Explorator 20.18 ~ August 27, 2017

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

*NB* It being the long weekend and all next week, it is unlikely
that I’ll be able to assemble Explorator; look for a double issue
the following week!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On the effect of the advent of dairy farming on human skulls:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc–fcc082417.php
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/25/birth-farming-caused-jaw-dropping-changes-human-skull-scientists/

There was a lot of grit in naledi’s diet:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/nitty-gritty-homo-naledis-diet-revealed-its-teeth

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AFRICA
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On a ‘lost city’ in Tanzania (700 years bp) battling soil erosion:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoy-cu082117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170821102730.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-lost-city-years-soil-erosion.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/sophisticated-farming-techniques-found-at-700-year-old-tanzanian-site

Feature on Gertrude Aba Mansah Eyifa-Dzidzienyo:

https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/dr-gertrude-eyifa-dzidzienyo-is-first-female-archaeologist.html

Libyan archaeologists are looking for the remains of Barca:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-archeology-authority-look-lost-ancient-city-barca

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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There was some damage to Khufu’s second solar boat during excavation:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275774/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-antiquities-ministry-inspects-Khufus-boat.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5861-170822-egypt-solar-boat-excavation

More on Roman-era tombs from the Dakhla Oasis area:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/275873/Heritage/GrecoRoman/New-Roman-tombs-discovered-in-Egypts-Dakhla-Oasis.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/five-roman-cemeteries-discovered-dakhla-oasis/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/24/an-egyptian-archaeological-mission-discovers-five-roman-tombs-in-dakhla-oasis/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-tombs-dating-back-to-roman-era/2017/08/24/98f398dc-88eb-11e7-96a7-d178cf3524eb_story.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-egypt-archaeologists-uncover-tombs-dating.html
https://www.livescience.com/60223-2000-year-old-egyptian-tombs-from-roman-period.html
https://www.livescience.com/60221-2000-year-old-egyptian-tombs-photos.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-roman-era-tombs/

More on a monk settlement near Minya:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/20/remains-residential-city-found-minya/

8600 years bp remains from Eksi Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/21/8600-year-old-findings-unearthed-in-western-turkeys-eksi-hoyuk

They’re digging at Al Ain (UAE) again:

http://www.gulftoday.ae/portal/b307e809-c9ae-4480-a46a-3e4d06dcd5ac.aspx

Plenty of coverage this week for something new (I’m not sure what … this was known since the 1940s) about the Babylonians’ knowledge of trigonometry:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uons-mmo082117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824141250.htm
https://www.livescience.com/60227-babylonian-clay-tablet-trigonometry.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/history/ancient-babylonian-tablet-identified-as-the-worlds-oldest-trigonometry-table
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/845305/Babylonian-clay-tablet-3-700-years-world-s-oldest-trigonometric-table-Indiana-Jones
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/25/plimpton_322_babylonian_trig_table/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/24/mathematical-secrets-of-ancient-tablet-unlocked-after-nearly-a-century-of-study
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/babylonians-trigonometry-develop-more-advanced-modern-mathematics-3700-years-ago-ancient-a7910936.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/greeks-lose-credit-for-trigonometry/news-story/425b557ff67d4d712cd37a425b10a028
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/ancient-tablet-offers-new-angle-on-birth-of-maths-sydney-researchers-say-20170824-gy3u1w.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-700-old-babylonian-tablet-180000397.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3700-year-old-babylonian-stone-tablet-code-finally-cracked-1636561
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-babylonian-trigonometry-tablet-plimpton-322-video-spd/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/babylonian-clay-tablet-mathematical-mystery-solved

… and just for good measure, there was something about Babylonians’ eclipse-predicting abilities too:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808116
3200 years bp remains of a ‘pagan ritual hall’ from Tel Burna:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808353
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5860-170822-israel-ritual-canaanite-site

More on that 3000 years bp statue from Tayinat:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/3000-year-old-female-statue-found-at-citadel-gate-complex-in-southeast-turkey

A 2800 years bp horse burial from Turkey’s Van province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/23/2800-year-old-horse-skeleton-discovered-in-eastern-turkey

Latest child-finds-artifact-in-Israel story involves a half shekel coin and an 8/9 year-old-girl:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234283
http://www.timesofisrael.com/8-year-old-girl-stumbles-upon-ultra-rare-2000-year-old-half-shekel
https://www.jta.org/2017/08/25/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/8-year-old-israeli-girl-finds-rare-2000-year-old-coin
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/8-year-old-Israeli-girl-finds-2000-year-old-half-shekel-503509

Jerusalem has ‘frozen’ plans to build a luxury hotel on an ancient village site:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-freezes-plan-to-build-luxury-villas-on-ancient-village/

Latest building-a-dam-in-Turkey-will-flood-sites story:

http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-settlement-primed-for-flooding-in-turkey/a-40195104
http://www.theweek.co.uk/87994/turkeys-neolithic-caves-is-destruction-of-heritage-ever-justified
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/turkey-anger-simmers-over-destruction-in-ancient-town.html

Not sure where to put this vague item about finds from Paktia that seem to have Persian connections … maybe not:

http://www.tolonews.com/arts-culture/gold-and-silver-among-relics-found-paktia

More on that mosaic workshop from Jerash:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/08/24/discovery-of-early-islamic-mosaic-tesserae-sheds-light-on-art-and-earthquakes/#5ae161d04cdd

More on finds made during Istanbul’s metro construction:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/23/ancient-human-remains-discovered-in-istanbul-metro-construction-site

Not sure where to put this ‘spinoff’ from the Hobby Lobby case:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/hobby-lobby-funds-israeli-settlement-archaeology-170826181403031.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Possible evidence of winemaking in 4th millennium BCE Italy:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uosf-woi082417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-world-oldest-italian-wine-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824141201.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/copper-age-storage-jar-once-contained-wine

Mycenean tombs from Nemea:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26893-new-mycenaean-tombs-discovered-during-recent-nemea-excavations-in-greece.html

Xrays reveal details in a Herculaneum fresco:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/acs-rah072517.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-remarkable-artistry-hidden-ancient-roman.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170821085702.htm
https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/elemental-maps-reveal-hidden-beauty-of-roman-portrait/3007876.article
https://www.seeker.com/culture/x-ray-reveals-ancient-roman-portrait-covered-in-mt-vesuvius-ash
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-roman-painting-x-ray-technology-spd/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/captivating-new-look-at-ancient-painting-buried-by-volcano.aspx
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-roman-painting-buried-thousands-years-after-vesuvius-eruption-gets-new-life-1635682
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samlemonick/2017/08/21/science-is-uncovering-the-exquisite-detail-in-this-faded-painting/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-details-portrait-once-hidden-under-vesuvius-ash-180964592/

A pair of Roman sarcophagi from near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/23/roman-sarcophagi-discovered-near-stadio_ce131439-7bb3-4ea9-902a-331e4ef81b05.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/ancient-roman-sarcophagi-discovered-chance-next-romes-football/
https://www.thelocal.it/20170824/ancient-roman-tombs-found-near-football-stadium-in-italy

Metal detectorists found a major coin hoard near Cornwall:

http://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/treasure-hunting-pair-unearthed-nearly-367139
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5869-170824-england-roman-coins

A second century cistern from Peperikon:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/08/25/archaeology-2nd-century-ce-drinking-water-collection-tank-found-at-bulgarias-perperikon/

… and assorted Roman structural remains from Sofia:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/08/25/archaeology-ancient-tavern-shops2-found-under-sofias-sveta-nedelya-square/

Latest from that Colchian Kingdom dig we’ve mentioned a couple of times:

http://agenda.ge/news/85935/eng

A Byzantine-era mosaic with a Justinianic ‘inscription’ from Jerusalem:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-rare-byzantine-mosaic-revealed-jerusalem.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=503199
http://www.timesofisrael.com/once-in-a-lifetime-find-of-ancient-greek-inscription-uncovered-at-jerusalems-old-city-gate/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234406
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808491
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/emperor-justinian-mosaic-inscription-unearthed-near-damascus-gate/2017/08/23/
http://forward.com/fast-forward/380811/miraculous-1-500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
http://forward.com/news/world/380813/miraculous-1-500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
http://www.dw.com/en/rare-1500-year-old-mosaic-discovered-in-jerusalem/a-40214870
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-25/construction-workers-unearth-6th-century-mosaic-in-jerusalem/8841794
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/byzantine-mosaic-revealed-in-jerusalem-old-city.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117163&NewsCatID=375
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/845177/christian-mosaic-floor-greek-Jerusalem
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rare-byzantine-mosaic-revealed-jerusalems-old-city-132841311.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-idUSKCN1B3195
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26894-greek-inscription-discovered-on-1500-year-old-jerusalem-mosaic-floor.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5863-170823-israel-byzantine-inscription

Remains of a Roman bath at Faversham:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/archaeologists-dig-in-to-reveal-130738/

Possible Roman tweezers from the Washingborough bypass dig (maybe medieval though):

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/washingborough-bypass-dig-unearths-pristine-382978

Restoration work has started at the stadium at Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-stadium-in-denizli-under-restoration.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116945&NewsCatID=375

… and digging has started/resumed at Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/21/422196/veliko-tarnovo-archaeological-research-starts-in-roman-city-of-nicopolis-ad-istrum.html

Feature on the Seven Wonders:

http://www.salon.com/2017/08/20/how-we-lost-the-seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world/

Feature on Kathleen Martinez’ ongoing search for the tomb of Cleo:

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2017/08/21/dominican-archaeologist-upbeat-on-finding-cleopatra-efe/

Feature on Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15487343.Visitors_could_in_future_see_what_lies_under_the_ground_at_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_in_three_dimensional_scan_of_buried_ruins/

Feature on the ancient Greek diet:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/22/eating-habits-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on Commodus:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/evenings/commodus/8840516

… and Menander:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/midweek/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503658&objectid=11911137

… and damnatio memoriae type things (with modern comparisons):

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450810/civil-war-monuments-rome-can-teach-america-about-preserving-history

… and Troy:

https://www.livescience.com/38191-ancient-troy.html

Opeddish on Caligula:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/caligula-roman-empire.html

Pondering what Pompeii would be like if Vesuvius didn’t erupt:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/what-would-pompeii-be-like-if-vesuvius-never-erupted.aspx

Some recent research on some of the victims:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/08/24/pregnant-women-and-fetuses-among-vesuvius-victims-archaeologists-reveal/

On the Castle Howard sculptures ‘saved for the nation’:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15482605.The_Roman_treasures_from_Castle_Howard_saved_for_the_nation_in_a___5_4_million_tax_deal/

More on Brexit and the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.dw.com/en/greece-could-use-brexit-to-recover-stolen-parthenon-art/a-40038439

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

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of an 8th century settlement near Sallins:

http://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/266292/archaeologists-discover-8th-century-settlement-near-sallins.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5862-170822-ireland-kildare-early-medieval-complex

Remains of a huge 9th century ‘slaughter hound’ from Co Kildare:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/beware-of-the-dog-giant-killer-canine-is-unearthed-z0s57ttw6

A small 700 years bp coin hoard from Carlisle:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Treasure-dating-back-more-than-700-years-found-in-Carlisle-366cbf78-5138-499d-9993-b8f4c66819b8-ds

Medieval burials from Swords Castle:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/burials-uncovered-at-swords-castle-dig-1.3196904

Solving a 13th century mystery at a Russian site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-russian-archaeological-13th-century-mystery.html

Remains of a 13th century gateway in Vinne:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20633435/archaeologists-find-gateway-from-13th-century-in-vinne.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5873-170825-slovakia-viniansky-castle

I think we mentioned this 200 years bp ‘refugee camp’ site near Galway:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5858-170821-galway-linen-refugee-camp

Questioning a seal purportedly used by Robert the Bruce:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15497256.Doubts_raised_over_famous_seals_said_to_have_been_used_by_Robert_the_Bruce_which_may_be_replicas/

A town council ‘mistake’ halted an Ipswich Cornhill dig:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-41012498

Surveying a WWI POW camp site in Jersey:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/25/archaeologists-survey-pow-camp/

Protected status for some shipwreck sites off the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40991727

On Italy’s efforts to rebuild earthquake-damaged sites:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/21/italy-rebuilding-quake-damaged-heritage_0ade2047-d96d-43f3-8446-1969e4e2d047.html

Latest examination of the Venus of Vesti Dolni Vestonice:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/shapely-czech-venus-reveals-secrets

Plans to reinter thousands of burials from the St Nicholas East Kirk (Aberdeen) dig a decade ago:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/1-000-skeletons-found-in-aberdeen-to-be-reinterred-1-4540552

Tracking down a Christopher Columbus letter that had been stolen from the Vatican:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/24/sleuths-track-centuries-old-copy-letter-written-christopher/

Medieval London was a violent place:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2145415-medieval-london-was-the-most-violent-place-in-england/

More on mikvehs from the Great Vilna synagogue dig:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5006995,00.html

More on the Ballachulish goddess:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/the-return-of-the-2-500-year-old-ballachulish-goddess-1-4542330

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Latest from the Naringala Fortress dig:

http://www.today.az/news/society/164339.html

A 400 years bp Korean mummy apparently had a bad meal:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808565

A 16th century Ganesh idol from Hyderabad:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/250817/guntur-16th-century-ganesh-found.html

The Taj Mahal is apparently a tomb, not a temple:

http://www.india.com/news/india/asi-admits-taj-mahal-is-a-tomb-not-a-temple-2429472/

On life in early colonial New Zealand:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/95863669/milton-burial-project-a-work-in-progress-to-reveal-the-lives-and-deaths-of-early-pioneerss

Concerns for Indian antiquities:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indian-antiquities-under-threat-are-we-aware-of-the-implications/articleshow/60239492.cms

Efforts to save colonial-era fountains in Mumbai:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-40847731

Attempting to get Heritage Status for some burial mounds in Osaka:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=news&p=1255656

More on evidence of an ancient trade network in Viet Nam:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-network-vietnam.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5857-170821-vietnam-ancient-trade-network

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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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Learning about Ohio’s early crops from seeds and pollen remains:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170820/archaeology-ancient-seeds-pollen-show-ohios-lost-crops

An Ohlone site in Fremont:

http://abc7news.com/realestate/exclusive-developer-uncovers-ohlone-indian-remains-i-team-investigates/2336282/

Interesting study of what led to the demise of the Hunley and crew:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-confederate-submarine-crew-weapon.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/du-csc081817.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/08/24/science-may-have-solved-the-150-year-old-mystery-of-a-sunken-civil-war-submarine
http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-solve-mystery-of-us-civil-war-submarine-1.22447

Feature on the ‘Bourbon Pompeii’:

http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article169294127.html
http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Bourbon-Pompeii-Rare-find-now-open-to-visitors-441561733.html

Home renovations in Ohio reveal a 19th century log cabin:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/24/couple-discover-19th-century-log-cabin-during-home-renovation.html
http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/08/25/ohio-log-cabin-discovery-orig-vstan.cnn

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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16 Chinese migrant burials (100 years bp) at the Huaca Bellavista site (lots of confusing headlines with this one):

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-chinese-skeletons-found-in-lima-archaeological-site-679681.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-peru-pre-incan-site-tomb-chinese.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/peru-discovers-bodies-16-chinese-migrants-pre-incan-tomb-gallery-1.3440001?old=/gallery.html
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/at-ancient-pyramid-in-peru–remains-of-20th-century-chinese-labourers-found/43468128
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-archaeology-idUSKCN1B504W
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5871-170825-peru-indentured-labor

Assorted Inca remains from around Machu Picchu:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-inca-paintings-funerary-contexts-found-near-machu-picchu-679880.aspx

Feature on the Maya:

https://www.livescience.com/41781-the-maya.html

Mexico has created a special police division to deal with cultural heritage issues:

http://www.dw.com/en/mexico-creates-new-federal-police-division-to-protect-cultural-heritage/a-40255182

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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The Biblical commentary of Bishop Fortunatianus has been translated:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/22/dont-take-bible-literally-says-scholar-brought-light-earliest/

Victor Nuovo on Locke:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-locke-saw-evil-patriarchy

In case you’re wondering about the fate of statuary in the US South:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41030362
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41002743

… and Australia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41020363

… and pondering how Shakespeare spelled his name (because of a statue):

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-shakespeare-hecuba-statue-usc-20170823-htmlstory.html

On the family that saved Monticello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/08/23/neo-nazis-rallied-around-jeffersons-statue-at-uva-but-it-was-jews-who-saved-monticello/

A Constable fake is now considered original:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41000338

Recreating recipes from 17th century ships:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/503719/archaeologists-are-recreating-recipes-17th-century-ships

On the history of tulips:

http://www.dw.com/en/tulips-dramatic-journey-to-europe/g-40199643

On female Russian soldiers during WWI:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/insider/russian-women-muster-for-a-battalion-of-death.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-warriors-russian-revolution-180963067/

Feature on Champollion:

http://catholicstarherald.org/the-man-who-mastered-the-rosetta-stone/

On baked puddings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41036341

On the slow adoption of electricity:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40673694

On Primitivism (art movement):

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170818-how-a-small-african-figurine-changed-art

On the sound of ancient languages:

https://holykaw.alltop.com/ancient-languages-sounded-like

On the Battle of Hill 70 (WWI):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41004040

On the Westminster chimes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-40997642

More eclipse-related items:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/solar-eclipses-then-and-now/

More on the find of the USS Indianapolis:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/uss-indianapolis-lost-wwii-warship-found-pacific-ocean-72-years-later-navy-sea-submarine-a7903436.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Lewis Carroll’s photos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41024587

Faces of Power:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-museum-coin-exhibit-shows-a-daughters-love-is-worth-more-than-gold/

Centennial of the Everyday:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-simple-objects-speak-about-life-in-an-18th-century-hostelry/2017/08/24/bfb5bfe0-8693-11e7-a50f-e0d4e6ec070a_story.html

Splendor and Beauty (Chinese antiquities):

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1063168.shtml

Scythians:

https://www.ft.com/content/96cca90c-7c63-11e7-ab01-a13271d1ee9c

Plans for an open air museum near Persepolis:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/416132/Open-air-museum-to-be-set-up-near-Persepolis

Rommel’s Cave Museum in Egypt is reopening:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/275975/Heritage/Museums/Rommels-Cave-Museum-in-Egypt-to-be-reopened-Friday.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/rommel-cave-museum-reopened-7-years/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/26/c_136555993.htm

The Met has turned over that disputed vase:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Met-surrenders-looted-Ancient-Greek-vase-to-US-authorities-for-investigation

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure where ‘soundscape’ archaeology pieces fit best .. this one is one an Ice Age site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-life-ice-age-captured-soundscape.html

Studying the clay of the Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/china-terra-cotta-army-clay

Another piece on replicating ancient weapons at Kent State:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lab-replicates-weapons-early-feats-north-american-engineering-180964077/

Another feature on LiDAR:

https://qz.com/1060921/self-driving-cars-use-the-same-technology-that-discovers-ancient-civilizations/

Not sure how relevant this 3d scanning of fossilized feces is to our purview:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824150951.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Rethinking the impact of ‘caveman’ DNA:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170823140650.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-cavemen-genetic-checkup.html

More on turkey DNA:

https://news.wsu.edu/2017/08/22/dna-suggests-pueblo-migration/
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-dwellers/article_602da09b-32ed-5967-b94d-d642d66368c5.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Abandoned castles:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/abandoned-castles-worldwide/index.html

Conquest Cup:

https://nyti.ms/2v4R9Rl

Ethiopia’s Underground Churches:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170817-ethiopias-miraculous-underground-churches

Alhambra palace:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170817-the-secret-world-of-granadas-alhambra-palace

Budapest:

http://www.dw.com/en/budapest-new-life-in-old-ruins/a-40178137

Egungun Festival (Nigeria):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41026019

Zerzevan Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/zerzevan-castle-home-to-secret-history-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117141&NewsCatID=375

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CRIME BEAT
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Viking objects stolen from a Norway museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2017/08/20/400-immeasurable-viking-objects-stolen-from-museum-in-norway

Theft from a site in South Africa is raising a lot of concerns:

http://www.nature.com/news/theft-of-south-african-relics-riles-researchers-1.22479
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-08-23-theft-of-gold-relics-from-kruger-museum-angers-archaeologists/

Two smuggling busts in Egypt … the second one is kind of strange:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/21/authorities-spoils-attempts-smuggling-rare-ancient-relics-outside-egypt/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/bizarre-18th-century-jewish-items-seized-from-archaeology-smuggler-in-egypt/
http://www.menafn.com/1095755473/Authorities-spoils-attempts-of-smuggling-rare-ancient-relics-outside-Egypt

… I think this is one of the above in more detail:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/275899/Heritage/Islamic/Egyptian-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smuggle-Khedi.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/cairo-airport-foils-attempt-smuggle-khedival-era-antiquities-saudi-arabia/

Latest idiot-visitor-breaks-a-museum-object-while-trying-to-take-a-photo story:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/22/museum-visitor-damages-800-year-old-coffin-lifting-child-photo/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/aug/22/museum-visitors-photo-stunt-damages-800-year-old-coffin-essex
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-41012491

Arrests for illegal diving for antiquities off Mani (Greece):

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/26877-six-arrested-on-charge-of-illegal-diving-for-antiquities-in-mani-greece.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/23/six-men-charged-with-illegal-diving-for-antiquities-in-mani/

This ‘stolen coins’ case involving a British man in Turkey is being spun in various ways:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-41056552

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

https://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/08/culture-crime-news-7-20-august-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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On what India has recovered since 2014:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/210817/24-antiquities-brought-back-by-modi-government-since-2014.html
http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=17112&SEO=india-recovered-24-antiquities-in-three-years

On returning Nazi loot:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41000756

Turkey wants the Hittite King Maradas to be returned:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-asks-for-return-of-hittite-king-maradas.aspx?pageID=238&nid=117042&NewsCatID=375

A piece of marble pipe taken from Olympia was returned:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/26879-fragment-of-ancient-marble-pipe-taken-from-ancient-olympia-returned-to-greece.html

The Metepenagiag people are celebrating the return of a number of artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/artifacts-metepenagiag-return-artifacts-new-brunswick-first-nation-1.4261942?cmp=rss

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n34.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n35.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/2642-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-13-through-19-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Martin Roth:

http://uk.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2454507/martin-roth-former-director-of-va-museum-dies-at-62

Bridget Allchin:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/23/bridget-allchin-obituary

Martin Aitken:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/24/martin-aitken-obituary

Ian Graham:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/08/25/ian-graham-mayan-field-archaeologist-obituary/

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.17 ~ August 20, 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, Trevor Watkins, Trevor
Ogden, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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

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AFRICA
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A survey of petroglyphs from the Namib Desert:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5843-170815-namibia-initiation-rock-art

Concerns for Somali cave art:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2017/0816/Finding-Somaliland-s-ancient-cave-art-is-hard.-Protecting-it-could-be-harder
https://www.yahoo.com/news/finding-somalilands-ancient-cave-art-hard-protecting-could-203710342.html

The chicken and black rat came to Africa via Indian Ocean trade:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-early-indian-ocean-routes-chicken.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/mpif-eio081717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817141533.htm

Feature on Ibrahima Thiaw’s work looking for slave shipwrecks:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-secrets-deep-senegal-slave-shipwreck.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98199/Secrets-of-the-deep–Senegal-s-slave-shipwreck-detective

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Three Ptolemaic burials from Minya (and possibly a large necropolis with more):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275381/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Three-Ptolemaic-tombs-uncovered-in-Minya,-contents.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/three-ptolemaic-tombs-uncovered-minya-discovery-indicates-large-cemetery/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/15/three-ptolemaic-tombs-discovered-in-egypts-minya-suggesting-a-large-cemetery/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/17421/3-Ptolemaic-tombs-discovered-in-Minya
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-egypt-archaeologists-tombs-dating-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/60164-three-ancient-tombs-discovered-in-egypt.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-new-discovery-2000-year-old-tomb-sarcophagi-al-kamin-al-sarwahi-minya-a7895671.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40939274
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11906155
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/15/three-2000-year-old-sarcophagi-discovered-in-egypt
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-tombs-more-2000-years-old-uncovered-archaeologists-hidden-burial-651126
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807195
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-tombs-uncovered-egypt-achaemenid-archaeology-history-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5844-170815-egypt-ptolemaic-tombs

… I think this is the same story, with an overly ambitious headline:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/archaeologists-discover-new-pyramids-southern-egypt-1010940

Also in Minya, a Coptic-era monk’s village of some sort:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275588/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Possible-ancient-monks-complex-discovered-in-Minya.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/20/remains-residential-city-found-minya/
http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/515432/World/Mena/Egypt
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/08/18/New-archaeological-discovery-of-churches-and-monasteries-in-Egypt.html

A report (which missed the rounding lesson) that some 32 000+ items have disappeared from Egyptian museums over the past fifty years:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170817-egypt-loses-33600-historical-artefacts-over-50-years/

… which was denied by Ministry officials:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-official-denies-robbery-32000-archaeological-pieces-museum/

The Ministry also pointed out how many sites it is digging at:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/18/antiquities-ministry-excavating-30-archaeological-sites-every-season/

Major funds for sites and museums in Egypt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/18/government-spends-egp-2-5bn-develop-museums-archaeological-sites/
http://www.menafn.com/1095750704/Egypt-collects-EGP200mn-for-restoration-of-Islamic-Coptic-monuments

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.livescience.com/60154-rosetta-stone.html

Latest finds (I think we’re talking 12 000 years bp) from Kortik Tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kortik-hill-offers-thousands-of-artifacts.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116813&NewsCatID=375

Latest finds from Istanbul’s subway construction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/subway-construction-excavations-fill-gap-in-istanbuls-history.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116851&NewsCatID=375

Vessels with the ‘tree of life’ motif from Domuztepe Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/vessels-with-tree-of-life-motifs-found-in-turkeys-domuztepe.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116699&NewsCatID=375

The longstanding claim that copper was being smelted at Catal Huyuk some 8500 years bp is being explained with a bit more nuance:

http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/mystery-of-8-500-year-old-copper-making-event-revealed-through-materials-science
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc-mo8081117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mystery-year-old-copper-making-event-revealed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095111.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-origins-metal-making-solved-by-analysis-8500-year-old-copper-1635123

Cf: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440317301024

A 2600 years bp Egyptian seal from Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mystic-egyptian-seal-found-in-mugla-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116812&NewsCatID=378

We may have mentioned this 3000 years bp female statue from Tayinat:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-year-old-female-statue.html
http://www.eurasiareview.com/12082017-turkey-found-3000-year-old-female-statue-at-citadel-gate-complex/

More on that stone vessel production site in Galilee:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-find-Galilee-excavations-reveal-a-2,000-year-old-stone-vessel-workshop.aspx
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-production-center-502056
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=44559
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001775,00.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.806640
https://www.livescience.com/60131-jesus-era-stoneware-factory-uncovered.html

Interesting find (maybe) from a Dead Sea Scroll interpretation:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806283

An early Islamic-era house from Jordan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5842-170815-jordan-umayyad-house-unearthed

Remains of a 1000 years bp perfume shop in Sanliurfa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/19/1000-year-old-perfume-shop-discovered-in-turkeys-sanliurfa

I think we mentioned this 8th centuury CE mosaic workshop from Jerash:

https://www.livescience.com/60132-earthquake-reveals-mosaic-production-practices.html

Concerns for sites in Jordan:

http://www.menafn.com/1095742672/US-scholar-shares-concerns-over-preservation-of-archaeological-sites

We’re reading again of an upcoming antiquities forum in Riyadh:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1146586/saudi-arabia

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Hellenistic temple from Umm Qais:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/first-its-kind%E2%80%99-hellenistic-temple-discovered-umm-qais
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5849-170816-jordan-hellenistic-temple

A Roman villa (re)find at Realmonte:

http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-uncover-sicilian-villa-ancient-roman-empire-2578815
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5846-170816-sicily-roman-villa

A metal detectorist found a Roman ‘measuring device’ (in the UK they call them ‘dividers’):

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/15466752.Metal_detectorist_mistook___39_find_of_his_life__39__for_rusty_tent_peg/

Roman finds from a dig in Bedford:

http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/archaeologist-dubs-bronze-spoon-finding-from-roman-villa-dig-like-8216-sex-on-a-stick-8217/story-30487773-detail/story.html

Possible remains of a Roman temple in the Meon Valley:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15471916.Meon_Valley_dig_unearths_evidence_of_temple/

Not sure when this ‘near Spilsbury’ hoard was found:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/stunned-metal-detectors-discover-hoard-338853#ICID=sharebar_twitter

A Greek inscription from the Crimea:

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ancient-marble-slab-inscription-found-crimea.html

Plans to excavate the ‘gladiator stadium’ at Laodicea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/16/gladiators-arena-to-be-unearthed

They’ve found some interesting items (not necessarily ancient) in the wreck of Elgin’s ship:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/08/15/items-recovered-from-wreck-of-elgins-ship-off-kythira/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26796-new-impressive-ancient-treasures-discovered-at-historical-kythira-shipwreck.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5848-170816-greece-mentor-elgin-excavation

The curator of the Cleveland MoA believes the Cleveland Apollo is a Praxitelean original:

http://www.clevelandleader.com/cleveland-museum-art-curator-makes-controversial-claim-bronze-apollo-statue-greek-original/

Analysis of silver from Roman coins provides links to Hannibal’s defeat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/gc-afd081117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814092835.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-analysis-defeat-hannibal-written-coins.html
https://www.livescience.com/60141-ancient-coins-trace-rome-rising-power.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/13/roman-coins-show-evidence-hannibals-defeat-scientists-say/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/14/roman-coins-analysis-tells-hannibal-defeat-rome-rise
https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/roman-conquest-of-spain-written-in-chemistry-of-ancient-coins
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2200-year-old-coins-record-hannibals-defeat-start-roman-empire-1634912
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-composition-coins-confirms-story-rise-rome-180964513/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5811-170814-rome-silver-coins

Analysis of a tiny piece of pipe, claimed to be from Pompeii, leads to a theory that antimony was a major health threat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uosd-pwh081717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817110902.htm
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-pompeii-pipes-contaminated-toxic.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/history/antinomy-poisoning-not-lead-may-have-contributed-to-the-roman-empires-fall
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pompeii-did-antimony-poisoning-lead-downfall-roman-empire-1635637
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5853-170818-pompeii-antimony-water-pipe

Cf: https://rogueclassicism.com/2017/08/18/on-antimony-in-pipes-and-pompeii-yeah-about-that/

The upcoming eclipse spawned an article on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/60144-antikythera-computer-predicted-eclipses.html

Feature on Cicero:

http://www.livelaw.in/cicero-greatest-lawyer-times/

Why study Classics?:

http://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2017/08/17/why_study_the_classics_110191.html

The SCS statement on diversity in the ancient world and misuse of Classical images:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/08/15/classicists-condemn-use-images-racists

On the claim that all roads lead to Rome:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-mythbusting-ancient-romedid-roads.html

In case you haven’t heard enough silliness this week, here’s a claim that Caesar’s invasion of Britain was invented by Alfred the Great:

http://cphpost.dk/news/caesar-conquering-britain-a-9th-century-invention-by-alfred-the-great.html

What Tommye Lou Davis is up to:

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/longtime-baylor-administrator-davis-out-as-vice-president/article_02f21ec5-cb98-53bb-b32f-244346b2443e.html
http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Longtime-Baylor-administrator-to-return-to-classroom-440934523.html

Stephen Fry will be dealing with ancient Greek myth:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220935/article/ekathimerini/life/stephen-fry-takes-on-mythical-figures-from-ancient-greece
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26801-stephen-fry-takes-on-mythical-figures-from-ancient-greece-in-ontario.html

More on France’s ‘mini Pompeii’:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/archeologists-dig-frances-mini-pompeii-roman-town-frozen-time-fire/

More on citrons as luxury items in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/afot-cfl081117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-citrus-luxury-item-cash-crop.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170818092100.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Citrus-fruit-From-ancient-luxury-item-to-todays-cash-crop-502579
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/israeli-researcher-says-citrons-lemons-were-luxuries-in-ancient-mediterranean/2017/08/17/

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

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Plenty of finds from an Anglo Saxon cemetery on Holy Island:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/complete-skeletons-anglo-saxon-cemetery-13474400
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5845-170815-lindisfarne-anglo-saxon-cemetery-skeletons

… and plenty of Anglo Saxon burials found during the Lincoln Bypass construction:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/mystery-over-400-ancient-graves-346698

A metal detectorist has found a Bronze Age hoard of some sort from Thanet:

http://www.kentlive.news/a-cliftonville-man-has-found-a-gold-coin-and-a-treasure-trove-while-metal-detecting-in-thanet/story-30485584-detail/story.html

Cup and ring marks in Ilkley Moor:

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15479067.Intriguing_cup_and_ring_marks_discovered_on_archaeology_trail_on_Ilkley_Moor/

Searching for remains of a Pictish settlement near Blair Atholl:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/archaeologists-return-to-north-east-seat-of-pictish-kings-1-4536178
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15483296.Blair_Atholl_burial_dig_hopes_to_find_more_signs_of_Pictish_life/
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/search-pictish-settlement-11008380

A metal detectorist found a 6th century coin pendant:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-40962865

A 9th century Arabic coin from Svaty Jur:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628379/unique-discovery-proves-contact-between-great-moravia-and-orient.html

A medieval church and burials from Lucerne:

https://www.thelocal.ch/20170815/medieval-church-and-skeletons-unearthed-in-lucerne-city-centre

A medieval coin hoard from Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-make-stunning-treasure-find-in-denmark.html

Archaeologists have located and excavated Greenwich Palace:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/greenwich-palace-henry-viii-birthplace-remains-discovered-archaeologists-old-royal-naval-college-a7894331.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98204/Archaeological-find-uncovers-royal-palace-where-Henry-VIII-and-Elizabeth-I-were-born

Remains of Vilna’s 17th century synagogue includes a pair of mikvehs:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/two-mikvahs-exposed-in-vilnas-great-synagogue-70-years-after-destruction/2017/08/17/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234046
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-the-heart-of-nazi-razed-vilnius-synagogue/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807434
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Discover-in-Lithuania-archeologists-find-ruins-of-Great-Synagogue-502804
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/great-synagogue-vilna-ritual-baths-that-survived-nazi-soviet-destruction-revealed-1635597
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5851-170817-lithuania-great-synagogue

Plenty of finds (including remains of the crew) during the underwater excavation of the Rooswijk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-40962097
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/17/lost-crew-18th-century-dutch-treasure-ship-found-coast-kent/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/18/treasure-and-intrigue-scientists-unravel-story-of-1740-kent-shipwreck
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/team-explores-secrets-of-18th-130720/
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/shipwreck-excavations-at-goodwin-sands-shed-new-light-on-voyagers-untold-stories-1-5154772
http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/dutch-east-india-company-ship-rooswijk-archaeologists-discovery-58436
http://artdaily.com/news/98194/Bones–silver-found-in-18th-century-Dutch-wreck-off-UK
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/shipwreck-rooswijk-dutch-trading-kent-england-artifacts-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5852-170818-england-dutch-shipwreck

Evidence of a 200 years bp ‘refugee camp’ from Galway:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/archaeologist-finds-200-year-old-galway-refugee-camp-1.3190982

Excavating a 100 years bp Kilwinning cottage:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/secrets-100-year-old-kilwinning-10997665

Plans to dig Caithness’ brochs:

http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/caithness-digs-deep-to-discover-secrets-of-its-brochs-1-4533401

Brief hype for a dig at Voden fortress:

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/16/422046/plovdiv-archaeological-excavations-at-voden-fortress-in-asenovgrad-continue.html

A brooch associated with Richard III is coming to auction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-40961864

Moscow might be a hundred years older than previously thought:

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/moscow-58670

Interesting theory about the Uffington White Horse:

http://archaeology.org/issues/269-1709/from-the-trenches/5830-trenches-england-prehistoric-uffington-white-horse

By the time you read this, they’re probably already digging the Oxford flood channel:

http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/15482834.Oxford_flood_channel_archaeology_digs_to_begin_within_days/
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15482834.Oxford_flood_channel_archaeology_digs_to_begin_within_days/

Rethinking some images associated with the Plague:

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/08/18/542435991/those-iconic-images-of-the-plague-thats-not-the-plague

Feature on the Ballachulish goddess:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/who-was-the-2-500-year-old-ballachulish-goddess-1-4534045

Plans for the Globe Theatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40972934

A 5000 years bp possible image of an eclipse from Ireland is being brought up again for obvious reasons:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/18/this-5000-year-old-stone-carving-may-be-the-worlds-first-drawing-of-an-eclipse/
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/18/worlds-first-drawing-of-an-eclipse/

We mentioned this 4000 years bp dagger find from Slovakia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/16/c_136530140.htm

I think we mentioned the reopening of Joint Mitnor cave, with 3d printed replicas of items that were stolen:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-plundered-thieves-ancient-cave-reopens-3-d-replicas-stolen-fossils-180964455/

More on that circular Viking fortress from Denmark:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/thousand-year-old-viking-fortress-reveals-technologically-advanced-society

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

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Neolithic remains from the Kashmir:

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/stone-age-kashmiri-was-intelligent-skilled-burzahom-findings/257574.html

Evidence of a Vietnamese trading network which operated 4500-3000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/anu-aua081717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-network-vietnam.html
http://citynews.com.au/2017/anu-uncovers-vietnamese-trading-network/
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-trading-network-vietnam
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/evidence-for-long-distance-neolithic-trading-network-in-vietnam-uncovered

Taking rubbings from a 1st century CE Mongolian cliff inscription:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2107500/archaeologists-discover-story-chinas-ancient-military-might

Possible evidence of a second capital in 8th century Osaka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708170055.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5850-170817-japan-ancient-capital-unearthed

A 1000 years bp royal burial from North Korea (!):

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/638688/north-korea-Goryeo-Dynasty-tomb-Kaesong-archeology-kcna-Suk-Jong

Conserving items in Ladakh monasteries:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/asi-comes-to-rescue-of-1000-year-old-antiquities-in-ladakh-monasteries/articleshow/60062684.cms

Not sure about this ‘Great Wall of Siberia’ item:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/discovered-the-great-wall-of-siberia-dating-to-1st-millennium-bc/
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/841374/Great-Wall-Siberia-discovery-Altai-Mountains-achaeology

Roundabout construction in New Zealand reveals an ancient Maori settlement:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11903872
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11903872
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5855-170817-new-zealand-maori-settlement

Feature on life in colonial New Zealand:

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/08/16/42910/how-tough-was-life-in-colonial-new-zealand

The Chinese art market is sputtering, apparently:

https://news.artnet.com/market/2016-chinese-art-market-report-shows-market-in-doldrums-1050767

A history of Guam:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-500-year-history-guam-180964508/

More on dog-eating rituals in Siberia:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2143891-ancient-warriors-killed-and-ate-their-dogs-as-rite-of-passage/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

More on that well-preserved Siberian mummy:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/meet-the-mummified-polar-beauty-her-long-eyelashes-and-hair-still-intact-after-900-years/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/11/mundo_global/1502453125_358701.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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A 1500 years bp midden from Camarines Sur:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/923681/1500-yr-old-artifacts-found-in-camsur

Latest from the Fort Edward dig:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/nyregion/french-indian-war-fort-edward-new-york-18th-century-british-troops.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Archaeology-dig-on-NY-Colonial-military-site-11883012.php
http://www.njherald.com/article/20170818/AP/308189981
http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Archaeology-dig-on-NY-Colonial-military-site-wrapping-up-441005053.html

Digging the Sandwich site (near Windsor, ON):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/indigenous-monitors-added-archaeological-sandwich-roundabout-1.4251857

On efforts to save Mi’kmaq artifacts threatened by erosion:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/saving-mi-kmaq-artifacts-before-they-wash-into-the-sea-1.4251195?cmp=rss

Feature on Benjamin Lay:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/opinion/sunday/youll-never-be-as-radical-as-this-18th-century-quaker-dwarf.html

… and Josiah Henson:

http://www.somdnews.com/independent/spotlight/archaeologist-retraces-the-steps-of-an-underground-railroad-pioneer/article_d985d818-4190-53ff-849c-643fef767271.html

… and Martin Frobisher:

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2017/08/16/how-a-middle-aged-midwestern-nobody-made-his-mark-in-the-arctic/
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/maps-worldwide-were-changed-how-a-novice-explorer-made-his-mark-in-the-arctic-in-1860/wcm/17e974ec-1a1d-4bb0-b3c4-88d844ea34dc

Oldest known photo of a US president:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/arts/design/john-quincy-adams-daguerreotype-sothebys-auction.html

On the Russian presence in North America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/russia-america.html

Latest on the demise of the Franklin crew:

http://gizmodo.com/new-clues-emerge-about-doomed-expedition-through-the-no-1797855047

In case you want to know about assorted Confederate monuments (varied coverage):

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/16/us/confederate-monuments-removed.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40966800
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40978515

Hopes for more study of a possible slave burial ground in Brooklyn:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/call-study-slave-burial-ground-brooklyn-article-1.3421089

More on that Pueblaon petroglyph which might depict an eclipse:

https://www.livescience.com/60129-ancient-rock-art-depicts-solar-eclipse.html

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A circular wall from Peru:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-3000yearold-circular-stone-wall-found-in-cusco-678217.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5809-170814-peru-circular-wall-unearthed

Feature on a ‘Mayan Pompeii’:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mayan-pompeii-offers-snapshot-ancient-village-frozen-time-by-massive-volcanic-eruption-1635133

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40448607

… and offices:

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/people-human-resources/from-medieval-monks-to-online-connectivity-a-short-history-of-the-office/

Assorted coverage of various eclipses throughout history and human reactions thereto:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170811-why-do-we-associate-eclipses-with-the-end-of-the-world
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/science/eclipse-discoveries-science.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/science/solar-eclipse-myths.html
http://www.fox9.com/fox-content-hub/274567152-story
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/16/543532422/how-eclipses-changed-history
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/eclipse-myths/
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/eclipses-show-wrong-physics-can-give-right-results
http://theconversation.com/how-ancient-cultures-explained-eclipses-79887
http://www.thedailytimes.com/columns/steve_wildsmith/eclipse-tips-prepare-for-werewolves-and-the-moon-serpent/article_1923e82b-71da-5b62-aed8-0de123d115f6.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-folklore-tells-us-about-eclipses-180964488/

How Switzerland transformed the idea of breakfast:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170808-how-switzerland-transformed-breakfast

Almost in our period of purview but of interest … a missing British tank turned up at the Somme:

http://www.ntnews.com.au/technology/world-war-i-archaeological-dig-at-the-somme-turns-up-missing-british-tank-that-fled-due-to-cowardice/news-story/e9639bcaae9e2e75e3bbe5475a90eb14

… and not in our time period, but of interest is the find of the USS Indianapolis wreck:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-wwii-warship-uss-indianapolis/2017/08/19/9b432b1c-8520-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/20170819/researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-wwii-warship-uss-indianapolis
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Researchers-find-wreckage-of-lost-WWII-warship-11944819.php
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/08/19/wreck-of-warship-uss-indianapolis-found-deep-in-pacific-after-72-years.html
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/19/researchers-find-wreckage-uss-indianapolis/

A possibly misleading translation in the King James Bible:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.807467

Feature on Machiavelli:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/political-animal/

Victor Nuovo is dealing with Locke and Hobbes this week:

http://addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-does-mind-always-think

A plea from archaeologists to stop hoarding bones:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stop-hoarding-ancient-bones-plead-archaeologists1/

Using archaeology to rethink osteoarthritis:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/15/543402095/creaky-knees

On torches and intimidation throughout history:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/08/15/a-short-history-of-torches-and-intimidation/

Review of a biography of Freud:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/books/review/freud-biography-frederick-crews.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://eastpdxnews.com/general-news-features/pompeii-comes-to-life-at-omsi/

Feature on the Neanderthal Museum:

http://www.dw.com/en/is-man-the-eternal-migrant-neanderthal-museum-explores-history-of-human-movement/a-40094864
http://www.dw.com/en/two-million-years-of-migration/g-40095881

Suggestion that interactive museum features aren’t good for you:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/can-high-culture-make-you-sick/2017/08/18/4e0e997a-7dd3-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A 19th century murderer is the latest facial reconstruction project:

https://stv.tv/news/east-central/1395611-face-of-19th-century-killer-revealed-by-modern-forensics/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-40924617

Overviewish sort of thing on assorted technologies used in archaeology:

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/these-technologies-are-giving-new-life-ancient-world-ncna792921

Policy change to use VR to examine shipwrecks in the UK:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/19/no-mary-rose-style-excavation-ships-will-explored-using-vr-instead/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Tracing apple DNA this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/15/geneticists-trace-humble-apples-exotic-lineage-all-the-way-to-the-silk-road

More on turkey DNA to track Puebloan movements:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-11859231.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-turkey-bones-fate-ancient-cliff.html
http://www.fox19.com/story/36157874/turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-dwellers
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Turkey-bones-may-help-trace-fate-of-ancient-cliff-11882471.php

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Scottish sites:

http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/scotland-s-historic-buildings-at-risk-from-climate-change-1-4531554

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pakistan:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1144301/saudi-arabia

Conquest Cup:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/sports/archery-conquest-cup-istanbul.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Focussing on dealers in the wake of the Hobby Lobby thing:

http://gazette.com/after-the-hobby-lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-israel/article/1609273
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686974/After-the-Hobby-Lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-Israel.html
http://religionnews.com/2017/08/16/after-the-hobby-lobby-scandal-a-spotlight-on-antiquities-sales-in-israel/

… and accusations against Lincoln Blumell don’t appear to have any substance:

http://universe.byu.edu/2017/08/17/accusations-against-byu-professor-appear-unsubstantiated1/

… this seems related:

http://gulfnews.com/weekend-review/arts-culture/learning-about-antiquities-in-old-city-of-jerusalem-1.2071274

That guy behind the cultural attacks in Timbuktu has to pay reparations:

http://www.dw.com/en/icc-timbuktu-destruction-to-cost-islamist-rebel-32-million/a-40131197

Not sure if this is the right category for the Guennol Stargazer dispute or not:

http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Hex-of-the-idol-art-collector-Christie-s-fight-11942092.php

Scotland Yard’s antiquities unit is shutting down:

https://www.artforum.com/archive/id=70410

18th/19th century artifact smuggling attempt foiled at an Egyptian airport:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/275535/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Attempt-to-smuggle-th-century-artefacts-foiled-at-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/hurghada-authorities-foil-smuggle-attempt-6-artifacts/
https://english.aawsat.com/waleed-abdul-rahman/lifestyle-culture/egypt-foils-attempt-smuggle-19th-century-artifacts

… and a bust in Mansoura (we need a word for ‘house diggers’):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/18088/4-arrested-during-archaeological-dig-in-Mansoura

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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In case you missed the Hercules sarcophagus repatriation story a while back:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hercules-to-come-to-turkey-in-september-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116855&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/08/18/hercules-saga-switzerland-to-return-relic

India is still waiting for the US to return some items:

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/10577-india-yet-receive-200-artefacts-worth-100-million-us

More on the repatriation/reburial of those Native American children remains:

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/harrisburg/106430-two-native-american-boys-remains-uncovered-in-carlisle-third-stays-buried

More on the Benin Bronzes:

https://qz.com/1054364/the-british-museum-will-return-bronze-sculptures-looted-from-benin-nearly-two-centuries-ago/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Norman coins from Sicily:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coinage-normans-sicily/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n33.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n34.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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The House of Government:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/books/review/yuri-slezkine-the-house-of-government.html

Feature on Beethoven:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/5-tales-complicated-life-beethoven/

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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/2640-audio-news-from-archaeologica-6-august-2017-12-august-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Jo Draper:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/13/jo-draper-obituary

Robert Loder:

https://www.ft.com/content/9a24ab5c-81e2-11e7-a4ce-15b2513cb3ff

Paul Oliver:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/arts/music/paul-oliver-authority-on-the-blues-dies-at-90.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.16 ~ August 13, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli,
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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A bit of a rethink (sort of) on when humans arrived in Asia/Indonesia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-teeth-rediscovered-cave-humans-indonesia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104931.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoq-aom080917.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/08/09/were-modern-humans-in-indonesia-73000-years-ago/
http://www.newsweek.com/first-humans-indonesia-arrived-lake-toba-supervolcano-eruption-648780
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142952-early-humans-may-have-seen-a-supervolcano-explosion-up-close/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/08/08/ciencia/1502189338_772032.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/modern-humans-were-southeast-asia-20000-years-earlier-thought-ancient-teeth-reveal
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/humans-were-in-indonesia-more-than-63000-years-ago/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/cave-site-in-west-sumatra-provides-first-evidence-for-rainforest-use-of-modern-humans
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5799-170809-sumatra-human-tooth

Comparing the diets of sapiens and Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-early-modern-humans-consumed-neanderthals.html

350 000 years bp animal bones from a cave associated with Neanderthals in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-researchers-find-bones-of-350000-year-old-animal.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116434&NewsCatID=375

A look at ‘archaic DNA’ is adding some detail to the human development story, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaic-dna-rewrites-human-evolution.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170807155158.htm

Feature on Louis Leakey:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/08/louis-mary-leakey-human-origins-paleoanthropology/

More on the ‘randomness’ of human evolution:

http://www.ibtimes.com/scientist-says-human-evolution-was-random-chance-not-climate-change-2574734

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AFRICA
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Finds from various periods from Zanzibar Island:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2017/august/early-portuguese-churches.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/16721/Archaeologists-dig-up-Zanzibar-s-Arab-history
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/archaeologists-locate-early-portuguese-churches-zanzibar-island
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5806-170811-zanzibar-colonial-excavation

Vague item on finds near Tobruk (Libya):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/16912/Discovery-of-a-new-archaeological-site-in-Libya

Concerns for Sudan’s antiquities:

https://www.ft.com/content/ca543f5e-2c29-11e7-bc4b-5528796fe35c

Libyan archaeologists are getting positive attention:

https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2017/08/reviled-libyan-archaeologists-take-new-role/

Petroglyphs from the Namib Desert:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rock-art-found-namib-desert-reveals-ancient-initiation-rituals-led-by-shamans-1632438

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Blocks from Seti II’s era at an illegal excavation in Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/274878/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/King-Seti-IIera-blocks-discovered-at-illegal-excav.aspx

Again we are hearing that archaeologists in Egypt are ‘about to’ find something … and again, it’s a secret room in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeologists-searching-chamber-secrets-khufu-pyramid/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/great-pyramid-of-giza-secret-chambers-archaeologists-scientists-uncover-ancient-egypt-a7883766.html
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/ancient-egypt-secret-room-discovered-in-great-pyramid-by-archaeologists-armed-with-lasers/ar-AApCqnw?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp

Restoration work has started on the Al Mahaly Mosque:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274984/Heritage/Islamic/Restoration-work-begins-on-AlMahaly-Mosque-in-the-.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-renovate-rasheeds-al-mahally-mosque/

Downplaying concerns for Qaitbay Citadel:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/ministry-antiquities-denies-alleged-risk-collapse-qaitbay-citadel/

More on pharaohs suffering from gigantism:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/egyptian-pharaoh-gigantism-oldest-known-case-discovered-university-of-zurich-a7884696.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5790-170807-egypt-giant-pharaoh

Hittite seals and other items were found this year at Karkemis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/impression-seals-to-illuminate-hittite-administration.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116395&NewsCatID=375

A 3000 years bp statue of a female from Tayinat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uot-au3081017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-archaeologists-uncover-year-old-female-statue.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810173321.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/enormous-3000-year-old-statue-mysterious-turkish-matriarch-discovered-1634668
http://www.newsweek.com/huge-ancient-statue-iron-age-goddess-face-purposefully-destroyed-discovered-649626
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5805-170811-turkey-iron-age-statue

Israel plans to privatize large scale archaeological digs, apparently:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806240

Claim that the ‘lost’ Roman city of Julias has been located:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=501701
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.805402
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/08/07/roman-city-that-was-home-to-jesus-apostles-found-in-israel-archaeologists-say/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/lost-roman-city-that-was-home-to-jesuss-apostles-found-archaeologists-say/news-story/722ffce994a1d3295e7a0885a3db7f65
http://nypost.com/2017/08/08/archaeologists-may-have-found-lost-city-of-jesus-apostles/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/birthplace-apostle-peter-found-israel-archaeologist-150852363.html
http://artdaily.com/news/98079/Archaeologists-find-birthplace-of-Apostle-Peter-near-the-Sea-of-Galilee-in-Israel-
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-ancient-city-where-jesus-christs-apostles-were-born-2575505

… on the various sites identified as Bethsaida:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/sites-vie-to-be-seen-as-christianitys-lost-city-of-bethsaida/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/jesus-bible-apostles-bethsaida-israel-archaeology/

A 2000 years bp stone vessel workshop in the Galilee:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-production-center-502056
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/galilee-excavation-reveals-2000-year-old-stone-vessel-workshop/2017/08/10/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233716
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001775,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-stone-workshop-discovered-near-where-jesus-turned-water-into-wine/
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2441599&CategoryId=13936
http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/cave-workshop-dating-back-2000-years-discovered-in-northern-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5800-170810-galilee-stone-vessels

A Karakhanid tomb from Kyrgyzstan:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/08/turkish-kyrgyz-archaeologists-unearth-karakhanid-tomb-in-kyrgyzstan

There was a conference on Jewish onomastics:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=501744

Feature on eclipses in ancient Nineveh:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20170807110537.htm

Irbid’s latest site will be opening to the public soon:

http://jordantimes.com/news/local/irbid%E2%80%99s-newly-discovered-archaeological-site-open-public-next-month
http://www.menafn.com/1095723894/Irbids-newly-discovered-archaeological-site-to-open-to-public-next-month

Feature on the ‘Pompeii of the East’ in Jordan:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mosaics-pompeii-east-reveal-moment-destruction-that-crushed-city-1200-years-ago-1634479

Feature on Nimrud and Agatha Christie:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/memories-of-agatha-christie-in-ruins-of-ancient-assyrian-city-of-nimrud-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116427&NewsCatID=375

… while Iraq is trying to restore Nimrud as best it can:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/iraq-nimrud-archaeology-isis-reconstruction.html

Latest on ISIL’s selling of antiquities to the West:

http://www.wsj.com/video/isis-is-selling-syria-antiquities-to-the-west/78B1261D-3E0C-4513-8F81-5E51568B8809.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-men-who-trade-isis-loot-1502017200
http://www.newsweek.com/isis-makes-100-million-year-smuggling-ancient-artifacts-iraq-and-syria-647524
http://www.aina.org/news/20170807170117.htm

On the damage in Mosul:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40828720

A call for a ‘war’ on ISIL looting:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/antiquities-experts-call-for-war-on-isis-looting-3xz5d59lt
http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/12/421925/the-times-antiquities-experts-call-for-war-on-isis-looting.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman road in Manisa:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26720-2000-year-old-road-discovered-near-ancient-city-of-aigai-in-western-turkey.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/08/2000-year-old-roman-road-discovered-in-western-turkeys-manisa#

Roman remains in downtown Exeter:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-08-10/roman-remains-discovered-in-exeter-city-centre/

Roman finds from near Troyan:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/182095/Valuable+Archarological+Finds+Were+Discovered+Near+Troyan

Plenty of interesting ‘Kingdom of Colchis’ finds from Pichvnari:

http://agenda.ge/news/84911/eng

Latest finds from Lufton Villa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-lufton-villa-excavations-reveal-famous.html

They’ve started to dig at that ‘sunken city’ near Izmir:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-in-sunken-city-in-izmir.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116520&NewsCatID=375

Archaeologists are back at Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15462514.Archaeologists_returning_to_Chedworth_Roman_Villa_for_final_dig_of_five_year_programme/

Fires are burning at the site of Panticapaeum:

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-society/2284837-ruins-of-ancient-panticapaeum-in-crimean-town-of-kerch-on-fire.html

A BBC documentary caused a racial stir this week, and Mary Beard took the brunt of it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/mary-beard-roman-britain-bbc-schools-cartoon-ethically-diverse-black-white-a7879991.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/06/mary-beard-twitter-abuse-roman-britain-ethnic-diversity
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mary-beard-takes-up-arms-against-an-army-of-trolls-dx3bmd05h
http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/06/mary-beard-in-race-row-with-people-who-have-never-read-a-history-book-6833195/
http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/historian-mary-beard-abused-on-social-media-over-her-comments-on-roman-britains-ethnic-diversity/news-story/4eb71a116e6567062ffe28a4f0898fa0
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-07/mary-beard-twitter-trolls-bbc-roman-race-row/8780634
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/06/mary-beard-misogynistic-race-row-bbc-cartoon-us-academic-claimed/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/07/542077027/a-cartoons-black-star-prompts-a-fight-what-did-roman-britain-look-like

… Cambridge supported her views:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/13379

… and there were subsequent features/opeds on the diversity of Roman Britain:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2017/aug/07/mary-beard-romans-ancient-evidence
http://theconversation.com/mary-beard-is-right-roman-britain-was-multi-ethnic-so-why-does-this-upset-people-so-much-82269
https://hyperallergic.com/394720/how-coloring-books-can-teach-us-about-diversity-in-ancient-times/

… and the ‘scientism’ of the opposing views expressed by Nassem Taleb:

https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/beard-nassem-taleb-twitter-feud-and-dangers-of-scientism-auid-868

Reactions to the Minoan/Mycenean/Greek DNA story from last week:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/08/10/yannis-hamilakis/who-are-you-calling-mycenaean/

… in case you missed it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40791188

On the dental health of folks in Oplontis:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/08/09/ancient-oplontis-residents-had-bad-teeth_b44d9bf4-1bc8-4df9-a448-691d62343289.html

Latest feature on ‘unwrapping’ Herculaneum papyri that doesn’t find quite as much as we’d like:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26695-ancient-greek-papyri-virtually-unwrapped-in-italy-video.html

Elgin Marble casts on display in New York:

https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/ccny%E2%80%99s-elgin-marbles-casts-display-cuny-graduate-center

Feature on Vercingetorix:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/06/guns-politics-vercingetorix/

Feature on Roman roads in Britain:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/aug/07/london-centric-britain-blame-romans-roads-map-sasha-trubetskoy

Feature on the Elgin Marbles:

http://www.wacotrib.com/entertainment/accesswaco/david_a_smith/arts-separated-elgin-marbles-speak-of-western-civilization/article_0ff1e57d-933e-5292-a12d-ea8d87653703.html

Some JCL coverage:

http://www.winchesterstar.com/news/clarke/latin-students-bring-home-wins-in-junior-classical-league-events/article_11603036-68f3-5f0d-a2c7-3ff7bab099b1.html

A ‘Classical’ approach to Game of Thrones:

https://news.utexas.edu/2017/08/11/six-game-of-thrones-predictions-from-a-classics-professor

Review of Peter Jones, *Quid Pro Quo*:

http://www.thestatesman.com/books-education/the-dead-language-that-describes-all-what-we-see-1502256003.html/
http://www.hindustantimes.com/books/in-quid-pro-quo-peter-jones-writes-about-dead-languages-that-live-through-us/story-Did3LEpfLyoG25cUm0FR3I.html

More on the Roman ‘Pompeii’ in France:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/02/architecture/ancient-roman-town-uncovered/index.html?sr=fbCNN080217ancient-roman-town-uncovered0917AMStoryLink
http://lesalonbeige.blogs.com/my_weblog/2017/08/les-racines-de-la-france-%C3%A0-quelques-centim%C3%A8tres-sous-terre.html

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of Paleolithic cannibalism from bones found at Gough’s Cave:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-human-bones-engraved-cannibalistic-ritual.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170809142027.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/science/cannibalism-bones-goughs-cave-england.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40886748
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/09/ancient-britons-ate-dead-carved-mysterious-markings-bones/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/cannibals-somerset-goughs-cave-engraved-human-bones-eating-ritual-cannibalism-paleontologists-a7884511.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/09/engraved-bones-are-evidence-of-cannibalistic-rituals-by-early-humans-cheddar-cave
http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/09/ancient-britons-ate-their-dead-relatives-and-carved-cryptic-messages-on-the-bones-6841333/
http://www.dw.com/en/etched-human-bones-reveal-evidence-of-prehistoric-cannibal-rituals/a-40030377
http://www.newsweek.com/engraved-bones-cannibal-rituals-england-skull-cups-paleolithic-648882
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/14700-years-ago-cannibals-conducted-rituals-in-this-english-cave/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/family-meal-ancestral-humans-may-have-engaged-in-ritualistic-cannibalism/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engravings-indicate-ritualistic-cannibalism-cheddar-gorge-180964468/

A Bronze Age dagger from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623030/young-man-finds-4000-year-old-dagger-by-accident.html

Bronze Age burials from a car park site in Switzerland:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/treasure-trove_bronze-age-tombs-unearthed-during-car-park-construction/43404582?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss
http://www.speroforum.com/a/BNOPNQVCMT0/81478-3000-year-old-Bronze-Age-skeletons-found-in-Swiss-Alps

Metal detectorists found some Bronze Age items in Durham:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/metal-detector-enthusiasts-uncover-bronze-13460840

I think we’ve mentioned this site near Turan (Albania) with finds from several periods:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-site-discovery-albania-halts.html#nRlv

Latest from the Orkneys:

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/archaeological-excavation-on-orkney-yields-new-discoveries-1-4525792

Tracing the Aberdeen diet:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/education/aberdeen-diet-traced-back-nearly-1-000-years-by-scientists-1-4527173

A very large circular Viking fortress from Denmark:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1000-year-old-massive-perfectly-circular-viking-fortress-discovered-denmark-1634131
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5808-170811-denmark-viking-ring-fotress

Interesting ‘punishment’ burials from Portugal:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/502454/archaeologists-make-rare-gruesome-find-three-men-amputated-hands-and-feet

Plans for a viewing tower at Sutton Hoo:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-40853146

Feature on the Vasa:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-vasa-ship-keeps-giving-180964328/

They’re talking about lowering a York porticullis:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15459002.Will_this_historic_York_portcullis_be_lowered_again_/

Not sure if this mammoth tooth find from Jersey will have a human connection or not:

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/08/mammoth-tooth-found-in-jersey/

Italian highlanders with Scottish roots?:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-40865981

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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The 4000 years bp Shimao site from Shaanxi looks interesting:

https://www.untvweb.com/news/chinese-archaeologists-unveil-imperial-city-platform-northwest-china/

A major 2700 year bp (more or less) site from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/09/c_136509722.htm

… and six ‘underground cities’ from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/11/c_136518503.htm
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=16728&SEO=archaeologists-found-six-ancient-cities-underground-in-central-china
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-08/12/content_30508282.htm

Concerns for architecture in Yunnan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-40863375

Interesting evidence of Bronze Age Timber Grave culture initiation rituals involving dogs in Russia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-dog-bones-hint-male.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/boys-were-initiated-into-warriorhood-as-wolves-thousands-of-years-ago-22krf2rxv
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/08/08/bronze-age-teens-ate-dogs/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sacrificed-dog-remains-feed-tales-bronze-age-wolf-men-warriors
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5795-170808-bronze-age-wolf-rituals

4000 years bp bone artifacts from Hyderabad:

http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/revealed-4000-year-old-bone-jewels/article19440713.ece
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/090817/4000-year-old-ornaments-made-from-bone-unearthed-near-hyderabad.html

Overviewish/end of season wrap up of dig at Angkor:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/after-incredible-finds-angkor-archaeologists-wrap-up-dig-133509/

… and a separate piece on a ‘medicine Buddha’ find:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/angkor-excavation-team-find-a-medicine-buddha-133344/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5794-170808-cambodia-angkor-buddha-statue

After its discovery in the 1980s, digging has commence at a Maori site on Motorua Island:

https://www.livescience.com/60086-maori-site-earliest-polynesian-settlement.html
https://www.livescience.com/60085-early-maori-site-new-zealand-photos.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5798-170809-polynesians-moturua-island

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Coromandel gold rush:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=11901090

Feature on the partition of India:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40826629

On the origins of the Taj Mahal:

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201708111056377451-india-taj-mahal-masterpiece/

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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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Latest from the Luna site:

http://wuwf.org/post/luna-site-confirmed-largest-mid-16th-century-spanish-settlement-southeast
http://wuwf.org/post/newest-luna-artifacts-yield-more-details-about-1559-settlement

On Iroquoian power in the 16th century:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-pottery-reveals-insights-iroquoian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uog-apr080717.php

… not sure if the above is related to the Knapp Family Collection:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/clayton-curator-discovers-new-archaeological-site-with-items-connected-to-ancestral-iroquois-20170807

Looking for Hochelaga continues:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-mystery-continues-hunt-for-lost-hochelaga-village-moves-to-new-locations

Newspapers love when kids find archaeological items … in this case a bison tooth:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ancient-bison-tooth-riding-mountain-national-park-1.4237664?cmp=rss

… and a spearhead:

http://www.therepublic.com/2017/08/12/local_girl_finds_ancient_spearhead/

Searching for the grave of a Battle of Gettysburg soldier:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20170809/team-in-swansea-tries-to-unearth-mystery-of-civil-war-soldiers-burial-spot

A 250 years bp bowling alley from Richmond:

http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/15459847.A_250_year_old_bowling_alley_has_been_discovered_in_Richmond/
http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/15459847.A_250_year_old_bowling_alley_has_been_discovered_in_Richmond/

A well on the UVA site:

https://www.news.virginia.edu/content/archaeologists-exploring-first-early-well-found-academical-village

Suggestion that a Chaco Canyon petroglyph portrays a solar eclipse:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoca-ccp080917.php
http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/08/total-eclipse-petroglyph

On barbed wire in American history:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40448594

Searching for evidence that the first settlers to the Americas arrived by boat:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/most-archaeologists-think-first-americans-arrived-boat-now-they-re-beginning-prove-it

Documenting coastal forts in Louisiana (I think we mentioned this):

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/08/louisiana_archaeologist_docume.html

Feature on Canada’s first municipal staff archaeologist:

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fumano-canadas-first-municipal-staff-archaeologist-digs-into-vancouvers-indigenous-history

Ottawa has decided not to move the Darmouth archaeology lab:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1493403-ottawa-reverses-decision-to-move-parks-canada-archeological-lab-in-dartmouth
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/archeology-lab-in-dartmouth-will-stay-open-1.4241212?cmp=rss
http://www.trurodaily.com/community/2017/8/11/ottawa-decides-treasured-artifacts-will-remain-in-nova-scotia.html

Review of Smucker, *Riding with George*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/george-washington-as-dancer-horseman-and-fox-hunter/2017/08/11/f63c2366-7639-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.acabf528efa5

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 3000 years bp circular stone wall from Cusco:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-3000yearold-circular-stone-wall-found-in-cusco-678217.aspx

What the El Gigante Rock Shelter site is revealing about corn/maize domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/ps-mfe080717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-maize-el-gigante-early-transition.html

Humans are being blamed for a monkey extinction in Jamaica:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/jhm-ems080817.php

On ‘climate catastrophe’ as seen on Caral’s ruins:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/10/c_136515107.htm

Feature on conservation efforts at Tenochitlan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/08/la_serpiente_emplumada/1502209681_173912.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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On the linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’:

http://www.economist.com/comment/3477569

Feature on Emil Nolde:

http://www.dw.com/en/how-nazi-banned-expressionist-emil-nolde-re-envisioned-color/a-39827633

I’m not sure about this inscribed ‘mysterious stone’ from Spain:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/huge-stone-slab-discovered-spain-covered-ancient-symbols-that-no-one-can-read-1633032

A 103 year-old /late correction:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/08/542238978/-financial-times-issues-103-year-old-correction

Cf: https://bankunderground.co.uk/2017/08/08/your-country-needs-funds-the-extraordinary-story-of-britains-early-efforts-to-finance-the-first-world-war/

Feature on The Monument:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170810-the-medieval-lab-hidden-inside-a-famous-monument

On the Koh-i-noor diamond:

http://www.dw.com/en/world-in-progress-the-story-of-the-koh-i-noor-diamond/av-40025506

On the history of tempura:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170808-the-truth-about-japanese-tempura

On the Illuminati:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170809-the-accidental-invention-of-the-illuminati-conspiracy

On the history of Aspirin:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-aspirin-180964329/

Now we get revisionism about Indiana Jones (!):

http://www.neatorama.com/2017/08/10/Defending-Indiana-Jones-Archaeologist/

An interesting 100 year-old map of Rome:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/map-rome-history-lanciani-artifact/

106 years bp fruitcake from Antarctica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40907084
https://elpais.com/internacional/2017/08/11/mundo_global/1502440381_732679.html

On the music Alexander Hamilton listened to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/music/hamilton-music-lin-manuel-miranda-los-angeles.html

A stolen de Kooning painting turns up in an antique shop:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/stolen-de-kooning-resurfaces-more-than-30-years-later.html

Victor Nuovo is looking at John Locke now:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-truth-and-foundations-civil-society

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Blind Spot:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-a-german-museum-is-exploring-its-colonial-past/a-39952358

Hokusai (sort of):

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-40830628

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/comment/fake-heritage-for-the-fake-news-era-/

Indian Independence:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-40801659

Venice Biennale:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/12/542998650/ancient-iraqi-art-on-display-in-italy-at-venice-biennale?sc=17&f=7

Museums in the Cyclades need upgrading because of increased tourism:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220775/article/ekathimerini/life/many-cyclades-museums-require-upgrades-due-to-growing-collections-visitors

Why museum collections are important:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/

The Marsa Matrouh archaeological museum will open soon:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/274877/Heritage/Museums/Marsa-Matrouh-archaeological-museum-set-to-open-in.aspx

Interesting proposal for a museum in Cyprus:

http://www.archdaily.com/876375/proposal-for-a-transparent-museum-in-cyprus-rethinks-the-urban-square

Feature on the expanded Zeugma museum:

http://turkisharchaeonews.net/news/new-section-zeugma-mosaic-museum-gaziantep

More on the Met Museum’s vase/bull head returns:

http://www.salon.com/2017/08/06/the-met-pythons-flying-circus-a-museum-a-vase-and-the-kingpin-of-stolen-antiquities/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/08/07/authorities-just-seized-an-ancient-vase-from-the-metropolitan-museum-here-are-the-underlying-politics/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using genomic data to track folktale diffusion:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-folktale-diffusion-genomic.html

Feature on using satellite technology to find sites:

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/SpaceArchaeology/?src=eorss-features

Plans to digitize Calvin Wells’ collection/notes:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/11/the-bone-collector-eccentric-archaeological-treasury-to-be-digitised

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from Viking cod bones is revealing much about European fish trade:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/dna-from-viking-cod-bones-suggests-1000-years-of-european-fish-trade
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc-dfv080417.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170807151719.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/1000-year-old-german-dinner-reveals-long-distance-viking-trade-routes/

Looking at the DNA to be found in medieval manuscripts:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/the-secret-life-of-illuminated-manuscripts-as-told-in-dna/536172/

Following Puebloan migrations with turkey DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ancient-dna-track-mesa-verde.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoca-csa081017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104946.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ancient-american-civilsation-dna-vanish-700-years-ago-anasazi-southwest-puebloans-colorado-mesa-a7885701.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-10/turkey-bones-unlock-secret-to-puebloan-depopulation/8792464
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/exodus-from-mesa-verde-tracked-using-domesticated-turkey-dna
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5797-170809-migration-turkey-dna

DNA suggests a single geographic origin for domesticated dogs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/jgum-mdd080717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-modern-domestic-dog-geographic.html

More on Canaanite DNA:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/12/542998587/unearthed-canaanite-graves-shed-light-on-descendants-in-lebanon?sc=17&f=7

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Suggestion that climate change contributed to the downfall of Bronze Age civilizations:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/did-climate-change-bring-down-late-bronze-age-civilizations

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Amasra:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/11/ancient-city-in-amasra-under-excavation

Medieval Monster Garden:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170807-italys-mysterious-medieval-garden-of-monsters

Huayna Picchu:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/95326592/Huayna-Picchu-Where-thousands-dare-to-tread-beyond-Machu-Picchu

Nimrud:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/95522761/In-the-ruins-of-the-Iraqi-city-of-Nimrud-memories-of-Agatha-Christie-live-on

Hillforts in southern England:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/07/walking-ancient-hillforts-wiltshire-downs-england-atlas-of-hillforts

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CRIME BEAT
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An ancient-coin-smuggling attempt in Libya foiled at the airport:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220869/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-police-help-egyptian-peers-arrest-antiquities-trader
https://me-confidential.com/16725-libya-tripoli-airport-security-forces-arrest-smuggler-with-580-antique-silver-coins.html

Bones were stolen from an Edmonton archaeological site:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/it-belongs-in-a-museum-bones-stolen-from-edmonton-archaeological-site-1.4240847?cmp=rss

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/08/culture-crime-news-31-july-6-august-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 project to seek out Nazi book loot in libraries:

http://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-books-found-in-german-libraries/a-39984043

… in a similar vein:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-new-way-to-track-cultural-assets-looted-by-nazis/a-37857007

Remains of some Arapaho children buried in Florida will be returned to Miami:

http://cumberlink.com/news/local/communities/carlisle/work-to-begin-on-disinterring-indian-school-students/article_8a21cbd1-7ab2-5d5b-a6c5-9b02d5343007.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/08/07/Northern-Arapaho-children-Carlisle-Indian-Industrial-School-U-S-Army-War-College-disinter-Wyoming-cemetery-remains/stories/201708070086
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/08/09/a-long-time-coming-army-returns-remains-of-arapaho-children-who-died-at-assimilation-school-in-1800s/
http://www.wtol.com/story/36096920/remains-of-3-native-american-boys-at-re-education-school-to-be-sent-home

Latest on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/cambridge-benin-bronzes-loan-deal

Seeking return of items taken from the Sudan:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201708080907.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman silver issues:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-roman-silver-type-set/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n33.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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Byron Janis:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/08/05/541575050/chopin-in-the-shadows-the-supernatural-adventures-of-byron-janis?sc=17&f=7

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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/2638-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-july-2017-5-august-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Alan Cameron:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/08/memoriam-professor-alan-cameron/

Martin Roth:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/aug/07/martin-roth-v-and-a-dies-aged-62
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/arts/design/martin-roth-dead-led-victoria-and-albert-musuem.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

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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 20.15 ~ August 6, 2017

 

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

… a very busy week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering the origin of the genus homo:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-paper-genus-homo-response-environmental.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170804100410.htm

On sapiens diet and Neanderthal ‘displacement’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170804082912.htm

A number of early hominin sites in Saudi Arabia are causing a bit of a rethink:

https://www.livescience.com/59998-46-prehistoric-sites-saudi-arabia.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-artifacts-found-46-ancient-lakes-arabian-desert-180964303/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5778-170801-saudi-arabia-desert

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AFRICA
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More on Chinese burials in Kenya:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201707310840.html
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-08/01/content_30319104.htm

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on Tut’s ‘camping bed’:

https://www.livescience.com/59999-king-tut-camping-bed-ancient-marvel.html

Suggestion that an early pharaoh might have been a ‘giant’:

https://www.livescience.com/60044-ancient-egyptian-pharaoh-first-human-giant.html

Five people were killed while illegally digging in Sohag:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/274570/Egypt/Politics-/Five-killed-while-illegally-digging-for-antiquitie.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/five-killed-illegal-ancient-artifact-excavation-sohag/
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2441088&CategoryId=13003

Latest on plans to restore Alexandria’s Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274710/Heritage/Islamic/Restoration-of-Alexandrian-Jewish-synagogue-is-und.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/eliyahu-hanavi-synagogue-restoration-alexandria/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170803-egypt-to-bear-cost-of-alexandria-synagogue-renovation/

Zahi Hawass was receiving awards …

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/15388/Hawas-receives-Golden-Gala-award-at-Magna-Graecia-Film-Fest

… and trying to reestablish good relations with Italy, antiquities-wise:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/08/02/zahi-hawass-says-italy-egypt-can-reestablish-relationship_e3bf7cad-125d-4c2f-8e68-6739af7c4443.html

They’re hyping hidden chambers in the pyramids again:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-great-pyramid-of-giza-is-hiding-mysterious-chambers-that-could-be-about-to-reveal-their-secrets/news-story/ba28e717d3018b8bd23efa38232ada2d

Medieval/Islamic Period Coptic inscriptions from the St Beshoy monastery:

http://www.menafn.com/1095671887/Egypt–Coptic-inscriptions-accidentally-discovered-at-ancient-monastery

Concerns for the Al Mandara Mill:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274604/Heritage/Islamic/Construction-will-not-encroach-on-Alexandrias-hist.aspx

Concerns that a Baghdad pipeline is damaging sites:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/bismayah-gas-pipeline-iraq-baghdad.html#ixzz4oKr0Xdni

Suggestion that Catal Huyuk was war-free for 4000 years:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/no-wars-in-catalhoyuk-for-4000-years-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116245&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/03/catalhoyuk-4000-years-of-peace-without-war

No, it’s not an ancient fidget spinner:

https://www.livescience.com/60022-ancient-fidget-spinner-lookalike-is-weapon.html

The site of Julias may have been found:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-evidence-of-Lost-City-of-Julias-unearthed-near-Sea-of-Galilee-501701
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/christian-archaeologists-may-have-unearthed-lost-kinneret-city-of-3-apostles/2017/08/06/

Using seals to confirm the existence of Biblical names:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/researcher-gives-seal-of-approval-to-53-biblical-characters-existence/

Feature on Tiberias:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.805152

Lawrence Schiffman on a Talmud-burning incident in the 13th century:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/when-talmud-was-burned.pdf

More on evidence for the burning of Jerusalem some 2600 years b.p.:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bible-passage-jerusalem-burning-city-david-capture-accurate-archaeologists-burnt-artefacts-ash-a7871286.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeological-find-jerusalem-proves-bible-passage-historically-true-123315016.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/2600-year-old-archeological-discovery-shows-biblical-passage-be-true-2574781

In case you missed the Canaanite-DNA-in-Lebanon story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/science/ancient-canaanites-bible-lebanon.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/present-day-lebanese-are-direct-descendants-of-ancient-canaanites

More on that Byzantine wine press:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byzantine-wine-press-found-israeli-desert-180964243/

Suggestion that ISIL mostly targets Islamic sites:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/isis-destruction-of-ancient-sites-hits-mostly-muslim-targets.aspx

… and a feature on the folks who trade it for them:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-men-who-trade-isis-loot-1502017200

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of excitement over the find of a ‘little Pompeii’ (not really) in France:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/europe/france-roman-neighborhood-sainte-colombe-vienne.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20170802-archaeologists-unearth-little-pompeii-southeast-france
https://www.thelocal.fr/20170801/france-archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/02/france-archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii-south-of-lyon
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/roman-ruins-france-lyon-vienne-little-pompeii-discover-site-archaeologists-benjamin-clement-a7874386.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40800527
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/02/welcome-little-pompeii-roman-neighbourhood-discovered-france/
http://www.dw.com/en/little-pompeii-discovered-in-southern-france/a-39930664
http://frenchtribune.com/teneur/25541-archaeologists-unearth-roman-relics
https://www.grazia.fr/culture/arts-architecture/une-petite-pompei-decouverte-dans-la-vienne-862803#
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/archaeologists-unearth-little-pompeii-in-southeastern-france/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/503324/archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii-buried-beneath-ash-france
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/little-pompeii-of-vienne-is-most-exceptional-excavation-of-a-roman-site-in-40-or-50-years/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/welcome-little-pompeii-roman-neighbourhood-102254259.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii-southeast-france-151035362.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/video/c2f8fb1e-791d-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/04/541538827/uncovering-a-little-pompeii-in-france
http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/08/04/little-pompeii-discovered-near-lyon-in-f?videoId=372252489&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=WorldNews&videoChannel=117760
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/95480069/Little-Pompeii-found-in-southern-France
https://hyperallergic.com/394056/archaeologists-discover-a-little-pompeii-in-southern-france/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-little-pompeii-eastern-france-180964311/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5781-170802-france-roman-neighborhood

A 2500 years bp sarcophagus containing the bones of a male and female from Antandrus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/31/contents-of-2500-year-old-sarcophagus-discovered-in-turkeys-balikesir-revealed
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5774-170731-turkey-antandrus-sarcophagus

A 1500 years bp burial at the Carthage Circus:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.804548

Latest from the dig at Troy:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-unveil-mysteries-of-trojan-war.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116282&NewsCatID=375

Hotel construction in Sophia is continuing despite the discovery of Roman ruins on the site:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/181956/Construction+of+a+Luxury+Hotel+is+Continuing+in+Sofia+Despite+the+Discovery+of+an+Ancient+Roman+Necropolis
https://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/roman-tombs-vanish-under-hyatt-hotel-in-bulgaria-08-01-2017

Feature on that chariot race mosaic recently found on Cyprus:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-mosaic-cyprus-roman-chariot-race-archaeology-spd/

Digging has resumed at Lagina:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/03/archaeological-excavations-to-resume-at-turkeys-ancient-site-of-lagina

Excavations are done at Geronissos for the season:

http://in-cyprus.com/archaeological-excavations-at-geronissos-island-completed/

A Swiss team will be working at Orikum:

http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=133433

Evidence of an ancient earthquake at Assos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-ancient-earthquake-in-assos-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116328&NewsCatID=375

… they also found an 1800 years bp stylus:

http://www.trtworld.com/life/archaeologists-discover-1800-year-old-writing-tool-in-turkey-415564

First we read that an ancient theatre was found beneath a school in Antalya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-theater-found-under-school.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116147&NewsCatID=375

… then officials were denying it:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/culture-ministry-denies-claims-about-ancient-theater-under-antalya-school-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=116219&NewsCatID=375

Plans for Dorchester’s Roman market:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-40800400

Another dustup over race in the Roman Empire:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/dna-romans/535701/

Cf: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/alt-right-commentator-gets-schooled-historian-diversity-roman/

A hoard of Roman silver found in Fife three years ago is going on display:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-40778533
http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/roman-silver-discovered-in-fife-set-to-go-on-national-display-1-4518615
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15445164.Silver_hoard_found_by_teenage_detectorist_will_be_shown_for_first_time_at_National_Museum_of_Scotland/
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/livingston-teen-s-roman-silver-find-to-go-on-display-1-4519009

The Boldre Roman Hoard is going on display too:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-40768334

On the Roman view of suicide (in an Antony and Cleo context):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/31/mark-antony-cleopatra-and-the-roman-perception-of-suicide/

… and some of the finds made by Classical archaeologists this summer:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/08/05/classical-archaeologists-found-a-lot-of-amazing-things-this-summer/

A cinaedus in the Roman army?:

https://theconversation.com/a-trans-soldier-in-the-ancient-roman-army-81735
https://www.livescience.com/60010-trans-soldier-ancient-roman-army.html
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/A-trans-soldier-in-the-ancient-Roman-army-11726126.php
http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/A-trans-soldier-in-the-ancient-Roman-army-11726126.php
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-trans-soldier-in-the-ancient-Roman-army-11726126.php

Feature on Xanthos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/city-of-sorrows-wait-for-visitors-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116191&NewsCatID=375

Looks like the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles might be part of the Brexit negotiations:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/04/greek-mep-demands-elgin-marbles-become-part-brexit-negotiations/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/220696/article/ekathimerini/news/brexit-could-see-return-of-parthenon-sculptures

Peter Jones’ latest in the Spectator:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/08/beauty-and-the-beasts-2/

Features on Christos Tsirogiannis (see also the Museum section):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/meet-the-looted-antiquities-sleuth-1501694182
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/08/04/meet-the-greek-archaeologist-chasing-looted-antiquities-but-shunned-by-greece/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26643-report-greek-archaeologist-chases-looted-antiquities.html
http://publicradioeast.org/post/archaeologist-who-hunts-stolen-art

Feature on that Warrior Grave dig:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/griffin-warrior-grave-pylos-greece-archaeology-anne-feltovich-jessica-williams-classics

What Patrick Burns is up to:

http://isaw.nyu.edu/news/library-research-spotlight-patrick-j-burns

A guide to the Iliad:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-homers-iliad-80968

An interesting mosaic purchase in France:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/french-museum-buys-ancient-mosaic-from-auction-in-monaco/

A Colossus of Rhodes connection to Game of Thrones?:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-colossus-of-rhodes-inspired-game-of-thrones

Finding parallels between ancient Greece and the modern US:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/08/02/ancient-rome-influence-usa-examined-new-class/

The Castle Howard antiquities collection has been ‘saved for the nation’:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15455045.Castle_Howard_art_saved_for_nation/
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/ryedale/15455364.Castle_Howard_artefacts_acquired_for_the_nation/

Albania is trying to figure out what to do with all the shipwrecks off its shores:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-sunken-treasures-albania-coastal.html
http://thechronicleherald.ca/world/1491350-wrecks-sunken-treasures-lie-under-albanias-coastal-waters
http://www.tribtown.com/2017/08/02/eu-albania-underwater-treasures/

On ancient Greek colour words:

https://aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world

On DH Lawrence and the Etruscans:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/d-h-lawrence-among-the-etruscans/

Latest coverage of attempt to read Herculaneum papyri:

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2017/aug/01/x-rays-pick-out-letters-on-ancient-scrolls

Hadrian’s Wall Visitors’ Centre has opened:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40732385

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Studying Neolithic Irish funeral practices:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-secrets-ancient-irish-funeral-revealed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoo-soa080217.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/neolithic-irish-funerary-rites-included-deconstruction-of-the-body

A Pictish fort find in Scotland (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.livescience.com/59990-pictish-fort-unearthed-in-scotland.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/dark-ages-fort-built-mysterious-142500919.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dig-finds-new-artifacts-europes-lost-people-180964289/

Iron Age (and other eras) find from a Malthouse Farm construction site:

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/malthouse-farm-iron-age-settlement-13384916

Plans to investigate/feature on a 2500 years bp vitrified fort near Ben Nevis:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/mystery-of-2-500-year-old-hillfort-by-ben-nevis-to-be-probed-1-4520808

Interesting 17th century plague burial from London:

http://www.newsweek.com/medieval-graveyard-london-body-snatchers-plague-bedlam-644250
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5777-170801-london-body-snatchers

Tram construction in Antwerp revealed ‘massive’ 16th century wall remains:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-belgium-archaeology-gate-idUSKBN1AH4SX
http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/95441101/16th-century-walls-unearthed-in-Antwerp
http://www.novinite.com/articles/181899/’Monumental’+16th+Century+City+Walls+Unearthed+by+Antwerp+Tram+Works+in+Belgium
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2105015/antwerp-studies-500-year-old-walls-discovered-belgian-city
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5780-170801-antwerp-city-walls

A 17th century infirmary from Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618066/archaeologists-uncover-remains-of-infirmary-in-trnava.html

Assorted finds from a Portsmouth dredging operation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40787660
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/01/german-bomber-36-anchors-human-skull-found-portsmouth-dredged/

Finds from various periods at an Exeter student housing construction site:

http://www.devonlive.com/incredible-roman-finds-unearthed-during-exeter-student-flats-development/story-30470457-detail/story.html

Feature on Scotland’s ‘top six’ archaeological sites:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15446761.Six_stunning_sites_unearthed_in_search_for_Scotland_s_hidden_gems/
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/scotland-s-top-six-historical-hidden-gems-revealed-1-4519550
http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/six-stunning-sites-unearthed-in-search-for-scotland-s-hidden-gems-1-4519285

On mapping shipwrecks and war dead in and around the Orkneys:

https://www.livescience.com/60041-famed-shipwrecks-and-war-graves-mapped.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5788-170804-hms-vanguard-shipwreck

They never did finish that castle in Longtown:

http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/regional/herefordshire/15449090.Dig_reveals_village_castle_was_left_unfinished/

Funding for the Sheffield Castlegate revamp:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40775382

Restoration of a 12th century Myndtown church is complete:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-40750160

Plans for the Sutton Hoo site:

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/4m-project-to-transform-sutton-hoo-experience-for-visitors-gets-go-ahead-1-5136309

Day of Archaeology post from Must Farm:

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/waterlogged-wonders-from-must-farm-bronze-age-boats-bowls-boxes-and-buckets/

More on the Bronze Age wheat ‘lunchbox’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-key-tracking-ancient-wheat.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/bronze-age-box-containing-ancient-wheat-found-in-swiss-alps

More on the display of St Cuthbert’s coffin:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40763079

More on moonlit ritual stones at Davidstow:

http://www.camelford-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=108583&headline=Is%20stone%20most%20decorated%20in%20southern%20Britain?&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

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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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Very interesting Bronze Age burial from Omsk:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/ancient-warrior-unearthed-marching-to-afterlife-with-his-dagger-drawn-wearing-stylish-earrings/

Plenty of coverage for the find of a large statue at Angkor Wat (or Angkor Thom … the description varies):

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-angkor-wat-large-statue.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/01/ancient-statue-unearthed-at-cambodias-angkor-temple-complex
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40788658
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/for-archaeologists-a-dream-find-at-angkor-park-133096/
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5075891/angkor-era-guardian-statue-found/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archaeologists-angkor-wat-find-large-buried-statue-48946319
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11897813
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-statue-unearthed-cambodias-angkor-complex-044729516.html
http://artdaily.com/news/97927/Nearly-two-metre-tall-ancient-statue-unearthed-at-Cambodia-s-Angkor-complex
http://gizmodo.com/magnificent-sandstone-statue-uncovered-near-legendary-c-1797426629
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-field-schools-excavation-at-angkor-wat-unearths-ancient-guardian-statue
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/how-singapore-team-uncovered-ancient-guardian-statue-in-angkor-wat
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/angkor-wat-archaeological-park-statue-khmer-empire-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5776-170801-cambodia-angkor-thom-statue

Latest from Beijing’s Summer Palace:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-08/01/content_30312196.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1058870.shtml

A well-preserved 12th century mummy from the Zeleny Yar necropolis (I think we mentioned this one):

http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/04/mummy-found-with-perfect-hair-and-eyebrows-after-900-years-6829532/
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/635210/Mummy-Arctic-Circle-Russia-polar-princess-eyelashes-hair-intact-archeologists-discovery
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/06/900-year-old-mummy-of-polar-princess-discovered-near-arctic-circle

China and India are fighting over who originated Tibetan medicine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/world/asia/unesco-tibetan-medicine-india-china.html

… while an old map might reignite a dispute between Japan and South Korea:

http://www.dw.com/en/156-year-old-map-may-reignite-japan-south-korea-island-dispute/a-39966162

Concerns for a Gupta era shivlingam in Bundi:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/five-foot-long-shivlingam-from-gupta-era-lies-neglected-in-bundi/articleshow/59888278.cms

More on the early arrival of humans in Australia:

https://www.livescience.com/59874-humans-arrived-australia-65000-years-ago.html

More on those recently-found petroglyphs from Australia:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rangers-fighting-fires-uncover-aboriginal-rock-art-180964276/

More on deciphering oracle bones:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-offers-15000-letter-deciphering-oracle-bones-180964213/

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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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Some 3000 years bp footprints from Arizona:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/backhoe-archaeology/535827/

Excavating a Groswater site on Newfoundland:

http://www.thelabradorian.ca/community/2017/7/31/uncovering-a-2000-year-old-settlement.html
http://www.cbncompass.ca/community/2017/7/31/uncovering-a-2000-year-old-settlement.html
http://www.northernpen.ca/community/2017/7/31/uncovering-a-2000-year-old-settlement.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5775-170731-canada-seal-processing

Plenty of unmarked burials around a Virginia church:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/at-least-unmarked-graves-discovered-around-virginia-s-oldest-church/article_544e0757-feed-537a-b863-281b74de8466.html

Latest from the Queen’s Marque site:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1491121-another-relic-discovered-at-queen%E2%80%99s-marque-site

Followup to the Fort Macleod story from last week:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3637690/archaeologists-dig-up-new-artifacts-at-historic-fort-macleod-town-site/

Feature on audioarchaeology at Chaco Canyon (again):

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-soundscapes-pastadding-dimension-archaeological-picture.html
http://theconversation.com/soundscapes-in-the-past-adding-a-new-dimension-to-our-archaeological-picture-of-ancient-cultures-80861
https://www.livescience.com/60040-chaco-canyon-soundscape-revealed.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Soundscapes-in-the-past-Adding-a-new-dimension-11730169.php

Studying Clovis points:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cultural-diversification-early-north-american.html

Feature on the Camp Verde meteorite:

http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/columnists/ask-a-ranger-unearthing-the-mystery-behind-the-meteor/article_3894f8d2-bbfb-5f0d-8d6c-2b3daacb7feb.html

That canoe found in Louisiana a few months ago has been conserved:

http://www.kxxv.com/story/36056242/texas-am-conserves-prehistoric-canoe
http://www.kplctv.com/story/36057278/texas-scientists-say-la-flooding-unmasked-prehistoric-canoe

A potential slave burial site in Brooklyn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/nyregion/19th-century-diary-suggests-slaves-are-buried-in-brooklyn-lot.html

Plans to preserve a burial mound at Fort Smith:

http://5newsonline.com/2017/08/03/team-set-to-preserve-indian-mound-located-in-center-of-fort-smith/

More on the development of maize crops in early North America:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170803141056.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142813/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-

More coverage of the dig at Louisbourg:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/rescue-archaeology-project-aims-to-give-new-insights-into-louisbourgs-history/article35839489/?cmpid=rss1
https://www.sootoday.com/national-news/skeletons-can-tell-you-a-lot-exhuming-remains-at-18th-century-fort-684265
http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/national-news/2017/07/30/skeletons-can-tell-you-a-lot-exhuming-remains-at-18thcentury-fort/
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/why-archaeologists-are-exhuming-skeletons-at-an-18th-century-cape-breton-fort-1.3525281
http://globalnews.ca/news/3636032/unb-students-head-to-cape-breton-to-perform-rescue-archaeology-before-graveyard-disappears/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Peruvian archaeologists are getting tired of alien mummy claims:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/how-to-fake-an-alien-mummy/535251/
http://news.ku.edu/2017/08/03/documentary-exploring-evidence-extraterrestrial-life-ancient-peru-based-pseudoscience

Possible discovery of the tomb of the first historian of the Americas:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/27/inenglish/1501149491_780251.html

Studying lakes around Machu Picchu:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,415114,polish-divers-discover-secrets-of-the-inca.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5783-170803-machu-picchu-lakes

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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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Assorted coverage of Passchendaele:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40767601
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40739915
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40669719

… and WWI trenches in England:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/05/miles-of-forgotten-trenches-dug-in-england-during-first-world-war-unearthed-again

… and more Jane Austen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/books/jane-austen-tour-england.html

Humans and megafauna extinction again:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happened-worlds-most-enormous-animals-180964255/

… and altering forests:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/mpif-hhb080117.php

… and building farms/cities much earlier than previously thought (not sure about this one):

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/evidence-that-humans-had-farms-30000-years-earlier-than-previously-thought/

Feature on some interesting medieval statuary that was recently rediscovered:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-scientists-mystery-luckless-apostles-paris.html

I don’t think we’ve mentioned the Lusitania telegraph find/recovery:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/telegraph-recovered-wreck-lusitania-180964267/

A recovered Basquiat might be a forgery:

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=70089

Feature on assorted art movements:

https://hyperallergic.com/393700/art-movements-215/

… and sexual innudendo in assorted art:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-not-so-subtle-sexual-innuendo-renaissance-art

Feature on Mozart:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/classical-music/forget-amadeus-real-tragedy-behind-mozarts-final-act/

Feature on John Dowland:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170801-the-ed-sheeran-of-16th-century-england

Feature on the Book of Miracles:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/aug/04/the-book-of-miracles-16th-century-german-illustrated-manuscript

Feature on petroglyphs in various places:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/08/03/540805776/animal-images-in-prehistoric-rock-art-looking-beyond-europe
http://nhpr.org/post/animal-images-prehistoric-rock-art-looking-beyond-europe

Victor Nuovo is back to Spinoza:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708victor-nuovo-spinoza-pursuit-truth-means-peace-and-piety

On the ‘decipherment’ of assorted languages:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-deadly-pursuit-of-unsolved-languages

More on the Sistine Chapel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40734899

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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King Arthur:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40725177

Chagall:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/31/540515346/art-exhibit-features-chagalls-works-for-ballet-and-opera

Hokusai:

http://www.nippon.com/en/views/b02336/

Tiffany Mosaics:

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/03/540891752/tiffany-is-known-for-lamps-and-stained-glass-but-he-made-magical-mosaics-too

Ancient Glassmaking:

http://artdaily.com/news/97980/Unprecedented-exhibition-highlights-the-artistry-and-technical-virtuosity-of-glassmakers-in-the-ancient-world

The Met got a pile of attention for a looted vase in its collection (again) that it returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/arts/design/ancient-vase-seized-from-met-museum-on-suspicion-it-was-looted.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=70087
https://hyperallergic.com/393527/metropolitan-museum-greek-vase-looted/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/01/540930943/met-museum-turns-over-ancient-vase-suspected-looted-from-italy

… and shortly after that was returning a bull’s head in its collection to Lebanon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/arts/design/met-museum-relic-lebanon.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://www.standardrepublic.com/2017/08/met-museum-turns-over-another-relic-with-disputed-past-to-prosecutors/11107.htm
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/08/03/US-tug-of-war-over-disputed-relic-from-Lebanon.html
http://observer.com/2017/08/met-museum-turns-over-two-looted-objects-to-authorities/
https://hyperallergic.com/393978/the-met-museum-hands-over-another-antiquity-believed-to-be-stolen/

Feature on Beijing’s Palace Museum:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/01/c_136490404.htm

More on the British Museum’s 3d printing offerings:

https://3dprint.com/182710/british-museum-3d-printing/
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/3d-printing-museum-objects-for-the-home/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/503199/you-can-now-view-3d-model-rosetta-stone-online

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using 3d printing technology to allow museum visitors to interact with objects:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-d-technologies-students-ancient-greece.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26579-ancient-greek-artifacts-undergo-3d-printing-by-new-zealand-university.html

Imaging techniques find a sixth century text in a bookbinding:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/502886/6th-century-writing-discovered-inside-medieval-bookbinding

Another feature on remote sensing and the like in Southwestern archaeology:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-argonne-digital-tools-southwestern-cultural.html

Feature on high tech archaeology in Egypt:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-egyptologists-high-tech-ancient-mysteries.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/egyptologists-go-high-tech-to-unlock-ancient-mysteries/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Plenty of attention for a study suggesting modern Greeks descend from Myceneans and Minoans:

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-civilizations-greece-revealing-stories-science.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/mpif-adr072817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170802134718.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40791188
https://www.livescience.com/60027-origins-of-1st-advanced-greek-civilizations.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/greeks-descend-from-homers-mycenaean-heroes/news-story/1d5ff80bde3dac9cc715bfc820639f32
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.804974
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/greeks-really-do-have-near-mythical-origins-ancient-dna-reveals
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-greece-scientists-crack-dna-sequence-cradle-western-civilisation-first-time-1633212
http://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/origin-of-greeks-02082017/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-sheds-light-mysterious-origins-ancient-greeks-180964314/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5782-170802-greece-dna-origins
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/minoan-and-mycenaean-origins-revealed

On medieval manuscripts and DNA:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-manuscripts-are-dna-smorgasbord-180964252/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Rising seas threaten sites in Louisiana:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Inhabit/2017/0804/Salvage-archaeology-When-rising-seas-threaten-to-wash-away-history

… and has damaged Seminole sites in Florida:

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/florida-summit-addresses-climate-changes-effects-on-historic-seminole-tribe-sites-9540801
http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/arts/florida-summit-addresses-climate-changes-effects-on-historic-seminole-tribe-sites-8800460

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Canterbury Trail:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/01/canterbury-kent-walk-medieval-streets-attractions-cathedral

Bath:

http://www.thestatesman.com/books-education/jane-austen-s-city-roman-built-baths-and-elegant-spas-still-entice-1501658139.html

Provence:

https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2017/aug/3/48-hours-in-provence/

Ostia Antica:

https://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/a-step-back-to-ancient-times/3208978/

Oman:

http://timesofoman.com/article/114300/Oman/Tourism/Oman-Tourism-What-makes-Musandam-so-attractive-to-tourists

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CRIME BEAT
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Indirect fallout from the Hobby Lobby case … five antiquities dealers in Jerusalem are facing tax fraud charges:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/31/540579261/israeli-authorities-arrest-antiquities-dealers-in-connection-with-hobby-lobby-sc
http://www.jpost.com/In-Jerusalem/5-Palestinians-arrested-for-aiding-Hobby-Lobby-in-antiquities-smuggling-501300
http://forward.com/fast-forward/378819/israeli-police-arrest-antiquities-smugglers-connected-to-hobby-lobby/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/east-jerusalem-antiquity-dealers-arrested-for-tax-fraud/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-police-jerusalem-antiquity-dealers-arrested-for-con/2017/07/30/aae60264-751d-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1328893/photos-20-million-fraud-operation-eastern-jerusalem-antiquities-dealers.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11897392

Meanwhile, OpEds are coming out about how Hobby Lobby is being unfairly criticized:

http://www.sltrib.com/religion/global/2017/08/03/despite-smuggled-antiquities-purchase-some-say-criticism-of-bible-museum-is-unfair/

… while Iraq anxiously awaits the return of things:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/hobby-lobby-iraq-artifacts-us-smugglers.html

A southeast Asian ‘smuggling kingpin’s’ attempt to get around the law:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/antiques-smuggling-kingpin-loaned-artefacts-to-museum-to-get-legal-tag/articleshow/59837679.cms

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-24-30-july-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 Marcus Aurelius aureus at auction:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/choice-marcus-aurelius-gold-aureus-2017-ana-auction/

Feature on collecting ancient weights:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-collecting-ancient-weights/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n32.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/2634-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-july-2017-29-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Alan Cameron:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/newsrecords/2017/Professor-Alan-Cameron-1938-2017.aspx
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-alan-cameron

Harold Williams:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/getty-trust-founding-president-harold-m-williams-dies/

Dennis Mack Smith:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/books/denis-mack-smith-dead-historian-of-italy.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

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

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

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.14 ~ July 30, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
John Hall, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Rick Heli,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Neanderthals were eating turtles at a site in Israel some 60 000 years bp, apparently:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.803364
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5762-170726-israel-freshwater-turtle

Early homo sapiens in southern Africa some 60 000 years bp (give or take) were culturally flexible:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uotw-cfw072617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-early-human-ability-survive-prolonged.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726102921.htm

More on ‘ghost species’ traces in saliva:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=11894688
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5755-170724-saliva-gene-variant
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/clues-to-a-ghost-species-of-ancient-human-found-in-saliva

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Chinese burials (it has been determined) from an island off Kenya:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/29/c_136481481.htm

More on the goldsmith’s tomb in the Sudan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-kingdom-egyptthe-goldsmith-tomb.html

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A tomb of unspecified date from Sharqia:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/13639/The-transfer-of-a-newly-discovered-archaeological-tomb
http://www.egyptindependent.com/pharaonic-tomb-unearthed/

Medieval frescoes from the St Pishoy monastery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/274317/Heritage/Coptic/Medieval-Coptic-wallpaintings-uncovered-at-Egyptia.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/murals-discovered-anba-bishoy-monastery/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/30/archaeological-murals-discovered-at-saint-bishoy-monastery/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/14153/Wall-paintings-discovered-in-Monastery-of-Saint-Pishoy

Feature on Flinders Petrie:

http://www.thenational.scot/culture/15439186.Profile__Flinders_Petrie__controversial_founder_of_archaeology/

Bronze Age granaries from Manisa:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-granaries-reveal-history-of-grape-production–.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115965&NewsCatID=375

Evidence of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4302
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233006
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-jerusalem-finds-shore-up-biblical-account-of-babylonian-conquest/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.803529
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4994533,00.html
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4994920,00.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/they-were-here-on-tisha-bav-new-evidence-of-babylonian-destruction-discovered-in-city-of-david/2017/07/26/
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1325478/photos-eve-tisha-bav-evidence-babylonian-destruction-jerusalem-found-city-david.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/07/26/ahead-of-tisha-bav-evidence-of-babylonian-destruction-of-jerusalem-unearthed/
http://forward.com/fast-forward/378000/new-evidence-of-babylonian-conquest-of-jerusalem-discovered/

Possible evidence that Second Temple priests fled to Magdala to continue traditions after the Romans took Jerusalem:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Magdala-once-likely-populated-by-elite-Jerusalemites-501003
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-finds-suggest-second-temple-priests-who-fled-the-romans-kept-up-holy-rituals-in-the-galilee/

A 1600 years bp wine press from Ramat Negev:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_heb.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4300
http://www.timesofisrael.com/1600-years-ago-soldiers-may-have-quaffed-wine-from-this-desert-press/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/1600-year-old-stone-wine-presser-found-in-Ramat-Negev-500669
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5760-170725-negev-wine-press

Really a DNA story, but the suggestion is they weren’t destroyed but moved to Lebanon (hmmm):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/wtsi-pld072617.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/cp-wwt072017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727122039.htm
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/genetic-study-suggests-present-day-lebanese-descend-from-biblical-canaanites
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/science/ancient-canaanites-bible-lebanon.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a7862936.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/28/study-disproves-bibles-claim-ancient-canaanites-wiped/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-canaanites-werent-annihilated-they-just-moved-to-lebanon/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142028-bronze-age-dna-calls-famous-biblical-slaughter-into-question/#038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-
https://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2017/07/genetic-evidence-suggests-the-canaanites-werent-destroyed-after-all/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-canaanite-lebanese-genetics-20170727-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/27/ancient-dna-solves-mystery-of-the-canaanites-reveals-the-biblical-peoples-fate/?wpisrc=al_alert-hse&wpmk=1
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/canaanite-bible-ancient-dna-lebanon-genetics-archaeology/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5766-170727-lebanon-canaanite-genome

Video on the Solomon’s Stables excavation on Temple Mount:

https://templemount.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/solomons-stables-history-and-destructionruction/

Suggestion that Philistines weren’t ‘pirates’ after all:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802928

Some Foundation Stone interviews of note … first, a Tel Hazor interview with Prof Amnon Ben-Tor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0FQfGFaCM0

… and Tel Achziv interviews with Dr Yifat Therani and D. Michael Yasmin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxD7A9DoQ3U

Latest from the Tel Burna dig:

https://telburna.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/week-4end-of-season-overview/

Gobekli Tepe is looking for Heritage status:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unesco-lists-turkeys-gobeklitepe-as-2018-nominee.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115875&NewsCatID=375

Feature on assorted biblical battles:

https://www.livescience.com/59911-ancient-biblical-battles.html

More on the oldest ‘smiley’ claim:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-smiley-face-found-hittite-jug-180964177/

Apparently not much is happening regarding the restoration of Nimrud:

http://www.dw.com/en/still-no-progress-in-restoring-ancient-nimrud/a-39813952

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A major tomb+inscription find from Pompeii:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/07/27/tomb-depicting-famous-gladiator-brawl-discovered-in-pompeii_223d6f13-f15b-43d1-8405-a6f11fccd33b.html
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/new-inscription-pompeii-reading-lines/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/pompeii-rivalled-rome-for-big-fight-night-shows-tomb-inscription-of-alleius-nigidius-maius-gzbbdvl5p
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5768-170727-porta-stabia-tomb

… some Italian coverage:

http://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/07/24/news/pompei_scoperta_tomba_monumentale_con_iscrizione_lunga_4_metri-171550930/
http://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/07/27/news/pompei_nigidius_il_liberto_amico_di_nerone_che_offri_giochi_degni_del_colosseo-171740672/
http://www.ansa.it/canale_viaggiart/it/notizie/bellezza/2017/07/26/pompei-emersa-la-tomba-di-un-impresario_c490dc6d-345f-4c48-ac67-9722f6d10cd8.html

Evidence that the Etruscans were good at beekeeping:

https://www.livescience.com/59970-etruscans-were-expert-beekeepers.html

Remains of the ancient sunken city of Neapolis off the coast of Tunisia:

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2017/07/28/scoperta-citta-sommersa-in-tunisia_59b5268b-639b-4ec6-ad7d-49c03b92dbab.html

Looking at the site of the Varian disaster again:

http://www.dw.com/en/unearthing-the-mysteries-of-the-battle-that-created-germany/a-39817362

A well from Parion/Parium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/24/2700-year-old-healing-water-discovered-in-parion-ancient-city-in-turkeys-canakkale

A Sarmatian burial from the Crimea (with a typical Pravda headline):

http://www.pravdareport.com/science/mysteries/28-07-2017/138279-alien_child-0/

Roman-era (empty) tombs from Usak:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-symbolic-graves-unearthed-in-usak.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115943&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/25/2000-year-old-empty-tombs-unearthed-in-usak

A mosaic find from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1800-year-old-mosaic-found-in-ancient-city-of-perge.aspx?PageID=238&NID=115733&NewsCatID=375
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26546-1-800-year-old-mosaic-discovered-in-ancient-anatolian-city-of-perge.html

They’re moving that mosaic found in a farmer’s field to a museum in Gaziantep:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mosaic-to-move-to-gaziantep-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116040
They were assessing damage in Kos:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/220446/article/ekathimerini/life/kos-archaeological-museum-assesses-quake-damage

… and the museum reopened:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26548-kos-archaeological-museum-reopening-to-visitors-on-saturday.html

Excavating Halmyris:

http://theconversation.com/what-were-finding-as-we-excavate-halmyris-a-frontier-fort-of-the-roman-empire-73577

Another one that is a DNA story … confirmation that the Greeks settled Southern Italy and Sicily (we knew this already, no?):

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/New-research-proves-ancient-Greeks-colonised-Sicily-and-Southern-Italy%20

Malaria was already widespread on Sardinia in the Roman period:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727103035.htm
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170727/Malaria-already-widespread-on-Sardiniac2a0in-the-Roman-period-research-shows.aspx

Plans to dig at Uzuncaburç:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-start-at-turkeys-uzuncaburc.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116073&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Nero, Peter, and Paul:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/nero-the-execution-of-peter-and-paul-and-the-biggest-fake-news-in-early-christian-history

Feature on garum:

http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/07/fish-sauce-ancient-rome-garum/

Feature on the ballista:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/tv/a27520/game-of-thrones-ballista/

Feature on the Secret Cabinet:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-trove-erotic-roman-art-scandalized-french-monarchy

Feature on the Nashville Parthenon:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-full-scale-replica-parthenon-nashville-tennessee

Novelizing Euripides:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/31/novelizing-greek-myth

Another feature on Wonder Woman/Amazons:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/07/wonder-woman-amazon-mythology/

Interesting touristy feature at Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/how-hear-500-roman-cavalry-13385205

Court rules that Italy can seek a new head for the Colosseum:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/world/article/Ruling-lets-Italy-hunt-also-abroad-for-new-11362547.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/ruling-lets-italy-hunt-also-abroad-for-new-colosseum-chief/2017/07/25/ddac99d8-7135-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

… and the archaeo-park got the go-ahead too:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/07/25/court-says-ok-to-colosseum-archeo-park_95e9592f-c438-4377-a193-99affce7ac5a.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20170725/top-italian-court-gives-go-ahead-to-colosseum-archaeological-park
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italian-court-overturns-ruling-against-colosseum-park.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/italian-high-court-gives-green-light-to-colosseum-park-and-foreign-museum-directors/

Some Classical connections to Game of Thrones:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/24/five-references-to-the-ancient-and-late-roman-world-within-game-of-thrones/

Kristina Killgrove’s Day of Archaeology post:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/07/27/a-summer-day-in-the-life-of-a-roman-bioarchaeologist/

… and another Day of Archaeology post on the Paphos Theatre dig:

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/roman-theatres-and-contemporary-arts-australian-archaeologists-in-cyprus/

An interesting production of the Eumenides:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/opinion/manhattans-district-attorney-vs-aeschylus.html

What Kurt Freudenburg is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2017/07/24/freudenburg-and-hansen-appointed-endowed-chairs

What Greg Crane is up to:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/scholars-still-using-new-technology-do-same-damn-thing

Honours for Paul Cartledge:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/classics_expert_honoured/

Victorian women translating Greek:

https://thebestschools.org/review/ladies-greek/

Someone didn’t like the BBC’s portrayal of a diverse Roman Britain:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/alt-right-commentator-gets-schooled-historian-diversity-roman/
http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/27/alt-rigth-commentator-gets-shut-down-by-historian-over-diversity-in-roman-britain-6810143/

Why parents should read the Clouds:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbahr1/2017/07/26/philosophy-leads-to-father-beating-or-why-all-parents-should-read-aristophanes-clouds/

Roman roads of the UK as a tube map:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/trending-topics/editors-picks/2017/07/27/shropshires-roman-roads-part-of-new-london-underground-style-map/
http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/alternative-tube-map-shows-roman-roads-of-britain-a3598096.html

Latest comparisons of the contemporary US to ancient times:

http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/donald-trump-presidency-has-echoes-of-ancient-greece-20170728-gxkq8z

More on that sarcophagus from a London market:

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/07/25/16/29/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-london

In case you missed the Hippocrates palimpsest from st Catharine’s monastery:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/hippocrates-manuscript-sinai-palimpsests-st-catherines-monastery-spd/

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Grain residue in a Bronze Age ‘lunchbox’ find from the Swiss Alps:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoy-afk072517.php https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-key-tracking-ancient-wheat.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726091521.htm
https://www.livescience.com/59961-bronze-age-lunch-box-in-swiss-alps.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/traces-bronze-age-era-cereals-discovered-swiss-mountains/
http://www.foodandwine.com/news/ancient-grains-history-could-be-rewritten-thanks-discovery-in-swiss-alps
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/ancient-bronze-age-box-discovered-archaeology-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5764-170726-bronze-age-box

I think we mentioned this 5000 years bp ‘incense pot’ from the Ness of Brodgar:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5756-170724-scotland-neolithic-pot

Prehistoric finds from the site of a new Inverness prison:

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Extensive-prehistoric-remains-found-at-site-of-new-Inverness-prison-27072017.htm

Finds from various periods from Hayle dig:

http://www.smallholder.co.uk/news/15434722.Tools_from_Cornwall___s_first_farmers_among_important_archaeological_finds_at_Hayle_construction_site/

Assorted sites from Azerbaijan:

http://www.today.az/news/society/163486.html
https://www.azernews.az/nation/116679.html

An 1100 bp coin and other (Pictish) items from Burghead Fort:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/national/15431648.Archaeologists_find_Pictish_remains_at_Moray_fort/
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/1-100-year-old-coin-found-in-royal-pictish-power-centre-1-4513047
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/archaeologists-find-pictish-remains-at-moray-fort-35964885.html
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/archaeologists-from-an-aberdeen-university-have-unearthed-artefacts-dating-back-more-than-1000-years-staff-from-the-university-of-aberdeen-have-been-digging-at-burghead-fort-near-lossiemouth-wher/
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1294849/burghead-fort-dig-leads-to-surprise-discoveries/
http://observer.com/2017/07/pictish-fort-burghead-discovery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5759-170725-scotland-coin-fort

A fifth century baptismal font from Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/28/archaeology-ancient-stone-baptismal-vessel-found-at-plovdivs-episcopal-basilica-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5772-170728-bulgaria-philippopolis-basilica

Finds from various periods from Bulgaria’s Ruskcastro fort dig:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/26/archaeology-ivory-icon-rare-byzantine-gold-coin-found-at-bulgarias-rusokastro-fortress-site/
http://www.novinite.com/articles/181656/Archaeologist+Found+Extremely+Rare+Ivory+Icon+in+Burgas
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5763-170726-bulgaria-rusokastro-fortress

Medieval burials from Peperikon:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/07/29/archaeology-more-than-80-mediaeval-tombs-found-at-bulgarias-perperikon/

A possible monastery beneath a Perth pub?:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/old-monastery-lie-under-perth-10888275

18th century epidemic victims from a Polish cemetery:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,415051,poznan-victims-of-the-epidemic-300-years-ago-discovered-in-srodka.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5757-170724-poland-plague-victims

A 150 years bp curling stone from a Peeblesshire farm site:

http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/15429014.150_year_old_curling_stone_unearthed_on_Peeblesshire__farm/

Sale of that bronze peat bog sword:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/ancient-peat-bog-bronze-sword-sells-to-dutch-museum-at-christies/

Studying the effects of a ninth century Icelandic volcanic eruption on the Dark Ages:

https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21725165-song-ice-and-fire-events-iceland-explain-years-famine-europes-dark

On the ‘Armenian Stonehenge’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unraveling-mystery-armenian-stonehenge-180964207/

St Cuthbert’s coffin has gone on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/28/st-cuthberts-coffin-durham-cathedral

England’s ‘oldest hotel’ has been restored after a fire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-40718707

Heralding the golden age of Scottish archaeology:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15442386.Welcome_to_the_Golden_Age_of_Scottish_archaeology/

On medieval treatments for male infertility:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-medieval-men-infertility-treatments.html

Analyzing European earthquakes over time:

http://dro.dur.ac.uk/22472/

More on Tintagel:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-return-legendary-birthplace-king-163900735.html

More on the ‘race against time’ at an Orkney site:

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/orkney-archaeological-dig-is-a-battle-between-time-and-tide-1-4514267

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A 2400 years bp ‘limousine’ from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/28/c_136480895.htm

A 2300 years bp carpenter’s tool from a site on Honshu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201707280043.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5771-170728-iron-carpentry-tool

A medieval child burial from northern Russia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/skull-of-1000-year-old-arctic-chieftains-infant-heir-found-encased-in-persian-bronze-cup/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5769-170728-arctic-persian-bowl

Park rangers just came across a pile of Aboriginal petroglyphs in West Arnhem:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-30/aboriginal-rangers-discover-rock-art-site-in-arnhem-land/8750046

Humans may be behind the extinction of New Zealand’s swans:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5765-170726-new-zealand-swans

Studying early settlers in New Zealand from an Otago cemetery:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1707/S00305/research-reveals-insights-into-lives-of-early-settlers.htm
http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago656624.html

A Chinese museum seeks help with some oracle bones:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/503069/chinese-museum-offering-cash-whoever-can-decipher-these-3000-year-old-inscriptions

Concerns for Goan antiquities:

http://www.navhindtimes.in/desecration-of-the-goan-antiquities-ii/

More on earlier human arrival to Australia:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2017/dated-artefacts-in-northern-australia-indicate-humans-arrived-there-about-65000-years-ago

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Evidence of diversification in points ca 12 500 year bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/s-toa072617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-cultural-diversification-early-north-american.html

Mimbres culture items from a New Mexico dig:

http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/nmsu/2017/07/23/nmsu-students-discover-artifacts-archaeological-dig/503028001/

An 18th century crucifix from Fort Michilimackinac:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/07/18th-century_crucifix_uncovere.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5761-170725-michigan-brass-crucifix

… and a related Day of Archaeology post:

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/michilimackinac-2017/

Digging up pioneer burials in southern Indiana prior to road construction:

http://www.tribstar.com/archaeologists-dig-up-graves-at-indiana-pioneer-cemetery/article_1153be9e-e3db-5206-828b-33f29d3ef10f.html

Human remains from a dig in a Prince George park:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/11-historical-human-remains-discovered-in-archaeological-dig-at-prince-george-park-1.4227857?cmp=rss

Digging an 18th century cemetery in Nova Scotia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5770-170728-fortress-of-louisbourg

Plans to dig up a Baptist Church’s cemetery in Philadelphia:

http://www.bctv.org/special_reports/community/friends-of-hopewell-furnace-to-explore-the-first-baptist-church/article_2de4deb0-706e-11e7-b554-e73e94c4246e.html

I think we’ve mentioned this John Brown Farm dig before:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/curr/suny-potsdam-students-dig-up-artifacts-at-john-brown-site-20170726

They’ve banned metal detectors from Rogers Island:

http://poststar.com/news/local/historic-site-bans-metal-detectors/article_b59c3303-5955-5242-82bd-d4bf2bbc7d7a.html
http://www.wcax.com/story/35954166/officials-ban-metal-detectors-from-upstate-ny-historic-site
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2017-07-24/officials-ban-metal-detectors-from-upstate-ny-historic-site

… a related dig has commenced:

http://poststar.com/news/local/digging-it-major-archaeology-project-underway-on-rogers-island/article_6386f70e-0edd-5bd1-8c98-e5b7100a6f29.html

Hyping a dig in Sarnia:

http://www.theobserver.ca/2017/07/25/archaeological-report-from-sarnia-excavation-expected-soon

Digging Underground Railroad sites in Albany:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/education/article/Dig-underway-at-Underground-Railroad-sites-in-11557572.php
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/07/excavating_sites_in_albany_neighborhood_with_link_to_underground_railroad.html
http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Refuse-yields-historical-gems-11439234.php

Plans to survey the town site of Fort Macleod:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fort-macleod-townsite-dig-1.4227532?cmp=rss

On the FBI’s ‘coming of age’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40721016

Studying links between Fort Vancouver and Yellowstone:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jul/23/researcher-traces-ties-between-fort-yellowstone/

Did Billy the Kid have a connection to upstate New York?:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/07/billy_the_kid_wild_west_outlaw_might_have_clinton_connection.html

More on the ‘moving the archaeological storage facilities’ thing in Canada:

http://www.macleans.ca/news/why-is-ottawa-trying-to-move-atlantic-canadas-artifacts-to-quebec/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An Aztec structure of some sort at Plaza Pino Suarez in Mexico City:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/another-pre-hispanic-find-in-mexico-city/
http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6331-hallan-vestigio-ceremonial-de-un-calpulli-mexica-en-la-plaza-pino-suarez

There’s more to Easter Island statues, apparently (we’ve seen this before):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/07/26/famous-easter-island-heads-have-hidden-bodies/

What Elizabeth Paris is up to:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/elizabeth-paris-archaeology-mayapan-1.4219671?cmp=rss

What Jon Henderson is up to:

https://nottstv.com/nottingham-archaeologist-uncovers-secrets-sunken-pirate-city-jamaica/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A history of citrus fruit:

https://www.livescience.com/59896-ancient-citrus-trade-routes.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5758-170724-archaeobotany-citrus-fruit

Big bucks for a Waterloo veteran’s medals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40716456

… and a Boer War ‘time capsule”:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40715985

On the invention of the windshield wiper:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/25/536835744/alabama-woman-stuck-in-nyc-traffic-in-1902-invented-the-windshield-wiper

On the ‘Perfumed Garden’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170725-the-ancient-arabic-kama-sutra

Feature on the Basque language:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170719-the-mysterious-origins-of-europes-oldest-language

Latest photos from the Sistine Chapel:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-40734899/sistine-chapel-like-you-ve-never-seen-it-before

Victor Nuovo is looking at Hobbes’ thoughts on religion:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-hobbes-religion

Latest on Amelia Earhart:

http://kval.com/news/local/this-is-in-face-what-did-happen-to-amelia-earhart

Feature on human sacrifice:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/human-sacrifice-a-hobby-as-old-as-time

On the origins of Monopoly:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170728-monopoly-was-invented-to-demonstrate-the-evils-of-capitalism

Studying millet:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/archaeology-shows-theres-more-to-millet-than-birdseed
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeology-millet-birdseed.html

Studying transitions in cultural evolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726132047.htm

More on that pair of bodies from a Swiss glacier:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-bodies-stayed-mummified-for-75-years-in-a-swiss-glacier/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jul/23/omsi-exhibit-shows-volcanic-destruction-of-pompeii-2000-years-ago/

Agon: Competition in Ancient Greece:

http://artdaily.com/news/97718/Exhibition-explores-the-competitive-spirit-that-was-a-powerful-element-in-Greek-society-#.WX37CYqQxn4

Vikings:

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2017/07/26/vikings-exhibit-to-land-at-rom-in-november.html

Egypt Uncovered:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/27/egypt-uncovered-new-exhibition-at-sir-john-soanes-museum-in-london/

Hokusai:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/hokusai-in-the-world-then-and-now/

A New Jersey Museum has discovered several cases of 200+ year old wine:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/liberty-hall-museum-wine-madeira-collection-new-jersey-john-adams-president-usa-exhibition-a7856631.html

Followup to that fakes-in-a-Mexican-museum story:

http://eltecolote.org/content/en/features/mexican-museum-defends-its-legitimacy-corrects-journalists-inaccurate-reporting/

The British Museum somehow managed to lose a large Cartier diamond and kept it hush hush for quite a while:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40738239
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/27/cartier-diamond-ring-worth-750000-lost-by-british-museum
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/million-dollar-diamond-ring-disappears-british-museum-london-1632116
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-loses-750-000-ring-stcs3w5jv

I think we’ll start putting Bible Museum/Hobby Lobby stuff in this category now:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/hobby-lobby-thinks-bible-can-save-america-now-museum-convince-critics/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest imaging technique finding hidden texts:

https://www.livescience.com/59925-imaging-reveals-medieval-text.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5767-170727-combined-imaging-technique

Studying the grazing habits of Neolithic cattle using isotopes:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2017/july/isotopes-in-prehistoric-cattle-teeth.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/p-iip072017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-isotopes-prehistoric-cattle-teeth-herding.html
http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Extensive-prehistoric-remains-found-at-site-of-new-Inverness-prison-27072017.htm

Studying prehistoric social networks in the Balkans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoc-ait072717.php

On ground penetrating radar use:

https://magazine.du.edu/summer-2017/using-ground-penetrating-radar-anthropology-professor-explores-world-underground/

More on the BM’s 3d scan of the Rosetta Stone:

https://hyperallergic.com/391501/rosetta-stone-3d-model-british-museum/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interact-first-3-d-scan-rosetta-stone-180964205/

More on the Lady of Cao’s facial reconstruction:

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2017/07/mummy_unwrapped_by_tulane_prof.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The Iberian peninsula did not witness in the influx of steppe invaders that the rest of Europe did, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/p-bai072117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-bronze-age-iberia-steppe-invaders.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170727141536.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Rome’s ‘underworld’:

http://www.dw.com/en/romes-underworlds/av-19274357

Eynhallow Island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170721-why-you-ceynhallow-which-you-can-visit-one-day-a-year

Gold Butte:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/travel/gold-butte-nevada-antiquities-act-national-monument.html

Bermuda shipwrecks:

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/07/travel/charted-waters-bermuda-shipwrecks/
http://bermuda100.ucsd.edu/index.php

Buffalo, New York:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/07/28/buffalo-architecture/517033001/

Bears Ears:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/travel/bears-ears-utah-politics-trump-national-monument.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Five antiquities dealers in East Jerusalem have been arrested for fraud:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Police-arrest-5-in-20-million-black-market-antiquities-tax-fraud-sting-501156
http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/in-israel/local/5-antiquities-dealers-from-east-jerusalem-arrested-for-fraud-30061
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-police-jerusalem-antiquity-dealers-arrested-con-48932817

Police foil an attempted theft from a Nubian museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/274127/Heritage/Museums/Police-foil-attempted-theft-of-goddess-Isis-statue.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/police-foil-theft-attempt-nubia-museum/

Another coin smuggling attempt foiled by Egyptian authorities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/274331/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Egypt-foils-attempt-to-smuggle-collection-of-coins.aspx

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/art-crime-and-criminals-berlin.html

The EU is targetting antiquities sales:

http://www.euronews.com/2017/07/24/european-commission-targets-antiquities-sales-to-curb-terrorism

Metal detectorists were arrested at a Crete archaeological site:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/czechs-arrested-for-using-metal-detectors-at-crete-archaeological-site

More on Mesa Verde vandalism:

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/26/mesa-verde-national-park-vandalized/

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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Colombia wants Germany to return some pre Columbian items:

https://colombiareports.com/colombia-ask-germany-return-pre-columbian-statues/

Turkey is going to try to get back a pile of items, apparently:

http://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-parliament-to-seek-cultural-property-abroad-2764040

Christie’s has to reveal a buyer to Turkey:

http://www.courthousenews.com/christies-must-reveal-5000-year-old-idols-secret-bidder-turkey/

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NUMISMATICA
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The Boldre Hoard of Roman coins is going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40768334
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15439677.Hundreds_of_unearthed_Roman_coins_will_go_on_display_after___1_8million_museum_revamp/

Some Ptolemy IV coins came to auction:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/goldbergs-sell-gold-ptolemy-iv

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n31.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/2633-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-july-2017-22-july-2017
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Archaeosoup:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.13 ~ July 23, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Wilfried Zankl, Wilfried Zankl, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
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and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Early hominids pretty much ate anything:

http://www.wtsp.com/news/nation-now/real-paleo-diet-early-hominids-ate-just-about-everything/458522081

Concern for hominin footprints in the shadow of a volcano in Tanzania:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5748-170720-tanzania-volcano-footprints

Nice feature on Neanderthal evidence from Gibraltar:

http://www.gibraltarolivepress.com/2017/07/22/exciting-archaeological-breakthrough-helping-researchers-understand-ancient-relatives/

On the mitochondrial side of interbreeding:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/18/did-human-women-contribute-to-neanderthal-genomes-over-200000-years-ago

More of a DNA story, but trace evidence from saliva of some ‘ghost species’ of human as a result of interbreeding or some such thing:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-saliva-clues-ghost-species-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uab-isc072117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170721113415.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/sign-of-a-mysterious-human-ancestor-has-been-found-in-our-spit

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AFRICA
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Kingdom of Kerma era tombs from the Sudan:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1056993.shtml

I think we mentioned this Egyptian-style goldsmith’s burial from the Sudan:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170721090109.htm

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of the possible discovery of the tomb of Tut’s wife:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/12657/Archaeologists-claim-discovery-of-Tutankhamun-s-wife-lost-tomb
https://www.livescience.com/59840-king-tut-wife-tomb-possibly-found.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-tuts-wife-possibly-buried-new-tomb/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-tutankhamuns-wife-might-be-hidden-in-newly-discovered-tomb-filled-with-3300yearold-secrets/news-story/a271484eecb06e04be6ce79507e0a2a8?from=rss-basic
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11893023
http://www.ibtimes.com/tomb-king-tutankhamuns-wifes-discovered-ankhesenamun-lies-next-her-second-husband-2567662
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/07/19/tomb-king-tuts-wife-discovered-experts-excited-by-find-in-egypt.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomb-king-tutankhamun-wife-likely-125653687.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/egypt/2017/07/20/archeology-tomb-of-tutankhamuns-wife-possibly-discovered_6811f305-fefc-4072-ab78-174fcb8806c7.html

Medieval graffiti from a cave in Upper Egypt (we may have mentioned this last week):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/273873/Heritage/Islamic/Medievalera-graffiti-discovered-in-cave-in-Upper-E.aspx
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/no-god-except-allah-medieval-grafitti-by-ancient-pilgrims-discovered-egyptian-cave-1631342
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5750-170720-egypt-medieval-graffiti

There’s a Cairo Pass now to help get you to assorted sites:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273767/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cairo-Pass-available-for-foreigners-to-visit-all-a.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/12653/Egypt-launches-new-pass-for-Giza-an-Cairo-archaeological-sites

Antiquities stolen from an Egyptian mosque were recovered:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/274040/Heritage/Islamic/Antiquities-stolen-from-Egypts-Jani-Bek-AlAshrafi-.aspx

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.livescience.com/59858-rosetta-stone-turns-218.html

Egypt is ‘taking stock’ of its neglected antiquities:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/egypt-antiquities-campaign-prevent-theft.html

More on the AUC handing over a pile of items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273713/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AUC-hands-over-to-Egypt-,-artifacts-from-past-arch.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/07/19/national-museum-egyptian-civilisation-receives-453-artefacts/

Study suggesting the Philistines weren’t ‘Aegean pirates’:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802928

10 000 years bp burials near Dargecit possibly suggest a belief in the afterlife:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-turkeys-southeast-reveal-10000-year-old-belief-in-afterlife.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115695&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of interest for the find of the ‘oldest emoji/smiley’ on a pot at a site near Gazian Tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-smiley-emoji-found-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115642&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/17/worlds-first-smiley-discovered-on-4000-year-old-pot-in-turkey
https://www.livescience.com/59895-oldest-known-smiley-face-emoji.html
https://hyperallergic.com/391472/was-the-oldest-smiley-found-on-a-3700-year-old-jug/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/historys-oldest-smile-found-on-4000-year-old-pot-in-turkey/
http://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/worlds-oldest-emoji-discovered-on-3-700-year-old-pottery-1728207
5000 years bp pottery from Cadir Hoyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/20/archaeologists-delicately-excavate-5000-year-old-pottery

10 pre-First Temple pots from Shiloh are causing a stir:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=43843
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/14/10-ancient-jugs-predating-first-temple-unearthed-at-shiloh-site

… and they’re looking for the Ark of the Covenant there too:

http://forward.com/fast-forward/377171/watch-archaeologists-hunt-for-ark-of-the-covenant-in-israel/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/with-bibles-and-shovels-a-search-for-the-biblical-tabernacle-gathers-pace-at-shiloh/

A 2700 years bp reservoir from Rosh Ha’ayin:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4299
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/High-school-students-discover-ancient-Assyrian-period-water-system-20-July-2017.aspx
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-2700-year-old-Assyrian-era-reservoir-unearthed-in-central-Israel-500236
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232744
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/impressive-2700-year-old-water-system-discovered-near-rosh-haayin/2017/07/20/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802466
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-high-schoolers-excavate-2700-year-old-water-system/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/20/israeli-students-help-to-uncover-2700-year-old-assyrian-era-water-reservoir
http://www.aina.org/ata/20170720121416.htm
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/07/21/israeli-students-help-uncover-2700-year-old-assyrian-era-water-reservoir/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5749-170720-israel-water-reservoir

More on the evidence for destruction at Gezer:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-account-of-gezers-destruction-gains-ground-with-torched-skeleton-finds/

The Tel Es-Safi/Gath blog is up and running again:

https://gath.wordpress.com/

On the multidisciplinary approach to archaeology in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/multidisciplinary-approach-archaeology-improves-research-findings-%E2%80%94-jordanian-expert
http://www.menafn.com/1095628577/Multidisciplinary-approach-to-archaeology-improves-research-findings-%E2%80%94-Jordanian-expert

Latest in the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-minister-accuses-israel-of-exploiting-attack-to-dig-under-temple-mount/

More on the dig at Karkamis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-works-in-ancient-karkamis-end.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115519&NewsCatID=375

Politics and archaeology clash in Israel once again:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2017/07/the-worlds-oldest-archaeological-journal-cancels-a-conference-in-order-to-boycott-israel/

Somewhat strange feature on how ISIL chooses what cities to take:

http://www.aina.org/news/20170720120507.htm

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A Roman sarcophagus find from Southwark was getting plenty of attention:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40641846
https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/extremely-rare-roman-sarcophagus-found-borough-dig/
http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/uk_national_news/15417908.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/national/15417908.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/ancient-roman-sarcophagus-found-next-to-baby-bones-near-borough-market-35942779.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15417924.Ancient_Roman_sarcophagus_found_next_to_baby_bones_near_Borough_Market/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-sarcophagus-unearthed-at-building-site-near-borough-market-southwark-c7nblh3pb
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/archaeologists-lift-the-lid-of-an-ancient-roman-sarcophagus-news-photo/817569336
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5743-170718-london-roman-sarcophagus

A very interesting mosaic from Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1800-year-old-mosaic-found-in-ancient-city-of-perge.aspx?PageID=238&NID=115733&NewsCatID=375

Remains of a Temple of Apollo on Despotiko:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26446-remains-of-ancient-apollo-temple-unearthed-on-greek-despotiko-islet-west-of-antiparos.html

Roman coin from Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40606908
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15418643.Roman_coin_found_in___39_race_against_time__39__dig_on_Scottish_island/
http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/rare-roman-coin-found-at-orkney-dig-site-1-4509490
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5740-170717-scotland-roman-coin

Late Roman coins from a Chinese tomb:

http://gbtimes.com/china/eastern-roman-gold-coins-found-1500-year-old-chinese-tomb

On the Roman villa dig at Zejtun:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170718/life-features/a-roman-villa-inside-a-zejtun-school.653583
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-07-19/company-news/GSD-Marketing-Ltd-supports-the-UoM-during-the-archaeological-excavations-at-the-Zejtun-Roman-Villa-6736176787

Feature on the Herculaneum Graffiti Project:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170720/pompeii-herculaneum-graffiti-history-archaeology-marginalized-groups-ancient-rome-slaves-women-vesuvius-social-media

Feature on garum:

http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/07/fish-sauce-ancient-rome-garum/

Feature on Nero’s fire and ancient firefighting:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/18/july-18-64-the-great-fire-of-nero-and-the-ancient-history-of-firefighting/

… and the subsequent blame/martyrdom put on Christians:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/nero-the-execution-of-peter-and-paul-and-the-biggest-fake-news-in-early-christian-history

Feature on Iklaina:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/22/iklaina-the-first-city-state-of-ancient-greece-and-europe/

In case you missed the news of the earthquake on Kos:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/67-magnitude-earthquake-rocks-greek-islands-turkish-coast

… and there was damage at some sites:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/21/earthquake-damaged-kos-sites-and-monuments-archaeological-service-reports/

Interesting production of the Eumenides:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/opinion/manhattans-district-attorney-vs-aeschylus.html

Interview with Rossella Rea:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/qa-dr-rossella-rea-63-director-of-the-colosseum-rome/news-story/e89de7840a1282bbf32b72532829d3ab

Valerio Manfredi has written a novel based on the Varian disaster:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/08/actualidad/1499549585_749131.html

The Greek Orthodox Church sold the Roman *theater* (not amphitheater) in Caesarea:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-roman-amphitheater-in-caesarea-sold-by-greek-orthodox-church-to-mystery-foreign-buyer/
https://www.jta.org/2017/07/17/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/ancient-roman-amphitheater-in-caesarea-sold-to-foreign-buyer

… and other land too, by the way:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/greek-orthodox-church-sold-land-near-iconic-jaffa-clock-tower-report/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/18/israels-greek-orthodox-church-sells-iconic-jaffa-land-in-latest-controversial-deal

Probably not uncommon fallout from the lack of washroom facilities at Pompeii:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/elderly-tourist-reported-after-defecating-one-pompeiis-best-preserved-homes-1630710

Strange ‘spray attack’ at the Vergina tombs:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26418-no-damage-to-ancient-artifacts-from-spray-attack-at-vergina-tombs-in-greece.html

On Shakespeare’s idea of the invasion of Britain:

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166456

More on ‘white’ ancient statuary:

https://news.vice.com/story/marble-helped-scholars-whitewash-ancient-history

More on those Roman coins from Rio Tinto:

http://blog.gainesvillecoins.com/2017/07/16/ancient-roman-coins-found-spain/

More on the Fourni shipwrecks:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.801529

More on plans for those burials at Phaleron:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-high-tech-year-old-greek-cold.htm
http://www.ibtimes.com/are-these-ancient-greek-skeletons-executed-army-olympic-champion-cylon-2567322
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/archaeologists-high-tech-2-500-old-greek-cold-030929020.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26348-archaeologists-in-athens-discover-2-500-year-old-greek-mystery.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-go-high-tech-in-2500-year-old-greek-cold-case—-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115563&NewsCatID=375
https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-15/archaeologists-will-use-csi-technology-study-2500-year-old-remains-near-athens

More on Lanciani’s images of Rome going online:

https://hyperallergic.com/389365/rodolpho-lanciani-rome-images-archive-online/

More on the St Catherine’s Hippocrates:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/hippocrates-manuscript-sinai-palimpsests-st-catherines-monastery-spd/

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Bronze Age burials from Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/bronze-age-tombs-2017/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5752-170721-romania-bronze-age

A 4500 years bp burial urn from Silsden:

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/15417817.Top_caveman__39_s_urn_found_at_Silsden_burial_mound/
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15420640.Stone_Age_burial_chamber_discovered_on_site_of_new_homes/

Neolithic ‘butterfly motifs’ from Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40653877
http://www.scotsman.com/news/neolithic-butterfly-markings-found-on-orkney-1-4509215
http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/archaeologists-hit-jackpot-after-sun-uncovers-neolithic-markings-1-4509215
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5746-170719-scotland-orkney-art

From the same Ness of Brodgar site … an incense pot:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40681085

3500 years bp artifacts from the Zadar archipelago:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/20585-archaeologists-uncover-3500-year-old-artefacts-in-zadar-archipelago

3000 years bp necropolis in Spain with Urnfield Culture items:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/19/inenglish/1500485443_757250.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3000-year-old-necropolis-discovered-spain-contains-clues-about-urnfield-culture-1630822
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/830541/Graveyard-remains-Sena-Spain-archeologists-cemetery-site

On recent finds around Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170713-why-stonehenge-was-built

A fish trap in Southampton has been dated to Saxon times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40635975
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5747-170719-england-fishing-weir

Studying fenland in Anglo-Saxon times:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-dark-agesanglo-saxon-fenland-re-imagined.html

An update on the Tintagel dig:

https://www.livescience.com/59889-archaeologists-return-king-arthur-birthplace.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-40588509

Searching for evidence of 17th century gunfire at Nottingham Castle:

https://nottstv.com/archaeologists-digging-find-evidence-guns-fired-nottingham-castle-17th-century-civil-war/

On how bad London smelled in 1858:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/18/537890448/london-literally-stank-in-the-summer-of-1858-just-ask-dickens-and-darwin

Digging some 19th century steel industry sites in Yorkshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40669159
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5751-170720-england-steel-industry

There’s an exhibition associated with this but the story is interesting … African-Caribbean prisoners’ from a medieval castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/18/hidden-story-of-2000-african-caribbean-pows-in-a-medieval-castle

Studying the sale of offices in 17th century Spain:

https://economia.elpais.com/economia/2017/07/21/actualidad/1500639917_726301.html

The Ely Museum is trying to acquire a gold torc:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/british-museum-gold-torc-ely-13353495
http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/can-you-help-raise-8-000-to-keep-bronze-age-gold-torc-found-in-fordham-at-ely-museum-1-5116754

5000 years of Scottish history in 25 objects:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/5-000-years-of-scottish-history-summed-up-in-25-objects-1-4508701

Plans for another archaeological park in Sofia:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/181433/Sofia+will+have+a+Second+Archaeological+Complex

Chester Castle has reopened:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40657606

A history of the Windsors:

http://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-the-windsors/g-39700438

What we’re learning from some mummies from Vilnius:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/16/mummies-church-of-the-holy-spirit-vilnius-dario-piombino-mascali

There are apparently a pile of undiscovered caves beneath Nottingham:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/hundreds-undiscovered-caves-still-remain-nottinghams-streets/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40668609

More on ‘St Columba’s purported hut’:

https://www.livescience.com/59841-remains-of-medieval-saints-hut-confirmed.html

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

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Plenty of coverage of evidence from Australia’s Northern Territory that humans were in the area some 65 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-artifacts-humans-australia-earlier-thought.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uow-ash071817.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uoq-kfc071717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170719132252.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/science/humans-reached-australia-aboriginal-65000-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/59874-humans-arrived-australia-65000-years-ago.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-40651473
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/19/dig-finds-evidence-of-aboriginal-habitation-up-to-80000-years-ago
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2017/jul/20/aboriginal-archaeological-dig-80000-australia-video
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/aboriginal-archaeological-discovery-in-kakadu-rewrites-the-history-of-australia-20170719-gxe3qy.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-07-20/aboriginal-shelter-pushes-human-history-back-to-65,000-years/8719314
https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1102/Humans-first-settled-in-Australia-much-earlier-than-previous-estimates
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-archaeology-aborigines-idUSKBN1A50J6?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/humans-first-settled-australia-early-65000-years-ago
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/07/19/the-first-australians-arrived-65000-years-ago/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/indigenous-archaeology-rewrites-the-history-of-australia.aspx
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/buried-tools-and-pigments-tell-a-new-history-of-humans-in-australia-for-65-000-years/
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v547/n7663/full/nature22968.html?foxtrotcallback=true
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5745-170719-australia-madjedbebe-shelter

Why it’s important:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/what-globally-significant-archaeological-discovery-in-australia-actually-means/news-story/e5744f4826789b7300afe581d1521f98?from=rss-basic

Related:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/07/how_to_make_a_study_reproducible.html

A Sumatran cave preserves 5000 years of evidence of tsunamis:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/5000-year-long-record-of-tsunamis-found-in-sumatran-cave-encrusted-in-bat-guano
https://www.livescience.com/59880-5000-year-long-tsunami-record-found.html

Latest frozen mummies from Siberia (1300 years bp) seems to have had Persian connections:

http://www.newsweek.com/medieval-mummies-siberia-arctic-civilization-637602
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/copper-covered-mummies-discovered-remote-siberia-long-lost-arctic-civilisation-1630804
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4032080/mysterious-mummies-were-cocooned-in-copper-and-fur-for-1300-years-in-icy-siberian-male-only-necropolis-with-links-to-persia/

Hype for a Chinese survey and dig of a Mongolian burial ground:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/19/c_136456132.htm

A report on the Tao River Archaeological Project:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/07/harvard-summer-archaeology-ancient-china

Plundering tombs is on the rise in China:

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thieves-plunder-tombs-in-china-as-demand-for-antiquities-rises

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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Searching for the grave of the “Maryland 400:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-maryland-400-20170713-story.html

Digging up the remains of Canada’s (torched) parliament:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreals-pompeii-archeologists-sift-through-ruins-of-canadas-torched-parliament

On some detached skulls in a Middle Woodland mound:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170717/archaeology-science-solves-mystery-of-detached-skulls-in-burial-mound

Concerns for artifacts from Annapolis Royal as Canada centralizes storage facilities:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1487514-annapolis-royal-mayor-trying-to-keep-local-artifacts-in-the-province
http://www.novanewsnow.com/news/local/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html
http://www.annapoliscountyspectator.ca/news/local/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/regional/2017/7/18/saving-history—-annapolis-royal-mayor-hopes-artifacts-wont-be-.html

Remembering the Salem Witch trials:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2017/07/20/325-years-later-witch-trial-victims-remembered/103840534/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/site-salem-witch-trial-hangings-finally-has-memorial-180964049/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

They’re ‘downsizing’ the Franklin dig:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674ship_glitch_scales_back_franklin_wreck_survey_in_nunavut/

Vandalism at Mesa Verde:

http://www.9news.com/news/local/someone-destroyed-archaeological-artifacts-to-vandalize-mesa-verde/458781379

More on that French and Indian War cannonball find in Quebec:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/18/cannonball-quebec-city-seven-years-war-british-french-canada
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/quebec-cannonball-90kg-explode-britain-1759-canada-photos-a7843056.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/potentially-live-cannonball-french-and-indian-war-found-quebec-city-180964093/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5741-170717-canada-quebec-cannonball

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A dig on St Thomas is looking at 18th/19th century lifestyles:

http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/07/17/bethlehem-dig-sheds-light-on-how-crucians-lived-and-died/

More on Easter Island:

https://www.sciencealert.com/new-archaeological-analysis-is-rewriting-the-history-of-easter-island

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Plenty of Jane Austen stuff (these all vary in focus):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40644085
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/jane-austen-symposium/
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/on-the-money-jane-austen/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/07/17/200-years-after-her-death-jane-austen-beloved-heroine-her-own-story/480464001/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/12/books/review/jane-austen-quiz.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/books/review/jane-austen-death-has-no-dominion.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/books/review/jane-smiley-on-jane-austen-legacy-roots.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40647121
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-40643883
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/18/537247637/it-is-a-truth-universally-acknowledged-that-jane-austen-pairs-well-with-tea

… there was particular attention paid to the quotation put on the Jane Austen banknote:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/18/jane-austen-banknote-unveiled-with-strange-choice-of-quotation
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40641382
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40649721

… and related to this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38257375
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40649712

On German condoms and the Russian Revolution (!):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/opinion/german-condoms-russian-revolution.html

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the legal action being taken by the Aboutaams over allegations they sold ISIL-related items:

http://www.courthousenews.com/defamed-isis-conduit-antiquities-dealer-says/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/arts/design/antiquities-dealer-sues-wall-street-journal-over-isis-article.html
https://www.artsjournal.com/2017/07/antiquities-dealer-sues-wall-street-journal-over-article-suggesting-he-trafficked-with-isis.html
http://observer.com/2017/07/isis-looting-wall-street-journal-lawsuit/

A nice APOD over Pisa:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170718.html

On Handel’s ‘Water Music’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/07/17/536493418/300-years-of-handels-water-music-with-a-splash-of-politics

On the ‘Book of Miracles’:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/17/arts/book-of-miracles/index.html
https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/classics/all/44613/facts.the_book_of_miracles.htm

On defending Western civilization with science:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/07/18/537882769/to-defend-western-civilization-start-with-science

Pondering ‘who owns antiquity’:

http://wnpr.org/post/who-owns-antiquity

They exhumed Dali and his moustache is intact:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-exhumation-dali-mustache-intact.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=97664

Feature on Tesla:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-nikola-tesla-sparked-the-electric-age

Latest Victor Nuovo piece on Hobbes:

http://addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-lingering-problems-hobbes

On automata in various cultures:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/17/fotorrelato/1500306240_136785.html#1500306240_136785_1500379119

Where to see assorted old maps:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-some-worlds-oldest-maps-180963855/

Feature on five languages which have yet to be ‘deciphered’:

https://www.livescience.com/59851-ancient-languages-not-yet-deciphered.html

Marking the centennial of the NAACP Silent Protest parade:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/07/18/beinecke-display-marks-centennial-1917-naacp-silent-protest-parade

Feature on Martin Luther:

https://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/07/21/actualidad/1500642089_505462.html

Why they can’t find Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170717-why-genghis-khans-tomb-cant-be-found

Not really within our purview, age-wise, but remains of a couple who disappeared some 75 years ago emerged from a swiss glacier:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/18/bodies-of-swiss-couple-missing-for-75-years-found-on-glacier
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/victims-of-decades-old-accident-found-on-swiss-glacier-1.3507868
https://www.livescience.com/59903-two-bodies-mummified-in-swiss-glacier.html

A history-what-if piece on the Ottoman Empire:

http://econ.st/2v9ie73

Review of a book on the changing attitudes towards what is considered ‘vice’ in various periods:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/07/19/review-mark-stein-vice-capades-sex-drugs-and-bowling-pilgrims-present

Review of a book on balloonist/photographer Nadar:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/he-photographed-victor-hugo-and-jules-verne-now-the-spotlight-is-on-him/2017/07/19/76c2b5f4-6aff-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Franklin Expedition:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/franklin-exhibition-in-london-features-items-from-shipwreck-inuit-artifacts-1.3505001

Anishinaabeg:

http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2356421/anishinaabeg-art-and-power-at-royal-ontario-museum-toronto

Emotions:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/26395-%CE%B5xhibition-%CE%B5motions-opens-at-the-acropolis-museum-in-athens-on-tuesday.html

Animal mummies;

http://observer.com/2017/07/brooklyn-museum-secrets-of-animal-mummies-exhibition/

Hokusai:

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/hokusai/

Flooding damaged some paintings at the Louvre:

https://hyperallergic.com/390883/flooding-damages-three-paintings-and-multiple-rooms-at-the-louvre/

The principal museum in northern Chile was torn town (did I read that right?):

http://elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/07/20/el-principal-museo-arqueologico-del-norte-de-chile-demolido-y-botado-por-lio-judicial/

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Latest facial reconstruction is of the Lord of Sipan:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-peru-reconstructs-pre-columbian-ruler.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/peru-reconstructs-face-pre-columbian-ruler-112430727.html

The BM put a 3d scan of the Rosetta Stone online:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/3d-scan-rosetta-stone/

More on the facial reconstruction of the Lady of Cao:

http://news.tulane.edu/news/1700-year-old-mummy-faces-future-new-look

More on that Bronze Age guy from Derbyshire’s facial reconstruction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-40582056

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DNA news this week again seems to be concerned mostly with dog domestication:

http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-genomes-heat-up-dog-domestication-debate-1.22320
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/untangling-the-mystery-of-how-fido-became-humankind-rsquo-s-best-friend/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/07/18/dog-domestication-is-a-new-study-barking-up-the-wrong-tree/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40638584
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-dogs-were-domesticated-once-40000-years-ago-180964101/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5742-170718-one-dog-domestication

On the genetic background of the people of Madagascar:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-genetic-reveals-ancestry-madagascar-people.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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On the threat climate-change induced rising seas presents to sites:

http://e360.yale.edu/features/heritage-at-risk-how-rising-seas-threaten-ancient-coastal-ruins

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cape Breton’s Gaelic culture:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170719-the-canadians-bringing-back-gaelic-culture

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CRIME BEAT
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Caught with 4th century coins at the Gaza border with Israel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/antiquities-smuggler-nabbed-at-gaza-border-with-rare-4th-century-coins/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-caught-trying-to-smuggle-rare-ancient-coins-from-gaza/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232537
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/rare-archaeological-coins-confiscated-at-erez-crossing/2017/07/16/

The EU is cracking down on ‘blood antiquities’:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-eu-proposal-crack-down-trade-in-blood-antiquities-1026071

Not sure what’s really going on in this Auschwitz-related theft accusation:

http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-art-college-fends-off-Auschwitz-Museum-accusation-of-students-theft-500224

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-10-16-july-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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On the recovery of those stolen Rembrandts a few years back:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/22/actualidad/1500735622_566923.html

The BM is helping return an item to Uzbekistan:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/17/british-museum-helps-return-stolen-artefact-to-uzbekistan
https://www.calvertjournal.com/news/show/8615/british-museum-helps-important-artefact-home-to-uzbekistan
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/stolen-islamic-tile-discovered-in-london-art-gallery-will-return-to-uzbekistan/
http://www.eurasiatimes.org/en/20/07/2017/uzbek-artefact-recovered-at-uk-auction/

OpEds in the wake of the Hobby Lobby case:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/17/hobby-lobby-is-making-cultural-preservation-harder-and-more-dangerous/
http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/notre-dame-prof-says-artifact-purchases-like-hobby-lobby-s/article_f4c32dd8-ed19-51d8-89a1-8ee1da0c0363.html

… and fallout in academe:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5522310-155/scholars-ask-byu-to-probe-profs

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Big bucks for a Caesar denarius:

http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/denarius-coins-sell-internet-sale

Feature on coins of Akragas:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ma-shops-ancient-coins-akragas/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n29.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n30.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 News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2632-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-july-2017-15-july-2017
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Raymond Sackler:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/business/raymond-sackler-dead-of-purdue-pharma.html

Wm Theodore de Bary:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/world/asia/wm-de-bary-dead-columbia-university-sinologist.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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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Explorator 20.12 ~ July 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, David Critchley, Richard Campbell,
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and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A fourth Denisovan fossil (a tooth) has been identified:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-fourth-denisovan-fossil.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5722-170710-denisovan-fossil-found

Teeth also figure in a study of homo naledi’s diet:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-chipped-teeth-homo-naledi-unique.html

More on Otzi’s axe:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/copper-otzi-icemans-ax-came-surprisingly-far-away

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What Zahi Hawass is up to:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273548/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Hawass-receives-honorary-doctorate-in-Peru,-promot.aspx

More on Egypt’s plans to renovate an ‘ancient’ synagogue:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4989011,00.html

A very interesting kiln find from Shkikin:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.801296

Hundreds of interesting tombs from Jebel Qurma (Jordan):

https://www.livescience.com/59785-hundreds-of-tombs-discovered-jordan-desert.html
https://www.livescience.com/59784-photo-jebel-qurma-stone-tombs.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5734-170713-jordan-jebel-qurma

Excavations at Karkamis have concluded:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-works-in-ancient-karkamis-end.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115519&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the Tell Brak excavations:

http://gulfnews.com/culture/people/digging-up-syria-s-past-1.2057937

A report on some 16th century cannons found off Israel in the 1970s:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/cannons-found-off-israeli-coast-may-have-been-used-to-fight-16th-century-pirates/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of coverage of the find of more writing tablets at Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/10/new-cache-of-roman-letters-discovered-at-hadrians-wall
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/10/holiday-please-new-haul-roman-letters-reveals-army-life-near/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40555474
https://www.livescience.com/59753-personal-roman-letters-unearthed-hadrians-wall.html
http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017-07-10/ancient-roman-writing-tablets-found-at-northumberland-fort/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/voices-distant-past-unearthed-during-13309555
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-messages-found-roman-fort-along-hadrians-wall-180964012/
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/roman-writing-tablets-found-at-vindolanda.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5721-170710-england-vindolanda-tablets

A Roman fleet diploma was found near Lanchester Roman fort:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/incredible-fleet-diploma-detailing-naval-13313528

Roman finds from Swaledale:

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/07/11/high-status-roman-artefacts-found-swaledale/

Hellenistic-era buildings and a bridge from Alexandria:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2017/07/10/greek-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-buildings-in-alexandria-egypt/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26253-greek-archaeologist-unearths-ancient-buildings-and-bridge-in-alexandria-egypt.html

This Roman-era mosaic floor from Alexandria seems to be distinct from the above find:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/273560/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Mosaic-floor-from-Roman-period-uncovered-in-Alexan.aspx

Eight more shipwrecks have been located at Fourni:

https://www.livescience.com/59805-divers-find-8-more-shipwrecks-greece.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.801529
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/14/eight-new-shipwrecks-discovered-during-underwater-exploration-near-fournoi/

Roman mosaics from a dig in Auch in the Gers:

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Amazing-mosaics-found-in-ruins-of-Roman-domus

Greece and Italy are collaborating to preserve a sunken villa at Epidaurus:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/11/greece-italy-collaborate-to-preserve-ancient-mansion-in-sea-bottom/

Feature on the dig at Vaiano-Gioiella:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/33143/

A Roman cemetery from Irbid (Jordan):

http://www.menafn.com/1095620062/Jordan–Ancient-Cemetery-Found-in-Irbid

… and more, apparently:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/19-roman-ruins-found-irbid%E2%80%99s-beit-ras-town-%E2%80%94-antiquities-department

A 4th century BCE juvenile burial from the Crimea:

http://tass.com/society/956132

The excavations at Sagalassos have resumed:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-excavation-season-starts-in-ancient-sagalassos.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115475&NewsCatID=375

A study suggests ancient Greek theatres had moveable stages (I think we knew that, no?):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/ku-agt071117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-greek-theaters-moveable-stages.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170711092641.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/dramatic-discovery-reveals-secrets-2000-year-old-lines-ground-ancient-greek-theatre-1630067
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5728-170712-greek-moveable-stages

… and the ‘pin drop’ test doesn’t always work as advertised:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pin-drop-test-pops-greek-amphitheater-acoustic-claims

The burials from Phaleron are in the news again (not sure there’s anything new yet):

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-high-tech-year-old-greek-cold.html
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/archaeologists-high-tech-2-500-old-greek-cold-030929020.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26348-archaeologists-in-athens-discover-2-500-year-old-greek-mystery.html

Fires on Vesuvius received a lot of press attention:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170711/blaze-at-vesuvius-fires-continue-southern-italy-sicily-messina-enna
https://www.thelocal.it/20170712/in-pictures-fire-at-italys-mount-vesuvius-naples-campania
https://www.livescience.com/59798-mount-vesuvius-is-on-fire.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/12/c_136436285.htm
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/wildfires-rage-mount-vesuvius-121453578.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mount-vesuvius-fire-latest-local-residents-evacuated-naples-toxic-smoke-volcano-eruption-italy-a7837096.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-image-vesuvius.html

… while Pompeii’s corrupt past is being dealt with:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/10/pompeii-rises-from-the-ashes-by-rejecting-its-history-of-crime-and-corruption/

… and a heatwave closed sites in Greece for a while:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Greek-archaeological-sites-change-opening-hours-11282646.php
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/12/greek-archaeological-sites-to-shut-down-midday-during-heatwave/

What Daniel Berman is up to:

https://news.temple.edu/news/2017-07-12/vice-provost-undergraduate-studies-appointment

What Mike Tueller is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20170713-asu-professor-helps-students-learn-lead-and-innovate

What Abigail Firey is up to:

https://uknow.uky.edu/research/digital-humanities-projects-medievalist-abigail-firey-reach-scholars-across-globe

Honours for Peter and Sara Howard (the url preserves a previous headline howler):

http://www.troymessenger.com/2017/07/15/howards-honored-classical-music-group-honors-troy-couple/

Feature on the Olympias;

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/14/c_136442197.htm

… while a Roman dugboat recreation is in the making:

https://english.sta.si/2409684/replica-of-roman-dugboat-in-the-making

Feature on Roman aqueducts:

http://www.theday.com/entertainment/20170714/exploring-aqueducts-role-in-ancient-rome

Hungary purchased the remaining half of the Sevso Treasure:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungary-buys-2nd-half-of-roman-era-silver-treasure/2017/07/12/a4674490-6715-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungary-buys-2nd-half-roman-era-silver-treasure-48589208
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-12/hungary-buys-2nd-half-of-roman-era-silver-treasure
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/12/c_136439005.htm

UNESCO gave Aphrodisias Heritage Status:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/07/11/magnificent-ancient-site-of-aphrodisias-in-unesco-world-heritage-list/
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unesco-inscribes-turkeys-aphrodisias-as-a-world-heritage-site.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115310&NewsCatID=375
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26299-ancient-greek-site-of-aphrodisias-in-unesco-world-heritage-list.html

The fake centurions who harass tourists in Rome are being banned again:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/fresh-bid-to-ban-fake-roman-centurions-who-harass-tourists-10294617

Review of Hunt, *Hannibal*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2017/0712/Hannibal-relates-the-famous-general-s-story-with-wonderful-energy

More on that HIppocrates manuscript found in St Catherine’s monastery:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/monks-unearth-1500-year-old-manuscript-by-father-medicine-hippocrates-ancient-egypt-1629796
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5723-170710-sinai-monastery-palimpsest

More on Roman concrete:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/ancient/mystery-of-ultrastrong-roman-concrete-solved/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rome-wasnt-built-in-a-day-but-it-was-built-with-engineers/2017/07/13/ead119c0-66b0-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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We’re reading more about the ‘House of the Dead’ which might have burials associated with Stonehenge and/or Avebury:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancestors-stonehenge-people-uncovered-house.html
https://www.livescience.com/59787-ancient-house-of-dead-unearthed-in-england.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/11/5000-year-old-house-dead-discovered-stonehenge-avebury/
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/15408485.Archaeologists_discover___39_house_of_the_dead__39__between_stone_circles/
http://www.brentwoodlive.co.uk/news/national/15405459.Burial_mound_could_be____House_of_the_Dead____from_3_600_BC/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5735-170713-england-cat-s-brain

Remains of a hut found in the 1950s on Iona and associated with St Columba apparently dates to the right period:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-40556985
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/11/wooden-hut-associated-st-columba-dates-lifetime-archaeologists/
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-st-columba-cell-iona-uncovered.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/remains-of-iona-hut-proved-to-date-from-columbas-lifetime-zw8mgcxtj
http://theconversation.com/how-we-found-st-columbas-famous-writing-hut-stashed-in-a-cornish-garage-80778
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/
http://www.independent.co.uk/News/science/archaeology/christianity-building-hub-scotland-discovery-monastic-university-glasgow-dark-age-bible-a7834366.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5726-170711-scotland-iona-columba

Latest finds from Tintagel suggest it had plenty of trade links with the Mediterranean:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/13/tintagel-excavations-reveal-refined-tastes-of-medieval-settlers
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/tintagel-dig/
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/national/15408149.Tintagel_Castle_a_royal_site_with_Mediterranean_trading_links__experts_suggest/
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/archaeologists-unearth-royal-secrets-of-tintagel-castle-s-king/story-30440220-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5733-170713-cornwall-tintagel-castle

The search for Buchan’s lost monastery has found some earlier (date-wise) structural remains:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1287288/the-hunt-for-buchans-lost-monastery-uncovers-remains-of-prehistoric-structures/

A medieval stone from the Howff:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/467714/rare-medieval-stone-found-at-the-howff/

Finds from various periods from a dig in Prescot:

http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/15408833.Archaeological_dig_unearths__fascinating__historical_artefacts/

Plans to check out some sites in Andalucia:

https://www.rtnnewspaper.com/2017/07/temple-of-doom/

Suggestion that Hendraburnick Quoit might have had some ‘nighttime ritual’ use:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-british-sacred-stones-hiding-secret-messages-that-are-only-visible-at-night/news-story/4bd326dd44df5202b30ffd2d89658d8d

Concerns for potential sites in Waverly:

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/new-homes-plan-could-impact-13275734

… and Preseli Hills:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-40620024

Some Swabian caves with petroglyphs have been given UNESCO Heritage status:

http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-new-unesco-world-heritage-site-the-oldest-ice-age-artworks/g-39306118
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-figurative-art-now-world-treasure-180964035/

Pondering the Romanovs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/red-century-russia-romanov.html

That ‘oldest rope making thing’ (maybe) is in the news again:

https://www.livescience.com/59756-oldest-ropes-tools-unearthed.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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The dating of a 3800 years bp bird statue from Xinzhai has been confirmed:

http://www.india.com/news/agencies/carbon-dating-confirms-age-of-3800-year-old-pottery-bird-statue-2314840/

Recreating a Mesolithic meal from Lakutia:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/pictured-the-remains-of-a-stone-age-fish-supper-from-8000-years-ago/

Plenty of finds from Beijing’s Old Summer Palace site:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1055819.shtml
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2439847&CategoryId=13936

Feature on the Tao River Archaeological Project:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/07/harvard-summer-archaeology-ancient-china

Sambor Prei Kuk has received UNESCO Heritage status:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second/temples-recognized-cambodias-third-world-heritage-site-132312/

Feature on the Kanozero petroglyphs:

http://tass.com/science/955534

Concerns for an Ashoka site in Patna:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/famed-ashokan-pataliputra-site-in-patna-is-waterlogged-faces-uncertain-future-asi-writes-to-cgwb/story-tZAhqXiu0Y4lKoacv3VIVN.html

Vietnamese antiquities are coming to auction:

http://en.nhandan.org.vn/culture/item/5339302-vietnamese-antiquities-to-be-sold-in-first-of-its-kind-auction.html

Tomb robbing is on the rise in China, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/world/asia/china-tomb-robbing-qin-dynasty.html

More on ‘giant’ burials in China:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graveyard-giants-found-china-180963976/

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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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Finds from various periods (including 11 000 years bp!) from a dig in West Haven:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/archeological-dig-west-haven-unearths-evidence-vermont-s-prehistoric-past?mc_cid=9914e3e056&mc_eid=3eb9546919#stream/0

Some 250 years bp jewellery from Fort Michilimackinac:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/07/250-year-old_trade_silver_unea.html

Workers in Quebec City uncovered a live (!) British cannonball:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40618547
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/canadian-workers-unearth-live-british-cannonball-buried-250/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/quebec-cannonball-90kg-explode-britain-1759-canada-photos-a7843056.html
http://www.newsweek.com/quebec-canada-637346

Digging an 18th century house site in Boston:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/07/10/city-archeologist-digs-into-historic-north-end/5JlrwtSIXL4NvHVPZIDv7J/story.html

… and the house of Paul Revere’s cousin:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/07/11/archaeologists-pierce-hichborn-house-paul-revere/

… and John Brown’s New York farm:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-students-john-brown-ny-farm.html

An important sherd find from the Acadia Project:

http://www.iberianet.com/news/sherd-big-find-for-acadia-project/article_55ac6ec8-6451-11e7-ad56-f3c4e49505ef.html

On Puebloans using fire signals:

https://the-journal.com/articles/56776

OpEd on the Jefferson/Sally Hemmings thing:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/sally-hemings-wasnt-thomas-jeffersons-mistress-she-was-his-property/2017/07/06/db5844d4-625d-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html

… cf:

https://www.whitehousehistory.org/a-well-ordered-household

Thoreau apparently wasn’t quite alone at Walden:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/thoreaus-invisible-neighbors-at-walden.html

… and his diet was interesting:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/11/535770269/what-did-thoreau-really-eat-you-might-be-surprised

Other assorted Thoreau items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/books/review/douglas-brinkley-thoreaus-wilderness-legacy-walden-pond.html
http://www.npr.org/2017/07/12/536873427/if-thoreau-were-alive-hed-be-shouting-from-the-rafters-biographer-says
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/why-i-still-love-henry-david-thoreaus-walden/2017/07/12/7b52c35e-66fc-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html
http://www.npr.org/2014/02/17/274731963/dont-know-what-to-do-with-your-life-neither-did-thoreau

On Chinese immigrants building Sonoma’s wineries:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/13/536822541/the-forgotten-chinese-who-built-sonoma-s-wineries

More on Metin Erin’s recreation of ancient weapons:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-re-creating-weapons-discoveries-human-history.html
http://www.chron.com/news/science/article/Re-creating-old-weapons-for-new-discoveries-of-11285150.php
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/re-creating-old-weapons-for-new-discoveries-of-human-history/article_3b860c30-0a2a-58c7-9ff1-d0b111b99819.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Latest pre-Hispanic find from Mexico City is a ceremonial site associated with the Calpulli of Cuezcontitlán:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/another-pre-hispanic-find-in-mexico-city/

A study of the Rapa Nui diet suggests Easter Island did not decline because of ‘ecocide’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/bu-ein071117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-diet-ancient-people-rapa-nui.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mystery-easter-island-population-collapse-solved-by-looking-diets-ancient-rapa-nui-1630009
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/la-arqueologia-reescribe-mito-los-habitantes-isla-pascua/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5729-170712-easter-island-diet

Brazil’s slave wharf has been given UNESCO Heritage status:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40552282

More on Colombia’s efforts to salvage the gold from the San Jose:

http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/colombia-attempts-to-recover-spanish-shipwreck-worth-over-1-billion/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/columbia-to-salvage-17bn-treasure-galleon-vxqnk6h7d

More on those Wari women burials:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414910,scientists-know-more-about-women-from-the-pre-inca-tomb.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5724-170710-peru-women-tomb

More on that wolf sacrifice site in Mexico City:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/aztec-gold-found-in-15th-century-sacrifice/

More on the tunnel under the Pyramid of the Moon:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/secret-tunnel-linked-to-the-underworld-found-under-mexicos-pyramid-of-the-moon_uk_5965f069e4b09b587d636ca7

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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 Gainsborough sketches were found at Windsor Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/09/thomas-gainsborough-sketches-newly-discovered-at-windsor-castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-40535231/thomas-gainsborough-sketches-discovered-at-windsor-castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40536871

… and unknown Raphaels in the Vatican:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unknown-raphael-paintings-discovered-vatican-180963999/

A possible El Greco in Mexico (I may be mistranslating this one):

https://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/13/actualidad/1499905955_250514.html

On the equals sign:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/how-the-equals-sign-changed-the-world/

… and tally sticks:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40189959

On recreating ancient beer (reviewish):

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-brews-reveals-tasty-history.html
http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/ancient-brews-reveals-tasty-history-of-alcohol/article_e8bdc00c-79d2-5af5-bd9e-a29eff1e6a14.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-humans-liked-getting-tipsy-too-180963990/

On some exhumations of famous folk:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/dali-exhumation-famous-death-forensic-science/

Marking St John Ambulance’s 140th:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-40555454

Victor Nuovo continues his look at Hobbes:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-hobbes-politics

On London’s Jewish cemeteries:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-40386777

Latest test on the Shroud of Turin:

http://www.lastampa.it/2017/07/11/vaticaninsider/eng/inquiries-and-interviews/shroud-new-study-there-is-blood-of-a-man-tortured-and-killed-c1jdACNKkTlD9YBPS4kFXM/pagina.html

A New Jersey museum has a stash of 200+ year old wine:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/14/537276241/new-jersey-museum-holds-a-stash-221-year-old-madeira-wine

On the popularity of Jane Austen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/opinion/sunday/jane-austen-wasnt-shy.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40093010

Too-many-tourists-from-cruises concerns for ancient sites:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40592247

More on the forensic dogs and the search for Amelia Earhart:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/amelia-earhart-dogs-find-evidence-of-human-dna-on-remote-south-pacific-island-nikumaroro_uk_596357cee4b02e9bdb0dd10f

… and the ‘photo’ being discredited:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/amelia-earhart-lost-photograph-discredited-spd

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Alma Tadema:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/alma-tadema-deserves-to-be-loved-again/

Scythians/Dothraki:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/british-museum-lures-game-thrones-fans-exhibition-little-known/

Literary Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/16/jane-austen-to-star-in-bank-of-england-literary-links-exhibition

Major authenticity questions at a Mexico Museum in San Francisco:

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/07/13/mexican-museum-defends-collection-over-authenticity-concerns/
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/most-of-the-pre-columbian-artefacts-in-the-mexican-museum-of-san-fran-are-fake.html

There’s a new archaeological museum on Tilos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26292-new-archaeological-museum-on-tilos-island-in-greece.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is of some Pictish fellow:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/ancient-picts-face-reconstructed-10795952
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5737-170714-scotland-pictish-face

A major (probably very useful) expansion to the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database:

http://www.nature.com/news/world-s-largest-hoard-of-carbon-dates-goes-global-1.22287

Using synchrotron light to track domestication of seeds from 2000 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/dls-slu071217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-synchrotron-human-domestication-seeds-bc.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170714071455.htm

More on that facial reconstruction of the 4500 years bp guy:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5725-170711-derbyshire-facial-reconstruction

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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General piece on DNA and domestication:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-evidence-rewriting-domestication-origin-stories

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40554843

York:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jul/12/york-walk-around-ancient-walls-minster-railway-station

Romania’s marital prison:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170707-a-medieval-remedy-for-divorce

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CRIME BEAT
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An attempted theft at a West Bank Byzantine church was foiled:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/antiquities-thieves-nabbed-with-artifacts-from-byzantine-era-church/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/11/palestinian-antiquities-thieves-caught-stealing-pillars-from-ancient-church

An attempt at smuggling coins at the Gaza border was also foiled:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/392823

There’s a growing plundering network between Thailand and Myanmar apparently:

https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/guest-column/cost-trinkets-growing-archaeological-looting-network-thailand-myanmar.html

New rules from the EU to help combat looting of sites (especially by groups tied to ISIL):

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2017/Jul-14/412689-eu-plans-crackdown-on-antiquities-smugglers-militants.ashx
http://www.aina.org/news/20170713121545.htm
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/eu-targets-islamic-state-looting-of-antiquities-to-fund-terror
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-13/eu-executive-plans-crackdown-on-plunder-smugglers-militants

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-3-9-july-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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Another WWII repatriation:

http://www.dw.com/en/stolen-by-a-russian-spy-dutch-painting-now-returned-to-german-museum/a-39645445

Remember the mummified monk in a statue from a few months back? It’s now the latest repatriation case:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40606593
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/chinese-villagers-head-court-recover-1000-year-old-mummified/

Plenty of opEds this week about the Hobby Lobby ‘settlement’:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/antiquities-trade-hobby-lobby-1.4193811
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hobby-lobby-emboldens-a-black-market-that-robs-countries-of-their-heritage–and-lets-the-violent-profit/2017/07/09/2214adae-635d-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/opinion/hobby-lobby-iraq-artifacts.html
http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.ca/2017/07/hobby-lobby-forfeiture-3-million-is-not.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/hobby-lobby-suit-exposes-illegal-uae-antiquities-market-170712092030538.html
http://newsok.com/article/5555957
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/why-hobby-lobby-verdict-1021247
http://theconversation.com/why-archaeological-antiquities-should-not-be-sold-on-the-open-market-full-stop-54928
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/headlines/0717/130717-archeology-antiquities-looting
http://www.weeklystandard.com/media-coverage-of-hobby-lobbys-antiquities-kerfuffle-is-revealing/article/2008827
https://hyperallergic.com/390355/dispelling-the-myths-around-the-hobby-lobby-antiquities-case/

… and the Museum of the Bible is coming under scrutiny as a result of the whole situation:

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/09/museum-of-the-bible-is-busted-inside-the-hobby-lobby-owners-dodgy-artifact-practices/

In case you missed the story:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/07/06/hobby-lobby-fined-3-million-for-thousands-of-ancient-artifacts-smuggled-out-of-iraq.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on how ancient coins were made:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coins-series-ancient-coins-made/

A gold aureus of Vespasian is up for sale:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/possibly-2nd-known-ancient-roman-gold-aureus-vespasian-ma-shops/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n29.html

More on Roman gold in the Netherlands:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28626

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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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Letters from Baghdad:

https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/blogs/staff/entries/2017/jul/12/review-letters-from-baghdad-2017-tilda-swinton-narrates-the-fascinating-documentary-about-trailblazing-gertrude-bell/

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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/2630-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-july-2017-8-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Martin Aitken:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/07/10/martin-aitken-archaeometrist-obituary/

Bill Mayer:

http://caas-cw.org/wp/2017/07/13/in-memoriam-bill-mayer/

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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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