Explorator 19.43 ~ February 19, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Chris Brunelle, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
David Emery, Anthony Stevens, Joan Brady, Feral Boy, 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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Comparing modern human faces to Neanderthals’:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170214-your-face-is-probably-more-primitive-than-a-neanderthals

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AFRICA
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A backgrounder on ancient Nubia:

http://www.livescience.com/57875-ancient-nubia.html

More on those temples in Sudan:

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/swiss-archaeologist-shines-light-on-sudans-buried-past-20170210
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93728
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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They’re checking out ‘secret chambers’ in Tut’s tomb again:

http://www.livescience.com/57906-king-tut-tomb-radar-scans.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hidden-chamber-in-king-tuts-tomb-scientists-still-searching/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/13/hunt-for-the-discovery-of-the-21st-century-starts-again-at-king-tuts-tomb/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-tuts-tomb-new-radar-survey-to-seek-hidden-chambers/news-story/6c4e296968a95d002831aef22d514e63

… and of course, the target is Nefertiti’s tomb:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/19/are-archaeologists-about-to-find-nefertiti-s-tomb.html

Some 1923 reporting on the opening of Tut’s tomb:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/feb/19/from-the-observer-archive-this-week-in-1923-tutankhamun

Suggestion that Egyptian temple culture was alive and well in Ptolemaic times:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170214094048.htm

A Pharaonic ‘cloning centre’ in Luxor (not what you immediately think):

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-minister-inaugurates-first-pharaonic-cloning-center-luxor

More on children’s footprints and other finds from Pi Ramesse:

http://www.livescience.com/57872-3000-year-old-footprints-of-ancient-egyptian-children-found.html

More on that 3000 bp scribe’s tomb from the Theban necropolis:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/02/14/3000-year-old-royal-tomb-discovered-in-egypt.html
http://observer.com/2017/02/royal-egyptian-tomb-discovered-tokyo-archaeologists/

Some humour:

http://www.gocomics.com/speedbump/2016/11/29

Feature on the Hyskos:

http://asorblog.org/invaders-of-obscure-race-understanding-the-hyksos/

Feature on a bread stamp from Khirbet et Tireh:

http://asorblog.org/2017/02/17/clay-bread-stamp-khirbet-et-tireh/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAsorBlog+%28The+ASOR+Blog%29

A Persian amphora find from an Ashdod beach (with a story):

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=40343

A Roman-era gateway (finally) is found at the ‘House of Gates’:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-shocked-to-find-ancient-gateway-at-house-of-gates/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5311-170215-house-of-gates

Murex shells from Temple Mount:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=40403
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/temple-mount-crowdsifting-project-discovers-shells-of-snails-used-for-making-blue-fringes-video/2017/02/15/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/2/16/to-dye-for-snail-shell-found-on-temple-mount-colors-researchers-interest

Israeli and Palestinian archaeologist both lay claim to the West Bank:

http://kosu.org/post/west-bank-israeli-and-palestinian-archaeologists-both-lay-claim-heritage
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/02/16/511595881/in-west-bank-israeli-and-palestinian-archaeologists-both-lay-claim-to-heritage
http://www.npr.org/2017/02/13/514938895/israeli-and-palestinian-archaeologists-lay-claim-to-west-bank-heritage

More on the DSS cave find:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-University-archaeologists-find-12th-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-cave-480966
http://lawrenceschiffman.com/excitement-additional-qumran-cave-discovered/
http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Excitement-as-Additional-Qumran-Cave-is-Discovered.pdf
http://www.liberty.edu/news/index.cfm?PID=18495&MID=221613
http://www.yourstephenvilletx.com/news/20170216/local-archaeologist-helps-in-discovery-of-dead-sea-scrolls-cave

More on Anatolian food culture:

http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/38859/20170211/latest-archaeology-digs-turkey-finds-12000-years-anatolian-food.htm

The Getty has put a bunch of photos of Palmyra on line:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/arts/design/palmyra-syria-isis.html?emc=edit_ne_20170216&nl=evening-briefing&nlid=54147173&te=1&_r=0

There’s new reports of damage by ISIL at Palmyra:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/13/russian-drone-shows-extent-of-the-damage-to-palmyras-roman-amphitheater/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-drone-video-palmyra-isis-ancient-roman-era-amphitheater-tetrapylon/
http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/russia-issues-warning-over-palmyra-as-video-shows-fresh-damage-1-4365786
http://www.sciencealert.com/isis-has-flattened-two-of-syria-s-most-iconic-archaeological-monuments
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/russian-drone-shows-extent-of-the-damage-to-palmyras-roman-amphitheater
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/russia-reports-new-damage-to-palmyra-archaeological-site/
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/world/article/Russia-reports-new-damage-to-Palmyra-10927992.php

Meanwhile, their ‘business model’ is apparently near collapse:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-groups-business-model-may-be-near-collapse/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-islamic-state-daesh-funding-iraq-syria-territory-losses-oil-air-strikes-icsr-report-antiquities-a7586936.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 7000 years bp mystery object from Greece:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38967924
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/02/14/ancient-object-in-greece-baffles-archaeologists/

Some more sarcophagi from Bursa:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/02/15/new-ancient-sarcophagi-discovered-in-bursa-turkey-could-mean-area-is-necropolis-from-late-antiquity-period/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/02/13/3-more-ancient-tombs-discovered-at-olive-grove-thought-to-be-necropolis-in-turkeys-bursa

What they found on the Kato Paphos Maloutena dig this year:

http://in-cyprus.com/kato-paphos-maloutena-excavations-come-to-an-end/

On some classical references in John Wick 2:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/02/13/fortune-favors-the-bold-5-greco-roman-reasons-to-see-john-wick-chapter-2/

Athens isn’t allowing a Gucci fashion show by the Parthenon:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/02/15/athens-says-no-to-gucci-for-fashion-show-on-acropolis-hill/

Athens police arrested a ‘poultry baron’ for ‘undeclared antiquities’:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/23067-greek-police-arrest-81-year-old-ex-poultry-baron-for-undeclared-antiquities.html

Another idiot tourist scratching a name in the Colosseum:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170215/tourist-charged-after-carving-name-into-colosseum
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/articles/tourist-arrested-for-vandalising-romes-colosseum/

A very interesting ‘what to do with a classics degree’ story:

http://www.chronicle.com/article/From-Homer-to-High-Tech/238982

More on the House of the Chaste Lovers opening:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pompeiian-bakery-became-years-hot-date-destination-180962169/

Feature on Roman marriage:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/02/ancient-greek-roman-marriages-quiz/

More on Vlochos:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/250-1703/trenches/5290-trenches-greece-vlochos-city

More on the bulldozing of that Roman villa site in Bristol:

http://www.themarshalltown.com/ancient-roman-villa-hidden-under-rugby-pitch-is-bulldozed/21060

More on that repatriated sarcophagus fragment:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/23010-stolen-part-of-sarcophagus-to-be-repatriated-in-greece-after-30-years.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5304-1702013-greece-sarcophagus-fragment
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic ‘enclosure’ from Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/did-stone-age-people-build-large-labyrinth-denmark

A 3000 years bp bronze spearhead find from Scotland:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/3-000-year-old-spearhead-is-find-of-a-lifetime-1-4367614
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5310-170215-scotland-gilded-spear
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/bronze-age-weapon-hoard-discovered-in-angus

Studying some Mersea Island timbers:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/mersea_island_timbers_may_have_been_part_of_planked_trackway_across_essex_marshland_1_4890265

A possible Anglo Saxon site beneath a school sports pitch:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15099424.Saxon_settlement_could_lie_beneath_site_of_new_school_sports_pitch/

Possible medieval structures or burials from Nottingham:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/archaeologists-make-most-important-find-in-nottingham-for-decades/story-30130143-detail/story.html
http://westbridgfordwire.com/excitement-mounts-new-nottingham-archaeological-discovery/
https://nottstv.com/tests-underway-see-city-centre-dig-uncovered-burial-ground/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5309-170214-england-nottingham-pottery

An interesting (non vampire) burial from Transylvania:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-romanian-skeleton-puzzles-archaeologists.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5312-170215-transylvania-szekely-graves

This year’s Valentines Day correlated find is a 17th century French woman’s burial with her hubby’s heart:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/france-embalmed-heart-rennes-quengo-perrien-archaeology/

A shipwreck of unknown date exposed on the Mayo coast:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/ancient-shipwreck-exposed-by-wind-and-tide-on-mayo-coast-1.2972684

‘Knock off’ watches from the 17th century:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-date-mass-production-timepieces.html

Correlating Richard III’s wounds with a Welsh poem:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-21441319

A find of unknown date delaying construction of a Cambridge roundabout:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/cambridge-edition/89391739/Archaeological-discovery-delays-work-on-Cambridge-roundabout

They’re poking around Edinburgh’s cave network:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38991458

Fire at a Salford Church:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-38954965

Restoration has started on a Gloucestershire medieval priory:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-38966548

More on ‘Paleolithic pebbles’:

http://www.livescience.com/57924-paleolithic-pebbles-for-death-rituals-uncovered.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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Neolithic sculptures from a Devangarh fort:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/neolithic-period-sculptures-found-at-devangarh-fort/articleshow/57172292.cms

2000 years bp pomegranate seeds from a Chinese tomb:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/17/c_136064482.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5317-170217-china-tomb-seeds

Persian connections found at Nya Quila:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/excavations-at-naya-quila-persian-legacy-tumbles-out/articleshow/57197971.cms

Remains of a 16th century roasted turnip from Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0286-charred-turnip-dinner-from-400-years-ago-throws-new-light-on-conquest-of-siberia/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5308-170214-siberia-turnip-pot

Plans for a park and museum at the Xia dynasty capital:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/16/c_136061555.htm

More on the early settlement of the Tibetan plateau:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-surprisingly-early-settlement-of-the-tibetan-plateau/

More from that Mohenjodaro conference:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/12-Feb-17/mohenjo-daro-conference-ends
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2017/02/pakistan-day-conference-save-mohenjodaro-170213095104584.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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An abandoned settlement site in Wyoming:

http://www.wyofile.com/column/ancient-town-yields-new-clues-early-life-wyoming/

Followup to those burials in St Augustine:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/early-analysis-skeletons-were-a-european-female-and-a-male-of-african-descent/408761695

Studying fish hooks in the Pacific northwest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoc–acc021517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-team-evolution-wooden-halibut-native.html

Studying lake sediments at Cahokia:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/10/513963490/1-000-years-ago-corn-made-this-society-big-then-a-changing-climate-destroyed-the?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5306-170213-cahokia-climate-change

Linguistic data supports idea of waves of migration into the Americas:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-linguist-big-migration-americas.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uov-ld021517.php

Rethinking the history of corn cultivation:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoia-srt021417.php

I think we’ve mentioned this ‘golden ratio’ claim regarding Mesa Verde:

http://www.livescience.com/57862-sun-temple-golden-ratio-found.html

Feature on the Pueblo Revolt:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/249-1703/features/5301-new-mexico-pueblo-revolt

Feature on Faulkner’s home:

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/13/515043640/william-faulkners-home-illustrates-his-impact-on-the-south?sc=17&f=1008

Feature on Ashley’s Sack:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/16/slavery-era-embroidery-excites-historians-invokes-heartbreak-its-time/96702424/

Slideshow on the Onondaga nation:

http://www.syracuse.com/vintage/2017/02/check_out_amazing_photos_of_onondaga_nation_from_1902-1915_by_photographer_fred.html

More on Yale’s renaming of Calhoun College:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/02/13/yale-removes-calhoun-name-residential-college-name-remains-other-colleges
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/did-yale-do-right-thing-removing-john-c-calhoun
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Some Comala period figurines from Mexico (I think we mentioned this):

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/135293/20170215/report-1-700-year-old-untouched-tomb-discovered-mexico.htm
https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-700-old-untouched-tomb-173700487.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5305-170213-mexico-burial-figurines

The collapse of Aztec society may have been hastened by a salmonella outbreak:

http://www.nature.com/news/collapse-of-aztec-society-linked-to-catastrophic-salmonella-outbreak-1.21485
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5316-170217-spanish-conquest-salmonella

A volcanic eruption may have triggered a Maya ‘dark age’:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/volcanic-eruption-may-have-plunged-the-maya-into-a-ldquo-dark-age-rdquo/

On ancient human impact on Brazil’s rainforest:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/science/amazon-earthworks-geoglyphs-brazil.html

More on the ‘Lost City of the Monkey God’:

http://www.salon.com/2017/02/17/watch-discovering-a-lost-city-buried-underneath-the-rainforest/
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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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Really not sure where to put this one … tracking the fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field with Iron Age pottery:

https://www.tau.ac.il/research/geomagnetic-intensity
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/afot-ajf021417.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/science/magnetic-field-earth-jars.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.771427
http://www.jpost.com/Green-Israel/Innovative-Research/TAU-and-HU-scientists-Weakening-of-Earths-magnetic-field-is-not-new-481459
http://www.israel21c.org/history-of-earths-magnetic-field-exposed-in-judean-pottery/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ancient-jars-found-in-judea-reveal-earths-magnetic-field-is-fluctuating-not-diminishing/2017/02/14/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/224927
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/14/515032512/iron-age-potters-carefully-recorded-earths-magnetic-field-by-accident
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0214/What-ancient-pottery-reveals-about-Earth-s-magnetic-field
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5307-170214-geomagnetic-field-pottery

On the origin (sort of) of selfies:

https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/02/how-a-500-year-old-engineering-innovation-led-to-selfies/

Some Valentine’s Day history:

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2017/02/a-short-history-of-valentines-day.html
http://radio.wosu.org/post/dark-origins-valentines-day
https://www.msureporter.com/2017/02/14/the-unclear-history-of-valentines-day/

Pondering why we haven’t found any civilizations older than 7000 – 8000 years bp:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/02/14/why-havent-we-found-civilizations-older-than-7000-8000-years/#4878a65a484c

Nelson’s capture tricolour is on display again:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-38984685
On germs and human history:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/02/16/515445752/germ-history-milkmaids-inspire-vaccines-but-the-germs-keep-coming

An interesting bit of historical fake news:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38995205

… and pondering historical tweets:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-if-caesar-churchill-and-custer-could-have-tweeted-like-trump/2017/02/17/c70e2060-f526-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93749

Crafts and Industry throughout the ages (Egypt):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/258145/Heritage/Museums/National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilization-opens-tem.aspx

Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries:

http://artdaily.com/news/93821/Exhibition-brings-to-light-one-of-the-founding-myths-of-ancient-Egypt–The-Mysteries-of-Osiris

Good Hope:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93894

Han Dynasty:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1033671.shtml

Monet:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-monet-as-an-anniversary-gift/a-37598912

Seurat:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/arts/design/cirque-du-seurat-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html

Cajal:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-monet-as-an-anniversary-gift/a-37598912

Treasures from the National Museum (Sweden):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/arts/design/an-export-from-sweden-art-treasures-collected-abroad.html

Gurlitt’s stuff:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/cornelius-gurlitt-art-trove-exhibition-863189

A World of Emotions:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/9041-130-ancient-greek-masterpieces-in-a-world-of-emotions-at-onassis-

Cycladic:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/meet-cycladic-a-civilization-of-5500-years-ago-in_us_58a58419e4b026a89a7a26d9

A German museum realized it had a Rembrandt:

http://www.dw.com/en/german-museum-discovers-its-had-a-rembrandt-for-nearly-250-years/a-37543686
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/german-museum-found-rembrandt-drawing-858668
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/europe/rembrandt-drawing-german-museum/index.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is a Pictish murder victim:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15100461.Face_of_Pictish_murder_victim_reconstructed_after_cave_find/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-39002843
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/facial-reconstruction-of-pictish-man-brutally-murdered-1400-years-ago
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5318-170217-scotland-pictish-murder

Coverage of an Italian team’s efforts to restore damage done by ISIL:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-italian-teams-ancient-syrian-city.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/16/stone-sculptures-smashed-isil-ancient-city-palmyra-restored/
Feature on LiDAR:

https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/12/wtf-is-lidar/?ncid=rss

On Roman sites and VR:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/virtual-reality-recreates-roman-ancient-sites-domus-aurea-emperor-nero-palace/

I think we’ve had this one on new archaeological techniques being used at an Islamic site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeological-techniques-uncover.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170210084750.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of Sardinian DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-sardinian-dna-genetic-clues-islandand.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/mbae-las020617.php

… and their dogs’ too:

https://phys.org/news/2016-10-genome-fiercely-fonni-dog-human.html#nRlv

Otzi’s DNA is confirming the stability of genetic markers:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-otzi-iceman-validate-stability-genetic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170216094511.htm

What Matthew Spriggs is up to:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/breakfast/dna-research-is-changing-modern-archaeology-prof-matthew-spriggs/8271780

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/europe/89146617/The-mysterious-past-of-Delphi

Albania is promoting its underwater sites:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-albania-underwater-archaeology-tourism.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/albania-promotes-its-underwater-archaeology-for-tourism/2017/02/13/85d20f8c-f218-11e6-9fb1-2d8f3fc9c0ed_story.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/albania-promotes-underwater-archaeology-tourism-181313966.html
http://www.fredericksburg.com/features/wire/albania-promotes-its-underwater-archaeology-for-tourism/article_933de272-9232-510a-a162-24857dc5ca40.html
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CRIME BEAT
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I think we mentioned this bust in Albania:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-albania-smugglers-ancient-apollonia-artifacts.html
http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Albania-stops-smugglers-of-230-ancient-Apollonia-10926694.php

A bust in Mumbai:

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-dri-raids-smuggler-s-warehouse-seizes-antiques-2320970

Some stolen items from Turkey turn up in Germany:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stolen-artifacts-from-turkey-found-in-germany-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=109737&NewsCatID=375

A stolen Italian piece turns up in Morocco:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93862
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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NUMISMATICA
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The Riddlesden Hoard is going on display:

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/15087243.Roman_coins_found_by_metal_detectorist_go_on_display_at_Keighley__39_s_Cliffe_Castle_Museum/

Feature on cistophori of Hadrian:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/02/cistophori-of-roman-emperor-hadrian-ancients-today.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n07.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n08.html
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http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2560-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-february-2017-11-february-2017
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.42 ~ February 12, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Emery, David Perlmutter, Richard Campbell,
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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Not sure where to put this one … on the evolution of assorted diseases in humans:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/02/09/513883557/video-from-measles-to-syphilis-how-we-created-the-golden-age-of-germs

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AFRICA
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A trio of 4000 years bp (give or take) temples from the Sudan:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/swiss-archeologist-shines-light-sudans-buried-past-005631065.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20170210-sudan-archaeology-temples-discovered-kerma-dogi-ancient-bonnet-history
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1052261/offbeat
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5270-170210-sudan-dogi-gel

I think this goes here … Henry Gates’ research into African civilizations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/opinion/sunday/the-history-the-slaveholders-wanted-us-to-forget.html

More on those 12 000 years bp prostate stones from Sudan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5243-170201-sudan-prostate-stone

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A major building complex from Qantir:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/257745/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Monumental-building-complex-discovered-at-Qantir-i.aspx
http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/archaeologists-in-egypt-unearth-pharaonic-structures/743252
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/02/07/pharaonic-structures-discovered-in-egypt
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/08/02/2017/Archaeologists-in-Egypt-unearth-pharaonic-structures

… which includes a mortar pit with impressions of children’s feet:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/german-archaeologists-discover-ancient-mortar-pit-impressions-egyptian-children-s-feet

… and painted wall fragments:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5256-170207-egypt-pi-ramesses

Encroachments on the Dahshour necropolis were removed this week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/257919/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Encroachments-removed-from-Dahshour-necropolis-sit.aspx

Feature on some ‘mummy princesses’:

http://discovermagazine.com/2017/march/the-eternal-princesses

More on that royal scribe burial from Luxor:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-000-old-tomb-royal-135800426.html

Excavating ‘Anatolian food culture’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-turkeys-southwest-reveal-anatolian-food-culture-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=109377&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of excitement/coverage over the discovery of another (looted) Dead Sea Scrolls cave:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-dead-sea-scroll-cave-found-near-qumran-but-scrolls-are-gone/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/after-60-years-archaeologists-find-new-dead-sea-cave-but-no-scrolls/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-University-archaeologists-find-12th-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-cave-480966
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hebrew-university-archaeologists-find-12th-dead-sea-scrolls-cave/2017/02/08/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/224652
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.770515
http://www.livescience.com/57798-dead-sea-scrolls-turn-70.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/archaeologists-unearth-new-dead-sea-scrolls-cave-n718876
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/70-years-after-dead-sea-scrolls-were-found-new-discoveries-await/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0209/Dead-Sea-Scrolls-12th-cave-that-once-housed-scrolls-discovered
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0209/New-Dead-Sea-cave-discovery-jumpstarts-hunt-for-ancient-treasures
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/09/archeologists-say-they-have-found-a-cave-that-once-held-dead-sea-scrolls-a-first-in-60-years/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/09/514294579/archaeologists-excavate-12th-cave-they-say-once-housed-dead-sea-scrolls
http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/archaeologists-race-to-find-ancient-scrolls/2017/02/09/961f00dc-eec8-11e6-a100-fdaaf400369a_video.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/new-dead-sea-scrolls-cave-discovered-archaelogists-artefacts-2000-year-old-antiquities-west-bank-a7571696.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/09/archaeologists-discover-new-cave-believed-have-held-dead-sea/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38916687
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/02/08/in-surprise-discovery-israeli-archaeologists-uncover-12th-dead-sea-scrolls-cave/
http://www.smh.com.au/world/found-additional-cave-that-once-held-dead-sea-scrolls-20170209-gu9p6a.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-might-have-found-another-dead-sea-scroll-cave-180962092/
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeologists-12th-dead-sea-scrolls.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/thuo-af1020817.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/12th-dead-sea-scrolls-cave-excavated-near-qumran
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5259-170208-qumran-cave-12

… and the discovery might help detect forgeries, apparently:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/dead-sea-scrolls-cave-discovered-judea-israel-west-bank-forgeries/

… while some scholars think everything needs a bit more study:

http://news.nd.edu/news/new-dead-sea-scroll-cave-reports-may-be-premature-scholar-says/

They’re digging at Kiryat Ye’arim, ‘where the Ark of the Covenant once stood’:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-to-break-ground-at-biblical-site-where-ark-of-the-covenant-stood/
https://www.rt.com/news/376745-ark-covenant-israel-excavation/

They’ve opened the Miqve Path in Jerusalem National Park:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4249
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-mikve-path-at-2000-year-old-site-to-be-unveiled-in-Jerusalem-National-Park-480628
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iaa-to-inaugurate-new-mikvah-path-at-the-walls-around-jerusalem-national-park/2017/02/05/

Latest tomb threatened by the Ilisu Dam project:

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2017/02/06/archaeologists-engineers-race-to-save-ancient-tomb-from-being-submerged

More on excavations resuming at Masada:

http://www.israel21c.org/new-masada-expedition-gets-underway/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 4th century mosaic floor from Leicester:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/largest-roman-mosaic-floor-found-in-leicester-for-30-years/story-30110162-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5253-170206-leicester-mosaic-floor

A very large 4th century mosaic from Cyprus:

http://www.ntd.tv/2017/02/08/ancient-mural-unearthed-cyprus/

The House of the Chaste Lovers at Pompeii is opening to the public:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/02/07/pompeiis-house-of-chaste-lovers-to-open_77ccacd3-f776-416b-adbf-dc0a503ea388.html
http://artdaily.com/news/93694/Pompeii-unveils-Roman-kiss-for-Valentine-s-day
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeii-unveils-roman-kiss-valentines-171935196.html

Bulldozing going on at a Bristol Roman Villa site is causing concern:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/watch-fury-as-developers-bulldoze-bristol-roman-villa-site-without-showing-locals-what-they-found/story-30121784-detail/story.html

Roman finds from pre-construction digs in Warwickshire have gone on display:

http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/roman-find-on-show-at-rugby-s-archaeology-gallery-1-7813797

The ‘Great Pompeii Project’ is a success:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/02/09/great-pompeii-project-sets-example_c25b4449-c334-43a2-9e6f-a122d40e37d7.html

Feature on Tartessos:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/the-etruscans-phoenicians-and-tartessos.htm

Suggestion that Ionian Greeks were the first to use ‘GPS method’ to navigate:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/22876-cartography-professor-ancient-greeks-in-ionia-first-used-gps-method-to-navigate.html

Feature on the Roman economy:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-roman-economy-was-a-powerhouse-1792097743

A Classics professor mystery solved:

http://lsa.umich.edu/classics/news-events/all-news/search-news/the-case-of-the-missing-professor.html

Honours for Classicists at UNC:

http://classics.unc.edu/2017/02/08/three-classics-instructors-named-recipients-of-2017-unc-teaching-awards/

More on that ILS inscription found in New York:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remains-abandoned-gilded-age-mansion-ancient-roman-artifact-reveals-its-secrets-180962071/

More on Dan Gallagher going to Cornell:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/02/renowned-vatican-latinist-joins-classics-faculty

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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13 000 years bp ‘hunting tools’ from Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-tools-people-denmark.html
http://www.startribune.com/hunting-tools-tell-how-first-people-in-denmark-lived/413388013/

12 000 years bp pebbles from Italy are thought to have some sort of ritual funerary purpose:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-broken-pebbles-clues-paleolithic-funeral.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uom-bpo020817.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/pebbles-used-as-spatulas-to-decorate-the-dead-12000-years-ago

Pondering an Iron Age burial on Lewis:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38919314

I think we mentioned this high status Viking warrior burial from Scotland:

http://www.livescience.com/57793-viking-warrior-grave-has-ax-sword.html
http://www.livescience.com/57859-mysterious-viking-ship-burial-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5261-170208-scotland-ardnamurchan-viking

An Anglo Saxon church and some interesting animal burials from Shropshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-38922138
http://www.shropshirelive.com/2017/02/10/archaeologists-discover-possible-anglo-saxon-church-and-mysterious-ancient-animal-burials/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5268-170210-england-animal-burial

A medieval wall beneath a Coventry car park:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-38867619

Finds from various periods at Marston Moretaine:

http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/iron-age-discovery-for-budding-archaeologists-in-marston-moretaine-1-7792261

Tony Robinson has joined the Stonehenge Tunnel protest (plus others):

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/uk_national_news/15072650.TV_s_Tony_Robinson_joins_Stonehenge_road_tunnel_protest/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/08/stonehenge-tunnel-heritage-groups-warn-over-ancient-barrow

Concerns for a Bronze Age bog road in Westmeath:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/protect-our-oldest-bog-road-plead-historians-35443560.html

More on that rich Celtic burial in Germany:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/iron-age-secrets-exhumed-riches-filled-crypt

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A ‘cluster’ of 2200 years bp boat coffins from Sichuan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/08/c_136041761.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5260-170208-china-boat-coffins

An Angkor-era smelting furnace from Cambodia:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/morenews/dig-unearths-ancient-furnace-in-hunt-for-cambodias-past-124687/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5257-170207-cambodia-iron-smelting

A general (and consort) burial dating to 564 CE has plenty of interest:

http://www.livescience.com/57766-tomb-of-chinese-general-princess-found.html
http://www.livescience.com/57764-photos-figurine-tomb.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/08/tomb-ancient-general-princess-discovered-china/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-tomb-of-chinese-general-and-princess-filled-with-figurines/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0208/Ancient-love-uncovered-Scientists-reveal-contents-of-Chinese-general-s-tomb
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5255-170206-china-general-tomb

Mapping Japan’s Kiyotosakuoketsu tomb:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201702100042.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5269-170210-japan-kiyotosakuoketsu-tomb

Four 19th century shipwrecks off the coast of Queensland:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/88854895/Four-19th-century-shipwrecks-found-off-Australian-coast
http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/four-19thcentury-shipwrecks-found-off-queensland/news-story/408e9250ba260177aa5908898d396493

Assorted coverage relating to a conference on Mohenjo Daro this past week:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1321710/let-us-re-excavate-moen-jo-daro-urges-archaeologist/
http://nation.com.pk/karachi/12-Feb-2017/moenjo-daro-conference-concludes
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/185775-Experts-for-more-research-on-Mohenjo-Daro

Rambling feature on Tahitian navigation:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/89280126/On-the-trail-of-ancient-voyaging-link-with-Tahiti

I don’t quite follow this diet study’s conclusions relating to gender inequality:

http://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0059

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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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A 10 000 years bp site from Pennington Gap:

http://www.wcyb.com/news/virginia/lee-county/archaeologists-find-historic-native-american-sites-in-pennington-gap/319755355

16th century human remains from St Augustine:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/human-remains-dating-back-to-the-1570s-believed-to-have-been-found-in-st-augustine/491839550

Few remains of prehistoric buildings or villages in Ohio:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170212/john-switzer–from-stump-little-evidence-remains-of-prehistoric-ohio-houses-villages

On climate change and Cahokia:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/10/513963490/1-000-years-ago-corn-made-this-society-big-then-a-changing-climate-destroyed-the

A mid 19th century beer vault turns up beneath a Williamsburg construction site:

http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/hidden-beer-vault-found-underneath-williamsburg-construction-site/32545

Concerns for organic artifacts in Yellowstone:

http://www.wyomingnews.com/news/organic-artifacts-in-yellowstone-being-lost-to-ice-melt/article_57550878-eb72-11e6-930b-1f3cf374583a.html

A ‘new’ photo of Harriet Tubman:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/11/new-photo-shows-beautiful-resilient-harriet-tubman/97804370/
http://www.neatorama.com/2017/02/08/New-Photograph-of-Harriet-Tubman-Found/

Frederick Douglass on controlling slaves with food:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/10/514385071/frederick-douglass-on-how-slave-owners-used-food-as-a-weapon-of-control

No cosmic impact demise for Clovis Culture:

http://westerndigs.org/clovis-culture-ice-age-fauna-werent-wiped-out-by-cosmic-impact-study-says/

Yale has renamed Calhoun College:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38947134
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/yale-protests-john-calhoun-grace-murray-hopper.html?smid=fb-nytopinion&smtyp=cur
http://news.yale.edu/2017/02/11/yale-change-calhoun-college-s-name-honor-grace-murray-hopper-0

More on geometry in Chaco Canyon:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/evidence-that-an-ancient-pueblo-site-was-built-out-of-golden-rectangles/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An untouched 1700 years bp tomb from Colima:

http://www.livescience.com/57844-mexican-tomb-uncovered.html
http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/5901-pequena-ventana-a-panteon-prehispanico-tumba-de-tiro-hallada-en-la-ciudad-de-colima

Plenty of interest in earthworks (this is the ‘Stonehenge’ stuff hinted at in the past few weeks) in the Amazon:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoe-hoa020617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170207092752.htm
http://www.livescience.com/57775-humans-altered-amazon-rainforests-geoglyphs.html
http://www.livescience.com/57770-mysterious-amazon-geoglyphs-photos.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/02/06/hundreds-ancient-earthworks-resembling-stonehenge-found-amazon/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0207/Do-these-ancient-geoglyphs-hold-a-secret-to-preserving-the-Amazon
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/amazonian-rainforest-was-managed-by-ancient-geoglyph-builders
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5258-170207-amazon-landscape-geoglyphs

Marking the liberation of Chile:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/opinion/sunday/how-we-overcame-tyranny-before.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Metal detectorists are being encouraged to learn some basic archaeology so they don’t damage sites:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15072021.Metal_detectorists_urged_to__brush_up_on_skills__to_avoid_damaging_treasures/
http://martini.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15072021.Metal_detectorists_urged_to_leave_the_spadework_to_the_professionals_/

Latest ancient beer recreation is a 5000 years bp Chinese recipe:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/02/06/recreate-5000-year-old-chinese-beer-recipe/
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-students-recreate-year-old-chinese-beer.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5267-170210-china-fermented-porridge

Some of the usual Valentine’s Day coverage:

http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/valentine-s-day-2017-how-did-the-romans-celebrate-st-valentine-s-day/story-30096762-detail/story.html

Pondering the art of the Russian Revolution:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38911009

On ‘American Gothic’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170208-how-american-gothic-became-an-icon

What orangutans reveal about language evolution:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38907681

Losing a vintage dress at the cleaners:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38935251

On the history of mechanical refrigeration:

http://www.livescience.com/57797-refrigerator-history.html

… and lighting:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38650976

Saving ‘The Battle of Atlanta’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/a-painstaking-mission-to-save-atlantas-colossal-civil-war-painting.html
http://www.npr.org/2017/02/09/514160314/atlanta-rolls-up-moves-an-old-oil-painting-all-374-feet-and-12-tons-of-it

A 14th century university uprising:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/10/day-1355-university-fracas-ends-93-dead-birth-600-year-long/

On some famous quotes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38563240

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tunnel (Crossrail finds):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-skeletons-london-exposed-rail-line.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/08/exhibition-offers-extensive-insight-into-londons-history-thrown-up-by-crossrail
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38919314
https://www.yahoo.com/news/skeletons-londons-past-exposed-rail-line-dig-180321302.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-exhibition-britain-archaeology-crossr-idUSKBN15P222
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-reveals-8000-years-londons-history-180962105/
https://www.ft.com/content/ff1b6964-ee09-11e6-ba01-119a44939bb6

Repatriated Persian artifacts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-iran-ancient-persian-artifacts.html
http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2017/02/09/5981-iranian-museum-exhibits-over-500-artifacts-repatriated-from-the-w

Beyond Caravaggio:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93710

Botticelli:

http://pilotonline.com/entertainment/arts/exhibits/largest-collection-of-renaissance-master-sandro-botticelli-coming-to-the/article_0b36120d-f092-5f30-8841-dd10710e5596.html

Lautrec:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93561

Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/%E2%80%98egypt-s-sunken-mysteries-exhibition-opens-zurich

Greco Roman Egypt:

http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2017/02/rare-and-vivid-2000-year-old-mummy-mask-on-display-at-art-museum-feb-2-july-15/

Washington’s Slaves:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/06/arts/george-washington-mount-vernon-slavery.html

Fake Photos:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/02/05/513252650/long-before-there-was-fake-news-there-were-fake-photos
http://www.clarkart.edu/Exhibition/Photography-and-Discovery

Robots:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/07/science-museum-london-trove-of-robotic-delights-holds-a-mirror-to-human-society
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-years-evolution-robots.html
https://www.cnet.com/au/news/robots-london-science-museum-exhibition/
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/london-exhibition-charts-500-years-of-evolution-of-robots/
http://www.dw.com/en/robots-a-500-year-quest-to-make-machines-human/a-37455366
http://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2017/0208/Robots-have-been-around-for-500-years-New-London-exhibit-traces-their-evolution

Antikythera Mechanism:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/216041/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/antikythera-mechanism–athens–february-10—may-28

The Met has ‘museum workouts’ now:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/08/513765866/raise-your-he-art-rate-with-a-workout-at-the-met

The Met also has made a huge number of its images available:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/arts/design/met-museum-makes-375000-images-available-for-free.html

A history of the Louvre:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/from-castle-to-museum-a-brief-history-of-the-louvre/articleshow/56990827.cms

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is St Magnus:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-38892669

The Lithodomos VR project looks interesting:

http://www.theage.com.au/small-business/smallbiz-tech/archaeology-turns-to-virtual-reality-with-lithodomos-startup-20170203-gu4rux.html
http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/smallbiz-tech/archaeology-turns-to-virtual-reality-with-lithodomos-startup-20170203-gu4rux.html

Feature on the use of assorted tech at a dig in Spain:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170210084750.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a long period of stability in the East Asian hunter-fisher population:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-points-millennia-stability-east-asian-hunter-fisher-population?tgt=nr

More on DNA suggesting Baltic hunter-gatherers learned to farm independently:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/baltic-hunter-gatherers-began-farming-without-influence-of-migration
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5254-170206-baltic-first-farmers

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Using colonial records to study Australian climate:

http://theconversation.com/delving-through-settlers-diaries-can-reveal-australias-colonial-era-climate-72652

Shifting monsoons affected human development in China over the millennia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/teia-sma020617.php

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Angkor Wat (more on the effects of tourism):

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38776022

Hiraizumi:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170202-a-pure-land-inspired-by-treachery

Greece:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/02/06/greece-ancient-ruins/97571402/

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CRIME BEAT
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Caught ‘red handed’ at a Byzantine site:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4919032,00.html

A truck full of Bronze Age items from Hungary:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungary-bronze-antiquities-found-truck-date-900-bc-45350613
http://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-washington-post/20170209/281788513804225
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/hungary-bronze-antiquities-found-in-truck-date-to-bc/article_47f374df-4871-50a4-a303-39423e218393.html

A bust in Apollonia:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/crime/article/Albania-stops-smugglers-of-230-ancient-Apollonia-10926694.php
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/02/12/eu-albania-apollonia-artifacts/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/02/4402.html

Paris has a ‘spiderman thief’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/arts/design/for-paris-spiderman-stealing-5-museum-masterpieces-was-no-sweat.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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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Latest Nazi-loot repatriation:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93642

India is reflecting on some repatriation efforts:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-over-28-antiquities-retrieved-from-abroad-till-date-govt-2313964
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/over-28-antiquities-retrieved-from-abroad-till-date-govt-4510645/

A sarcophagus fragment was returned to Greece:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/02/09/manhattan-district-attorney-returns-ancient-sarcophagus-to-greek-consulate/
http://courthousenews.com/looted-200-a-d-sarcophagus-returned-to-greece/
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/02/10/greek-sarcophagus-returned/
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/illegally-trafficked-sarcophagus-fragment-returned-greece-45424934

A prehistoric stone axe was returned to Egypt:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5265-170209-egypt-stone-ax

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NUMISMATICA
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A Roman hoard from New Forest is going on display (not sure what this hoard is called):

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15086070.1_600_Roman_coins_buried_in_New_Forest_field_set_to_finally_go_on_show/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n06.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n05.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/2555-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-january-2017-4-february-2017

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OBITUARIES
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Peter Charles Woodman:

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/obituary-prof-peter-woodman-1.2962379

Ivor Noel Hume:

http://www.vagazette.com/news/vanews-ivor-noel-hume-famed-archaeologist-dies-at-89-20170206-story.html
http://wydaily.com/2017/02/08/obits-ivor-noel-hume-89/

Deborah Campbell:

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/11914975-74/campbell-bollman-scott

Roy Swartz:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Deaths/2017/02/10/Roy-S-Swartz-1925-2017-Teacher-helped-preserve-Civil-War-landmark.html

Thomas Jacobsen:

http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/thomas-jacobsen

Judith Romney Wegner:

https://networks.h-net.org/node/28655/discussions/165414/obituary-dr-judith-romney-wegner

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on Neanderthal habitats:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6324/491.1

Possible evidence that Neanderthals knew how to make fire:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/02/the-first-fire/515427/?yptr=yahoo

Thing on ‘germs’ and early humans:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/02/02/512505625/hey-wait-don-t-eat-that-sneezing-chimp

Evidence of ‘middle stone age’ trade:

http://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0050
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AFRICA================================================================

A 12 000 years bp burial from the Sudan with the oldest evidence of prostate stones:

http://www.livescience.com/57719-oldest-prostate-stones-found-sudan-cemetery.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5243-170201-sudan-prostate-stone

Feature on archaeology in South Africa:

http://midrandreporter.co.za/174313/short-history-of-archaeology-in-south-africa-2/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Tomb of a Ramesside-era scribe from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/257292/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tomb-of-Ramessideera-royal-scribe-uncovered-in-Lux.aspx
http://www.livescience.com/57739-tomb-of-royal-scribe-uncovered-egypt.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5246-170202-luxor-tomb-baboons

An update on the Giza Plateau Development Project:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/257448/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Work-on-Giza-Plateau-development-project-in-full-s.aspx

Feature on Neolithic sites in Abu Dhabi:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/abu-dhabi-archaeologists-unearth-rare-well-preserved-stone-age-house
http://www.aviamost.ae/en/archaeological-excavations-cast-new-light-abu-dhabis-earliest-inhabitants
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5247-170202-abu-dhabi-marawah

Foreign archaeological missions are returning to Iraq:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/01/iraq-nasiriyah-khyber-british-exploration-mission.html

We’re hearing again of plans to reopen the dig at Masada:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-get-set-to-dig-at-masada-after-11-year-hiatus/

Feature on a student’s experiences digging at Tel Megiddo:

http://gsas.yale.edu/news/digging-ancient-history

Feature on the Amorites:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.769235

Feature on Jewish purity practices in Roman Judaea:

http://asorblog.org/jewish-purity-practices-roman-judea-evidence-archaeology/

Feature on the language(s) of the Philistines:

http://asorblog.org/2017/02/02/what-languages-did-the-philistines-speak/

A Turkish soldier’s grave found at Gallipoli:

http://www.archaeology.org/5248-170202-gallipoli-turkish-grave

More on the mines at Timna:

http://forward.com/news/361833/archaeologists-find-ruins-of-king-solomons-mines/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Writing from Iklaina suggests it wasn’t a ‘backwater’ as previous thought:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.768416

Dhaskalio Kavos is revealing much more as well:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fragmented-greek-story-comes-together-9b8f6v3hx?#_=_

Evidence of a pre-Roman settlement at Vagnari:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/new-pre-roman-settlement-at-vagnari-italy

A major Roman shipwreck find off the Balearic Islands (we did mention this before):

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/01/30/inenglish/1485783205_203509.html
http://www.seeker.com/1800-year-old-shipwreck-found-almost-completely-intact-off-spanish-coa-2231406566.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5241-170131-spain-roman-shipwreck

A possible Hellenistic pot burial from Mugla:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/01/30/jar-containing-human-remains-from-hellenistic-period-found-in-southwestern-turkey
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5239-170130-turkey-milas-jar

A Roman mosaic (and more) from Leicester:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/largest-roman-mosaic-floor-found-in-leicester-for-30-years/story-30110162-detail/story.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170203103150.htm

A Roman bathhouse and more from Hippos Sussita (I think we mentioned this):

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/roman-theater-bathhouse-hippos-sussita-04580.html

They’re digging at the Horti Lamiani:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/02/02/horti-lamiani-excavation-project_d6436af4-ae35-4b01-819e-9438df87d53b.html

There are suspicions that a recent collapse at Pompeii was an inside job:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/disgruntled-pompeii-workers-suspected-of-a-demolition-job-5k32253t5
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/italian-police-investigate-vandalism-claims-at-pompeii/

Plans for a retractable roof on the amphitheatre at Verona:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/31/roman-amphitheatre-verona-protected-giant-retractable-cover/

Classics is threatened in Greek (!) schools:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greek-teachers-in-epic-battle-to-save-classics-fxrp2ztpg

You can do a VR tour of Nero’s Domus Aurea:

http://www.voanews.com/a/italy-nero-domus-aurea-virtual-reality/3702861.html

A peek into a Latin I class:

http://classics.dartmouth.edu/news/living-language-latin-1-play

Honours for R Ross Holloway:

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/dr-r-ross-holloway-recognized-by-marquis-whos-who-for-excellence-and-archaeology-and-art-history-433878.php

What Dan Gallagher is up to:

http://cornellsun.com/2017/01/30/cornell-classics-appointment-marks-tectonic-shift-for-the-study-of-classics/

What Harriet Fertik is up to:

http://cola.unh.edu/article/2017/02/unh-classics-professor-awarded-research-fellowship-germany

An ERC project on Judaism and Rome:

http://judaism-and-rome.cnrs.fr/

Not sure how much stock one wants to put in this one … about Alexander the Great’s will:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4175468/Alexander-Great-s-2-000-years-death.html

Why Homer endures:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/homers-vision-resonates-to-this-day/news-story/7d3e87f0f0898aa8d5988feca8f5d043

Reenacting the parentalia (I think):

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170202/local/rabat-to-re-enact-roman-memorial-festival-for-the-dead.638142

Review of a new translation of ‘The Age of Caesar’ (Plutarch’s stuff):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-age-of-caesar-a-fresh-look-at-the-key-players-in-a-time-of-historic-unrest/2017/02/01/8c47df12-e49f-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?utm_term=.255fe4286171

On Greek views of how democracies decline:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/88889557/chris-trotter-ancient-greeks-knew-how-democracy-devolved-into-monarchy

Nero apparently has tips for the American president:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/donald-trump-could-be-americas-nero-if-were-lucky/

Trump and Cicero on torture:

http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2017/01/trump-and-cicero-on-torture.html
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 38 000 bp ‘engraving’ of aurochs with interesting ‘dots’ from a French rock shelter (not sure if we mentioned this one yet):

http://www.livescience.com/57678-ancient-rock-art-discovered-in-france.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/02/38000-year-old-carving-includes-enigmatic-punctuation-pattern/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cow-carved-stone-paints-picture-europes-early-human-culture
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/38000-year-old-image-of-an-aurochs-discovered-in-french-rockshelter
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5240-170131-france-aurochs-dots

Evidence of Neolithic inhabitation of the Perthshire Hills:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/perthshire-hills-were-inhabited-in-the-stone-age-archaeological-diggers-reveal-1-4358155

A possible Celtic burial from Germany (previously mentioned, I think):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/iron-age-secrets-exhumed-riches-filled-crypt
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/01/30/buried-treasure-ancient-grave-found-brimming-with-jewels.html

A 2 000 years bp glass workshop from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,412821,the-oldest-glass-making-workshop-in-poland-is-approx-2-thousand-years-old.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5235-170130-poland-glass-workshop

A Saxon workshop from Somerset:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-38781839

A Viking boat burial from the Ardnamurchan peninsula has some interesting details:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15071194.The_Viking___39_chieftain__39__who_may_have_been_a_woman___and_other_secrets_of_the_rare_boat_burial_discovered_in_Scotland/

A metal detectorist found some medieval jewellery in Stowting:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford/news/priceless-jewellery-dating-back-1500-119978/

A mystery skull from a West Sussex beach:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/584983/skull-found-beach-wittering-west-sussex-mystery-dead-sailor

Finds from various periods from a site in Newport:

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/15070961.Ruins_found_at_proposed_Gipsy_site_in_Newport/

Searching for the earliest church in Scandinavia:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/home-herigar-bjorko/

Much excitement over the discovery of the wreck of the Blekinge off Sweden:

http://www.thelocal.se/20170201/southern-sweden-may-have-its-own-vasa-as-historic-shipwreck-is-identified
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5244-170201-sweden-warship-blekinge

Ceide Fields may be 2500 years younger than previously thought:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/c%C3%A9ide-fields-may-be-2-500-years-younger-than-thought-1.2961569

Feature on the Knights Templar’s banking activities:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38499883

Feature on things that have been dug up in London:

http://londonist.com/london/history/things-that-have-been-dug-up-in-london

Feature on the Staffordshire Hoard:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/warrior-treasures-saxon-gold-from-the-staffordshire-hoard.htm

Feature on an interesting Viking-era ring:

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/a-viking-era-ring-unravels-anti-islamic-narratives

Feature on the ‘Anarchy’ with a Game of Thrones connection (sort of):

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/feb/05/scars-of-englands-medieval-game-of-thrones-unearthed-anarchy

Finds from ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ are going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-38831725
http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2017-01-31/museum-set-for-british-pompeii/

The Ashmolean has purchased the Watlington Hoard:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-38830618
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93482

More on leprosy from a medieval pilgrim burial:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170126142825.htm

More on that 400 years bp ‘shopping list’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38869153
http://theweek.com/speedreads/677220/archaeologists-discover-400yearold-shopping-list
http://fox40.com/2017/02/02/400-year-old-shopping-list-found-under-floorboards-of-uk-home/

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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 major Neolithic site from Shaanxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/30/c_136021260.htm

Tubo Kingdom petroglyphs from Tibet:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/travel/2017-02/03/content_28095661.htm

Some 12th century Hindu sculptures from Kashmir:

http://www.india.com/news/agencies/12th-century-ad-hindu-sculptures-unearthed-in-kashmir-1810871/
http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/jammu/story/240458.html
http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/2-more-artifacts-recovered-from-ancient-archaeological-site/

A village in Viet Nam which came across some Buddhist relics is trying to keep them:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-seek-keep-unearthed-artefacts

Some Han Dynasty sex toys (not sure if this is a new find or not; the source does not add confidence):

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2762659/ancient-dildos-butt-plugs-discovered-china/

Pondering the Selden Map of China:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-scientists-secrets-oldest-surviving-global.html

A major study of Altai mummies is under way:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/scientists-launch-bid-to-solve-mystery-of-mummified-siberian-royals/news-story/95d6dc996379910feb5f5a12ecbe1dfd

Latest from Mes Aynak:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2067517/china-plans-destroy-ancient-buddhist-city-get-copper

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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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Study suggests that climate change led to a decline of population in the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/iuui-isc013117.php

Hurricane Matthew revealed some items in Georgia, apparently:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5242-170131-savannah-hurricane-matthew

Studying painted rocks near the Texas-Mexico border:

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Texas-artist-studying-painted-rocks-makes-sense-10900973.php

Interesting feature on wine cellars beneath the Brooklyn Bridge:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/30/511204977/a-sip-of-history-the-hidden-wine-cellars-under-the-brooklyn-bridge

Feature on Frederick Douglass:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/frederick-douglasss-amazing-job-started-with-his-first-book/2017/02/01/1f956ee8-e8f5-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html

More on that Civil War trench in Fredericksburg:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5251-170203-virginia-burnside-carbine

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Three burials from near Huaca de Luna:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-trujillo-3-tombs-found-near-huaca-luna-111178

More on high tech scans looking for Maya highways:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5237-170130-guatemala-peten-lidar

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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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A Groundhog Day feature:

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/02/512670565/groundhog-day-bringing-the-celebration-out-of-the-shadows

Russia has ‘returned a cathedral’ to the Orthodox Church:

http://www.dw.com/en/russia-returns-cathedral-to-orthodox-church/a-37374984

What Sarah Parcak is doing with her TED prize:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-amateurs-relics-modern-indiana-jones.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38812526
http://www.livescience.com/57684-global-xplorer-crowdsourced-archaeology.html
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/want-space-archaeologist-heres-chance/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/archaeologists-parcak-globalxplorer-looting-ted-prize/
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/01/high-resolution-satellite-imagery-at-the-worlds-fingertips/
https://knpr.org/npr/2017-01/space-archaeologist-wants-citizen-scientists-identify-archaeological-looting
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/01/30/space-archaeologist-funds-citizen-science-platform-with-1m-ted-prize/

… related:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/31/512661370/space-archaeologist-wants-citizen-scientists-to-identify-archaeological-looting
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0202/Spies-in-the-sky-the-answer-to-stopping-archaeological-looting

… and:

https://www.globalxplorer.org/

On the origins of Shiraz wine:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38771806

Feature on a silver swan automaton:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-silver-swan-has-fascinated-fans-nearly-250-years-180962024/

A list of ‘amazing’ archaeological discoveries:

http://www.livescience.com/57690-amazing-archaeological-discoveries.html

On artworks which have left the UK over the last few years:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38686748

Feature on Thomas Browne:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-popular-science-17th-century-version-ofclickbait.html

Reviewish of a book about Rasputin:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/31/510802220/fact-or-fiction-even-when-it-comes-to-food-its-hard-to-tell-with-rasputin

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Three Enlightened Princesses:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/01/31/exhibit-highlights-legacies-three-enlightened-princesses

Art and Experience in Medieval Europe:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93528

Sisley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/arts/design/alfred-sisley-the-unheralded-impressionist.html

Greek Ceramics:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/22778-largest-exhibition-of-ancient-greek-ceramics-opens-in-israel.html

Yale’s African art collection has a new home:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/01/27/new-location-and-new-focus-yale-s-african-art-collection

Feature on how museums fit into the antiquities trade:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/antiquities-trade-us-museum-collecting-complex/

British museums took a big hit numbers-wise this year:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/feb/02/british-museums-art-galleries-hit-by-2m-fall-visitors
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2017/feb/02/drop-uk-museum-attendance
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38853770

The Met has financial difficulties:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/arts/design/met-museum-financial-troubles.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Fiddling with radioisotope dating:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/ncsu-psk013117.php

Heidelberg Castle gets the 3d VR treatment:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/kift-hcr020117.php

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests there is a continuity from Neolithic to modern times:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-ancient-dna-reveals-stone-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoc-adr013117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170201142131.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5245-170201-russia-devil-s-gate

DNA also suggests that Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence from migration:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/baltic-hunter-gatherers-adopted-farming-without-influence-of-mass-migration-ancient-dna-suggests
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-baltic-hunter-gatherers-began-farming-migration.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/tcd-bhb020117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170202122800.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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CRIME BEAT
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Plenty of stolen items recovered in Acre/Akko:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/stacks-of-stolen-historic-artifacts-seized-in-acre/2017/01/30/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-23-29-january-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 UK returned a ushabti figure and a couple other things to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/257163/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ushabti-figurine-to-be-recovered-from-London.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-2-artifacts-london
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/257465/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-more-ancient-Egyptian-artifacts-recovered-from.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5238-170130-england-repatriated-ushabti

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on a silver stater of Tarsus:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profiles-silver-stater-tarsus/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n05.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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A drama series based on Imperium:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38828211

Queen Anne:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38831153
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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/2553-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-january-2017-28-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Peter Woodman:

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/obituary-prof-peter-woodman-1.2962379

Brunhilde Ponsel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38793048
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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 19.40 ~ January 29, 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,
Richard Campbell, 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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Feature on Neanderthal intelligence:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/01/24/neanderthals-underrated-genius/

Interview with John Anthony Capra on Neanderthals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/science/john-anthony-capra-neanderthals-dna-humans.html

More on Otzi’s last meal:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93212

More on Neanderthal rock collecting:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-neanderthals-pretty-rocks-180961865/
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AFRICA
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Interesting study of Ghanaian figurines:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ancient-figures-reveal-routes-prehistoric.html

Evidence of use of pottery to cook veggies:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-people-cooking-pots-years.html

Libyan archaeologists have made a deal with Durham University:

http://www.libyanexpress.com/libyan-archaeologists-strike-cooperation-with-durham-university/

Feature/slideshow on colonial North Africa:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/26/travel/north-africa-photochroms/index.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Studying the health of ancient Egyptian children:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,412783,polish-researcher-investigates-the-health-of-children-in-ancient-egypt.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5221-170123-egypt-saqqara-children

Lamps stolen from Cairo’s El Refai Mosque have been recovered:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/256784/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Lamps-stolen-from-Cairos-ElRefai-Mosque-recovered.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/256853/Heritage/Islamic/Recovered-Islamicera-lamps-to-go-on-show-at-Egypti.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5227-170125-cairo-lamps-mosque

Urartian remains from Armenia:

http://www.panorama.am/en/news/2017/01/24/Archaeological-finds-Urartian-era-Armenia-Gegharkunik-region/1714182

A 3500 years bp jewellery workshop from Kuwait:

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologists-find-3500-year-old-gemstones.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5224-170124-kuwait-jewelry-workshop

Byzantine burials from Mardin are now open to the public:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/graves-of-mardins-ancient-city-to-open-visitors.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108952&NewsCatID=375

A possible medieval synagogue near Huqoq:

http://www.livescience.com/57592-medieval-synagogue-uncovered-sea-of-galilee.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-synagogue-discovered-near-sea-of-galilee-israel/

What Jodi Magness is up to:

http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/full-time-archaeologist-jodi-magness-digs-into-teaching-religion-at-unc

Plans/hopes to protect Yemen’s activities from war damage:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118745-a-no-strike-list-may-shield-yemens-ancient-treasures-from-war/#038;%23038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news

More on that 2700 years bp ‘goddess sculpture’ found in the waters off Turkey:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/af135a4c-1ac9-389c-966e-6c6b1f751584/giant-underwater-goddess.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/giant-underwater-goddess-found-off-turkish-coast-ancient-shipwreck-1602653?yptr=yahoo
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5219-170123-turkey-goddess-legs

More on the Timna Valley mines:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/king-solomon-era-fortification-israels-timna-valley-04567.html
More on ISIL’s activities in Palmyra:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38689131

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of attention for a burial in Northamptonshire featuring a tongue replaced by a stone:

http://www.livescience.com/57640-roman-era-man-with-possible-tongue-amputation.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/grisly-find-roman-era-man-may-have-had-tongue-cut-out/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/23/archaeologists-discover-man-tongue-replaced-stone-roman-britain
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5223-170124-england-stone-tongue

… and also for some possible Roman foundations in a park in Chichester:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/26/foundations-of-three-roman-houses-found-under-chichester-park
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-find-remains-of-three-roman-houses-right-under-city-centre-park-155425679.html
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/remains-of-nearcomplete-roman-buildings-found-under-chichester-park-35399269.html
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/west-sussex/remains-of-roman-buildings-found-under-chichester-car-park-1-7790895
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-38746952
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5228-170126-england-roman-chichester

A Roman shipwreck off the Balearic Islands:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/01/26/ciencia/1485456786_417876.html

I think I missed mentioning this Roman bust which appeared after a storm on Crete a couple weeks ago:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/22062-priceless-archaeological-treasure-surfaces-after-storm-in-crete-greece-video.html

An Alexander-era tomb has opened to the public in Thessaloniki:

http://www.argophilia.com/news/tomb-echoing-alexanders-wealth-opened-thessaloniki/217280/

Expropriation activities for a Roman theatre in Izmir are almost done:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/expropriation-works-almost-finished-for-historic-theater-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108853&NewsCatID=375

Funding for Arbeia Roman Fort:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-38710724

Latest hype that we’re finally going to be able to read the Herculaneum Papyri:

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/27/europe/charred-roman-scrolls-trnd/

On Roman torture:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/01/28/torture-has-never-been-an-effective-means-of-information-gathering-just-ask-the-romans/

Apparently more mosaics have been found in Zeugma (the photo in this one is old, though):

https://www.greecehighdefinition.com/blog/2017/1/19/stunning-2200-year-old-mosaics-discovered-in-ancient-greek-city

Feature on gladiator-related remains in Pisidian Antioch (some things lost in translation, I suspect):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gladiator-games-played-in-turkeys-south–.aspx?pageID=238&nid=109005&NewsCatID=379

Ten ancient works everyone should read:

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/books/10-ancient-classics-every-student-should-read-sophocles-homer-the-odyssey-aristotle-plato-a7541491.html

Interesting partnership with Seamus Heaney:

http://www.irishnews.com/arts/2017/01/26/news/parallel-worlds-artist-jan-hendrix-on-exploring-virgil-s-aneid-with-seamus-heaney-903534/

Feature on the Amazons:

http://blog.oup.com/2017/01/amazons-ride-again/

What Bryan Ward-Perkins is up to:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/tracing-the-rise-and-fall-of-rome-through-its-pots/articleshow/56740618.cms

What Charles E Muntz is up to:

http://news.uark.edu/articles/37606/ua-historian-publishes-new-look-at-an-ancient-greek-historian

A few items this week try to draw parallels between Rome and Trump:

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2017/01/what-lessons-roman-empire-can-teach-us-about-donald-trump
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2017/jan/25/donald-trump-president-tyrants-ancient-rome
http://guardian.ng/opinion/citizen-trump-the-last-caesar/

James Cameron’s Atlantis thing is getting some hype:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/has-james-cameron-found-atlantis/news-story/ad7e5e9dcde35c0a8fc769dffef14670
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 38 000 years bp petroglyph from a French rock shelter:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-anthropologists-uncover-art-masters38000-year-old.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/nyu-aua012717.php

… while a study proposes a new way of looking at paleolithic art:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-palaeolithic-art-private-galleries.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uotb-pad012517.php

A 2600 years bp elite Celtic burial from Germany:

http://www.livescience.com/57637-treasures-found-in-iron-age-grave.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5230-170126-germany-celtic-tomb

A Saxon workshop in Somerset:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-38781839

A Viking boat burial from Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-38730046

… and I think we mentioned this Viking manor near Birka:

http://www.thelocal.se/20170120/spectacular-viking-manor-discovered-in-sweden

Arguing over a purported Viking inscription:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/22/scientists-divided-whether-furkual-rock-inscription-genuinely/

Feature on assorted Viking hoards:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/240-1701/features/5123-sweden-gotland-viking-wealth

Medieval(ish) friars’ burials from a building site in Cambridge:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/25-ancient-skeletons-dug-up-12510105
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-38735157
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5229-170126-cambridge-friary-cemetery

A 17th century shopping list find:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5226-170125-england-knole-letter

Studying leprosy from a medieval pilgrim’s remains in Winchester:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/p-lsg011917.php
http://www.livescience.com/57650-leprosy-strain-genotyped-from-medieval-pilgrim.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38748911
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/26/health/leprosy-medieval-pilgrim-skeleton-study/index.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/01/26/skeleton-and-artifacts-expose-medieval-christian-pilgrim-with-leprosy/

Plans to map the ‘Outlander effect’:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/archaeologists-to-map-the-real-outlander-effect-on-the-highlands-1-4350119

We had this ‘priest hole’ story a few months ago, I think:

http://www.livescience.com/57660-secret-priest-hole-room-in-tudor-mansion.html
http://www.livescience.com/57389-uk-mansion-secret-priest-hole-photos.html

George III’s planned abdication letter has been made public:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38771875

… along with a pile of other documents:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/27/documents-king-george-iii-go-online/97161792/
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-of-king-george-iii-documents-go-online/a-37311541
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38771875
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/28/royal-archive-releases-350000-digitised-documents-king-george-iii-reign/
https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/georgian-papers-programme#/

English Heritage is going to court over a planned medieval dig:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/28/english-heritage-faces-high-court-battle-plans-dig-underneath/

Feature on Soughton Hall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-38636903

The BBC is under fire for a documentary on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-38738074
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15049513.BBC_historians_under_fire_for_claim_Orkney_was_UK_capital/

OpEddish on the Stonehenge tunnel:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/the-a303-is-part-of-the-stonehenge-setting-dont-bury-it-a7543226.html

More on that Dark Ages fort find in Scotland:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lost-dark-age-kingdom-kingdom-of-rheged-hidden-1400-years-scotland-discover-ronan-toolis-christopher-a7543541.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lost-dark-ages-fort-found-in-scotland/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/lost-kingdom-from-the-dark-ages-is-unearthed-in-scotland-103154431.html
http://www.infowars.com/buried-for-1400-years-a-dark-ages-kingdom-has-been-discovered-in-scotland/
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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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9000 years bp stone houses off the coast of Australia:

http://www.sciencealert.com/stone-houses-have-just-been-found-of-the-coast-of-australia-and-they-re-9-000-years-old#.WIWfAj6JbTc.facebook

A 2000 years bp doll from Osaka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201701270065.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5233-170127-japan-kori-figurine

Four 19th century shipwrecks in the Coral Sea off Australia:

http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/four-19thcentury-shipwrecks-found-off-queensland-20170127-gu06w6.html
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/mysterious-new-shipwrecks-found-in-australian-waters.aspx
http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/four-170yearold-shipwrecks-found-off-qld/news-story/859c55ad0ede8ef46dcd05332a91d617
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/four-19thcentury-shipwrecks-found-off-queensland-20170127-gu06w6.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5234-170127-australia-kenn-reefs

On the diet of Australia’s early colonists:

http://theconversation.com/parrot-pie-and-possum-curry-how-colonial-australians-embraced-native-food-59977

Hot on the heels of blaming humans for megafauna extinction in Australia, we again (of course) get the suggestion climate change was a factor:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-climate-super-sized-ice-age-animals.html

The Indus Civilization had to adapt to climate change too:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoc-tai012617.php

Again we hear of concerns for Mohenjodaro:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/12/pakistan-moenjodaro-crumbling-161219084641324.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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Study claims that the Pueblo people had knowledge of complex geometry:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-scientists-advanced-geometry-secret-prehistoric.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/asu-asf012317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170125091645.htm
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/01/23/Study-Pueblo-architects-understand-advanced-geometry/1251485200573/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/evidence-that-an-ancient-pueblo-site-was-built-out-of-golden-rectangles/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/advanced-geometry-used-by-prehistoric-architects-in-us-southwest

A wildfire in Wyoming has revealed a major Shoshone site:

http://westerndigs.org/wyoming-wildfire-reveals-massive-pre-contact-shoshone-camp-thousands-of-artifacts/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5232-170127-wyoming-shoshone-campsite

Revolutionary War artifacts dug up in the Gloucester Point dig in Virginia:

http://www.dailypress.com/dp-nws-gloucester-dig-update-20170120-story.html
http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-nws-gloucester-dig-update-20170120-story.html
http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-gloucester-point-dig-20160603-photogallery.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5220-170123-virginia-yorktown-surrender

Interesting Underground Railroad-related feature:

http://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/why-a-slave-whod-escaped-to-canada-kept-in-touch-with-her-mistress/

More on pushing back the date of human arrival in North America:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/humans-arrived-north-america-04539.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Latest research into the Maya collapse:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/archaeologists-uncover-new-clues-maya-collapse
https://phys.org/news/2017-01-archaeologists-uncover-clues-maya-collapse.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoa-aun012317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123162301.htm
http://artdaily.com/news/93315/Archaeologists-uncover-new-clues-to-Maya-collapse
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/new-clues-to-maya-collapse

A Maya ‘superhighway’ in the Guatemalan jungle:

http://www.seeker.com/ancient-mayan-superhighways-found-in-the-guatemala-jungle-2219303581.html?sf53117998=1

Studying Mayan pyramids in Guatemala:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20441084/slovak-archaeologists-examined-maya-pyramids-in-guatemala.html

Studying geoglyphs in Chile:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/01/23/geoglifos-gigantes-en-el-norte-de-chile-corren-peligro-por-mineras-y-rallies/

More on lost cities in Honduras:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/real-life-adventure-tale-details-search-legendary-city

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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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A pendant find from a Nazi camp is being connected (not sure why) to Anne Frank:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2017/0115/Pendant-unearthed-at-Nazi-death-camp-may-be-connected-to-Anne-Frank-researchers-say?cmpid=TW

Studying violence and inequality in human history:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-historian-uncovers-grim-violence-inequality.html

Studying the effects of volcanic eruptions:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ready-massive-volcanic-eruption.html

Feature on Maria Sibylla Merian:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/science/maria-sibylla-merian-metamorphosis-insectorum-surinamensium.html

On polygamy in the Mormon Church:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/books/review/house-full-of-females-laurel-thatcher-ulrich.html

A medieval ‘comic book’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-in-comic-book-drawn-by-medieval-monks-180961922/

A really, really, really overdue library book:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-38240845

The Panacea Museum has an interesting story:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170123-this-ordinary-town-hides-an-unopened-box-of-prophecies
http://panaceatrust.org/the-panacea-museum/

Review of a biography of Arthur Conan Doyle:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/books/review/arthur-and-sherlock-michael-sims-conan-doyle-biography.html

A history of wedding announcements:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/weddings/165-years-of-wedding-announcements/carrie-astor-wedding
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Roman erotica:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/26/actualidad/1485450955_961351.html

Greek Ceramics:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ceramics-shine-light-on-ancient-greece-but-collections-dark-history-lurks/
http://world.greekreporter.com/2017/01/27/the-largest-exhibition-of-ancient-greek-ceramics-to-ever-go-on-public-display-in-israel/

Egyptian Religion:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/256938/Heritage/Museums/Temporary-exhibit-on-religion-in-Egypt-to-be-inaug.aspx

Vikings:

http://miamioh.edu/news/campus-news/2017/01/cincy-museum-center-vikings-lectures.html

Botticelli:

http://www.vagazette.com/life/va-vg-botticelli-set-up-0121-20170125-story.html

Monet:

http://www.dw.com/en/claude-monet-a-master-of-color-light-and-shadow/a-37237774

Pondering how museums should respond to art smuggling scandals:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/how-should-museums-respond-to-art-smuggling-scandals/

Vatican Museums have a new website:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/01/24/vatican-museums-open-doors-wider-with-revamped-website/

Potsdam has a new museum:

http://www.dw.com/en/new-barberini-museum-near-berlin-is-a-hot-number-for-impressionism-and-more/a-37209987

Plans for a linguistics museum in New York:

http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2017/01/planet-word-museum-of-linguistics-is-coming-to-dc-franklin-school/514406/?utm_source=atlfb
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on mummy visualization technology in action:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-mummy-visualisation-journal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123090759.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying house shrew DNA to work out trade networks:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170124111429.htm
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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CRIME BEAT
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Plenty of coverage about Operation Pandora:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/22/world/europe/75-arrested-in-european-crackdown-on-art-trafficking.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/23/511224788/75-people-arrested-accused-of-trafficking-stolen-art-and-archaeological-relics
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=66150
http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-police-seize-artworks-and-antiquities-during-operation-pandor-p38306-69.htm
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/operation-pandora-police-in-spain-and-cyprus-lead-major-bust-of-antiquities-traffickers/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5225-170124-operation-pandora-looting
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93283

… and some details of what was recovered:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/01/23/greek-antiquities-among-3500-illegally-obtained-objects-confiscated/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/23/ottoman-tombstone-ancient-treasures-recovered-europol

Looted/fake Syrian items are showing up in Denmark apparently:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20170124/looted-syrian-antiquities-for-sale-in-denmark-police

Fake Khmer antiquities are showing up too:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/angkor-revisited-how-master-craftsmen-are-forging-khmer-antiquities

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-16-22-january-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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Italy will be returning some Van Goghs to the Netherlands:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93164

A stolen Buddha statue will be returned to South Korea:

http://m.yna.co.kr/mob2/en/contents_en.jsp?cid=AEN20170126006153315&site=0200000000&mobile

Lebanon returned a 4000 years bp item to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-4000-year-old-figurine-london

More Nazi-looted art returns:

http://www.dw.com/en/food-giant-dr-oetker-returns-nazi-looted-painting-to-rightful-heir/a-37282526

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NUMISMATICA
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After three years they’ve finished separating the Catillon Hoard:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finish-separating-worlds-largest-celtic-coin-hoard-180961896/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n05.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/2550-audio-news-from-archaeologica-15-january-2017-21-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Reynold Burrows:

http://sbc.edu/news/former-longtime-classics-professor-reynold-burrows-dies-at-95/

Eddie Kamae:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/arts/music/eddie-kamae-dead-hawaiian-musician.html
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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 19.39 ~ January 22, 2017

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

… sorry we’re a bit late today; was out of internet range longer
than I thought I’d be …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that Neanderthals (or at least one of them) collected rocks:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-discovery-neanderthal-repertoire.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uok-dar011317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117084040.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.765558
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5210-170118-neanderthal-striped-limestone

On Oetzi’s last meal:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-iceman-oetzi-meal-stone-age.html

Another feature on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/science/john-anthony-capra-neanderthals-dna-humans.html

Feature on early hominid tools:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-hominid-ancestors-tools.html
http://wydaily.com/2017/01/16/our-hominid-ancestors-made-tools-wm-archaeologist-shows-how-to-use-them/
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AFRICA
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A massive burial ground in a medieval Sudan monastery:

http://www.livescience.com/57553-burial-ground-unearthed-at-medieval-monastery.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/massive-burial-ground-unearthed-medieval-124100770.html

Studying rainfall in the ‘Green Sahara’ period:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoa-gsa011717.php
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A ring that was thought stolen from an Egyptian museum turns up in storage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/255138/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Royal-golden-ring-stored-in-Egyptian-Museum-not-st.aspx

Plans to restore a pile of wooden coffins:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/17/egyptian-museum-cairo-restoration-project-hundreds-wooden-coffins

More on a dozen cemeteries near Aswan:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/88460325/Swedish-archaeologists-discover-12-ancient-Egyptian-cemeteries-near-Aswan

More on Egyptian pot burials:

http://www.livescience.com/57520-egyptian-pot-burials-symbolized-rebirth.html
http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/ancient-egyptian-pot-burials-are-not-what-they-seem/

More on the Abydos boat find:

http://www.upenn.edu/spotlights/penn-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-egyptian-boat-middle-desert

More on copper works in the Timna region:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-fortification-donkey-stables-dating-king.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/afot-sdt011717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117135950.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/TAU-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-Negev-copper-smelting-site-dating-to-King-David-478502
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39599
https://www.yahoo.com/news/sophisticated-defense-system-discovered-biblical-141700257.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-solomons-mines-israeli-archaeologists-say-fortified-trading-post-a-sign-of-his-wealth-power/news-story/6c19bf80a0d6cb2110200a6b74a25fb9

Not sure where to put this 2700 years bp Cypriot goddess statue find (underwater):

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/01/22/2700-year-old-goddess-statue-discovered-underwater-in-turkey

Latest astronomical-based claim suggests a date for Joshua stopping the sun:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/eclipse-stopped-the-sun-for-biblical-joshua-israeli-scientists-say/

A pile of Byzantine burials from Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/byzantine-tombs-unearthed-in-marble-city.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108580&NewsCatID=375

Interesting ruling on West Bank digs:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/israel-can-hide-archaeological-activity-in-west-bank-court-rules/

The National Library of Israel has acquired a major collection of Judaica:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-israel-national-library-famed-judaica.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39701

No developments regarding the Siloam inscription:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-detente-ancient-hebrew-text-proving-jewish-ties-to-jerusalem-set-to-stay-in-istanbul/

More on that Trojan maternal sepsis burial:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trojan-woman-skeleton-shows-first-recorded-maternal-infection-180961799/

Plenty of coverage of ISIL’s latest destruction of part of the theatre (not amphitheatre) at Palmyra as well as the tetrapylon:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syria-destroys-part-roman-amphitheater-palmyra-44911140
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/20/isis-destroys-tetrapylon-monument-palmyra-syria
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/20/510732864/isis-destroys-ancient-theater-tetrapylon-in-palmyra-syria-says
http://www.livescience.com/57574-isis-damages-iconic-monuments-in-palmyra.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0120/Recaptured-by-ISIS-ancient-Palmyra-loses-two-more-monuments-to-antiquities-destruction
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/islamic-state-militants-partly-destroy-palmyras-roman-amphitheater/2017/01/20/9514cec8-deed-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-destroys-part-roman-amphitheater-palmyra-085029421.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-carrying-out-new-demolitions-at-palmyra-antiquities-chief/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-destroy-palmyria-central-syria-ancient-city-roman-amphitheatre-antiquities-islamic-state-a7536686.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-destroys-palmyra-roman-ampitheater-tetrapylon-monument-syria/
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-destroys-another-roman-monument-palmyra-syria-official-n709376
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/01/20/actualidad/1484904166_672322.html

… photos:

http://isis.liveuamap.com/en/2017/20-january-satellite-images-show-latest-isis-destruction
http://www.dw.com/en/is-militants-wreak-further-destruction-in-palmyra/a-37206369
http://www.livescience.com/57575-photos-destruction-of-palmyra-monuments.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Nice feature on a Roman ham-shaped sundial (this was presented at the recent AIASCS shindig):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/ancient-roman-sundial-pork-clock-pompeii-archaeology-science/
https://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2017/01/20/parslowsundial/

Latest from Aigai:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/principal-sarcophagus-found-in-ancient-city-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108768&NewsCatID=375

Studying the trash from Pompeii:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/20/truth-garbage-new-research-examines-ancient-roman-trash/96815766/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5217-170120-italy-pompeii-trash
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2017/01/20/truth-garbage-new-research-examines-ancient-roman-trash/96815766/

Roman remains in a pre-construction dig in Gloucester:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/gloucester-s-fascinating-roman-past-unearthed-as-greyfriars-quarter-gathers-pace/story-30065172-detail/story.html
http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/sectors/construction-and-commercial-property/roman-past-unearthed-in-gloucester-greyfriars-quarter-development-19012017071311/

What they found in Cyprus’ Agios Sozomenos Survey:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-antiquities-department-announces-result-of-the-agios-sozomenos-excav-p38142-69.htm

Plans to (finally) restore the Mausoleum of Augustus:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/16/giant-mausoleum-rome-held-remains-emperor-augustus-restored/

Not sure where to put this one … a medieval horse skull found in the Colosseum:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/archaeologists-just-discovered-a-medieval-horses-head-at-the-colosseum
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/01/17/medieval-horse-skull-found-at-colosseum_f768e801-52ed-4b16-9346-3bca49d63652.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5211-170119-colosseum-medieval-horse

… while some idiot tourists were injured breaking into the Colosseum at night:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170116/tourists-injured-after-entering-colosseum-at-night
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/88522447/tourists-injured-after-trying-to-break-into-colosseum-in-rome
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11785190

… so Rome is pondering a ‘no go’ zone around the Colosseum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/17/rome-mulls-no-go-zone-around-colosseum-acts-vandalism/
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/break-ins-and-vandalism-at-colosseum/

… and other measures:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/italy-steps-up-surveillance-and-punishments-for-monument-vandals

Again there’s some pre-auction hype for that Roman lead ingot found last year:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-01-19/roman-ingot-found-with-a-metal-detector-after-2000-years-expected-to-fetch-20-000/
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/roman-ingot-found-in-somerset-hills-expected-to-fetch-20-000-at-auction/story-30072166-detail/story.html

Feature on the vomitorium:

http://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-the-truth-about-the-vomitorium-71068

… and one on Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/80682/hadrians-wall-who-built-it-and-why-was-it-so-important

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/01/18/prof-martha-nussbaum-deliver-jefferson-lecture-humanities

A wrap-up piece on the dig at Thebes (Greece):

http://www.bucknell.edu/news-and-media/2017/january/leaving-a-legacy-in-thebes.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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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic longhouse from Moldova:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5209-170118-moldova-long-house

Bronze Age finds near Diss:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bronze_age_weapons_are_discovered_in_field_1_4855558

Very interesting ‘Dark Age’ site in Galloway:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-38679324
http://www.livescience.com/57591-lost-dark-ages-fort-found-scotland.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5212-170119-scotland-rheged-citadel
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/the-fiery-demise-of-a-vitrified-hillfort-in-scotland

A hippogriff find:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2017/01/19/decorative-hippogriff-half-horse-eagle/

… more Anglo Saxon finds:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/more_details_about_dereham_gravedigger_s_amazing_anglo_saxon_find_at_pentney_churchyard_resurface_1_4854793

An important (it seems) Viking chief burial find in Jutland:

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologist-may-have-found-the-tomb-of-a-really-really-really-old-viking-chief.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5207-170117-denmark-noble-tomb

… and a major Viking age manor at Birka:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-major-viking-age-manor-birka.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/su-mva011917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170119083813.htm
http://www.thelocal.se/20170120/spectacular-viking-manor-discovered-in-sweden
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/viking-age-manor-04551.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5214-170120-sweden-viking-birka

More on Trellech (this has saga potential):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/17/a-militant-archaeologist-is-famous-for-finding-a-lost-city-some-say-he-just-stole-the-credit/
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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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6000 years bp burial ground from Shaanxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/19/c_135997002.htm

Also from Shaanxi come some 2800 years bp wheat grains:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/01-16/241863.shtml

2400 years bp remains of a basement and fireplace from Yueyang City:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/16/c_135987347.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-01/17/content_40117425.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2017/01-17/117501.shtml

More on that emerging sunken Buddha from Jiangxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-01/16/content_40109528.htm
http://www.keyt.com/news/odd-news/sunken-600yearold-buddha-emerges-in-china/271960826
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5205-170117-china-submerged-buddha
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/01/16/600-year-old-buddha-statue-emerges-from-lake-in-china.cnn

… and there’s a temple too:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/travel-news-cheap-uk-holidays-luxury-breaks-more-daily-star/579509/Underwater-temple-China-archaeological-discovery-buddha-ming-dynasty

On diet in Bronze Age China:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/onset-of-agriculture-accompanied-by-gender-inequality-in-bronze-age-china/

Items from the Hoi An Hoard are coming to auction:

http://artdaily.com/news/93223/Sunken-treasure-from-the–Hoi-An-Hoard–goes-up-for-bid-at-Turner-Auctions—Appraisals

Humans are on the hook again for the demise of megafauna in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-climate-australian-megafauna.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0122/What-drove-the-extinction-of-super-large-Australian-animals
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoca-hnc011917.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5216-170120-australia-megafauna-extinction

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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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We hinted at this last week … humans were in North America a lot earlier than previously thought (now confirmed, apparently):

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-north-america-years-earlier.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uom-tfh011317.php
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=171615&CultureCode=en
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/earliest-human-settlement-of-north-america-has-new-estimated-date
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/humans-arrived-north-america-canada-russia-earlier-thought-scientists-university-montreal-a7531761.html
https://scienmag.com/the-first-humans-arrived-in-north-america-a-lot-earlier-than-believed/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-first-humans-north-america-1.3936886 http://westerndigs.org/bones-in-yukon-cave-show-humans-in-north-america-24000-years-ago-study-says/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5206-170117-bluefish-caves-bones

Metal detectorists and archaeologists are getting along in Connecticut:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/science/archaeology-metal-detectorists-pequot.html?_r=0

They’re digging at Charlotte Street in St Augustine:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/excavation-now-underway-on-st-augustines-charlotte-street-reveals-links-to-earliest-settlers/486037408

Plans for a Tequesta site in Miami:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article127069144.html

Feature on ‘pre domestication’ of turkeys in North America:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170122/archaeology-ancient-cultures-used-food-to-domesticate-wild-animals

Ben Franklin’s first printing effort is on display:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/books/ben-franklin-311th-birthday-first-printing-at-university-of-pennsylvania.html

How George Washington made America great:

http://theconversation.com/how-george-washington-made-america-great-again-71194

More on that 16th century shipwreck off Pensacola:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wreck-16th-century-spanish-ship-141500520.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Permission obstacle for a dig on Trinidad and Tobago:

https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-01-20/no-excavation-yet-artefact-site

A Colonial style inca house from Cusco has been restored:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-colonialinca-style-house-restored-in-cusco-650117.aspx

Hyping a 2016 peruvian mummy find:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peruvian-female-mummy-one-of-top-10-discoveries-of-2016-650346.aspx

… and the burials at Sipan:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/17/actualidad/1484611171_845370.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A turning point for Picasso:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170113-the-moment-that-changed-picasso

On the importance of the fig tree:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170116-the-tree-that-shaped-human-history

Feature on Carl Laemmie:

http://www.dw.com/en/carl-laemmle-the-german-who-invented-hollywood/a-36733079

On US presidential portraits:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/17/how-presidents-use-their-portraits-to-shape-their-legacy/

A Mark Twain fairy tale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/books/mark-twain-childrens-book.html

On the Zimmerman Telegram:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38581861

Pondering why the Van Goghs wrote in French:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/01/16/why-did-the-van-gogh-brothers-write-in-french/

A photo of Chopin:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/18/actualidad/1484746160_245628.html

Reviews of some books about Thoreau:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/books/review/expect-great-things-thoreau-biography-kevin-dann.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/books/review/celebrating-two-centuries-of-thoreau.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Sacred Island of Okinoshima:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1861484/excavated-artifacts-of-okinoshima-yamato-imperial-court-at

Black Classicists:

http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2017/017573/heroes-another-age

Medieval to Metal:

http://www.cantonrep.com/special/20170118/medieval-to-metal-show-tells-history-of-guitar-design

Treasures of British Art:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1881180/treasures-of-british-art-at-denver-art-museum-denver

Gladiators:

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/gladiator-treasures-of-ancient-rome-coming-to-brisbane-museum-20170122-gtwe2g.html
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-is-queensland-museums-next-big-blockbuster/news-story/8baea8b6d1504cea8b3ca58d14187928

Tam O Shanter:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38589577

Emily Dickinson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/arts/design/im-nobody-not-a-chance-emily-dickinson.html

Some items from the Louvre are on display in Iran:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/122812/Louvre-antiquities-to-go-on-display-in-Iran

Phoenix Art is suing the Getty for 77 million(!):

http://courthousenews.com/art-dealer-sues-getty-museum-for-77-million/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/deal-or-no-deal-phoenix-ancient-art-sues-getty-over-billion-dollar-greek-and-roman-sculpture-collect/
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=65961
https://www.artsjournal.com/2017/01/dealers-sue-getty-museum-over-antiquities-deal-that-never-actually-happened.html

Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art has opened:

http://www.dw.com/en/cairos-museum-of-islamic-art-reopened/a-37179704
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/20/actualidad/1484900086_342489.html

A guide to the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/guides/culture/guide-to-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

Another fake at Sotheby’s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/arts/second-old-master-painting-a-fake-sothebys-says-in-lawsuit.html

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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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On the climate effects of fires in history:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-anthropogenic-forest-impacted-earth-climate.html

… and the eruption of Mt Tambora:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-england-mackerel-year-climate-today.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Indian waterworks:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170110-indias-ancient-engineering-marvel

Poe’s New York City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/nyregion/new-york-today-searching-for-poe.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Tsirogiannis’ latest auction prevention:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/01/17/greek-archaeologist-prevents-illicit-sale-of-antiquity-in-new-york/

I think we mentioned this bust in Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/223554
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4910092,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39741
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/1/20/israeli-authorities-catch-band-of-antiquities-thieves-in-the-act
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/20/israeli-authorities-catch-band-of-antiquities-thieves-in-the-act/

A major bust in Spain (I’m sure we’ll hear more about this one):

http://www.brandonsun.com/lifestyles/breaking-news/spanish-police-announce-arrests-in-cultural-artifacts-ring-411452695.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-9-15-january-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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Australia returned three items to India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/australia-returns-three-antiquities-to-india/articleshow/56599771.cms

Switzerland returned an item to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-smuggled-artifact-switzerland

A tourist sent a cobblestone back to Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/18/guilt-stricken-tourist-sends-stolen-cobblestone-back-rome-note/

… and a British woman returned a jug to Turkey:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5213-170119-turkey-yortan-jug

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n03.html

… and the one which is probably out already since I’m a bit late:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n04.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/2542-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-january-2017-14-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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James S Ackerman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/books/james-ackerman-dead-harvard-art-historian.html

Thomas W Jacobsen:

http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-w-jacobsen&pid=183665124&fhid=6332
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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 19.39 ~ January 22, 2017

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

… sorry we’re a bit late today; was out of internet range longer
than I thought I’d be …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that Neanderthals (or at least one of them) collected rocks:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-discovery-neanderthal-repertoire.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uok-dar011317.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117084040.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.765558
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5210-170118-neanderthal-striped-limestone

On Oetzi’s last meal:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-iceman-oetzi-meal-stone-age.html

Another feature on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/science/john-anthony-capra-neanderthals-dna-humans.html

Feature on early hominid tools:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-hominid-ancestors-tools.html
http://wydaily.com/2017/01/16/our-hominid-ancestors-made-tools-wm-archaeologist-shows-how-to-use-them/
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AFRICA
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A massive burial ground in a medieval Sudan monastery:

http://www.livescience.com/57553-burial-ground-unearthed-at-medieval-monastery.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/massive-burial-ground-unearthed-medieval-124100770.html

Studying rainfall in the ‘Green Sahara’ period:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoa-gsa011717.php
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A ring that was thought stolen from an Egyptian museum turns up in storage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/255138/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Royal-golden-ring-stored-in-Egyptian-Museum-not-st.aspx

Plans to restore a pile of wooden coffins:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/17/egyptian-museum-cairo-restoration-project-hundreds-wooden-coffins

More on a dozen cemeteries near Aswan:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/88460325/Swedish-archaeologists-discover-12-ancient-Egyptian-cemeteries-near-Aswan

More on Egyptian pot burials:

http://www.livescience.com/57520-egyptian-pot-burials-symbolized-rebirth.html
http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/ancient-egyptian-pot-burials-are-not-what-they-seem/

More on the Abydos boat find:

http://www.upenn.edu/spotlights/penn-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-egyptian-boat-middle-desert

More on copper works in the Timna region:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-fortification-donkey-stables-dating-king.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/afot-sdt011717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117135950.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/TAU-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-Negev-copper-smelting-site-dating-to-King-David-478502
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39599
https://www.yahoo.com/news/sophisticated-defense-system-discovered-biblical-141700257.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-solomons-mines-israeli-archaeologists-say-fortified-trading-post-a-sign-of-his-wealth-power/news-story/6c19bf80a0d6cb2110200a6b74a25fb9

Not sure where to put this 2700 years bp Cypriot goddess statue find (underwater):

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/01/22/2700-year-old-goddess-statue-discovered-underwater-in-turkey

Latest astronomical-based claim suggests a date for Joshua stopping the sun:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/eclipse-stopped-the-sun-for-biblical-joshua-israeli-scientists-say/

A pile of Byzantine burials from Stratonikeia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/byzantine-tombs-unearthed-in-marble-city.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108580&NewsCatID=375

Interesting ruling on West Bank digs:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/israel-can-hide-archaeological-activity-in-west-bank-court-rules/

The National Library of Israel has acquired a major collection of Judaica:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-israel-national-library-famed-judaica.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39701

No developments regarding the Siloam inscription:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-detente-ancient-hebrew-text-proving-jewish-ties-to-jerusalem-set-to-stay-in-istanbul/

More on that Trojan maternal sepsis burial:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trojan-woman-skeleton-shows-first-recorded-maternal-infection-180961799/

Plenty of coverage of ISIL’s latest destruction of part of the theatre (not amphitheatre) at Palmyra as well as the tetrapylon:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syria-destroys-part-roman-amphitheater-palmyra-44911140
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/20/isis-destroys-tetrapylon-monument-palmyra-syria
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/20/510732864/isis-destroys-ancient-theater-tetrapylon-in-palmyra-syria-says
http://www.livescience.com/57574-isis-damages-iconic-monuments-in-palmyra.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0120/Recaptured-by-ISIS-ancient-Palmyra-loses-two-more-monuments-to-antiquities-destruction
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/islamic-state-militants-partly-destroy-palmyras-roman-amphitheater/2017/01/20/9514cec8-deed-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-destroys-part-roman-amphitheater-palmyra-085029421.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-carrying-out-new-demolitions-at-palmyra-antiquities-chief/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-destroy-palmyria-central-syria-ancient-city-roman-amphitheatre-antiquities-islamic-state-a7536686.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-destroys-palmyra-roman-ampitheater-tetrapylon-monument-syria/
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-destroys-another-roman-monument-palmyra-syria-official-n709376
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/01/20/actualidad/1484904166_672322.html

… photos:

http://isis.liveuamap.com/en/2017/20-january-satellite-images-show-latest-isis-destruction
http://www.dw.com/en/is-militants-wreak-further-destruction-in-palmyra/a-37206369
http://www.livescience.com/57575-photos-destruction-of-palmyra-monuments.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Nice feature on a Roman ham-shaped sundial (this was presented at the recent AIASCS shindig):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/ancient-roman-sundial-pork-clock-pompeii-archaeology-science/
https://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2017/01/20/parslowsundial/

Latest from Aigai:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/principal-sarcophagus-found-in-ancient-city-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108768&NewsCatID=375

Studying the trash from Pompeii:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/20/truth-garbage-new-research-examines-ancient-roman-trash/96815766/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5217-170120-italy-pompeii-trash
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2017/01/20/truth-garbage-new-research-examines-ancient-roman-trash/96815766/

Roman remains in a pre-construction dig in Gloucester:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/gloucester-s-fascinating-roman-past-unearthed-as-greyfriars-quarter-gathers-pace/story-30065172-detail/story.html
http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/sectors/construction-and-commercial-property/roman-past-unearthed-in-gloucester-greyfriars-quarter-development-19012017071311/

What they found in Cyprus’ Agios Sozomenos Survey:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-antiquities-department-announces-result-of-the-agios-sozomenos-excav-p38142-69.htm

Plans to (finally) restore the Mausoleum of Augustus:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/16/giant-mausoleum-rome-held-remains-emperor-augustus-restored/

Not sure where to put this one … a medieval horse skull found in the Colosseum:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/archaeologists-just-discovered-a-medieval-horses-head-at-the-colosseum
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/01/17/medieval-horse-skull-found-at-colosseum_f768e801-52ed-4b16-9346-3bca49d63652.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5211-170119-colosseum-medieval-horse

… while some idiot tourists were injured breaking into the Colosseum at night:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170116/tourists-injured-after-entering-colosseum-at-night
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/88522447/tourists-injured-after-trying-to-break-into-colosseum-in-rome
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11785190

… so Rome is pondering a ‘no go’ zone around the Colosseum:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/17/rome-mulls-no-go-zone-around-colosseum-acts-vandalism/
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/break-ins-and-vandalism-at-colosseum/

… and other measures:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170119/italy-steps-up-surveillance-and-punishments-for-monument-vandals

Again there’s some pre-auction hype for that Roman lead ingot found last year:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-01-19/roman-ingot-found-with-a-metal-detector-after-2000-years-expected-to-fetch-20-000/
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/roman-ingot-found-in-somerset-hills-expected-to-fetch-20-000-at-auction/story-30072166-detail/story.html

Feature on the vomitorium:

http://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-the-truth-about-the-vomitorium-71068

… and one on Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/80682/hadrians-wall-who-built-it-and-why-was-it-so-important

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/01/18/prof-martha-nussbaum-deliver-jefferson-lecture-humanities

A wrap-up piece on the dig at Thebes (Greece):

http://www.bucknell.edu/news-and-media/2017/january/leaving-a-legacy-in-thebes.html
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic longhouse from Moldova:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5209-170118-moldova-long-house

Bronze Age finds near Diss:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bronze_age_weapons_are_discovered_in_field_1_4855558

Very interesting ‘Dark Age’ site in Galloway:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-38679324
http://www.livescience.com/57591-lost-dark-ages-fort-found-scotland.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5212-170119-scotland-rheged-citadel
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/the-fiery-demise-of-a-vitrified-hillfort-in-scotland

A hippogriff find:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2017/01/19/decorative-hippogriff-half-horse-eagle/

… more Anglo Saxon finds:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/more_details_about_dereham_gravedigger_s_amazing_anglo_saxon_find_at_pentney_churchyard_resurface_1_4854793

An important (it seems) Viking chief burial find in Jutland:

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologist-may-have-found-the-tomb-of-a-really-really-really-old-viking-chief.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5207-170117-denmark-noble-tomb

… and a major Viking age manor at Birka:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-major-viking-age-manor-birka.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/su-mva011917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170119083813.htm
http://www.thelocal.se/20170120/spectacular-viking-manor-discovered-in-sweden
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/viking-age-manor-04551.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5214-170120-sweden-viking-birka

More on Trellech (this has saga potential):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/17/a-militant-archaeologist-is-famous-for-finding-a-lost-city-some-say-he-just-stole-the-credit/
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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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6000 years bp burial ground from Shaanxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/19/c_135997002.htm

Also from Shaanxi come some 2800 years bp wheat grains:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/01-16/241863.shtml

2400 years bp remains of a basement and fireplace from Yueyang City:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/16/c_135987347.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-01/17/content_40117425.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2017/01-17/117501.shtml

More on that emerging sunken Buddha from Jiangxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-01/16/content_40109528.htm
http://www.keyt.com/news/odd-news/sunken-600yearold-buddha-emerges-in-china/271960826
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5205-170117-china-submerged-buddha
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/01/16/600-year-old-buddha-statue-emerges-from-lake-in-china.cnn

… and there’s a temple too:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/travel-news-cheap-uk-holidays-luxury-breaks-more-daily-star/579509/Underwater-temple-China-archaeological-discovery-buddha-ming-dynasty

On diet in Bronze Age China:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/onset-of-agriculture-accompanied-by-gender-inequality-in-bronze-age-china/

Items from the Hoi An Hoard are coming to auction:

http://artdaily.com/news/93223/Sunken-treasure-from-the–Hoi-An-Hoard–goes-up-for-bid-at-Turner-Auctions—Appraisals

Humans are on the hook again for the demise of megafauna in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-climate-australian-megafauna.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0122/What-drove-the-extinction-of-super-large-Australian-animals
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uoca-hnc011917.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5216-170120-australia-megafauna-extinction

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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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We hinted at this last week … humans were in North America a lot earlier than previously thought (now confirmed, apparently):

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-north-america-years-earlier.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uom-tfh011317.php
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=171615&CultureCode=en
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/earliest-human-settlement-of-north-america-has-new-estimated-date
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/humans-arrived-north-america-canada-russia-earlier-thought-scientists-university-montreal-a7531761.html
https://scienmag.com/the-first-humans-arrived-in-north-america-a-lot-earlier-than-believed/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-first-humans-north-america-1.3936886 http://westerndigs.org/bones-in-yukon-cave-show-humans-in-north-america-24000-years-ago-study-says/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5206-170117-bluefish-caves-bones

Metal detectorists and archaeologists are getting along in Connecticut:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/science/archaeology-metal-detectorists-pequot.html?_r=0

They’re digging at Charlotte Street in St Augustine:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/excavation-now-underway-on-st-augustines-charlotte-street-reveals-links-to-earliest-settlers/486037408

Plans for a Tequesta site in Miami:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article127069144.html

Feature on ‘pre domestication’ of turkeys in North America:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170122/archaeology-ancient-cultures-used-food-to-domesticate-wild-animals

Ben Franklin’s first printing effort is on display:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/books/ben-franklin-311th-birthday-first-printing-at-university-of-pennsylvania.html

How George Washington made America great:

http://theconversation.com/how-george-washington-made-america-great-again-71194

More on that 16th century shipwreck off Pensacola:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wreck-16th-century-spanish-ship-141500520.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Permission obstacle for a dig on Trinidad and Tobago:

https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-01-20/no-excavation-yet-artefact-site

A Colonial style inca house from Cusco has been restored:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-colonialinca-style-house-restored-in-cusco-650117.aspx

Hyping a 2016 peruvian mummy find:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peruvian-female-mummy-one-of-top-10-discoveries-of-2016-650346.aspx

… and the burials at Sipan:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/17/actualidad/1484611171_845370.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A turning point for Picasso:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170113-the-moment-that-changed-picasso

On the importance of the fig tree:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170116-the-tree-that-shaped-human-history

Feature on Carl Laemmie:

http://www.dw.com/en/carl-laemmle-the-german-who-invented-hollywood/a-36733079

On US presidential portraits:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/17/how-presidents-use-their-portraits-to-shape-their-legacy/

A Mark Twain fairy tale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/books/mark-twain-childrens-book.html

On the Zimmerman Telegram:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38581861

Pondering why the Van Goghs wrote in French:

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/01/16/why-did-the-van-gogh-brothers-write-in-french/

A photo of Chopin:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/18/actualidad/1484746160_245628.html

Reviews of some books about Thoreau:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/books/review/expect-great-things-thoreau-biography-kevin-dann.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/books/review/celebrating-two-centuries-of-thoreau.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Sacred Island of Okinoshima:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1861484/excavated-artifacts-of-okinoshima-yamato-imperial-court-at

Black Classicists:

http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2017/017573/heroes-another-age

Medieval to Metal:

http://www.cantonrep.com/special/20170118/medieval-to-metal-show-tells-history-of-guitar-design

Treasures of British Art:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1881180/treasures-of-british-art-at-denver-art-museum-denver

Gladiators:

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/gladiator-treasures-of-ancient-rome-coming-to-brisbane-museum-20170122-gtwe2g.html
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/gladiators-heroes-of-the-colosseum-is-queensland-museums-next-big-blockbuster/news-story/8baea8b6d1504cea8b3ca58d14187928

Tam O Shanter:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38589577

Emily Dickinson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/arts/design/im-nobody-not-a-chance-emily-dickinson.html

Some items from the Louvre are on display in Iran:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/122812/Louvre-antiquities-to-go-on-display-in-Iran

Phoenix Art is suing the Getty for 77 million(!):

http://courthousenews.com/art-dealer-sues-getty-museum-for-77-million/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/deal-or-no-deal-phoenix-ancient-art-sues-getty-over-billion-dollar-greek-and-roman-sculpture-collect/
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=65961
https://www.artsjournal.com/2017/01/dealers-sue-getty-museum-over-antiquities-deal-that-never-actually-happened.html

Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art has opened:

http://www.dw.com/en/cairos-museum-of-islamic-art-reopened/a-37179704
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/01/20/actualidad/1484900086_342489.html

A guide to the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/guides/culture/guide-to-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

Another fake at Sotheby’s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/arts/second-old-master-painting-a-fake-sothebys-says-in-lawsuit.html

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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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On the climate effects of fires in history:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-anthropogenic-forest-impacted-earth-climate.html

… and the eruption of Mt Tambora:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-england-mackerel-year-climate-today.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Indian waterworks:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170110-indias-ancient-engineering-marvel

Poe’s New York City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/nyregion/new-york-today-searching-for-poe.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Tsirogiannis’ latest auction prevention:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/01/17/greek-archaeologist-prevents-illicit-sale-of-antiquity-in-new-york/

I think we mentioned this bust in Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/223554
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4910092,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39741
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/1/20/israeli-authorities-catch-band-of-antiquities-thieves-in-the-act
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/20/israeli-authorities-catch-band-of-antiquities-thieves-in-the-act/

A major bust in Spain (I’m sure we’ll hear more about this one):

http://www.brandonsun.com/lifestyles/breaking-news/spanish-police-announce-arrests-in-cultural-artifacts-ring-411452695.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-9-15-january-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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Australia returned three items to India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/australia-returns-three-antiquities-to-india/articleshow/56599771.cms

Switzerland returned an item to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-smuggled-artifact-switzerland

A tourist sent a cobblestone back to Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/18/guilt-stricken-tourist-sends-stolen-cobblestone-back-rome-note/

… and a British woman returned a jug to Turkey:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5213-170119-turkey-yortan-jug

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n03.html

… and the one which is probably out already since I’m a bit late:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n04.html
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http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2542-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-january-2017-14-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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James S Ackerman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/books/james-ackerman-dead-harvard-art-historian.html

Thomas W Jacobsen:

http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-w-jacobsen&pid=183665124&fhid=6332
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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 19.38 ~ January 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 Critchley, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering why we gave Neanderthals such a bad image:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/magazine/neanderthals-were-people-too.html

Latest ‘Out of Africa’ confirmation:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-framework-human-migration-events-africa.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/mbae-arf010917.php

Pondering right-handedness origins:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-people-mouths-ancestors.html

Passing mention of an old study of what Neanderthal teeth tell about their diet:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170109191553.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/osu-wtr010917.php
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AFRICA
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Brief item on a 1500 years bp site from Eritrea:

http://www.geeskaafrika.com/26398/eritrea-new-archaeological-site-discovered/

More on mounds in Burkina Faso:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5183-170105-africa-burkina-faso
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Announcement of the discovery of 12 New Kingdom era cemeteries near Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/254841/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-discovery-in-Aswan-reveals-health-of-Gebel-AlS.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/twelve-pharaonic-cemeteries-discovered-aswan-mountain
http://egyptianstreets.com/2017/01/12/3500-year-old-ancient-egyptian-tombs-unearthed-in-egypts-aswan/
http://www.thelocal.se/20170112/swedes-unearth-huge-ancient-egyptian-burial-site
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.764690
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170112115012.htm
http://www.livescience.com/57478-ancient-egypt-graveyard-unearthed.html
http://www.seeker.com/dozens-of-tombs-and-mysterious-crocodile-remains-found-in-egypt-2189113744.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUSKBN14V1CQ?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUKKBN14V1CQ
http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/01/11/swedish-archaeologists-discover-12-ancient-egyptian-cemeteries-near-aswan/
http://www.archaeology.org/5193-170111-egypt-aswan-tombs

Feature on Egyptian pot burials:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-egyptian-pot-burials-were-not-just-poor

Bringing pieces of an 18th dynasty perfume box back together:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/national-museum-cracks-egyptian-treasure-riddle-after-160-years-1-4336459

Alexandria’s Ibn Khaldoun mosque is apparently not a protected site:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/254714/Heritage/Islamic/Alexandrias-Ibn-Khaldoun-mosque-not-a-protected-si.aspx

More on Chinese-Egyptian cooperation in archaeology:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/09/c_135964755.htm

Suggestion that some 9000 years bp figurines from Catal Huyuk represent elderly women, not a mother goddess:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/catalhoyuk-figurines-symbolize-elderly-women-not-cybele.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108546&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Ismir’s oldest settlement:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/interest-grows-in-izmirs-oldest-settlement.aspx?PageID=238&NID=108351&NewsCatID=375

A very interesting 2400 years bp tomb from Northern Iraq, with a ‘pile of skeletons’:

http://www.livescience.com/57422-skeletons-found-in-ancient-iraq-tomb.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pile-skeletons-found-inside-2-173100531.html
http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/2-400-year-old-tomb-full-of-skeletons-discovered-in-iraq-1647379
http://www.freepressjournal.in/webspecial/2400-year-old-tomb-full-of-skeletons-discovered-in-iraq/1000583
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5187-170109-kurdistan-achaemenid-tomb-unearthed

A very ‘sophisticated’ 10th century BCE gatehouse from the Timna Valley (Slaves Hill):

http://www.livescience.com/57494-fortification-found-israel-mining-camp.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sophisticated-defense-system-found-in-biblical-era-mining-camp/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/01/12/king-solomon-era-fort-in-southern-israel-reveals-its-secrets.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5203-170113-israel-timna-copper

An 800 years bp burial from Troy has revealed the first example of maternal sepsis:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-byzantine-skeleton-yields-year-old-genomes.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170110120628.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uow-bsy011017.php
http://www.livescience.com/57476-ancient-troy-skeleton-revealed-pregnancy-infection.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rare-evidence-of-pregnancy-related-death-found-in-ancient-troy/
http://www.archaeology.org/5189-170110-troy-maternal-sepsis

Plans to ‘restitute’ the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mausoleum-at-halicarnassus-to-be-restituted-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108398&NewsCatID=375

OpEd on the Temple Mount situation:

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/foreign-policy/middle-east/israel/temple-mount-status-quo-israel/

TV hypish thing on Istanbul:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-world-histories-magazine/bettany-hughes-peter-frankopan

More on that seven branch menorah ‘engraving’:

http://artdaily.com/news/93035/Hikers-discover-engravings-of-a-seven-branched-Menorah-and-a-Cross

More on Nimrud:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-militants-nimrud-northern-iraq-destroy-3000-year-old-city-archaelogists-ancient-palace-islamic-a7512526.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’ve found the Roman theatre at Hippos:

http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/home-page3/2084-roman-theater-discovered-in-excavations-at-hippos-sussita
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-Roman-theater-discovered-near-Galilee-may-have-been-pagan-center-477980
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/haifa-u-archeologists-excavate-golan-heights-roman-theater-3d/2017/01/10/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.763945
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4907120,00.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/11/ancient-roman-theater-unearthed-in-northern-israel/

Plans for an archaeological park for the Colosseum and Domus Aurea:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/01/10/colosseum-part-of-archaeological-park_1b6d90bf-bde9-41fe-979f-f33d48fe9d28.html
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/colosseum-and-forum-to-come-under-new-administration/

… and the search for a new director:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/11/italy-launches-international-search-new-director-colosseum-shake/

… and some negative reaction:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/anger-over-plans-to-disneyfy-the-colosseum/news-story/6ba8bad9baefe13b8e35fd148cf8e2d2
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/anger-over-plans-to-disneyfy-the-colosseum-czj06bq5s

What Milo Nikolic is up to:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/latin-class-library-st-johns-1.3927437

Learning about ancient chariots from a toy example:

http://www.seeker.com/secret-of-roman-race-chariots-found-2187581176.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5198-170112-roman-chariot-wheel

Feature on manumission:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/qa-could-roman-slaves-buy-their-own-freedom

Evidence of trade between Chandravalli and Rome:

http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/chandravalli-inhabitants-had-trade-ties-with-ancient-rome/articleshow/56530079.cms

On ‘fake news’ and Antony and Cleopatra:

http://theconversation.com/the-fake-news-that-sealed-the-fate-of-antony-and-cleopatra-71287

Pondering Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/01/10/january-10-49-bce-did-caesar-even-cross-the-rubicon/

Cf: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/10/day-julius-caesar-crossed-rubicon/

A Macedonian era Derveni tomb has opened to the public:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/22057-macedonian-era-derveni-tomb-opens-to-public-in-thessaloniki.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/215119/article/ekathimerini/life/macedonian-era-tomb-opens-to-the-public-in-thessaloniki

Some restoration work (of ‘newer’ statuary) at Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/scaffolding-erected-at-roman-baths-as-famous-statues-undergo-conservation-work/story-30039886-detail/story.html
http://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/community/famous-statues-roman-baths-undergo-conservation-work-week-70948/

An appeal to use Roman style concrete in Swansea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38609512

Review of Goldsworthy, *The Triumph of Empire*:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-roman-empire-between-hadrians-wall-and-constantines-cross-1484345802

More on the Griffin Warrior Tomb:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/golden-warrior-greek-tomb-exposes-roots-western-civilization-180961441/
http://wvxu.org/post/uc-researchers-lead-team-archaeologists-discovery-griffin-warrior-grave
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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4000 years bp flint tools from Fife:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38554521
http://phys.org/news/2017-01-st-andrews-excavations-uncover-valuable.html
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/344809/neolithic-hoard-discovered-st-andrews-university-energy-centre-work/
http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/environment/ancient-artefacts-found-near-st-andrews-1-4335323
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5185-170109-scotland-neolithic-tools-discovered

They’ve been growing the same grain on the Canary Islands for at least 2000 years apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-hidden-seeds-reveal-canary-islands.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/lu-hsr010917.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/ancient-barley-seeds-give-insight-into-history-of-canary-islands

An Anglo Saxon settlement from Cambridge (I think we mentioned this before):

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/more-anglo-saxon-finds-unearthed-12437111
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/settlement-jewelry-cherry-hinton-04532.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5194-170111-anglo-saxon-beaker

15th century ‘disposable cups’ from Wittenberg:

http://www.dw.com/en/15th-century-disposable-cups-found-in-martin-luthers-wittenberg/a-37060953
http://www.archaeology.org/5186-170109-germany-disposable-cups

A 17th century tobacco pipe from Warwick:

https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/archaeologists-unearth-pipe-during-museum-restoration/

The Crossrail dig came across 13 000 (!) Victorian jam jars:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38586525
http://www.livescience.com/57505-victorian-era-condiment-jars-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5195-170111-crosse-blackwell-jars

I suspect we’ll be hearing more about this gold hoard found inside a Shropshire piano:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-38598845
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/12/british-museum-launches-search-solve-mystery-gold-treasure-hoard/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/12/new-owners-piano-find-stunning-hoard-gold-inside-treasure
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15021549._Stunning__hoard_of_gold_found_hidden_in_piano/
http://www.saffronwaldenreporter.co.uk/news/hunt_is_on_for_a_saffron_walden_owner_of_a_gold_treasure_hoard_1_4847194

Plans for a tunnel under Stonehenge were finalized:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-38589118
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/12/stonehenge-tunnel-given-green-light-nearly-30-years-delays/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/12/stonehenge-a303-tunnel-chris-grayling-world-heritage-site
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/europe/stonehenge-tunnel-road/

… and there is negative reaction, of course:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/journalnewsindex/15018978.Tunnel_opponents_warn_of__substantial_damage__to_World_Heritage_Site/
http://globalnews.ca/news/3176907/stonehenge-tunnel-traffic-a303-highway/
http://time.com/4632738/uk-government-stonehenge-tunnel/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/13/a-new-road-will-make-getting-to-stonehenge-easier-it-may-also-ruin-stonehenge/

… and some positive:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2017/jan/12/stonehenge-tunnel-bring-closer-mythic-past-hardy-constable

Plans for development near Southampton’s medieval town:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-38571177

More on standing stones commemorating Bannockburn:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5172-161230-scotland-standing-stones

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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8500 years bp tombs from Henan show evidence of silk production:

http://www.livescience.com/57437-oldest-evidence-of-silk-found-china.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5190-170110-china-silk-proteins

Some 4000 years bp pottery figurines from Hunan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/12/c_135974697.htm

Western Zhou era digs at Haojing reveal (inter alia) some 3000 years bp crocodile bones:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5196-170112-china-crocodile-lamellae

2800 years bp carbonized wheat grains from Shaanxi:

http://english.cri.cn/12394/2017/01/15/2743s949788.htm

A 2300 years bp tomb from Hubei:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-01/11/content_27924415.htm

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 2000 years bp settlement site from Shenyang:

http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world-archaeologist-unearths-2000-year-old-city-in-china-364181

A 1400 years bp tomb with ‘detailed frescoes’ from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/09/c_135967699.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-01/10/content_27910590.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5191-170110-hunan-tomb-murals

A Ming Dynasty era Buddha began to emerge as water in a Nanchang reservoir was lowered:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/10/c_135970521.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2017-01/11/c_135974265.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-01/12/content_27936006.htm
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2017/01/12/3124s949541.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1028400.shtml

Evidence of a settlement near a very large Bronze Age burial mound in Georgia:

http://agenda.ge/news/72888/eng

Fake terracotta warriors:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-38598577

They’ve identified a 19th century Chinese shipwreck sunk by the Japanese:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/01/13/Chinese-authorities-identify-19th-century-warship/4651484368071/

Hype for an Ice Mummy documentary:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-return-of-the-ice-mummy/av-37064247

Australian aborigines and megafauna apparently coexisted for quite a while:

http://theconversation.com/aboriginal-australians-co-existed-with-the-megafauna-for-at-least-17-000-years-70589
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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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Another 16th century shipwreck off Pensacola:

http://www.livescience.com/57496-16th-century-spanish-shipwreck-off-florida.html
http://www.livescience.com/57493-photos-spanish-colony-shipwreck.html

Also some possible 16th century burials from St Augustine:

http://www.icflorida.com/news/discovery-of-ancient-human-remains-in-florida-prompts-excavation-prior-to-construction/484207640
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5202-170113-florida-colonial-graves

Traces of a Civil War trench in Virginia:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/fredericksburg/archaeologists-find-remains-of-civil-war-trench-at-riverfront-park/article_c515d1a8-4421-5ce8-b1e8-19abf0ab8c92.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5201-170113-virginia-fredericksburg-trench

The examination of that 1600 years bp ‘meal’ from Head Smashed In has started:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3179491/royal-alberta-museum-to-crack-open-1600-year-old-roasting-pit-with-meal-still-inside/
http://www.inews880.com/syn/98/175337/ram-archaeologists-about-to-work-on-extremely-unique-discovery

They’re digging at Toronto’s St Lawrence Market:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/01/08/north-st-lawrence-market-dig-delves-deep-into-torontos-foodie-history.html

….and at the Old Vero Man site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/specialty-publications/your-news/indian-river-county/reader-submitted/2017/01/13/excavation-efforts-resume-old-vero-man-site/96559420/

Looking at Connecticut’s slavery history:

http://wshu.org/post/after-textbook-controversy-look-connecticut-s-ties-slavery

What we can learn from Washington’s farewell:

http://wshu.org/post/what-we-can-learn-washingtons-farewell

A Kamloops builder is in hot water after unearthing artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/kamloops-home-builder-in-legal-battle-after-unearthing-artifacts-1.3931063?cmp=rss

More on that bowl from Philadelphia:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/01/14/excavated-colonial-bowl-shows-early-technological-breakthrough/

The Franklin Expedition sideshow:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674there_were_no_communication_rules_says_private_firm_that_found_hms_ter/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Precolonial human activity in the Amazon apparently is still affecting things:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-ancient-human-disturbances-skewer-amazon.html

More book hype for the *Lost City of the Monkey God*:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/curse-of-the-lost-city-of-the-monkey-god/
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/explorers+find+disease+cursed+city+monkey+nearly+lose+their/12690846/story.html
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/01/douglas_prestons_true_account_of_uncovering_lost_c.html

More on the Atacama desert:

http://www.latercera.com/noticia/10-mil-anos-desierto-atacama-tenia-lagos-humedales/
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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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A storm brought down the iconic Pioneer Cabin Tree in California:

http://wshu.org/post/iconic-sequoia-tunnel-tree-brought-down-california-storm

Feature on Hafiz poetry:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170109-the-mystical-poet-who-can-help-you-lead-a-better-life

Trying to preserve ancient Assyrian epic poetry:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/01/13/509140180/in-england-an-effort-to-preserve-ancient-epic-assyrian-poetry

Some history-based podcasts of interest:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/01/13/lend-me-your-ears-nine-history-podcasts-to-start-listening-to-today/

Marking the death of Pocahntas
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38607889

On the first celebrity chef:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/12/509154654/how-a-destitute-abandoned-parisian-boy-became-the-first-celebrity-chef

On some building projects that took a very long time:

http://www.dw.com/en/5-buildings-you-probably-didnt-know-took-more-than-500-years-to-construct/g-19090027

On the history/importance of chickens:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/01/13/chickens-changed-the-world-so-why-do-we-ignore-them/

On 19th century artists’ use of gels:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-19th-century-revealed.html

Jane Austen’s teenage writings:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170110-the-teenage-writings-of-jane-austen

Bringing back the auroch:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/09/world/auroch-rewilding/index.html

Latest in the Amelia Earhart search:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-evidence-amelia-earhart-theory.html

Feature on juries:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/juries-from-the-ancient-athenians-to-12-angry-men-1484151574

On food as art:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/food-art-cultural-travel-180961648/

The Catholic University of America has acquired a pile of Ethiopian religious texts:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/one-of-the-largest-collections-of-ethiopian-religious-texts-is-now-in-dc-13346/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/there-s-more-to-kipling-than-the-jungle-book/story-LtRW0U2yuhicquykwI7aVJ.html

Slave Trade:

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/community/2017/01/12/troy-exhibit-shows-horrors-slave-trade/96485398/

Macedonian artifacts:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/01/13/ancient-macedonian-artifacts-coming-to-rome-for-first-time_7acddbb1-8f39-4829-be13-23d2c2e45d18.html

More on Troy getting its own museum:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/01/09/troy-to-have-its-own-museum-hamidye-bastions-restored
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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on the Plain of Jars in VR:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5188-170109-laos-plain-of-jars-virtual-reality

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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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Studying past climates:

http://www.dailyevergreen.com/news/article_d63066de-d933-11e6-90c3-d304d268d5bb.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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New Mexico:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/travel/beyond-santa-fe-new-mexico-pueblos.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on Italy’s efforts to find stolen art:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/01/11/508031006/for-italys-art-police-an-ongoing-fight-against-pillage-of-priceless-works

… while Europe wants more ‘protection’ against antiquities trafficking:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/01/13/world/europe/ap-eu-europe-antiquities-protection.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/europe-protection-antiquities-trafficking-44755267

An art dealer has been cleared of tax fraud:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38595734

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-2-8-january-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 returned some items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/254728/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Five-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-smuggled-to-US-rep.aspx

An Alaskan village is getting some artifacts ‘returned’ (sort of):

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/alaska-village-to-see-return-of-centuries-old-artifacts/article_9dc6e480-d9bf-11e6-b2b5-033c1dd0d8a1.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n02.html

… the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n03.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/2540-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-january-2017-7-january-2017

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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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