Explorator 19.47-48 ~ March 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

… but they had ‘penicillin’ and painkillers:

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

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

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

We mentioned these 105 000 years bp skulls from China:

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

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

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

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

Petroglyphs in Chad’s Ennedi Caves were defaced:

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

Trying to preserve Libya’s archaeological heritage:

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

More on finds during metro construction in Algiers:

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

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

… which was later identified as Psammetich:

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

… and taken to the Egyptian Museum:

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

A 4000 years bp tomb from Aswan:

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

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

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

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

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

… and six are resuming underwater excavations:

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

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

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

Feature on a Natufian site in Jordan:

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

More on that 4000 years bp dolmen from Upper Gallilee:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on that Crusader-era shipwreck:

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

More on that Roman villa with all the phallic amulets:

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

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

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

Concerns for caves near Jerash:

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

Concerns for underwater artifacts off Israel:

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

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

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

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a 2500 years bp Greek palace at Poseidonia:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Roman camp at Pontrefact:

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

A Roman bath house from Chester le Street:

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

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

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

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

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

Concerns for a statue of Cybele from Ordu:

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

Assorted Ides of March features:

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

… and facts about Julius Caesar:

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

Touristy plans for the Titus tunnel:

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

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

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

… while a Roman bronze ear is coming to auction:

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

That Roman toilet seat from Vindolanda is going on display:

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

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

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

On Greek herbal knowledge:

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

On immigration and the Aeneid:

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

On Greek attitudes toward sex:

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

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

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

Folks want to study Classics despite the job market:

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

The Crosby Garrett helmet is returning to Cumbria:

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

What Mike Tueller is up to:

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

What Andrew Stewart is up to:

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

Feature on the Gabii project:

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

On ancient Greek taxes:

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

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

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

… but maybe they didn’t:

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

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

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

More on the search for a director for the Colosseum:

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

Review of de la Bedoyere, *Praetorian*:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/praetorian-the-rise-and-fall-of-romes-imperial-bodyguard-by-guy-de-la-bedoyere-vrlztttr5
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Possible evidence of cannibalism in Spain 10000 years bp:

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

Oldest Neolithic site from Cyprus:

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

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

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

A ‘sensational’ Viking burial from Denmark:

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

A medieval kiln from Colchester:

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

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

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

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

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

Plans to dig at Newborough Warren (Wales):

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

Poking around Castell Dinas Bran:

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

Assorted finds from an Oxford dig:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/15160465.Ancient_secrets_dug_up_beneath_Oxford_road_reveal_its_hidden_past/

Burials and finds from various periods at a Lincoln bypass construction site:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/archaeologists-find-more-than-150-skeletons-at-lincoln-bypass-dig/story-30218133-detail/story.html

Searching for the remains of Matthew Flinders in London:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/grave-of-explorer-captain-matthew-flinders-to-be-dug-up-to-clear-way-for-rail-project/news-story/2b148ca6e02117f260571592e22fc37a
http://www.smh.com.au/world/dig-underway-for-matthew-flinders-in-old-london-cemetery-20170319-gv1noh
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11821520
http://www.theage.com.au/world/dig-underway-for-matthew-flinders-in-old-london-cemetery-20170319-gv1noh
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/90610544/Hunt-for-Flinders-in-old-London-cemetery

The Swash Channel Shipwreck has been identified as ‘The Fame’:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15181641.Revealed__Identity_of_17th_century_ship_wrecked_off_the_Poole_coast/
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-39353551
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5402-170324-rudder-swash-channel-wreck

They’re still looking for the owners of that gold found stashed in a piano:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/UK-authorities-seek-owner-of-gold-trove-stashed-11006502.php
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/hoard-gold-coins-hidden-piano-may-lain-forgotten-first-world-war-tragedy/
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/03/17/Piano-found-to-have-hidden-stash-of-gold-coins-from-1847-1915/5571489768963/

Feature on Madame de Mohl:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39128908

On St Olav and an Icelandic drinking horn:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170320085453.htm

Latest from the Jorvik Viking Centre:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15169028.Jorvik_Viking_Centre_bounces_back_from_the_deluge/
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/our-region/north-yorkshire-moors-and-coast/york/culture-clash-as-viking-life-is-relived-in-21st-century-york-1-8448203

… and on the Galloway Viking hoard:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/decision-day-galloway-viking-hoard-10082123

Feature on the Crossrail finds:

http://www.voanews.com/a/europes-biggest-construction-project-unearths-london-history/3775078.html

Overviewish on the Stonehenge tunnel plans:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170314-stonehenge-the-worlds-most-controversial-construction-site
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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2000 years bp reindeer antler armour from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5385-170317-siberia-reindeer-armor
I think we mentioned these boat-coffin burials from Sichuan:

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ancient-boat-shaped-coffins-dating-back-770-bc-found-sichuan

Interesting 1000 years bp muralled tomb from Datong City:

http://www.livescience.com/58232-ancient-tomb-decorated-with-vibrant-murals-found-in-china.html
http://www.livescience.com/58231-photos-ancient-mural-tomb-china.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-tomb-decorated-vibrant-murals-160800273.html
http://www.latinpost.com/articles/138028/20170314/archaeologists-discovers-ancient-tomb-china-decorated-colorful-murals.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5373-170313-china-datong-city-murals

A massive hoardrde of items that sank in a Sichuan river some 300 years bp:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/20/c_136141966.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/20/c_136143370.htm
http://newstodaynet.com/index.php/2017/03/20/chinese-archaeologists-discover-huge-underwater-treasure/
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-03/21/content_28627969.htm
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/chinese-discover-legendary-treasure-buried-in-river-bank/news-story/020d5e022bea4f6c9447be6214254b0d
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5387-170320-china-zhang-xianzhong-treasure

A Han Dynasty ‘pyramid tomb’:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pyramid-tomb-mysterious-china-construction-site-archaeologist-zhengzhou-henan-province-han-dynasty-a7633821.html
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/596846/Mystery-ancient-pyramid-tomb-discovered-China

A female Buddha:

http://telanganatoday.news/man-stumbles-upon-rare-idol-female-buddha

A 17th century European style burial from Taiwan:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5393-170321-taiwan-spanish-colony

A massive burial capstone from Hyderabad:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/archaeologists-find-worlds-largest-capstone-in-telangana/1/913278.html
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/170317/telangana-archaeologists-discover-huge-relic-from-iron-age.html
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/130317/hyderabad-archaeologists-discover-huge-burial-site-capstone.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5398-170323-india-megalithic-capstone

Petroglyphs near Bhopal:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/raisen-district-is-full-of-ancient-rock-paintings/articleshow/57680863.cms

More on finds from various periods being found in Khargone:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mp-50-000-year-old-archaeological-remains-discovered-in-narmada-valley/story-z7nQYgxard3jP0DzS4fLJN.html
http://thehitavada.com/Encyc/2017/3/12/50,000-year-old-350-rare-antiquities-found-in-Khargone.aspx

Colonial artifacts from Fort Cornwallis (Malaysia):

http://www.archaeology.org/5375-170314-malaysia-fort-cornwallis

Finds from Melbourne’s early days:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/treasures-unearthed-dig-reveals-early-melbourne-artefacts/news-story/68b47476d9dc20572d25f3fec08fd1ba

Feature on Angkor Wat:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170309-the-mystery-of-angkor-wat

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A huge polar bear skull from Alaska’s Walapka site:

http://westerndigs.org/giant-skull-found-in-alaska-may-be-evidence-of-elusive-king-polar-bear-experts-say/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5381-170316-polar-bear-skull

Calusa finds from a Florida dig:

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/03/23/pineland-wet-site-dig-yields-rare-calusa-artifacts/99210580/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5397-170323-florida-calusa-midden

Searching for Seminole remains on Egmont Key:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/seminole-tribe-searches-for-remains-of-ancestors-on-egmont-key/2317695

Checking out a Jamestown church:

http://wydaily.com/2017/03/20/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-explore-tombs-at-center-of-1901-woman-led-dig/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5390-170320-virginia-jamestown-church

Feature on a slave sold to save Georgetown:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/12/us/georgetown-university-slaves-life-campbell.html

I think we mentioned the burials found at UGa and the reburial plans:

http://newsok.com/105-bodies-found-during-construction-project-to-be-reburied/article/feed/1179149?custom_click=rss

Nova Scotia is running out of storage space for artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-museum-archeology-artifacts-special-places-protection-act-1.4024443?cmp=rss

Erosion concerns at Mikmaq sites:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1452417-researcher-studying-erosion%E2%80%99s-impact-on-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-historical-sites

On evidence of early democracies in the Americas:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/it-wasnt-just-greece-archaeologists-find-early-democratic-societies-americas
http://theweek.com/speedreads/686392/archaeologists-discover-ancient-democracy-americas

Some Atocha emeralds are coming to auction:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/16/luxury/guernseys-shipwreck-emeralds-auction/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/16/rare-emeralds-found-400-year-old-shipwreck-expected-fetch-millions/

Debunking the myth of Irish slaves:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/us/irish-slaves-myth.html

Interviewish/reviewish on the Franklin Expedition:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/21/520818684/ghosts-in-the-arctic-how-the-long-lost-franklin-expedition-was-found

Arguing over where to bury president Polk:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/24/why-theres-still-fight-tennessee-where-bury-president-james-k-polk/99611564/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/us/tennessee-polk-corpse-president.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Excavating a 14 000 years bp mammoth:

https://www.mobilemag.com/2017/03/14/14000-year-old-mammoth-mexico/

Caral was well planned to deal with rain:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-caral-safe-from-rains-thanks-to-ancient-builders-foresight-659116.aspx

Feature on the Olmec site of Tres Zapotes:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/it-wasnt-just-greece-archaeologists-find-early-democratic-societies-americas
http://www.archaeology.org/issues/249-1703/features/5300-olmec-tres-zapotes-government

Feature on Percy Fawcett:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/travel/the-lost-city-of-z-percy-fawcett-james-gray-david-grann/index.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this study on the European colonization of Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uok-anp032017.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-perspective-european-colonization-asia.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/new-perspective-on-european-colonisation-of-asia

Plenty of interest for a pile of WWI era liquor bottles found in Israel:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-israeli-archeologists-liquor-bottles-wwi.html
http://www.livescience.com/58397-british-wwi-liquor-bottle-stash-found.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/227106
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hundreds-of-liquor-bottles-belonging-to-British-Soldiers-from-WWI-unearthed-484859
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/22/israel-whisky-gin-bottles-first-world-war
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncork-100-year-old-liquor-stash-left-by-british-troops/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5394-170322-israel-liquor-bottles

On the history of butter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/our-messed-up-relationship-with-food-has-a-long-history-it-started-with-butter/2017/03/20/a7e9fe88-0a6c-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html

Nice feature on becoming an archaeologist:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/21/for-anyone-who-ever-dreamed-of-being-an-archaeologist/

Latest ancient ship recreation: the Ma’agen Michael II:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/replica-of-2500-year-old-ship-found-off-israel-christened-ahead-of-maiden-voyage/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94561
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5386-170317-israel-replica-ship

On the impact of the invention of paper:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/the-reporters-38892687

Review of Nealon, *Food Fights and Culture Wars*:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/12/519460915/how-lemonade-helped-paris-fend-off-plague-and-other-surprising-food-fights

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

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

Latest ‘hidden image’ in a medieval painting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39254184

Hidden message in a Constable:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170321-why-this-striking-rainbow-may-carry-a-hidden-message

Searching for relatives of a Jack the Ripper victim:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-39233978

Some archaeological discoveries that were funded by the US government:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/archaeology-discoveries-neh-us-government-troy-jamestown/

On the popularity of Emily Dickenson among moody teenagers:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170315-why-moody-teenagers-love-emily-dickinson

On climate on the shape of your nose:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/science/ancestral-climates-may-have-shaped-your-nose.html
http://www.voanews.com/a/nose-shape-influenced-local-climate/3769613.html

Pondering cannibalism:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/18/why-do-cannibals-eat-people.html

Spring related slideshow of art:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-art-of-spring/a-19121851

Reviewish/Interviewish on Alexander von Humboldt:

http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-original-eco-pioneer/a-37976573

On Stradivariuses:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/22/luxury/stradivarius-million-dollar-instruments/index.html

… and one that had been stolen was heard again in concert:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39262166
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/on-a-stormy-night-roman-totenbergs-stolen-stradivarius-is-reborn-in-public/2017/03/13/80c9b0c0-0821-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Music/2017/0314/Stradivarius-violin-recovered-from-1980-theft-heard-in-concert-for-first-time

On the history of the zipper:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170322-the-ingenious-invention-to-better-the-button

On bread as an ‘economic marker’ in France:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/20/520459332/let-them-eat-bread-the-theft-that-helped-inspire-les-miserables

Earliest depiction of ‘fiery serpent’ disease:

http://www.livescience.com/58298-earliest-depiction-of-guinea-worm-medieval-painting.html

Oldest surviving ‘anime’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39301120

On Jane Austen and the alt-right:

http://www.dw.com/en/white-pride-and-prejudice-why-the-alt-right-has-adopted-jane-austen/a-38073727

… and her faked marriage records:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39330703
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94625

On timekeeping:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-brief-history-of-time/g-37937897

On Machiavelli’s ‘tunnel’/tavern/inspiration:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170317-machiavellis-secret-tunnel-to-fame

On the invention of heterosexuality:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170315-the-invention-of-heterosexuality

More on Mona Lisa’s smile:

http://www.livescience.com/58264-mona-lisa-looks-happy.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Photos of the Russian Empire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39266423

Michelangelo/Picasso drawings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39232650

Berlin Painter:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/after-2500-years-fame

Gilded Lady:

http://www.livescience.com/58312-mummies-museum-exhibit.html
http://www.livescience.com/58313-photos-mummies-peru-egypt.html

Alma Tadema:

http://www.artlyst.com/previews/alma-tadema-exhibition-announced-leighton-house-museum-july/

Rodin’s Legacy:

http://www.dw.com/en/rodins-influence-felt-by-artists-even-today/a-38035647

History of the World in 100 Objects:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/culture/british-museum-roadshow-at-beijing-museum/

Maya:

https://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2017/03/an-exhibition-at-the-perot-unlocks-the-secrets-of-the-maya/

Aigai Artifacts:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/aigai-artifacts-on-display-at-louvre-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=111067&NewsCatID=375

Cycladic Society:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/24092-%E2%80%9Ccycladic-society,-5000-years-ago%E2%80%9D-exhibition-in-athens-extended-to-april-9.html

World of Emotions:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/arts/design/review-a-world-of-emotions-in-greek-art-unmasks-the-stony-faces.html

New York will have a Center for Women’s History:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/arts/design/history-of-women-in-america-museum-exhibit-new-york.html

Remembering the opening of the Israel Museum:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/from-its-first-curator-a-breathless-memorable-account-of-the-opening-of-the-iconic-israel-museum/

Camille Claudel is getting a museum:

http://www.dw.com/en/rodins-lover-sculptor-camille-claudel-gets-museum-in-paris/a-38091782

More on Louvre ‘sanctuary’ plans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/11/arts/louvre-shelter-for-art-caught-in-the-crossfire.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A virtual reconstruction of 17th century Edinburgh:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-technology-reveals-16th-century-edinburgh.html

Facial reconstruction of a ‘medieval poor man’ from Cambridge:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/face-of-ordinary-poor-man-from-medieval-cambridge-graveyard-revealed
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ordinary-poor-medieval-cambridge-graveyard.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39346494
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-reconstruct-remains-of-man-buried-in-13th-century-medieval-hospital-graveyard/news-story/28a2f9d884e70ce0622fa15dcc399e7c
http://www.livescience.com/58380-archaeologists-reconstruct-medieval-man-face.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/22/face-medieval-cambridge-man-emerges-700-years-after-death
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5391-170321-cambridge-medieval-man

A ‘solution’ (‘data water’) to track smuggled artifacts from Syria (and elsewhere):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39331342
http://www.npr.org/2017/03/21/520922468/archeologists-in-syria-use-data-water-to-confound-antiquities-smugglers
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-firm-saves-syrias-treasure-from-looters-2pdnsw206
http://www.nwptv.org/blogs/local-national-news/archeologists-in-syria-use-data-water-to-confound-antiquities-smugglers/

More on Pictish murder victim facial reconstruction:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-murder-victim-pictish-man-face-digitally-recreated/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Naples:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170309-a-city-with-too-much-history-to-handle

China’s Karez:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170307-an-ancient-oasis-in-chinas-remote-desert

Cambodia:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/mar/24/angkor-wat-alternative-cambodia-ruins-banteay-chhmar

US historic sites:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/the-shortest-route-to-americas-49603-historic-sites-will-only-take-you-50-years/2017/03/13/cab14daa-d2da-11e6-a783-cd3fa950f2fd_story.html

Manaus Opera House:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170316-the-beautiful-theatre-in-the-heart-of-the-amazon-rainforest
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CRIME BEAT
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Egypt thwarted 24 antiquities thefts:

http://menafn.com/1095313082/Egypt-thwarts-24-cases-of-antiquities-theft-in-one-week
http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/egypt-thwarts-24-cases-of-antiquities-theft-in-one-week/770389

I think we mentioned this bust in Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226744

Another attack on a painting, this time in the National Gallery:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39322056
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/20/520825575/man-charged-after-painting-attack-at-londons-national-gallery

Overviewish piece on antiquities trafficking:

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2017/02/art-trafficking-170228090044987.html

… and in a similar vein, with a focus on items smuggled to the US:

http://www.livescience.com/58324-artifacts-shipped-to-us-from-egypt-turkey.html
http://www.livescience.com/58338-photos-smuggled-looted-artifacts.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/100-million-artifacts-shipped-egypt-155400489.html

Those stolen Van Gogh’s we mentioned a few weeks ago are back ‘home’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39343747

Two weeks’ worth of Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/03/culture-crime-news-06-12-march-2017.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/03/culture-crime-news-13-19-march-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Fighting to repatriate an Irish skeleton from the BM:

https://irishpost.co.uk/a-dying-wish-battle-on-to-return-irishs-giant-skeleton-from-british-museum-for-burial-in-ireland/

An Etruscan pot was returned to Italy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/arts/design/stolen-etruscan-vessel-to-be-returned-to-italy.html

France returned a mummy mask to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/261181/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-Kingdom-mummy-mask-recovered-from-France.aspx
http://www.sis.gov.eg/Story/108273?lang=en-us

Switzerland is returning a sarcophagus to Turkey:

http://www.turkishamericannews.com/turkey/item/19270-ancient-smuggled-sarcophagus-coming-home-to-turkey

Benin continues to seek repatriation of items from France:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94730

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NUMISMATICA
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A few weeks’ worth of e-Syla:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n11.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n12.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n13.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2578-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-march-2017-18-march-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Geoff Wainwright:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/15/geoff-wainwright-obituary

Douglas Birk:

http://www.pineandlakes.com/news/4234958-douglas-birk-pine-river-historian-state-archaeologist-remembered
http://www.startribune.com/obituary-douglas-birk-pioneer-of-minnesota-archaeology/416479843/

Colin Dexter:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/books/colin-dexter-dead-creator-of-inspector-morse.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94636
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/obituaries/2017/03/23/colin-dexter-creator-inspector-morse-dies/oWSBHxx4ZWAPgPwGTHdY3N/story.html
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.46 ~ March 12, 2017

 

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

… apologies for lateness … school, travel, and daylight savings
time conspired
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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What analysis of Neanderthal teeth reveals about diet and ‘medicine’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dental-plaque-dna-neandertals-aspirin.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/snrc-nae030617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170308131218.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39205530
https://www.yahoo.com/news/neanderthal-used-aspirin-tooth-pain-study-181706637.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/08/neanderthal-microbes-reveal-surprises-about-what-they-ate-and-who-they-kissed/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/08/neanderthal-dental-tartar-reveals-plant-based-diet-and-drugs
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/03/08/neanderthals-medicines-diet/
http://www.dw.com/en/neanderthals-dined-on-woolly-rhinos-and-used-aspirin/a-37867503
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/09/health/neanderthal-self-medicate-spain-belgium/index.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/neanderthal-dental-plaque-shows-what-a-paleo-diet-really-looks-like/518949/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/08/519048010/some-neanderthals-were-vegetarian-and-they-likely-kissed-our-human-ancestors?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5363-170308-neanderthal-dental-plaque
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/08/ciencia/1488991377_990681.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/delving-neanderthal-dental-plaque-understand-how-they-lived-and-ate-180962449/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/the-diet-of-neanderthals-at-el-sidron

On some Denisovan skulls from China:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0305/Ancient-skulls-unearthed-in-China-could-belong-to-little-known-extinct-human-species
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/ancient-skulls-may-belong-elusive-humans-called-denisovans

More on early hominid pointillism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/science/france-cave-art-pointilism-seurat.html
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AFRICA
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Racing to save Nubian history:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/archaeologists-race-to-save-nubian-history-from-nile-waters-q6r2rnckw

Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

http://www.livescience.com/58200-great-zimbabwe.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of excitement over the discovery of a pair of colossal 19th Dynasty statues in a Cairo slum:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/03/10/most-important-recent-discovery-ramsees-ii-colossus-found-in-egypt/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUSKBN16G2A2?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pharaoh-statues-found-muddy-cairo-123716459.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/09/look-on-my-works-ye-mighty-ozymandias-statue-found-in-mud
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/09/archaeologists-hail-big-discovery-egypt-statue-depicting-ramses/
http://www.dw.com/en/archeologists-in-egypt-discover-massive-statue-of-pharaoh-ramses-ii-in-cairo-slum/a-37893751
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.776563
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-archeologists-egypt-massive-statue-cairo.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/statue-probably-depicting-ramses-ii-found/news-story/68da7d27be24a10b592ff493398deb48
http://www.smh.com.au/world/colossus-probably-depicting-ramses-ii-found-in-egypt-20170309-guv2ca.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/90271115/Colossus-thought-to-be-of-Pharaoh-Ramses-II-found-in-Egypt-slum-one-of-the-most-important-discoveries-ever
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/world/middleeast/egypt-pharaoh-statue-ramses.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/11/archaeologists-went-digging-in-a-slum-they-found-a-massive-pharaoh-statue/
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-cairo-statue-20170310-story.html
http://www.voanews.com/a/egypt-cairo-likely-ramses-statue-unearthed/3757525.html
http://nhpr.org/post/massive-ancient-statue-discovered-submerged-mud-cairo
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/09/519488251/massive-ancient-statue-discovered-submerged-in-mud-in-cairo
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0310/Buried-treasure-huge-statue-of-Egyptian-king-unearthed-in-Cairo-neighborhood
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/egyptians-find-massive-3-000-year-old-statue-cairo-slum-n731681
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archeologists-egypt-discover-massive-statue-cairo-slum-46039074
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/egypt-pharaoh-ramses-statue-discovered-cairo/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-statue-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-cairo-180962497/

… although there was criticism of the excavation methods:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/10/ministry-antiquities-defends-using-excavator-extract-ramses-ii-statue/
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/11/618056/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/officials-deny-any-damage-newly-discovered-king-ramses-ii-statue-during-excavation
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/11/618056/
http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/world/2017/03/09/ancient-egyptian-royal-statues-unearthed-in-cairo/98949710/

… and subsequent digging will be more ‘advanced’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ramses-ii-excavation-be-completed-using-more-advanced-techniques-ministry-sources :
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/03/12/Egypt-to-complete-Ramses-II-excavation-using-safe-techniques-.html

A number of Sekhmet statues were found in Luxor:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/trove-of-statues-of-war-goddess-sekhmet-found-in-luxor-20170309-guukaw.html

… alongside a toppled statue of Amenhotep III:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/260538/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statue-of-Amenhotep-III,–of-goddess-Sekhmet-unear.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5360-170308-amenhotep-temple-statues

Tourism is down in Egypt:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/09/617775/

… or is it?:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/08/50-increase-foreign-inflow-archaeological-sites/

Feature on the Persian Empire:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/persian-empire-myth-vs-reality

Remember the Jordan Lead Codices? The Antiquities Ministry has finally declared them to be fake:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/antiquities-agency-chief-says-jordan-codices-fake

I think we mentioned this 4000 years bp ‘engraved dolmen’ find from northern Israel:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4255
http://www.livescience.com/58166-rock-art-discovered-in-israel-dark-ages-tomb.html
http://www.livescience.com/58165-photos-ancient-dolmen-rock-art-israel.html
http://www.livescience.com/58168-rare-rock-art-in-dark-ages-tomb-video.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-4000-year-old-boulder-tombs-force-rethink-of-bronze-dark-age/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.775318
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226096
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/4000-years-old-mysterious-tomb-with-rock-art-exposed-in-upper-galilee/2017/03/05/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rock-art-discovered-in-dark-ages-tomb-in-israel/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-experts-mystery-bronze-age-dolmen-174531240.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/4000-year-old-structure-with-mysterious-engravings-discovered-in-Galilee-483256
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5354-170306-israel-dolmen-art
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94294

Remains of a Roman road near Beit Natif and/or Beit Shamash:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4258
http://www.livescience.com/58167-roman-road-unearthed-in-israel.html
http://www.livescience.com/58162-photos-roman-road-coins-israel.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-route-connected-roman-emperors-163200196.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-discover-2000-year-old-Emperors-Road-near-Beit-Shemesh-483480
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.775816
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/3/8/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-2000-year-old-road-from-roman-period
https://www.israel21c.org/archaeologists-uncover-roman-era-road-near-bet-shemesh/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/03/07/israeli-archaeologists-discover-ancient-road-near-jerusalem
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5357-170307-israel-roman-road
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94351

A Crusader shipwreck off Acre:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.776208

Feature on the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Restoring-Christianitys-Holy-of-Holies-481171

Review of a new book on the Babatha Archive:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/professor-from-university-of-gloucestershire-discovers-ancient-family-tale-from-dead-sea-documents/story-30177129-detail/story.html

More on that 1800 years bp Hebrew inscription from a Peqiin synagoge:

http://artdaily.com/news/94022/1-800-year-old-Hebrew-inscriptions-found-on-a-column-capital-in-Peqiin-Village

More on items found in Mosul tunnels after ISIL was driven out; details sometimes paired with the sacking of the Museum:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-antiquities-idUSKBN16H1V5
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/08/mosul-iraqi-troops-find-assyrian-treasures-in-network-of-isis-tunnels
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4934194,00.html
http://pictures.reuters.com/archive/MIDEAST-CRISIS-IRAQ-ANTIQUITIES-RC1F01B071E0.html
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/isis/1.776536
https://www.yahoo.com/news/jihadist-tunnels-save-assyrian-winged-bulls-mosul-005838652.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/assyrian-artifacts-discovered-abandoned-tunnels
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1064576/middle-east
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/middle-east/2017/03/10/493213/Rubble-and.htm
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/assyrian-treasures-found-in-is-tunnels/news-story/ae530944b023068cbf3091a13f728770
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-mosul-museum-ruins-iraq-forces-advance/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-antiquities-idUSKBN16H1V5?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
http://www.news24.com/World/News/archaeologists-find-treasures-in-mosel-tunnels-20170307

More on the ‘empty Museum’:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-mosul-museum-ruins-iraq-forces-advance/
http://www.wsj.com/video/mosul-antiquity-museum-they-destroyed-everything/7390BBCE-B6A6-40D4-B966-7184E2E0BBE5.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rubble-and-ash-in-mosul-museum-retaken.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110617&NewsCatID=375
https://www.yahoo.com/news/priceless-remains-lie-ruins-mosul-museum-114143267.html

More on the damage in Palmyra:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syria-palmyra-ancient-roman-monument-damaged-isis-war-1.4010440
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226162
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/isis/syria/1.775283
http://www.newsweek.com/isis-damages-ancient-roman-monument-palymyra-563943
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/islamic-state-destroys-ancient-roman-monument-in-palmyra/news-story/81937188390443ecee57bd4736c2ecf4

More on remains of a palace beneath Jonah’s tomb:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/mosul-palace-ancient-2600-years-discovered-isis-shrine-destroyed-archaelogists-iraq-a7620076.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Another planter-is-actually-a-Roman-sarcophagus story … from Blenheim Palace:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/08/blenheim-palace-discovers-marble-flowerpot-actually-300k-roman/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/world/europe/roman-sarcophagus-english-garden.html
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/03/10/Ancient-Roman-coffin-used-as-flowerpot-for-centuries-restored/5171489157295/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5369-170310-blenheim-palace-sarcophagus

Finds are causing issues in Thessaloniki again:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/23798-new-archaeological-find-in-thessaloniki-subway-rekindles-old-tensions.html

This Roman coin hoard from Merano doesn’t seem to be getting much attention:

http://video.repubblica.it/socialnews/un-tesoro-a-merano-oltre-3mila-monete-romane-sotto-terra/269730/270182

Concerns for a Roman wall in Slovenia:

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/17241-slovenia-constructing-border-fence-on-ancient-roman-wall

Doing math Roman style:

http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/do-the-math/Content?oid=3904957

Feature on Britannia on Roman coinage:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28493

On the origins of the Scythians:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/lmsu-wdt030717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-scythians.html

Feature on the Battle of the Aegates Islands:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/10/day-241-bc-battle-aegates-brings-roman-victory-first-punic-war/

Feature on Norba:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170303-the-italian-city-that-stood-up-to-rome

Feature on Ambiorix:

http://www.brusselstimes.com/brussels/7683/ambiorix-and-belgium-a-mythical-bond

On the demise of the Library of Alexandria:

http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/who-killed-the-library-of-alexandria-an-excerpt-from-james-crawfords-fallen-glory-the-lives-and-deaths-of-the-worlds-greatest-lost-buildings

Studying the effects of the ‘falling’ Roman empire:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/as-the-roman-empire-fell-its-people-stopped-talking-to-1793011377

What Jay Mickelson is up to:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/latin-banquet-turns-the-clock-back-to-ancient-rome/article_b65886c4-0229-11e7-8fbf-ebbeccda0eda.html

What Michele Salzman is up to:

https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/45162

Brock was honouring Richard Parker:

http://www.brockpress.com/2017/03/brock-university-archaeological-society-celebrates-the-career-of-dr-richard-parker/

Another piece explaining Trump via Thucydides:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/thucydides-history-of-the-peloponnesian-war-a-2400yearold-text-that-explains-trump-20170303-guq08m.html

Review of Heaney’s Aeneid VI translation:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/07/aeneid-vi-seamus-heaney-review-virgil-epic-underworld

More on that orichalchum found in a shipwreck off Gela:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/orichalcum-the-lost-metal-of-atlantis-may-have-been-found-on-a-shipwreck-off-sicily/news-story/e52dfb6ee238fcfd3e583e75e26d6bd8
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting study of 4000 years bp pollen found in that ‘Ava’ burial from Scotland a while ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39191527
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5358-170307-scotland-achavanich-pollen

Studying remains of some 7000 years bp clothing from France:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5362-170308-france-shell-embroidery

Studying cattle in Finland:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170310091946.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/finnish-cattle-and-sheep-endured-harsh-conditions-in-the-middle-ages

Feature on women’s guilds in the Middle Ages:

http://theconversation.com/the-fragility-of-womens-rights-how-female-guilds-wielded-power-long-ago-73265

Caynton Caves are getting some press attention:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-39193347

… another cave site in Nottingham has items dating to the 13th and 14th century:

https://nottstv.com/archaeologists-previously-undiscovered-cave-site-find-hundreds-artefacts/
https://nottstv.com/previously-undiscovered-city-centre-caves-completely-changing-understanding-of-nottingham/

I think we mentioned this interesting Crossrail burial:

http://www.livescience.com/58146-2-male-skeletons-found-holding-hands.html

On the Great Storm of 1703:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170309-in-1703-britain-was-struck-by-possibly-its-worst-ever-storm

On Viking fighting techniques:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/vikings-fight-warfare-battle-weapons/

The Neolithic flint mine at Grime’s Graves is opening to the public:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-39235113
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/06/prehistoric-norfolk-mine-grimes-graves-to-open-second-pit-to-public

More voices suggesting the Stonehenge tunnel plan will ruin the site:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/stonehenge-tunnel-plan-would-ruin-site-say-international-advisers-35509099.html
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/15139779.International_experts_join_call_to_scrap_Stonehenge_tunnel_bid/
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15139779.International_experts_join_call_to_scrap_Stonehenge_tunnel_bid/

Arguing over the Galloway Viking hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39217039
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15135992.Row_over_Galloway_s_Viking_hoard_deepens/

More on that Bronze Age weapon hoard from Scotland:

http://artdaily.com/news/94015/Archaeologists-discover-rare-Bronze-Age-weapon-hoard
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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2000 years bp Bronze items from Sichuan:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/599686/2000-year-old-bronze-ware.html

On the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39038615

Study suggests the Silk Road may have followed routes created by Nomadic herders:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/wuis-nsr030217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-silk-road-evolved-grass-routes-movement.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-nomadic-herders-beat-path-silk-road
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5364-170309-silk-road-paths
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/silk-road-was-structured-by-ecological-strategies-of-nomadic-herders

… and they’re still looking for the ‘starting point’:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/08/c_136113141.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5361-170308-china-port-city

Remains of a 10th century tree-lined street from Japan:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703090001.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5367-170310-japan-aoyayokogi-trees

Finds from various periods from Khargone:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/350-rare-ancient-antiquities-found-in-khargone-district.html

More on the finds from Chanhon jo Daro:

http://www.thedailystar.net/world/french-team-uncovers-mysteries-indus-civilisations-industrial-hub-1373833

I think we mentioned these medieval burials from Siberia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5327-170223-russia-medieval-burials

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this study of the Ute ‘trail/road system’:

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/routes-trails-crisscrossed-area-long-before-europe

Reinterring remains found at UGa:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-03-07/uga-going-ahead-reinterment-plans-remains-uncovered-construction-project
http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-03-11/sting-death-uga-s-handling-baldwin-hall-remains-faces-criticism

A pile of ‘historic’ burials from a Philadelphia construction site:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/A-race-to-excavate-huge-number-of-historic-graves-found-on-building-site.html
http://www.phillytrib.com/construction-site-unearths-centuries-old-coffins/article_0daf0fc8-bd1d-5d02-b28d-828a16386960.html
http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2017/03/rutgers_team_helping_with_philly_burial_site_excav.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/03/10/Construction-unearths-centuries-old-coffins-in-Philadelphia/stories/201703100166
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Race-to-dig-at-historic-cemetery-a-mere-hint-of-what-ails-Philadelphias-oversight-of-buried-treasures.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5368-170310-philadelphia-historic-cemetery

‘Historic’ burials beneath a St Augustine wine shop (we may have mentioned these):

http://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/NAsFlCNUBptyArrF91atEM/
http://www.wftv.com/traffic/news/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/501209015
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/lifestyles/historic-skeletons-found-under-florida-shop-during-repairs/NAsFlCNUBptyArrF91atEM/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-early-colonists-unearthed-st-augustine-180962385/

There might be plenty of burials beneath an Austin chapel:

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-govt–politics/dozens-graves-may-under-oakwood-cemetery-chapel-officials-say/mdQN6fOOHPvSyNd4lXzDTO/

Catching up with the Old Vero Man site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/picture-gallery/news/local/indian-river-county/2017/03/09/old-vero-man-dig-site-telling-a-13000-year-old-story/98970470/

Trying to connect platinum and Clovis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uosc-udo030917.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/discovery-of-platinum-may-help-solve-clovis-people-disappearance

Still talking about Jefferson’s mistress:

http://wwlp.com/2017/02/23/archaeologists-dig-up-more-on-thomas-jeffersons-alleged-mistress/

Marking Andrew Jackson’s 250th:

http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2017/03/11/andrew-jackson-250-presidents-legacy-isnt-pretty-but-neither-history/98816804/

On Dolly Madison:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/dolley-madison-saving-washington-new-york-historical-society.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

More on concerns for sites in Utah:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Asking developers on Antigua to be more aware of archaeology:

http://antiguaobserver.com/leading-archaeologist-pleas-for-developers-to-assess-their-sites/

More on that Maya jade pendant:

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/feature/a_pendant_fit_for_a_king

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

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/People-hadn-t-set-foot-in-this-ancient-lost-10981239.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/this-adventurer-found-the-trip-worth-it–despite-the-flesh-eating-disease/2017/03/03/fcb4cfec-f94b-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Pondering the February Revolution in a ‘what if’ sort of way:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/the-february-revolution-and-kerenskys-missed-opportunity.html

On early Mormon polygamous marriages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/early-polygamous-mormon-marriages-through-the-eyes-of-the-wives/2017/03/03/15a08ec4-f537-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

Latest incunabula digitization:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-russian-library-digitizes-oldest.html

Checking out a claim about a bust of Nicholas II:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39192971

On Jane Austen’s eyesight issues:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39208356
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/books/jane-austen-arsenic-glasses-death.html

On Zaida ben Yusuf’s photography:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/09/us/gallery/tbt-zaida-ben-yusuf/index.html

Feature on Luther:

http://www.dw.com/en/luther-is-famous-but-we-know-so-little-about-him/a-37907857

They’ve ‘decoded’ Mona Lisa’s smile:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-mona-lisa-decoded-science-happy.html

Identifying Jack the Ripper’s last victim:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-jack-ripper-victim.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uol-uol031017.php

Theorizing about hunter-gatherer movements:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-dartmouth-modern-hunter-gathers-relocate-maximize.html

In case you need to brush up on your leprechaun lore:

http://www.livescience.com/37626-leprechauns.html

Concerns for the Titanic:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170310-the-wreck-of-the-titanic-is-being-eaten-and-may-soon-vanish

On Hollywood portrayals of archaeologists:

http://www.timesunion.com/technology/businessinsider/article/11-things-Hollywood-gets-wrong-about-being-an-FBI-9178234.php
http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/11-things-Hollywood-gets-wrong-about-being-an-FBI-9178234.php
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hercules Segers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/a-dutch-masters-surreal-visions.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0

Colosseum History:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/06/exhibition-reveals-hidden-history-colosseum-fall-rome-fortresses/
http://www.dw.com/en/new-exhibition-reveals-secret-history-of-romes-colosseum/a-37835265

Terracotta Warriors:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/terracotta-warriors-met-883898

A Third Gender:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/arts/design/when-japan-had-a-third-gender.html

Michelangelo and Picasso:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39232650

Seurat:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170306-why-the-circus-fascinated-modern-artists

Tang Dynasty Shipwreck:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-03/07/content_28469581.htm

Henry Hudson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/nyregion/new-york-map-henry-hudson-river.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fsam-roberts

There was a strike at the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/vermeer-louvre.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

I think we mentioned the Grand Egyptian Museum is opening next year:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/grand-egyptian-museum-open-mid-2018-antiquities-minister-0
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Still talking about pictish facial reconstructions:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-murder-victim-pictish-man-face-digitally-recreated/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA tells us about the origins of Australia’s aborigines:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-aboriginal-hair-years-country.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/science/aboriginal-australians-dna-origins-australia.html
http://theconversation.com/dna-reveals-aboriginal-people-had-a-long-and-settled-connection-to-country-73958
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-39202348
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5365-170309-australia-first-australians
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0309/Hair-apparent-Study-links-modern-Australian-Aboriginals-with-the-continent-s-earliest-settlers

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170228-africas-most-misunderstood-country

Sabine hills:

http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2017-3-8/sabine-hills

Petra:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/90225830/Petra-Jordan-Why-this-world-wonder-continues-to-woo-tourists

Ramla:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170307-an-underground-boat-to-islamic-glory
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CRIME BEAT
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A bust at Beit Shana:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226206
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Antiquities-theft-from-Second-Temple-period-prevented-in-central-Israel-483386
http://www.pressreader.com/israel/jerusalem-post/20170307/281711204441372

A stolen book from Syria surfaces in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-book-stolen-in-syria-seized-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110579&NewsCatID=509

… also in Turkey:

http://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/03/10/historical-artefacts-dating-back-1000-years-seized-during-vehicle-control-in-istanbul

Some Islamic shrine elements stolen in Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/260626/Heritage/Islamic/Door-and-decorative-elements-of-Sultan-AlKamel-AlA.aspx

Another burial mound bust:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1716684000&kid=Kmv1uov5e9yd9HYx

Latest Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/03/culture-crime-news-27-february-05-march-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Lewis Chessmen are becoming a repatriation issue of sorts:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/western-isles/1189811/time-for-chessmen-to-be-return-to-their-home-on-isle-of-lewis/

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NUMISMATICA
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A Kushan coin find:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/kushan-dynasty-coins-found-in-tonk-village-baffle-experts/articleshow/57484211.cms
http://www.ptinews.com/news/8483483_800-ancient-copper-coins-discovered-in-Budgam.html
http://www.kashmirmonitor.in/Details/119352/state-archaeology-recovers-hoard-of-1000-year-old-coins-in-budgam

Feature on coins of Akragas:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-eagles-akragas/

Three weeks’ worth of e-Syla … I messed up last week:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n11.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n10.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n09.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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A lost work by Fanny Mendelssohn:

http://www.dw.com/en/british-premiere-of-lost-work-by-fanny-mendelssohn/a-37848722
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/arts/fanny-mendelssohn-lost-sonata-trnd/index.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39191514

… related:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39216375

A lost Liszt opera:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/arts/music/listen-to-part-of-long-lost-liszt-opera-sardanapalo.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Celebrating lost works by five female composers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38079139

Jean Michel Jarre is at the Dead Sea:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/french-godfather-of-electronic-music-to-play-for-the-dead-sea/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2571-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-february-2017-4-march-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Marilyn Young:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/books/marilyn-b-young-dead-antiwar-historian.html
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.45 ~ March 5, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Alan Brockway, Kris Curry, Bob Heuman, Birgitta Hoffmann, Allan Brockway,
David Critchley, John Oleson, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Richard C. Griffiths,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying the 100 000 years bp skulls from the Lingjing site:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/wuis-1hs022117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-year-old-human-skulls-east-asia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170302144009.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39118752
http://www.livescience.com/58087-patchwork-early-human-fossils-discovered.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/03/02/human-skull-fossils-from-china-have-surprising-traits/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/03/skulls-found-in-china-were-part-modern-human-part-neanderthal-possibly-new-species/?tid=pm_national_pop
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-these-skulls-new-human-ancestor-species-180962370/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2017/100000-year-old-human-skulls-from-east-asia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5348-170302-china-xuchang-skulls

Early evidence of homo sapiens in Iran:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/03/ciencia/1488541294_139309.html

On the diet of homo antecessor at Atapuerca:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-evidence-diet-homo-antecessor-atapuerca.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170227082536.htm

More on early humans drinking alcohol:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170222-our-ancestors-were-drinking-alcohol-before-they-were-human

More on 38 000 years bp pointillism techniques:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/38000-year-old-engravings-confirm-ancient-origins-of-pointillism
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5334-170227-france-pointillism-engravings
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AFRICA
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Feature on Libya’s ‘Monuments Men’:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/the-monuments-men-of-libya

A Czech archaeologist, held in the Sudan for spying, has been released:

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/03/01/ln-release-czech-man-may-help-egyptology-sudan
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Admission prices are going up at Egyptian sites and museums:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ticket-prices-tourists-be-increased-museums-archaeological-sites-october-ministry

Egypt isn’t going to try and recover all of its objects abroad:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/03/02/attempts-to-retrieve-artifacts-from-abroad-not-in-egypt-favor-former-antiquities-minister/

A monumental carved dolmen from the Golan:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.775318

Studying the damage to the shrine of the prophet Jonah reveals ISIL may have inadvertently discovered a 600 B.C.E. palace built for Sennacherib:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/27/previously-untouched-600bc-palace-discovered-shrine-demolished/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-looting-uncovers-ancient-palace-beneath-jonahs-tomb/
http://aina.org/news/20170227173244.htm
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-palace-reportedly-discovered-deep-under-shrine-demolished-by-isis/
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2017/2/28/priceless-assyrian-treasures-discovered-among-mosuls-mountains-of-destruction

Interesting study of Sasanian temples:

http://www.livescience.com/58032-ancient-persia-palaces-fire-temple-wood.html

An interview with Joseph L Angel:

http://yucommentator.org/2017/02/featured-faculty-professor-joseph-l-angel/

ISIL was driven out of Palmyra again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-palmyra-syria-driven-out-second-time-islamic-state-ancient-roman-ruins-assad-executions-a7607351.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-reportedly-pushed-out-of-syrias-palmyra/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-forces-recapture-palmyra-from-is-for-second-time/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-military-retakes-historic-palmyra-from-islamic-state/2017/03/02/b9458cd4-ff94-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

… and damage was less than expected:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-palmyra-idUSKBN16A1L2
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4930286,00.html

They’re now questioning how much revenue ISIL was receiving from antiquities:

http://www.hstoday.us/columns/guest-commentaries/blog/special-antiquities-sales-supporting-isis-fails-the-test-of-robustness/4142934b314728d19c6bf77a46018db9.html
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We may have mentioned this Roman mining operation in Spain:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.774629

More orichalcum ingots found in a 2600 years bp shipwreck off Gela:

http://www.seeker.com/fabled-atlantis-metal-ingots-continue-to-emerge-from-the-seas-of-sicil-2290338231.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5343-170301-sicily-shipwreck-ingots

Concerns for Paphos:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/03/02/ancient-paphos-attraction-needs-urgent-renovation/

Funding for that tomb at Amphipolis:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/23578-greek-culture-minister-allots-e2-5m-for-kasta-hill-amphipolis-works.html

If you’ve ever wondered why there always seem to be Roman nails for sale:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/house-home/collectors-corner/370986/roman-relics-hit-nail-head-price-wise/

Nice feature on Father Foster:

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-Vatican-s-Latinist-8618

What Christopher S Celenza is up to:

http://www.thehoya.com/university-appoints-new-dean-for-college/

They’re looking for a new director for the Colosseum:

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Ready-for-a-new-arena-in-life-Rome-s-Colosseum-10962662.php
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/colosseum-seeks-director-whose-reputation-wasnt-built-in-a-day-j6ggh0hhs

More coverage of that Roman house find (with ducks and phalluses) from Omrit:

http://www.livescience.com/57944-roman-house-and-phallic-amulets-discovered-israel.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ducks-not-phalluses-real-stars-of-1900-year-old-find-in-northern-israel/

More on McDonald’s incorporating a Roman road into one of its franchises near Rome:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/italys-newest-mcdonalds-part-archaeological-museum-871589
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/0226/Burgers-and-ancient-Roman-roads-Businesses-step-up-to-preserve-Rome-s-history
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mcdonalds-has-cool-design-element-ancient-roman-road-180962289/
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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7000 years bp footprints from Wales:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/ancient-human-footprints-discovered-welsh-12667046
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/footprints-date-back-7000-years-and-could-show-hunting-party-35489498.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5340-170228-wales-mesolithic-footprints

… and a possible prehistoric monument of some sort from Trellyffaint:

http://www.countyecho.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110849&headline=Archaeologists%20uncover%20possibly%20prehistoric%20monument&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

I think we mentioned this Neolithic ‘enclosure’ from Denmark:

http://www.seeker.com/mysterious-neolithic-labyrinth-found-in-denmark-2288204695.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5335-170227-denmark-neolithic-enclosure
A major Iron Age gold hoard find from Staffordshire:

http://www.livescience.com/58061-treasure-hunters-find-ancient-gold-jewelry.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/28/detectorists-strike-iron-age-gold-staffordshire-field
https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2017/feb/28/iron-age-jewellery-found-in-staffordshire-field-video-report
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-39115392
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/02/28/iron-age-gold-found-farmers-field-earliest-ever-discovered/
http://www.leek-news.co.uk/leek-metal-detectors-reveal-the-moment-they-found-iron-age-gold-in-a-staffordshire-moorlands-field/story-30170214-detail/story.html
http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/iron-age-gold-jewellery-unearthed-in-staffordshire-field-is-of-huge-international-importance/story-30168182-detail/story.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/pair-unearth-oldest-iron-age-gold-in-uk/news-story/e5bdb78eb93a3b42684d67251bce657c
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-celtic-art-uncovered-unique-gold-hoard-154022145.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5341-170228-leekfrith-gold-torques

Remains of a 2000 years bp village in Warwickshire:

https://leamingtonobserver.co.uk/news/remains-of-2000-year-old-village-unearthed/

Somewhat lost in translation … the find of the ‘Bulgarian Troy’:

https://realnoevremya.com/articles/1234-tatarstan-oilmen-find-bolgarian-troy-instead-of-black-gold

A 1000 years bp toy boat from an abandoned well in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeologists-excavate-year-old-toy-boat.html

17th century finds from a pub renovation in Falmouth Harbour:

http://www.cornwalllive.com/archeological-finds-during-restoration-of-falmouth-s-chain-locker-pub-surprise-st-austell-brewery/story-30163164-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5337-170227-england-cornwall-pub

Items found beneath the floor of a 17th century mansion:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5346-170302-petworth-house-marble

Pondering why Vikings left Greenland:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-greenland-vikings-vanished-180962119/

They’re still criticizing the Stonehenge tunnel plan:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15125593.Leading_experts_blast_Stonehenge_tunnel_plan/

The other side of the dig — how finding a major Anglo Saxon site at Great Ryburgh nearly ruined the builder:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/at_the_end_of_the_day_i_was_digging_a_hole_how_finding_81_anglo_saxon_coffins_in_great_ryburgh_nearly_ruined_builder_1_4908533
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-39106514

More on medieval leprosy:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/02/20/medieval-skeleton-gives-clues-to-spread?videoId=371159289&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=LatestVideosUS&videoChannel=6

More on the search for the tomb of James IV:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15107809.Raiders_of_the_lost_Charterhouse__search_for_tomb_of_ancient_king_of_Scotland_begins/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-scour-carpark-in-search-of-lost-tomb-of-king-james-i-of-scotland/news-story/ce83f3b0c3813d69b4027d5dbe206226

More on those 3000 bp spearheads from Scotland:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/589913/archaeology-find-discovery-history-ancient-artefacts-scotland

More on that hubby heart burial:

http://www.livescience.com/58080-photos-renaissance-couple-with-spouse-heart.html
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A pair of Song Dynasty burials from Chengdu:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-03/01/content_40382332.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2017-02/28/c_136090100.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5344-170301-china-brick-tombs

Pondering the Pleu Cere staircase in Cambodia:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/morenews/archaeologists-scale-history-of-ancient-staircase-125883/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5345-170301-pleu-cere-staircase

Studying the deterioration of Angkor Wat:

http://www.livescience.com/58064-radar-could-save-collapsing-angkor-monuments.html

Feature on zinc mining in Ming Dynasty China:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/250-1703/trenches/5289-trenches-china-ming-zinc

4000 years bp copper axes from Uttar Pradesh:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/copper-axes-point-to-an-ancient-culture-story/article17383808.ece

Remains of a medieval port city near the Bay of Bengal:

http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/City-archaeologist-C.-Santhalingam-finds-a-medieval-period-port-city-in-the-far-south-of-the-Coromandel-Coast/article17393327.ece

An imperial burial mound from Asuka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703020044.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5350-170303-japan-royal-tomb

A 19th century (possible) military defensive trench find in New Zealand:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1703/S00089/excavation-underway-after-potential-defensive-trench-found.htm
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/325800/’we-expected-to-find-kumara-and-fire-pits-we-did-not-expect-this’
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5351-170303-new-zealand-military-trench

More on plans for a museum in Luoyang:

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

More on the oldest known image of Confucius:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-image-confucius-found-tomb-disgraced-emperor-180962358/

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Child burials from St Augustine:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/st-augustine/historic-burials-of-children-found-in-st-augustine/418890981
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5352-170303-florida-st-augustine-burials

Studying Ute trails in Colorado:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5336-170227-colorado-routes-trails

On the fate of Natives who surrendered during King Philip’s War:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2017/02/enslavement

Archaeologists are trying to save Brier Creek Battlefield:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2017-03-02/archaeologists-trying-save-brier-creek-battlefield-238-years-later

Plans to dig a site in Fort Edward (NY):

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/02/summer_archaeological_dig_set_for_historic_upstate_ny_island_site.html

On factors that led to the end of whaling off Alaska:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170224-the-disaster-that-helped-end-the-us-whaling-industry

More on archaeologists returning to that ‘shipwreck camp’ on Sitka Island:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2017/03/04/archaeologists-say-theyve-found-the-campsite-used-by-survivors-of-legendary-doomed-ship-the-neva/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5347-170302-russian-ship-neva

Concerns for sites in Utah:

http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/
http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2017/03/02/archaeology-utah-culture-history-preservation/98535848/

… backgrounder:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2017/03/02/utah-ancient-history-archaeology-people/98663122/

OpEd on protecting Chaco Canyon:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/reader-view-protecting-chaco-new-mexico-s-treasure/article_2b1237aa-d7d5-5077-b6c4-a4af51a7e36d.html

Reviewish/backgroundish sort of thing on an interesting Underground Railroad sort of story in Toronto:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/steal-away-home-1.3998495

Feature on ‘Hail to the Chief’:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/04/518333087/hail-to-the-chief-fanfare-sought-by-some-presidents-avoided-by-others?sc=17&f=1003
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying how ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/fm-aps022417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ancient-peoples-amazon-rainforest.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-domesticated-plants-civilization-20170302-story.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0303/Can-a-new-study-on-trees-change-the-conversation-about-Amazon-conservation
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/science/amazon-rain-forest-plants-domesticate.html
http://www.nature.com/news/amazon-rainforest-was-shaped-by-an-ancient-hunger-for-fruits-and-nuts-1.21576
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-39149334
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/amazon-rainforest-was-shaped-by-an-ancient-hunger-for-fruits-and-nuts/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pristine-untouched-amazonian-rainforest-was-actually-shaped-humans-180962378/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/02/ciencia/1488466173_526998.html

More on that Maya jade pendant from Belize:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoc–pot022717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170227120211.htm
http://www.livescience.com/58040-royal-maya-pendant-discovered-in-belize.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/maya-pendant-a-puzzle-to-archaeologists
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-jade-pendant-worn-by-maya-kings-may-tell-story-iconic-civilisations-collapse-1608949
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5338-170228-belize-jade-pendant

More on Europeans bringing new ulcer strains to the New World:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170223142109.htm
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Opening an archaeologist’s suitcase:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2017/02/penn-museum-mysterious-suitcase-m-l

Pondering the catacombs of San Gaudioso:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170223-is-this-the-worlds-most-macabre-art-gallery

Studying how to preserve sites damaged in armed conflicts:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-scientists-ways-world-heritage-sites.html

Jane Austen’s house may have had a wallpaper malfunction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39146204

The Sistine Chapel has been photographed/digitized:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170226/sistine-chapel-photographed-in-unprecedented-detail
https://www.cnet.com/news/sistine-chapel-digitised-for-posterity-in-270000-images/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-year-photo-project-captures-sistine-chapel-high-res-detail-180962357/

A new idea about human sacrifice:

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/researchers-discover-a-new-reason-why-ancient-societies-practiced-human-sacrifice

On the history of the phrase ‘enemy of the people’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/world/europe/trump-enemy-of-the-people-stalin.html

In case you missed it … those kidnapped German archaeologists in Nigeria were freed:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-security-idUSKBN1650IM?il=0
http://www.dw.com/en/two-german-archaeologists-kidnapped-in-nigeria-have-been-freed/a-37721563
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/nigerian-security-agents-free-2-german-archaeologists-who-were-kidnapped-in-northern-nigeria-says-governor/2017/02/26/1edc70d0-fc34-11e6-9b78-824ccab94435_story.html

Feature on Franck Goddio:

http://www.dw.com/en/underwater-treasure-hunter-franck-goddio/a-37778767

Honours for Mark Knight:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/press/press-release-mark-knight-wins-current-archaeologys-prestigious-archaeologist-of-the-year-award-for-2017.htm
http://www.wisbechstandard.co.uk/news/mark_knight_who_led_the_must_farm_dig_in_whittlesey_which_unearthed_rare_bronze_age_settlement_receives_top_archaeology_award_1_4915138

… and the Cambridge Archaeology Unit’s work at Must Farm:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/press/press-release-cambridge-archaeological-unit-university-of-cambridge-win-current-archaeologys-rescue-project-of-the-year-award-for-2017-for-must-farm.htm

Marking Current Archaeology’s 50th:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/current-archaeology-at-50-half-a-century-of-keeping-up-with-the-past.htm

Some Mardi Gras background:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/mardi-gras-mobile-alabama-new-orleans.html

Big bucks for a Klimt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39142131
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/arts/design/a-59-million-klimt-tops-a-landmark-sothebys-auction-in-london.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/arts/sothebys-impressionist-modern-surrealist-sales/index.html

… and relatively so for some old penicillin mould:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/02/518197111/old-penicillin-mold-auctioned-for-more-than-14-000?sc=17&f=1004
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/01/517979196/this-tiny-patch-of-mold-cost-one-lucky-buyer-nearly-15-000?sc=17&f=1007

Feature on assorted Christian relics around the world:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/01/world/gallery/christian-relics/index.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.jta.org/2017/02/21/news-opinion/world/vatican-rome-jewish-museums-collaborate-on-menorah-exhibition

Naples airport now has an archaeological museum (not the first instance of this):

http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/02/naples-airport-archeological-museum-is-a-world-s-first

Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/173740/vietnam-archaeological-treasures-exhibition-successful-in-germany.html

A guide to the British Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/arts/make-the-most-of-the-british-museum.html

The Grand Egyptian Museum will open in 2018:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/grand-egyptian-museum-open-mid-2018-antiquities-minister

Problems at the Met continue with the director’s resignation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/arts/design/met-museum-director-resigns-thomas-campbell.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39126473
http://www.npr.org/2017/03/03/518087587/new-yorks-met-museum-director-resigns-amid-financial-troubles?sc=17&f=1008

… sparking an OpEd:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/arts/design/how-to-fix-the-met-connect-art-to-life.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Multispectral imaging helps decipher a medieval ‘cure’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-decipher-recipe-treat-medieval-mystic-180962336/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Tracing the DNA of smallpox:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-17th-century-Europe-might-rewritten-history-smallpox-180962114/

I think we’ve mentioned the Denisovan DNA connection to Tibet:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170227-how-tibetans-survive-life-on-the-roof-of-the-world

DNA suggests mammoths were doomed from a genetic standpoint:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39142941
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=94264
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On climate change affecting Native American goups:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170226/archaeology-ancient-cultures-also-were-affected-by-climate-change

On the role of archaeologists in documenting past climate change (I think):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archeologists-vanguard-environmental-climate.html
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=172929&CultureCode=en

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Fez:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/02/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-fez-morocco.html

Franklin Expedition sites:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170223-the-island-of-lost-explorers

Jordan:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2017/mar/01/from-petra-to-wadi-rum-an-archaeologists-view-of-jordan

Oplontis:

http://nepr.net/news/2017/03/02/exploring-villas-oplontus-pompeiis-often-overlooked-neighbor/
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CRIME BEAT
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A smuggler caught in the act and fined at Big Bend:

http://kxan.com/2017/02/27/archaeology-smuggler-caught-with-500-stolen-artifacts-at-big-bend/
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2017/03/poacher-archaeological-artifacts-busted-big-bend-national-park-fined-10000

A Palestinian caught with a bag of ancient coins:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-nabbed-at-jordan-crossing-with-sack-of-ancient-coins/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/02/culture-crime-news-20-26-february-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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An Etruscan item was returned to a German museum:

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=66954
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/london-art-dealer-helps-stolen-bronze-return-to-berlin-museum-after-70-years/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20nXX.html

(one will appear later today, but I’m not sure of the number)
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Chopin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/arts/music/chopin-is-the-focus-of-bards-summer-music-festival.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

A classical ‘battle of the bands’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/arts/music/battle-of-the-bands-at-175-new-york-and-vienna-face-off.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

For Offenbach fans:

http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/23/offenbach-revival-sees-fantasio-take-the-paris-stage

Queen Anne:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38831153

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2568-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-february-2017-25-february-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Spencer Hays:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/arts/spencer-hays-dead-art-collector.html

Nicholas Mosley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/books/nicholas-mosley-dead-novelist-wrote-of-father.html

Mostafa el Abbadi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/world/middleeast/mostafa-el-abbadi-great-library-of-alexandria.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Maurizio Tosi:

http://www.magazine.unibo.it/archivio/2017/02/24/lutto-in-ateneo-e-scomparso-il-prof-maurizio-tosi

Anna Marguerite McCann:

http://www.prestonchild.com/archive/in-memoriam/IN-MEMORIAM;art548,597

Ivor Noel Hume:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ivor-noel-hume-who-dug-up-the-colonial-past-at-williamsburg-dies-at-89/2017/02/28/4524912a-faac-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/28/top-authority-on-colonial-williamsburg-dies-at-89/

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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http://www.archaeology.org/news/

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http://archaeology.about.com/

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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 19.44 ~ February 26, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Alan Brockway,
Kris Curry, David Critchley, David Emery, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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23 000 years bp flint blades from near the Sea of Galilee:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.772111

Cf: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0167151

On Aurignacian ‘pointillism’:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-year-old-engravings-ancient-technique-seurat.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/nyu-3ye022117.php
http://www.livescience.com/58007-pointillism-found-in-ancient-artwork.html
http://www.livescience.com/58008-prehistoric-van-goghs-artists-used-pointillism-38-000-years-ago-video.html

On Paleolithic women:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-women-stone-age.html

On early humans drinking alcohol:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170222-our-ancestors-were-drinking-alcohol-before-they-were-human

More on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170223124316.htm
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2122362-extinct-neanderthals-still-control-expression-of-human-genes/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5332-170224-neanderthal-genes-still-control-expression
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AFRICA
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Studying bone harpoons from East Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-sharpening-knowledge-prehistory-east-africa.html

Feature on Zimbabwe:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/world/africa/zimbabwes-rulers-use-a-monuments-walls-to-build-a-legacy.html

Feature on Thulamela:

http://www.livescience.com/57962-thulamela.html

A pair of German archaeologists were kidnapped in NIgeria earlier this week:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/german-archaeologist-associate-kidnapped-in-nigeria-police-say-1.3296844
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-security-idUSKBN1612L6
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702230533.html
http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/german-archaeologists-kidnap-no-ransom-demanded-yet-20170223
http://www.dw.com/en/two-germans-kidnapped-in-northern-nigeria/a-37684402
http://saharareporters.com/2017/02/23/whereabouts-kidnapped-germans-still-unknown

… a force was sent out to find them:

http://saharareporters.com/2017/02/23/igp-deploys-special-force-rescue-kidnapped-german-archaeologists
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702240026.html

… and a ransom has been demanded:

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Nigerian-kidnappers-demand-200-000-for-German-10956100.php
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702240046.html
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702250045.html
http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/kidnappers-of-german-professo-r-demand-n60-million/186656.html

… and just as Explorator goes out, we read they’ve been released:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201702260174.html
https://www.naij.com/1090599-2-kidnapped-german-archaeologists-kaduna-regain-freedom.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-26/german-archaeologists-freed-in-northern-nigeria-after-kidnapping
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plans to restore a Ramses II statue to its Luxor temple:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/02/21/615867/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/258581/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-antiquities-ministry-restores-colossus-of-R.aspx

An 1868 painting of the Temple of Karnak is going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/feb/21/karnak-watercolour-british-museum-henry-stanier

More on those 3000 years bp child footprints:

http://www.seeker.com/3000-year-old-footprints-of-ancient-egyptian-children-found-2259199096.html

Concerns for the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/temple-of-artemis-turns-into-swamp-due-to-neglect.aspx?PageID=238&NID=109909&NewsCatID=375

Interesting concern resulting from possible dig in Izmir:

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-02-23/roman-excavations-threaten-slum-life-in-turkish-port-city

Feature on a Phoenician mask mold find from Tel Achziv:

http://asorblog.org/2017/02/24/rare-discovery-tel-achziv-phoenician-clay-mask-mold-ninth-century-b-c-e/

A mysterious wall in Jordan:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/93-mile-long-ancient-wall-jordan-puzzles-archaeologists-122757416.html

A new archaeological museum in Aswan was inaugurated:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/archaeological-excavations-museum-inaugurated-aswan

More on the hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb saga:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/possible-hidden-chamber-king-tuts-152000104.html

An account of the 2016 season at Bethsaida:

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/2017/02/ara418014.shtml

1800 years bp Hebrew inscriptions from a Galilee synagogue:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1800-year-old-Hebrew-stone-inscriptions-found-in-ancient-Galilee-synagogue-482175
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-carvings-on-column-lend-weight-to-galilee-villages-jewish-past/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225397
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.773131

Israel is trying to get the Siloam Inscription from Turkey:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/culture-minister-offers-turkish-mayor-elephants-for-ancient-hebrew-inscription/

LandMinds video podcast interview with Guy Stiebel, who is currently digging at Masada:

http://foundationstone.org/

OpEd on Jerusalem/Palestinian archaeological conflicts:

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.772847
The Oriental Institute is somewhat concerned about its future:

https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2017/2/21/oriental-institute-future-uncertain-trump-administ/

Assessing the damage at Nimrud:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/british-museum-trained-iraqi-archaeologist-assesses-isil-destruction-of-nimrud-/
http://aina.org/news/20170220032519.htm

The British Museum is training folks to preserve/conserve heritage at Mosul:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-iraq-archaeology-idUSKBN16029C?feedType=RSS&feedName=artsNews
https://www.yahoo.com/news/british-museum-training-iraqi-experts-save-mosul-heritage-135857374.html
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/02/21/British-museum-training-for-Iraqi-experts-to-save-Mosul-heritage.html
http://artdaily.com/news/93936/British-Museum-training-Iraqi-experts-to-save-Mosul-heritage

On assorted actions taken by ISIL to ‘shock’:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4927139,00.html
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/02/24/islamic-state-heritage-destroyed-2/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week is the find (a while ago) of a section of Roman road and three burials beneath a McDonald’s at Frattochie:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/02/21/ancient-roman-road-unearthed_4a4a1282-a6df-4d13-9b3a-377c6c89c1f9.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20170223/mcdonalds-opens-restaurant-museum-over-ancient-roman-road
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/world/europe/mcdonalds-rome-road.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/22/want-ancient-roman-heritage-stretch-roman-road-unveiled-beneath/

A Roman house from Israel ‘covered with’ phallic amulets:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-find-roman-house-covered-in-metal-penis-amulets-143455580.html
http://www.livescience.com/57944-roman-house-and-phallic-amulets-discovered-israel.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5319-170221-israel-roman-house

A Mithraeum on Corsica:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5330-170224-corsica-mithraeum-discovered

Feature on the collapse of the ancient Roman economy and its effects:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/what-happened-to-normal-people-when-the-roman-economy-f-1792584975

On northern England and the Romans:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-north-england-became-cosmopolitan-12634587

Feature on Probus:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/strange-tales-the-emperor-who-loved-vineyards-and-drove-his-troops-to-fury/

Feature on Red Figure pots:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/greek-vases/

A Roman bronze hoard is on display at the Wiltshire Museum:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/15108984.Discovery_of_Roman_flowers_on_display_at_Wiltshire_Museum/

Those ‘gladiators’ outside the Colosseum are being irritating again:

http://www.thelocal.it/20170220/rome-gladiators-centurions-fined-400-each-asking-tourists-photos

What the Greeks can teach us about herbs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/what-the-ancient-greeks-can-teach-us-about-herbs/2017/01/09/ed623706-d36b-11e6-945a-76f69a399dd5_story.html

What Kathleen Coleman is up to:

http://www.reviewatlas.com/news/20170223/monmouths-fox-lecture-to-feature-harvard-scholar

What Caitlin Gillespie is up to:

https://www.owu.edu/news-media/details/classics-professor-to-discuss-celtic-queen-boudica/

What Travis Rupp is up to:

https://hypebeast.com/2017/2/travis-rupp-beer-archaeologist-1100-year-old-beer

What Lauren Donovan Ginsberg is up to:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoc-upl022217.php

Brock University Classics is celebrating fifty years:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2017/02/department-of-classics-celebrating-50th-anniversary-year/

On corporations helping to preserve Rome’s history:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/0226/Businesses-step-up-to-help-preserve-Rome-s-history
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Road construction in Lincolnshire reveals sites from various periods dating back to the Mesolithic:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2017/02/ancient-burials-and-artefacts-unearthed-beneath-lincoln-eastern-bypass-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5333-170224-england-lioncolnshire-settlements

A neolithic hand axe from Hartshorne:

http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/watch-neolithic-hand-axe-among-items-found-during-hartshorne-archaeology-dig/story-30149342-detail/story.html
http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/watch-neolithic-hand-axe-among-items-found-during-hartshorne-archaeology-dig/story-30149342-detail/story.html

I think we mentioned this Bronze Age hoard from Scotland (there are other finds too):

http://www.livescience.com/57966-bronze-age-weapons-unearthed-in-scotland.html
http://www.livescience.com/57956-photos-bronze-age-weapons-hoard.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trove-of-dazzling-bronze-age-weapons-unearthed-scotland/
http://artdaily.com/news/94015/Archaeologists-discover-of-rare-Bronze-Age-weapon-hoard
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trove-dazzling-bronze-age-weapons-141400135.html

Interesting ‘Black Death’ burial of two hand-in-hand males:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/22/mystery-male-black-death-victims-found-buried-hand-in-hand
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-dig-up-500-year-old-mystery-after-finding-two-male-black-death-victims-buried-hand-in-hand-130841537.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5329-170223-london-crossrail-skeletons

Studying medieval English graffiti:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5320-170221-england-medieval-graffiti

Arguing about Viking settlements in England:

http://sciencenordic.com/new-study-reignites-debate-over-viking-settlements-england

Latest Crossrail-related find is Faggeswell Brook and a pile of Tudor-era items:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/long-lost-brook-reveals-a-tudor-treasure-trove-6r2tmnj7w
http://artdaily.com/news/93972/MOLA-excavations-at-Crossrail-Farringdon-site-reveal-secrets-of-Tudor-Life
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/crossrail-excavations-farringdon-artefacts_uk_58ac3db5e4b0f077b3edcafa

Archaeologists are looking for the tomb of James I of Scotland (and assorted relatives):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeologists-long-lost-tomb-scottish-king.html
http://artdaily.com/news/94070/Archaeologists-hunt-for-long-lost-tomb-of-Scottish-king
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/historians-search-tomb-murdered-scottish-9859903
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15107809.Raiders_of_the_lost_Charterhouse__search_for_tomb_of_ancient_king_of_Scotland_begins/

Plans to check out a ditch which may have been part of Offa’s Dyke:

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-england-hereford-worcester-38302470

Studying woodland use over the centuries in England:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-historic-cultural-scientific-perspectives-woodland.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoy-hcr022217.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2017/historic-cultural-records-inform-scientific-perspectives-on-woodland-uses

I think we mentioned these ‘pilgrim leprosy burials’ a while ago:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/02/20/medieval-skeleton-gives-clues-to-spread?videoId=371159289&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=LatestVideosUS&videoChannel=6

What four skulls reveal about ‘city life’ in Europe in various periods:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/22/tale-four-skulls-what-can-bones-teach-about-cities

Bells at a 12th century Myndtown church have been restored:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-39026169

Fundraising to save the Monarch of the Glen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38994055

… and one to keep a Viking hoard in Dumfries and Galloway:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15109613.Bid_launched_to_keep_viking_hoard_in_Dumfries_and_Galloway/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Finds from Chanhu Daro:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1336217/treasure-trove-antiquity-chanhu-daro-industrial-hub-ancient-world/

Fortifications of some sort from Central China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/22/c_136077385.htm

An image of Confucius from a mirror from the tomb of the Marquis of Haihun:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/02-21/246162.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-02/21/content_40328229.htm
Some unusual medieval burials from Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0290-medieval-burials-on-yamal-peninsula-may-have-been-ritualistic-sacrifices/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5327-170223-russia-medieval-burials

Colonial era artifacts from a Sydney suburb:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-21/artefacts-show-coexistence-between-aboriginals-and-europeans/8287950
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5321-170221-australia-parramatta-artifacts

Still looking for Genghis Khan’s tomb:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39038615

Azerbaijan is seeking UNESCO help to deal with illegal digging:

http://en.apa.az/nagorno_karabakh/azerbaijan-to-raise-issue-at-unesco-over-illegal-archeological-activity-in-its-occupied-lands.html
http://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/karabakh/2725396.html

Beijing is going to get even tougher on theft of artifacts:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2072199/eye-national-identity-beijing-vows-stem-loss-cultural

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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The wreck of the Neva appears to have been found on Kruzov Island:

http://juneauempire.com/art/art/2017-02-23/200-year-old-russian-wreck-found-kruzov-island-near-sitka

Studying evidence of prehistoric violence in California:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-prehistoric-violence-published.html

They’re ‘making room’ for Sally Hemings at Monticello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/for-decades-they-hid-jeffersons-mistress-now-monticello-is-making-room-for-sally-hemings/2017/02/18/d410d660-f222-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html
http://wwlp.com/2017/02/23/archaeologists-dig-up-more-on-thomas-jeffersons-alleged-mistress/
http://wric.com/2017/02/25/archaeologists-looking-into-clues-about-now-famous-slave-at-monticello/

Kennewick Man was reburied this week:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0221/Burial-of-9-000-year-old-Kennewick-Man-lays-to-rest-a-20-year-old-debate
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5322-washington-kennewick-man-reburied
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-kennewick-skeleton-ancestral-home.html

Trying to preserve some of George Washington’s trees:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/this-gardener-is-working-to-preserve-george-washingtons-last-surviving-trees/2017/02/17/13b0ba60-f241-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html

Some insight from Frederick Douglass:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/02/17/any-time-good-time-illumination-frederick-douglass-says-yale-historian

Concerns for some historical documents from South Carolina:

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/21/515410087/an-attempt-to-save-south-carolinas-historical-documents-is-destroying-them

The ‘Last Seen’ project is interesting:

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/02/22/516651689/after-slavery-searching-for-loved-ones-in-wanted-ads

Studying the effects of climate in ancient North America:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170226/archaeology-ancient-cultures-also-were-affected-by-climate-change

The BLM is seeking the public’s help in preserving sites:

http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/blm-urges-protection-of-ancient-artifacts/659015750

On Lincoln’s early ‘bromance’:

http://www.livescience.com/57938-did-abraham-lincoln-bromance-alter-american-history.html

What they’ve found while working on Toronto’s new courthouse:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/02/25/courthouse-site-dig-gives-insight-into-torontos-history.html

More on linguistic evidence for the settling of the Americas:

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21717352-checkpoint-americas-first-immigrants-had-wait-8000-years-be-admitted?fsrc=rss%7Csct
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A Maya jade from Belize with an inscription:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-largest-maya-jade-belize-unique.html

A study of skulls suggests there were multiple migrations into the Americas (ending up in South America, it seems):

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-ancient-skulls-multiple-migrations-americas.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-largest-maya-jade-belize-unique.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170224121748.htm

More on salmonella and the demise of the Aztecs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-evidence-salmonella-aztecs.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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Haven’t had a Stradivarius come to auction in a while:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93930

On Carnival in Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/a-kiss-for-your-tie-why-carnival-kicks-off-with-gender-power-games/a-19022057

Studying the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution:

http://www.dw.com/en/estrangement-from-history-100-years-since-russias-february-revolution/a-37641036

A lost Walt Whitman novel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/arts/in-a-walt-whitman-novel-lost-for-165-years-clues-to-leaves-of-grass.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/21/516442353/grad-student-discovers-a-lost-novel-written-by-walt-whitman

Feature on Jane Austen:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-revolutionary-vision-of-jane-austen-71000

Feature on Karl May:

http://www.dw.com/en/who-was-karl-may-facts-and-myths-surrounding-the-creator-of-winnetou/a-37675272

On the history of butter:

https://knpr.org/npr/2017-02/spread-word-butter-has-epic-backstory

On the origins of Jazz:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170224-the-mysetrious-origins-of-jazz
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225421
http://www.jta.org/2017/02/21/news-opinion/world/vatican-rome-jewish-museum-collaborate-on-menorah-exhibition
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/vatican-and-romes-jewish-museum-hold-joint-exhibition/
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865673864/Catholics-and-Jews-mark-history-of-the-menorah-with-first-joint-show.html?pg=all
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93961

Vermeer:

http://www.ksby.com/story/34556717/louvre-show-vermeer-was-both-revolutionary-and-a-borrower
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93952

Monet:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-02/24/content_28339735.htm

Images of Value:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/arts/design/the-secret-art-history-on-your-money.html

Tomb Treasures (Han Dynasty):

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/21/tomb-treasures-document-life-afterlife-of-han-dynastys-elite/

Feature on the Acropolis Museum:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/216293/article/ekathimerini/life/the-bumpy-road-traveled-by-the-acropolis-museum

Feature on the Aphrodisias Museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/museum-in-turkeys-aydin-takes-visitors-back-2500-years-ago-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=109992&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/bloodletting-voodoo-and-opium-new-orleans-museum-spotlights-medical-methods-of-the-past/2017/02/22/b927f99c-f460-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is impressive:

http://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCulture/9-Stunning-Photos-of-the-Newly-Opened-National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilisation
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the use of photography to document sites:

http://asorblog.org/2017/02/22/use-photography-document-ancient-sites-important/

I think we mentioned this VR treatment of the ancient world:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/see-ancient-world-through-virtual-reality-180962237/

More on Pictish facial recreations:

http://www.livescience.com/57974-pictish-man-face-recreated.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-brutally-pictish-brought-life-digital.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93931
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-murder-victim-pictish-man-face-digitally-recreated/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5318-170217-scotland-pictish-murder

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA studies suggest a strong matrilineal aspect to society in Chaco Canyon:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/cutting-edge-dna-analysis-adds-new-insight-three-centuries-pueblo-history
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-radiocarbon-dating-dna-ancient-puebloan.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/ps-rda022117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170221130709.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/science/chaco-canyon-new-mexico-maternal.html
http://www.livescience.com/57953-chaco-canyon-rulers-maternal-lineage.html
http://westerndigs.org/ancient-leaders-at-chaco-canyon-were-members-of-matrilineal-dynasty-dna-shows/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0222/Why-scientists-say-a-matrilineal-elite-ruled-New-Mexico-s-Pueblo-Bonito
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/chaco-canyon-pueblo-bonito-room-33/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-dna-yields-unprecedented-insights-into-mysterious-chaco-civilization/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/21/prehistoric-pueblo-comes-modern-day-find-women-empowered/9818303
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5326-170222-chaco-canyon-matrilineal-dynasty

… and they were native to the area, not migrants:

http://westerndigs.org/chacos-elites-were-native-to-the-canyon-not-migrants-their-remains-show/

Another study suggests ‘hardly any women’ migrated from the Pontic Steppe to Europe some 5000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-genetic-men-migrated-pontic-steppe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uu-gds022117.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170221154823.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5323-170222-indo-european-bronze-age-migration

DNA also suggests that Europeans brought the ulcer bacteria to the Americas:

http://www.livescience.com/57998-europeans-brought-new-ulcer-bacteria-to-americas.html
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/20/travel/meteora-greece/index.html

Albanian shipwrecks:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albania-wants-show-its-ship-wrecks-180962181/

Sanliurfa tombs:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rock-tombs-of-turkeys-sanliurfa-to-open-to-tourism-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=110082&NewsCatID=375
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CRIME BEAT
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Israeli authorities foiled a Roman coin smuggling attempt:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225263
http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-nabbed-at-jordan-crossing-with-sack-of-ancient-coins/

… while a family on an outing foiled a metal detectorist at Hurbat Bazka:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225338
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Modiin-family-helps-prevent-antiquities-theft-while-on-hike-482102

… and there was a gang digging in the Negev:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gold-digging-gang-caught-in-negev-archaeological-site/2017/02/22/

An 18th century icon smuggling attempt foiled in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/priceless-18th-century-icon-seized-in-car-trunk-in-turkeys-adana.aspx?pageID=238&nID=110049&NewsCatID=375

More on a dealer’s role in artifact theft in southeast Asia:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/records-point-to-dealers-role-in-artifact-theft-125582/

I think we mentioned this rare book heist:

http://www.livescience.com/57955-rare-books-stolen-from-london-warehouse.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/12/thieves-steal-2m-of-rare-books-by-abseiling-into-warehouse

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/02/culture-crime-news-13-19-february-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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NUMISMATICA
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BIg bucks for a Colosseum coin:

http://www.coinweek.com/auctions-news/ancient-coin-early-depiction-colosseum-fetches-record-price-dix-noonan-webb/
http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/02/silver-sestertius-showing-roman-colosseum-shatters-estimate.all.html

Feature on a Julius Caesar aureus:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profiles-roman-gold-aureus-julius-caesar/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n08.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n09.html
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http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2564-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-february-2017-18-february-2017

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OBITUARIES
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Ivor Noel Hume:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/ivor-noel-hume-dead-archaeologist-colonial-williamsburg.html

Gordon Stuart:

http://www.arbroathherald.co.uk/news/top-linguist-gordon-stuart-dies-1-4375662

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.43 ~ February 19, 2017

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

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

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AFRICA
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A backgrounder on ancient Nubia:

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

More on those temples in Sudan:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some humour:

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

Feature on the Hyskos:

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

Feature on a bread stamp from Khirbet et Tireh:

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

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

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

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

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

Murex shells from Temple Mount:

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

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

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

More on the DSS cave find:

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

More on Anatolian food culture:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some more sarcophagi from Bursa:

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

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

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

On some classical references in John Wick 2:

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

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

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

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

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

Another idiot tourist scratching a name in the Colosseum:

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

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

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

More on the House of the Chaste Lovers opening:

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

Feature on Roman marriage:

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

More on Vlochos:

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

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

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

More on that repatriated sarcophagus fragment:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/23010-stolen-part-of-sarcophagus-to-be-repatriated-in-greece-after-30-years.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5304-1702013-greece-sarcophagus-fragment
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic ‘enclosure’ from Denmark:

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

A 3000 years bp bronze spearhead find from Scotland:

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

Studying some Mersea Island timbers:

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

A possible Anglo Saxon site beneath a school sports pitch:

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

Possible medieval structures or burials from Nottingham:

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

An interesting (non vampire) burial from Transylvania:

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

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

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

A shipwreck of unknown date exposed on the Mayo coast:

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

‘Knock off’ watches from the 17th century:

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

Correlating Richard III’s wounds with a Welsh poem:

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

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

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

They’re poking around Edinburgh’s cave network:

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

Fire at a Salford Church:

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

Restoration has started on a Gloucestershire medieval priory:

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

More on ‘Paleolithic pebbles’:

http://www.livescience.com/57924-paleolithic-pebbles-for-death-rituals-uncovered.html
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Neolithic sculptures from a Devangarh fort:

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

2000 years bp pomegranate seeds from a Chinese tomb:

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

Persian connections found at Nya Quila:

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

Remains of a 16th century roasted turnip from Siberia:

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

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

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

More on the early settlement of the Tibetan plateau:

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

More from that Mohenjodaro conference:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/12-Feb-17/mohenjo-daro-conference-ends
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2017/02/pakistan-day-conference-save-mohenjodaro-170213095104584.html
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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An abandoned settlement site in Wyoming:

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

Followup to those burials in St Augustine:

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

Studying fish hooks in the Pacific northwest:

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

Studying lake sediments at Cahokia:

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

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

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

Rethinking the history of corn cultivation:

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

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

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

Feature on the Pueblo Revolt:

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

Feature on Faulkner’s home:

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

Feature on Ashley’s Sack:

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

Slideshow on the Onondaga nation:

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

More on Yale’s renaming of Calhoun College:

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

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

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

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

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

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

On ancient human impact on Brazil’s rainforest:

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

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

http://www.salon.com/2017/02/17/watch-discovering-a-lost-city-buried-underneath-the-rainforest/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Really not sure where to put this one … tracking the fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field with Iron Age pottery:

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

On the origin (sort of) of selfies:

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

Some Valentine’s Day history:

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

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

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

Nelson’s capture tricolour is on display again:

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

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

An interesting bit of historical fake news:

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

… and pondering historical tweets:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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

Crafts and Industry throughout the ages (Egypt):

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

Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries:

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

Good Hope:

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

Han Dynasty:

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

Monet:

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

Seurat:

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

Cajal:

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

Treasures from the National Museum (Sweden):

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

Gurlitt’s stuff:

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

A World of Emotions:

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

Cycladic:

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

A German museum realized it had a Rembrandt:

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

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

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

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

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

On Roman sites and VR:

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

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

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

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of Sardinian DNA:

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

… and their dogs’ too:

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

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

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

What Matthew Spriggs is up to:

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

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

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

Albania is promoting its underwater sites:

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

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

A bust in Mumbai:

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

Some stolen items from Turkey turn up in Germany:

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

A stolen Italian piece turns up in Morocco:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=93862
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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NUMISMATICA
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The Riddlesden Hoard is going on display:

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

Feature on cistophori of Hadrian:

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

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n08.html
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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/2560-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-february-2017-11-february-2017
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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

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

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli,
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Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Not sure where to put this one … on the evolution of assorted diseases in humans:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… and painted wall fragments:

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

Encroachments on the Dahshour necropolis were removed this week:

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

Feature on some ‘mummy princesses’:

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

More on that royal scribe burial from Luxor:

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

Excavating ‘Anatolian food culture’:

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

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

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

… and the discovery might help detect forgeries, apparently:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest tomb threatened by the Ilisu Dam project:

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

More on excavations resuming at Masada:

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

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

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

A very large 4th century mosaic from Cyprus:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ‘Great Pompeii Project’ is a success:

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

Feature on Tartessos:

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

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

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

Feature on the Roman economy:

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

A Classics professor mystery solved:

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

Honours for Classicists at UNC:

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

More on that ILS inscription found in New York:

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

More on Dan Gallagher going to Cornell:

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

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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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13 000 years bp ‘hunting tools’ from Denmark:

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

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

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

Pondering an Iron Age burial on Lewis:

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

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

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

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

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

A medieval wall beneath a Coventry car park:

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

Finds from various periods at Marston Moretaine:

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

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

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

Concerns for a Bronze Age bog road in Westmeath:

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

More on that rich Celtic burial in Germany:

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

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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

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

An Angkor-era smelting furnace from Cambodia:

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

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

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

Mapping Japan’s Kiyotosakuoketsu tomb:

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

Four 19th century shipwrecks off the coast of Queensland:

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

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

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

Rambling feature on Tahitian navigation:

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

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

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

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 10 000 years bp site from Pennington Gap:

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

16th century human remains from St Augustine:

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

Few remains of prehistoric buildings or villages in Ohio:

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

On climate change and Cahokia:

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

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

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

Concerns for organic artifacts in Yellowstone:

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

A ‘new’ photo of Harriet Tubman:

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

Frederick Douglass on controlling slaves with food:

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

No cosmic impact demise for Clovis Culture:

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

Yale has renamed Calhoun College:

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

More on geometry in Chaco Canyon:

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

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

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

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

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

Marking the liberation of Chile:

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

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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

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

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

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

Some of the usual Valentine’s Day coverage:

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

Pondering the art of the Russian Revolution:

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

On ‘American Gothic’:

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

What orangutans reveal about language evolution:

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

Losing a vintage dress at the cleaners:

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

On the history of mechanical refrigeration:

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

… and lighting:

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

Saving ‘The Battle of Atlanta’:

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

A 14th century university uprising:

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

On some famous quotes:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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

Repatriated Persian artifacts:

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

Beyond Caravaggio:

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

Botticelli:

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

Lautrec:

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

Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries:

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

Greco Roman Egypt:

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

Washington’s Slaves:

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

Fake Photos:

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

Robots:

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

Antikythera Mechanism:

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

The Met has ‘museum workouts’ now:

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

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

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

A history of the Louvre:

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

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is St Magnus:

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

The Lithodomos VR project looks interesting:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

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

Shifting monsoons affected human development in China over the millennia:

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

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

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

Hiraizumi:

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

Greece:

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

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

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

A truck full of Bronze Age items from Hungary:

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

A bust in Apollonia:

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

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

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

Paris has a ‘spiderman thief’:

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

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Latest Nazi-loot repatriation:

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

India is reflecting on some repatriation efforts:

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

A sarcophagus fragment was returned to Greece:

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

A prehistoric stone axe was returned to Egypt:

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

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

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

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n05.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2555-audio-news-from-archaeologica-29-january-2017-4-february-2017

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OBITUARIES
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Peter Charles Woodman:

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

Ivor Noel Hume:

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

Deborah Campbell:

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

Roy Swartz:

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

Thomas Jacobsen:

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

Judith Romney Wegner:

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

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

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

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

The Book and the Spade:

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Explorator 19.41 ~ February 5, 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, Trevor Ogden, David Critchley,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for
headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on Neanderthal habitats:

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

Possible evidence that Neanderthals knew how to make fire:

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

Thing on ‘germs’ and early humans:

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

Evidence of ‘middle stone age’ trade:

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

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

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

Feature on archaeology in South Africa:

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

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

An update on the Giza Plateau Development Project:

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

Feature on Neolithic sites in Abu Dhabi:

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

Foreign archaeological missions are returning to Iraq:

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on the Amorites:

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

Feature on Jewish purity practices in Roman Judaea:

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

Feature on the language(s) of the Philistines:

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

A Turkish soldier’s grave found at Gallipoli:

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

More on the mines at Timna:

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

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

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

Dhaskalio Kavos is revealing much more as well:

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

Evidence of a pre-Roman settlement at Vagnari:

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

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

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

A possible Hellenistic pot burial from Mugla:

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

A Roman mosaic (and more) from Leicester:

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

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

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

They’re digging at the Horti Lamiani:

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

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

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

Plans for a retractable roof on the amphitheatre at Verona:

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

Classics is threatened in Greek (!) schools:

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

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

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

A peek into a Latin I class:

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

Honours for R Ross Holloway:

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

What Dan Gallagher is up to:

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

What Harriet Fertik is up to:

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

An ERC project on Judaism and Rome:

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

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

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

Why Homer endures:

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

Reenacting the parentalia (I think):

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

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

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

On Greek views of how democracies decline:

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

Nero apparently has tips for the American president:

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

Trump and Cicero on torture:

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

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

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

Evidence of Neolithic inhabitation of the Perthshire Hills:

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

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

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

A 2 000 years bp glass workshop from Poland:

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

A Saxon workshop from Somerset:

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

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

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

A metal detectorist found some medieval jewellery in Stowting:

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

A mystery skull from a West Sussex beach:

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

Finds from various periods from a site in Newport:

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

Searching for the earliest church in Scandinavia:

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

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

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

Ceide Fields may be 2500 years younger than previously thought:

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

Feature on the Knights Templar’s banking activities:

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

Feature on things that have been dug up in London:

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

Feature on the Staffordshire Hoard:

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

Feature on an interesting Viking-era ring:

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

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

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

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

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

The Ashmolean has purchased the Watlington Hoard:

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

More on leprosy from a medieval pilgrim burial:

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

More on that 400 years bp ‘shopping list’:

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

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A major Neolithic site from Shaanxi:

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

Tubo Kingdom petroglyphs from Tibet:

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

Some 12th century Hindu sculptures from Kashmir:

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

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

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

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

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

Pondering the Selden Map of China:

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

A major study of Altai mummies is under way:

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

Latest from Mes Aynak:

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

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Study suggests that climate change led to a decline of population in the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans:

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

Hurricane Matthew revealed some items in Georgia, apparently:

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

Studying painted rocks near the Texas-Mexico border:

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

Interesting feature on wine cellars beneath the Brooklyn Bridge:

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

Feature on Frederick Douglass:

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

More on that Civil War trench in Fredericksburg:

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

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

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

More on high tech scans looking for Maya highways:

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

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A Groundhog Day feature:

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

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

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

What Sarah Parcak is doing with her TED prize:

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

… related:

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

… and:

https://www.globalxplorer.org/

On the origins of Shiraz wine:

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

Feature on a silver swan automaton:

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

A list of ‘amazing’ archaeological discoveries:

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

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

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

Feature on Thomas Browne:

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

Reviewish of a book about Rasputin:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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

Art and Experience in Medieval Europe:

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

Sisley:

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

Greek Ceramics:

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

Yale’s African art collection has a new home:

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

Feature on how museums fit into the antiquities trade:

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

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

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

The Met has financial difficulties:

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

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

Heidelberg Castle gets the 3d VR treatment:

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

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

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

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

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

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/

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

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

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-23-29-january-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The UK returned a ushabti figure and a couple other things to Egypt:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on a silver stater of Tarsus:

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

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n05.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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A drama series based on Imperium:

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

Queen Anne:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38831153
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2553-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-january-2017-28-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Peter Woodman:

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

Brunhilde Ponsel:

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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