Explorator 20.01 ~ April 30, 2017

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

Now in our 21st year! Thanks to all who passed along good wishes
on our anniversary!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that homo naledi is much younger than previously thought:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39710315
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128834-homo-naledi-is-only-250000-years-old-heres-why-that-matters/

Feature on Australopithecus sediba:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/04/famous-ancestor-may-be-ousted-human-family
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5508-170425-australopithecus-sediba-skull

Pondering whether Lucy had a ‘midwife’:

http://www.livescience.com/58844-did-human-ancestor-lucy-have-midwife.html

More on homo floresiensis and probably origins in Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-indonesian-hobbits-revealed.html
http://www.livescience.com/58855-hobbits-led-early-migration-out-of-africa.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/21/hobbit-species-did-not-evolve-from-ancestor-of-modern-humans-research-finds?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
https://www.seeker.com/culture/history/origins-of-mysterious-indonesian-hobbits-revealed
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128483-mystery-human-hobbit-ancestor-may-have-been-first-out-of-africa/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/37541/20170424/origins-of-indonesia-flores-man-hobbits-finally-unlocked.htm
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancestors-of-flores-ldquo-hobbits-rdquo-may-have-been-pioneers-of-first-ldquo-human-rdquo-migration-out-of-africa/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/23/c_136229301.htm
https://theconversation.com/ancestors-of-flores-hobbits-may-have-been-pioneers-of-first-human-migration-out-of-africa-76560
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobbits-could-be-much-older-once-thought-180963012/

More on the latest about how Otzi died:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/26/world/europe/bolzano-italy-iceman-south-tyrol-museum-of-archaeology.html?emc=edit_th_20170327&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=27123570&_r=2
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/otzi-iceman-froze-death
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5510-170425-otzi-frozen-mummy

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AFRICA
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South African Mesolithic stone knapping innovations from Sibudu Cave:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-early-evidence-middle-stone-age.html
http://www.livescience.com/58845-first-evidence-of-advanced-stone-weapons.html
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/26/South-African-cave-yields-Middle-Stone-Age-projectiles/9791493235208/
https://theconversation.com/ancestors-of-flores-hobbits-may-have-been-pioneers-of-first-human-migration-out-of-africa-76560
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5514-170426-pressure-flaked-points
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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On the one hand, there are concerns for Egyptian tourism:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/04/lonely-pyramids-giza-egyptian-tourism-falling-170418050241421.html

… while claims that recent discoveries are helping it:

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-04-25/new-archaeological-finds-helping-egypts-image-tourism-sector-minister

The Egyptian Parliament wants to begin an awareness campaign about illegal excavations:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/4254/Parliament-calls-for-awareness-campaign-to-combat-illegal-archaeological-excavation

More on that major tomb find at Luxor:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomb-full-mummies-unearthed-luxor-155800770.html

In Our Time this week looked at the Egyptian Book of the Dead:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08n1y2v

Remember when those German ‘researchers’ managed to steal a piece of the Pyramid of Khufu? The antiquities people who were supposed to prevent such things now face trial:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/266496/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-ministry-staff-face-trial-over-theft-from.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-former-employees-referred-trial-over-great-pyramid-theft
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4267/12-Egypt-officials-guards-to-be-tried-over-German-sabotage

Another smuggled ‘Torah’ (and other items) bust in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/smuggled-torah-artefacts-seized-in-turkeys-northwest.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112398
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/1500-year-old-Torah-recovered-from-Turkish-smugglers-489027

Concerns about illegal excavations in Myndos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/illegal-excavations-stir-reaction-in-myndos-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112527&NewsCatID=375

Turkey is seeking to recover a recently-auctioned piece of Anatolian sculpture (which we mentioned last week, I think):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-seeks-return-of-5000-year-old-marble-figure-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112555&NewsCatID=375

Cf: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/smuggled-anatolian-idol-sold-in-us-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112576&NewsCatID=375

Recent finds (and a temple restoration) from Caesarea:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-israel-uncovers-ancient-roman-history.html
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.785858
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/04/26/Ancient-tablet-unearthed-at-historic-Roman-excavation-site-in-Israel/6841493234436/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/unique-mother-of-pearl-menorah-etching-found-in-ancient-caesarea/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKBN17T1E1?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-uncovers-ancient-roman-history-mediterranean-port-174931591.html
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/4/26/ancient-menorah-tablet-shows-clear-jewish-presence-in-caesarea
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5512-170426-caesarea-inscribed-menorah

… coinciding with an announcement of some major funding:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rothschild-Foundation-to-invest-NIS-100m-to-uncover-ancient-Caesarea-489049
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/26/rothschild-foundation-investing-more-than-27-million-to-renovate-ancient-caesarea/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/rothschild-foundation-investing-27-million-in-caesareas-hidden-treasures-past-and-present/2017/04/26/

… from the press conference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-lNV3Ckeww&feature=youtu.be
https://youtu.be/tbKkUaMMU9Q
https://youtu.be/SfRiG4SRtI0

A Second Temple antiquities bust in Samaria:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228580
http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-uncover-antiquities-trove-in-west-bank-bust/
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/143571-170425-israel-announces-arrest-of-15-terror-suspects-in-overnight-west-bank-raids
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Stolen-antiquities-from-Second-Temple-period-recovered-from-West-Bank-home-489021

Interesting interview with Ian Hodder on assorted things relating to Catal Huyuk:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58fe2a64e4b0f02c3870ecf0

Remembering Louis Feldman:

http://www.thejewishstar.com/stories/a-sheloshim-tribute-to-prof-louis-feldman-ztl,13464

A 1500 years bp church find in Istanbul:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/26/1500-year-old-church-discovered-during-infrastructure-work-in-istanbuls-beylerbeyi

A ‘mystery’ Russian general (later identified as a captain) burial in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeleton-of-russian-general-found-inside-unearthed-coffin-in-turkeys-ardahan.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112457&NewsCatID=375
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/russian-soldier-found-inside-unearthed-coffin-in-turkeys-ardahan-was-captain-museum-director–.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112479&NewsCatID=341

Kurds are restoring ancient sites in Iraq:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0424/Iraq-s-Kurds-restore-ancient-sites-envision-a-tourist-friendly-future
Hatra has apparently been recovered from ISIL:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39726244
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraqi-forces-seized-hatra-antiquities-site-47027440
http://www.timesofisrael.com/iraqi-forces-seize-ancient-site-of-hatra-from-is/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/apr/27/ancient-city-of-hatra-recaptured-from-isis-iraqi-forces-say-video
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/iraqi-troops-recapture-ancient-city-of-hatra-from-islamic-state/news-story/10d1ae25b1e8a6351b2e4ffa4a0486ee

Another feature on ISIL financing terrorism with antiquities:

http://www.aina.org/news/20170429140410.htm

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Mycenean era burial from Salamis:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/25024-mycenean-era-tomb-with-grave-goods-unearthed-in-salamis-main-town.html

A hoard of Alexander the Great coinage from Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/culture/112098.html

On women’s protests in ancient Rome:

https://thebluereview.org/nevertheless-they-persisted/

Honours for Lauren Donovan Ginsberg:

http://www.uc.edu/profiles/profile.asp?id=25006

Some Classics Olympia coverage:

http://news.usc.edu/120516/age-old-skills-give-usc-classics-students-a-big-win-over-their-contemporaries/

What Sarah Davies is up to:

http://www.union-bulletin.com/things_to_do/arts/ancient-rome-assimilated-in-places-and-ideas-of-modern-world/article_1fc394d4-2ad2-11e7-a573-abf6603b1ca8.html

Feature on Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fears-fueled-ancient-border-wall-180963025/

Feature on what the Arch of Titus originally looked like:

http://forward.com/fast-forward/370111/stunning-how-the-infamous-arch-of-titus-looked-in-roman-heyday/

Latest on the search for Cleopatra’s tomb:

http://remezcla.com/features/culture/dominican-archaeologist-dramatic-quest-cleopatra-tomb/

An ancient aqueduct on Samos was reopened:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/217941/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/ancient-aqueduct-restored-and-opened-in-samos

Latin is alive and well in Romania:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/in-romania-latin-holds-out
http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/artculture/Keeping-Latin-alive-in-Romania/1954194-3906724-131fy07/

Reactions to a statue of Archimedes in a Hampshire village:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2017/apr/24/eureka-naked-archimedes-hampshire-ellisfield-statue
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/23/naked-greek-statue-could-distract-drivers-hampshire-village/

Some press coverage of Rome’s birthday celebrations:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/24/c_136232222.htm

More on the Cleveland MoA returning that head of Drusus:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cleveland-museum-art-will-return-stolen-roman-sculpture-italy-180962973/

Brief review of Roberts, *Plague of War*:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-the-plague-of-war-jennifer-t-roberts-oxford-university-press#survey-answer

Review(ish) of King, *Feast of Sorrow*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/28/525892896/what-did-ancient-romans-eat-new-novel-serves-up-meals-and-intrigue
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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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On Viking longhouses and early burial practices:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-iron-age-viking-longhouses-funerals.html

Evidence that Danish Vikings may have been making their own wine:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20170426/danish-vikings-may-have-made-their-own-wine

A medieval castle find in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,413952,archaeologists-have-discovered-a-lost-castle-in-the-lower-silesian-wilderness.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5518-170428-castle-iron-working-village

Some WWI training tunnels in Wiltshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/24/first-world-war-training-tunnels-and-trenches-discovered-in-wiltshire

Plans to excavate the wreck of the Rooswijk:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/shipwreck-from-1740-discovered-124575/

More reactions to Stonehenge tunnel plans:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/25/stonehenge-tunnel-desecration-prehistoric-traffic-jams
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/27/listen-to-the-experts-on-the-stonehenge-tunnel
http://observer.com/2017/04/stonehenge-tunnel-threatens-ancient-monument-future-archaeological-discoveries/

Pondering the Uffington White Horse:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5506-170424-uffington-white-horse

Feature on bog bodies:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/europe-bog-bodies-reveal-secrets-180962770/

Scotland’s oldest concert hall is getting some restoration:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39745221

They’re fixing up Hurst Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39716359
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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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Plenty of coverage of a Neolithic (maybe) ‘seashell’ burial from Gua Kepah (spelling varies):

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/24/gua-kapar-skeleton-could-be-female/
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/04/24/shells-from-prehistoric-burial-site-sent-for-carbon-dating/
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/archaeologist-possibly-more-prehistoric-skeletons-in-guar-kepah
http://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/233583/5000-year-old-skeleton-found-guar-kepah
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/25/a-find-that-can-change-history-stone-age-remains-buried-in-seashells-the-first-to-be-found-in-malays/

A pair of 2000 years bp burials from China’s Hunan province:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/28/c_136243995.htm
http://thedailymillbury.com/uncategorized/2000-year-old-tombs-excavated-in-central-china/105481

A 1400 years bp cave inscription in Hebei associated with a Shaolin monk:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/26/c_136237560.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5513-170426-china-master-sengchou

Some Chinese tomb robbers were apparently using feng shui:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2091868/chinese-history-buff-uses-feng-shui-knowledge-raid-ancient-tombs

Suggestion that early Khmers were ‘bookworms’:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-plus/early-khmers-were-bookworms-evident-ancient-libraries

Assorted 19th century finds at the Athenaeum site in New Zealand:

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/artefacts-uncovered-athenaeum

Feature on the Terracotta Army:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39708249

More on those miniature looms from a Chinese burial:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wooden-figurines-apos-weave-apos-130100411.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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Plenty of attention for a controversial claim that humans were in California, some 130 000 years bp (yes, that’s the claimed number of zeroes):

http://www.nature.com/news/controversial-study-claims-humans-reached-americas-100-000-years-earlier-than-thought-1.21886
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-humans-america-years-earlier-thought.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170426143033.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/science/prehistoric-humans-north-america-california-nature-study.html
http://www.livescience.com/58851-humans-occupied-north-america-earlier-than-thought.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/earliest-evidence-of-humans-in-the-americas-could-change-everything-if-true https://www.newscientist.com/article/2129042-first-americans-may-have-been-neanderthals-130000-years-ago/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/neanderthals-california-provocative-study-47032919
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39710311
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/26/could-history-of-humans-in-north-america-be-rewritten-by-broken-mastodon-bones
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mastodon-fossils-human-colonise-world-pre-historic-understand-history-bones-san-diego-cerutti-a7705246.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/26/525628056/new-evidence-suggests-humans-arrived-in-the-americas-far-earlier-than-thought
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-americas-first-humans-20170426-story.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/mastodon-bone-findings-could-upend-our-understanding-human-history-n751406
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/04/26/archaeology-shocker-study-claims-humans-reached-the-americas-130000-years-ago/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0426/Could-these-mastodon-bones-rewrite-the-history-of-the-Americas
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/04/26/north-america-earliest-human-study-orig-vstop.cnn
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-bones-spark-fresh-debate-over-first-humans-in-the-americas/

… some good skepticism expressed here:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/mastodons-americas-peopling-migrations-archaeology-science/

… and an attempt to present ‘both sides’:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/analysis-new-study-says-settlers-arrived-americas-130000-years-ago-believe/

… and the ‘political’ side:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/29/were-humans-in-america-100-000-years-before-we-thought.html

Excavating a Mik’maq shell midden in Port Joli:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/southshorebreaker/1462889-unearthing-history-in-port-joli-archaeologists-dig-up-pieces-of-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-cu

Searching for a French shipwreck in Port Royal Sound:

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article146911214.html

Plans to further investigate the HMS Terror:

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/parks-canadas-underwater-archaeology-team-visit-hms-terror-with-government-of-nunavut-and-gjoa-haven-support-team-620714093.html

Potential repatriation item: Poundmaker’s pipe in the British Museum:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/poundmaker-pipe-saskatchewan-british-museum-london-1.4080776

Feature on Hopewell Culture:

http://www.livescience.com/58897-hopewell-culture.html

New Orleans is taking down Confederate monuments:

https://apple.news/Au57Vjbr2ToydwRaewd25EQ

An oak tree associated with George Washington was cut down:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/04/25/oak-tree-george-washington/100873208/

Jamestown archaeologists have begun the conservation of the Knight’s Tombstone:

http://wydaily.com/2017/04/21/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-begin-conservation-of-knights-tombstone/

… while Bill Kelso has a book out on recent finds:

http://wydaily.com/2017/04/27/jamestown-archaeologist-bill-kelso-releases-new-book-on-recent-discoveries/

More on the discovery of the site of Etzanoa:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/04/24/Its-location-a-mystery-for-centuries-huge-Native-American-city-may-be-found-in-Kansas/stories/201704240076
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/apr/23/huge-indian-city-found-in-kansas/

More on that Declaration of Independence find in England:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/24/a-rare-copy-of-the-declaration-of-independence-has-been-found-in-england/

More on Civil War cannonballs from Lawrenceville:

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/04/26/cannonballs-found-lawrenceville/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Overviewish piece on eight years of excavations at Teotihuacan:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/24/mexicos-ancient-city-guards-its-secrets-but-excavation-reveals-new-mysteries

Suggestion that the Colla people may have fled a 15th century Inca invasion:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/treasure-trove-bronze-copper-reveals-incredible-speed-flash-inca-invasion-1618394
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5507-170424-peru-ayawiri-house

A Maya sculpture find from Chiapas:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/locals-stumble-across-ancient-mayan-god-monument-while-clearing-debris-mexico-1618735
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5516-170427-mexico-maya-sculpture

Evidence of bad spines in ancient Peru:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/04/27/in-ancient-peru-archaeologists-find-rare-spinal-condition-and-possible-inbreeding/

More on that recent khipu find/study:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/inca-khipus-code-discovery-peru/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some sketchy Egyptian artifacts Florence Nightingale purchased are going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/apr/23/florence-nightingale-egyptian-amulets-world-museum-liverpool

Pondering whether museum directors should have curatorial experience:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/do-museum-directors-need-curatorial-experience/

Pondering the black market in antiquities (again):

http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2017/04/24/restoring-ethics-antiquities-market-liza-oliver-erich-hatala-matthes

On the ‘Ancient Civilizations Team’ that aims to protect heritage from terrorism:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-civilizations-team-up-to-protect-heritage-from-terrorism/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=95442

On some medieval medicines:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/27/525143152/welcome-to-the-poison-garden-medicines-medieval-roots

Feature on 3000 years of women in science:

http://www.dw.com/en/3000-years-women-in-science/av-38540910

Big treasure legend on an island in the Indian Ocean:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170425-the-island-with-100-million-hidden

Feature on Princess Barbara Jorjadze’s cookbook:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/28/524404924/19th-century-princess-and-cookbook-author-was-also-georgias-first-feminist

English-style drizzle is being implicated in the demise of megafauna:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-english-style-drizzle-ice-age-giants.html

Feature on the Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs (and related items):

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170421-the-eerie-historical-visions-that-predict-the-apocalypse

On Goya’s ‘mystery illness’:

http://www.livescience.com/58890-goya-mystery-illness-diagnosis.html

Questioning the route of the via Dolorosa:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/jesus-may-not-have-walked-jerusalem-s-dolorosa-scholars-n746516
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170425-why-vermeers-paintings-are-less-real-than-we-think
http://www.louvre.fr/en/close-vermeer-masters-genre-painting-golden-age

Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries:

http://www.showonshow.com/rietberg/2017/osiris/index.html

Scythians:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/treasures-of-scythian-tombs-are-coming-to-the-british-museum-/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scythians-are-coming-from-russia-with-love-jk9k2kbs9

Russian Revolution:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/28/c_136241605.htm

Van Gogh:

http://theconversation.com/heres-looking-at-vincent-van-goghs-olive-grove-with-two-olive-pickers-76312
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/van-gogh-and-the-seasons/

The NGA has confirmed it has some more stolen idols:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/nga-confirms-four-more-indian-scultpures-have-been-stolen-20170424-gvr5e0.html

Dance will be featured at the Temple of Dendur at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/arts/dance/dance-off-the-wall-coming-next-season-to-the-met-museum.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new online resource for Scottish prehistoric monuments:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-online-digital-resource-life-scotland.html

Fiddling with radiocarbon dating:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-radiocarbon-dating-postmodern-makeover.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/04/28/visit-prehistoric-scotland-with-a-couple-clicks/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA of early hominins can apparently be recovered from cave sediments:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-dna-extinct-humans-cave-sediments.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170427141708.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/snrc-ant042717.php
http://www.livescience.com/58873-dna-from-extinct-humans-photos.html
http://www.livescience.com/58872-neanderthal-dna-found-in-ancient-cave-mud.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/researchers-find-dna-from-extinct-humans-in-cave-sediments
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/28/prehistoric-human-dna-found-caves-without-bones-enormous-scientific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39747326
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/science/ancient-human-dna-cave-dirt.html?_r=0
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientists-recover-ancient-dna-from-cave-dirt-without-needing-to-find-bones-20170428-gvugro.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-humans-identified-through-dna-left-in-cave-soil
http://m.france24.com/en/20170428-prehistoric-human-dna-found-caves-without-bones
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5519-170428-sediment-hominin-dna
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/new-technique-extracts-dna-from-hominids-preserved-in-sediments

A study of the DNA of Scythian horses:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/fos–shb042117.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/science/horses-genetics-domestication-scythians.html?_r=0
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2017/04/28/Ancient-horse-DNA-shows-Scythian-warriors-were-adept-domesticators/stories/201704280151
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-bucks-tale-how-horse-was-tamed
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5520-170428-scythian-horse-genome
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/researchers-study-scythian-horse-breeding

On the DNA of some Franklin expedition members:

http://www.livescience.com/58797-dna-sailors-on-1845-arctic-expedition.html

Latest look at canine DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/science/dogs-dna-ancestry.html
http://www.nature.com/news/dog-family-tree-reveals-hidden-history-of-canine-diversity-1.21885
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5515-170427-peruvian-hairless-dog

We now have a barley genome:

http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/barley-genome-04814.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Correlating (apparently) climate change and early human activity at an Algerian site dating to 1.7 million years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-climate-early-human-algerian-site.html

On the threat climate change poses to historic sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/climate/tasmania-global-warming-shoreline-erosion.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Tarsus:

http://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2017/04/29/experience-history-in-the-holy-lands-of-tarsus

Lima:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/travel/lima-peru-budget-travel-food-art-surfing.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/04/culture-crime-news-17-23-april-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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Cambodia recovered some Khmer jewellery:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5504-170424-cambodia-jewelry-repatriated

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n18.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 symphony inspired by the Voynich manuscript:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/04/24/voynich-symphony-premiere-may-4-woolsey-hall

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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/2612-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-april-2017-22-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Anne Pippin Burnett:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-anne-pippin-burnett
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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 19.52 ~ April 23, 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, Don Buck, Maureen Fant,
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David Critchley, Rick Heli, David Emery, 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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Latest attempt to fit homo floresiensis on the hominid family tree:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/anu-ooi042017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-indonesian-hobbits-revealed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170421084917.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/21/hobbit-species-did-not-evolve-from-ancestor-of-modern-humans-research-finds
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/real-life-hobbits-early-humans-floresiensis-homo-sapiens-scientists-indonesia-a7694691.html
http://www.iol.co.za/news/science/hobbit-link-to-h-erectus-takes-a-pounding-8769720
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/origins-of-indonesias-flores-hobbits-most-likely-in-africa-and-not-from-java-man-study-claims-20170421-gvptdr.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-22/origin-of-hobbits-finally-uncovered-by-anu-researchers/8463376
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/21/c_136226654.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scientists-debunk-theory-that-hobbits-were-mans-cousin-1618170
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128483-mystery-human-hobbit-ancestor-may-have-been-first-out-of-africa/
http://www.sciencealert.com/indonesia-s-hobbits-are-far-older-than-we-originally-thought
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/04/21/the-hobbit-older-lineage/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5501-170421-homo-floresiensis-bones
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/study-reveals-homo-floresiensis-not-descended-from-homo-erectus

A 23 000 years bp ‘Venus figurine’ got a pile of press attention because someone’s throwaway line:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/stunning-23000-year-old-venus-with-derriere-like-kim-kardashians-unearthed-in-russia/

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 38 000 years bp rock art from France:

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-discover-38000-year-old-animal-art-585767

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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1000 ushabti and 10 sarcophagi from a 18th Dynasty noble’s tomb in Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/265161/Heritage/Egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-tomb-of-th-Dynasty.aspx
http://www.livescience.com/58738-tomb-of-mummies-unearthed-at-luxor.html
http://www.livescience.com/58736-photos-mummies-ancient-egypt-cemetery.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/archaeologists-major-discovery-egypt-luxor-170418132642659.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-archaeologists-statues-tomb-egypt-luxor.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39633599
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/18/egypt-discovers-3000-year-old-tomb-nobleman/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/noblemans-tomb-egypt-discovery-nile-luxor-userhat-new-kingdom-judge-a7691996.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologists-find-1000-statues-tomb-egypts-luxor-46860072
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-19/egypt-discovers-3000-year-old-tomb-of-nobleman/8452084
http://www.smh.com.au/world/egyptians-unearth-3000-year-old-tomb-of-judge-near-luxor-20170419-gvnhwu.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/archaeologists-open-ancient-tomb-find-1000-statues/
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/mummies-discovered-in-ancient-tomb-near-egypts-luxor-145515943.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3500-year-old-tomb-unearthed-luxor-take-look-incredible-pictures-mummies-sarcophagi-1617776
http://www.albawaba.com/news/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-18th-dynasty-tomb-964462
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/mummies-discovered-in-ancient-tomb-near-egypts-luxor/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-discovery-idUSKBN17K1VW?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/35174800/archaeologists-find-1000-statues-in-tomb-in-egypts-luxor
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/ancient-egypt-mummies-statues-luxor-discovery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5491-170418-luxor-tomb-ou-sarhat

… maybe it’s only six sarcophagi:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/04/18/new-major-tomb-containing-six-mummies-and-artifacts-unearthed-in-luxor/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/4105/18th-Dynasty-Pharaonic-tomb-reveals-350-more-statutes http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/video-350-additional-artifacts-found-newly-excavated-luxor-cemetery
http://artdaily.com/news/95304/Egyptian-archaeological-team-discovers-mummies-in-ancient-tomb-near-Egypt-s-Luxor

… or maybe eight:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/middleeast/egypt-tombs-mummies/index.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/media/Archaeologists-discover-3-500-year-old-tombs-in-829344.php
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/eight-mummies-and-other-treasures-found-in-luxor-tomb-bonanza
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/04/18/actualidad/1492528157_358652.html

… and there are hopes it will boost tourism:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-19/egypt-discovers-3000-year-old-tomb-of-nobleman/8452084

A colossal statue of Ramses II has been restored:

http://timesofoman.com/article/107397/World/Middle-East/Egypt-unveils-giant-restored-statue-of-Ramses-II
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/20/world/science-health-world/egypt-unveils-giant-restored-statue-ramses-ii/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/egypt-unveils-restored-75-ton-ancient-collossus-statue-ramses-ii-930875
http://english.aawsat.com/waleed-abdul-rahman/lifestyle-culture/egypt-unveils-restored-statue-ramses-ii

Pondering the origins of Hathor:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.783982

On the ‘legend of the mummy’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170420-where-does-the-legend-of-the-mummy-come-from

More wondering whether Egypt should sell artifacts to help its economy:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/egypt-national-treasures-sale-tourism-crisis-investment.html

More on Zahi Hawass’ latest activities:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/un-honors-egyptologist-zahi-hawass-being-appointed-ambassador-culture-and-antiquities

A Killia idol is coming to auction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-anatolian-statuette-of-abundance-seeks-record-at-new-york-auction-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112157&NewsCatID=375

That ‘comet inscription’ from Gobekli Tepe is back in the news:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/21/ancient-stone-carvings-confirm-comet-struck-earth-10950bc-wiping/
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1088616/offbeat

More on that ‘buried city’ find in Iran:

http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=11833&SEO=iran-archaeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-city

Some illegal diggers were caught in the Beit Keshet Forest:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228290

ISIL made an attack on St Catherine’s Monastery this week:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/18/524610884/gunmen-attack-popular-religious-tourism-site-in-sinai
https://apnews.com/ecf9dd48c08d4d548f190c8cb15f5226/Islamic-State-claims-attack-on-Egypt-police-checkpoint

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plans to probe a Hellenistic/Roman era pyramid at Khirbet Midras:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-to-probe-ancient-pyramid-in-judean-hills/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4949880,00.html

Remains of a Roman aqueduct under the via Praenestina:

http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/04/16/news/roma_alla_prenestina_riaffora_l_acquedotto_appio-163075536/

A recently-discovered mosaic from Uzes was removed this week (by archaeologists) and people aren’t happy:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/removal-of-a-rare-roman-mosaic-in-southern-france-enflames-local-conservation-groups-/

They’re looking for the missing portions of that ‘Gypsy girl’ mosaic:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/20/initiative-to-return-missing-pieces-from-gypsy-girl-mosaic-in-turkeys-gaziantep

A Roman villa associated somehow with Marcus Aurelius from Kibyratis:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.783703
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/roman-emperors-2000-year-old-summer-palace-discovered-turkey-1617195
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/18/2000-year-old-roman-summer-home-discovered-in-southern-turkey

I think we’ve mentioned this Roman road find in Israel:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28535

Plans to continue digging at the Amphipolis tomb:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/24796-greek-culture-minister-excavations-in-amphipolis-will-resume.html

What C. Brian Rose is up to:

http://udreview.com/the-homeric-allure-archaeological-findings-on-the-trojan-war/

Feature on Peter Brown:

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/04/peter-brown-late-antiquity

What Rebecca Kerns is up to:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/32986/

On the allure of speaking Latin:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/black-men-speaking-latin-1492469886

On Classics at Monmouth:

http://www.reviewatlas.com/news/20170420/monmouth-college-at-center-of-classics

Hype for a documentary about Baiae:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/04/20/underwater-pompeii-of-baia-featured-in-documentary_28ed8d5f-6372-41eb-aed8-36ee5c4bc7fe.html

A rock opera about Nero is causing problems in Rome:

http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/04/21/news/titolo_non_esportato_da_hermes_-_id_articolo_6696746-163509761/?refresh_ce

A ‘hidden’ Michelangelo drawing of Cleopatra has gone on display:

https://guardian.ng/art/hidden-michelangelo-drawing-goes-on-show-in-rome/

A marathon reading of the Odyssey at the College of the Holy Cross:

http://www.telegram.com/news/20170419/epic-tale-entire-odyssey-read-at-holy-cross-to-benefit-refugees
https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2017/04/21/holy-cross-takes-on-sirens-and-cyclopes-with-marathon-reading-of-the-odyssey/

This was one of the first ‘repatriation stories’ after wwii:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/217722/article/ekathimerini/life/the-world-war-ii-adventures-of-an-ancient-lady

Regular maintenance in store for Pompeii:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/the-man-leading-the-restoration-of-pompeii/

This week’s idiot vandalism was inflicted on a Roman sarcophagus in Poundbury:

http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/roman-sarcophagus-wrecked-by-vandals/story-30283044-detail/story.html
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15239072.ANGRY_AND_DISAPPOINTED__Archaeologist_speaks_out_over_vandalism_of__priceless__Roman_sarcophagus/

Greece has recognized ‘paganism’ as a religion:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/04/20/greek-state-recognizes-paganism-as-religion/

On a church that was never built in the Colosseum:

http://www.romereports.com/2017/04/13/the-history-of-the-church-that-was-never-built-inside-the-colosseum

On the assassination of Julius Caesar and its effects:

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2017/04/mary-beard-how-caesar-s-murder-set-template-political-assassination

Daniel Mendelsohn remember his father:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/24/a-father-and-sons-final-odyssey

James Romm on ‘updating’ Homer:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/a-misguided-impulse-to-update-the-greek-classics?intcid=mod-latest

More on the search for Caligula’s ships:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/23/the-search-for-caligula-s-sunken-orgy-ship.html

Interesting infographic on volcanic activity in Italy:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-cross/2017/04/14/dae63c1a-1fa8-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

Feature on Ronald Syme:

http://elpaissemanal.elpais.com/documentos/ronald-syme/
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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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I think we were just beginning to get coverage of the find of the burials of five archbishops of Canterbury last week:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39613462
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/16/remains-of-five-archbishops-discovered-near-lambeth-palace-canterbury
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/archbishops-canterbury-remains-tomb-church-lambeth-st-mary-john-bancroft-garden-museum-a7686546.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/remains-five-missing-archbishops-canterbury-found-accident/
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/tombs-of-five-former-archbishops-of-canterbury-located-underneath-church-35627429.html
http://www.theage.com.au/world/secret-tomb-of-five-archbishops-found-under-deconsecrated-medieval-london-church-20170417-gvm4a7.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/hole-accidentally-cut-in-u-k-museum-floor-reveals-stairs-to-hidden-tomb-of-five-archbishops
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/builders-find-remains-five-archbishops-canterbury-180962920/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5492-170418-lambeth-archbishop-vault

A burial of a medieval priest with a head injury of some sort from Thornton Abbey:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/16/mysterious-grave-medieval-priest-uncovered-lincolnshire/
http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/exciting-medieval-find-at-thornton-abbey/story-30275150-detail/story.html
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-archaeologists-discover-medieval-priest-in-elaborate-grave-700-years-after-his-death-1-8496353
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/hell-on-earth-yorkshire-academics-reveal-secrets-of-medieval-grave-1-8496336
http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/8203-archaeology-team-discover-700-year-old-remains-of-medieval-priest-at-thornton-abbey/story-30275460-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5493-170418-thornton-abbey-coffin

Pathways in Kensington Gardens were apparently aligned to the solstice:

http://www.livescience.com/58706-solstice-alignments-discovered-peter-pan-gardens.html

Reconstructing the diet of Napoleon’s Grand Army:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/18/food-for-thought-reconstructing-the-diet-of-napoleons-grand-army

A section of the Bristol Old Vic theatre wall was exposed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-39622017

Plans to excavate a Dutch ship near Kent:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/business/dutch-ship-which-sank-on-goodwin-sands-in-1740-to-be-partially-excavated-in-kent-this-summer-1-4984835

A suspicious fire at a 16th century home in Dorset:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dorset-fire-stately-home-16th-century-suspicious-parnham-house-a7685411.html

More on 13 000 years bp dental work:

http://www.livescience.com/58722-earliest-dental-fillings-ice-age-skeleton.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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5000+ bp burials from Penang are causing some excitement:

http://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/232088/5000-year-old-skeleton-discovered-guar-kepah-construction-site
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/20/stone-age-finds-thrill-researchers/
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/04/19/ancient-bones-found-at-penangs-stone-age-site/
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/prehistoric-human-skeleton-found-penang-neolithic-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5495-170419-malaysia-neolithic-bones

Model looms from a 2100 years bp tomb from China:

http://www.livescience.com/58741-tiny-looms-discovered-in-chinese-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/58740-photos-tiny-chinese-looms.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5496-170419-china-model-looms

An 1100 years bp inscription from a temple floor in India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/1100-year-old-inscription-unearthed-from-floor-of-tiruvannamalai-temple/articleshow/58212372.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5500-170420-india-arunachaleswarar-inscription

Another suggestion for the origin of skiing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/sports/skiing/skiing-china-cave-paintings.html

Feature on some Saka stone houses from Kazakhstan:

http://astanatimes.com/2017/04/saka-stone-houses-in-central-kazakhstan-shed-light-on-kazakh-nomadic-culture-archaeologist-says/

More concerns for petroglyphs in Australia:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/apr/21/worlds-largest-collection-of-rock-art-at-risk-australian-senators-told

Elsewhere, at the Rainbow Cave site:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/managing-and-protecting-waljin-mia-rainbow-cave-a-sacred-cultural-place

More on the origins of Mongolia’s horse culture:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/shedding-new-light-on-origins-of-mongolias-nomadic-horse-culture

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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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Remains of 2000 bp dwellings in downtown Phoenix:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/developers-of-downtown-phoenix-frys-find-prehistoric-homes-during-dig-9247406

Archaeologists may have found the pre-Columbian settlement of Cecomocomoco:

http://hppr.org/post/long-lost-native-american-city-discovered-south-central-kansas
http://www.kansas.com/news/state/article144968264.html
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article145026439.html
http://www.newser.com/story/241427/archaeologist-says-hes-found-great-lost-city-in-kansas.html
http://nypost.com/2017/04/18/teen-accidentally-helps-discover-lost-16th-century-civilization/
http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0417/archaeologists-may-have-found-indian-village.html

A pemmican production camp from Montana:

http://westerndigs.org/centuries-old-pemmican-making-camp-uncovered-in-montana/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5497-170419-montana-pemmican-production

A ‘new’ parchment of the Declaration of Independence has turned up in England:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/arts/a-new-parchment-declaration-of-independence-surfaces-head-scratching-ensues.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/22/precious-declaration-independence-copy-discovered-chichester/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/21/declaration-of-independence-sussex-england-rare

Some early photos of Yellowstone National Park:

http://www.livescience.com/58710-early-yellowstone-national-park-photos.html

Conserving the Knight’s tombstone from Jamestown:

http://wydaily.com/2017/04/21/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-begin-conservation-of-knights-tombstone/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5503-170421-jamestown-knights-tomb

Studying the ‘stone fleet’ off South Carolina:

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article146031164.html

Concerns for burials at Louisbourg:

http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/2017/4/20/erosion-threatens-burial-ground-at-fortress-louisbourg.html

Concerns that fracking might endanger Chaco Canyon sites:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/frack-and-ruin-archaeologists-fear-drilling-could-obliterate-chaco-connections/article_e8d22fee-ef6c-5fc5-aeee-70ccbadeddac.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature (it might be a discovery) on Incan khipus:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/409788/st-andrews-academic-reveals-secrets-of-ancient-incan-talking-knots/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/inca-khipus-code-discovery-peru/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/04/19/khipu-code-inca-language/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5502-170421-peru-logosyllabic-khipus

Honours for Heather Hurst:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/673406/?sc=rsln
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the history of wedding cake:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/18/523787236/eat-now-or-forever-hold-your-piece-the-layered-history-of-wedding-cake

Another feature on crucifixion:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-cross/2017/04/14/dae63c1a-1fa8-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

Studying the height of English folk over a couple of millennia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-highs-lows-englishman-average-height.html

A ‘chemical threat’ to paintings:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/acs-twc042017.php

Pondering ‘Paradise Lost’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170419-why-paradise-lost-is-one-of-the-worlds-most-important-poems

On paintings of the Rhine:

http://www.dw.com/en/art-meets-nature-on-the-rhine/a-38534088

Medieval antibiotic hopes:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/medieval-medical-books-could-hold-recipe-new-antibiotics-180962947/

Feature on the Reformation:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/04/19/actualidad/1492606977_908306.html

Conserving the Last Supper:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/04/20/actualidad/1492685097_675928.html

More evidence regarding the Armenian Genocide:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/world/europe/armenian-genocide-turkey.html

Review of Devlin, *Finding Fibonnaci*:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/04/19/review-keith-devlin-finding-fibonacci-quest-rediscover-forgotten-mathematical

Review of Cline, *Three Stones Make a Wall*:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23431210-700-raiders-of-the-lost-phone/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

Review of Roper, *Martin Luther*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/books/review/martin-luther-renegade-and-prophet-lyndal-roper.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39590447

Utamaro:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/three-large-masterpieces-reunited-for-the-first-time/2017/04/14/a3be6aae-1ad6-11e7-855e-4824bbb5d748_story.html

Age of Empires:

http://artdaily.com/news/95283/Exhibition-at-Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art-features–more-than-160-ancient-Chinese-works-of-art

Chinese Emperors:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/22/c_136227267.htm

Pompeii:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/escape-from-pompeii-australian-national-maritime-museum/news-story/4321aa06ca2c7d198694dd8a6e05d246

Feature on the Temple of Dendur at the Met:

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/egyptian-art/temple-of-dendur-50

Feature on Hartwig Fischer:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-twinkly-eyed-german-in-charge-of-britains-treasure-6q7cgtlpl

… related:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mummy-s-the-word-for-british-museum-revamp-dcdqbhpjf
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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we had this facial reconstruction of a woman from a Thai rock shelter last week:

http://www.livescience.com/58705-stone-age-woman-had-modern-face.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-the-stone-age-woman-with-a-modern-looking-face/
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-woman-tham-lod-late-pleistocene.html
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/late-pleistocene-woman-from-tham-lod-thailand-the-influence-of-today-on-a-face-from-the-past/E8831252A362F2646CCFA07E9ACD4351

Dating San rock art:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-shows-san-rock-art-5000-years-old-180962948/

Recreating ancient monuments in VR:

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/smartphone-apps/the-melbourne-archeologist-on-a-mission-to-recreate-ancient-monuments-in-vr-20170414-gvl6yt.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dingos have the most interesting genome, apparently:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dingo-wins-worlds-most-interesting-genome-competition-180962922/
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-planets-most-mysterious-geoglyphs-180962917/

Bali:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/20/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-bali-indonesia.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Carrizo Plain:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170411-the-california-land-where-no-one-can-live

Madain Saleh:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170418-saudi-arabias-silent-desert-city
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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/04/culture-crime-news-10-16-april-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 Cleveland Museum of Art returned a portrait of Drusus to Italy:

http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2017/04/cleveland_museum_of_art_return_2.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-bust-repatriated-cleveland-museum-929615

The Boston Public Library is returning a bunch of coins and other items:

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2017/04/boston_public_library_returnin.html

I suspect we’ll be hearing more about the Guelph Treasure case:

http://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-art-claim-sets-new-test-for-germany/a-38485849

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NUMISMATICA
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Those gold coins in the piano were declared treasure:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-39655769
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/20/gold-sovereign-hoard-found-college-piano-declared-treasure
http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/04/gold-piano-hoard-declared-treasure-in-united-kingdom.html
http://news.sky.com/story/mystery-surrounds-treasure-trove-of-gold-coins-hidden-in-piano-in-shropshire-10844026
https://www.abqjournal.com/990635/who-stashed-gold-inside-a-british-piano-its-a-mystery-2.html
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/national/article/Mystery-surrounds-rightful-owners-of-gold-coins-hoard-hidden-in-piano-58c240ba-1d2b-4155-942b-8b46d43c0885-ds
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/coroner-to-decide-if-stash-of-sovereigns-found-in-old-piano-is-treasure-35637923.html

Some medieval coins turned up in a ‘community dig’ in Erpingham:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/medieval-coins-unearthed-during-community-dig-in-erpingham-1-4977881

Feature on coins from the Jewish War:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coinage-of-the-jewish-war/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n16.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n17.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 contest to create companion pieces to Shakespeare:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/theater/american-shakespeare-center-to-commission-38-modern-riffs.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

What Emma Rice is up to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/theater/emma-rice-shakespeares-globe-director-letter-to-successor.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Amazing Grace:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/theater/amazing-grace-musical-museum-of-the-bible-washington.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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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/2611-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-april-2017-15-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Dai Morgan Evans:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/17/dai-morgan-evans-obituary

David French:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/20/david-french-obituary
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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 19.51 ~ April 16, 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, Kris Curry, David Critchley,
Rick Heli, David Emery, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… lots of repeats this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Another feature on Otzi:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-unsolved-case-of-otzi-the-iceman/

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AFRICA
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I think we mentioned this 5000 years bp rock art from South Africa:

http://www.livescience.com/58684-bushmen-painted-earliest-rock-art-southern-africa.html
http://www.livescience.com/58689-photos-oldest-rock-art-in-southern-africa.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Greco-Roman artifacts from a construction site in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/262915/Heritage/GrecoRoman/GraecoRoman-artefacts-discovered-at-future-Alexand.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/photos-artifacts-discovered-gustav-aegeon-villa-alexandria
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5486-170413-greco-roman-egypt

More on that Ameny Qemau pyramid:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2nd-pyramid-bearing-pharaoh-ameny-165800820.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/remains-of-ancient-pyramid-found-in-egypt-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111591&NewsCatID=375

Zahi Hawass gets busier:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/zahi-hawas-be-un-ambassador-global-cultural-heritage

Explaining the ten plagues:

http://www.livescience.com/58638-science-of-the-10-plagues.html

Feature on that statue of Idrimi:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-syrian-refugee-also-one-archaeologys-most-important-finds-180962843/

Concerns for a ziggurat in Iraq:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/iraq-ziggurat-nowruz-kassites-babylon-hittites.html

Latest from Catal Huyuk:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mystery-of-catalhoyuks-early-structures-to-be-solved-soon-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111845&NewsCatID=375

More on sandstorms revealing a site in Iran:

http://www.archaeology.org/5483-170412-iran-sandstorm-fahraj

Suggestion that a tsunami may have hit Israel some 2800 years bp:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.782460

More on the Temple Mount Sifting Project and that Egyptian finger:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-bid-for-survival-archaeologists-point-to-egyptian-finger-from-temple-mount/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Temple-Mount-Sifting-Project-finds-finger-from-ancient-Egyptian-statue-486630
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/4/10/finger-from-egyptian-statue-found-in-temple-mount-excavation

More on that Jerusalem virtual reality app:

http://www.livescience.com/58566-ancient-jerusalem-reconstructed-in-virtual-reality-app.html

More on possible evidence for King Solomon’s Mines:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/king-solomon-mines-bible-timna-dung/

A response to the suggestion that Hebrew was the first alphabet:

http://asorblog.org/2017/04/14/response-douglas-petrovichs-hebrew-language-behind-worlds-first-alphabet/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAsorBlog+%28The+ASOR+Blog%29

The Smithsonian is getting involved with ISIL-related antiquities:

http://www.govexec.com/management/2017/04/state-department-teams-smithsonian-rescue-isis-harmed-antiquities/136960/

Pondering the future of Nimrud:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/reduced-rubble-isis-archaeologists-see-new-day-ancient-city-nimrud/

OpEd on ISIL’s impact on Iraqi sites:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/ISIS-crimes-scarred-Iraqi-history-and-landscape-486838

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A Bronze Age dwelling from Slovakia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5437-170407-slovakia-bronze-age

The earliest structures from Nea Paphos:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5487-170413-cyprus-nea-paphos

Construction work revealed a section of Rome’s oldest aqueduct:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170406/metro-workers-have-accidentally-discovered-romes-oldest-aqueduct

Latest from Verulamium:

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/15217172.Roman_remains_discovered_in_Verulamium_Park/
http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/new-roman-ruins-discovered-underneath-verulamium-park-in-st-albans-1-4973463
http://www.bobfm.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-make-fresh-discoveries-about-the-ancient-hertfordshire-city-of-verulamium/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5479-170411-england-verulamium-floor

Looking for Roman remains in Dales:

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/15215480.Hunt_launched_for_Romans_in_Dales/

Feature on a site associated with Marcus Aurelius in Kibyratis:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.783703

There is a Greek item in a Mongolian burial [see the Asia section for more on the burial]:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/12388/20170413/ancient-silk-cover-body-excavated-inner-mongolia-cemetery.htm

Italy is showing off a pile of the Metro C finds:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ancient-rome-treasures-subway.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/11943/20170410/mysterious-world-of-ancient-romes-hidden-treasure.htm

… and a pair of recently-found kouroi have gone on display in Chios:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/04/10/kour%CE%BFi-found-on-chios-displayed-at-chios-archaeological-museum/

… and we should mention Roman noses:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/04/14/517941/Nasothek-Copenhagen

Reconstruction of the Arch of Titus:

https://www.yu.edu/cis/activities/arch-of-titus

Feature on an innovation associated with the Library of Alexandria:

http://time.com/4730810/first-card-catalog/

Looking at Rome’s borders in Britain:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/hard-or-soft-borders-the-roman-experience-in-britain.htm

Another feature on Crossrail finds:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/tunnel-the-archaeology-of-crossrail.htm

On damnatio memoriae:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/04/11/how-do-you-damn-the-memory-of-a-roman-emperor/

On female gladiators:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/04/12/female-gladiators-were-a-part-of-the-lure-of-the-roman-arena-too/

It was Classics Day at the College of the Holy Cross:

http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2017/04/10/photo-gallery-togas-and-ancient-texts-take-over-holy-cross/

What Kristina Killgrove is up to:

http://news.uwf.edu/professor-receives-neh-summer-stipend-to-study-skeletal-remains-in-italy/

… and semi-related:

http://news.uwf.edu/society-for-american-archaeology-to-honor-uwf-professor-for-public-education/

Interview with Natalie Haynes:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/natalie-haynes-interview-how-she-combines-a-love-of-the-classics-with-standup-20170407-gvfws7.html

What Liz Young is up to:

http://thewellesleynews.com/2017/04/15/embracing-unconventionality-professor-liz-young-encourages-students-to-reshape-classical-studies/

What Antonis Makrinos is up to:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/04/14/talking-homeric-heroes-cinema/

Victor Nuovo on Plato’s Republic:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201704victor-nuovo-platos-republic-nutshell

Some Nero revisionism:

http://www.dw.com/en/rethinking-nero-part-1/av-38321780

Classical influences in ‘Prison Break’:

http://screenrant.com/prison-break-homers-odyssey-explained/

Another idiot tourist charged for scratching their name on the Colosseum:

http://www.startribune.com/ecuadoran-tourist-cited-for-writing-names-on-roman-colosseum/419146534/
http://www.dailyastorian.com/ecuadoran-tourist-cited-for-writing-names-on-roman-colosseum-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world632d8fa4c0f0445cabcb3542842190f0
http://azdailysun.com/news/world/ecuadoran-tourist-cited-for-writing-names-on-roman-colosseum/article_ac951953-adf8-5218-963f-274534688fa0.html

More on Roman remains beneath the A1:

http://www.livescience.com/58587-roman-settlement-discovered-beneath-england-road.html

More on ‘concession stands’ at Carnuntum:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-concession-stands-shops-found-165700908.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-roman-gladiator-arena-concession-stand-shops-found/

More on the search for Caligula’s ‘cruise ship’:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/hunt-begins-wreck-ancient-royal-cruise-ship
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/caligulas-pleasure-boat/8429476
http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/the-search-for-caligula-s-third-pleasure-ship-resumes-in-italy/article/489960

More on that purported Ptolemy tomb on Cyprus:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/30/c_136171749.htm

More on that Roman tunnel in Hatay:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/10/ancient-roman-tunnel-in-turkeys-hatay-to-attract-tourists

More on the finds from Uzes:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=95160
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Skydstrup woman also apparently travelled pretty far in the Bronze Age:

http://sciencenordic.com/another-female-bronze-age-icon-now-known-have-travelled-across-europe

Remains of five ‘lost’ archbishops of Canterbury have been found:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39613462

I think we mentioned this Iron Age chariot burial from Pocklington:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15193688.Iron_Age_chariot_burial/

…. And this 1000 years bp toy Viking boat from Norway:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/1000-year-old-toy-viking-boat-unearthed/

Not sure if we mentioned these 800 medieval burials from an Irish hillfort site:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/800-medieval-bodies-found-during-hillfort-dig-446670.html

Study suggests that some Viking swords may have been decorative:

http://www.livescience.com/58654-viking-sword-scans-reveal-norse-culture.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scans-of-viking-swords-reveal-a-slice-of-norse-culture/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5482-170412-viking-swords-analyzed

Moles are digging up things at an Iron Age hillfort site:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/14/tumps-of-tunnelling-moles-reveal-the-past

On the sounds of Stonehenge:

http://www.reuters.com/article/britain-tech-stonehenge-idUSL3N1HJ3X9?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologySector

Plans to excavate the ‘Invincible’ at Portsmouth next month:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-39526903

On the ‘blue helmets’ working at saving Italy’s damaged art:

http://www.dw.com/en/art-blue-helmets-rescue-italys-treasures-from-the-rubble/g-38350123

More on Ice Age dentistry:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ancient-teeth-evidence-ice-age.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2127300-oldest-tooth-filling-was-made-by-an-ice-age-dentist-in-italy/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-root-out-worlds-oldest-fillings-dgn6xt3fr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5476-170410-tooth-bitumen-filling
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-filling-made-stone-age-dentist-180962845/

More on when herders reached the high alps:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5480-170411-switzerland-alpine-pasture
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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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An interesting silk-covered Mongolian burial:

http://www.livescience.com/58630-ancient-cemetery-found-inner-mongolia.html
http://www.livescience.com/58628-silk-road-cemetery-photos.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/12388/20170413/ancient-silk-cover-body-excavated-inner-mongolia-cemetery.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5478-170411-mongolia-yellow-silk

… while a sixth century Turkik woman’s grave goods have been analyzed:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5484-170412-mongolia-turkik-artifacts

Tracing the history of Mongolian horse culture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/mpif-pcs041117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-precision-chronology-mongolia-nomadic-horse.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170411130816.htm
http://www.tol.org/client/article/26847-mongolia-horses-carbon-dating-archeology-prehistory.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5481-170412-mongolia-horse-culture

… and studying Mongolian reindeer herder camps:

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2017/04/uw-scientist-explores-archaeological-record-by-studying-mongolian-reindeer-herder-camps.html
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_4047f09c-63ba-5938-8abe-a0aaa0e38411.html

I think we mentioned these 13 tombs found in Tibet:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/05/c_136184618.htm

… and I think we mentioned this 1100 years bp Siberian mummy with ‘Adidas boots’ a while back:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/ancient-mummy-with-1100-year-old-adidas-boots-died-after-she-was-struck-on-the-head/

Feature on the terracotta army:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170411-the-army-that-conquered-the-world

China has come out with its top ten sites of 2016 list:

http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2017/04-13/126766.shtml
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-04/13/content_28909922.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-04/15/content_40626956.htm

More on colonial finds from New Zealand:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5432-170406-new-zealand-artifacts

More on that 30 000 years bp jewellery from Sulawesi:

http://www.theage.com.au/world/prehistoric-jewellery-found-in-indonesian-cave-challenges-view-early-humans-less-advanced-20170405-gvecxi.html
http://observer.com/2017/04/30000-year-old-indonesian-ice-age-art-reveals-clues-ancient-human-culture/
http://www.alamogordonews.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/04/04/ancient-jewelry-indonesia-di

scovery/100024394/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

More on that ‘legendary sunken treasure’ from the Minjiang River:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/04-14/253486.shtml
http://english.cctv.com/2017/04/14/ARTIwFQARyiSqLaZKqMaJRQN170414.shtml

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 14 000 years bp mammoth tusk from Alaska:

http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/A-mammoth-discovery–419183354.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5444-170410-alaska-mammoth-tusk

More on that 14 000 years bp site on Triquet Island:

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/discovery-of-14000yearold-settlement-in-canada-could-rewrite-north-american-history/
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/04/10/ancient-village-found-canada-orig-vstop.cnn
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5416-170330-canada-first-americans

Tools from New Brunswick are now thought to date to 12 700 years bp:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/artifacts-new-brunswick-1.4068145?cmp=rss
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5485-170413-canada-stone-tools

Latest on those hunting sites found in Lake Huron ages ago:

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/2017/04/14/prehistoric-hunting-grounds-found-deep-in-lake-huron/

Digging an endangered midden in South Carolina:

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/last-ditch-digs-make-new-finds-at-endangered-and-collapsing/article_077ba2a6-205d-11e7-a68e-8f0857776dd1.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5489-170414-south-carolina-shell-mound

A Hohokam site from Arizona:

http://science.kjzz.org/content/458763/hohokam-farm-found-site-future-phoenix-frys

Evidence of bedbugs from an Oregon cave site:

http://westerndigs.org/worlds-oldest-bed-bugs-found-in-oregon-cave-where-ancient-americans-slept/

Remains from Syracuse’s early salt industry:

http://www.syracuse.com/business-news/index.ssf/2017/04/rare_piece_of_syracuses_long-lost_salt_industry_uncovered.html

Suggestion that the Puebloans were harvesting macaw feathers:

http://www.nature.com/news/prehistoric-native-americans-farmed-macaws-in-feather-factories-1.21803
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/prehistoric-americans-may-have-farmed-macaws-in-feather-factories/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5439-170410-southwest-pueblo-macaws

Reconstructing Puebloan food webs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/ps-fwe040617.php
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/10/Archaeologists-untangle-the-complex-food-webs-of-the-Ancestral-Puebloans/5811491837653/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/reconstructing-ancestral-pueblo-food-webs

What Metin Eren is up to:

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/ksu-professor-digs-into-teaching-innovative-research-skills-in-archaeology-1.760840

Plans to rebury the remains of Massasoit Ousamequin:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/us/article/Wampanoag-chief-who-signed-treaty-with-Pilgrims-11073535.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5490-170414-rhode-island-wampanoag

Review of Watson, *Ice Ghosts*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/books/review/ice-ghosts-franklin-expedition-paul-watson.html

Some WWI items (each different):

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/07/523044253/during-world-war-i-u-s-government-propaganda-erased-german-culture?sc=ipad&f=1001
http://observer.com/2017/04/100-year-anniversary-world-war-one/
http://news.yale.edu/2017/04/07/100-years-ago-commemoration-world-war-i-yale-historian-paul-kennedy
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39543757 (Vimy centenary)
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on that palace complex from Palenque:

http://www.pnas.org/content/114/15/3805.abstract.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/ancient-ruins-point-to-the-origins-of-american-state-power/

Learning from slave wrecks on St Thomas:

http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/04/14/slave-wrecks-offer-clues-about-difficult-history/

Feature on Percy Fawcett:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/04/12/the-hero-of-the-lost-city-of-z-was-no-hero/
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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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OpEd on the popularity of archaeology:

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/interest-archaeology-never-stronger-neither-threats-future/

… and one on what archaeology is:

http://www.chieftain.com/cef3deaa-798a-5269-9a1c-44579612d314.html

… and on power and politics in American archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/10/the-politics-and-power-of-american-archaeology

A silk tunic associated with St Ambrose has been restored:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-long-awaited-valuable-silk-tunic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170411090153.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uob-lrf041117.php

Theorizing about black holes in the 18th century:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-black-holes-theorized-18th-century.html

On the ancient trade in (decorative) ostrich eggs:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170412091226.htm

… and reuniting parts of a Faberge egg:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-faberge-egg-reunited-texas.html

A Jules Verne time capsule:

http://www.writerswrite.com/archaeologists-discover-possible-jules-verne-time-capsule-41320171
https://www.bustle.com/p/jules-vernes-time-capsule-was-just-discovered-by-archeologists-in-france-51282

Trying to change the image of Mary Magdalene:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-easter-mary-magdalene-will-be-maligned-as-a-prostitute-except-she-wasnt/2017/04/13/4e5d502a-2067-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

Pondering the wine served at the Last Supper:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2017/04/14/What-wine-did-Jesus-drink-at-the-Last-Supper/stories/201704140164

… and whether Pontius Pilate was responsible for Jesus’ death:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/04/12/hechos/1491984788_222777.html

On the ‘revolution’ of the ‘razor and blades’ model of marketing:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39132802

On the history of female pirates:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/swashbuckling-history-women-pirates-180962874/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Searching for the origins of the fava bean:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/wios-iso040917.php

What we can learn from Botticelli’s Venus:

http://www.wbur.org/artery/2017/04/14/venus-mfa-botticelli

More on prehistoric cannibalism:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/06/prehistoric-cannibalism-not-just-driven-by-hunger-study-reveals

Only because we think the word Pompeii is applied to way too many sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39565764

On the history of maize:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37999506

Review of Roper, *Martin Luther*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/books/review/martin-luther-renegade-and-prophet-lyndal-roper.html?_r=0

… and assorted Reformation stories:

http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/500-years-of-the-reformation/s-30092
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Veronese in Murano:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/arts/design/italian-art-make-american-debut-at-the-frick.html

Native American Art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/arts/design/native-american-treasures-head-to-the-met-this-time-as-american-art.html

Roman Cavalry:

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/special-hadrian-s-cavalry-exhibition-launched-at-arbeia-roman-fort-in-south-shields-1-8484828
http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/new-exhibition-looks-at-legacy-of-roman-empire-s-cavalry-1-8492432

Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/04/10/pompeii-exhibit-narrates-cultures_8b2e4c68-0ed8-40b4-bba4-79563dc2f980.html

Egyptian Mummies:

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2086753/egyptian-mummies-british-museum-go-display-hong

Age of Empires:

http://www.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2016/age-of-empires

Botticelli:

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/botticelli-masterpieces-make-us-debut-at-bostons-museum-of-fine-arts,504290
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2017/04/14/botticelli-mfa/

Ancient Iran:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-iran-became-a-cradle-of-civilization/a-38414704
http://www.dw.com/en/iran-a-cradle-of-civilization/g-38413585

Feature on the Elling Eide Center:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/08/us/elling-eide-library-sarasota-florida-chinese-literature.html

The Israel Museum is looking for a director:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/arts/design/israel-museum-director-eran-neuman.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

The Museum of the American Revolution will open soon:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/museum-of-the-american-revolution-opens-in-philadelphia/2017/04/14/1a332b2a-1af0-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Scanning an Egyptian cat mummy:

http://www.livescience.com/58629-3d-scans-reveal-inside-egyptian-cat-mummy.html
http://www.livescience.com/58618-peer-inside-a-2-000-year-old-egyptian-cat-mummy-video.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/04/13/mummified-cat-rebuilt-with-3d-technology_e095d773-ed02-46c6-928d-7b14cbc99a63.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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[sorry … I missed this section last week; or a large portion of it]

On the DNA heritage of Sardinia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-archaeogenetic-ancestral-sardinians.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uoh-afu040617.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/unlocking-the-ancestral-origins-of-sardinians

DNA helps mark the route taken by the migration of farmers into Europe some 8000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dna-true-migration-route-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uoh-ndr040617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170406102603.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5488-170414-europe-farming-migration

There’s 10 000 years of genetic continuity in north west North America, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-reveals-years-genetic-northwest-north.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170404160034.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uoia-sr1040417.php
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170402/archaeology-dna-research-helps-understand-how-americas-were-first-populated
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5431-170405-north-america-dna
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/10000-years-of-genetic-continuity-in-northwest-north-america

On where tall guys’ DNA seems to come from:

http://www.livescience.com/58671-tallest-men-trace-to-paleolithic-mammoth-hunters.html

… and of course this is the time of year we hear about the search for Jesus’ DNA:

http://theconversation.com/can-we-ever-find-jesuss-dna-i-met-the-scientists-who-are-trying-to-find-out-72296
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Evidence of ancient climate beneath the Dead Sea:

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/under-dead-sea-warnings-dire-drought
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/teia-utd032217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dead-sea-dire-drought.html
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.780607

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Prehistoric Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170410-why-i-lived-like-a-prehistoric-briton

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CRIME BEAT
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Guilty plea in an illegal excavation in the Ozarks St Francis National Forest:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/apr/13/plea-guilty-in-prehistoric-shelters-dig-1/
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arkansas/articles/2017-04-13/arkansas-man-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-excavation
http://www.timesunion.com/news/crime/article/Arkansas-man-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-excavation-11072032.php
http://www.couriernews.com/view/full_story/27398787/article-Arkansas-man-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-excavation

FBI article on forged provenance:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/forging-papers-to-sell-fake-art

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/04/culture-crime-news-3-9-april-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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NUMISMATICA
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A Roman silver coin from Hadleigh is not treasure:

http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/court-rules-silver-roman-coin-found-near-hadleigh-is-not-treasure-1-7909010
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/salisbury/salisburynews/15219923.Detectorist_wins_treasure_battle_with_museum_over_ancient_coin/

Gold coins from Groningen:

https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/gold-coins-discovery-in-dutch-groningen-province/

Some 13th century pennies from a farmer’s field:

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15220383.Metal_detectorist_finds_13th_Century_treasure_in_Lancashire_farmer___s_field/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n15.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n16.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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Catherine Parr’s music:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39598372

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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/2592-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-april-2017-8-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Ronald G Witt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/books/ronald-g-witt-who-gave-the-renaissance-a-new-birthdate-dies-at-84.html

Lorraine Pearce:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/us/lorraine-waxman-pearce-dead-white-house-curator-for-kennedy.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

Louis Feldman:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/in-memoriam-dr-louis-feldman/
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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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.49-50 ~ April 9, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Kris Curry, David Critchley,
Rick Heli, David Emery, ‘muddy102’, Magnus Fiskejo,
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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Interesting Neanderthal-associated decorated raven bone from the Crimea:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/p-adr032317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-raven-bone-crimea-insight-neanderthal.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2126292-neanderthal-artist-revealed-in-a-finely-carved-raven-bone/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/neandertals-had-eye-patterns?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5413-170329-neanderthal-raven-bone
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/decorated-raven-bone-may-provide-insight-into-neanderthal-cognition

Latest theory on how Otzi died:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/who-killed-otzi-italys-ancient-iceman-and-oldest-mummy-researchers-think-it-was-personal
http://www.theage.com.au/world/clues-in-a-very-cold-case-shed-light-on-how-otzi-the-iceman-died-20170328-gv8842.html
http://www.smh.com.au/world/clues-in-a-very-cold-case-shed-light-on-how-otzi-the-iceman-died-20170328-gv8842

Not sure where to put this one … on the effects of adopting the bow for hunting:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/04/06/522562042/adoption-of-bow-use-in-ancient-hunting-may-have-set-off-societal-changes
http://nhpr.org/post/adoption-bow-use-ancient-hunting-may-have-set-societal-changes

What Claudine Gravel-Miguel is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20170407-discoveries-love-and-death-paleolithic-asu-archaeology-student
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AFRICA
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More on those Neolithic petroglyphs near Aswan:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170322094906.htm
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 3800 years bp tomb of an Egyptian nobleman (and others) found near Aswan:

http://www.livescience.com/58424-mummy-ancient-egyptian-nobleman-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5404-170327-egypt-shemai-coffin

… not sure if this is part of the above-mentioned discovery:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/03/29/3800-year-old-untouched-tomb-of-ancient-egyptian-woman-found

A 3700 years bp pyramid was found:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/262156/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Remains-of-th-Dynasty-pyramid-discovered-in-Dahshu.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/04/03/egypt-discovers-remains-of-13th-dynasty-pyramid-in-dahshur-necropolis/
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-pyramid-egypt.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-3700-year-old-egyptian-pyramid
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39484988
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/egyptian-pyramid-3700-years-archaeologists-king-sneferu-mahmoud-afifi-excavation-a7666321.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/new-pyramid-discovered-in-egypt/2017/04/03/2d2088b0-10d5-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-pyramid-discovered-egypt-excavation-dashur-royal-necropolis/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/37126/20170407/look-archaeologists-discover-remains-of-3-700-year-old-pyramid-in-egypt.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-pyramid-discovered-egypt-180962813/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5421-170403-egypt-dahshur-pyramid
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/04/03/actualidad/1491244140_289594.html

… and later identified as belonging to Ameny Qemau:

http://www.livescience.com/58531-second-pyramid-pharaoh-ameny-qemau-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5429-170405-egypt-dahshur-pyramid

Egypt has set up an on site lab to restore Khufu’s second solar boat:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-lab-egypt-pyramids-pharaonic-boat.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/30/c_136168880.htm

… and they excavated a ‘plank’::

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUSKBN1702KE?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/egypt-unearths-part-of-ancient-boat/news-story/f9c997e67889b114fa9aaa6c7de66836
http://www.smh.com.au/world/plank-from-ancient-boat-made-for-cheops-found-near-great-pyramid-at-giza-20170329-gv9jjr.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/91032172/Plank-from-boat-made-for-Cheops-found-near-Great-Pyramid-at-Giza
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-unearths-part-ancient-king-khufus-boat-172026136.html

The 4th century imperial bathing complex at Alexandria was inaugurated:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/262047/Heritage/GrecoRoman/th-century-imperial-bath-complex-inaugurated-in-Eg.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/04/02/4th-century-imperial-bathing-complex-exhibited-in-alexandria/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/photos-4th-century-imperial-bathing-complex-inaugurated-alexandria

I think we mentioned this find of a possible statue of Tiye:

http://www.livescience.com/58401-statue-of-king-tut-grandmother-possibly-discovered.html

Suggestion that Egypt should get into the sale of antiquities business:

http://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/patrick-werr-selling-precious-artefacts-could-top-up-egypts-coffers

Reflecting on that colossal statue find a few weeks ago:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/03/egypt-discovery-pharaonic-statute-archaeology-microscope.html

What Zahi Hawass is up to:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/262533/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Famed-Egyptologist-Zahi-Hawass-appointed-IFPSD-Cul.aspx

Plans to develop four archaeological palaces:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-ministry-develop-4-archaeological-palaces

What skeletal evidence tells us about warfare in Mesopotamia:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-craniums-tell-new-story-violence-bloody-warfare-mesopotamia-1615241

Anatolia’s oldest (so far) olive press comes from Antalya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/anatolias-oldest-known-olive-oil-press-found-in-antalya.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111466&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/04/02/anatolias-oldest-olive-oil-press-found-in-southern-turkeys-antalya

Looking at the evidence for Humayama:

http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2017/04/07/canadian-scholar-examines-nabataean-colony-of-humayma/

They’re still not sure about those settlement remains found in Iran’s Kerman province a few weeks ago:

https://financialtribune.com/articles/people-travel/61928/uncertainty-over-antiquity-of-newly-uncovered-town
http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/412450/Archaeologists-dispatched-to-newly-unearthed-site-in-southeast

Plundering concerns for sites in Jiroft:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/102136/Official-Says-Ancient-Relics-Plundered-in-Jiroft

An Assyrian tomb with remains of ten people found in Iraq:

http://www.livescience.com/58433-ancient-assyrian-tomb-discovered-in-iraq.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-assyrian-tomb-10-skeletons-114900432.html

Latest ‘clue’ (apparently) for the location of King Solomon’s mines:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/king-solomon-mines-bible-timna-dung/

Students are helping to dig at Ramat Beit Shemesh:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/227331
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Jerusalem-students-uncover-nearly-2000-year-old-relics-from-Bar-Kokhba-revolt-485324
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4941276,00.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/ancient-egyptian-tomb-3800-year-old-mummy-qubbet-el-hawa-aswan-egypt-spanish-archaeological-mission-a7656676.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/11209/20170328/archaeologists-unearthed-3-800-year-old-tomb-of-an-ancient-egyptian-woman-in-intact-position.htm
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/600601/Egypt-Mummy-Tomb-Ancient-Pyramids-Nile-Aswan-Aswan-Pharaohs-Sarenput-II-Shemai-Dynasty

There were funding concerns for the Temple Mount sifting project:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/innovative-temple-mount-sifting-project-facing-termination-over-funding/2017/04/03/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/sifting-for-temple-mount-artifacts-halts-as-city-of-david-funding-dries-up/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/227703
http://forward.com/fast-forward/368027/temple-mount-archeological-project-stalls-after-right-wing-group-cuts-fundi/
https://templemount.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/is-this-the-end-of-the-sifting-project/

… and a crowdfunding effort was raised:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Temple-Mount-Sifting-Project-launches-crowdfunding-campaign-after-losing-funding-486045

… and then we hear that funding has been approved:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-intervenes-to-save-temple-mount-sifting-project/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/227807

Meanwhile, the project found a piece of a Second Temple column capital:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=41549

… and a finger from a possibly Egyptian statue:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/part-of-egyptian-statue-may-have-been-discovered-by-temple-mount-sifters/2017/04/09/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/227944

28 unpublished fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls have been sold in the US:

http://www.livescience.com/58507-new-dead-sea-scrolls-sold-in-us.html

… and a companion piece:

http://www.livescience.com/58505-how-to-study-dead-sea-scrolls.html

A dig in East Jerusalem forced 25 families from their homes:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.782441

On Palestine’s efforts to curb antiquities theft:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/palestine-antiquities-theft-smuggling-recover.html

A confrontation between guards and an Israeli archaeologist at the Al Aqsa Mosque:

http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776157
http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/israel-arrests-7-guards-of-al-aqsa-mosque-official/781157

I think we’ve mentioned the Lithodomos VR app for Jerusalem:

http://www.livescience.com/58566-ancient-jerusalem-reconstructed-in-virtual-reality-app.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/virtual-reality-app-recreates-jerusalem-during-second-temple/

More on fears of collapse at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/shrine-over-jesus-tomb-danger-190500851.html

More on that Crusader shipwreck from Acre:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crusader-shipwreck-siege-acre-discovered-180962597/

Work has begun on the restoration of the Topkapi Palace:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/biggest-restoration-in-history-of-topkapi-palace-underway.aspx?pageID=238&nID=111757&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the destruction in the Mosul Museum:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39470521

This seems like the place to put some vintage pictures of Syrian sites:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/syria-aleppo-national-geographic-archive/

Using satellite imagery to document damage to sites:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-professor-satellites-iraq-syria.html
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-ucf-syria-satellite-20170323-story.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Collecting DNA from some Late Minoan tombs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-late-minoan-tombs-early-european.html

Metro construction in Rome may have revealed a section of the Aqua Appia:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170406/metro-workers-have-accidentally-discovered-romes-oldest-aqueduct
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/06/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-rome-aqueduct
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5434-170406-rome-oldest-aqueduct

Plenty of Roman finds from a site in the Netherlands:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/03/rich-roman-haul-surprises-dutch-archaeologists/

Remains of a village which are being linked with Cartimandua in Yorkshire:

http://www.livescience.com/58587-roman-settlement-discovered-beneath-england-road.html
http://www.livescience.com/58581-photos-roman-settlement-discovered-in-yorkshire.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rich-roman-settlement-discovered-under-britains-longest-road/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/royal-sex-scandal-roman-empire-yorkshire-discovery-a7671171.html
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15211293.You_might_complain_about_the_roadworks_on_the_A1__but_just_look_at_what_has_been_uncovered/
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15211293.Fascinating_finds_during_A1_roadworks_shed_new_light_on_Roman_expansion_into_Northern_England/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5436-170407-roman-england-ring
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/discoveries-point-to-roman-wealth-creation-in-northern-england

A Roman villa from Cholsey:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15186736.Roman_villa_found_at_development_site_in_Cholsey/
http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/15186736.Roman_villa_found_at_development_site_in_Cholsey/
http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15197431.Housing_developers_stumble_on_Roman_villa/

Latest Roman finds from Verulamium:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-39502557

Major mosaics found at what was likely ancient Ucetia:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/stunning-mosaics-shed-light-enigmatic-past-roman-city-southern-france-1614314
http://www.livescience.com/58567-roman-mosaics-in-lost-city.html
http://www.livescience.com/58565-photos-lost-roman-mosaics-of-southern-france.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/elaborate-mosaics-unearthed-apos-lost-135500947.html
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/601540/lost-city-secret-ancient-roman-mosaics-Ucetia-france-video
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/786296/Ancient-Roman-city-Ucetia-discovered-France-archaeologists
http://www.sciencealert.com/these-mysterious-mosaics-reveal-the-existence-of-a-long-lost-roman-city-called-ucetia
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/science/lost-ancient-roman-town-dating-back-2000-years-discovered-beneath-construction-site/news-story/2177ccfd380c3f6ed93627fb7c5d34ff
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/37035/20170404/lost-ancient-city-of-ucetia-finally-found-with-iconic-roman-mosaics.htm

Roman era walls from a construction site in Varna:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/03/31/archaeology-roman-era-building-walls-found-in-construction-site-in-bulgarias-varna/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5418-170331-bulgaria-roman-walls

Three Roman sarcophagi from near Izmit:

http://www.dailysabah.com/life/2017/04/03/construction-workers-find-3-ancient-roman-era-tombs-in-turkeys-izmit-province
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5424-170403-turkey-marmara-sarcophagi

A followup to that Kybele sculpture threatened by quarrying activities:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/court-bans-rock-quarry-near-kybele-sculpture.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111373&NewsCatID=375

A tomb on Paphos supposedly connected to one of the Ptolemies:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/03/29/paphos-tomb-probably-belonged-ptolemy-prince/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/29/c_136168703.htm

… or maybe not:

http://in-cyprus.com/tomb-of-the-kings-discovery-sparks-row-video/
http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/03/30/antiquities-director-warns-jumping-conclusions-ptolemy-claim/

Related:

http://in-cyprus.com/discovery-sparks-renewed-interest-in-tombs-of-the-kings/

Remains of ‘concession stands’ found near the arena at Carnuntum:

http://www.livescience.com/58521-ancient-shops-found-at-roman-gladiator-arena.html
http://www.livescience.com/58524-photos-ancient-roman-gladiator-arena-carnuntum.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-roman-gladiator-arena-concession-stand-shops-found/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5427-170404-austria-carnuntum-shops
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/new-gladiatorial-games-discoveries-in-roman-carnuntum

The search is on for one of Caligula’s ships beneath Lake Nemi:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/03/italy-hunts-emperor-caligulas-long-lost-third-pleasure-ship/
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/from-the-depths-of-depravity-caligula-s-party-boat-to-be-raised-after-2-000-years-fjgdkw3jk
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4378258/Divers-begin-search-Emperor-Caligula-s-party-boat.html
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/04/divers_search_lake_for_roman_e.html
https://www.thesun.co.uk/uncategorized/3253724/wreck-of-roman-emperor-caligulas-luxury-cruise-ship-where-he-hosted-wild-orgies-to-be-pulled-from-the-seabed/
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2017/04/06/Roman-Emperor-Caligula-pleasure-ship/stories/201704060226
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/04/04/divers-to-scour-lake-for-emperor-caligulas-2000-year-old-pleasure-ship/

Roman finds from Dorchester:

https://www.viewnews.co.uk/dig-bowling-green-adds-dorchesters-roman-history/

Roman burials (and other finds?) from a school development site in Norton:

http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/15210770._Once_in_a_lifetime__find_by_archaeologists_at_school_site/
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15210770._Once_in_a_lifetime__find_by_archaeologists_at_school_site/

On what the Roman navy was doing when Vesuvius erupted:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/untold-tale-of-roman-navys-daring-bid-to-save-the-people-of-pompeii-20170328-gv81hy.html

Journalists jumping to conclusions in the wake of new dna identifcation of the sex of a some Pompeii casts:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/04/06/pompeii-cast-shows-male-lovers-3_a107e138-e6f4-4507-93ce-00958b377a50.html
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3286273/famous-two-maidens-of-pompeii-found-locked-in-embrace-are-men-and-could-have-been-gay-lovers/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/07/embracing-figures-pompeii-could-have-gay-lovers-scan-reveals/

… cf:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/04/08/is-that-skeleton-gay-the-problem-with-projecting-modern-ideas-onto-the-past/

On rabbinic tales of Roman origins:

http://asorblog.org/2017/04/03/rabbinic-tales-roman-origins/

Overviewish thing on the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/how-the-parthenon-lost-its-marbles.aspx

In case you missed the Hercules sarcophagus about to be returned to Turkey:

http://www.dailysabah.com/duplicate/2017/03/27/sarcophagus-of-heracles-to-be-returned-to-turkey
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-smuggled-sarcophagus-coming-home-to-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=111255&NewsCatID=375

On Latin tattoos:

https://life.spectator.co.uk/2017/03/ive-written-last-latin-tattoo/

On using Latin to analyze other languages:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170327083256.htm

Marking the 2500th anniversary of ‘fake news’:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-2-500th-birthday-for-the-father-of-historyand-fake-news-1490884822

What Hunter Rawlings is up to:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/03/hunter-and-elizabeth-rawlings-feted-greek-themed-dinner

What Dan el Padilla Peralta is up to:

http://hub.jhu.edu/2017/03/30/dan-el-padilla-peralta-undocumented-immigrant/

What Robin Flemin is up to:

http://www.theslateonline.com/article/2017/04/lecture-explains-romes-effect-on-british-culture

What Elizabeth Wilcox is up to:

http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2017/04/04/austin-peay-state-university-latingeology-student-elizabeth-wilcox-headed-europe-roman-site-excavation/

What Pramit Chaudhuri is up to:

https://news.utexas.edu/2017/04/05/mapping-the-evolution-of-literature-using-science-techniques

Honours for Carla Ionescu:

http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/7210521-trent-university-recognizes-outstanding-teacher-from-durham-campus/

In case you missed the Cambridge Latin graffiti incident:

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/curious-incident-cambridge-latin-graffiti/

Christie’s guide to collecting Greek vases:

http://www.christies.com/features/Greek-Vases-A-collecting-guide-8178-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

More on that Salamis naval base:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naval-base-used-legendary-battle-salamis-found-180962666/
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Evidence of 13 000 years bp ‘tooth fillings’ from Italy:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2127300-oldest-tooth-filling-was-made-by-an-ice-age-dentist-in-italy/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/07/Worlds-oldest-dental-fillings-found-in-Italy/7301491595712/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-age-hunter-gatherers-tackled-their-cavities-sharp-tool-and-tar

From the Yamnaya to the Corded Ware culture (not quite sure where to put this one):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/fos–smt040217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-steppe-migrant-thugs-pacified-stone.html
http://www.livescience.com/58555-corded-ware-culture-arose-from-intermarriages.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/understanding-how-the-corded-ware-culture-was-formed-in-europe

A study of prehistoric Alpine farming:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-prehistoric-alpine-farming-bernese-oberland.html

Bronze Age remains from Chichester:

http://www.bognor.co.uk/news/bronze-age-settlement-discovered-in-chichester-1-7905551

A Bronze Age house from Slovakia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5437-170407-slovakia-bronze-age

An Iron Age chariot – and – horses burial from Pocklington:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-39431371
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/iron-age-chariot-horse-yorkshire-archaeology-significant-find-half-a-century-buried-together-a7659091.html
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15193688.Iron_Age_chariot_burial/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5410-170329-england-chariot-burial

A 1000 years bp Viking toy boat from Norway:

http://www.livescience.com/58456-1000-year-old-toy-viking-boat.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/1000-year-old-toy-viking-boat-unearthed/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-000-old-toy-viking-154000394.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5412-170329-norway-toy-boat

A medieval building from Limassol:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/03/27/limassol-roadworks-uncover-mediaeval-building/

Not sure if this will still come up … 800 medieval burials from an Irish hillfort site:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/800-medieval-bodies-found-during-hillfort-dig-446670.html

Remains of a ‘coffin birth’ from a plague-era burial:

http://www.seeker.com/coffin-birth-found-in-black-death-burial-2333620306.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5411-170329-italy-coffin-birth

More on that medieval Jewish cemetery find in Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/world/europe/rome-skeletons-jewish-cemetery.html
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865676678/Jewish-graves-unearthed-in-Rome-testify-to-community7s-persecution.html?pg=all
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/227785
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5405-170327-rome-jewish-cemetery

On how medieval types dealt with their fear of ‘revenant corpses’ (or zombies):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uos-nae040317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-archaeological-evidence-efforts-resist-dead.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170403123341.htm
http://www.livescience.com/58545-mutilated-zombie-corpses-in-england.html
http://www.livescience.com/58543-photos-zombie-burials.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/walking-dead-medieval-villagers-zombie-proofed-their-corpses/
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/medieval-villagers-hacked-their-dead-to-pieces-in-fear-of-zombie-apocalypse
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-39477005
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/03/medieval-villagers-mutilated-the-dead-to-stop-them-rising-study-finds
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/archaeology-scientists-find-medieval-remains-english-vampires-yorkshire-wharram-percy-a7663121.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5422-170403-england-medieval-bones
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/04/03/actualidad/1491233946_988401.html

A medieval mason mark from Hyde Abbey:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15190491.Medieval_mark_found_at_Hyde_Abbey/
http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news/regional/winchester/15190491.Medieval_mark_found_at_Hyde_Abbey/

Not sure what era these burials from Serdica are:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/800-medieval-bodies-found-during-hillfort-dig-446670.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5430-170405-bulgaria-serdica-burials

A major restoration project at Reading Abbey:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-39429380

Restoration of a 15th century Maronite Church:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/04/08/15th-century-maronite-church-repaired-returned/

Ongoing criticism of the Stonehenge tunnel project:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15210865.Ex_mayor_says_Stonehenge_tunnel_will__destroy_Britain_s_history_/
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15210878.Councillor_slams_A303_bypass_plan_as__total_disaster_/

A day in the life of a Neolithic woman:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/panorama/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-neolithic-woman

More on the identification of the Fame shipwreck:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-39353551
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25 000 years bp (more or less) ‘bling’ from Sulawesi:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/gu-rup040317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-uncover-prehistoric-art-ornaments-indonesian.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170403151157.htm
http://www.livescience.com/58516-ice-age-art-jewelry-found-indonesian-cave.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/04/ice-age-art-in-indonesia-reveals-how-spiritual-life-evolved-en-route-to-australia
http://www.theage.com.au/world/prehistoric-jewellery-found-in-indonesian-cave-challenges-view-early-humans-less-advanced-20170405-gvecxi.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5425-170404-indonesia-ice-age-art
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/prehistoric-art-and-ornaments-from-indonesian-ice-age-uncovered
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-found-indonesian-cave-show-complex-ice-age-culture-180962787/

3000 years bp cavern burials from Viet Nam:

http://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnamese-archaeologists-unearth-3-000-year-old-cemetery-hidden-in-a-cavern-3563777.html

13 tombs (1800 to 2700 years bp) from Tibet:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/05/c_136184618.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-04/06/content_28818786.htm

Latest finds from Paryzdepe:

http://akipress.com/news%3A590864/

19th century artifacts from a Christchurch construction site:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/91238578/Bears-Grease-among-early-19th-century-artefacts-found-at-Christchurch-convention-centre-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5432-170406-new-zealand-artifacts

I think we mentioned this capstone from Hyderabad:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/11025/20170326/scientists-found-40-tons-of-capstone-from-south-india-largest-capstone-ever-found.htm
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/capstone-in-humanoid-shape-found-at-narmeta/article17740568.ece

Samurai fashion:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/26/arts/samurai-fashion/index.html

Aborigines were aware of dinosaur footprints:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39405167
http://www.dw.com/en/australia-confirms-its-own-jurassic-park-with-huge-dinosaur-footprints/a-38149275

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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14 000 years bp site on Triquet Island (British Columbia):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/archeological-find-affirms-heiltsuk-nation-s-oral-history-1.4046088?cmp=rss
http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-bones-reveal-girl-s-tough-life-in-early-americas-1.21753
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-bones-reveal-girl-rsquo-s-tough-life-in-early-americas/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/14000-village-discovered-triquet-island-british-columbia-canada-oldest-settlment-north-america-a7673726.html
http://www.newser.com/story/241016/ancient-village-in-canada-older-than-rome-pyramids.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-oldest-north-american-settlements-found-180962750/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5416-170330-canada-first-americans

A pre-Clovis site in Florida:

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

On fluting in Clovis weaponry:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/ksu-ksa040417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-archaeologist-fluting-ancient-stone-weaponry.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5438-170407-clovis-points-fluting
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2017/why-clovis-added-a-flute-feature-to-their-stone-weaponry

A 1500 years bp pit house from the Fraser Canyon:

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/archaeology-study-reveals-unique-glimpse-into-bridge-river-aboriginals-spanning-1500-years

More on Calusa artifacts from a southwest Florida midden:

http://www.winknews.com/2017/03/26/sifting-through-history-calusa-artifacts-found-in-southwest-fla/
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/11038/20170326/archaeologists-found-rare-calusa-artifacts-in-florida-midden.htm

Cannonballs from a Pittsburgh site:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5407-170328-pittsburgh-allegheny-arsenal

Pondering an 18th century Virginia shipwreck:

http://wtop.com/alexandria/2017/04/uncovering-mystery-behind-alexandria-waterfronts-18th-century-ship/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5423-170403-virginia-colonial-ship

On a collection of Navajo pottery:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5111734-155/fate-of-pottery-collection-is-a?fullpage=1

Investigating James Madison’s slave history:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/28/521804754/a-woman-reconnects-with-her-ancestors-slave-past-at-james-madison-s-estate

Another reburial for James Polk?:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39157523

A Harriet Tubman photo:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/rare_harriet_tubman_photo_going_to_the_smithsonian_library_of_congress.html
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/31/rare-harriet-tubman-photo-garners-161k-auction/99893566/

Feature on the first folks to populate the Americas:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170328-the-first-people-who-populated-the-americas
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a royal palace at Oaxaca/El Palenque:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ancient-palace-complex-mexican-valley.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-unearthing-secrets-aztecs.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/palace-remains-mexico-point-ancient-rise-centralized-power
http://nypost.com/2017/03/29/2300-year-old-palace-had-a-room-just-for-killing-people/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/palace-remains-mexico-point-ancient-rise-centralized-power?tgt=nr
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/palace-remains-mexico-point-ancient-rise-centralized-power
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/mysterious-palace-dating-back-2300-years-discovered-in-mexico/news-story/6db99aad5249c04a1a644f671c35fbe7?from=rss-basic
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/giant-ancient-palace-unearthed-mexico-was-rulers-home-seat-government-1613944
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/03/21/1701336114
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5417-170330-el-palenque-palace
http://verne.elpais.com/verne/2017/04/06/mexico/1491435975_945457.html

Cf: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/22/science/la-sci-sn-oaxaca-mexico-temple-20130422

Latest on Naia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-early-americas-girl-naia-young.html
http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-bones-reveal-girl-s-tough-life-in-early-americas-1.21753
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5419-170331-mexico-naia-bones

Flood concerns for some Peruvian sites:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-floods-idUSKBN1700E6?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

More on climate change and the Maya:

http://www.livescience.com/58515-climate-change-incited-mayan-wars.html
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Another university building renaming row, this time in Australia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-39376013

On Beauty and the Beast:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/26/515434292/tale-as-old-as-time-the-dark-appeal-of-beauty-and-the-beast?sc=17&f=1008

Plenty of press attention for a study of cannibalism in various periods:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-stone-age-cannibals-worth-hassle.html
http://www.livescience.com/58574-early-humans-cannibalism-not-for-nutrition.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/human-cannibalism-nutrition-archaeology-science/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/science/cannibalism-human-body-calories.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/prehistoric-human-bones-show-signs-of-cannibalism/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/04/05/how-nutritious-is-human-flesh/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/06/522880018/what-s-the-dietary-value-of-a-human
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-cannibals-did-not-eat-humans-nutrition-study-says-180962823/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5433-170406-cannibalism-nutritional-value

Review of Eric Cline, *Three Stones Make a Wall*:

http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/book-reviews/buildings-with-a-storied-past-eric-h-clines-love-of-archaeology-is-infectious

OpEd on the role of scholars in art sales:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/arts/design/expert-opinion-or-elaborate-ruse-scrutiny-for-scholars-role-in-art-sales.html

Humans have been dealing with mice for quite a while:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ancient-mice-teeth-villages-ecological.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/wuis-mit032317.php
http://www.timesofisrael.com/study-in-israel-finds-mouse-has-been-in-the-house-for-15000-years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39383041
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2125939-mice-lived-with-us-15000-years-ago-even-before-farming-took-off/#038;%23038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/house-mouse-oldest-domesticated-animal-rivals-dogs-15000-years-jordan-valley-hunter-gatherers-a7652911.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/28/mice-have-been-infesting-homes-ever-since-humans-started-building-them/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0329/Mice-to-men-everywhere-you-go-we-ll-follow
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/15000-years-ago-mice-occupied-hunter-gatherer-homes
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5406-170327-mouse-human-settlements

On language origins:

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/half-of-all-languages-come-from-one-root-language-how-it-spread-is-something-of-debate

On Emmanuel Kant:

http://www.dw.com/en/picky-warmth-loving-beer-hater-who-was-immanuel-kant/a-38086096

On ‘humble pie’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170322-how-a-pocket-sized-snack-changed-the-english-language

On the history of priestly celibacy:

http://www.livescience.com/58420-how-celibacy-became-mandatory-for-priests.html

Interesting collection of ‘women’s suffrage letters’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/arts/womens-suffrage-collection-susan-b-anthony.html

Haven’t heard about the Voynich Manuscript in a while:

https://soundcloud.com/yaleuniversity/decoding-the-voynich-manuscript

I think we mentioned these shipwreck emeralds coming to auction:

https://apnews.com/55eb6f663e954c6596c82e610079c3e1

That vandalized Gainsborough is back on display:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/arts/design/national-gallery-london-gainsborough.html

… as is a restored Leonardo:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/03/27/leonardo-masterpiece-back-on-display-following-restoration/

On the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/w-rbo040317.php

Why Gibraltar is British:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39484942

In defense of art history:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/04/04/questioning-assumptions-about-value-art-history-essay

Latest theory about ‘secret’ body bits hidden in Michelangelo art:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-michelangelo-medici-chapel-hidden-female.html

On Zoroastrianism:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170406-this-obscure-religion-shaped-the-west

On the origins of the pinata:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170331-the-mysterious-origins-of-the-piata

The legacy of Les Miserables:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/books/review/novel-of-the-century-les-miserables-david-bellos.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

A ‘Shakespearean notepad’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-39452558
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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A World of Emotions:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/arts/design/review-a-world-of-emotions-in-greek-art-unmasks-the-stony-faces.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://brooklynrail.org/2017/04/artseen/A-World-of-Emotions-Ancient-Greece-700-BC-200-AD

Mummies:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/arts/design/mummies-exhibition-american-museum-of-natural-history.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

Qin and Han dynasty art:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-03/28/content_28713243.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2017-03/29/c_136165933.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/arts/design/review-age-of-empires-chinese-art-the-met-museum.html
http://www.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2016/age-of-empires

Chimera of Arezzo:

http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2017/03/chimera-di-arezzo-returns-palazzo-vecchio/

Pompeii:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-sydney/ruins-from-the-ancient-city-of-pompeii-form-part-of-australian-national-maritime-museum-exhibition/news-story/a9039688d67a7a44991849363639c56c

Roman Cavalry:

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017-04-08/roman-cavalry-exhibition-opens-across-hadrians-wall/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39538303

Cranach the Elder:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-warhol-of-the-renaissance-lucas-cranach-the-elder/g-38287797

Constable:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/apr/06/constable-in-brighton-exhibition-for-the-master

Pre Roman antiquities at the Bardo:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/04/07/bardo-museum-in-tunis-to-host-uffizi-pre-roman-antiquities_cc3df4dd-48d0-419c-a88c-af7be3851700.html

Greek vases:

http://newsok.com/worcester-museum-opens-ancient-greek-vase-exhibit/article/feed/1196190
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/24441-new-light-on-ancient-greek-vase-painting-at-worcester-art-museum.html

Caesarius of Arles:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2017/04/from-march-24th-until-june-25th-vatican.html#.WOpqr461tn4

Queer British Art:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170405-the-victorian-view-of-same-sex-desire

Early American landscape photography:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2017/03/31/the-radical-transformation-of-19th-century-america-through-the-lens-of-landscape-photographers/

Feature on the Museum of the American Revolution:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/nation-now/2017/03/29/inside-new-museum-american-revolution/99767274/

Funding for the Corinium Museum:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15194751.Corinium_Museum_receives___676_900_from_Heritage_Lottery_Fund_to_support___1_3m_archaeology_exhibition/

The Toledo MoA is selling off some items:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2017/04/05/Toledo-Museum-of-Art-selling-off-over-140-pieces.html

The Jorvik Viking Centre is reopening:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/apr/06/yorks-viking-centre-to-reopen-christmas-flood-jorvik
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15207792.UPDATED__Join_us_on_a_journey_to_the_new_Jorvik/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is of a 13000 years bp Tham Lod woman:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5428-170405-tham-lod-woman

Dating rock art in South Africa:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5435-170406-rock-art-dated

Still getting coverage of that medieval ‘poor man’ facial reconstruction:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-reconstruction-medieval-man-sheds-light-englands-ordinary-poor-180962634/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-reconstruct-face-medieval-man-144000971.html
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/03/29/meet-a-700-year-old-man-orig-tc.cnn

CAT scanning cat mummies and other things:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-mummified-cat-scannew-technologies-ancient.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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10 000 years of genetic continuity in North America:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-reveals-years-genetic-northwest-north.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mekong Delta:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/travel/laos-mekong-river-khmer-temple.html

Historical cafes:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-cafes-history-buffs-180962692/

Armenia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170330-the-worlds-first-christian-country

Cyprus:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/06/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-cyprus.html

Sanhedrin Trail:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/227853
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4946158,00.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/presenting-first-interactive-hiking-trail-since-sanhedrin-left-hall-of-hewn-stones/2017/04/06/

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/03/culture-crime-news-20-26-march-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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A different kind of ‘musical’ repatriation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/arts/finally-returning-bernsteins-overdue-mahler.html

A stolen Rockwell has been returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/nyregion/norman-rockwell-stolen-painting.html

Germany returned some items to Greece:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/04/01/stolen-antiquities-returned-from-munich-arrive-at-national-archaeological-museum-in-athens/

More on the return of that sarcophagus to Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-smuggled-sarcophagus-coming-home-to-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=111255&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5408-170328-turkey-sarcophagus-repatriation
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/roman-empire-era-coffin-set-to-go-home-to-turkey-lawyers-say/
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/art-dealer-accepts-prized-coffins-return-to-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111398&NewsCatID=375
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the history of money:

http://british.museumblog.org/change-is-good-a-history-of-money/

A Roman provincial dupondius:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profiles-roman-provincial-bronze-dupondius-augustus-agrippa-crocodile/

Big bucks for a gold stater:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/gold-stater-brings-18500-sale

Some Greek gods on coins:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/03/ancient-gods-abound-on-greek-coinage.all.html

Three weeks’ worth of e-Syla:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n13.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n14.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n15.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/2579-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-march-2017-25-march-2017
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2581-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-march-2017-1-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Christina Vella:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/books/christine-vella-dead-author-of-intimate-enemies.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Paul Novograd:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/nyregion/paul-novograd-dead-ran-claremont-riding-academy-in-manhattan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

William Kelly:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=william-simpson&pid=184769730

David French:

http://biaa.ac.uk/news/item/name/condolences-message

Louis Feldman:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/in-memoriam-dr-louis-feldman/
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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 19.47-48 ~ March 26, 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, 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).

Apologies for being much later than usual … firefox’s latest update
didn’t get along well with my Mac this morning.
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 400 000 years bp cranium from Portugal:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-year-old-fossil-human-cranium-oldest.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/bu-4fh031017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170313192729.htm
http://www.livescience.com/58256-hominin-skull-is-likely-neanderthal-relative.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthal-fossil-discovered-portugal-archaeologists-a7642306.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0314/400-000-year-old-skull-fragment-holds-clues-to-ancient-unified-humanity
http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/archaeologists-unearth-400000-year-old-skull-fossil-in-central-portugal/41394
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/36407/20170315/40000-year-old-cranium-portugal-blurs-line-evolution.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/400000-year-old-fossil-hominin-cranium-discovered-in-portugal
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5377-170314-portugal-aroeira-skull

Neanderthals in the Po Valley apparently had to deal with leopards:

http://www.livescience.com/58259-leopards-might-have-walked-alongside-neanderthals.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5378-170315-italy-po-plain-leopard

… but they had ‘penicillin’ and painkillers:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2123669-neanderthals-may-have-medicated-with-penicillin-and-painkillers/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/08/ciencia/1488991377_990681.html

The hominid skull apparently changed along with the change to bipedalism:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-human-skull-evolved-two-legged.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170317131200.htm

We mentioned these 105 000 years bp skulls from China:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-skulls-china-scientists-media.html
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AFRICA
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Neolithic petroglyphs near Aswan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-egyptian-ritual-images-neolithic-period.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uob-eri032217.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170322094906.htm
http://www.livescience.com/58394-ancient-egyptian-rock-carvings-discovered.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/rock-art-from-the-4th-millennium-bc-found-near-aswan
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5403-170324-egypt-neolithic-mask-image

Suggestion that the Sahara Desert is the result of human activity:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/f-dhc031417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-humans-sahara.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/was-the-sahara-desert-created-by-humans

Petroglyphs in Chad’s Ennedi Caves were defaced:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-39332438
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5392-170321-chad-rock-art

Trying to preserve Libya’s archaeological heritage:

https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/03/24/thinni-looks-to-protect-libyas-archaeological-heritage/

More on finds during metro construction in Algiers:

http://artdaily.com/news/94441/Unearthing-2-000-years-of-history-on-the-site-of-a-planned-metro-station-in-Algiers
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unearthing-2000-years-of-history-in-central-algiers-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110789&NewsCatID=375
http://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2017/03/13/unearthing-2000-years-of-history-in-central-algiers/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/unearthing-2-000-years-history-central-algiers-044302441.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/spectacular-archaeological-remains-discovered-in-algiers/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5370-170313-algiers-metro-station
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not sure if we mentioned the massive statue purportedly of Ramses II found in a Cairo suburb:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ancient-egyptian-statue-site.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/pharoah-ramses-statue-ancient-egyptian-discovery-cairo-raised-from-ditch-a7627646.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/colossal-statue-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-161100423.html
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/13/second-part-ancient-egyptian-statue-lifted-from-site/99124520/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/mar/13/the-pharaohs-rise-again-ancient-egyptian-statues-unearthed-in-pictures
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Colossus-probably-depicting-pharoah-of-Exodus-found-483943
http://www.timesofisrael.com/mammoth-pharaonic-statues-unearthed-from-muddy-cairo-pit/
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2432812&CategoryId=13936
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/03/15/archaeologists-unearth-more-of-rameses-ii-statue-in-cairo

… which was later identified as Psammetich:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/261102/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Newly-discovered-Matariya-colossus-is-probably-of-.aspx
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/world/middleeast/egypt-cairo-pharaoh-statue-ramses-psamtik.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-egyptian-statue-ramses-ii.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUSKBN16N2RR?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39298218
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170317-3000-year-old-statue-recently-found-in-cairo-might-be-psamtik-i-not-ramses-ii-as-previously-thought/
http://artdaily.com/news/94557/Colossus-found-in-Egypt-may-have-depicted-Psammetich-I
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/90610981/Egypt-says-ancient-colossus-pulled-from-slum-likely-not-Pharaoh-Ramses-II
http://www.sfgate.com/news/media/Ancient-Egyptian-statue-not-Ramses-II-but-Psamtek-794248.php
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Colossal-statue-found-in-Egypt-likely-mistaken-for-pharaoh-of-Exodus-484474
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/03/17/actualidad/1489752376_188321.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5384-170317-cairo-psammetich-colossus

… and taken to the Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/261004/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Royal-convoy-will-transport-huge-statue-from-Matar.aspx
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/16/ramses-ii-statue-arrives-egyptian-museum-tahrir/

A 4000 years bp tomb from Aswan:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/03/22/spanish-archaeologists-discover-unopened-4000-year-old-tomb-in-aswan/

A well-preserved alabaster statue of Tiye from el-Hittan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/261512/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeologists-unearth-statue-of-Queen-Tiye-in-Egy.aspx
http://www.livescience.com/58401-statue-of-king-tut-grandmother-possibly-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5399-170323-luxor-queen-tiye

All sorts of foreign missions are operating in Egypt right now:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/16/foreign-missions-financing-excavations-rights-scientific-publishing-ismail/

… and six are resuming underwater excavations:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/6-archeological-missions-resume-underwater-excavations-egypt

Not sure where to put this ‘rediscovery’ of a mummy shroud in Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-39218939
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5401-170324-scotland-mummy-shroud

Feature on a Natufian site in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/half-million-miniscule-stone-flakes-give-clues-natufian-culture-%E2%80%94-archaeologist

More on that 4000 years bp dolmen from Upper Gallilee:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/4000-year-old-structure-with-mysterious-engravings-discovered-in-Galilee-483256
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/4000-years-old-mysterious-tomb-with-rock-art-exposed-in-upper-galilee/2017/03/05/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-4000-year-old-boulder-tombs-force-rethink-of-bronze-dark-age/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-experts-mystery-bronze-age-dolmen-174531240.html
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/13/second-part-ancient-egyptian-statue-lifted-from-site/99124520/

A small hoard of Byzantine coins found prior to road construction near Ein Hemed:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226915
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/1400-year-old-coin-hoard-discovered-in-highway-1-excavations/2017/03/19/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=484582
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.778202
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hoard-of-coins-from-1400-year-old-byzantine-site-tell-story-of-persian-invasion/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4937590,00.html
http://www.livescience.com/58342-1400-year-old-coins-israel.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5389-170320-israel-byzantine-coins

Prior to Easter, the IAA opened up its warehouse to the press and was showing off items which were associated with Jesus to a greater or lesser degree:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-israeli-warehouse-clues-jesus-life.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-archaeologists-shine-light-life-time-christ-164356077.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/israeli-warehouse-clues-jesus-life-death-46240622
http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-an-israeli-warehouse-clues-about-jesus-life-and-death/
http://www.fredericksburg.com/features/wire/in-an-israeli-warehouse-clues-about-jesus-life-and-death/article_18d3fda7-69c6-5dba-ba36-41efa9af8baf.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/how-did-jesus-live-this-new-israeli-excavation-could-provide-some-clues/2017/03/20/a94bd0d4-0d6a-11e7-b2bb-417e331877d9_story.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/religion/archaeological-discoveries-in-the-holy-land-could-provide-clues-on-how-jesus-and-his-followers-lived
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/descubren-objetos-del-siglo-i-permitira-entender-la-vida-la-epoca-jesus/

… and we get news that the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been restored:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/03/20/520846214/tomb-of-jesus-is-restored-in-jerusalem
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/21/restoration-jesus-tomb-completed-time-easter/
http://www.dw.com/en/jesus-tomb-site-reopens-after-restoration/a-38063392
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/world/middleeast/tomb-of-jesus-reopens-jerusalem.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/jesus-christs-tomb-resurrected-to-former-glory-after-4-million-makeover/news-story/ff4ba4ba4f6400c4373ce81c79aa9dfe
http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Thousands-gather-to-see-restored-site-of-Jesuss-tomb-in-Church-of-the-Holy-Sepulchre-484862
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39357170

… but there are concerns that the shrine might collapse (?):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/jesus-christ-tomb-jerusalem-restored-collapse-tunnels/
http://www.livescience.com/58369-shrine-over-jesus-tomb-could-collapse.html

More on that Crusader-era shipwreck:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/686106/archaeologists-discover-treasureladen-shipwreck-from-crusades

More on that Roman villa with all the phallic amulets:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.778195

In case you missed it, Jordanian antiquities folk have declared those ‘lead codices’ to be fake:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/antiquities-agency-chief-says-jordan-codices-fake
http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/2017_03_05_archive.html#3541853932590304956

Concerns for caves near Jerash:

http://www.albawaba.com/business/roadworks-threaten-jordans-ancient-caves-near-jerash-949008

Concerns for underwater artifacts off Israel:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.777473

Suggestion that the palace ISIL ‘revealed’ beneath the tomb of Jonah might be the Hanging Gardens of Babylon:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/03/assyrian-palace-yunus-mosul-iraq.html
http://www.salon.com/2017/03/12/did-isis-inadvertently-uncover-the-secret-to-the-lost-hanging-gardens-of-babylon/

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Remains of a 2500 years bp Greek palace at Poseidonia:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/24145-2-500-years-old-luxurious-greek-palace-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-ancient-poseidonia.html

The port associated with the Battle of Salamis has been located:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/03/17/archaeologists-find-position-of-greek-fleet-in-battle-of-salamis-480-bc/
http://www.livescience.com/58358-ancient-harbor-for-greek-battle-found.html

… coincidentally, ‘In Our Time’ was talking about Salamis:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08j99jl

Remains of a second arch of Titus in Rome (actually found a couple years ago … not sure why it’s suddenly news in the Israel press):

http://forward.com/fast-forward/366412/roman-archaeologists-discover-second-arch-of-titus/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.778103

Cf: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11638975/Massive-triumphal-marble-arch-built-by-Romans-to-honour-Emperor-Titus-discovered.html

Remains of a huge Roman temple (apparently) at Falerii Novi:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/radar-on-quad-bike-reveals-lost-temple-rl3n77cd0
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5395-170322-italy-falerii-novi-temple

A Roman camp at Pontrefact:

http://www.hemsworthandsouthelmsallexpress.co.uk/news/archaeologists-discover-new-roman-camp-1-8444842
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-39338956

A Roman bath house from Chester le Street:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northdurham/chesterlestreet/15167613.Roman_bathhouse_discovered_under_County_Durham_town_residents__39__gardens/
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/bottom-garden-archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-roman-baths-residential-street/

Romans and Huns apparently got along better than we might expect:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/tiller-the-hun-farmers-in-roman-empire-converted-to-hun-lifestyle-and-vice-versa
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-tiller-hun-farmers-roman-empire.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uoc-tth032017.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/p-has031617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170322143213.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/world/ancient-romans-depicted-huns-as-barbarians-but-their-bones-tell-a-different-story-20170322-gv4bz7
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/22/ancient-romans-depicted-huns-as-barbarians-their-bones-tell-a-different-story/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/huns-and-settlers-may-have-co-operated-on-frontier-of-roman-empire

A very interesting terracotta statue from a Crimean bridge construction site:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/terracotta-head-found-russia
http://tass.com/society/936787
http://rbth.com/news/2017/03/22/ancient-greek-artifact-unearthed-at-crimean-bridge-construction-site_724658

Concerns for a statue of Cybele from Ordu:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/goddess-statue-2100-year-old-castle-threatened-by-dynamite-in-turkeys-north.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110740&NewsCatID=375

Assorted Ides of March features:

http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/Citizens-beware-the-Ides-of-March-20170315
http://www.sfgate.com/news/media/Here-are-some-facts-about-the-Ides-of-March-792115.php
http://www.ladailypost.com/content/beware-ides-march-warning-all-republics
http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/article138619468.html
http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/15/what-are-the-ides-of-march-and-why-should-we-beware-them-6511222/
http://thestarphoenix.com/opinion/columnists/how-to-observe-the-ides-like-a-roman
http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2017-3-16/ides-of-march

… and facts about Julius Caesar:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/03/15/5-caesar-facts-to-be-aware-of-on-the-ides-of-march/

Touristy plans for the Titus tunnel:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-tunnel-and-inn-to-become-tourism-spot-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111066&NewsCatID=375

I thought that lead ingot had already been auctioned off … apparently not till last week:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39366713
http://www.devonlive.com/marcus-aurelius-ingot-discovered-by-devon-detectorist-could-sell-for-18-000/story-30220826-detail/story.html

… while a Roman bronze ear is coming to auction:

http://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/roman-bronze-ear-found-brompton-swale-sold-auction/

That Roman toilet seat from Vindolanda is going on display:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15174483.Roman_toilet_seats_among_rare_preserved_artefacts_to_be_seen_in_public_for_first_time/

On some fake statuary that fooled the Met for a while:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/etruscan-forgeries-met-museum-art

On Greek herbal knowledge:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/03/12/there-is-still-much-to-learn-about-herbs-from-the-ancient-greeks/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/what-the-ancient-greeks-can-teach-us-about-herbs/2017/01/09/ed623706-d36b-11e6-945a-76f69a399dd5_story.html

On immigration and the Aeneid:

http://theconversation.com/in-todays-anti-immigrant-rhetoric-echoes-of-virgils-aeneid-74738

On Greek attitudes toward sex:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/03/21/sex-and-the-constitution-the-ancient-greeks/

We’re hearing (again) about possible Gladiator sequels:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/ridley-scott-gladiator-2-russell-crowe-sxsw-alien-covenant-maximus-a7625911.html

Folks want to study Classics despite the job market:

http://www.statepress.com/article/2017/03/spartcult-spgraphics-asu-classics-graduate-students-face-tough-job-market

The Crosby Garrett helmet is returning to Cumbria:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-39279419
http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15157718.Roman_helmet_to_return_to_Cumbria/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/spectacular-archaeological-find-roman-north-12748963

What Mike Tueller is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20170314-creativity-ancient-greek-poems-were-original-tweets-says-asu-professor

What Andrew Stewart is up to:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1703/S00100/beware-of-centaurs-and-others-bearing-rocks.htm

Feature on the Gabii project:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-readers-virtually-explore-italian-archeology.html

On ancient Greek taxes:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/03/16/how-rich-greeks-once-paid-taxes-back-in-ancient-times/

Greece supposedly made offers to the BM in exchange for the Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/elgin-marbles-greece-calls-for-return-to-help-fight-fascism-parthenon-sculptures-a7626781.html
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Greece-offers-recurring-loans-of-archaeological-wonders-in-exchange-for-the-Parthenon-Marbles

… but maybe they didn’t:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/03/14/no-specific-proposal-made-to-british-museum-on-parthenon-marbles-says-greek-culture-ministry/

In case you want to find out what ancient statue you look like:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/who-your-ancient-statue-doppleganger-180962585/

More on the search for a director for the Colosseum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39254552

Review of de la Bedoyere, *Praetorian*:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/praetorian-the-rise-and-fall-of-romes-imperial-bodyguard-by-guy-de-la-bedoyere-vrlztttr5
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Possible evidence of cannibalism in Spain 10000 years bp:

http://www.livescience.com/58406-mesolithic-humans-were-likely-cannibals.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/the-10000-year-old-case-of-the-spanish-cannibals/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5396-170322-spain-mesolithic-cannibalism

Oldest Neolithic site from Cyprus:

http://in-cyprus.com/oldest-settlement-unearthed-at-akanthou-neolithic-site/

I think we had this a while ago … a Viking female burial from Denmark was apparently born in Norway:

http://cphpost.dk/news/immigration-to-denmark-is-nothing-new-just-ask-the-vikings.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5371-170313-denmark-norway-viking

A ‘sensational’ Viking burial from Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archeologists-make-sensational-viking-discovery-in-denmark.html

A medieval kiln from Colchester:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/15148968.Archaeological_dig_reveals_Medieval_pottery_industry_in_north_Colchester/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5376-170314-colchester-medieval-kiln

Remains of Rome’s medieval Jewish cemetery have been found:

https://www.mainejewish.org/jta/1345856
http://www.timesofisrael.com/medieval-jewish-cemetery-uncovered-in-rome/
http://www.jta.org/2017/03/23/news-opinion/world/medieval-jewish-cemetery-uncovered-in-rome
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/03/24/archaeologists-discover-one-of-romes-lost-jewish-cemeteries/

Plans to search for a 16th century grammar school in Aberdeen:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/ancient-grammar-school-at-aberdeen-university-to-be-unearthed-1-4391452
http://www.archaeology.org/5374-170314-scotland-kings-college

Plans to dig at Newborough Warren (Wales):

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/lost-welsh-village-buried-sand-12779136

Poking around Castell Dinas Bran:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/underground-castle-archaeological-search-underway-12790723

Assorted finds from an Oxford dig:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/15160465.Ancient_secrets_dug_up_beneath_Oxford_road_reveal_its_hidden_past/

Burials and finds from various periods at a Lincoln bypass construction site:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/archaeologists-find-more-than-150-skeletons-at-lincoln-bypass-dig/story-30218133-detail/story.html

Searching for the remains of Matthew Flinders in London:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/grave-of-explorer-captain-matthew-flinders-to-be-dug-up-to-clear-way-for-rail-project/news-story/2b148ca6e02117f260571592e22fc37a
http://www.smh.com.au/world/dig-underway-for-matthew-flinders-in-old-london-cemetery-20170319-gv1noh
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11821520
http://www.theage.com.au/world/dig-underway-for-matthew-flinders-in-old-london-cemetery-20170319-gv1noh
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/90610544/Hunt-for-Flinders-in-old-London-cemetery

The Swash Channel Shipwreck has been identified as ‘The Fame’:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15181641.Revealed__Identity_of_17th_century_ship_wrecked_off_the_Poole_coast/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-39353551
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5402-170324-rudder-swash-channel-wreck

They’re still looking for the owners of that gold found stashed in a piano:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/UK-authorities-seek-owner-of-gold-trove-stashed-11006502.php
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/hoard-gold-coins-hidden-piano-may-lain-forgotten-first-world-war-tragedy/
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/03/17/Piano-found-to-have-hidden-stash-of-gold-coins-from-1847-1915/5571489768963/

Feature on Madame de Mohl:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39128908

On St Olav and an Icelandic drinking horn:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170320085453.htm

Latest from the Jorvik Viking Centre:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15169028.Jorvik_Viking_Centre_bounces_back_from_the_deluge/
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/our-region/north-yorkshire-moors-and-coast/york/culture-clash-as-viking-life-is-relived-in-21st-century-york-1-8448203

… and on the Galloway Viking hoard:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/decision-day-galloway-viking-hoard-10082123

Feature on the Crossrail finds:

http://www.voanews.com/a/europes-biggest-construction-project-unearths-london-history/3775078.html

Overviewish on the Stonehenge tunnel plans:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170314-stonehenge-the-worlds-most-controversial-construction-site
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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2000 years bp reindeer antler armour from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5385-170317-siberia-reindeer-armor
I think we mentioned these boat-coffin burials from Sichuan:

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ancient-boat-shaped-coffins-dating-back-770-bc-found-sichuan

Interesting 1000 years bp muralled tomb from Datong City:

http://www.livescience.com/58232-ancient-tomb-decorated-with-vibrant-murals-found-in-china.html
http://www.livescience.com/58231-photos-ancient-mural-tomb-china.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-tomb-decorated-vibrant-murals-160800273.html
http://www.latinpost.com/articles/138028/20170314/archaeologists-discovers-ancient-tomb-china-decorated-colorful-murals.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5373-170313-china-datong-city-murals

A massive hoardrde of items that sank in a Sichuan river some 300 years bp:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/20/c_136141966.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/20/c_136143370.htm
http://newstodaynet.com/index.php/2017/03/20/chinese-archaeologists-discover-huge-underwater-treasure/
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-03/21/content_28627969.htm
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/chinese-discover-legendary-treasure-buried-in-river-bank/news-story/020d5e022bea4f6c9447be6214254b0d
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5387-170320-china-zhang-xianzhong-treasure

A Han Dynasty ‘pyramid tomb’:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pyramid-tomb-mysterious-china-construction-site-archaeologist-zhengzhou-henan-province-han-dynasty-a7633821.html
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/596846/Mystery-ancient-pyramid-tomb-discovered-China

A female Buddha:

http://telanganatoday.news/man-stumbles-upon-rare-idol-female-buddha

A 17th century European style burial from Taiwan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5393-170321-taiwan-spanish-colony

A massive burial capstone from Hyderabad:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/archaeologists-find-worlds-largest-capstone-in-telangana/1/913278.html
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/170317/telangana-archaeologists-discover-huge-relic-from-iron-age.html
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/130317/hyderabad-archaeologists-discover-huge-burial-site-capstone.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5398-170323-india-megalithic-capstone

Petroglyphs near Bhopal:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/raisen-district-is-full-of-ancient-rock-paintings/articleshow/57680863.cms

More on finds from various periods being found in Khargone:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mp-50-000-year-old-archaeological-remains-discovered-in-narmada-valley/story-z7nQYgxard3jP0DzS4fLJN.html
http://thehitavada.com/Encyc/2017/3/12/50,000-year-old-350-rare-antiquities-found-in-Khargone.aspx

Colonial artifacts from Fort Cornwallis (Malaysia):

http://www.archaeology.org/5375-170314-malaysia-fort-cornwallis

Finds from Melbourne’s early days:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/treasures-unearthed-dig-reveals-early-melbourne-artefacts/news-story/68b47476d9dc20572d25f3fec08fd1ba

Feature on Angkor Wat:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170309-the-mystery-of-angkor-wat

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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A huge polar bear skull from Alaska’s Walapka site:

http://westerndigs.org/giant-skull-found-in-alaska-may-be-evidence-of-elusive-king-polar-bear-experts-say/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5381-170316-polar-bear-skull

Calusa finds from a Florida dig:

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/03/23/pineland-wet-site-dig-yields-rare-calusa-artifacts/99210580/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5397-170323-florida-calusa-midden

Searching for Seminole remains on Egmont Key:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/seminole-tribe-searches-for-remains-of-ancestors-on-egmont-key/2317695

Checking out a Jamestown church:

http://wydaily.com/2017/03/20/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-explore-tombs-at-center-of-1901-woman-led-dig/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5390-170320-virginia-jamestown-church

Feature on a slave sold to save Georgetown:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/12/us/georgetown-university-slaves-life-campbell.html

I think we mentioned the burials found at UGa and the reburial plans:

http://newsok.com/105-bodies-found-during-construction-project-to-be-reburied/article/feed/1179149?custom_click=rss

Nova Scotia is running out of storage space for artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-museum-archeology-artifacts-special-places-protection-act-1.4024443?cmp=rss

Erosion concerns at Mikmaq sites:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1452417-researcher-studying-erosion%E2%80%99s-impact-on-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-historical-sites

On evidence of early democracies in the Americas:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/it-wasnt-just-greece-archaeologists-find-early-democratic-societies-americas
http://theweek.com/speedreads/686392/archaeologists-discover-ancient-democracy-americas

Some Atocha emeralds are coming to auction:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/16/luxury/guernseys-shipwreck-emeralds-auction/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/16/rare-emeralds-found-400-year-old-shipwreck-expected-fetch-millions/

Debunking the myth of Irish slaves:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/us/irish-slaves-myth.html

Interviewish/reviewish on the Franklin Expedition:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/21/520818684/ghosts-in-the-arctic-how-the-long-lost-franklin-expedition-was-found

Arguing over where to bury president Polk:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/24/why-theres-still-fight-tennessee-where-bury-president-james-k-polk/99611564/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/us/tennessee-polk-corpse-president.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Excavating a 14 000 years bp mammoth:

https://www.mobilemag.com/2017/03/14/14000-year-old-mammoth-mexico/

Caral was well planned to deal with rain:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-caral-safe-from-rains-thanks-to-ancient-builders-foresight-659116.aspx

Feature on the Olmec site of Tres Zapotes:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/it-wasnt-just-greece-archaeologists-find-early-democratic-societies-americas
http://www.archaeology.org/issues/249-1703/features/5300-olmec-tres-zapotes-government

Feature on Percy Fawcett:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/travel/the-lost-city-of-z-percy-fawcett-james-gray-david-grann/index.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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Not sure where to put this study on the European colonization of Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uok-anp032017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-perspective-european-colonization-asia.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/new-perspective-on-european-colonisation-of-asia

Plenty of interest for a pile of WWI era liquor bottles found in Israel:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-israeli-archeologists-liquor-bottles-wwi.html
http://www.livescience.com/58397-british-wwi-liquor-bottle-stash-found.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/227106
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hundreds-of-liquor-bottles-belonging-to-British-Soldiers-from-WWI-unearthed-484859
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/22/israel-whisky-gin-bottles-first-world-war
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncork-100-year-old-liquor-stash-left-by-british-troops/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5394-170322-israel-liquor-bottles

On the history of butter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/our-messed-up-relationship-with-food-has-a-long-history-it-started-with-butter/2017/03/20/a7e9fe88-0a6c-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html

Nice feature on becoming an archaeologist:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/21/for-anyone-who-ever-dreamed-of-being-an-archaeologist/

Latest ancient ship recreation: the Ma’agen Michael II:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/replica-of-2500-year-old-ship-found-off-israel-christened-ahead-of-maiden-voyage/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94561
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5386-170317-israel-replica-ship

On the impact of the invention of paper:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/the-reporters-38892687

Review of Nealon, *Food Fights and Culture Wars*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/12/519460915/how-lemonade-helped-paris-fend-off-plague-and-other-surprising-food-fights

Review of Cline, *Three Stones Make a Wall*:

http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/book-reviews/buildings-with-a-storied-past-eric-h-clines-love-of-archaeology-is-infectious

Latest ‘hidden image’ in a medieval painting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39254184

Hidden message in a Constable:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170321-why-this-striking-rainbow-may-carry-a-hidden-message

Searching for relatives of a Jack the Ripper victim:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-39233978

Some archaeological discoveries that were funded by the US government:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/archaeology-discoveries-neh-us-government-troy-jamestown/

On the popularity of Emily Dickenson among moody teenagers:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170315-why-moody-teenagers-love-emily-dickinson

On climate on the shape of your nose:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/science/ancestral-climates-may-have-shaped-your-nose.html
http://www.voanews.com/a/nose-shape-influenced-local-climate/3769613.html

Pondering cannibalism:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/18/why-do-cannibals-eat-people.html

Spring related slideshow of art:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-art-of-spring/a-19121851

Reviewish/Interviewish on Alexander von Humboldt:

http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-original-eco-pioneer/a-37976573

On Stradivariuses:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/22/luxury/stradivarius-million-dollar-instruments/index.html

… and one that had been stolen was heard again in concert:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39262166
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/on-a-stormy-night-roman-totenbergs-stolen-stradivarius-is-reborn-in-public/2017/03/13/80c9b0c0-0821-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Music/2017/0314/Stradivarius-violin-recovered-from-1980-theft-heard-in-concert-for-first-time

On the history of the zipper:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170322-the-ingenious-invention-to-better-the-button

On bread as an ‘economic marker’ in France:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/20/520459332/let-them-eat-bread-the-theft-that-helped-inspire-les-miserables

Earliest depiction of ‘fiery serpent’ disease:

http://www.livescience.com/58298-earliest-depiction-of-guinea-worm-medieval-painting.html

Oldest surviving ‘anime’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39301120

On Jane Austen and the alt-right:

http://www.dw.com/en/white-pride-and-prejudice-why-the-alt-right-has-adopted-jane-austen/a-38073727

… and her faked marriage records:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39330703
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94625

On timekeeping:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-brief-history-of-time/g-37937897

On Machiavelli’s ‘tunnel’/tavern/inspiration:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170317-machiavellis-secret-tunnel-to-fame

On the invention of heterosexuality:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170315-the-invention-of-heterosexuality

More on Mona Lisa’s smile:

http://www.livescience.com/58264-mona-lisa-looks-happy.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Photos of the Russian Empire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39266423

Michelangelo/Picasso drawings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39232650

Berlin Painter:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/after-2500-years-fame

Gilded Lady:

http://www.livescience.com/58312-mummies-museum-exhibit.html
http://www.livescience.com/58313-photos-mummies-peru-egypt.html

Alma Tadema:

http://www.artlyst.com/previews/alma-tadema-exhibition-announced-leighton-house-museum-july/

Rodin’s Legacy:

http://www.dw.com/en/rodins-influence-felt-by-artists-even-today/a-38035647

History of the World in 100 Objects:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/culture/british-museum-roadshow-at-beijing-museum/

Maya:

https://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2017/03/an-exhibition-at-the-perot-unlocks-the-secrets-of-the-maya/

Aigai Artifacts:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/aigai-artifacts-on-display-at-louvre-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111067&NewsCatID=375

Cycladic Society:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/24092-%E2%80%9Ccycladic-society,-5000-years-ago%E2%80%9D-exhibition-in-athens-extended-to-april-9.html

World of Emotions:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/arts/design/review-a-world-of-emotions-in-greek-art-unmasks-the-stony-faces.html

New York will have a Center for Women’s History:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/arts/design/history-of-women-in-america-museum-exhibit-new-york.html

Remembering the opening of the Israel Museum:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/from-its-first-curator-a-breathless-memorable-account-of-the-opening-of-the-iconic-israel-museum/

Camille Claudel is getting a museum:

http://www.dw.com/en/rodins-lover-sculptor-camille-claudel-gets-museum-in-paris/a-38091782

More on Louvre ‘sanctuary’ plans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/11/arts/louvre-shelter-for-art-caught-in-the-crossfire.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A virtual reconstruction of 17th century Edinburgh:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-technology-reveals-16th-century-edinburgh.html

Facial reconstruction of a ‘medieval poor man’ from Cambridge:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/face-of-ordinary-poor-man-from-medieval-cambridge-graveyard-revealed
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ordinary-poor-medieval-cambridge-graveyard.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39346494
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-reconstruct-remains-of-man-buried-in-13th-century-medieval-hospital-graveyard/news-story/28a2f9d884e70ce0622fa15dcc399e7c
http://www.livescience.com/58380-archaeologists-reconstruct-medieval-man-face.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/22/face-medieval-cambridge-man-emerges-700-years-after-death
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5391-170321-cambridge-medieval-man

A ‘solution’ (‘data water’) to track smuggled artifacts from Syria (and elsewhere):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39331342
http://www.npr.org/2017/03/21/520922468/archeologists-in-syria-use-data-water-to-confound-antiquities-smugglers
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-firm-saves-syrias-treasure-from-looters-2pdnsw206
http://www.nwptv.org/blogs/local-national-news/archeologists-in-syria-use-data-water-to-confound-antiquities-smugglers/

More on Pictish murder victim facial reconstruction:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-murder-victim-pictish-man-face-digitally-recreated/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Naples:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170309-a-city-with-too-much-history-to-handle

China’s Karez:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170307-an-ancient-oasis-in-chinas-remote-desert

Cambodia:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/mar/24/angkor-wat-alternative-cambodia-ruins-banteay-chhmar

US historic sites:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/the-shortest-route-to-americas-49603-historic-sites-will-only-take-you-50-years/2017/03/13/cab14daa-d2da-11e6-a783-cd3fa950f2fd_story.html

Manaus Opera House:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170316-the-beautiful-theatre-in-the-heart-of-the-amazon-rainforest
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CRIME BEAT
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Egypt thwarted 24 antiquities thefts:

http://menafn.com/1095313082/Egypt-thwarts-24-cases-of-antiquities-theft-in-one-week
http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/egypt-thwarts-24-cases-of-antiquities-theft-in-one-week/770389

I think we mentioned this bust in Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226744

Another attack on a painting, this time in the National Gallery:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39322056
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/20/520825575/man-charged-after-painting-attack-at-londons-national-gallery

Overviewish piece on antiquities trafficking:

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2017/02/art-trafficking-170228090044987.html

… and in a similar vein, with a focus on items smuggled to the US:

http://www.livescience.com/58324-artifacts-shipped-to-us-from-egypt-turkey.html
http://www.livescience.com/58338-photos-smuggled-looted-artifacts.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/100-million-artifacts-shipped-egypt-155400489.html

Those stolen Van Gogh’s we mentioned a few weeks ago are back ‘home’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39343747

Two weeks’ worth of Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/03/culture-crime-news-06-12-march-2017.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/03/culture-crime-news-13-19-march-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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Fighting to repatriate an Irish skeleton from the BM:

https://irishpost.co.uk/a-dying-wish-battle-on-to-return-irishs-giant-skeleton-from-british-museum-for-burial-in-ireland/

An Etruscan pot was returned to Italy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/arts/design/stolen-etruscan-vessel-to-be-returned-to-italy.html

France returned a mummy mask to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/261181/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-Kingdom-mummy-mask-recovered-from-France.aspx
http://www.sis.gov.eg/Story/108273?lang=en-us

Switzerland is returning a sarcophagus to Turkey:

http://www.turkishamericannews.com/turkey/item/19270-ancient-smuggled-sarcophagus-coming-home-to-turkey

Benin continues to seek repatriation of items from France:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94730

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NUMISMATICA
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A few weeks’ worth of e-Syla:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n11.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n12.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n13.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/2578-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-march-2017-18-march-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Geoff Wainwright:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/15/geoff-wainwright-obituary

Douglas Birk:

http://www.pineandlakes.com/news/4234958-douglas-birk-pine-river-historian-state-archaeologist-remembered
http://www.startribune.com/obituary-douglas-birk-pioneer-of-minnesota-archaeology/416479843/

Colin Dexter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/books/colin-dexter-dead-creator-of-inspector-morse.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94636
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/obituaries/2017/03/23/colin-dexter-creator-inspector-morse-dies/oWSBHxx4ZWAPgPwGTHdY3N/story.html
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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 19.46 ~ March 12, 2017

 

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

… apologies for lateness … school, travel, and daylight savings
time conspired
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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What analysis of Neanderthal teeth reveals about diet and ‘medicine’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dental-plaque-dna-neandertals-aspirin.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/snrc-nae030617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170308131218.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39205530
https://www.yahoo.com/news/neanderthal-used-aspirin-tooth-pain-study-181706637.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/08/neanderthal-microbes-reveal-surprises-about-what-they-ate-and-who-they-kissed/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/08/neanderthal-dental-tartar-reveals-plant-based-diet-and-drugs
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/03/08/neanderthals-medicines-diet/
http://www.dw.com/en/neanderthals-dined-on-woolly-rhinos-and-used-aspirin/a-37867503
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/09/health/neanderthal-self-medicate-spain-belgium/index.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/neanderthal-dental-plaque-shows-what-a-paleo-diet-really-looks-like/518949/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/08/519048010/some-neanderthals-were-vegetarian-and-they-likely-kissed-our-human-ancestors?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5363-170308-neanderthal-dental-plaque
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/08/ciencia/1488991377_990681.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/delving-neanderthal-dental-plaque-understand-how-they-lived-and-ate-180962449/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/the-diet-of-neanderthals-at-el-sidron

On some Denisovan skulls from China:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0305/Ancient-skulls-unearthed-in-China-could-belong-to-little-known-extinct-human-species
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/ancient-skulls-may-belong-elusive-humans-called-denisovans

More on early hominid pointillism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/science/france-cave-art-pointilism-seurat.html
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AFRICA
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Racing to save Nubian history:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/archaeologists-race-to-save-nubian-history-from-nile-waters-q6r2rnckw

Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

http://www.livescience.com/58200-great-zimbabwe.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of excitement over the discovery of a pair of colossal 19th Dynasty statues in a Cairo slum:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/03/10/most-important-recent-discovery-ramsees-ii-colossus-found-in-egypt/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUSKBN16G2A2?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pharaoh-statues-found-muddy-cairo-123716459.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/09/look-on-my-works-ye-mighty-ozymandias-statue-found-in-mud
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/09/archaeologists-hail-big-discovery-egypt-statue-depicting-ramses/
http://www.dw.com/en/archeologists-in-egypt-discover-massive-statue-of-pharaoh-ramses-ii-in-cairo-slum/a-37893751
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.776563
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-archeologists-egypt-massive-statue-cairo.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/statue-probably-depicting-ramses-ii-found/news-story/68da7d27be24a10b592ff493398deb48
http://www.smh.com.au/world/colossus-probably-depicting-ramses-ii-found-in-egypt-20170309-guv2ca.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/90271115/Colossus-thought-to-be-of-Pharaoh-Ramses-II-found-in-Egypt-slum-one-of-the-most-important-discoveries-ever
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/world/middleeast/egypt-pharaoh-statue-ramses.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/11/archaeologists-went-digging-in-a-slum-they-found-a-massive-pharaoh-statue/
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-cairo-statue-20170310-story.html
http://www.voanews.com/a/egypt-cairo-likely-ramses-statue-unearthed/3757525.html
http://nhpr.org/post/massive-ancient-statue-discovered-submerged-mud-cairo
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/09/519488251/massive-ancient-statue-discovered-submerged-in-mud-in-cairo
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0310/Buried-treasure-huge-statue-of-Egyptian-king-unearthed-in-Cairo-neighborhood
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/egyptians-find-massive-3-000-year-old-statue-cairo-slum-n731681
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archeologists-egypt-discover-massive-statue-cairo-slum-46039074
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/egypt-pharaoh-ramses-statue-discovered-cairo/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-statue-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-cairo-180962497/

… although there was criticism of the excavation methods:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/10/ministry-antiquities-defends-using-excavator-extract-ramses-ii-statue/
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/11/618056/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/officials-deny-any-damage-newly-discovered-king-ramses-ii-statue-during-excavation
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/11/618056/
http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/world/2017/03/09/ancient-egyptian-royal-statues-unearthed-in-cairo/98949710/

… and subsequent digging will be more ‘advanced’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ramses-ii-excavation-be-completed-using-more-advanced-techniques-ministry-sources :
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/03/12/Egypt-to-complete-Ramses-II-excavation-using-safe-techniques-.html

A number of Sekhmet statues were found in Luxor:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/trove-of-statues-of-war-goddess-sekhmet-found-in-luxor-20170309-guukaw.html

… alongside a toppled statue of Amenhotep III:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/260538/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statue-of-Amenhotep-III,–of-goddess-Sekhmet-unear.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5360-170308-amenhotep-temple-statues

Tourism is down in Egypt:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/09/617775/

… or is it?:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/08/50-increase-foreign-inflow-archaeological-sites/

Feature on the Persian Empire:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/persian-empire-myth-vs-reality

Remember the Jordan Lead Codices? The Antiquities Ministry has finally declared them to be fake:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/antiquities-agency-chief-says-jordan-codices-fake

I think we mentioned this 4000 years bp ‘engraved dolmen’ find from northern Israel:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4255
http://www.livescience.com/58166-rock-art-discovered-in-israel-dark-ages-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/58165-photos-ancient-dolmen-rock-art-israel.html
http://www.livescience.com/58168-rare-rock-art-in-dark-ages-tomb-video.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-4000-year-old-boulder-tombs-force-rethink-of-bronze-dark-age/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.775318
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226096
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/4000-years-old-mysterious-tomb-with-rock-art-exposed-in-upper-galilee/2017/03/05/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rock-art-discovered-in-dark-ages-tomb-in-israel/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-experts-mystery-bronze-age-dolmen-174531240.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/4000-year-old-structure-with-mysterious-engravings-discovered-in-Galilee-483256
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5354-170306-israel-dolmen-art
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94294

Remains of a Roman road near Beit Natif and/or Beit Shamash:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4258
http://www.livescience.com/58167-roman-road-unearthed-in-israel.html
http://www.livescience.com/58162-photos-roman-road-coins-israel.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-route-connected-roman-emperors-163200196.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-discover-2000-year-old-Emperors-Road-near-Beit-Shemesh-483480
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.775816
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/3/8/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-2000-year-old-road-from-roman-period
https://www.israel21c.org/archaeologists-uncover-roman-era-road-near-bet-shemesh/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/03/07/israeli-archaeologists-discover-ancient-road-near-jerusalem
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5357-170307-israel-roman-road
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94351

A Crusader shipwreck off Acre:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.776208

Feature on the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Restoring-Christianitys-Holy-of-Holies-481171

Review of a new book on the Babatha Archive:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/professor-from-university-of-gloucestershire-discovers-ancient-family-tale-from-dead-sea-documents/story-30177129-detail/story.html

More on that 1800 years bp Hebrew inscription from a Peqiin synagoge:

http://artdaily.com/news/94022/1-800-year-old-Hebrew-inscriptions-found-on-a-column-capital-in-Peqiin-Village

More on items found in Mosul tunnels after ISIL was driven out; details sometimes paired with the sacking of the Museum:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-antiquities-idUSKBN16H1V5
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/08/mosul-iraqi-troops-find-assyrian-treasures-in-network-of-isis-tunnels
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4934194,00.html
http://pictures.reuters.com/archive/MIDEAST-CRISIS-IRAQ-ANTIQUITIES-RC1F01B071E0.html
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/isis/1.776536
https://www.yahoo.com/news/jihadist-tunnels-save-assyrian-winged-bulls-mosul-005838652.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/assyrian-artifacts-discovered-abandoned-tunnels
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1064576/middle-east
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/middle-east/2017/03/10/493213/Rubble-and.htm
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/assyrian-treasures-found-in-is-tunnels/news-story/ae530944b023068cbf3091a13f728770
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-mosul-museum-ruins-iraq-forces-advance/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-antiquities-idUSKBN16H1V5?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
http://www.news24.com/World/News/archaeologists-find-treasures-in-mosel-tunnels-20170307

More on the ‘empty Museum’:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-mosul-museum-ruins-iraq-forces-advance/
http://www.wsj.com/video/mosul-antiquity-museum-they-destroyed-everything/7390BBCE-B6A6-40D4-B966-7184E2E0BBE5.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rubble-and-ash-in-mosul-museum-retaken.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110617&NewsCatID=375
https://www.yahoo.com/news/priceless-remains-lie-ruins-mosul-museum-114143267.html

More on the damage in Palmyra:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syria-palmyra-ancient-roman-monument-damaged-isis-war-1.4010440
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226162
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/isis/syria/1.775283
http://www.newsweek.com/isis-damages-ancient-roman-monument-palymyra-563943
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/islamic-state-destroys-ancient-roman-monument-in-palmyra/news-story/81937188390443ecee57bd4736c2ecf4

More on remains of a palace beneath Jonah’s tomb:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/mosul-palace-ancient-2600-years-discovered-isis-shrine-destroyed-archaelogists-iraq-a7620076.html
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Another planter-is-actually-a-Roman-sarcophagus story … from Blenheim Palace:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/08/blenheim-palace-discovers-marble-flowerpot-actually-300k-roman/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/world/europe/roman-sarcophagus-english-garden.html
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/03/10/Ancient-Roman-coffin-used-as-flowerpot-for-centuries-restored/5171489157295/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5369-170310-blenheim-palace-sarcophagus

Finds are causing issues in Thessaloniki again:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/23798-new-archaeological-find-in-thessaloniki-subway-rekindles-old-tensions.html

This Roman coin hoard from Merano doesn’t seem to be getting much attention:

http://video.repubblica.it/socialnews/un-tesoro-a-merano-oltre-3mila-monete-romane-sotto-terra/269730/270182

Concerns for a Roman wall in Slovenia:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/17241-slovenia-constructing-border-fence-on-ancient-roman-wall

Doing math Roman style:

http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/do-the-math/Content?oid=3904957

Feature on Britannia on Roman coinage:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28493

On the origins of the Scythians:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/lmsu-wdt030717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-scythians.html

Feature on the Battle of the Aegates Islands:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/10/day-241-bc-battle-aegates-brings-roman-victory-first-punic-war/

Feature on Norba:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170303-the-italian-city-that-stood-up-to-rome

Feature on Ambiorix:

http://www.brusselstimes.com/brussels/7683/ambiorix-and-belgium-a-mythical-bond

On the demise of the Library of Alexandria:

http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/who-killed-the-library-of-alexandria-an-excerpt-from-james-crawfords-fallen-glory-the-lives-and-deaths-of-the-worlds-greatest-lost-buildings

Studying the effects of the ‘falling’ Roman empire:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/as-the-roman-empire-fell-its-people-stopped-talking-to-1793011377

What Jay Mickelson is up to:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/latin-banquet-turns-the-clock-back-to-ancient-rome/article_b65886c4-0229-11e7-8fbf-ebbeccda0eda.html

What Michele Salzman is up to:

https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/45162

Brock was honouring Richard Parker:

http://www.brockpress.com/2017/03/brock-university-archaeological-society-celebrates-the-career-of-dr-richard-parker/

Another piece explaining Trump via Thucydides:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/thucydides-history-of-the-peloponnesian-war-a-2400yearold-text-that-explains-trump-20170303-guq08m.html

Review of Heaney’s Aeneid VI translation:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/07/aeneid-vi-seamus-heaney-review-virgil-epic-underworld

More on that orichalchum found in a shipwreck off Gela:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/orichalcum-the-lost-metal-of-atlantis-may-have-been-found-on-a-shipwreck-off-sicily/news-story/e52dfb6ee238fcfd3e583e75e26d6bd8
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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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Interesting study of 4000 years bp pollen found in that ‘Ava’ burial from Scotland a while ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39191527
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5358-170307-scotland-achavanich-pollen

Studying remains of some 7000 years bp clothing from France:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5362-170308-france-shell-embroidery

Studying cattle in Finland:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170310091946.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/finnish-cattle-and-sheep-endured-harsh-conditions-in-the-middle-ages

Feature on women’s guilds in the Middle Ages:

http://theconversation.com/the-fragility-of-womens-rights-how-female-guilds-wielded-power-long-ago-73265

Caynton Caves are getting some press attention:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-39193347

… another cave site in Nottingham has items dating to the 13th and 14th century:

https://nottstv.com/archaeologists-previously-undiscovered-cave-site-find-hundreds-artefacts/
https://nottstv.com/previously-undiscovered-city-centre-caves-completely-changing-understanding-of-nottingham/

I think we mentioned this interesting Crossrail burial:

http://www.livescience.com/58146-2-male-skeletons-found-holding-hands.html

On the Great Storm of 1703:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170309-in-1703-britain-was-struck-by-possibly-its-worst-ever-storm

On Viking fighting techniques:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/vikings-fight-warfare-battle-weapons/

The Neolithic flint mine at Grime’s Graves is opening to the public:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-39235113
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/06/prehistoric-norfolk-mine-grimes-graves-to-open-second-pit-to-public

More voices suggesting the Stonehenge tunnel plan will ruin the site:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/stonehenge-tunnel-plan-would-ruin-site-say-international-advisers-35509099.html
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/15139779.International_experts_join_call_to_scrap_Stonehenge_tunnel_bid/
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15139779.International_experts_join_call_to_scrap_Stonehenge_tunnel_bid/

Arguing over the Galloway Viking hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39217039
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15135992.Row_over_Galloway_s_Viking_hoard_deepens/

More on that Bronze Age weapon hoard from Scotland:

http://artdaily.com/news/94015/Archaeologists-discover-rare-Bronze-Age-weapon-hoard
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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2000 years bp Bronze items from Sichuan:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/599686/2000-year-old-bronze-ware.html

On the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39038615

Study suggests the Silk Road may have followed routes created by Nomadic herders:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/wuis-nsr030217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-silk-road-evolved-grass-routes-movement.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-nomadic-herders-beat-path-silk-road
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5364-170309-silk-road-paths
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/silk-road-was-structured-by-ecological-strategies-of-nomadic-herders

… and they’re still looking for the ‘starting point’:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/08/c_136113141.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5361-170308-china-port-city

Remains of a 10th century tree-lined street from Japan:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703090001.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5367-170310-japan-aoyayokogi-trees

Finds from various periods from Khargone:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/350-rare-ancient-antiquities-found-in-khargone-district.html

More on the finds from Chanhon jo Daro:

http://www.thedailystar.net/world/french-team-uncovers-mysteries-indus-civilisations-industrial-hub-1373833

I think we mentioned these medieval burials from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5327-170223-russia-medieval-burials

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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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I think we mentioned this study of the Ute ‘trail/road system’:

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/routes-trails-crisscrossed-area-long-before-europe

Reinterring remains found at UGa:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-03-07/uga-going-ahead-reinterment-plans-remains-uncovered-construction-project
http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-03-11/sting-death-uga-s-handling-baldwin-hall-remains-faces-criticism

A pile of ‘historic’ burials from a Philadelphia construction site:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/A-race-to-excavate-huge-number-of-historic-graves-found-on-building-site.html
http://www.phillytrib.com/construction-site-unearths-centuries-old-coffins/article_0daf0fc8-bd1d-5d02-b28d-828a16386960.html
http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2017/03/rutgers_team_helping_with_philly_burial_site_excav.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/03/10/Construction-unearths-centuries-old-coffins-in-Philadelphia/stories/201703100166
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Race-to-dig-at-historic-cemetery-a-mere-hint-of-what-ails-Philadelphias-oversight-of-buried-treasures.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5368-170310-philadelphia-historic-cemetery

‘Historic’ burials beneath a St Augustine wine shop (we may have mentioned these):

http://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/NAsFlCNUBptyArrF91atEM/
http://www.wftv.com/traffic/news/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/501209015
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/lifestyles/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/NAsFlCNUBptyArrF91atEM/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-early-colonists-unearthed-st-augustine-180962385/

There might be plenty of burials beneath an Austin chapel:

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-govt–politics/dozens-graves-may-under-oakwood-cemetery-chapel-officials-say/mdQN6fOOHPvSyNd4lXzDTO/

Catching up with the Old Vero Man site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/picture-gallery/news/local/indian-river-county/2017/03/09/old-vero-man-dig-site-telling-a-13000-year-old-story/98970470/

Trying to connect platinum and Clovis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uosc-udo030917.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/discovery-of-platinum-may-help-solve-clovis-people-disappearance

Still talking about Jefferson’s mistress:

http://wwlp.com/2017/02/23/archaeologists-dig-up-more-on-thomas-jeffersons-alleged-mistress/

Marking Andrew Jackson’s 250th:

http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2017/03/11/andrew-jackson-250-presidents-legacy-isnt-pretty-but-neither-history/98816804/

On Dolly Madison:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/dolley-madison-saving-washington-new-york-historical-society.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

More on concerns for sites in Utah:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/
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Asking developers on Antigua to be more aware of archaeology:

http://antiguaobserver.com/leading-archaeologist-pleas-for-developers-to-assess-their-sites/

More on that Maya jade pendant:

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/feature/a_pendant_fit_for_a_king

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

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/People-hadn-t-set-foot-in-this-ancient-lost-10981239.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/this-adventurer-found-the-trip-worth-it–despite-the-flesh-eating-disease/2017/03/03/fcb4cfec-f94b-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Pondering the February Revolution in a ‘what if’ sort of way:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/the-february-revolution-and-kerenskys-missed-opportunity.html

On early Mormon polygamous marriages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/early-polygamous-mormon-marriages-through-the-eyes-of-the-wives/2017/03/03/15a08ec4-f537-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

Latest incunabula digitization:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-russian-library-digitizes-oldest.html

Checking out a claim about a bust of Nicholas II:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39192971

On Jane Austen’s eyesight issues:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39208356
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/books/jane-austen-arsenic-glasses-death.html

On Zaida ben Yusuf’s photography:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/09/us/gallery/tbt-zaida-ben-yusuf/index.html

Feature on Luther:

http://www.dw.com/en/luther-is-famous-but-we-know-so-little-about-him/a-37907857

They’ve ‘decoded’ Mona Lisa’s smile:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-mona-lisa-decoded-science-happy.html

Identifying Jack the Ripper’s last victim:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-jack-ripper-victim.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uol-uol031017.php

Theorizing about hunter-gatherer movements:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dartmouth-modern-hunter-gathers-relocate-maximize.html

In case you need to brush up on your leprechaun lore:

http://www.livescience.com/37626-leprechauns.html

Concerns for the Titanic:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170310-the-wreck-of-the-titanic-is-being-eaten-and-may-soon-vanish

On Hollywood portrayals of archaeologists:

http://www.timesunion.com/technology/businessinsider/article/11-things-Hollywood-gets-wrong-about-being-an-FBI-9178234.php
http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/11-things-Hollywood-gets-wrong-about-being-an-FBI-9178234.php
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hercules Segers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/a-dutch-masters-surreal-visions.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0

Colosseum History:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/06/exhibition-reveals-hidden-history-colosseum-fall-rome-fortresses/
http://www.dw.com/en/new-exhibition-reveals-secret-history-of-romes-colosseum/a-37835265

Terracotta Warriors:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/terracotta-warriors-met-883898

A Third Gender:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/arts/design/when-japan-had-a-third-gender.html

Michelangelo and Picasso:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39232650

Seurat:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170306-why-the-circus-fascinated-modern-artists

Tang Dynasty Shipwreck:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-03/07/content_28469581.htm

Henry Hudson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/nyregion/new-york-map-henry-hudson-river.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fsam-roberts

There was a strike at the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/vermeer-louvre.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

I think we mentioned the Grand Egyptian Museum is opening next year:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/grand-egyptian-museum-open-mid-2018-antiquities-minister-0
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Still talking about pictish facial reconstructions:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-murder-victim-pictish-man-face-digitally-recreated/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA tells us about the origins of Australia’s aborigines:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-aboriginal-hair-years-country.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/science/aboriginal-australians-dna-origins-australia.html
http://theconversation.com/dna-reveals-aboriginal-people-had-a-long-and-settled-connection-to-country-73958
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-39202348
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5365-170309-australia-first-australians
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0309/Hair-apparent-Study-links-modern-Australian-Aboriginals-with-the-continent-s-earliest-settlers

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170228-africas-most-misunderstood-country

Sabine hills:

http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2017-3-8/sabine-hills

Petra:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/90225830/Petra-Jordan-Why-this-world-wonder-continues-to-woo-tourists

Ramla:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170307-an-underground-boat-to-islamic-glory
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CRIME BEAT
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A bust at Beit Shana:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226206
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Antiquities-theft-from-Second-Temple-period-prevented-in-central-Israel-483386
http://www.pressreader.com/israel/jerusalem-post/20170307/281711204441372

A stolen book from Syria surfaces in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-book-stolen-in-syria-seized-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110579&NewsCatID=509

… also in Turkey:

http://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/03/10/historical-artefacts-dating-back-1000-years-seized-during-vehicle-control-in-istanbul

Some Islamic shrine elements stolen in Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/260626/Heritage/Islamic/Door-and-decorative-elements-of-Sultan-AlKamel-AlA.aspx

Another burial mound bust:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1716684000&kid=Kmv1uov5e9yd9HYx

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/03/culture-crime-news-27-february-05-march-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 Lewis Chessmen are becoming a repatriation issue of sorts:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/western-isles/1189811/time-for-chessmen-to-be-return-to-their-home-on-isle-of-lewis/

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NUMISMATICA
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A Kushan coin find:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/kushan-dynasty-coins-found-in-tonk-village-baffle-experts/articleshow/57484211.cms
http://www.ptinews.com/news/8483483_800-ancient-copper-coins-discovered-in-Budgam.html
http://www.kashmirmonitor.in/Details/119352/state-archaeology-recovers-hoard-of-1000-year-old-coins-in-budgam

Feature on coins of Akragas:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-eagles-akragas/

Three weeks’ worth of e-Syla … I messed up last week:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n11.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n10.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n09.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 lost work by Fanny Mendelssohn:

http://www.dw.com/en/british-premiere-of-lost-work-by-fanny-mendelssohn/a-37848722
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/arts/fanny-mendelssohn-lost-sonata-trnd/index.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39191514

… related:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39216375

A lost Liszt opera:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/arts/music/listen-to-part-of-long-lost-liszt-opera-sardanapalo.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Celebrating lost works by five female composers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38079139

Jean Michel Jarre is at the Dead Sea:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/french-godfather-of-electronic-music-to-play-for-the-dead-sea/

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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/2571-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-february-2017-4-march-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Marilyn Young:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/books/marilyn-b-young-dead-antiwar-historian.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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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 19.45 ~ March 5, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Alan Brockway, Kris Curry, Bob Heuman, Birgitta Hoffmann, Allan Brockway,
David Critchley, John Oleson, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, 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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Studying the 100 000 years bp skulls from the Lingjing site:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/wuis-1hs022117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-year-old-human-skulls-east-asia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170302144009.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39118752
http://www.livescience.com/58087-patchwork-early-human-fossils-discovered.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/03/02/human-skull-fossils-from-china-have-surprising-traits/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/03/skulls-found-in-china-were-part-modern-human-part-neanderthal-possibly-new-species/?tid=pm_national_pop
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-these-skulls-new-human-ancestor-species-180962370/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/100000-year-old-human-skulls-from-east-asia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5348-170302-china-xuchang-skulls

Early evidence of homo sapiens in Iran:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/03/ciencia/1488541294_139309.html

On the diet of homo antecessor at Atapuerca:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-evidence-diet-homo-antecessor-atapuerca.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170227082536.htm

More on early humans drinking alcohol:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170222-our-ancestors-were-drinking-alcohol-before-they-were-human

More on 38 000 years bp pointillism techniques:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/38000-year-old-engravings-confirm-ancient-origins-of-pointillism
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5334-170227-france-pointillism-engravings
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AFRICA
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Feature on Libya’s ‘Monuments Men’:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/the-monuments-men-of-libya

A Czech archaeologist, held in the Sudan for spying, has been released:

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/03/01/ln-release-czech-man-may-help-egyptology-sudan
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Admission prices are going up at Egyptian sites and museums:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ticket-prices-tourists-be-increased-museums-archaeological-sites-october-ministry

Egypt isn’t going to try and recover all of its objects abroad:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/03/02/attempts-to-retrieve-artifacts-from-abroad-not-in-egypt-favor-former-antiquities-minister/

A monumental carved dolmen from the Golan:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.775318

Studying the damage to the shrine of the prophet Jonah reveals ISIL may have inadvertently discovered a 600 B.C.E. palace built for Sennacherib:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/27/previously-untouched-600bc-palace-discovered-shrine-demolished/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-looting-uncovers-ancient-palace-beneath-jonahs-tomb/
http://aina.org/news/20170227173244.htm
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-palace-reportedly-discovered-deep-under-shrine-demolished-by-isis/
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2017/2/28/priceless-assyrian-treasures-discovered-among-mosuls-mountains-of-destruction

Interesting study of Sasanian temples:

http://www.livescience.com/58032-ancient-persia-palaces-fire-temple-wood.html

An interview with Joseph L Angel:

http://yucommentator.org/2017/02/featured-faculty-professor-joseph-l-angel/

ISIL was driven out of Palmyra again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-palmyra-syria-driven-out-second-time-islamic-state-ancient-roman-ruins-assad-executions-a7607351.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-reportedly-pushed-out-of-syrias-palmyra/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-forces-recapture-palmyra-from-is-for-second-time/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-military-retakes-historic-palmyra-from-islamic-state/2017/03/02/b9458cd4-ff94-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

… and damage was less than expected:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-palmyra-idUSKBN16A1L2
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4930286,00.html

They’re now questioning how much revenue ISIL was receiving from antiquities:

http://www.hstoday.us/columns/guest-commentaries/blog/special-antiquities-sales-supporting-isis-fails-the-test-of-robustness/4142934b314728d19c6bf77a46018db9.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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We may have mentioned this Roman mining operation in Spain:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.774629

More orichalcum ingots found in a 2600 years bp shipwreck off Gela:

http://www.seeker.com/fabled-atlantis-metal-ingots-continue-to-emerge-from-the-seas-of-sicil-2290338231.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5343-170301-sicily-shipwreck-ingots

Concerns for Paphos:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/03/02/ancient-paphos-attraction-needs-urgent-renovation/

Funding for that tomb at Amphipolis:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/23578-greek-culture-minister-allots-e2-5m-for-kasta-hill-amphipolis-works.html

If you’ve ever wondered why there always seem to be Roman nails for sale:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/house-home/collectors-corner/370986/roman-relics-hit-nail-head-price-wise/

Nice feature on Father Foster:

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-Vatican-s-Latinist-8618

What Christopher S Celenza is up to:

http://www.thehoya.com/university-appoints-new-dean-for-college/

They’re looking for a new director for the Colosseum:

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Ready-for-a-new-arena-in-life-Rome-s-Colosseum-10962662.php
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/colosseum-seeks-director-whose-reputation-wasnt-built-in-a-day-j6ggh0hhs

More coverage of that Roman house find (with ducks and phalluses) from Omrit:

http://www.livescience.com/57944-roman-house-and-phallic-amulets-discovered-israel.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ducks-not-phalluses-real-stars-of-1900-year-old-find-in-northern-israel/

More on McDonald’s incorporating a Roman road into one of its franchises near Rome:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/italys-newest-mcdonalds-part-archaeological-museum-871589
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/0226/Burgers-and-ancient-Roman-roads-Businesses-step-up-to-preserve-Rome-s-history
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mcdonalds-has-cool-design-element-ancient-roman-road-180962289/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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7000 years bp footprints from Wales:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/ancient-human-footprints-discovered-welsh-12667046
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/footprints-date-back-7000-years-and-could-show-hunting-party-35489498.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5340-170228-wales-mesolithic-footprints

… and a possible prehistoric monument of some sort from Trellyffaint:

http://www.countyecho.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110849&headline=Archaeologists%20uncover%20possibly%20prehistoric%20monument&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

I think we mentioned this Neolithic ‘enclosure’ from Denmark:

http://www.seeker.com/mysterious-neolithic-labyrinth-found-in-denmark-2288204695.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5335-170227-denmark-neolithic-enclosure
A major Iron Age gold hoard find from Staffordshire:

http://www.livescience.com/58061-treasure-hunters-find-ancient-gold-jewelry.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/28/detectorists-strike-iron-age-gold-staffordshire-field
https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2017/feb/28/iron-age-jewellery-found-in-staffordshire-field-video-report
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-39115392
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/02/28/iron-age-gold-found-farmers-field-earliest-ever-discovered/
http://www.leek-news.co.uk/leek-metal-detectors-reveal-the-moment-they-found-iron-age-gold-in-a-staffordshire-moorlands-field/story-30170214-detail/story.html
http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/iron-age-gold-jewellery-unearthed-in-staffordshire-field-is-of-huge-international-importance/story-30168182-detail/story.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/pair-unearth-oldest-iron-age-gold-in-uk/news-story/e5bdb78eb93a3b42684d67251bce657c
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-celtic-art-uncovered-unique-gold-hoard-154022145.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5341-170228-leekfrith-gold-torques

Remains of a 2000 years bp village in Warwickshire:

https://leamingtonobserver.co.uk/news/remains-of-2000-year-old-village-unearthed/

Somewhat lost in translation … the find of the ‘Bulgarian Troy’:

https://realnoevremya.com/articles/1234-tatarstan-oilmen-find-bolgarian-troy-instead-of-black-gold

A 1000 years bp toy boat from an abandoned well in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeologists-excavate-year-old-toy-boat.html

17th century finds from a pub renovation in Falmouth Harbour:

http://www.cornwalllive.com/archeological-finds-during-restoration-of-falmouth-s-chain-locker-pub-surprise-st-austell-brewery/story-30163164-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5337-170227-england-cornwall-pub

Items found beneath the floor of a 17th century mansion:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5346-170302-petworth-house-marble

Pondering why Vikings left Greenland:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-greenland-vikings-vanished-180962119/

They’re still criticizing the Stonehenge tunnel plan:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15125593.Leading_experts_blast_Stonehenge_tunnel_plan/

The other side of the dig — how finding a major Anglo Saxon site at Great Ryburgh nearly ruined the builder:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/at_the_end_of_the_day_i_was_digging_a_hole_how_finding_81_anglo_saxon_coffins_in_great_ryburgh_nearly_ruined_builder_1_4908533
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-39106514

More on medieval leprosy:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/02/20/medieval-skeleton-gives-clues-to-spread?videoId=371159289&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=LatestVideosUS&videoChannel=6

More on the search for the tomb of James IV:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15107809.Raiders_of_the_lost_Charterhouse__search_for_tomb_of_ancient_king_of_Scotland_begins/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-scour-carpark-in-search-of-lost-tomb-of-king-james-i-of-scotland/news-story/ce83f3b0c3813d69b4027d5dbe206226

More on those 3000 bp spearheads from Scotland:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/589913/archaeology-find-discovery-history-ancient-artefacts-scotland

More on that hubby heart burial:

http://www.livescience.com/58080-photos-renaissance-couple-with-spouse-heart.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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A pair of Song Dynasty burials from Chengdu:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-03/01/content_40382332.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2017-02/28/c_136090100.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5344-170301-china-brick-tombs

Pondering the Pleu Cere staircase in Cambodia:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/morenews/archaeologists-scale-history-of-ancient-staircase-125883/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5345-170301-pleu-cere-staircase

Studying the deterioration of Angkor Wat:

http://www.livescience.com/58064-radar-could-save-collapsing-angkor-monuments.html

Feature on zinc mining in Ming Dynasty China:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/250-1703/trenches/5289-trenches-china-ming-zinc

4000 years bp copper axes from Uttar Pradesh:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/copper-axes-point-to-an-ancient-culture-story/article17383808.ece

Remains of a medieval port city near the Bay of Bengal:

http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/City-archaeologist-C.-Santhalingam-finds-a-medieval-period-port-city-in-the-far-south-of-the-Coromandel-Coast/article17393327.ece

An imperial burial mound from Asuka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703020044.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5350-170303-japan-royal-tomb

A 19th century (possible) military defensive trench find in New Zealand:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1703/S00089/excavation-underway-after-potential-defensive-trench-found.htm
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/325800/’we-expected-to-find-kumara-and-fire-pits-we-did-not-expect-this’
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5351-170303-new-zealand-military-trench

More on plans for a museum in Luoyang:

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

More on the oldest known image of Confucius:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-image-confucius-found-tomb-disgraced-emperor-180962358/

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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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Child burials from St Augustine:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/st-augustine/historic-burials-of-children-found-in-st-augustine/418890981
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5352-170303-florida-st-augustine-burials

Studying Ute trails in Colorado:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5336-170227-colorado-routes-trails

On the fate of Natives who surrendered during King Philip’s War:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2017/02/enslavement

Archaeologists are trying to save Brier Creek Battlefield:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2017-03-02/archaeologists-trying-save-brier-creek-battlefield-238-years-later

Plans to dig a site in Fort Edward (NY):

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/02/summer_archaeological_dig_set_for_historic_upstate_ny_island_site.html

On factors that led to the end of whaling off Alaska:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170224-the-disaster-that-helped-end-the-us-whaling-industry

More on archaeologists returning to that ‘shipwreck camp’ on Sitka Island:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2017/03/04/archaeologists-say-theyve-found-the-campsite-used-by-survivors-of-legendary-doomed-ship-the-neva/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5347-170302-russian-ship-neva

Concerns for sites in Utah:

http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/
http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/

… backgrounder:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2017/03/02/utah-ancient-history-archaeology-people/98663122/

OpEd on protecting Chaco Canyon:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/reader-view-protecting-chaco-new-mexico-s-treasure/article_2b1237aa-d7d5-5077-b6c4-a4af51a7e36d.html

Reviewish/backgroundish sort of thing on an interesting Underground Railroad sort of story in Toronto:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/steal-away-home-1.3998495

Feature on ‘Hail to the Chief’:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/04/518333087/hail-to-the-chief-fanfare-sought-by-some-presidents-avoided-by-others?sc=17&f=1003
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying how ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/fm-aps022417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ancient-peoples-amazon-rainforest.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-domesticated-plants-civilization-20170302-story.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0303/Can-a-new-study-on-trees-change-the-conversation-about-Amazon-conservation
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/science/amazon-rain-forest-plants-domesticate.html
http://www.nature.com/news/amazon-rainforest-was-shaped-by-an-ancient-hunger-for-fruits-and-nuts-1.21576
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-39149334
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/amazon-rainforest-was-shaped-by-an-ancient-hunger-for-fruits-and-nuts/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pristine-untouched-amazonian-rainforest-was-actually-shaped-humans-180962378/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/02/ciencia/1488466173_526998.html

More on that Maya jade pendant from Belize:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoc–pot022717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170227120211.htm
http://www.livescience.com/58040-royal-maya-pendant-discovered-in-belize.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/maya-pendant-a-puzzle-to-archaeologists
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-jade-pendant-worn-by-maya-kings-may-tell-story-iconic-civilisations-collapse-1608949
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5338-170228-belize-jade-pendant

More on Europeans bringing new ulcer strains to the New World:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170223142109.htm
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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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Opening an archaeologist’s suitcase:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2017/02/penn-museum-mysterious-suitcase-m-l

Pondering the catacombs of San Gaudioso:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170223-is-this-the-worlds-most-macabre-art-gallery

Studying how to preserve sites damaged in armed conflicts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-scientists-ways-world-heritage-sites.html

Jane Austen’s house may have had a wallpaper malfunction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39146204

The Sistine Chapel has been photographed/digitized:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170226/sistine-chapel-photographed-in-unprecedented-detail
https://www.cnet.com/news/sistine-chapel-digitised-for-posterity-in-270000-images/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-year-photo-project-captures-sistine-chapel-high-res-detail-180962357/

A new idea about human sacrifice:

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/researchers-discover-a-new-reason-why-ancient-societies-practiced-human-sacrifice

On the history of the phrase ‘enemy of the people’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/world/europe/trump-enemy-of-the-people-stalin.html

In case you missed it … those kidnapped German archaeologists in Nigeria were freed:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-security-idUSKBN1650IM?il=0
http://www.dw.com/en/two-german-archaeologists-kidnapped-in-nigeria-have-been-freed/a-37721563
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/nigerian-security-agents-free-2-german-archaeologists-who-were-kidnapped-in-northern-nigeria-says-governor/2017/02/26/1edc70d0-fc34-11e6-9b78-824ccab94435_story.html

Feature on Franck Goddio:

http://www.dw.com/en/underwater-treasure-hunter-franck-goddio/a-37778767

Honours for Mark Knight:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/press/press-release-mark-knight-wins-current-archaeologys-prestigious-archaeologist-of-the-year-award-for-2017.htm
http://www.wisbechstandard.co.uk/news/mark_knight_who_led_the_must_farm_dig_in_whittlesey_which_unearthed_rare_bronze_age_settlement_receives_top_archaeology_award_1_4915138

… and the Cambridge Archaeology Unit’s work at Must Farm:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/press/press-release-cambridge-archaeological-unit-university-of-cambridge-win-current-archaeologys-rescue-project-of-the-year-award-for-2017-for-must-farm.htm

Marking Current Archaeology’s 50th:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/current-archaeology-at-50-half-a-century-of-keeping-up-with-the-past.htm

Some Mardi Gras background:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/mardi-gras-mobile-alabama-new-orleans.html

Big bucks for a Klimt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39142131
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/arts/design/a-59-million-klimt-tops-a-landmark-sothebys-auction-in-london.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/arts/sothebys-impressionist-modern-surrealist-sales/index.html

… and relatively so for some old penicillin mould:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/02/518197111/old-penicillin-mold-auctioned-for-more-than-14-000?sc=17&f=1004
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/01/517979196/this-tiny-patch-of-mold-cost-one-lucky-buyer-nearly-15-000?sc=17&f=1007

Feature on assorted Christian relics around the world:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/01/world/gallery/christian-relics/index.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.jta.org/2017/02/21/news-opinion/world/vatican-rome-jewish-museums-collaborate-on-menorah-exhibition

Naples airport now has an archaeological museum (not the first instance of this):

http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/02/naples-airport-archeological-museum-is-a-world-s-first

Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/173740/vietnam-archaeological-treasures-exhibition-successful-in-germany.html

A guide to the British Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/arts/make-the-most-of-the-british-museum.html

The Grand Egyptian Museum will open in 2018:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/grand-egyptian-museum-open-mid-2018-antiquities-minister

Problems at the Met continue with the director’s resignation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/arts/design/met-museum-director-resigns-thomas-campbell.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39126473
http://www.npr.org/2017/03/03/518087587/new-yorks-met-museum-director-resigns-amid-financial-troubles?sc=17&f=1008

… sparking an OpEd:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/arts/design/how-to-fix-the-met-connect-art-to-life.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Multispectral imaging helps decipher a medieval ‘cure’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-decipher-recipe-treat-medieval-mystic-180962336/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Tracing the DNA of smallpox:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-17th-century-Europe-might-rewritten-history-smallpox-180962114/

I think we’ve mentioned the Denisovan DNA connection to Tibet:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170227-how-tibetans-survive-life-on-the-roof-of-the-world

DNA suggests mammoths were doomed from a genetic standpoint:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39142941
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94264
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On climate change affecting Native American goups:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170226/archaeology-ancient-cultures-also-were-affected-by-climate-change

On the role of archaeologists in documenting past climate change (I think):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archeologists-vanguard-environmental-climate.html
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=172929&CultureCode=en

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Fez:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/02/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-fez-morocco.html

Franklin Expedition sites:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170223-the-island-of-lost-explorers

Jordan:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2017/mar/01/from-petra-to-wadi-rum-an-archaeologists-view-of-jordan

Oplontis:

http://nepr.net/news/2017/03/02/exploring-villas-oplontus-pompeiis-often-overlooked-neighbor/
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CRIME BEAT
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A smuggler caught in the act and fined at Big Bend:

http://kxan.com/2017/02/27/archaeology-smuggler-caught-with-500-stolen-artifacts-at-big-bend/
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2017/03/poacher-archaeological-artifacts-busted-big-bend-national-park-fined-10000

A Palestinian caught with a bag of ancient coins:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-nabbed-at-jordan-crossing-with-sack-of-ancient-coins/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/02/culture-crime-news-20-26-february-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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An Etruscan item was returned to a German museum:

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=66954
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/london-art-dealer-helps-stolen-bronze-return-to-berlin-museum-after-70-years/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20nXX.html

(one will appear later today, but I’m not sure of the number)
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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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Chopin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/arts/music/chopin-is-the-focus-of-bards-summer-music-festival.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

A classical ‘battle of the bands’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/arts/music/battle-of-the-bands-at-175-new-york-and-vienna-face-off.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

For Offenbach fans:

http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/23/offenbach-revival-sees-fantasio-take-the-paris-stage

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/2568-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-february-2017-25-february-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Spencer Hays:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/arts/spencer-hays-dead-art-collector.html

Nicholas Mosley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/books/nicholas-mosley-dead-novelist-wrote-of-father.html

Mostafa el Abbadi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/world/middleeast/mostafa-el-abbadi-great-library-of-alexandria.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Maurizio Tosi:

http://www.magazine.unibo.it/archivio/2017/02/24/lutto-in-ateneo-e-scomparso-il-prof-maurizio-tosi

Anna Marguerite McCann:

http://www.prestonchild.com/archive/in-memoriam/IN-MEMORIAM;art548,597

Ivor Noel Hume:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ivor-noel-hume-who-dug-up-the-colonial-past-at-williamsburg-dies-at-89/2017/02/28/4524912a-faac-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/28/top-authority-on-colonial-williamsburg-dies-at-89/

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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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