/local-news/20170926/avery-point-professor-helps-find-ancient-shipwrecks-in-black-sea

More on finds from Vindolanda this year:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/vindolandas-cavalry-cache-uncovered.htm

Review of David Ferry’s *Aeneid* translation:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/of-arms-and-the-man-1506104780

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.ft.com/content/9b7b8708-a368-11e7-8d56-98a09be71849

Review of Emily Katz Anhalt, *Enraged*:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/greek-myths-offer-valuable-lessons-448777663.html

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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An interesting 10 000 years bp petroglyph from Norway:

https://www.thelocal.no/20170927/discovery-of-10000-year-old-petroglyph-in-norway-described-as-sensational
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5948-170927-norway-petroglyph-boat

A Neolithic dwelling from Cata Sand:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/neolithic-house-cata-sand.htm

Isotope analysis provides info on social differentiation in Neolithic Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-isotopic-analyses-link-late-neolithic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/p-ial092217.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/social-differentiation-identified-in-late-neolithic-spain

A Celtic coin hoard found by metal detectorists in Lincoln:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/09/brothers-in-law-find-hoard-of-national-significance.all.html

A Viking silver hoard from Sylt:

https://www.thelocal.de/20170925/rare-silver-treasure-from-viking-age-discovered-on-north-sea-island

… and a similar (non-silver) hoard of items from Finland:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finnish_history_buff_finds_viking-era_sword_on_lake_shore/9854392
https://sherbrooktimes.com/finland-an-avid-fan-of-archaeology-discovers-a-sword-in-the-viking-millennium-in-its-field-2/9913

I think we mentioned this Viking boat burial from Norway:

https://www.rt.com/news/404552-ancient-viking-ship-discovered-in-city-center/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-1000-year-old-viking-boat-burial-has-been-found-under-a-market-square-in-norway

… and the Viking fortress from Denmark:

https://www.livescience.com/60553-viking-fort-reveals-elaborate-military-network.html
https://www.livescience.com/60562-viking-age-fortress-unearthed-photos.html

A Viking-era sword from a brewery site in Cork:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/perfectly-preserved-viking-sword-found-at-former-beamish-and-crawford-brewery-site-459677.html
https://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2017/0926/907642-viking-sword-cork/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/1-000-year-old-viking-sword-found-at-cork-beamish-site-1.3234406
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/viking-sword-beamish-brewery-cork
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5946-170926-ireland-weaver-s-sword

On the portrayal of Vikings:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-vikings-pure-bred-master-white-supremacists.html

Remains of a forgotten medieval village near St Ishmael:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-41445589

A 15th century cross from Carcassone was vandalized:

http://www.lindependant.fr/2017/09/27/la-croix-du-pont-vieux-vandalisee,3055180.php

The megalithic tomb in Kerry known as ‘the Giant’s Grave’ apparently has a connection with the equinox:

https://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2017/0925/907390-megalithic/

The Ely Museum has purchased a Bronze Age torc:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41365740
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/rare-and-beautiful-bronze-age-gold-neck-band-secured-by-museum-36164668.html

Protests over plans to demolish an historic home in Cradley:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/dudley/2017/09/28/victorian-society-joins-objectors-to-plans-to-demolish-historic-home/#z8j1GBF9Kpy0S7P1.99

On early Scandinavian farmers interacting with Indo-Europeans vocabulary-wise:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-scandinavia-earliest-farmers-exchanged-terminology.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uoc–sef092917.php

They really really really want to study Westminster Hall’s roof, apparently:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/archaeologists-demand-chance-to-solve-mystery-of-westminster-hall-n7vtcwmd8

… and Darley Abbey:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/could-archaeological-dig-solve-derbys-530638

I think we mentioned the concerns for Notre Dame:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/world/europe/paris-notre-dame-renovation.html

Feature on the Vandals:

https://www.livescience.com/46150-vandals.html

What Neil Oliver is up to:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41452552
https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/neil-oliver-becomes-president-national-trust-scotland/

More on the dating of textile remains associated with Francis of Assisi:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-age-content-textile-fragment-accordance.html

More on that mysterious dolphin burial:

https://www.livescience.com/60522-dolphin-bones-unearthed-in-medieval-grave.html

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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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Remains of a Silla-era flushing toilet from Gyeongju:

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170926000733

A 1000 years bp Kali idol from near Palani:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/1000-year-old-kali-idol-found-in-a-channel-near-palani/articleshow/60822823.cms
http://www.ptinews.com/news/9102315_Ancient-statue-of-Goddess-Kali-found-in-TN-village.html

Floodwaters expose an Aboriginal burial ground in West Australia:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-27/aboriginal-remains-exposed-by-floodwaters-repatriated/8992994

Plans to study Aborigine massacre sites in West Australia too:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-01/forensic-science-study-seeks-truth-of-aboriginal-massacres/9001770

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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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Plenty of coverage of the excavation of an outhouse associated with Paul Revere (punning headlines, of course):

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-sea-outhouse-tied-paul-revere.html
http://www.stltoday.com/news/paul-revere-went-here-archaeologists-dig-this-old-outhouse/article_291c3018-6dd8-51a5-9f35-1ac11c30cc8c.html
http://www.trentonian.com/article/TT/20170929/ENTERTAINMENT/170929683
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paul-revere-outhouse-artifacts-1.4313028?cmp=rss
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/09/27/paul-revere-outhouse-found-in-boston-vo.hln
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/paul-revere-outhouse-possibly-found-boston-north-end/
http://www.eagletribune.com/news/no-if-by-sea-outhouse-tied-to-paul-revere-is/article_0689a732-a521-11e7-b324-6bb78113d3b7.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/boston-archaeologists-search-paul-reveres-poop-historic-home-2595702
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavations-begin-paul-reveres-privy-180965044/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5945-170926-paul-revere-privy

Searching for remains of the Santo Cristo de Burgos off the coast of Oregon:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/sep/24/shipwreck-searchers-look-for-signs-of-spanish-galleon/

A 19th century tavern site in Kentucky:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/kentucky-dig-unexpectedly-uncovers-19th-century-tavern/

Pondering the site of the Battle of Wood Lake (Minnesota):

http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/4335949-archaeological-study-sheds-light-battle-wood-lake-western-minnesota
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5952-170928-minnesota-dakota-war

Studying Native American responses to environmental changes:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/09/28/how-vulnerable-collapse/

More protection needed for Chaco Canyon:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-archaeologists-chaco-region.html

More on artifacts exposed by Hurricane Irma (not just a canoe):

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-reg-hurricane-washed-ashore-20170927-story.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of Sican-era human sacrifice at Huaca de la Cruz:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5947-170927-peru-sican-sacrifice

A pair of stele from a Belize site depict some Maya ‘ballplayers’:

https://www.livescience.com/60552-maya-ballplayer-stone-panels-discovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/60557-photos-maya-ballplayers-tipan.html

Wooden sculptures and other items from Peru’s Chan Chan site:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-wood-sculptures-and-other-relics-found-at-ancient-chan-chan-684510.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5953-170928-peru-wood-sculptures

On the popularity of ‘rose gold’ in first millennium Colombia:

https://www.livescience.com/60535-ancient-colombians-preferred-rose-gold.html

More on the population of Easter Island:

http://www.newsweek.com/easter-island-population-mystery-archaeologists-671044
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-couldve-been-fairly-crowded-180965020/

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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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Was there a nude version of the Mona Lisa?:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41436057
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/28/experts-believe-leonardo-da-vinci-drew-nude-mona-lisa/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/arts/design/mona-vanna-lisa-louvre.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/09/29/actualidad/1506643594_200058.html

Since we haven’t heard about the Lewis Chessmen in a while:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/curators-corner-irving-finkel-and-the-lewis-chessmen/

How researchers can stop the plundering of antiquities:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-plundering-cultural-treasures.html

… or maybe just China and the US:

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2017-09-28/how-china-and-america-can-protect-worlds-antiquities

On some mysterious antiquities shipments to the US in the 1990s:

https://www.livescience.com/60563-mystery-antiques-sent-to-us.html

On 16th century dating venues:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixteenth-century-hot-date-might-include-trip-dissecting-theater-180964999/

Human-remains-sniffing-dogs in an archaeological context:

http://kuow.org/post/what-nose-trained-dogs-sniff-out-pioneer-era-graves

On opera and ‘Leaves of Grass’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/arts/music/walt-whitman-leaves-of-grass-opera-crossing-aucoin.html

Time Team’s final episode is coming up:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/reviews/time-team-final-episode-review.htm

What we can learn from the myth of Faust:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170907-what-the-myth-of-faust-can-teach-us

Plans to reunite some Picassos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41346345

On the Rubenstein Test Kitchen project:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/21/547308048/at-duke-university-a-bizarre-tour-through-american-history-and-palates?sc=ipad&f=1008

Studying the connection between letters and sound:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/09/22/552583637/do-letters-show-you-how-they-sound?sc=ipad&f=1007

What xrays of some Degas works reveals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41378635

A lost Rubens rediscovered:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41374018
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/24/lost-rubens-portrait-james-i-lover-rediscovered-glasgow

Victor Nuovo’s latest philosophical columns:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-establishing-rule-law-america
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-power-people-freedoms-foundation

Not sure if we mentioned this WWI wreck off Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41387186
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5943-170925-orkney-hms-pheasant
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15557114.Mystery_of_First_World_War_wreck_sunk_off_Orkniey_is_finally_revealed/

On Phds and the rust belt:

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/09/26/what-phd-graduates-have-common-industrial-rust-belt-workers-essay

Review of Stephen Taylor, *Defiance*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/books/review/defiance-stephen-taylor-anne-barnard-biography.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/24/teotihuacan-pyramids-treasures-secret-de-young-museum-san-francisco
http://artdaily.com/news/99184/First-major-U-S–exhibition-on-Teotihuacan-in-over-twenty-years-opens-in-San-Francisco
https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/teotihuacan-city-water-city-fire

Golden Kingdoms:

http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/golden_kingdoms/index.html

Ancient Bodies:

http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/ancient-bodies

Moundbuilders:

https://www.penn.museum/exhibitions/special-exhibitions/moundbuilders

Art of the Americas:

https://mingei.org/exhibitions/art-of-the-americas/

Ceramics of Western Mexico:

http://www.bowers.org/index.php/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/152-ceramics-of-western-mexico

Terrracotta Warriors:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/science/china-terracotta-warriors-augmented-reality.html

History of Opera:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/arts/music/opera-victoria-albert-museum.html

Roman technology:

http://jacksonville.com/arts/entertainment/2017-09-28/new-exhibit-mosh-shows-technological-innovation-allowed-rome-dominate

Daily Life in Ancient Greece:

https://hellenicnews.com/daily-life-ancient-greece/

Scythians:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/dan-snow-meets-the-scythians/
http://artdaily.com/news/99047/Exhibition-at-the-British-Museum-reveals-the-history-of-the-Scythians

Escape from Pompeii:

http://ilglobo.com.au/news/36249/escape-from-pompeii-the-roman-empire-comes-to-fremantle/

Mummies:

http://artdaily.com/news/99047/Exhibition-at-the-British-Museum-reveals-the-history-of-the-Scythians

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On use of aerial thermal imagery in archaeology:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170924103756.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What Viking sites reveal about the effects of climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-climate-changelessons-vikings.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Easter Island:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/easter-island-things-to-do/index.html

San Giorgio Maggiore:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/sep/27/san-giorgio-maggiore-island-venice-free-art-show-biennale

King John in Lincolnshire:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170926-the-lost-jewels-of-bad-king-john

Italian Riviera:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/travel/liguria-italy-mediterranean.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Prison time for looters of a Mississippian mound:

https://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1752124082&kid=9HWduA8XgS12gW9B
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/crime/article/3-sentenced-to-prison-for-looting-Mississippi-12243038.php

A Renoir was stolen prior to a Paris auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41456847
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/09/30/Renoir-stolen-in-brazen-theft-ahead-of-Paris-auction-.html
http://www.dw.com/en/painting-by-auguste-renoir-stolen-from-small-auction-house-near-paris/a-40762336

Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/09/culture-crime-news-18-25-september-2017.html

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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OpEd on returning that bull’s head:

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/7051-us-stolen-2-300-year-old-bull-s-head-seized-from-the-met-must-be-returned-to-lebanon

Why the Smithsonian can’t return some items to Africa:

http://punchng.com/why-we-cant-return-african-artworks-to-owners-smithsonian-museum/

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NUMISMATICA
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On stars and crescents on ancient coins:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/star-crescent-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n39.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n40.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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Victoria and Abdul:

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/21/551294840/-victoria-and-abdul-part-satire-part-love-story-all-charming?sc=ipad&f=1008

Loving Vincent:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/41422698

Othello:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/movies/othello-orson-welles.html

As You Like It:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/theater/as-you-like-it-review-classic-stage-company.html

King Lear:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/books/edward-st-aubyn-king-lear.html

Greek Tragedy festival:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/176524/21st-century-women-react-ancient-greek-tragedies/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27441-report-21st-century-women-react-to-ancient-greek-tragedies.html

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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/2653-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-september-2017-23-september-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Stella McGuire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/25/stella-mcguire-obituary

Marc Balakjian:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/27/marc-balakjian-obituary

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

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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 20.22 ~ September 24, 2017

 

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Don Buck, Rick Heli,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying to El Sidron child to postulate how Neanderthals grew:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/snrc-crh092117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-neanderthal-boy-skull-grew-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170921141215.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/science/neanderthal-brain-growth.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41351019
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/22/neanderthal-boys-skull-reveals-they-grew-like-modern-boys
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/neanderthal-boy-found-in-spanish-cave-was-human-like-but-with-a-larger-brain
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41351019
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/22/552963854/study-suggests-neanderthals-enjoyed-long-childhoods
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthal-children-grow-lot-modern-human-children-180964993/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/09/21/ciencia/1506013776_695158.html

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AFRICA
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On the racism behind interpretations of some of Africa’s ancient architecture:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201709180081.html

More on that Portuguese shipwreck found off Namibia a decade ago:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/97052511/Recovered-artifacts-from-a-shipwrecked-16th-Century-Portuguese-vessel-still-missing-after-a-decade

More on curbing theft of Libyan antiquities:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/head-libyas-archeology-authority-urges-neighboring-countries-help-end-smuggling-antiquities

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Mark Lehner may have found evidence of how the stones for the pyramids were transported (news on this is just a trickle at this point):

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11925828
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4534360/archaeologists-uncover-proof-of-how-egyptians-built-the-great-pyramid-of-giza/

Nice feature on a pit full of ritually-buried statuary from Karnak (found in 2014):

https://www.livescience.com/60484-egyptian-statues-found-in-pit.html
https://www.livescience.com/60485-photos-ancient-egyptian-sphinx-buried-in-pit.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/24144/%E2%80%98Graveyard%E2%80%99-of-Ancient-Egyptian-sculptures-in-Karnak

Documenting antiquities in Tanis (I’m not sure what’s going on here):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/23433/Campaign-documents-fixed-antiquities-in-Tanis-Egypt

More on Hawass’ opera project:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22398/Hawass-to-write-opera-about-Tutankhamen

Two interesting pieces of investigative journalism on the Guennol Stargazer:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59c54f19e4b08d6615504225
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59c03f89e4b082fd4205b935

Studying Urartian burials from the province of Van:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/urartian-necropolis-reveals-burial-customs-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118185&NewsCatID=375

Feature on a 3000 years bp doll in a Gaziantep museum:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1164496/offbeat

More on citrus in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2347&ncs4677=3&erid=6686858&trid=b2ee032f-6135-48b0-ab7a-7b572b813668

Revisiting the current state of Palmyra:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-city-of-palmyra-in-intensive-care-after-destruction-by-isil.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118102&NewsCatID=375

… and Mosul:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/salvation-mosul-180964772/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Latest Minoan (and later) finds from Zominthos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27244-complex-architectural-features-and-rare-artifacts-found-in-minoan-palace-excavations-on-cretan-mountain.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/09/19/new-pictures-from-minoan-palace-of-zominthos-released/

We’re also reading of the find of some Minoan burials:

http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/3000yearold-minoan-graves-uncovered/news-story/0ff977692ff6715a66a83fa08fc5d14e
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2443561&CategoryId=13936

More on the Mycenean tomb find at Orchomenos:

http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/19/mycenaean-tomb-found-in-greece

Bridge construction near the Crimea reveals a 5th century BCE Greek fortress of some sort:

http://tass.com/society/966176

A possible temple of Athena from Manisa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/searching-for-traces-of-ancient-temple-of-athena-in-turkeys-manisa.aspx?pageID=238&nID=118049&NewsCatID=375

A Hellenistic temple of Poseidon (maybe) from Jordan:

http://www.trtworld.com/mea/archaeologists-discover-ancient-temple-in-jordan-s-amman-10564

Feature on the excavations at Patara:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/daily-life-tools-shed-light-on-hellenistic-era-in-antalya.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118180&NewsCatID=375

Nice feature on Syrians in Hadrianic Britain:

http://www.aramcoworld.com/en-US/Articles/July-2017/Hadrian-s-Syrians-1

A temple of Artemis on Euboea:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/09/20/swiss-archaelogists-discover-ancient-temple-of-artemis-on-euboea/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/221897/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-greek-sanctuary-of-artemis-unearthed-in-evia-says-culture-ministry
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-secrets-long-lost-temple-artemis-revealed-after-100-year-search-669435
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/22/c_136630440.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5930-170920-greece-artemis-temple

Some Nero brickstamps:

http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/15552282.Rare_evidence_of_leading_Roman_figure_found_during_excavation/

A 1700 years bp villa from Antalya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ruins-of-ancient-villa-found-in-antalya.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118136&NewsCatID=375

Linking Roman lead pipes and the economy:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-09-24/new-study-tracks-ancient-roman-economy-using-city-s-early-lead-plumbing

Interesting study of ancient Mediterranean textile characteristics and influences:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-ancient-textiles-reveal-differences-mediterranean.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uoc-atr092217.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170922094034.htm

Feature on Sparta:

https://www.livescience.com/32035-sparta.html

Feature on the Margites:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/before-the-iliad-did-homer-write-the-worlds-first-comedy

I think we mentioned this study suggesting Greeks may have deliberately built on fault lines:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/ancient-greeks-may-have-deliberately-built-sacred-sites-on-earthquake-faults
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2017/09/21/active-earthquake-faults-may-played-a-role-in-the-rise-and-demise-of-ancient-sacred-sites/

In case you missed the return of that ‘Hercules sarcophagus’:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/geneva-to-turkey_priceless-roman-sarcophagus-heads-home-after-legal-saga/43495484
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-sarcophagus-of-hercules-returns-home-to-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117972&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/09/20/sarcophagus-of-hercules-set-in-place

What Max Nelson is up to:

http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/barbarians-and-brews-university-of-windsor-prof-knows-his-beer-history

We’re being warned about a ‘supervolcano’ near Vesuvius again:

http://www.ibtimes.com/italy-supervolcano-near-mount-vesuvius-may-soon-erupt-scientists-say-2591185

Homer and hip hop … fused:

https://www.thelantern.com/2017/09/graduate-student-creates-homer-and-hip-hop-fusion/

More on that Roman mosaic from Boxford:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/world/europe/uk-boxford-roman-mosaic.html
https://www.livescience.com/60440-roman-mosaic-found-in-england.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/ancient-roman-mosaic-discovered-video-spd/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/504561/amateur-archaeologists-england-unearth-rare-roman-mosaic

More on that mass burial from Parion:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-mass-grave-filled-skeletons-baffles-archaeologists-turkey-666806
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeletons-found-in-ancient-tomb.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118011&NewsCatID=375

More on recent finds from Vindolanda:

https://www.livescience.com/60379-photos-roman-fort-vindolanda.html
https://www.livescience.com/60385-toy-swords-unearthed-roman-fort-vindolanda.html

Reviews of Daniel Mendelsohn, *An Odyssey*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/books/review/review-an-odyssey-daniel-mendelsohn.html
https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2017/0920/An-Odyssey-is-a-father-son-journey-with-Homer-as-guide

Review of Bishop, *The Pilum*:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-pilum-roman-heavy-javelin.htm

Review of Rushworth and Croom, *Segedunum*:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-segedunum-excavations-charles-daniels-roman-fort-wallsend-1975-1984.htm

Review of Ferry’s *Aeneid* translation:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/of-arms-and-the-man-1506104780

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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6000 years bp remains of a dwelling near Ayrshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-41347487
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15550214.Remains_of_6_000_year_old_dwelling_found_in_Ayrshire_field_during_water_mains_project/
http://www.scotsman.com/news/house-older-than-stonehenge-found-in-east-ayrshire-field-1-4566488
http://www.thenational.scot/news/15550893.Archaeologists_excited_by_Neolithic_house_find/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/6000-year-old-house-older-stonehenge-found-scottish-field-1640452
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/unearthing-an-ancient-house-in-ayrshire
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5932-170921-scotland-neolithic-house

A Bronze Age hoard from Cumbria:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/unusual-bronze-age-hoard-found-cumbria.htm

A possible Pictish longhouse find at Burghead Fort:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/pictish-longhouse-unearthed-burghead-fort.htm

Sixty or so largely intact shipwrecks from various periods found in the Black Sea’s ‘dead zone’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/19/watch-shipwrecks-dating-5th-century-discovered-bottom-black/
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/scientists-investigating-climate-change-stumble-11197975
http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/archaeologists-reveal-2500-years-of-seafaring-in-the-black-sea-09-19-2017
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/scientists-discover-60-ancient-ships-preserved-black-sea-n803991
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-fleet-ancient-ships-discovered-black-sea-180964978/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5938-170922-black-sea-shipwrecks

… not sure if this is part of the above:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-wreckages-discovered-on-southern-coasts-in-mersin.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118227&NewsCatID=375

A Viking boat burial from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/60462-early-viking-boat-grave-discovered.html

Interesting medieval porpoise burial (!) from the Chapelle Dom Hue:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/19/medieval-porpoise-grave-on-channel-island-puzzles-archaeologists
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/porpoise-burial-by-medieval-monks-creates-puzzling-grave-mystery
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/medieval-porpoise-bones-buried-guernsey-video-spd/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-porpoise-bones-medieval-site-mystifies-archaeologists-180964961/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5927-170919-channel-island-porpoise

… and apparently it is not a unique find:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/20/channel-islands-buried-porpoise-is-not-the-first-such-mysterious-find

Digging a medieval cave monastery in Georgia:

http://agenda.ge/news/87481/eng

Latest Crossrail find is evidence of bodysnatching, apparently:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/beating-londons-bodysnatchers.htm

Excavating the ‘utopian wife-swapping project’ at Manea:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/history/wife-swapping-manea-project-utopian-13631077
http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/18/200-year-old-wife-swapping-colony-discovered-in-cambridgeshire-6936893/

A dig has commenced next to the Paisley Abbey site:

http://www.renfrewshire24.co.uk/2017/09/18/work-starts-on-archaeological-dig-to-explore-a-mysterious-site-near-paisley-abbey/

Searching for the original Oxen Ford:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15549517.Storytelling_flints_and_the_original_Oxen_Ford__flood_scheme_archaeology_begins/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5939-170922-oxford-ancient-archaeology

Feature on what might remain of Old Skegness:

http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/whats-on/arts/old-skegness-lost-to-the-sea-could-be-hiding-ancient-treasures-1-8148260

A metal detectorist has found a medieval crucifix:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-41318348

Studying Neolithic Orkney rivalries:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41319168
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15544975.Neolithic_communities_in_Orkney_faced_tensions_and_rivalries_with_other_villages__scientists_show/

I think we mentioned this purported hanging of a monkey in Hartlepool:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-40801937

… and this Viking sword find:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5911-170912-norway-viking-sword

More on the Rooswijk:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/rescuing-the-rooswijk.htm

More on that female Viking warrior:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/sep/21/dna-says-viking-warrior-found-in-1889-was-female/

… and the doubts associated therewith:

http://mashable.com/2017/09/12/female-viking-warrior-military-leader-doubts-debunk/

More on the Stonehenge tunnel approval:

http://www.chardandilminsternews.co.uk/news/15529171.Government_gives_green_light_to_Stonehenge_tunnel/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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19 Neolithic burials on the China-Russia border:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/22/c_136629307.htm
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/19-neolithic-tombs-discovered-in-china/1151927

Five Tusi ‘chieftain’ burials from Guizhou:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/18/c_136618019.htm
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=96845&sid=3
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5923-170918-china-tusi-chieftains

Feature on some of China’s significant archaeology finds from the past five years:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-09/18/content_32143430.htm

Feature on the dig at Sharyshyq:

http://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/news_kazakhstan/page_187387_

More on the ‘irregularities’ of the dig at Tang’s tomb:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/12/c_136603829.htm

A sixth century CE stone sculpture of Shiva from Kashmir:

http://www.india.com/news/agencies/rare-6th-century-stone-sculpture-of-shiva-found-in-kashmir-2494261/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-kashmir-6th-century-lord-shiva-stone-sculpture-unearthed-in-harwan-2548041

On how India contributed to the development of math(s):

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-ways-ancient-india-world-maths.html

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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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Evidence of a human presence in Alaska 14 000 years bp:

https://source.colostate.edu/csu-archaeologists-unearthing-mans-roots-alaska/

Finds from various periods at three Fredericksburg sites:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/fredericksburg/bones-ancient-artifacts-found-at-three-fredericksburg-sites/article_1e89f702-956e-53d5-82e6-b64aea650a07.html
http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/bones-ancient-artifacts-dating-to-b-c-found-at-three/article_fdac2e87-ab81-5485-97f5-56e8436e8f75.html

An (expensive) 1831 drain pipe from Toronto:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/st-lawrence-market-costs-1.4298986
http://www.blogto.com/city/2017/09/controversy-old-drain-pipe-north-st-lawrence-market/

Concerns for sites in the Chaco region:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-archaeologists-chaco-region.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/22/archaeologists-more-protections-needed-for-chaco-r/
https://durangoherald.com/articles/185292
http://www.wnem.com/story/36433337/archaeologists-more-protections-needed-for-chaco-region
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/22/chaco-culture-national-historical-park-protections/

Feature on arrowheads from Piedmont (SC):

https://www.carolinacountry.com/carolina-stories/stories/indian-arrowheads-of-the-piedmont

Feature on the history of the University of Virginia:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/charlottesville-jeffersons-university/

Latest evidence (maybe) for the lost city of Roanoke:

http://portcitydaily.com/2017/09/22/possible-evidence-of-the-lost-colony-found-at-coastal-land-trusts-new-site-x-nws/

More on the Erebus:

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/09/14/hms-erebus-wreck-to-unlock-secrets-of-doomed-franklin-expedition.html

More on the dugout canoe Irma revealed:

http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Canoe-washed-ashore-after-Irma-could-be-hundreds-of-years-old-445334383.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A Maya royal burial from El Peru-Waka (Guatemala):

https://www.livescience.com/60433-royal-mayan-tomb-with-red-bones.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/ancient-maya-king-tomb-spd/
http://nypost.com/2017/09/20/archeologists-discover-tomb-of-4th-century-mayan-king/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-000-old-tomb-maya-174500765.html

Cold-resistant yeast found in some 1000 years bp pottery found near the Chile-Argentina border:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5928-170919-south-america-yeast

… with the expected connections being made to beer production:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/lager-beer-may-originate-south-america-not-germany-research-suggests-n802541
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-lager-beer-originate-south-america-180964962/

Sediment in Martinique is connected to an 18th century earthquake (and tsunami) in Portugal:

https://eos.org/articles/caribbean-sediment-traced-to-1755-portuguese-quake-and-tsunami

On the affinities between Brazilian earthworks and the Hopewell Mounds:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170924/archaeology-brazilian-earthworks-eerily-similar-to-ohios-hopewell-mounds

Feature on Teotihuacan’s urban design:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/dgo-htu092017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-teotihuacan-urban-lost.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170920113346.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/teotihuacans-unique-urban-design

Pondering the population of Easter Island:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/f-ste092017.php

… and an APOD with an Easter Island connection:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170918.html

Mexico is creating a Latin American theme park:

https://economia.elpais.com/economia/2017/09/18/actualidad/1505756714_551619.html

On a temple in the Amazon and the history of cocoa (my Spanish isn’t working well this a.m.):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/09/22/estilo/1506043289_701424.html

—–
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 why we ignore the idea of warrior women:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/18/battle-prejudice-warrior-women-ancient-amazons

On Yale’s ‘brain collection’:

https://www.yalemedicine.org/stories/brain-science/

Feature on Samuel Johnson’s dictionary:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/18/how-well-do-you-know-samuel-johnsons-dictionary-quiz

… and a feature on the man himself:

http://www.ibtimes.com/who-samuel-johnson-google-doodle-honors-dictionary-author-2591027

An old sack proves to be of the right age to be associated with St Francis of Assisi:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uosd-7yo092217.php
http://www.ibtimes.com/science-offers-evidence-catholic-religions-st-francis-assisi-legend-2593106

Feature on doomsday predictions:

https://www.livescience.com/60499-ancient-theories-fuel-doomsday-predictions.html

Latest Lego work is a history of London:

https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/someone-s-created-a-history-of-london-in-lego-it-s-something-quite-special

A ‘lost’ Rubens turns up in the Glasgow Museum:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41373007
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/24/missing-rubens-masterpiece-found-hanging-historic-house-glasgow/

Medieval studies is having a dustup over accusation of racism now:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/19/one-professors-critique-another-divides-medieval-studies

A WWI U-boat find off the coast of Belgium:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41318195
https://www.livescience.com/60475-wwi-german-u-boat-found-off-belgium-coast.html

A history of sunglasses:

http://www.jhunewsletter.com/2017/09/21/the-many-shades-of-sunglasses-a-short-history/

Changes regarding the sale of antiquities are coming in India:

http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lo3Z90iJXmqy0N8Oa2BUtN/You-may-soon-be-able-to-sell-antiques-without-a-licence.html

On Hobbit inspiration:

http://www.newsweek.com/hobbit-jrr-tolkien-anniversary-inspiration-668989

Millicent Fawcett is getting a statue:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41330508

Feature on Sebastian Elcano:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/09/21/actualidad/1505951978_854948.html

Pondering ‘Tulipmania’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-real-tulip-fever-180964915/

Studying the history of ‘sociable reading’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-reveals-hidden-history-sociable-18th.html

Not sure if this ‘nazi era’ box find from Austria has made it into the reputable press yet:

http://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Hitler-busts-Nazi-era-paintings-found-in-Austrian-Parliament-building-505283

A call for the return of the Met’s art and antiquities squad:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/bring-back-the-mets-art-and-antiquities-squad/

Review of Beglane (ed), *Gatherings: Past and Present*:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-gatherings-past-present.htm

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Treasures of Viet Nam:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/186614/vietnamese-archaeological-treasures-continue-tour-of-germany.html

Scythians:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/09/pot-smoking-warriors-who-attached-enemy-bodyparts-to-their-horses-scythians-reviewed/
http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/19/scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-at-the-british-museum-exhibition-review/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/waldemar-januszczak-art-review-scythians-british-museum-6b0r33zlt

Escape from Pompeii:

http://www.communitynews.com.au/fremantle-gazette/lifestyle/escape-from-pompeii-the-untold-roman-rescue-is-at-the-maritime-museum-in-fremantle/

Ancient Chinese Science:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/22/c_136627875.htm
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/09/22/__trashed-19/

Gladiators:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/entertainment/gladiators-exhibit-turns-fernbank-into-the-colosseum/article_d741769c-642d-540e-a97f-98db8099ffc1.html

Chinese Landscapes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/arts/design/chinese-landscapes-at-the-met-if-those-mountains-could-talk.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Fort Orange collection:

https://altamontenterprise.com/09212017/pieces-past-tell-how-dutch-settlers-and-native-peoples-collaborated-1600s

Book of the Dead:

https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/09/22/exhibit-illustrates-magical-powers-book-dead-ancient-egypt

Egypt is denying that illicit artifacts have been given to the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/277421/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/No-unauthorised-Egyptian-artefacts-at-Louvre-Abu-D.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/no-egyptian-antiquities-smuggled-louvre-abu-dhabi-museum-official/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/20/egypt-denies-sending-antiquities-display-abu-dhabis-louvre/
http://menafn.com/1095880258/Egypt-denies-sending-antiquities-to-display-at-Abu-Dhabis-Louvre

The Peabody Essex Museum has acquired some Native American artifacts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/arts/design/peabody-essex-museum-gets-set-of-native-american-artifacts.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Report on the Paris Biennale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/arts/design/paris-biennale.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Applying VR to African artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-virtual-reality-life-african-fossils.html

What 3d scans of dog fossils reveals about domestication:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-d-analysis-dog-fossils-domestication.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170920182045.htm

On the use of drones in archaeology:

https://www.wired.com/story/archaeologists-dont-always-need-to-digtheyve-got-drones/

… and aerial thermal imagery:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/dc-hat092117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-aerial-thermal-imagery-revolutionizing-archaeology.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A major genomic study of Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-ancient-human-dna-sub-saharan-africa.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/hms-ahd092017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170921141311.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/science/africa-dna-migration.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/09/21/oldest-african-dna-offers-rare-window-into-past/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-complete-first-major-study-ancient-human-dna-africa-180964973/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5934-170921-africa-genome-migration

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pompeii and Herculaneum:

http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/09/21/1741177/visit-pompeii-and-herculaneum

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CRIME BEAT
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Arrests over illegal excavations in Cairo and Sharqia:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/two-suspects-arrested-illegal-excavation-cairo-sharqia/

A break-in at the Mohamed Ali Palace in Shubra:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/10/277419/Blogs/Breakin-at-Mohamed-Ali-Palace-in-Shubra,-no-artefa.aspx

Some Ottoman-era items seized at the Cairo airport are headed for the Museum of Islamic Art:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/277471/Heritage/Museums/Ottomanera-artefacts-seized-at-Cairo-airport-to-go.aspx

Feature on the market for forged and stolen artworks:

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/global-market-for-forged-and-stolen-artworks-is-thriving-and-underpoliced-20170921-gylyc0.html

Not sure where to put this one … the mayor of Paphos is making accusations against Foreign Ministry staff:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/09/22/paphos-mayor-accuses-foreign-ministry-staff-wrongdoing/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/09/culture-crime-news-4-17-september-2017.html

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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Not sure if we should classify it as repatriation when folks turn in artifacts:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/two-people-hand-relics-authorities-tripoli

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n38.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n39.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 Francesca Caccini:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/francesca-caccini-sixteenth-century-musical-genius-youve-never-heard-180964884/

Loving Vincent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/movies/loving-vincent-review-van-gogh.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Victoria and Abdul:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/movies/victoria-and-abdul-review-judi-dench.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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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/2652-audio-news-from-archaeologica-10-september-2017-16-september-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Joyce Matz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/nyregion/joyce-matz-fervid-voice-for-historic-preservation-dies-at-92.html

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

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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 20.21 ~ September 17, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli,
Kris Curry, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… a bit of a slow week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Looking at homo naledi’s teeth:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-dental-homo-naledi.html

Paper on Neanderthals and Denisovans:

http://www.pnas.org/content/114/37/9859.abstract.html?etoc

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AFRICA
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Feature on a Portuguese shipwreck found off Namibia a decade ago:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-namibia-portuguese-shipwreck-relics-hidden.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/in-namibia-1533-portuguese-shipwrecks-relics-hidden-away/2017/09/15/139ed4a8-99fd-11e7-af6a-6555caaeb8dc_story.html
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/world/article/In-Namibia-1533-Portuguese-shipwreck-s-relics-12199981.php
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/world/article/In-Namibia-1533-Portuguese-shipwreck-s-relics-12199981.php

Libya is encouraging cooperation in the fight against antiquities smuggling:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/head-libyas-archeology-authority-urges-neighboring-countries-help-end-smuggling-antiquities

More on the search for Barca:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-archeology-authority-look-lost-ancient-city-barca

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A funerary chapel dedicated to Ramses II:

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/egyptian-pharaohs-chapel-discovered-79663

Marking the bicentennial of the discovery of the temples at Abu Simbel:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/277022/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-embassy-in-Paris-celebrates-bicentennial-.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/09/14/egypts-embassy-in-paris-celebrates-200th-anniversary-of-discovering-abu-simebl-temples/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/paris-hosts-egypts-celebration-abu-simbel-relocation-anniversary/

More on that goldsmith tomb from Luxor:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/middleeast/egypt-archaeology-tomb-goldsmith.html
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/get-a-first-look-inside-a-newly-opened-egyptian-tomb.aspx
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/egypt-goldsmith-tomb-1.4284031?cmp=rss
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/09/11/goldsmiths-tomb-discovered-in-luxor-over-3500-years-old_89a9fee7-4588-438c-80a1-f7703c435fba.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-mummies-and-treasures-3500-years-old-uncovered-tomb-royal-663438
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-kingdom-goldsmiths-tomb-discovered-egypt-180964840/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5905-170911-egypt-goldsmith-tomb

… and, as often, we get a piece on how recent discoveries in Egypt are boosting tourism:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2443145&CategoryId=13936

Egypt and France are working on a project at Saqqara:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22967/Egyptian-French-cooperation-developing-Saqqara-site

Plans to restore some 13th century structures in Siwa:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/23163/Ministry-of-Antiquities-to-restore-archaeological-buildings-in-siwa

A fatwa in Egypt is encouraging illegal antiquities digging (!):

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/egypt-religious-fatwa-antiquities.html

What Zahi Hawass is up to (!):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22398/Hawass-to-write-opera-about-Tutankhamen

Feature on some Revolt-era burials at Khirbet el-Maqatir:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-2000-year-old-murder-leads-to-an-illicit-burial-in-the-heart-of-the-west-bank/

Tomb raiders hit the site of Horkania:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Tomb-raiders-vandalize-mysterious-Judean-Desert-skull-cave-505009
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/report-robbers-destroyed-mysterious-skull-cave-in-hasmonean-fortress/2017/09/14/

Item on students who worked on a dig at Tel Akko this past summer:

http://miamioh.edu/cas/about/news/2017/09/tel-akko.html

More on that unique food storage vessel from Tel Tsaf and the connection to ‘elites’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170906144548.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.811906

More on remains of a ‘refugee camp’ at Masada:

http://forward.com/news/israel/382132/exclusive-new-archaeology-shows-refugee-camp-not-just-rebels-atop-masada/

Excavating a 1000 years bp neighbourhood in eastern Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/millenium-old-turkish-neighborhood-in-erzincan-unearthed-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117833&NewsCatID=375

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An intact Mycenean tomb from Orchomenos:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/a-rare-discovery-will-shed-new-light-on-mycenaean-funerary-practices
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-bronze-age-grave-greece-nobleman.html
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/history/cambridge-archaeologists-uncover-monumental-jewellery-13621285
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-massive-tomb-holding-treasure-and-mysterious-3400-year-old-body-664221

2600 years bp (mass?) burial from Parion:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeletons-found-in-ancient-tomb.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118011&NewsCatID=375

A 2000 years bp ‘baby bottle’ from Canakkale:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/12/2000-year-old-baby-bottle-unearthed-in-turkeys-canakkale

Very interesting third century CE sculptures from Antalya:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/17/3-ancient-statues-of-senior-civil-servants-discovered-in-turkeys-antalya

Interesting structure on a Dalmatian island:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/22001-ancient-site-discovered-in-nature-park-telascica
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5921-170915-croatia-dugi-otok

Plenty of coverage of finds from a cavalry barracks at Vindolanda:

https://www.livescience.com/60385-toy-swords-unearthed-roman-fort-vindolanda.html
https://www.livescience.com/60379-photos-roman-fort-vindolanda.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-41225702
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/09/15/roman-swords-unearthed-at-ancient-cavalry-barracks-near-hadrians-wall.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-cavalry-sword-discovered-at-hadrians-wall-rc8g3p9vr
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-cavalry-swords-and-toys-unearthed-along-hadrians-wall-180964863/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5906-170911-england-vindolanda-sword
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/roman-cavalry-finds-unearthed-at-hadrians-wall-dig

Study suggests Greeks deliberately built temples on fault lines:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-earthquake-faults-key-role-culture.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uop-efm091217.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170912103549.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/did-ancient-greece-worship-earthquakes-sacred-sites-built-fault-lines-2589014
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greeks-earthquakes-temples-664751
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/earthquake-faults-may-have-been-culturally-significant-in-the-aegean

Publication of a very interesting 4th century astrological text:

http://dlib.nyu.edu/awdl/isaw/isaw-papers/12/

Some Hellenistic towers in Antalya will be restored:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27154-ancient-hellenistic-towers-being-restored-in-antalya-turkey.html

Nice feature on the Amazons:

http://wnpr.org/post/amazons-myth-reality-and-modern-relevance

Feature on studying sherds excavated by Evans on Crete:

http://news.tulane.edu/news/ancient-site-holds-research-opportunity-undergrads

Feature on the Guisborough Roman helmet:

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/15536579.Archaeologist_on_a_mission_to_raise_awareness_of_North_East_discovered_historic_Roman_helmet/

What Benjamin Stevens is up to:

http://www.trinitonian.com/classics-professor-gives-his-take-on-not-so-classic-films/

Classics is threatened at PLU:

http://www.king5.com/news/education/classical-studies-on-the-chopping-block-at-plu/474991738

Pondering a university motto:

http://wfuogb.com/2017/09/pro-humanitate-should-be-better-understood/

Archaeologists are weighing in on the proposed development of Hellenikon:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/27140-archaeologists-law-will-be-violated-if-hellinikon-is-not-listed-as-archaeological-site.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/27167-archaeological-council-meeting-over-helleniko-project-cancelled.html

… while an airport roundabout on Malta won’t affect catacombs there:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170915/local/airport-roundabout-roadworks-will-not-damage-catacombs.658031

Applying Aristotle to modern life:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/opinion/the-problem-of-living-in-the-present.html

Arrests after flying a drone over the Colosseum:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170914/local/two-maltese-arrested-for-flying-drone-over-the-colosseum.658007

… and some folks tried to steal some bricks therefrom as well:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/chilean-tourists-caught-stealing-bricks-romes-colosseum-by-military-police-1639407

More on that mosaic from Boxford:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologists-find-most-exciting-roman-mosaic-britain-180964828/

More (nothing new) on the purported skull of the elder Pliny:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/563606/Forgotten-skull-in-museum-linked-to-Pompeii-rescue

Reviews of Daniel Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/13/an-odyssey-a-father-a-son-and-an-epic-by-daniel-mendelsohn-review
http://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/how-daniel-mendelsohn-found-his-father-through-homers-odyssey/
http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=books&article=1159
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/identity-and-recognition-a-conversation-with-daniel-mendelsohn/
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2017/09/14/mathematician-father-and-classicist-son-odyssey/S8UjBigtjCfZ5Z2dK2gCDP/story.html
http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/An-Odyssey-A-Father-a-Son-and-an-Epic-12201509.php
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/an-odyssey-father-son-epic-daniel-mendelsohn-review-3b2pnsjxz
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/books/daniel-mendelsohn-s-an-odyssey-review-a-literature-professor-his-81-year-old-dad-and-their-journey-through-homer-s-epic-1.14148029

Review of Ferry’s translation of the Aeneid:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/virgils-the-aeneid-still-looks-strikingly-contemporary/2017/09/12/3915dfe4-97df-11e7-b569-3360011663b4_story.html?utm_term=.89be5e54c53b
http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Book-World-More-than-20-centuries-later-12197427.php

Review of Nixey, *The Darkening Age*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/darkening-age-catherine-nixey-review-crbc0n2np

I think this is a review of *Unknown Technology in Homer* (or something like that):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-shield-of-achilles_us_59bc2a1de4b0390a1564dd46

Assorted coverage on ‘Bromans’, which is causing a bit of a stir among Classicists in the UK:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-09-15/an-oxford-classics-lecturer-live-tweeted-itv2-reality-show-bromans/
http://www.ok.co.uk/tv/1175722/bromans-tom-rhiannon-ancient-rome-injury-challenge-gladiator-weight-loss
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/bromans-makes-love-island-look-sophisticated-episode-1-recap/
https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/andrew-sillett-twitter-bromans/
https://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/bromans-everything-you-need-to-know-about-itv2s-new-couples-show-set-in-ancient-rome-a3634336.html

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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 dismemberment at a 5300 years bp passage tomb from Carrowkeel:

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/0915/905136-burial-practices-analysis/

A Bronze Age roundhouse from Petersfield:

http://www.petersfieldpost.co.uk/article.cfm?id=113207&headline=Bronze%20Age%20round%20house%20found%20as%20work%20on%20new%20estate%20in%20Petersfield%20gets%20underway&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

Evidence of an Iron Age fort in Crookham:

http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/evidence-of-iron-age-fort-is-found-during-dig-at-crookham-1-4559268

A 1000 years bp Viking sword find from Norway:

https://www.thelocal.no/20170915/norwegian-reindeer-hunters-find-1100-year-old-viking-sword
http://www.ibtimes.com/1000-year-old-viking-sword-discovered-norwegian-mountains-2588902
http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/12/hunter-discovers-1100-year-old-viking-sword-on-remote-mountain-6923173/
http://nypost.com/2017/09/12/reindeer-hunter-stumbles-upon-1100-year-old-viking-sword/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/norwegians-well-preserved-viking-era-sword-085531898.html
https://www.timminstoday.com/world-news/norwegians-find-well-preserved-viking-era-sword-716756
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5911-170912-norway-viking-sword

More on identification of a Viking warrior burial as belonging to a female:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170908205507.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60418-viking-warrior-was-a-woman.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/world/europe/sweden-viking-women-warriors-dna.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2017/sep/12/does-new-dna-evidence-prove-that-there-were-female-viking-warlords
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/15/how-the-female-viking-warrior-was-written-out-of-history
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/96868125/Viking-warrior-skeleton-identified-as-female-128-years-after-its-discovery
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/09/14/wonder-woman-lives-viking-warrior-skeleton-identified-as-female-128-years-after-its-discovery/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/14/health/female-viking-warrior-grave/index.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/viking-warrior-woman-archaeology-spd/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-ranking-viking-warrior-was-woman-180964831/

… and there is skepticism:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/have-we-finally-found-hard-evidence-for-viking-warrior-women/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/skeleton-ignites-debate-over-whether-women-were-viking-warriors

I think we mentioned this medieval village from Denmark find:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5908-170911-denmark-hovedstrup-village

Interesting 1400 years bp burials from the Lincoln bypass site:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-make-discovery-outside-lincoln-470146

Mass graves near the Vinegar Hill battlefield:

http://www.independent.ie/regionals/goreyguardian/news/archaeologists-find-mass-graves-on-vinegar-hill-36121841.html

The search is on for a Northallerton prison treadmill:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-41202820

The study of King’s Seat has commenced:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/505598/first-exploration-of-ancient-seat-of-celtic-power-begins/

Bones attributed to St Peter (and others) from Santa Maria in Cappella in Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/11/bones-attributed-st-peter-found-chance-1000-year-old-church/

Concerns for assorted sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41265057

‘Historic vandalism’ via ‘fairy stacks’ in Stowe:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-41245644
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/13/stone-stackers-ancient-sites-historic-england-stowes-hill-cornwall

… and there was also some vandalism at the Oswestry Castle dig:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2017/09/14/vandals-target-oswestry-castle-excavation-site/

Stoke-on-Trent is hoping to buy some Iron Age gold:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-41271368

With some route adjustments, the Stonehenge tunnel was given the go-ahead:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-stonehenge-road-tunnel-go-ahead-protests.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/11/stonehenge-tunnel-route-moved-by-50-metres-after-protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/11/stonehenge-road-tunnel-given-go-ahead-30-years-controversy/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stonehenge-and-the-merits-of-the-new-tunnel-2snn8p7fv
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/journalnewsindex/15528656.Stonehenge_tunnel_plans_altered_to_preserve_solstice_sunset_view/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15528855.Road_tunnel_scheme_near_Stonehenge_given_green_light_by_Transport_Secretary/

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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 fire management on Tasmania, some 40 000 years bp:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-11/scientists-tracing-ancient-aboriginal-fire-practice-on-tasmania/8891626
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5907-170911-tasmania-controlled-burn

An Afanasevo culture burial from Kazakhstan:

http://astanatimes.com/2017/09/burial-of-eneolithic-era-man-discovered-in-east-kazakhstan/

Followup to the ‘Shakespeare of China’ tomb find … apparently the dig is being investigated for irregularities of some sort:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2111401/chinese-authorities-investigate-improper-excavation-work-tomb
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/12/c_136603829.htm
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1000861/dug-up-grave-of-chinas-shakespeare-broke-regulations%2C-say-authorities

Hindu relics from a Neolithic site in Mizoram (we may have mentioned some of these):

https://www.nagalandpost.com/ChannelNews/Regional/RegionalNews.aspx?news=TkVXUzEwMDEyMDc1OQ%3D%3D

On Chinese mulberry bark and paper money:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40879028

On ancient fishing weirs in Taiwan:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-taiwans-ancient-fishing-methods-tourist-destinations-180964694/

On the first folks to walk the entire length of the Great Wall:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-41240113/the-first-men-to-walk-the-great-wall-of-china

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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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Searching for remains of early arrivals to North America near Fort Wainwright (Alaska):

https://source.colostate.edu/csu-archaeologists-unearthing-mans-roots-alaska/

What they’re finding at a pre-European Tlingit site near Petersburg:

https://www.ktoo.org/2017/09/11/archaeologists-shed-light-tlingit-culture-near-petersburg-europeans/

… and at the Magic Mountain dig (Colorado):

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/13/archaeological-team-unearths-artifacts-magic-mountain-dig/

Hurricane Irma exposed a dugout canoe in Florida (it ‘washed ashore’):

http://www.winknews.com/2017/09/14/hurricane-irma-unearths-ancient-canoe-in-indian-river-in-brevard/
https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hurricane-irma/after-irma-mystery-where-did-washed-ashore-canoe-florida-come-n802001
http://www.wthr.com/article/after-irma-a-mystery-where-did-washed-ashore-canoe-in-florida-come-from

Latest on the Franklin Expedition:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/lost-franklin-expedition-historical-tug-of-war-1.4293114?cmp=rss

Conserving some old maps of New York:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/nyregion/dry-cleaning-the-citys-oldest-maps.html

Burial of a skull associated with the Mountain Meadows Massacre:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/09/09/after-decades-sitting-in-an-east-coast-museum-childs-skull-from-mountain-meadows-massacre-is-laid-to-rest-in-utah/

Feature on the Dry Fork Canyon petroglyphs (Utah):

http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/outdoors/2017/09/12/severed-heads-tell-a-violent-mystery-at-utahs-dry-fork-canyon-petroglyphs/

Feature on Mark Wagner:

https://dailyegyptian.com/71778/news/archaeologists-arent-born-theyre-made-meet-mark-wagner-anthropology-professor/

Review of White, *The Republic for Which it Stands*:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/The-Republic-for-Which-It-Stands-by-12162696.php

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Tomb of an early Classic Maya ruler from Guatemala:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-tomb-early-classic-maya-ruler.html
http://www.newsweek.com/tomb-mayan-god-king-containing-jade-burial-mask-hundreds-years-old-discovered-665469
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/09/15/Royal-tomb-of-ancient-Mayan-ruler-found-in-Guatemala/3351505473639/
https://source.wustl.edu/2017/09/tomb-early-classic-maya-ruler-found-guatemala/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5919-170915-waka-jade-mask

Plans to use some high tech tools to explore Chichen Itza:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/mexican-pyramid-mysteries-chichen-itza-archaeology/
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/chichen-itza-pyramid-subject-of-new-hitech-survey-to-seek-truth-of-underworld-labrynth-legend/news-story/2da9614c8ce20cb1df47e63bd432855c
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/archaeologists-search-mayan-temple-chichen-itza/8945132

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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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Not sure where to put this item on Arabic manuscripts being found at Mount Athos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/09/16/kuwaiti-archaeologists-discover-rare-arabic-manuscripts-in-mount-athos/

On the earliest evidence of the use of zero:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-video-earliest-centuries-older-thought.html
http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/news/2017/sep-14
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41265057
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/14/much-ado-about-nothing-ancient-indian-text-contains-earliest-zero-symbol
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/09/14/-earliest-evidence-number-zero-found-ancient-manuscript/105608872/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dating-ancient-indian-text-gives-new-timeline-history-zero-180964896/

On lederhosen:

http://www.dw.com/en/lederhosen-everything-you-need-to-know-about-oktoberfests-favorite-leather-shorts/a-40492182

On the history of Germany’s oldest political party:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-spd-germanys-oldest-political-party/a-16825489

Did they really hang a monkey as a spy in Hartlepool?:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-40801937

Reactions to that supposed translation of the Voynich Manuscript:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/experts-are-extremely-dubious-about-the-voynich-solution/

… related:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6-things-know-about-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-180964847/

Feature on Vlad the Impaler:

https://www.livescience.com/40843-real-dracula-vlad-the-impaler.html

Interesting history of a Portuguese sausage:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170911-portugals-sneaky-sausage-that-saved-jews

Pondering Das Kapital:

http://www.dw.com/en/karl-marxs-das-kapital-still-fascinates-after-150-years/a-40489519

On ergot poisoning and Renaissance painting:

https://hyperallergic.com/399385/how-renaissance-painting-smoldered-with-a-little-known-hallucinogen/

Victor Nuovo is still on Locke:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-locke-liberalism-and-americas-influence-charting-new-course-0

On metal detectorists in Eastern Europe:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/sep/17/battlefield-bounty-hunters-in-polish-ww2-battlefields

On the history of chocolate in the US:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-chocolate-united-states-180964827/

Feature on Agatha Christie:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/22970/Celebrating-the-life-of-Agatha-Christie

Pondering what sank the USS San Diego:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-usssandiego-exploration-20170913-story.html

Recovering thirty ‘lost’ English words:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41266000

Linking Kim Kardashian and a Kashmir pot type:

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/10930-kashmir-names-neolithic-pot-kim-kardashian

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/the-scythians-have-ridden-into-the-british-museum
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/exhibition-review-scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-qm2tcndzs
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scythians-at-the-british-museum-a-trek-through-the-treasures-of-a-lost-empire-c23pgsd0k
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/thrilling-journey-unfamiliar-territory-scythians-warriors/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/12/scythians-review-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-british-museum-london
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/17/scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-british-museum-review
https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/scythians-art-shows-us-they-were-more-than-just-warriors-a3634881.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scythians-ancient-siberia-were-terrifying-warriors-their-only-weaknesses-were-booze-weed-1639570

… including this:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/12/real-face-mummified-warrior-revealed-british-museum-scythians
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/british-museum-mummy-scythian-warrior-face-2000-years-old-russia-ancient-mummified-london-exhibition-a7947146.html

Luxury in the Ancient Americas:

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/golden-kingdoms-luxury-legacy-ancient-americas/index.html

Music in Ancient Civilizations:

http://artdaily.com/news/98852/Exhibition-focuses-on-the-role-of-music-in-the-great-ancient-civilisations

Matisse and Bonnard:

http://www.dw.com/en/henri-matisse-and-pierre-bonnard-celebrated-in-new-exhibition/a-40475173

Hartwig Fischer’s plans for the BM:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/how-hartwig-fischer-plans-to-transform-the-british-museum/

Ask the Curator on Twitter this week caused some problems for the BM:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/13/british-museum-says-too-many-asian-names-on-labels-can-be-confusing
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/asian-name-labels-confused-visitors-says-british-museum-vgvf22ssx
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/british-museum-tweet-twitter-row-asian-names-confusing-curator-colonialism-a7946431.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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CRIME BEAT
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Tomb raiders in China arrested:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/13/c_136607128.htm

Latest bust at the Cairo airport involves some Ottoman-era guns:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/17/authorities-seize-attempt-smuggle-ancient-guns-turkey/

Tasmanian items seized after an online auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/14/suspected-tasmanian-aboriginal-artefacts-seized-from-home-after-online-sales-tip-off

An attempt by a guard to steal items from a Coptic museum was thwarted:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/277097/Heritage/Coptic/Metro-station-police-foil-security-guards-attempt-.aspx

Police in Italy are fighting thefts from churches:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170913/police-in-italy-fight-back-against-theft-of-art-from-churches

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/09/culture-crime-news-28-august-3-september-2017.html

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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The US will return some Jewish artifacts to Iraq, despite protests:

http://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Despite-protests-State-Department-says-it-will-return-trove-of-Jewish-artifacts-to-Iraq-504668

That Hercules sarcophagus has been returned to Turkey after much hype:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/geneva-to-turkey_priceless-roman-sarcophagus-heads-home-after-legal-saga/43495484
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-09-12/swiss-send-2nd-century-coffin-depicting-hercules-to-turkey
http://www.nhregister.com/entertainment/article/Swiss-send-2nd-century-coffin-depicting-Hercules-12191395.php https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/syrians-launch-campaign-return-antiquities-stolen-ongoing-war-1021170
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/14/c_136610214.htm

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman ‘capta’ coinage:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/capta-coinage-roman-imperial-conquest/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n38.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/2645-audio-news-from-archaeologica-3-september-2017-9-september-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Nancy Hatch Dupree:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/asia/nancy-hatch-dupree-afghanistan-dead.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2017/09/nancy-dupree-renowned-historian-dies-afghanistan-170910081950894.html
https://www.khaama.com/afghan-history-cultures-historic-friend-nancy-dupree-dies-in-kabul-03402
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-nancy-hatch-dupree-20170911-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/nancy-dupree-american-who-spent-decades-preserving-afghan-history-dies-at-89/2017/09/11/503655c6-9638-11e7-b569-3360011663b4_story.html

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

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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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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthal remains from Vindija Cave are older than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-dating-neanderthal-vindija-cave-older.html

On the use of adhesives by Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-neanderthals.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170831093424.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60302-first-adhesive-invented-by-neanderthals.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/science/neanderthals-tar-glue.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/fiery-re-creations-show-how-neandertals-could-have-easily-made-tar
http://gizmodo.com/new-experiment-reveals-secret-behind-200-000-year-old-n-1798636925
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/neanderthals-were-distilling-tar-200-thousand-years-ago-in-europe/
http://www.ibtimes.com/how-neanderthals-made-first-glue-tar-make-stronger-weapons-2585232
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiments-show-how-neanderthals-made-first-glue-180964718/

Some fossil footprints from Crete are apparently causing an evolutionary rethink:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-fossil-footprints-theories-human-evolution.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170831134221.htm
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/six-million-year-old-human-footprint-discovered-in-crete-raises-major-questions-about-our-evolution/ar-AAr52W3?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/09/01/what-made-these-footprints-5-7-million-years-ago/

Humans are still evolving, apparently:

https://m.phys.org/news/2017-09-large-scale-genetic-humans-evolving.html

What teeth reveal about human ancestors:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-teeth-reveal-secret-ancestors.html

Another challenge to the ‘out of Africa’ theory:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/humans-came-from-africa-crete-study-australopithecus-early-fossil-a7929521.html

Some evolutionary humour from the Onion:

http://www.theonion.com/article/tearful-anthropologists-discover-dead-ancestor-hum-51286

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AFRICA
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I think we mentioned the search in Libya for the remains of the town of Barca:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-archeology-authority-look-lost-ancient-city-barca

On the monuments men of Timbuktu:

http://www.dw.com/en/monuments-men-of-timbuktu/av-40390133

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of a New Kingdom royal goldsmith (and family) tomb find near Luxor:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21778/Middle-Kingdom-era-cemetery-unearthed-in-Luxor
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/20185/Discovery-of-a-new-archaeological-necropolis-in-Luxor
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/276757/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Amunre-goldsmith-tomb-uncovered-in-Draa-Abul-Naga-.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21778/Ancient-cemetery-dating-back-18th-dynasty-unearthed-in-Luxor
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21853/Know-about-what%E2%80%99s-inside-newly-discovered-cemetery-in-Luxor
http://www.egyptindependent.com/pharaonic-tomb-uncovered-luxor/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/world/middleeast/egypt-archaeology-tomb-goldsmith.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
https://www.livescience.com/60364-ancient-goldsmith-tomb-mummies-discovered-egypt.html
https://www.livescience.com/60363-photos-ancient-goldsmith-tomb-egypt.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-egypt-unearths-goldsmith-tomb-mummies.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41213024
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/09/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-3500-year-old-tomb-luxor/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/09/mummies-tomb-ancient-egypt-valley-of-the-kings
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-goldsmiths-tomb-near-luxor-idUSKCN1BK0FE?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/09/09/egyptian-archaeologists-discover-3000-ye?videoId=372502511&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=TopNews&videoChannel=1
https://www.timesofisrael.com/3500-year-old-pharonic-tomb-of-royal-goldsmith-unearthed-in-luxor/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/egypt-announces-discovery-of-3500-year-old-tomb
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/egypt-announces-discovery-of-3500-year-old-tomb-in-luxor/ar-AArxlsJ?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
http://www.cbs8.com/story/36327821/egypt-announces-discovery-of-3500-years-old-tomb-in-luxor
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/09/africa/egypt-luxor-ancient-tomb/index.html
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/09/09/egyptian-archaeologists-discover-3000-year-old-tomb-goldsmith/105445472/
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/09/photos-egyptian-tomb-of-a-royal-goldsmith-discovered/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-dig-unearths-goldsmiths-tomb-mummies-114603526.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/luxor-egypt-necropolis-discovery/

… and Zahi Hawass says there’s plentymore to find:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21993/Zahi-Hawass-Egypt-discovered-only-30-of-its-antiquities

Egyptian looters are apparently seeking aid from professional archaeologists:

https://www.livescience.com/60246-looters-ask-egyptologists-for-help.html

… and the digging in homes continues:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/poor-egyptians-dig-up-homes-in-search-of-antiquities-vmcv8mzdn
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/egyptian-slumdwellers-strike-gold-with-ancient-treasure-at-their-feet/news-story/11c4fcc9e2cf5d5d9528b058f2402f4d

Feature on a smashed Egyptian ‘mystery pharaoh’ sculpture found at Hazor a while ago:

https://www.livescience.com/60270-ancient-statue-head-depicts-mystery-pharaoh.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/The-enduring-mystery-of-an-ancient-Egyptian-kings-smashed-sculpture-504118

An 8000 years bp ‘paint workshop’ from Eskisehir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/31/8000-year-old-paint-workshop-discovered-in-turkeys-eskisehir
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/31/c_136571941.htm

I think we mentioned the renewed interest in Plimpton 322 and its implications for the development of trigonometry:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mathematical-mystery-ancient-babylonian-clay.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/science/trigonometry-babylonian-tablet.html
http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=17654&SEO=plimpton-322-trigonometry-preceded-ancient-greeks
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/babylonians-trigonometry-develop-more-advanced-modern-mathematics-3700-years-ago-ancient-a7910936.html

A 7200 years bp ‘ritual storage pot’/model silo from Tel Tsaf:

http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/home-page3/2568
https://www.timesofisrael.com/find-of-7200-year-old-clay-silo-forces-rethink-of-when-we-began-storing-food/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Unprecedented-7200-year-old-vessel-for-food-storage-rituals-found-in-Jordan-Valley-504401
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/haifa-berlin-scientists-discover-connection-between-pottery-vessel-and-the-development-of-the-elites/2017/09/06/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5895-170906-israel-grain-silo

Latest on Iraq’s ‘Sealand Kingdom’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/01/castle-sealand-kings-ancient-iraqs-rebel-rulers

A dig at Kiriath Jearim has apparently raised questions about what was in the Ark of the Covenant:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.809233

A number of First Temple era seals/sealings found near the Old City:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4311
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Seals-from-Judean-Kingdom-period-shed-light-on-life-in-ancient-Jerusalem-504173
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.810495
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=45109
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/235004
http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/elder-of-ziyon/first-temple-era-seals-with-biblical-names-in-hebrew-discovered-in-jerusalem/2017/09/05/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-welcomed-jewish-refugees-2300-years-ago-archaeological-finds-show/

Excavating a refugee camp at Masada:

http://forward.com/news/israel/382132/exclusive-new-archaeology-shows-refugee-camp-not-just-rebels-atop-masada/

I think we mentioned the find of a 2000 years b.p. ‘Half shekel’ by an eight-year-old in Israel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/8-year-old-girl-stumbles-upon-ultra-rare-2000-year-old-half-shekel/
http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/8-year-old-Israeli-girl-finds-2000-year-old-half-shekel-503509
http://forward.com/fast-forward/381114/8-year-old-israeli-girl-finds-2-000-year-old-shekel-coin/

… turns out it was a museum souvenir replica:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/too-good-to-be-true-8-year-olds-rare-coin-not-an-ancient-artifact/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234643
http://forward.com/fast-forward/381152/8-year-old-girls-ancient-coin-is-actually-israel-museum-souvenir/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Discovery-thought-to-be-Second-Temple-coin-is-actually-museum-souvenir-503592

OpEd on the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/fund-the-temple-mount-sifting-project-now/2017/08/29/

Reburial at Ofra of bones found in 2013 of some victims of the Revolt against Rome:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234892

Feature on Lycian writing:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-writing-in-turkey-dates-back-to-2000-bc.aspx?PageID=238&NID=117728&NewsCatID=375

The search is on for remains of St Nicholas:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/08/31/archeologists-hunt-for-st-nicholass-remains

Feature on students digging at Lachish this past summer:

https://www.oakland.edu/socan/news/2017/fall/students-probe-mysteries-of-the-past-during-archeological-dig-in-israel

Feature on the Spanish mission’s work in Jordan:

http://www.menafn.com/1095784075/Spanish-Archaeological-Mission-strives-to-excavate-Jordans-treasures
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/spanish-archaeological-mission-strives-excavate-jordan%E2%80%99s-treasures

Iraq has created a new security force to protect its archaeological resources:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/dhi-qar-iraq-security-antiquities.html

Studying early agriculture in the UAE:

http://gulfnews.com/culture/heritage/archaeologists-shed-light-on-life-in-the-uae-5-000-years-ago-1.2080734
https://www.traveltradeweekly.travel/2015-10-06-15-40-04/travel-channels/item/3520-emirati-archaeologists-investigate-early-agricultural-village
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Archaeologists_shed_light_on_life_in_the_UAE_5000_years_ago-GN_27082017_280838/
https://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/archaeological-dig-al-ain-life-before-islam-bronze-age-1016106
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/08/27/Archaeologists-shed-new-light-on-life-in-the-UAE-5-000-years-ago.html

Another overviewish piece on finds made during Istanbul’s metro construction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-istanbul-metro-station-to-open-in-besiktas-after-excavations-are-completed.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117355&NewsCatID=375

Germany and Turkey are in some sort of diplomatic spat over Hattusha:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117230&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Babylon:

https://www.livescience.com/28701-ancient-babylon-center-of-mesopotamian-civilization.html

More on the reassessment of a pile of copper slag from Turkey:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.809367

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A pair of Mycenean burials from Aidonia:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26893-new-mycenaean-tombs-discovered-during-recent-nemea-excavations-in-greece.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5874-170828-greece-chamber-tomb

Some sort of sunken structure off the island of Salamis:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/trends/26937-sunken-ruin-described-by-pausanias-discovered-in-greek-island-of-salamis.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5880-170829-salamis-public-building

A very important Roman cavalry barracks find from Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/09/hadrians-wall-lost-secrets-roman-vindolanda-unearthed
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/archaeologists-win-lottery-roman-finds-hadrians-wall/
http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/british-archaeology-barracks-hadrian-10092017/

I think we’ve mentioned the find of Roman burials from the Dakhla Oasis:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/five-roman-cemeteries-discovered-dakhla-oasis/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/24/an-egyptian-archaeological-mission-discovers-five-roman-tombs-in-dakhla-oasis/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/27/roman-empire-traces-discovered-dakhla/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-tombs-dating-back-to-roman-era/2017/08/24/98f398dc-88eb-11e7-96a7-d178cf3524eb_story.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/2000yearold-tombs-from-roman-period-found-in-egypt/news-story/0613e6fc76aaa7105e2c81028c12e7e7
http://www.menafn.com/1095778082/Egypt–Roman-Empire-traces-discovered-in-Dakhla

Roman (maybe) tweezers from Washingborough:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/washingborough-bypass-dig-unearths-pristine-382978

Remains of some sort of Roman settlement from Newcastle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-41073983
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/housebuilders-uncover-roman-settlement-in-newcastle-jx35tlm8f
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/remarkable-discovery-made-benwell-housing-13539582

A Roman bath house and spa from Faversham:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/archaeologists-dig-in-to-reveal-130738/

A second century cistern from Peperikon:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/08/25/archaeology-2nd-century-ce-drinking-water-collection-tank-found-at-bulgarias-perperikon/

Assorted Roman structures from downtown Sofia:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/08/25/archaeology-ancient-tavern-shops2-found-under-sofias-sveta-nedelya-square/

Latest finds from Aspendos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-at-aspendos-continue-to-uncover-ancient-riches-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117267&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5877-170828-turkey-aspendos-shops

Soil samples suggest Romans were using lead pipes much earlier than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-harbor-sediment-core-samples-historic.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/ancient-mud-documents-legacy-rome-lead-pipes?tgt=nr
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/origins-ancient-rome-s-famed-pipe-plumbing-system-revealed-soil-samples
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/plumbing-discovery-reveals-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-roman-empire/
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-rise-and-the-fall-of-the-romans-can-be-charted-in-their-plumbing

A third century Roman coin hoard from Cornwall:

http://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/treasure-hunting-pair-unearthed-nearly-367139
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5869-170824-england-roman-coins

Plans for further digs at a Roman bath site in Carlisle:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-41129589
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-41219665

A very interesting fourth century mosaic find from West Berkshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/02/rare-roman-mosaic-found-berkshire-archaeology-project-boxford
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/berkshire-find-archaeology-roman-pegasus-hercules-st-george-a7925381.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/topic/boxford-berkshire-preservation-of-roman-mosaics
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/03/exciting-roman-mosaic-50-years-discovered-community-dig-berkshire/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/03/amateur-archaeologists-discover-amazing-1600-year-old-roman-mosaic-6900471/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stunning-roman-mosaic-unearthed-by-amateur-archaeologists-in-berkshire-fplrx997x
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/one-kind-roman-mosaic-depicts-incredible-battles-between-beasts-heroes-ancient-mythology-1637570
http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/22197/volunteers-dig-up-roman-artefacts.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5891-170901-england-mosaic-floor

Some preliminary observations of victims of Vesuvius found at Oplontis:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/08/24/pregnant-women-and-fetuses-among-vesuvius-victims-archaeologists-reveal/

A pompeiian what-if piece:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/what-would-pompeii-be-like-if-vesuvius-never-erupted.aspx

Very questionable remains associated with Pliny the Elder:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/this-skull-pliny-elder-hero-pompeii-1637875
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.809751

The Colchian Kingdom dig has come to an end for the season:

http://agenda.ge/news/85935/eng

I think we mentioned this dispute over a Roman site in Malta:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170831/local/residents-fight-pa-over-possible-roman-site.656873

A pair of burials near the Olympic Stadium in Rome:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170824/ancient-roman-tombs-found-near-football-stadium-in-italy
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/24/2-ancient-roman-sarcophagi-found-near-football-stadium-in-rome
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/ancient-roman-sarcophagi-discovered-chance-next-romes-football/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2017/08/23/roman-sarcophagi-discovered-near-stadio-olimpico_94468396-1dad-4c03-8a09-f31f3a665f1c.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/ancient-roman-sarcophagi-discovered-chance-next-romes-football/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/23/roman-sarcophagi-discovered-near-stadio_ce131439-7bb3-4ea9-902a-331e4ef81b05.html

A virtual reconstruction of the Arch of Titus:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.811165

The discovery of the sunken remains of Neapolis off Tunisia are getting much more press attention now:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-tsunami-sunk-roman-tunisia.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/roman-city-discovered-underwater-ruins-tunisia-tsunami-neapolis-nabuel-cathage-a7924181.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20170901/roman-ruins-sunk-by-tsunami-discovered-in-tunisia
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tsunami-sunk-roman-ruins-discovered-in-tunisia/
http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/tsunami-sunk-roman-ruins-discovered-in-tunisia-20170831
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/major-underwater-roman-ruins-discovered-tunisia-170831185305715.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-sunken-city-devastated-tsunami-1600-years-ago-discovered-tunisian-658454
http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/roman-submerged-ruins-04323/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ruins-roman-city-found-underwater-180964738/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5890-170901-tunisia-underwater-neapolis

Hyping the dig at Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/21/422196/veliko-tarnovo-archaeological-research-starts-in-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum.html

… and the Roman theatre dig at Bursa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-theater-in-bursa-to-regain-identity.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117694&NewsCatID=375

They’ll be digging at Zeugma for quite a while apparently:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/zeugma-excavations-to-last-a-century-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117576&NewsCatID=375

They’re restored the stadium at Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-stadium-in-denizli-under-restoration.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116945&NewsCatID=375

Hopes for more research at Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15487343.Visitors_could_in_future_see_what_lies_under_the_ground_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_in_three_dimensional_scan_of_buried_ruins/

A conservation plan at Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41050864

Plans to move Larnaca tennis courts to promote ancient remains:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/09/06/larnaca-tennis-courts-moved-showcase-ancient-port-minister-says/

Plans to open the Ploutonion to the public:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/07/ancient-gate-to-underworld-complex-will-open-for-tourists

A project to publish all the Greek inscriptions in UK collections:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/09/06/cardiff-uni-to-translate-publish-ancient-athens-inscriptions-of-uk-collections/

Greece is apparently going to use the Brexit negotiations to try and recover the Parthenon marbles:

http://www.dw.com/en/greece-could-use-brexit-to-recover-stolen-parthenon-art/a-40038439
https://newsline.com/uk-to-lose-its-marbles-greek-activists-seek-brexit-blockade-to-regain-stolen-parthenon-art/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26983-report-brits-fear-greece-may-stall-brexit-over-parthenon-marbles-return.html

Feature on Commodus:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/evenings/commodus/8840516

… and Caligula:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/caligula-roman-empire.html

… and Lucretius:

http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-lucretius-philosopher

Feature on Troy:

https://www.livescience.com/38191-ancient-troy.html

… and Monte Testaccio:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/09/06/rod-mengham/the-eighth-hill-of-rome/

… and the Seven Wonders:

http://www.salon.com/2017/08/20/how-we-lost-the-seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world/

Feature on Tod and the Colosseum:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/fashion-company-paying-maintain-romes-colosseum/

A guide to the Odyssey:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-homers-odyssey-82911

A feature on Silphium:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170907-the-mystery-of-the-lost-roman-herb

Kathleen Martinez continues to look for the tomb of Cleopatra:

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2017/08/21/dominican-archaeologist-upbeat-on-finding-cleopatra-efe/

Nice collection of Classical one-liners:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/that-s-a-classic-trinity-publishes-50-favourite-classical-one-liners-1.3205032

Reviews of Daniel Mendelsohn, *An Odyssey*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/05/an-odyssey-a-father-a-son-and-an-epic-daniel-mendelsohn-review
http://www.startribune.com/review-an-odyssey-a-father-a-son-and-an-epic-by-daniel-mendelsohn/443098693/
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-daniel-mendelsohns-an-odyssey-is-bewildering-and-beguiling/article36208816/

Review of Man, *Amazons*:

http://www.thestatesman.com/books-education/amazons-myths-realities-significance-wondrous-woman-warriors-1502488771.html

Review of David Ferry’s *Aeneid* translation:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/lost-and-founder/article/2009587

What Jennifer Chi is up to:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/brooklyn-museum-jennifer-chi-deputy-director-1074644

Concerns for Classics at PLU:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/matt-driscoll/article172160497.html

In case your university needs a Latin motto:

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/honest-latin-mottoes-for-your-overrated-university

More on what xrays revealed in that Herculaneum fresco:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/acs-rah072517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-remarkable-artistry-hidden-ancient-roman.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170821085702.htm
https://www.seeker.com/culture/x-ray-reveals-ancient-roman-portrait-covered-in-mt-vesuvius-ash
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samlemonick/2017/08/21/science-is-uncovering-the-exquisite-detail-in-this-faded-painting/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientists-unearth-hidden-beauty-of-vesuvius-painting-jgscc59bz
https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/elemental-maps-reveal-hidden-beauty-of-roman-portrait/3007876.article
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-details-portrait-once-hidden-under-vesuvius-ash-180964592/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/captivating-new-look-at-ancient-painting-buried-by-volcano.aspx

More on that Justinianic mosaic from near the Damascus Gate:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-rare-byzantine-mosaic-revealed-jerusalem.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234406
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/emperor-justinian-mosaic-inscription-unearthed-near-damascus-gate/2017/08/23/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN1B3195
http://forward.com/fast-forward/380811/miraculous-1-500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-byzantine-mosaic-revealed-jerusalems-old-city-132841311.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/once-in-a-lifetime-find-of-ancient-greek-inscription-uncovered-at-jerusalems-old-city-gate/
http://www.dw.com/en/rare-1500-year-old-mosaic-discovered-in-jerusalem/a-40214870
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-rare-1500-year-old-mosaic-idUSKCN1B3195?feedType=RSS&feedName=artsNews
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808491
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5863-170823-israel-byzantine-inscription

More on the Castle Howard collection:

http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/15490332.The_Roman_treasures_from_Castle_Howard_saved_for_the_nation_in_a___5_4_million_tax_deal/
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15482605.The_Roman_treasures_from_Castle_Howard_saved_for_the_nation_in_a___5_4_million_tax_deal/

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

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Bronze Age tools from a dig at the Clwydian hillforts site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-41187985
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-41187989/archaeologist-thrilled-by-clwydian-range-hillforts-find

An Iron age coin hoard find from near Lincoln:

http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/harlaxton-detectorist-finds-hundreds-of-gold-and-silver-iron-age-coins-1-8141254
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5904-170908-iron-age-coins

I’m sure we’ll get more coverage of a girl’s pulling a medieval sword from a lake in Cornwall (with the expected Excalibur references):

http://mashable.com/2017/09/04/excalibur-girl-king-arthur-lake-cornwall/#uuiaRt6f6iqH

A dig commences at Cotswalds:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15496554.Scientists_to_start_archaeological_dig_at_historic_site_in_the_Cotswolds/

Suggestion that an Iron Age home at Sutherland was abandoned after a fire:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1318012/iron-aged-house-was-burned-down/

Remains of a medieval settlement in Jutland:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-uncover-medieval-village-in-mid-jutland.html

Assorted sites, including a ringfort, at a Macroom bypass site:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/bronze-age-ring-fort-among-sites-discovered-on-macroom-road-route-457841.html

Hyping a dig at Bourton-on-the-water:

http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/15501984.Secrets_at_one_of_Europe__39_s_oldest_towns_to_be_discovered_by_archaeological_dig/

A medieval coin hoard from a Polish castle:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,459512,czluchow-archaeologists-discovered-coins-hidden-from-the-swedes–more-than-350-years-ago.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rare-350-year-old-treasure-trove-historic-coins-discovered-hidden-polish-castle-1638005

On the Tudor palace dig at Greenwich:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-traces-of-the-tudor-palace-at-greenwich-are-a-truly-remarkable-find/

Latest from Stara Libovna Castle:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20642884/new-discoveries-uncovered-at-stara-lubovna-castle.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5900-170907-slovakia-stara-l-ubovna-castle

Remains of the Scepter shipwreck found in Stockholm:

https://www.thelocal.se/20170906/swedish-kings-scepter-shipwreck-17th-century-warship-found-in-central-stockholm

Assorted coastal settlement remains from Yorkshire:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-settlements-lost-sea-discovered-yorkshire-1638296
https://www.archaeology.org/news/5899-170907-england-tidal-settlements

Remains of 19th century whales from an Orkney Neolithic site dig:

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/early-19th-century-whales-found-at-orkney-archaeological-dig-1-4545556
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-41109126/neolithic-dig-unearths-19th-century-whale-pits

A mass children’s grave in Lanark:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41200949

I think we mentioned this roundhouse from Clachtoll Broch:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5885-170830-scotland-clachtoll-broch

A Victorian-era well find in a garden:

http://www.sloughobserver.co.uk/news/15512054.Father_and_son_uncover_Victorian_era_well_in_garden/

Funding for a North Yorkshire Iron Age dig:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15510103.__80_000_Lotto_cash_for_North_Yorkshire_Iron_Age_dig/

Latest of the Venus of Dolni Vestonice:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/shapely-czech-venus-reveals-secrets

A restoration controversy at Chartres Cathedral:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/arts/design/chartres-cathedral-restoration-controversial.html

Concerns about metal detecting at Vinegar Hill:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/call-for-protection-as-battle-site-stripped-by-metal-detectorists-458639.html

Pondering early iron production in Norway:

http://www.eurasiareview.com/08092017-solving-enigma-of-early-norwegian-iron-production/

‘Digging work’ (by heavy equipment) damaged a fairy fort in Ireland:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/outrage-after-ancient-fairy-fort-is-badly-damaged-by-diggers-36112547.html

Notre Dame needs a pile of restoration money, it appears:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/29/100m-needed-save-gargoyles-gothic-arches-notre-dame

They’re still looking for the burial of Matthew Flinders:

http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/could-dig-answer-flinders-mystery-1-8141241

More on a violent medieval London:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-graveyards-reveal-londons-violent-past-180964652/

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Archaeologists have found the tomb of Tang Xianzu (given the epithet: the ‘Chinese Shakespeare’) (and family):

http://mentalfloss.com/article/504035/archaeologists-discover-tomb-chinese-shakespeare-tang-xianzu
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/28/archaeologists-discover-chinese-shakespeares-tomb
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2108911/family-graveyard-chinas-shakespeare-rediscovered
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5875-170828-china-playwright-tomb

Not sure if we mentioned this find of a trio of Buddha statues from Angkor:

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spore-student-makes-rare-find

A first century CE Buddhist site from Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/280817/buddhist-site-found-atop-hillock-in-ap.html
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/archaeologists-find-ancient-buddhist-site-andhra-estimate-it-be-1st-century-ad-67461

A Ganesha idol find from the Raisen district:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/asi-finds-rare-ganesha-idol-in-raisen-district.html

Feature on Izumi Shimada:

https://dailyegyptian.com/71134/news/professor-spotlight-izumi-shimada/

Feature on ‘Blood Buddhas’:

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/central_south_asia/india-funding-terrorist-groups-latest-news-headlines-today-97021/

China’s oldest stone arch has undergone some restoration:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/31/c_136570685.htm

More on the Taj Mahal being a Muslim tomb:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/30/taj-mahal-muslim-tomb-not-hindu-temple-indian-court-told
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/taj-mahal-hindu-temple-muslim-tomb-india-shah-jahan-wife-bhuvan-vikrama-a7922911.html

… and Indian archaeologists are refuting the claim, of course:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/30/indian-archaeologists-refute-claim-taj-mahal-hindu-temple/

Possible information about the lost French explorer La Perouse:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/anu-ncm082917.php
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-09/02/content_31441001.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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900 years b.p. ‘Apartments’ from near Mancos, Colorado:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/04/science/chaco-native-american-archaeology.html

A site at Quinhagak turns out to be more extensive than previously thought:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2017/09/03/hidden-home-hundreds-of-years-old-unearthed-as-quinhagak-readies-cultural-center/
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/alaska-community-archaeologists-race-to-collect-artifacts/
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/09/07/community-members-and-archaeologists-race-against-time-at-nunalleq/
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2017/09/07/vanishing-permafrost-triggers-race-to-save-the-past-before-its-too-late/

Latest from the Triquet Island dig:

http://www.businessinsider.com/ancient-canadian-village-older-than-pyramids-2017-9
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-student-found-an-ancient-canadian-village-that-s-10-000-years-older-than-the-pyramids

Digging a Tlingit site near Petersburg:

https://www.kfsk.org/2017/09/08/archaeologists-shed-light-tlingit-culture-near-petersburg-europeans/

Remains of some Confederate prison barracks in Salisbury:

http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/08/31/remnants-of-confederate-prison-barracks-located/

A pair of century-old shipwrecks in Lake Huron:

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/maritime-archaeologists-discover-2-century-old-shipwrecks-in-lake-huron

Latest from the Cataract House (Underground Railroad) site in Buffalo:

http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/06/freedoms-history-daring-intrigue-old-cataract-house-site/

Working to record/preserve petroglyphs in Texas:

http://www.mystatesman.com/travel/archaeologists-work-gather-data-from-fading-rock-art-sites/mjOmLz7LTT2d2mV2BYtGcN/

Feature on the surveyors to created the Mason-Dixon line:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40638673

Feature on the Folsom point:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/08/25/folsom-point-archaeological-icon-george-mcjunkin/

Feature on the University of Texas archaeology lab collection:

http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/more-than-million-artifacts-from-texas-past-kept-lab/x3yfkMMBHpDYwb250ElljI/

Feature on the Oneota Mounds:

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/archive/time-machine/time-machine-iowas-oneota-burial-mounds-provide-glimpse-of-long-lost-culture-20170909

Pondering when humans arrived in North America:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170910/john-switzer–from-stump-when-did-humans-arrive-in-north-america

On the history of the New York State Fair:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2017/08/nys_fair_flashback_rain_pickpockets_and_a_whale_carcass_highlight_1890_fair.html

The LOC has digitized the Hamilton collection:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/29/546741423/i-saved-every-letter-you-wrote-me-the-library-of-congress-digitizes-hamilton

Thomas Hogg brought some invasive species back from Japan:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/how-americas-frenzy-for-japanese-plants-brought-beauties–and-bullies/2017/08/28/6eb02796-882a-11e7-a50f-e0d4e6ec070a_story.html

On the origins of Labor Day in North America:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/09/04/who-started-labor-day-the-bloody-and-confusing-history-of-an-american-holiday/

More on what happened to the Hunley:

http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-solve-mystery-of-us-civil-war-submarine-1.22447

More on the Erebus:

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/archaeologists-explore-17th-century-shipwreck-time-170902191234394.html

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Analysis of a skeleton from Mexico suggest human settlement in the Americas some 13000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/p-hsi082317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-human-settlement-americas-late-pleistocene.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170830141253.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170831131259.htm

… this item on the theft of skeletal remains seems related to the above:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-skeleton-was-one-americas-oldest-180964682/
http://www.nature.com/news/skeleton-plundered-from-mexican-cave-was-one-of-the-americas-oldest-1.22521
https://www.livescience.com/60297-looted-skeleton-oldest-in-americas.html

But there’s also this suggestion that humans were in Brazil some 20 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/stone-age-people-brazil-20000-years-ago

Obsidian ‘ritual stones’ in Maya child burials:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mayan-child-sacrifices-were-buried-supernatural-jet-black-stones-1638068

Finds from the Quelepa site in El Salvador:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-skeletons-burial-archaeology-artifacts-video-spd/

Shell jewellery from Mexico suggests trade with Hohokam people:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/en/boletines/6466-brazaletes-de-conchas-daninas-dan-identidad-a-los-pueblos-de-deierto-de-sonora

Studying earthworks in Amazonia:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/researching-meaning-of-geometric-earthworks-in-southwestern-amazonia

More on the burials of 19th century Chinese labourers at a much older Peruvian site:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-19th-century-chinese-laborers-found-pyramid-peru-180964647/

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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An anonymous manuscript commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is in the news:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/22/dont-take-bible-literally-says-scholar-brought-light-earliest/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/interpreting-the-bible-just-got-more-complicated

On England’s tea obsession:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170823-the-true-story-behind-englands-tea-obsession

Pondering Afghanistan as ‘graveyard of empires’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/world/asia/afghanistan-graveyard-empires-historical-pictures.html

On some Grimm fairy tales:

http://www.dw.com/en/10-brothers-grimm-fairy-tales-you-should-know/a-39214540

Reviewish on Tolkien’s interest in plants:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/31/547491042/tolkiens-passion-for-plants-moves-botantist-to-create-guide-to-middle-earth

UNESCO Heritage Sites for 2017:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/travel/unesco-sites-2017-asmara-okinoshima-dauria.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Victor Nuovo on Locke and Hobbes:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-locke-hobbes-origin-civil-society

… and private property:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709victor-nuovo-private-property-and-civil-society

Feature on Monet’s private collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/arts/design/claude-monets-private-collection.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Feature on Amy Beach:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/arts/music/amy-beach-women-american-composer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

On ‘fake news’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/books/review/kurt-andersen-fantasyland-how-america-went-haywire.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review

On what’s been damaging ancient parchments:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.811076
https://www.livescience.com/60341-secret-vatican-manuscript-purple-spots-decoded.html

On an 11th century asteroid-induced tsunami (?):

http://www.scotsman.com/news/a-tsunami-hit-britain-in-the-11th-century-due-to-an-asteroid-1-4555142

Feature on Freemasons:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-mysterious-world-of-freemasons/g-40314942

Feature on Agatha Christie:
http://www.oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/revealing-mystery-behind-christie/

Followup to the exhumation of Salvador Dali:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41180146

On the history of the Voynich manuscript:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/voynich-manuscript-woudhuysen/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/the-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-has-finally-been-decoded/

… and a proposed solution:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/voynich-manuscript-solution/

… and subsequent skepticism:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/09/has-the-voynich-manuscript-really-been-solved/539310/

This ‘possessed nun’s letter’ is possibly in a similar category:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/17th-century-nuns-letter-from-the-devil-finally-decoded/
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/643690/mystery-letter-devil-translated-italy-nun-ludum-science-centre-catania-sicily

There’s an online Akkadian dictionary now:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brush-your-akkadian-new-online-dictionary-180964725/

A history of bookburning:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/

Interesting tidbit of Korean astronomy:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-cannibal-stars-revealed-thanks-korean-astronomers-180964696/

Much out of our period of purview, but researchers did locate one of the lost Avro Arrow test models in Lake Ontario:

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/09/08/avro-arrow-test-model-located-in-lake-ontario
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41193900

More on manuscripts in St Catherine’s Monastery:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-languages-found-manuscripts-egyptian-monastery-180964698/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/scientists-discover-lost-languages-in-find-at-egyptian-monastery-qkvd6l9ps

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Jacob Lawrence:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/arts/design/jacob-lawrence-scad-museum-of-art-savannah.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Greek seafaring:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/27/c_136559692.htm

Faces of Power:

http://forward.com/culture/art/380330/how-the-age-of-trump-is-reflected-in-julius-caesars-roman-coins/

Amenhotep II:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/08/29/ancient-egypt-comes-to-milan-with-pharaoh-amenhotep-ii_5ca6f570-183d-42de-95dd-3293b79ecc4b.html

Catal Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2017/09/01/new-istanbul-exhibition-introduces-millennials-to-catalhoyuk

Scythians:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/in-search-of-the-ancient-scythians-scourge-of-civilisations-7vwhjr7px
http://www.calvertjournal.com/news/show/8940/scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-exhibition-at-the-british-museum

Ancient Music:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/music-echoes-of-antiquity-louvre-lens/?map=active&utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201709009_WeeklyBriefing_28

Latest on the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/arts/design/louvre-abu-dhabi-opening.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

On Hans Sloane and the BM:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/books/review/james-delbourgo-collecting-the-world-hans-sloane-biography.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbook-review

A museum for the last person executed as a witch in Europe:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-witch-executed-europe-gets-museum-180964633/

A major acquisition for the State Museum in Albany:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/State-Museum-acquires-100-000-17th-century-Dutch-12179952.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-ny-museum-vast-colonial-era-artifacts.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Isotope analysis suggest Bronze Age women travelled (likely were ‘taken’; not as ‘happily’ as these reports seem to make it) much further than their menfolk and helped to spread culture:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-mobile-women-key-cultural-exchange.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/mpif-mww090117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170904151048.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/04/forget-wandering-warrior-bronze-age-women-travelled-world-men/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bronze-age-women-travelled-men-stay-home-spread-new-ideas-gender-roles-females-sex-a7931186.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/prehistoric-women-were-key-to-cultural-exchange

Residue found in a Sicilian cave suggests wine production there some 6000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-world-oldest-italian-wine-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uosf-woi082417.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824141201.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/30/traces-of-6000-year-old-wine-discovered-in-sicilian-cave
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05drr73
https://www.livescience.com/60295-oldest-italian-wine-discovered.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-shows-italians-have-been-making-wine-6000-years-180964701/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/copper-age-storage-jar-once-contained-wine

LiDAR reveals a lost medieval village in Poland:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/5884-170830-poland-goschwitz-village

Feature on Sarah Parcak’s work:

http://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.132

Digitally preserving heritage sites in Alberta:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/3d-project-preservation-heritage-sites-1.4282905?cmp=rss
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/digitally-resurrecting-province-s-lost-or-at-risk-landmarks-using-lasers-and-drones-1.3579975

3d recreations of Buddhist statuary:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/culture/ancient-buddha-statues/

The pros and cons of digital recreations:

https://hyperallergic.com/397949/miguel-angel-salazar-galeria-mascota-mexico-city/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a Viking warrior burial was that of a woman:

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-genetic-proof-women-viking-warriors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/su-aoa090817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170908205507.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/viking-warrior-woman-female-soldier-sweden-discovery-a7937391.html
https://www.thelocal.se/20170908/confirmed-viking-warrior-was-a-woman
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2017/viking-warrior-from-birka-grave-confirmed-as-female

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting the ‘Scandinavian diaspora’ to climate change:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/we-know-vikings-as-infamous-raiders-was-that-merely-a-response-to-climate-change/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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L’Anse aux Meadows:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170629-the-first-european-settlement-in-the-new-world
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/nl/meadows

Sites in Jordan:

https://www.iol.co.za/travel/3-must-see-sites-in-jordan-11020738

Kassel:

http://www.dw.com/en/10-reasons-to-visit-kassel/g-40293822

Neuschwanstein Castle:

http://www.dw.com/en/360-degree-tour-neuschwanstein-castle/a-40294135

Volterra:

https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/travel-my-favourite-town-in-tuscany/3221769/

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CRIME BEAT
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Arrests for plundering an underwater site at Mani:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/26877-six-arrested-on-charge-of-illegal-diving-for-antiquities-in-mani-greece.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/23/six-men-charged-with-illegal-diving-for-antiquities-in-mani/

A British national arrested in Spain over Christian artifacts theft in Italy:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/briton-arrested-spanish-hotel-suspicion-stealing-ancient-artifacts/
https://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Briton-arrested-in-Spain-suspected-of-stealing-ancient-Christian-artifacts

22 tomb raiders arrested in China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/31/c_136571259.htm

The impact of artifact theft:

http://observer.com/2017/09/stolen-artifacts-set-back-scientists-piecing-together-history/

A couple weeks of Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/08/culture-crime-news-21-27-august-2017.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/09/culture-crime-news-28-august-3-september-2017.html

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 this pipe repatriated to Olympia:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/26879-fragment-of-ancient-marble-pipe-taken-from-ancient-olympia-returned-to-greece.html

… and this Turkish town that wants its mosaics back:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/yumurtalik-locals-asks-mosaics-back.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117357&NewsCatID=375

… and this Roman statue head looted during WWII:

http://www.wfmz.com/news/ap-world-news/italy-displays-marble-roman-head-stolen-in-world-war-ii/615466933
http://www.latimes.com/sns-bc-eu-art–italy-roman-head-returned-20170901-story.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/italy-displays-marble-roman-head-stolen-in-world-war-ii/

The US returned Saddam Hussein’s chess board:

http://www.iraqinews.com/features/u-s-returns-saddam-husseins-precious-chess-board/
http://www.newsweek.com/united-states-returns-antique-chess-set-owned-saddam-hussein-stolen-during-659122

… and other items too:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-protests-us-to-return-trove-of-jewish-artifacts-to-iraq/

A summit to discuss looted West African art:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-museums-discuss-returning-looted-african-art-180964555/

Turkey is actively looking for its artifacts abroad:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/03/c_136579492.htm

… and Afghanistan wants things back too:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15525182.Former_Afghan_minister_visits_Scotland_to_urge_UK_museums_____Give_us_back_our_stolen_ancient_treasures___/

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NUMISMATICA
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A London company bought the Silsbury Hoard:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/london-coin-company-snaps-up-roman-hoard-from-lincolnshire-at-hansons/

Feature on some Ptolemaic coinage:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/sibling-lovers-four-royal-portraits-popular-ancient-gold-coin-ma-shops/

Feature on a coin of Caligula:

http://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profiles-roman-imperial-silver-denarius-caligula-agrippina-elder/

Review of a new Greek numismatic reference text:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/08/reference-celebrates-ancient-greek-coinage.all.html

Three weeks’ worth of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n35.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n36.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n37.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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Sibelius Academy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/arts/music/review-sibelius-academy-juilliard-school.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

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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/2644-audio-news-from-archaeologica-27-august-2017-2-september-2017
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2643-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-august-2017-26-august-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Paul Oliver:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/arts/music/paul-oliver-authority-on-the-blues-dies-at-90.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Kate Millett:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/obituaries/kate-millett-influential-feminist-writer-is-dead-at-82.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Martin Aitken:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15503564.Obituary__Professor_who_brought_together_the_worlds_of_physics_and_archaeology/

Douglas Alan Templeton:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-dr-douglas-alan-templeton-theologian-new-testament-expert-lecturer-and-writer-1-4552253

Nancy Dupree:

http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/renowned-historian-nancy-dupree-has-died-kabul
http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/nation_world/us-historian-who-spent-decades-in-afghanistan-dies-at/article_b8b114bb-8cc2-5582-87c7-26db4ce6b1d3.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/nancy-dupree-renowned-historian-dies-afghanistan-170910081950894.html
http://www.startribune.com/us-historian-who-spent-decades-in-afghanistan-dies-at-90/443530663/

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

http://www.cicop.net/hch/

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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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