Explorator 19.39 ~ January 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

On Oetzi’s last meal:

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

Another feature on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

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

Feature on early hominid tools:

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

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

Studying rainfall in the ‘Green Sahara’ period:

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

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

Plans to restore a pile of wooden coffins:

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

More on a dozen cemeteries near Aswan:

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

More on Egyptian pot burials:

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

More on the Abydos boat find:

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

More on copper works in the Timna region:

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

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

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

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

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

A pile of Byzantine burials from Stratonikeia:

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

Interesting ruling on West Bank digs:

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

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

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

No developments regarding the Siloam inscription:

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

More on that Trojan maternal sepsis burial:

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

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

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

… photos:

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

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

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

Latest from Aigai:

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

Studying the trash from Pompeii:

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

Roman remains in a pre-construction dig in Gloucester:

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

What they found in Cyprus’ Agios Sozomenos Survey:

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

Plans to (finally) restore the Mausoleum of Augustus:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… and other measures:

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

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

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

Feature on the vomitorium:

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

… and one on Hadrian’s Wall:

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

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

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

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

http://www.bucknell.edu/news-and-media/2017/january/leaving-a-legacy-in-thebes.html
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Neolithic longhouse from Moldova:

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

Bronze Age finds near Diss:

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

Very interesting ‘Dark Age’ site in Galloway:

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

A hippogriff find:

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

… more Anglo Saxon finds:

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

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

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

… and a major Viking age manor at Birka:

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

More on Trellech (this has saga potential):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/17/a-militant-archaeologist-is-famous-for-finding-a-lost-city-some-say-he-just-stole-the-credit/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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6000 years bp burial ground from Shaanxi:

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

Also from Shaanxi come some 2800 years bp wheat grains:

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

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

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

More on that emerging sunken Buddha from Jiangxi:

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

… and there’s a temple too:

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

On diet in Bronze Age China:

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

Items from the Hoi An Hoard are coming to auction:

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

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

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

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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We hinted at this last week … humans were in North America a lot earlier than previously thought (now confirmed, apparently):

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

Metal detectorists and archaeologists are getting along in Connecticut:

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

They’re digging at Charlotte Street in St Augustine:

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

Plans for a Tequesta site in Miami:

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

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

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

Ben Franklin’s first printing effort is on display:

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

How George Washington made America great:

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

More on that 16th century shipwreck off Pensacola:

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

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

A Colonial style inca house from Cusco has been restored:

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

Hyping a 2016 peruvian mummy find:

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

… and the burials at Sipan:

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

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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

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

On the importance of the fig tree:

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

Feature on Carl Laemmie:

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

On US presidential portraits:

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

A Mark Twain fairy tale:

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

On the Zimmerman Telegram:

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

Pondering why the Van Goghs wrote in French:

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

A photo of Chopin:

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

Reviews of some books about Thoreau:

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

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

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

Black Classicists:

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

Medieval to Metal:

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

Treasures of British Art:

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

Gladiators:

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

Tam O Shanter:

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

Emily Dickinson:

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

Some items from the Louvre are on display in Iran:

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

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

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

Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art has opened:

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

A guide to the Met:

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

Another fake at Sotheby’s:

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

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On the climate effects of fires in history:

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

… and the eruption of Mt Tambora:

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

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Indian waterworks:

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

Poe’s New York City:

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

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

I think we mentioned this bust in Israel:

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

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

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

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-9-15-january-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Australia returned three items to India:

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

Switzerland returned an item to Egypt:

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

A tourist sent a cobblestone back to Rome:

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

… and a British woman returned a jug to Turkey:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n04.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2542-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-january-2017-14-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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James S Ackerman:

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

Thomas W Jacobsen:

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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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

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http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.39 ~ January 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

On Oetzi’s last meal:

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

Another feature on the genetic legacy of Neanderthals:

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

Feature on early hominid tools:

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

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

Studying rainfall in the ‘Green Sahara’ period:

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

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

Plans to restore a pile of wooden coffins:

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

More on a dozen cemeteries near Aswan:

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

More on Egyptian pot burials:

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

More on the Abydos boat find:

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

More on copper works in the Timna region:

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

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

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

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

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

A pile of Byzantine burials from Stratonikeia:

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

Interesting ruling on West Bank digs:

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

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

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

No developments regarding the Siloam inscription:

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

More on that Trojan maternal sepsis burial:

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

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

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

… photos:

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

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

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

Latest from Aigai:

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

Studying the trash from Pompeii:

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

Roman remains in a pre-construction dig in Gloucester:

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

What they found in Cyprus’ Agios Sozomenos Survey:

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

Plans to (finally) restore the Mausoleum of Augustus:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… and other measures:

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

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

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

Feature on the vomitorium:

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

… and one on Hadrian’s Wall:

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

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

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

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

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

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

Bronze Age finds near Diss:

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

Very interesting ‘Dark Age’ site in Galloway:

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

A hippogriff find:

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

… more Anglo Saxon finds:

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

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

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

… and a major Viking age manor at Birka:

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

More on Trellech (this has saga potential):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/17/a-militant-archaeologist-is-famous-for-finding-a-lost-city-some-say-he-just-stole-the-credit/
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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6000 years bp burial ground from Shaanxi:

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

Also from Shaanxi come some 2800 years bp wheat grains:

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

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

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

More on that emerging sunken Buddha from Jiangxi:

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

… and there’s a temple too:

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

On diet in Bronze Age China:

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

Items from the Hoi An Hoard are coming to auction:

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

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

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

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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We hinted at this last week … humans were in North America a lot earlier than previously thought (now confirmed, apparently):

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

Metal detectorists and archaeologists are getting along in Connecticut:

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

They’re digging at Charlotte Street in St Augustine:

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

Plans for a Tequesta site in Miami:

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

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

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

Ben Franklin’s first printing effort is on display:

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

How George Washington made America great:

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

More on that 16th century shipwreck off Pensacola:

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

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

A Colonial style inca house from Cusco has been restored:

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

Hyping a 2016 peruvian mummy find:

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

… and the burials at Sipan:

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

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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

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

On the importance of the fig tree:

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

Feature on Carl Laemmie:

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

On US presidential portraits:

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

A Mark Twain fairy tale:

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

On the Zimmerman Telegram:

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

Pondering why the Van Goghs wrote in French:

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

A photo of Chopin:

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

Reviews of some books about Thoreau:

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

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

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

Black Classicists:

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

Medieval to Metal:

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

Treasures of British Art:

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

Gladiators:

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

Tam O Shanter:

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

Emily Dickinson:

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

Some items from the Louvre are on display in Iran:

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

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

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

Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art has opened:

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

A guide to the Met:

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

Another fake at Sotheby’s:

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

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On the climate effects of fires in history:

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

… and the eruption of Mt Tambora:

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

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Indian waterworks:

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

Poe’s New York City:

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

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

I think we mentioned this bust in Israel:

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

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

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

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-9-15-january-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Australia returned three items to India:

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

Switzerland returned an item to Egypt:

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

A tourist sent a cobblestone back to Rome:

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

… and a British woman returned a jug to Turkey:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

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

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

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n04.html
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http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2542-audio-news-from-archaeologica-8-january-2017-14-january-2017
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OBITUARIES
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James S Ackerman:

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

Thomas W Jacobsen:

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

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

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.38 ~ January 15, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering why we gave Neanderthals such a bad image:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/magazine/neanderthals-were-people-too.html

Latest ‘Out of Africa’ confirmation:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-framework-human-migration-events-africa.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/mbae-arf010917.php

Pondering right-handedness origins:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-people-mouths-ancestors.html

Passing mention of an old study of what Neanderthal teeth tell about their diet:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170109191553.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/osu-wtr010917.php
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AFRICA
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Brief item on a 1500 years bp site from Eritrea:

http://www.geeskaafrika.com/26398/eritrea-new-archaeological-site-discovered/

More on mounds in Burkina Faso:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5183-170105-africa-burkina-faso
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Announcement of the discovery of 12 New Kingdom era cemeteries near Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/254841/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-discovery-in-Aswan-reveals-health-of-Gebel-AlS.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/twelve-pharaonic-cemeteries-discovered-aswan-mountain
http://egyptianstreets.com/2017/01/12/3500-year-old-ancient-egyptian-tombs-unearthed-in-egypts-aswan/
http://www.thelocal.se/20170112/swedes-unearth-huge-ancient-egyptian-burial-site
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.764690
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170112115012.htm
http://www.livescience.com/57478-ancient-egypt-graveyard-unearthed.html
http://www.seeker.com/dozens-of-tombs-and-mysterious-crocodile-remains-found-in-egypt-2189113744.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUSKBN14V1CQ?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUKKBN14V1CQ
http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/01/11/swedish-archaeologists-discover-12-ancient-egyptian-cemeteries-near-aswan/
http://www.archaeology.org/5193-170111-egypt-aswan-tombs

Feature on Egyptian pot burials:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-egyptian-pot-burials-were-not-just-poor

Bringing pieces of an 18th dynasty perfume box back together:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/national-museum-cracks-egyptian-treasure-riddle-after-160-years-1-4336459

Alexandria’s Ibn Khaldoun mosque is apparently not a protected site:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/254714/Heritage/Islamic/Alexandrias-Ibn-Khaldoun-mosque-not-a-protected-si.aspx

More on Chinese-Egyptian cooperation in archaeology:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/09/c_135964755.htm

Suggestion that some 9000 years bp figurines from Catal Huyuk represent elderly women, not a mother goddess:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/catalhoyuk-figurines-symbolize-elderly-women-not-cybele.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108546&NewsCatID=375

Feature on Ismir’s oldest settlement:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/interest-grows-in-izmirs-oldest-settlement.aspx?PageID=238&NID=108351&NewsCatID=375

A very interesting 2400 years bp tomb from Northern Iraq, with a ‘pile of skeletons’:

http://www.livescience.com/57422-skeletons-found-in-ancient-iraq-tomb.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pile-skeletons-found-inside-2-173100531.html
http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/2-400-year-old-tomb-full-of-skeletons-discovered-in-iraq-1647379
http://www.freepressjournal.in/webspecial/2400-year-old-tomb-full-of-skeletons-discovered-in-iraq/1000583
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5187-170109-kurdistan-achaemenid-tomb-unearthed

A very ‘sophisticated’ 10th century BCE gatehouse from the Timna Valley (Slaves Hill):

http://www.livescience.com/57494-fortification-found-israel-mining-camp.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sophisticated-defense-system-found-in-biblical-era-mining-camp/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/01/12/king-solomon-era-fort-in-southern-israel-reveals-its-secrets.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5203-170113-israel-timna-copper

An 800 years bp burial from Troy has revealed the first example of maternal sepsis:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-byzantine-skeleton-yields-year-old-genomes.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170110120628.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uow-bsy011017.php
http://www.livescience.com/57476-ancient-troy-skeleton-revealed-pregnancy-infection.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rare-evidence-of-pregnancy-related-death-found-in-ancient-troy/
http://www.archaeology.org/5189-170110-troy-maternal-sepsis

Plans to ‘restitute’ the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mausoleum-at-halicarnassus-to-be-restituted-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108398&NewsCatID=375

OpEd on the Temple Mount situation:

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/foreign-policy/middle-east/israel/temple-mount-status-quo-israel/

TV hypish thing on Istanbul:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-world-histories-magazine/bettany-hughes-peter-frankopan

More on that seven branch menorah ‘engraving’:

http://artdaily.com/news/93035/Hikers-discover-engravings-of-a-seven-branched-Menorah-and-a-Cross

More on Nimrud:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-militants-nimrud-northern-iraq-destroy-3000-year-old-city-archaelogists-ancient-palace-islamic-a7512526.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’ve found the Roman theatre at Hippos:

http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/home-page3/2084-roman-theater-discovered-in-excavations-at-hippos-sussita
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-Roman-theater-discovered-near-Galilee-may-have-been-pagan-center-477980
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/haifa-u-archeologists-excavate-golan-heights-roman-theater-3d/2017/01/10/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.763945
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4907120,00.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/11/ancient-roman-theater-unearthed-in-northern-israel/

Plans for an archaeological park for the Colosseum and Domus Aurea:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/01/10/colosseum-part-of-archaeological-park_1b6d90bf-bde9-41fe-979f-f33d48fe9d28.html
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/colosseum-and-forum-to-come-under-new-administration/

… and the search for a new director:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/11/italy-launches-international-search-new-director-colosseum-shake/

… and some negative reaction:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/anger-over-plans-to-disneyfy-the-colosseum/news-story/6ba8bad9baefe13b8e35fd148cf8e2d2
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/anger-over-plans-to-disneyfy-the-colosseum-czj06bq5s

What Milo Nikolic is up to:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/latin-class-library-st-johns-1.3927437

Learning about ancient chariots from a toy example:

http://www.seeker.com/secret-of-roman-race-chariots-found-2187581176.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5198-170112-roman-chariot-wheel

Feature on manumission:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/qa-could-roman-slaves-buy-their-own-freedom

Evidence of trade between Chandravalli and Rome:

http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/chandravalli-inhabitants-had-trade-ties-with-ancient-rome/articleshow/56530079.cms

On ‘fake news’ and Antony and Cleopatra:

http://theconversation.com/the-fake-news-that-sealed-the-fate-of-antony-and-cleopatra-71287

Pondering Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/01/10/january-10-49-bce-did-caesar-even-cross-the-rubicon/

Cf: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/10/day-julius-caesar-crossed-rubicon/

A Macedonian era Derveni tomb has opened to the public:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/22057-macedonian-era-derveni-tomb-opens-to-public-in-thessaloniki.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/215119/article/ekathimerini/life/macedonian-era-tomb-opens-to-the-public-in-thessaloniki

Some restoration work (of ‘newer’ statuary) at Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/scaffolding-erected-at-roman-baths-as-famous-statues-undergo-conservation-work/story-30039886-detail/story.html
http://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/community/famous-statues-roman-baths-undergo-conservation-work-week-70948/

An appeal to use Roman style concrete in Swansea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38609512

Review of Goldsworthy, *The Triumph of Empire*:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-roman-empire-between-hadrians-wall-and-constantines-cross-1484345802

More on the Griffin Warrior Tomb:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/golden-warrior-greek-tomb-exposes-roots-western-civilization-180961441/
http://wvxu.org/post/uc-researchers-lead-team-archaeologists-discovery-griffin-warrior-grave
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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4000 years bp flint tools from Fife:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38554521
http://phys.org/news/2017-01-st-andrews-excavations-uncover-valuable.html
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/344809/neolithic-hoard-discovered-st-andrews-university-energy-centre-work/
http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/environment/ancient-artefacts-found-near-st-andrews-1-4335323
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5185-170109-scotland-neolithic-tools-discovered

They’ve been growing the same grain on the Canary Islands for at least 2000 years apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-hidden-seeds-reveal-canary-islands.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/lu-hsr010917.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/ancient-barley-seeds-give-insight-into-history-of-canary-islands

An Anglo Saxon settlement from Cambridge (I think we mentioned this before):

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/more-anglo-saxon-finds-unearthed-12437111
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/settlement-jewelry-cherry-hinton-04532.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5194-170111-anglo-saxon-beaker

15th century ‘disposable cups’ from Wittenberg:

http://www.dw.com/en/15th-century-disposable-cups-found-in-martin-luthers-wittenberg/a-37060953
http://www.archaeology.org/5186-170109-germany-disposable-cups

A 17th century tobacco pipe from Warwick:

https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/archaeologists-unearth-pipe-during-museum-restoration/

The Crossrail dig came across 13 000 (!) Victorian jam jars:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38586525
http://www.livescience.com/57505-victorian-era-condiment-jars-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5195-170111-crosse-blackwell-jars

I suspect we’ll be hearing more about this gold hoard found inside a Shropshire piano:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-38598845
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/12/british-museum-launches-search-solve-mystery-gold-treasure-hoard/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/12/new-owners-piano-find-stunning-hoard-gold-inside-treasure
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15021549._Stunning__hoard_of_gold_found_hidden_in_piano/
http://www.saffronwaldenreporter.co.uk/news/hunt_is_on_for_a_saffron_walden_owner_of_a_gold_treasure_hoard_1_4847194

Plans for a tunnel under Stonehenge were finalized:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-38589118
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/12/stonehenge-tunnel-given-green-light-nearly-30-years-delays/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/12/stonehenge-a303-tunnel-chris-grayling-world-heritage-site
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/europe/stonehenge-tunnel-road/

… and there is negative reaction, of course:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/journalnewsindex/15018978.Tunnel_opponents_warn_of__substantial_damage__to_World_Heritage_Site/
http://globalnews.ca/news/3176907/stonehenge-tunnel-traffic-a303-highway/
http://time.com/4632738/uk-government-stonehenge-tunnel/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/13/a-new-road-will-make-getting-to-stonehenge-easier-it-may-also-ruin-stonehenge/

… and some positive:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2017/jan/12/stonehenge-tunnel-bring-closer-mythic-past-hardy-constable

Plans for development near Southampton’s medieval town:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-38571177

More on standing stones commemorating Bannockburn:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5172-161230-scotland-standing-stones

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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8500 years bp tombs from Henan show evidence of silk production:

http://www.livescience.com/57437-oldest-evidence-of-silk-found-china.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5190-170110-china-silk-proteins

Some 4000 years bp pottery figurines from Hunan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/12/c_135974697.htm

Western Zhou era digs at Haojing reveal (inter alia) some 3000 years bp crocodile bones:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5196-170112-china-crocodile-lamellae

2800 years bp carbonized wheat grains from Shaanxi:

http://english.cri.cn/12394/2017/01/15/2743s949788.htm

A 2300 years bp tomb from Hubei:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-01/11/content_27924415.htm

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 2000 years bp settlement site from Shenyang:

http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world-archaeologist-unearths-2000-year-old-city-in-china-364181

A 1400 years bp tomb with ‘detailed frescoes’ from Henan:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/09/c_135967699.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-01/10/content_27910590.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5191-170110-hunan-tomb-murals

A Ming Dynasty era Buddha began to emerge as water in a Nanchang reservoir was lowered:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/10/c_135970521.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2017-01/11/c_135974265.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-01/12/content_27936006.htm
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2017/01/12/3124s949541.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1028400.shtml

Evidence of a settlement near a very large Bronze Age burial mound in Georgia:

http://agenda.ge/news/72888/eng

Fake terracotta warriors:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-38598577

They’ve identified a 19th century Chinese shipwreck sunk by the Japanese:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/01/13/Chinese-authorities-identify-19th-century-warship/4651484368071/

Hype for an Ice Mummy documentary:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-return-of-the-ice-mummy/av-37064247

Australian aborigines and megafauna apparently coexisted for quite a while:

http://theconversation.com/aboriginal-australians-co-existed-with-the-megafauna-for-at-least-17-000-years-70589
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Another 16th century shipwreck off Pensacola:

http://www.livescience.com/57496-16th-century-spanish-shipwreck-off-florida.html
http://www.livescience.com/57493-photos-spanish-colony-shipwreck.html

Also some possible 16th century burials from St Augustine:

http://www.icflorida.com/news/discovery-of-ancient-human-remains-in-florida-prompts-excavation-prior-to-construction/484207640
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5202-170113-florida-colonial-graves

Traces of a Civil War trench in Virginia:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/fredericksburg/archaeologists-find-remains-of-civil-war-trench-at-riverfront-park/article_c515d1a8-4421-5ce8-b1e8-19abf0ab8c92.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5201-170113-virginia-fredericksburg-trench

The examination of that 1600 years bp ‘meal’ from Head Smashed In has started:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3179491/royal-alberta-museum-to-crack-open-1600-year-old-roasting-pit-with-meal-still-inside/
http://www.inews880.com/syn/98/175337/ram-archaeologists-about-to-work-on-extremely-unique-discovery

They’re digging at Toronto’s St Lawrence Market:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/01/08/north-st-lawrence-market-dig-delves-deep-into-torontos-foodie-history.html

….and at the Old Vero Man site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/specialty-publications/your-news/indian-river-county/reader-submitted/2017/01/13/excavation-efforts-resume-old-vero-man-site/96559420/

Looking at Connecticut’s slavery history:

http://wshu.org/post/after-textbook-controversy-look-connecticut-s-ties-slavery

What we can learn from Washington’s farewell:

http://wshu.org/post/what-we-can-learn-washingtons-farewell

A Kamloops builder is in hot water after unearthing artifacts:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/kamloops-home-builder-in-legal-battle-after-unearthing-artifacts-1.3931063?cmp=rss

More on that bowl from Philadelphia:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/01/14/excavated-colonial-bowl-shows-early-technological-breakthrough/

The Franklin Expedition sideshow:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674there_were_no_communication_rules_says_private_firm_that_found_hms_ter/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Precolonial human activity in the Amazon apparently is still affecting things:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-ancient-human-disturbances-skewer-amazon.html

More book hype for the *Lost City of the Monkey God*:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/curse-of-the-lost-city-of-the-monkey-god/
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/explorers+find+disease+cursed+city+monkey+nearly+lose+their/12690846/story.html
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/01/douglas_prestons_true_account_of_uncovering_lost_c.html

More on the Atacama desert:

http://www.latercera.com/noticia/10-mil-anos-desierto-atacama-tenia-lagos-humedales/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A storm brought down the iconic Pioneer Cabin Tree in California:

http://wshu.org/post/iconic-sequoia-tunnel-tree-brought-down-california-storm

Feature on Hafiz poetry:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170109-the-mystical-poet-who-can-help-you-lead-a-better-life

Trying to preserve ancient Assyrian epic poetry:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/01/13/509140180/in-england-an-effort-to-preserve-ancient-epic-assyrian-poetry

Some history-based podcasts of interest:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/01/13/lend-me-your-ears-nine-history-podcasts-to-start-listening-to-today/

Marking the death of Pocahntas
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38607889

On the first celebrity chef:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/12/509154654/how-a-destitute-abandoned-parisian-boy-became-the-first-celebrity-chef

On some building projects that took a very long time:

http://www.dw.com/en/5-buildings-you-probably-didnt-know-took-more-than-500-years-to-construct/g-19090027

On the history/importance of chickens:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/01/13/chickens-changed-the-world-so-why-do-we-ignore-them/

On 19th century artists’ use of gels:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-19th-century-revealed.html

Jane Austen’s teenage writings:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170110-the-teenage-writings-of-jane-austen

Bringing back the auroch:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/09/world/auroch-rewilding/index.html

Latest in the Amelia Earhart search:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-evidence-amelia-earhart-theory.html

Feature on juries:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/juries-from-the-ancient-athenians-to-12-angry-men-1484151574

On food as art:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/food-art-cultural-travel-180961648/

The Catholic University of America has acquired a pile of Ethiopian religious texts:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/one-of-the-largest-collections-of-ethiopian-religious-texts-is-now-in-dc-13346/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/there-s-more-to-kipling-than-the-jungle-book/story-LtRW0U2yuhicquykwI7aVJ.html

Slave Trade:

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/community/2017/01/12/troy-exhibit-shows-horrors-slave-trade/96485398/

Macedonian artifacts:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/01/13/ancient-macedonian-artifacts-coming-to-rome-for-first-time_7acddbb1-8f39-4829-be13-23d2c2e45d18.html

More on Troy getting its own museum:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/01/09/troy-to-have-its-own-museum-hamidye-bastions-restored
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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on the Plain of Jars in VR:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5188-170109-laos-plain-of-jars-virtual-reality

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying past climates:

http://www.dailyevergreen.com/news/article_d63066de-d933-11e6-90c3-d304d268d5bb.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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New Mexico:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/travel/beyond-santa-fe-new-mexico-pueblos.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on Italy’s efforts to find stolen art:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/01/11/508031006/for-italys-art-police-an-ongoing-fight-against-pillage-of-priceless-works

… while Europe wants more ‘protection’ against antiquities trafficking:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/01/13/world/europe/ap-eu-europe-antiquities-protection.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/europe-protection-antiquities-trafficking-44755267

An art dealer has been cleared of tax fraud:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38595734

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-2-8-january-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The US returned some items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/254728/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Five-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-smuggled-to-US-rep.aspx

An Alaskan village is getting some artifacts ‘returned’ (sort of):

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/alaska-village-to-see-return-of-centuries-old-artifacts/article_9dc6e480-d9bf-11e6-b2b5-033c1dd0d8a1.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n02.html

… the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n03.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2540-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-january-2017-7-january-2017

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

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

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.37 ~ January 8, 2017

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

Shoutout to all the folks who recognized me and had kind words
for me at the AIA/SCS meeting in Toronto yesterday … and a
similar shoutout to those I missed!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On ‘open sourcing’ studies of early humans:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/open-sourcing-lucy-the-worlds-most-famous-fossil/

Study suggests no link between brain size and tooth size in human development:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-evolution-brain-tooth-size-linked.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170102155013.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5182-170105-evolution-brain-teeth

Searching for more sources for Neanderthal DNA:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/01/04/507543208/dust-to-dust-scientists-find-dna-of-human-ancestors-in-cave-floor-dirt
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5179-170104-cave-dust-dna

More on cannibal Neanderthals:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-caves-neanderthals-cannibals.html
http://artdaily.com/news/92811/Researchers-find-grisly-evidence-that-proves-Neanderthals-were-cannibals

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AFRICA
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Looking at sites in Burkina Faso associated with the Kurumba people:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,412553,the-first-polish-archaeological-research-project-in-burkina-faso.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5183-170105-africa-burkina-faso

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Rethinking Egyptian pot burials:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-egyptian-pot-burials-were-not-just-poor
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5180-170104-egypt-pot-burials

Tourists are kind of scarce in Egypt right now:

http://artdaily.com/news/92824/With-tourists-scarce–Egypt-struggles-to-maintain-heritage

Artifacts in mosques need more security:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/254318/Heritage/Islamic/Tight-security-measures-needed-to-protect-artefact.aspx

I think we mentioned this agreement between the ministries of antiquities and tourism:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/254449/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ministries-of-antiquities-and-tourism-sign-coopera.aspx

Feature on ancient Egyptian toiletries:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/01/02/The-beauty-secrets-that-once-swept-Ancient-Egypt.html

An important Roman road excavation is revealing interesting things about Jerusalem prior to the Revolt:

http://forward.com/news/358875/did-completion-of-jerusalem-boulevard-spark-jewish-revolt-against-romans/

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.762348

Some hikers in the Judean Hills found an etching of a seven-branch menorah and a cross:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4242
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/222679
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hanukkah-hikers-find-rare-2nd-temple-era-etchings-of-menorah-and-cross/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hikers-discover-engravings-of-menorah-and-cross-in-judaean-lowlands-water-cistern/2017/01/03/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hikers-find-Second-Temple-period-engravings-of-menorah-in-Judean-Shephelah-cistern-477320
http://forward.com/news/israel/358898/hanukkah-hikers-stumble-onto-2-500-year-old-menorah-etchings/
http://phys.org/news/2017-01-hikers-menorah-etched-cave-walls.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/04/hanukkah-related-archaeology-finds-continue-with-discovery-of-ancient-menorah-engraving/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-cross-menorah-carvings-found-150700178.html
http://www.livescience.com/57371-ancient-carvings-of-menorah-and-cross.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5174-170103-israel-menorah-carving

Latest in the Temple Mount saga (this one is weird):

http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/358970/archeologist-kickd-off-temple-mount-for-calling-it-temple-mount/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-guards-try-to-boot-guide-for-saying-temple-mount-on-temple-mount/

A roundup of seven archaeological finds in 2016 in Israel:

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/seven-fascinating-discoveries-israeli-archaeologists-made-in-2016/2017/01/03/

A LandMinds’ dicussion of BAR’s selection of top ten archaeological finds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebkHXetloHk

Feature on some cuneiform tablets in Creighton’s law library:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/667136/?sc=c52

Pitts will be digging at Tel Shimron:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/pitts-benjamin-gordon-excavate-israels-tel-shimron

The Basilica Cistern in Istanbul is being restored:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/01/04/basilica-cistern-set-for-comprehensive-restoration

Hype for a documentary on Geobeklitepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/documentary-depicts-ancient-gobeklitepe-as-idol-center-from-abrahamic-age.aspx?PageID=238&NID=108168&NewsCatID=375

More on that Jericho skull facial reconstruction:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/jericho-skull-neolithic-facial-reconstruction-archaeology-british-museum/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/06/arts/jericho-skull-reconstruction-british-museum/index.html
http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/the_jericho_skull.aspx

Spinoff from ISIL’s activities … the market for fake antiquities in Syria is apparently booming:

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-fake-antiquities-2016-story.html

More on NImrud:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-devastated-militants-year-old-city-left.html
http://www.ctpost.com/news/science/article/A-3-000-year-old-city-wrecked-by-militants-left-10839130.php
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/turning-iraq-history-to-rubble-leaving-the-mess-to-looters/article_76821ff6-3398-5fba-a438-f50e4b6342e7.html

More on Agatha Christie and Nimrud:

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/06/agatha-christie-helped-in-uncovering-iraqs-ancient-nimrud/
http://phys.org/news/2017-01-agatha-christie-uncovering-iraq-ancient.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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This one seems a bit confused but deals with a project to recreate Aeneas’ voyage and a recipe for garum (with a strange date attached):

http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2017/01/03/3000-year-old-recipe-resurrected-as-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-city-of-antandrus-in-turkey

A Bronze Age ‘calendar rock’ from Gela (not sure about the dating on this one):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/01/04/prehistoric-calendar-rock-found-in-gela_363b1cae-c3af-4bc2-b099-d9946949a80e.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20170105/calendar-6000bc-discovered-gela-italy-archaeology
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ancient-italian-stonehenge-accidentally-discovered-by-friends-a7515651.html
http://www.livescience.com/57396-ancient-stonehenge-like-calendar-rock-discovered.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5181-170105-neolithic-holed-rock

Latest from the agora in Laodicea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sacred-agora-unearthed-in-laodicea.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108030&NewsCatID=375

A roundup of some of the recent finds at Paphos (these overlap):

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/01/02/archaeologists-uncover-secrets-ancient-palace-tomb/
http://famagusta-gazette.com/archaeological-dig-in-kouklia-reveals-ancient-rampart-p37936-69.htm

Also from Paphos … some crushed murex shells:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5175-170103-cyprus-paphos-rampart

Plans to open the Aeneas Heroon to the public:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2017/01/05/mythical-heroon-of-aeneas-site-to-open_3e6b5c30-27c3-4aa0-8d9d-d5861796e483.html

Nice feature on the Griffin Warrior tomb:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/golden-warrior-greek-tomb-exposes-roots-western-civilization-180961441/

… cf: http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=24466

On lupinar frescoes being open to the public:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/21939-pompeii%E2%80%99s-2000-year-old-pornographic-frescoes-turned-into-tourist-attraction.html

Feature on the Roman villa at Druce Farm:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/druce-farm-villa-luxury-living-in-roman-dorset.htm

A (Byzantine?) glass furnace from Metropolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/glass-furnace-unearthed-in-metropolis-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=108129&NewsCatID=375

Another feature on the (late) mosaics at Urfa Castle (and elsewhere):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mosaics-reveal-ancient-styles-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nid=108077&NewsCatID=375

An interview with Eric Adler about his book:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/01/06/author-discusses-his-new-book-state-classics

Contrasting Trump and Cicero:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/cicero-used-to-be-boring-with-trump-around-hes-breathtaking/2017/01/04/02043c1e-d2a3-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html

What Michele Renee Salzman is up to:

https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/42060

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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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Studying the Beaker folk who lived in the area near Aberdeen:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14998059.New_study_sheds_light_on_mystery_of_Aberdeenshire__39_s_Beaker_people/

Evidence of a 17th century defensive ditch from Newark:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/historic-ditch-unearthed-during-water-works-in-newark/story-30025324-detail/story.html

Interesting account of someone purchasing land in the search for the lost city of Trellech:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38510806
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/03/lost-city-of-trellech-uk-archaeologist-stuart-wilson-defies-sceptics
https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2017/jan/03/history-fan-finds-medieval-city-after-spending-his-life-savings-on-welsh-field-video
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/trellech-ancient-medieval-city-found-discover-stuart-wilson-england-wales-border-monmouthshire-a7508591.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/03/man-used-life-savings-buy-field-discovers-ruins-entire-lost/

Poking around a 19th century doctor’s surgery in Holyhead:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/holyhead-archaeologists-dig-mystery-behind-12412412

Finds from various periods from Gloucester Cathedral:

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/roman-coins-and-500-year-old-beads-found-under-gloucester-cathedral-during-project-pilgrim-dig/story-30038018-detail/story.html

Feature on the Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2017/ben-lawers-an-archaeological-landscape-in-time

Feature on the Rillaton cup:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/the-mystery-of-the-priceless-3-000-year-old-gold-cup-unearthed-near-plymouth/story-30035875-detail/story.html

Top five finds by UK ‘amateur archaeologists’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/top-five-amazing-treasure-finds-amateur-uk-archaeologists/

Latest in the search for Gwydir Castle’s ‘missing room’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-38512748
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/06/couple-plea-find-missing-room-welsh-castle/

Seven best hoards from Yorkshire:

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/our-yorkshire/heritage/seven-best-archeological-hoards-found-in-yorkshire-1-8314692

Restoring a Tudor bedroom:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jan/02/va-returns-tudor-bedroom-to-original-sizergh-castle-setting

Hype for a BBC documentary focussing on tunnels beneath Naples:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jan/04/tunnels-naples-bbc-documentary-michael-scott-italys-invisible-cities

More on the Lascaux replica:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-artificial-cave-students-ancient-art.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/01/02/507549682/next-to-the-original-france-replicates-prehistoric-cave-paintings

More on the Black Sea shipwrecks:

http://www.connecticutmag.com/the-connecticut-story/uconn-professor-takes-part-in-monumental-shipwreck-find/article_7ccdfe7c-c30c-11e6-935a-53ce18f4d28b.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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Not sure if we mentioned this 2300 years bp sword find from Henan:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/ancient-sword-china-discovered-2300-years-old-shiny-archaeologists-chinese-henan-warring-states-a7511101.html
http://www.petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?Site_Id=1&lang=2&NewsID=283784&CatID=13&Type=Home&GType=1
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2541899/incredible-moment-chinese-archaeologists-dig-up-a-2300-year-old-sword-and-discover-its-still-sharp-enough-to-kill-you/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/01/04/ancient-but-still-shiny-2300-year-old-sword-found-in-china.html

Remains of a 2000 years bp settlement near Shenyang are being excavated:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/2000-year-old-city-found-in-china-4465054/

A 900 years bp mural tomb from Shanxi:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-01/05/content_27864978.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5177-170104-china-shanxi-murals

Rethinking when the Tibetan plateau was settled:

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-high-altitude-settlement-tibet.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uow-rsn010517.php
http://www.nature.com/news/hunters-lived-on-tibetan-plateau-thousands-of-years-earlier-than-thought-1.21255
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/golden-warrior-greek-tomb-exposes-roots-western-civilization-180961441/
http://www.livescience.com/57403-humans-inhabited-tibet-mountains-earlier-than-thought.html
http://www.livescience.com/57390-chusang-tibet-hand-and-footprints.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5184-170106-tibet-fossilized-footprint

A cache of silver from Sichuan (I think we’ll be hearing more about this):

https://beijingtoday.com.cn/2017/01/sunken-silver-found-sichuan-waters/

Finds from various periods and places at Kollam Port:

http://english.cri.cn/12394/2017/01/08/2281s949248.htm

Evidence of winemaking in Japan, 400 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/ku-hdr010617.php
https://scienmag.com/historical-documents-reveal-evidence-of-japanese-winemaking-400-year-ago/

Feature on the Zhiyuan shipwreck:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2017-01/03/content_40028024.htm

Interesting heritage preservation story from Shanxi:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lovers-shanxi-saved-chinas-ancient-architectural-treasures-before-lost-forever-180961424/

Summarizing the year for heritage in India:

http://www.siasat.com/news/2016-saw-3-unesco-listings-return-stolen-antiquities-1100497/

Dating aboriginal petroglyphs:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/radiocarbon-dates-australian-aboriginal-rock-art-04464.html?utm_content=bufferbec39&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Review of Beer, *House of the Dead*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/books/review/house-of-dead-daniel-beer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks&_r=0

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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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Earliest hard-paste porcelain found in North America from Philadelphia:

http://www.phillyvoice.com/holy-grail-ceramics-found-archaeological-dig-philly/
http://artdaily.com/news/92828/Holy-grail-of-American-ceramics-discovered-in-Philadelphia

Colonial cannon from North Carolina:

http://portcitydaily.com/2017/01/05/archaeologists-say-cannon-discovered-in-cape-fear-river-could-date-from-the-early-1700s-and-there-may-be-more-out-there/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5178-170104-north-carolina-cannon

Feature on evidence of slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon residence:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/01/first-president-slave-owner?fsrc=rss

Rising sea levels cause concerns for sites in Louisiana:

http://newsok.com/louisiana-history-washes-away-as-sea-levels-rise-land-sinks/article/5533214?custom_click=rss
http://www.npr.org/2017/01/04/505320391/louisiana-history-washes-away-as-sea-levels-rise-land-sinks

Honours for Alice P. Wright:

http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/01/04/alice-wright/

Review(ish) on ‘colonial cocktails’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/03/507536826/a-survival-guide-to-colonial-cocktails-so-you-dont-die-drinking-them

Looking at presidential portraits:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/arts/design/the-best-and-worst-presidential-portraits.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

On preserving New York’s documents:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/nyregion/new-york-documents-archives-records.html

Review of Pomfret, *The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/books/review/beautiful-country-middle-kingdom-john-pomfret.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Review of Hood, *In Pursuit of Privilege*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/nyregion/tracing-the-blue-blood-of-new-yorks-elite.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on the find of the ‘City of the Monkey God’ in Honduras:

http://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-04/finding-long-lost-city-monkey-god-dense-honduras-jungle
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jan/08/lost-city-of-the-monkey-god-fascinating/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/curse-of-the-lost-city-of-the-monkey-god/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some predictions on big archaeology stories to come this year:

http://www.livescience.com/57375-archaeology-stories-to-watch-in-2017.html

Feature on the UNC archaeology lab:

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/for-unc-archaeology-lab-time-brings-change/article_c47a30e2-d464-11e6-8948-fb120024423a.html

Marking Luther’s 500th anniversary:

http://www.dw.com/en/luther-2017-in-germany/av-36944688

Feature on ‘architectural recycling’:

http://theconversation.com/reinventing-heritage-buildings-isnt-new-at-all-the-ancients-did-it-too-70053

Suggestion the Titanic had other issues:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/03/world/europe/titanic-coal-fire-iceberg.html
http://www.npr.org/2017/01/04/508242179/titantic-documentary-suggests-engine-room-fire-led-to-sinking

Marking the 125th anniversary of Tolkien’s birth:

http://www.dw.com/en/jrr-tolkien-celebrating-an-unusual-life/a-36988803

Feature on the ‘ancestor’ of the peanut:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/29/506603462/the-lost-ancestral-peanut-of-the-south-is-revived?sc=17&f=1007

Interesting feature on Ring Lardner:

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/31/507595363/lost-journalism-revisits-the-golden-age-of-ring-lardner?sc=17&f=1008

More on that bargain art acquisition by Poland:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/arts/design/poland-buys-czartoryski-family-art-collection.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

On the beginning of ‘mardi gras season’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/01/06/the-obscure-origins-of-american-mardi-gras-which-begins-today/

On Chinese art and Bambi:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170103-the-island-paradise-with-a-magic-bell

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Egyptian Mummies:

http://www.altmedia.net.au/egyptian-mummies-exploring-ancient-lives/121385

Time and Cosmos in Greco Roman Antiquity:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/time-and-cosmos-in-greco-roman-antiquity-review-sundials-and-stargazing-1483474769

Roman Cavalry:

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/the-cavalry-is-coming-as-exhibition-celebrates-lives-of-roman-soldiers-1-8321555

French Diplomacy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38320567

First Jewish Americans:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/01/arts/a-secret-jew-the-new-world-a-lost-book-mystery-solved.html
http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/first-jewish-americans-freedom-and-culture-new-world

Plenty of interesting exhibitions in Hull:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-38496063

Attendance at the Louvre was down this year:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/louvre-attendance-falls-as-tourists-stay-away-from-paris/

A guide to the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/03/arts/design/culture-make-the-most-of-the-met.html

An Etruscan Museum opens in Milan:

http://www.primapaginachiusi.it/2017/01/nuovo-museo-etrusco-milano-lo-dirigera-larcheologo-chiusino-giulio-paolucci/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On ‘space archaeology’:

http://www.livescience.com/57364-archaeological-sites-discovered-from-space.html

The Plain of Jars gets the virtual reality treatment:

http://www.livescience.com/57395-plain-of-jars-burial-site-in-virtual-reality.html

A surprise in a mummy xray (not sure how new this is):

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2543734/egyptian-relic-experts-thought-was-a-dead-bird-turns-out-to-be-a-lot-more-sinister/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-plain-jars-burial-recreated-154100191.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA studies trace the Irish potato blight to South America:

http://www.livescience.com/57363-irish-potato-blight-originated-in-south-america.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5176-170103-potato-blight-strain

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/south-america/86535033/A-trip-into-Perus-past

Lake Bled Island Church:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170103-the-island-paradise-with-a-magic-bell

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CRIME BEAT
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Six Islamic era lamps were stolen from a Cairo mosque:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/254276/Heritage/Islamic/Six-Islamic-lamps-stolen-from-AlRefai-mosque-near-.aspx

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/01/culture-crime-news-26-december-2016-1-january-2017.html

Nice feature on some of the folks tracking down stolen antiquities:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/526939/Art-detectives-help-bring-back-antiquities-stolen-

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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Online Greek Coinage project:

http://www.greekcoinage.org/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v20n02.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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Pondering the Mikado:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/arts/music/review-gilbert-and-sullivan-the-mikado.html?rref=collection%2Fspotlightcollection%2Fclassical-music-reviews

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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/2537-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-december-2016-31-december-2016
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OBITUARIES
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One of the last surviving Shakers:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/03/508100617/one-of-the-last-shakers-dies
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/01/04/one-of-the-shakers-last-three-members-died-monday-the-storied-sect-is-verging-on-extinction/

Joyce Appleby:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/02/books/joyce-appleby-historian-of-capitalism-and-american-identity-is-dead-at-87.html

Arthur Cash:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/books/arthur-cash-dead-laurence-sterne-biographer.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 19.35-36 ~ January 1, 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, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Emery, Feral Boy,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, Rick Pettigrew, and Ross W. Sargent for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy New Year to those following whatever calendar it is that rolled over to 2017 today ….

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Learning about diet 1.2 million years bp from dental plaque from Atapuerca:

http://www.livescience.com/57278-early-humans-ate-raw-meat.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/12/19/a-researcher-discovered-how-cave-men-cleaned-their-teeth-it-will-make-you-want-to-brush-yours/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/a-researcher-discovered-how-cave-men-cleaned-their-teeth-it-will-make-you-want-to-brush-yours
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/researcher+discovered+cave+cleaned+their+teeth+will+make+want+brush/12560611/story.html
http://phys.org/news/2016-12-cavemen-toothpicks.html

Suggestion that Neanderthals were cannibals arises again:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-caves-neanderthals-cannibals.html
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/deep+belgian+caves+researchers+find+neanderthals+feasted/12614839/story.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1171649/the-caves-that-prove-neanderthals-were-cannibals

Suggestion that Neanderthals made boats:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/12/27/neanderthals-in-a-boat-not-such-a-far-fetched-notion-after-all.html

What we can learn from footprints:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1214/How-much-can-we-learn-about-a-human-ancestor-from-one-footprint
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-footprints-show-movements-our-earliest-ancestors-180961471/

Overviewish on where we are in evolutionary studies:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/22/why-were-closer-than-ever-to-a-timeline-for-human-evolution

Another modern ailment blamed on evolution:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38251031

More on Chatelperronian items being made by Neanderthals:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/242-1701/trenches/5099-trenches-neanderthal-proteins

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AFRICA
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Earliest evidence of plants being cooked in pottery comes from the Libyan Sahara, 10 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-earliest-evidence-cooked-ancient-pottery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uob-eed121616.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161219134457.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38366109
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.761442
http://www.archaeology.org/5146-161219-hunter-gatherer-cooking
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/descubren-neolitico-ya-se-cocinaban-plantas-vasijas-barro/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/earliest-evidence-discovered-of-plants-cooked-in-ancient-pottery

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 5000 years bp petroglyph from the Egyptian Sahara was getting some press attention:

http://www.livescience.com/57311-5000-year-old-nativity-scene-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5162-161223-sahara-birth-painting
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4063638/Egyptian-Nativity-scene-predates-Jesus-3-000-years.html

A 3000 years bp ‘stone’ (column drum?) turns up in an Egyptian meat shop:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2016/12/21/3-000-year-old-stone-discovered-in-Egypt-butcher-shop.html

Chinese archaeologists want to excavate in Egypt:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1026260.shtml

Finds from Qubbet al Hawa (including a retaining wall of some sort) suggest there are more tombs to be found there:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/253556/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Archaeologists-find-compelling-evidence-for-new-to.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/pharaonic-tomb-aged-over-4200-years-discovered-aswan
http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-tombs-qubbet-el-hawa-aswan.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161222094925.htm
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/university-birmingham-researchers-discover-new-ancient-tombs
http://www.latinpost.com/articles/129395/20161226/archeologists-unearth-new-ancient-egyptian-tombs-belonging-unknown-pharaohs.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/compelling-evidence-for-future-tomb-discoveries-at-qubbet-el-hawa-in-aswan
http://www.archaeology.org/5154-161221-egypt-qubbet-al-hawa-wall

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and Ministry of Tourism seem to be getting along:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/12/29/607223/

Feature on the Lydian Kingdom’s ‘culinary culture’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lydian-kingdoms-culinary-culture-revealed-in-excavations-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=107479&NewsCatID=375

4000 years bp (maybe) remains from Kuwait:

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/ancient-remains-found-subbiya/
http://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Ancient_remains_found_in_North_Kuwait-ZAWYA20161219051016/

More DSS fragments are turning up:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.760249
http://forward.com/fast-forward/357916/archaeologists-discover-new-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-in-remote-cave-hideou/

Plenty of attention for a coin of Antiochus in Jerusalem:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=38875
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-coin-from-King-Antiochuss-rule-discovered-in-Jerusalem-475963
http://www.timesofisrael.com/coin-struck-by-vilified-king-from-hanukkah-story-found-in-jerusalem/

… and for a bowl fragment with the name Hyrcanus on it:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4240
http://www.livescience.com/57332-ancient-stone-bowl-hebrew-engraving.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=476164
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-unearth-name-linked-to-hasmonean-kings-etched-on-jerusalem-stone/
http://artdaily.com/news/92682/Archaeologists-discover-a-stone-bowl-engraved-with-a-rare-Hebrew-inscription
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5159-161222-jerusalem-engraved-bowl

Feature on oldest images of Hanukkah menorahs:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.760257

… related:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-does-the-hanukkah-menorah-have-nine-branches-1481897288
http://forward.com/culture/356906/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-menorahs-but-were-afraid-to-ask/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/7-facts-about-menorahs-the-most-enduring-symbol-of-the-jewish-people/

A First Temple era wall at Tel Dan collapsed because of heavy rain this week:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=476662
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.761615
http://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-era-tel-dan-wall-collapses-as-storms-hit-northern-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/5166-161228-israel-tel-dan-wall

Feature on plastered skulls from various places:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.760597

Restoring synagogues in Cairo’s Jewish quarter:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/12/egypt-cairo-jewish-quarter-synagogues.html

Pondering ‘Jesus sites’ in Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.760614

… and some tiles are being given a Jesus connection:

http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/christianity/archaeologists-unearth-floor-tiles-jesus-may-walked

Feature on Lifta:

http://www.haaretz.com/1.760207

… and Khirbet Qeiyafa:

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Two-gates-at-least-two-opinions-473553

Not sure if we mentioned this Ancient Jerusalem app:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=39189

Feature on Assurnasirpal’s palace:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20161231030004.htm

Connecting Hanukkah and Trump:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/23/what-the-hanukkah-story-teaches-us-about-the-trump-administration/

More on the restoration of an Ottoman-era clock tower in Jaffa:

http://www.archaeology.org/5152-161220-jaffa-ottoman-clock-tower

More on ancient polluted rivers in Jordan:

http://www.livescience.com/57168-earliest-polluted-river-found-jordan.html

A plan to save sites/artifacts in the Middle East:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14995969.Experts_to_draw_up_plans_on_how__to_save_treasures_in_Middle_East/

Latest on Aleppo:

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/dec/25/ruin-in-once-vital-aleppo-soars-into-bi/

Latest on looting in Iraq:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11775287
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/turning-iraq-history-to-rubble-leaving-the-mess-to-looters/article_ac7cb75c-2d9e-544e-a26b-8ca3bb71a540.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-turned-iraqs-history-to-rubble-now-the-mess-has-been-left-to-looters/

On Agatha Christie at Nimrud:

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/agatha-christie-had-littleknown-role-in-ancient-nimrud-35332060.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/agatha-christie-had-little-known-role-in-ancient-nimrud/2016/12/31/cdc49caa-cf2d-11e6-85cd-e66532e35a44_story.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/agatha-christie-had-little-known-role-in-ancient-nimrud/

.. and Nimrud today:

http://thecourier.com/world-news/2016/12/31/3000-years-ago-it-ruled-the-mideast-now-blown-to-pieces/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/3000-years-ago-ruled-mideast-now-blown-pieces-44483868
http://rudaw.net/mobile/english/middleeast/iraq/19122016

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They’re still finding things at Knossos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/21698-minoan-civilization-capital-knossos-to-reveal-more-treasures.html

Assorted interesting Hellenistic finds from Nea Paphos:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/12/19/skeleton-well-ancient-surgery-among-paphos-archaeological-finds/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5149-161219-cyprus-nea-paphos-medical

… and Palaepaphos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/21516-80-meter-classical-period-wall-discovered-unearthed-at-palaepaphos-in-cyprus.html

2000 years bp Roman burials from Kutahya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-tombs-found-in-kutahya-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=107653&NewsCatID=375
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/12/22/2000-year-old-roman-tombs-discovered-in-central-turkey
http://www.archaeology.org/5156-161222-turkey-roman-cotyaeum

Latest from Magarsus:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/12/28/ancient-theater-stadium-in-adana-nearly-unearthed
http://www.archaeology.org/5167-161228-turkey-magarsus-theater

Latest on the harbour at Corinth:

http://www.livescience.com/57330-ancient-corinth-harbor.html

The ‘Victoria of Calvatone’, missing since WWII, turns up in Russia:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/lost-roman-antiquity-found-in-russia-797810

Roman Caistor St Edmund is the latest site to be designated ‘bigger than previously thought’:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/roman_town_at_caistor_st_edmund_up_to_three_times_bigger_than_previously_thought_new_dig_reveals_1_4812665

Latest from the Lechaion Harbour Project:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/12/21/greek-danish-archaeologists-discover-more-of-ancient-corinth-port-video/
http://www.archaeology.org/5153-161221-ancient-harbor-lechaion

Funerary implications of some Roman shrines at Kilkenny:

http://www.kilkennypeople.ie/news/home/228410/roman-shrines-on-freestone-hill-kilkenny-infer-drinking-at-funerals-not-a-modern-thing.html

Pondering the Neronian persecution:

https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2016/12/18/maybe-nero-didnt-persecute-christians/

Latest in the Thessaloniki metro station saga:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/21636-court-approves-plans-for-antiquities-at-thessaloniki-metro-station.html

On the origins of some Greek Myths:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161220-the-strange-inspirations-behind-greek-myths

Feature on Saturnalia:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/retro-baltimore/bal-retro-baltimore-remembering-saturnalia-the-pagan-precursor-to-christmas-20161221-story.html

Feature on the Falkirk Hoard:

http://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/falkirk-s-greatest-roman-discovery-1-4327903

On the origins of the Etruscans:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/18/italy.johnhooper?CMP=share_btn_fb

Some Roman movies to get you through the holiday season:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/12/23/five-roman-history-films-to-binge-watch-this-holiday-season-and-some-to-feed-to-the-beasts/

Feature on Lucian and Star Wars:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/intergalactic-battle-ancient-rome-180961416/

What Mary Beard isn’t up to:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/27/mary-beard-stumbles-upon-priceless-set-henry-viii-tapestries/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-henry-viii-tapestry-mystery-new-york-city-rug-gallery-shop/

More on that Gargilius inscription:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/underwater-hebrew-tablet-reveals-biblical-143000683.html

More on the (re)discovery of Vlochos:

http://www.thelocal.se/20161212/swedish-archaeologists-unearth-lost-ancient-city-in-greece
https://www.yahoo.com/news/excavations-greek-village-reveal-ancient-142500997.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/12/13/ciencia/1481627728_488694.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1214/Ancient-Greek-backwater-actually-a-bustling-metropolis-research-shows

More on the folks keeping an eye on Libya’s Roman antiquities:

http://artdaily.com/news/92652/The-unlikely-saviours-of-Libya-s-Roman-remains
http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/12/24/the-unlikely-saviors-of-libyas-roman-remains
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-unlikely-aviors-of-libyas-roman-remains.aspx?pageID=238&nid=107634&NewsCatID=375
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/22/12/2016/The-unlikely-saviours-of-Libya-s-Roman-remains
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161222000580

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Remains of a 6000 years bp mask from Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-identify-6000-year-old-mask/av-36870712

A Celtic brooch from Norway with a Viking connection:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161219084638.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/bronze-celtic-brooch-from-viking-raids-found-in-norway
http://www.archaeology.org/5157-161222-norway-celtic-brooch

A strange, twisted Anglo Saxon saint/king burial from Lincolnshire:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/was-an-anglo-saxon-saint-or-king-buried-at-lost-monastery-in-lincolnshire/story-29998427-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5158-161222-anglo-saxon-burial

A medieval ring from Sherwood Forest is being tested:

http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/19/treasure-hunter-finds-medieval-ring-in-robin-hoods-sherwood-forest-6332401/

Reports of turkey (and other fowl) bones from a dig at a 16th century (give or take) site excavated in the 1970s (+) at Norton Priory:

http://www.archaeology.org/5161-161223-england-monks-turkey

Fragments of a Pakistan-made carpet from a 17th century Dutch shipwreck:

http://www.livescience.com/57287-lavish-carpet-found-17th-century-shipwreck.html
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/17th-century-indian-carpet-discovered-in-dutch-shipwreck/story-i1u7MD8FgxfF4JvpMffXaP.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/17th-century-indian-carpet-discovered-in-dutch-shipwreck-4448392/

Challenging claims about Banquo’s Walk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-38377398
http://www.scotsman.com/news/myth-of-highland-clan-road-dispelled-after-150-years-1-4322330
http://www.archaeology.org/5150-161220-scotland-banquo-s-walk

Some standing stones may have been erected to commemorate Bannockburn:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14994252.___Ancient____standing_stones_are_linked_to_1314_battle/
http://www.archaeology.org/5172-161230-scotland-standing-stones

A controversial suggestion about Newgrange’s ‘sun trap’:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/archaeologist-questions-validity-of-monuments-ancient-roof-box-35313576.html
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/newgrange-sun-trap-may-be-only-50-years-old-says-archaeologist-1.2913483
http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/iconic-newgrange-monument-could-just-9495973
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/winter-solstice-newgrange-sun-trap-might-be-modern-invention/

… but:

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/newgrange-the-archaeological-evidence-1.2916654

Plans to search for a missing column in Venice:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/18/venetians-hope-solve-mystery-giant-stone-column-disappeared/

Plans to restore the Tolpuddle Martyrs old chapel:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/27/tolpuddle-martyrs-old-chapel-restored-place-sit-think

On where they used to hang pirates in London:

http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20161216-the-london-gallows-where-pirates-were-hanged

Comparing Brexit and the treaty of Troyes:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-38326618

Concerns for Altomuenster Abbey:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ae495ab4c2a94f649360f0049505003a/scholars-fret-about-fate-holy-grail-german-abbey-books

Review of Guy, *Elizabeth*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/27/elizabeth-forgotten-years-john-guy-review

More on the Lascaux replication:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000004789226/lascaux-caves-paleolithic-and-new-again.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Old(est?) petroglyphs from Iran:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-archaeologist-uncovers-possibly-one-of-worlds-oldest-rock-etchings/
http://artdaily.com/news/92373/The-ibex-code–deciphering-Iran-s-ancient-rock-art

Pre Qin sites from Sichuan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/19/content_27709813.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2016-12/22/content_39962194.htm

Another 2000 years bp burial from Hebei:

http://www.indialivetoday.com/archaeologists-in-chinas-hebei-province-unearths-2000-year-old-tomb/81363.html

Evidence of horse sacrifice at the Yongshan Blood Pool:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2016/12/19/evidence-horse-sacrifices-yongshan-blood-pool/

A roundup of the major archaeological discoveries in China in 2016:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/23/content_27753670.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/23/content_27753651.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2016/12-29/114880.shtml

Remains of the Sanada Maru fortress at Osaka Castle:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612250005.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5168-161229-japan-sanada-maru

Latest from the Inariyama Burial Mound:

http://www.archaeology.org/5171-161230-japan-inariyama-mound

A 3000 years bp urn child burial from Nadapuram:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/Bones-of-child-found-in-megalithic-urn/article16927874.ece

Rethinking the identity of the ‘Mohenjodaro Dancing Girl’:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/mohenjodaro-dancing-girl-is-parvati-claims-ichr-journal-4444981/
http://www.dailyo.in/arts/mohenjodaro-dancing-girl-shiva-parvati-ys-rao-ichr-itihaas-thakur-prasad-verma/story/1/14736.html

… meanwhile they’re trying to attract archaeologists back to Mohenjodaro:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1275665/moen-jo-daro-excavation-site-undergoing-maintenance-attract-archaeologists/

Plans to search for a necropolis in MIzoram:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Search-for-one-of-worlds-biggest-necropolis-sites-to-begin-in-Mizoram/articleshow/56108681.cms

Studying the Kinh Thien Palace:

http://www.archaeology.org/5170-161229-kinh-thien-palace

Feature on pre-communist Russia:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4048640/Pictured-Remarkable-pictures-days-Russian-Empire-revolution-country-ancient-traditions-colourful-cultures.html

More on burials found in a Beijing suburb:

http://nwasianweekly.com/2016/12/diggers-find-ancient-tombs-in-beijing-suburb/
http://www.archaeology.org/5147-161219-china-tongzhou-city-walls

… I’m not sure if these urn burials are from the same location:

http://eng.belta.by/society/view/archaeologists-discover-62-ancient-human-remains-buried-in-clay-containers-97291-2016/

More on remains of some beef soup in a Chinese tomb:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/12/21/VIDEHt3RzRg9cRS77ScZB7hM161221.shtml

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 3800 years bp ‘potato garden’ near Vancouver:

http://www.livescience.com/57316-ancient-underwater-garden-discovered.html
http://home.bt.com/news/world-news/is-this-the-worlds-oldest-garden-archaeologists-uncover-3800-year-old-horticultural-site-11364123204980
http://www.news24.com/Green/News/3-800-year-old-potato-garden-discovered-in-canada-20161227
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/12/e1601282.full
http://www.archaeology.org/5163-161227-waterlogged-wapato-plants

Studying the extent of the Hopewell Road:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2016/12/18/01-archaeology-how-far-did-the-great-hopewell-road-stretch-across-ohio.html
http://ohioarchaeology.org/journal-of-ohio-archaeology/137-volume-4-2016/495-the-great-hopewell-road-new-data-analysis-and-future-research-prospects

Documenting Dene caribou fences in the NWT:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeologist-sahtu-caribou-fence-1.3902397

Evidence that the Chaco Canyon people had to import food:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-chaco-canyon-population-imported.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uoca-acc122916.php
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/30/study-chaco-inhabitants-likely-relied-on-imported-/

Excavating Jamestown’s church:

http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/92126620-132.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/probing-for-a-lost-colonial-church-in-jamestown/2016/12/23/013219c4-c924-11e6-acda-59924caa2450_story.html
http://wydaily.com/2016/12/27/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-explore-400-year-old-church/

… a backgrounder on Jamestown:

http://www.livescience.com/38595-jamestown-history.html

Melting Arctic ice continues to reveal sites:

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2016/12/27/melting-arctic-ice-patches-reveal-rich-archaeological-record/

… while melting snow in Wyoming has revealed the highest tipi ring:

http://www.kcwy13.com/content/news/Wyoming-archaeologist-Finds-the-Highest-Tipi-Ring-Wyoming–408859205.html

An oral history project:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/

Feature on slave insurance policies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/us/insurance-policies-on-slaves-new-york-lifes-complicated-past.html

Kennewick Man has been reburied:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-skeleton-native-americans-reburial.html

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More on the Brazilian ‘stonehenge’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4037576/The-mystery-Amazon-Stonehenge-1-000-year-old-Megalithic-stone-circle-Brazil-hints-ancient-civilizations-sophisticated-thought.html

More on the Maya and giant shark teeth:

http://www.livescience.com/57202-megalodon-teeth-inspired-mayan-monster-myths.html

More on surviving the Atacama desert:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/12/how-humans-survived-in-the-barren-atacama-desert-13000-years-ago/

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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A smattering of Christmas-related posts this year … first, on the date of Jesus’ birth:

http://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-1.760635
http://bedfordviewedenvalenews.co.za/303512/why-is-christmas-celebrated-on-25-december/

… and some myths about the Nativity:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-nativity/2016/12/16/48625672-c179-11e6-8422-eac61c0ef74d_story.html

… and an interesting 3d treatment of Breugel’s Nativity:

http://www.dw.com/en/renaissance-painter-pieter-brueghel-in-3d/a-36920420

… of course there was a Star of Bethlehem piece:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/12/21/506395770/the-star-of-bethlehem-and-the-magi-myth-or-reality

… and the date of New Year’s:

http://www.livescience.com/57342-why-is-new-years-january-first.html

… and New Year’s in various cultures in history:

http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/news/new-year-s-celebrations-as-old-as-recorded-history/article_1f1baf80-6c53-5322-8e1e-e24d023a5a5a.html

There was an item on medieval Christmas foods:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/23/505741097/eat-ye-bread-sauce-while-ye-may-brits-go-medieval-on-christmas-day

On some Christmas carols (these deal with different carols):

http://theconversation.com/a-short-history-of-three-very-famous-christmas-carols-70272
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161220-the-surprising-origins-of-famous-christmas-carols

Top seven archaeological finds of 2016:

http://www.newser.com/story/235649/the-7-biggest-archaeology-finds-of-2016.html

… or maybe it’s top nine:

http://www.livescience.com/57314-biggest-archaeology-discoveries-2016.html
http://www.itechpost.com/articles/68756/20161226/top-9-archaeology-thrilling-discoveries-of-2016.htm

… could be ten:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/december-web-only/biblical-archaeology-top-ten-discoveries-of-2016.html

… or a different ten:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.761814

… just a non-numbered list:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38381878

Top ten skeletons:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/12/21/the-10-most-intriguing-skeletons-of-2016/

On the Solstice:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/12/21/winter-solstice-ancient-celebration/

On 1498:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38290978

Feature on mudlarking:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/12/23/mudlarking-in-the-river-thames-sfc-orig.cnn

The ‘secret feminist history’ of shopping:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/27/the-secret-feminist-history-of-shopping/

On the Library of Congress’ map collection:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-putting-its-map-collection-on-the-map-180961380/

On the classification of races:

http://theconversation.com/the-biggest-mistake-in-the-history-of-science-70575

Restoring the Ghent Altar:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/science/ghent-altarpiece-restoration.html

Confirming a 200 years bp diagnosis:

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38409086

The history book that shaped Angela Merkel’s world view:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/29/angela-merkel-jurgen-osterhammel-the-transformation-of-the-world-book-germany

Questioning the authenticity of a Beethoven score coming to auction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/arts/music/as-prices-for-classical-scores-soar-one-beethoven-is-in-question.html

Why Stradivariuses sound so good (maybe):

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-scientists-uncover-stradivarius-violins-special.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/20/science/stradivari-violin-wood.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mineral-baths-may-have-given-stradivari-their-signature-sound-180961531/

Some archaeological humour:

http://bedfordviewedenvalenews.co.za/303512/why-is-christmas-celebrated-on-25-december/

On the origins of marzipan:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/22/506345750/marzipan-the-sweet-taste-of-the-holidays-in-madrid

On angels:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-angel-chronicles/av-36851502

Honours for Sarah Parcak:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/20/year-end-honors-for-cutting-edge-explorers/

I think we mentioned this opEd on what’s wrong with archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/21/why-archaeology-needs-to-come-out-of-the-cave-and-into-the-digital-age

A painting is returning to the Netherlands:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/dec/21/painting-jean-etienne-liotard-rijksmuseum-netherlands-centuries-in-england

The Polish government got a great deal on some art:

http://www.dw.com/en/poland-buys-private-art-collection-with-da-vinci-painting-at-bargain-price/a-36951159
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38462474
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/poland-government-buys-art-valued-billion-for-85-million-leonardo-da-vinci-rembrandt-czartoryska-a7501736.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/12/30/actualidad/1483084292_479842.html

In case you missed the hype that the supervolcano beneath Italy is stirring:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volcano-maybe-killed-neanderthals-stirring-once-again-180961549/

On the Crusades and ginger:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-crusades-helped-create-your-gingerbread-latte-180961535/

If you’re interested in Hagia Sophia’s acoustics:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-hear-hagia-sophias-sublime-acoustics-without-trip-istanbul-180961563/

OpEd on the end of Republics:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/opinion/how-republics-end.html

Review of Smith, *Rasputin*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/books/rasputin-biography-douglas-smith.html

More on Tycho Brahe’s gold content:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomer-and-alchemist-tycho-brahe-died-full-gold-180961447/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Time and Cosmos in Greco Roman Antiquity:

https://news.artnet.com/opinion/isaw-sundial-789953

Samurai:

http://www.wcpo.com/entertainment/local-a-e/discover-the-japanese-samurai-at-the-cincinnati-art-museum

South Africa: Art of a Nation:

http://uk.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1808386/south-africa-the-art-of-a-nation-on-view-at-british-museum

Roman cavalry:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14987549.Roman_cavalry_set_to_gallop_back_to_Hadrian__39_s_Wall_for_major_exhibition/

The Louvre is planning to be a refuge for artifacts in need of repatriation:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/18/france-louvre-refugees-art-treasures/95396968/

All of the items from Tut’s tomb will be on display together for the first time:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-egyptian-museum-next-big-thing-180961333/

They’re building a museum at Olduvai:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201612120033.html

The Vatican museum has a woman in charge for the first time:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/dec/22/vatican-museums-female-head-barbara-jatta
http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/panorama/2016-12-27/the-pope-names-first-woman-to-run-vatican-museums-100627.php?uuid=ADoBd5KC

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THE TECHY SIDE
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The Chinchorro mummies are getting the ctscan treatment:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-scans-unveil-secrets-world-oldest.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-mummies-get-ct-scan-180961578/
http://www.archaeology.org/5165-161227-chile-chinchorro-mummies

The Vlochos thing had a techy side:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14988549.Bournemouth_researchers_use_high_tech_gear_to_reveal_2_500_year_old_city/

The techy side of underwater archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/29/new-technologies-bring-marine-archaeology-treasures-to-light

Nice feature on LiDAR used to find a lost city in the Honduran jungle:

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/an-ancient-city-emerges-in-a-remote-rain-forest

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The DNA connection between First Nations’ cold adaptations (esp the Inuit):

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-arctic-inuit-native-american-cold.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/23/science/inuit-greenland-denisovans.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5160-161223-greenland-inuit-genome

Tracing pandemics in the Americas:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/19/ancient-dna-reveals-genetic-legacy-of-pandemics-in-the-americas

On the people who settled on the Tibetan plateau:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tibetan-plateau-discovery-shows-humans-may-be-tougher-than-we-thought/

Plans to find the genetic history of Newton’s apple:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-evolution-ideas-scientists-decode-genetic.html

… hot on the heels of the jujube tree:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-jujube-genome-fruit-tree-domestication.html

An interesting Hapsburg related DNA study:

http://www.bbc.com/news/38129757

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Irish Neolithic tombs:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/20/travel/ireland-newgrange-ancient-passage-tombs-mounds.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A bust near Meslongi:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/214703/article/ekathimerini/news/four-suspected-antiquities-thieves-nabbed-near-mesolongi

Feature on the ICE folks:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/ICE-on-the-Trail-of-Stolen-Relics-407680975.html

Some artifacts from Guam are showing up on eBay:

http://www.kuam.com/story/34119754/2016/12/23/experts-note-guam-artifacts-being-sold-on-ebay

On thefts from some Indian temples:

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/7772-fourteen-artefacts-stolen-three-years

Claim that the search for a Seljuk sultan’s tomb was brought to an end because German archaeologists were smuggling artifacts (!):

http://www.dailysabah.com/d/culture-arts/2016/12/28/search-for-seljuk-sultans-tomb-stopped-after-german-archaeologists-caught-smuggling-artifacts

A New York art dealer has been charged for her involvement in some shady practices:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/arts/design/prominent-antiquities-dealer-accused-of-selling-stolen-artifacts.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/22/506615096/gallery-owner-arrested-for-trafficking-stolen-antiquities-worth-millions-of-doll
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ny-antiquities-dealer-charged-selling-stolen-artifacts-44335455
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/art-dealer-nancy-wiener-who-sold-stolen-buddha-to-nga-arrested/news-story/bfcd12c9d01b7312a38a3dccb96269ef
http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-art-dealer-charged-with-trafficking-illegal-antiquities-1482370409

A couple weeks’ worth of Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/12/culture-crime-news-12-18-december-2016.html
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/12/culture-crime-news-19-25-december-2016.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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Some Native American remains were returned for reburial:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-skeleton-native-americans-reburial.html

Egypt received a relief stolen from Hatshepsut’s temple:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-egypt-ancient-stolen-limestone-relief.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/253502/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Stolen-relief-of-Queen-Hatshepsut-recovered-from-L.aspx
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/12/20/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-antiquities.html
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/dec/20/egypt-receives-ancient-stolen-limestone-relief/
http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/34097830/egypt-receives-ancient-stolen-limestone-relief
http://www.archaeology.org/5151-161220-egypt-looted-limestone

Jordan returned a pile of artifacts to Egypt:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieves-340-smuggled-artifacts-jordan

Columbia returned some items to Peru:

http://www.archaeology.org/5164-161227-peru-repatriated-artifacts

I think we mentioned these paintings stolen from Verona turning up in the Ukraine:

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=65595

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on bridges on ancient coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-bridges-ancient-coins/

Three weeks’ worth of e-Syla:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n51.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n52.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n53.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/2531-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-december-2016-17-december-2016

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2531-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-december-2016-17-december-2016

December edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2526-strata-december-2016
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CONFERENCES
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 19.34 ~ December 18, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
David Emery, 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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Neanderthals were apparently making regular visits to a cave in Jersey over the course of 140 000 years or so:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-coastal-cave-site-must-see-tourist.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161212133444.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/5138-161214-jersey-neanderthal-cave

On the evolution of human walking:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-heels-toes.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uoa-www121216.php

… and what we’ve learned from some 3 million+ years bp footprints from Tanzania:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/14/stepping-back-36m-years-footprints-yield-new-clues-to-humans-ancestors
http://www.archaeology.org/5136-161214-tanzania-laetoli-footprints

… such as height of one guy:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ancient-human-ancestor-tall-dude.html
http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20161214/ancient-human-ancestor-was-one-tall-dude-his-footprints-say

Not sure if this is a new example of 1.2 million years bp toothpick use or whether we had it a while ago:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/s-dhc121516.php

… or if it is really a study of using dental plaque to determine early diet and cooking:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-raw-foodies-europe-earliest-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161214212012.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/5141-161215-spain-raw-food
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/europes-earliest-humans-did-not-use-fire-for-cooking

Now we’re reading that Lucy may have been polygynous:

http://www.livescience.com/57203-lucy-early-human-species-was-polygynous.html

More on the possibility of a religious side to Neanderthals:

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/11/505187953/discoveries-give-new-clues-to-possible-neanderthal-religious-practices
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.758960

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AFRICA
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Mali has declared an ‘archaeological emergency’:

https://www.ft.com/content/559aa998-c386-11e6-9bca-2b93a6856354

Interesting feature on Ethiopian Judaism:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4891062,00.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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On Egypt’s strategy to prevent sales of Egyptian antiquities around the world:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/12/egypt-antiquities-sale-world-auction.html

Security has been tightened at all of Egypt’s sites and museums:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/253170/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Security-measures-tightened-at-all-Egypts-archaeol.aspx

4000 years bp petroglyphs from Iran:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-archaeologist-uncovers-possibly-one-of-worlds-oldest-rock-etchings/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/world-oldest-rock-drawings-archaeologist-iran-khomeyn-mohammed-naserifard-a7470321.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/deciphering-irans-ancient-rock-art-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=107184&NewsCatID=375

Nice feature on that Jericho skull and the facial reconstruction thereof:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/the-jericho-skull-british-museum-facial-reconstruction-ct-scan-a7474516.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-exhibit-gives-9500-year-old-skull-a-digital-makeover/
http://www.archaeology.org/5086-161212-jericho-skull-facial-reconstruction

A pair of 2600 years bp kitchens from the site of Dascylium:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/12/15/2600-year-old-kitchen-of-kingdom-of-lydia-unearthed-in-western-turkey
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5140-161215-turkey-anatolia-kitchens

A 2 100 years bp wine press from Ashkelon:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=38757
http://www.archaeology.org/5145-161216-ashkelon-wine-press

A ‘Jewish Revolt Coin’ from Jerusalem:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=38701

A trio of tomb raiders were caught at Horvat Maskana:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/tomb-raiders-caught-red-handed-in-northern-israel/2016/12/14/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/three-looters-busted-plundering-ancient-tomb-in-galilee/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221715

Looking for evidence of Istanbul’s earthquakes at Bathonea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bathonea-excavations-aim-to-shed-light-on-historic-istanbul-quakes-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=107325&NewsCatID=375
http://www.archaeology.org/5144-161216-turkey-istanbul-earthquakes

… while stained glass from there suggests a high standard of living:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stained-glass-evidence-of-high-living-standards-in-ancient-bathonea.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106990&NewsCatID=375

After renovations of the clock tower, the seal of Sultan Hamid Abdul II was returned to Jaffa:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ottoman-sultans-john-hancock-gets-facelift-in-jaffa/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Relic-from-Ottoman-sultan-returned-to-Jaffa-after-extensive-renovations-475228
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-conserves/2016/12/13/
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/132527-161213-original-ottoman-era-seal-restored-to-jaffa-s-famous-clock-tower

General feature on archaeology in Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/16/despite-landmines-snakes-and-dodgy-gin-iraq-is-an-archaeological-paradise

Latest DSS publication:

http://newsok.com/ocu-teams-dead-sea-scrolls-research-is-published-student-faculty-group-partnered-with-museum-of-the-bibles-green-scholars-initiative-program/article/5531034?custom_click=rss

We had some version of this last week: a fund is set up to protect antiquities in conflict areas:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/251928/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-international-fund-for-protecting-heritage-in-.aspx

More on that Bar Kochba governor inscription:

http://www.livescience.com/57182-hebrew-tablet-reveals-biblical-ruler-of-judea.html

More on domestication of grain in Syria some 11 000 years bp:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/neolithic-syrians-were-first-to-domesticate-cereals
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5075-161207-neolithic-staple-crops

More on 7000 years bp pollution in a Jordanian river:

http://www.livescience.com/57168-earliest-polluted-river-found-jordan.html

More on Nefertari’s knees:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1206/Have-Egyptologists-solved-the-mystery-of-Queen-Nefertari-s-knees

Sadly, after last week’s issue went out, ISIL apparently retook Palmyra:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/11/islamic-state-retakes-palmyra-syria
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/dec/12/syrias-ancient-city-palmyra-under-control-of-islamic-state-again-video
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/syrian-army-advances-in-aleppo-but-loses-palmyra-to-islamic-state/article33293799/?cmpid=rss1
https://www.ft.com/content/be2ede50-c054-11e6-9bca-2b93a6856354
http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/12/11/islamic-state-and-syrian-army-both-claim?videoId=370694620&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=LatestVideosUS&videoChannel=1
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/antiquities-official-fears-for-palmyra-after-is-recaptures-city/

… which led to another general piece on Palmyra:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/a-look-at-palmyra-the-historic-syrian-city-retaken-by-is/2016/12/11/88d77174-bfda-11e6-a52b-a0a126eaf9f7_story.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/look-palmyra-historic-syrian-city-retaken-194325400.html

… and coincidentally a major show on Palmyra in Paris:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-lost-treasures-syria-palmyra-3d.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/syria/2016/12/16/war-endangered-archaeological-treasures-showcased-in-paris_0b5d46ee-9c55-4fcf-bbf3-a355c6888978.html

There were features on the destruction in and ongoing concerns for Nimrud:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/iraqis-mourn-destruction-ancient-city-nimrud-isis-tried-destroy-identity-n694636
http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-fears-further-looting-of-wrecked-ancient-iraqi-city/
http://artdaily.com/news/92463/UN-fears-further-looting-of-wrecked-ancient-Iraqi-city

… and on sites destroyed by ISIL in general:

http://www.livescience.com/57172-photos-isis-destroys-iraq-heritage.html

… and Aleppo:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92405

The US has adopted a ‘legal strategy’ to prevent the sale of ISIL-looted antiquities:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221820
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-antiquities-idUSKBN14422I
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-steps-up-fight-to-cut-islamic-state-financing-and-trade-in-looted-antiquities/2016/12/15/77a7b40e-c2e1-11e6-9578-0054287507db_story.html
http://artdaily.com/news/92486/US-claims-antiquities-looted-by-IS-to-block-their-resale
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/12/16/US-files-case-against-ISIS-to-recover-ancient-ring.html
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Lawsuit-details-Islamic-State-profits-from-10799719.php

… and studying where such items ‘end up’:

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/310831-new-leads-on-looted-middle-eastern-antiquities

… and we’ve already mentioned them turning up in Geneva:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/swiss-seize-artefacts-looted-from-syrias-palmyra/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Roman Caistor St Edmund was larger than previously thought:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/roman_town_at_caistor_st_edmund_up_to_three_times_bigger_than_previously_thought_new_dig_reveals_1_4812665

A Swedish team has unearthed what the press was calling a previously unknown city near Athens:

http://www.thelocal.se/20161212/swedish-archaeologists-unearth-lost-ancient-city-in-greece
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161213074230.htm

… then they decided it was Swedish and Greek archaeologists:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-swedish-greek-archaeologists-unknown-city.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uog-sad121316.php

… but after much headline adjusting, it was credited to Swedish, Greek, and British archaeologists:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-team-unearth-ancient-greek-city-0tchx3pcj
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/greece-lost-city-vlochos-university-of-gothenburg-bournemouth-a7471246.html
http://www.livescience.com/57189-ancient-greek-village-was-large-metropolis.html
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/lost-city-dating-back-2500-years-discovered-by-archaeologists-35289817.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/12/13/archaeologists-discover-a-lost-greek-city-dating-back-2500-years/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1214/Ancient-Greek-backwater-actually-a-bustling-metropolis-research-shows
http://observer.com/2016/12/archaeologists-just-discovered-a-2500-year-old-lost-city-atop-a-greek-mountain-peak/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/archaeologists-examine-unexplored-greek-city
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5085-161212-greece-ancient-city-explored

… and then there were clarifications that the site was found years ago:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/12/14/vlochos-lost-city-ruins-discovered-200-years-ago-archaeologists-clarify/
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1023590.shtml

Remains of a Roman villa complex near Bottisham:

http://www.archaeology.org/5133-161213-england-roman-settlement

A Roman hoard from Barlaston has been declared treasure:

http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/barlaston-field-yields-more-than-2-000-pieces-of-roman-treasure/story-29978940-detail/story.html
http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/haul-of-rare-roman-coins-uncovered-in-barlaston-field-ruled-as-treasure/story-29977294-detail/story.html

Funding for a study of the peoples in Ireland and Scotland in Roman times:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/1m-study-of-lost-kingdoms-beyond-romans-reach-2hn63q36t
https://stv.tv/news/north/1375839-university-given-1million-to-uncover-europe-s-lost-kingdoms/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14970308.Archaeologists_to_explore_Scotland_of_1_600_years_ago/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/five-year-project-to-investigate-the-lost-kingdoms-of-northwest-europe

Honours for Gordon Kelly:

http://www.lclark.edu/live/news/34950-classics-professor-wins-international-recognition

Another Trojan Horse recreation in progress:

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/the-trojan-horse-ii/article_49cf88e0-6318-56df-820a-fd45b3a73fc4.html

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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1500 years bp gold items from a Danish island:

http://www.archaeology.org/5084-161212-denmark-odin-amulet

A 17th century shipwreck find:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14964012.Divers_rediscover_17th_century_shipwreck_in_bay_where_Poldark_scene_was_filmed/
http://www.cornwalllive.com/shipwreck-discovered-at-poldark-spot-in-gunwalloe/story-29980821-detail/story.html
http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2016-12-15/poldark-shipwreck-discovered-off-cornish-coast/

What they’re finding at Cambridge’s medieval burial ground:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/incoming/archaeologists-uncover-cambridges-final-resting-12337955

Not sure if this Neolithic snowshoe is a new discovery or not:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/245-1701/artifact/5127-neolithic-snow-shoe

They’re digging at St Alban’s Cathedral:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/archaeological_dig_at_st_albans_cathedral_before_construction_of_new_welcome_centre_1_4818015

A 17th century skeleton found in a Sligo cave:

http://www.independent.ie/regionals/sligochampion/news/cave-boys-life-revealed-by-sligo-cave-expert-35288252.html

Interesting graffiti/petroglyphs in a shepherd’s cave in Derbyshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/16/powerful-symbols-chiselled-shepherds-shelter-country-diary

Druids had nothing to do with the building of Stonehenge, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/14/stonehenge-there-before-druids-archaeology-1959

Latest from Tintagel:

http://www.thepost.uk.com/article.cfm?id=106911&headline=Discoveries%20made%20during%20Tintagel%20Castle%20archaeological%20dig&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

…. And a feature on Arthur’s roots:

http://discovermagazine.com/2017/janfeb/91-in-search-of-king-arthur-roots

Feature on the Craggie Bloomery:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/craggie-bloomery-iron-working-in-late-medieval-sutherland

More on the reopening of the replica Lascaux:

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/2016/1213/France-opens-Lascaux-replica-cave-better-than-the-real-thing
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/dec/15/prehistoric-cave-art-lascaux-dordogne-france-grotto-replica

More on remains of a deadly virus found in some Celtic pottery:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5080-161209-pottery-organs-virus

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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of some 2000 year bp beef soup from Henan:

http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/found-2000yearold-meat-soup/news-story/268ae0de1c82acacce293efe938dd0f0
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/16/content_27689915.htm
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/744236/bowl-of-beef-soup-2000-years-old-discovered-by-archaeologists
http://www.archaeology.org/5142-161215-china-beef-stew

Digging Cambodia’s ‘Dark Ages’:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/team-digs-cambodias-dark-ages

Remains of an Asuka period painting on a discarded wood panel:

http://www.archaeology.org/5143-161216-japan-tottori-painting

Remains of a ‘lost civilization’ from Mizoram:

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/archaeologists-could-have-uncovered-a-lost-civilisation-in-mizoram-267619.html

UNESCO is digging at some of Nepal’s earthquake-damaged sites:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/unesco-starts-excavations-at-nepal-s-quake-damaged-monument-sites/story-fdAM7HrlSwyYKxCwxY6zPL.html

Australian archaeologists are mapping the wreck of the James Mathew:

http://www.archaeology.org/5083-161212-australia-shipwreck-mapped

Feature on the Plain of Jars:

http://www.archaeology.org/exclusives/articles/5126-archive-plain-of-jars

What Charles Perreault is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20161213-global-engagement-asu-archaeologist-goes-jeep-mongolia

More on remains of Imperial sacrifices from China:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5073-161207-china-imperial-sacrifice

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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 tooth of an extinct seal (mentioned by Columbus) turns up on a Lake Worth shore:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article120609578.html
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/14/archaeologists-discover-tooth-of-extinct-seal-in-l/
http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/local/prehistoric-seal-tooth-found-along-intracoastal/DSy1yLGgJVw9TYDqutPaWI/
http://www.archaeology.org/5137-161214-caribbean-monk-seal

Searching for remains of the village of Cecomocomoco:

http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/1216/archaeologistsseekancientvillageinbeanfield.html

Marking the success of the NHPA:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/12/lets-celebrate-us-archaeologys-best-kept-secret

Feature on Cahokia:

http://arstechnica.com/features/2016/12/theres-a-1000-year-old-lost-city-beneath-the-st-louis-suburbs/

More on Ezekiel’s wheel and the conversion to Christianity of African slaves:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-archaeologist-explores-african-americans-christianity.html

More on zinc issues among the Franklin Expedition crew:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-laser-yr-old-thumbnail-rewrites-history.html
http://www.livescience.com/57176-what-doomed-franklin-polar-expedition.html

More on the end of Montezuma Castle:

http://westerndigs.org/new-evidence-reveals-violent-final-days-at-arizonas-montezuma-castle/

More on the Spirit Cave mummy:

http://nypost.com/2016/12/07/dna-testing-settles-fight-over-north-americas-oldest-mummy/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of attention for the find of the ‘Stonehenge’ of the Amazon:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/world/americas/brazil-amazon-megaliths-stonehenge.html
http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/A-Stonehenge-and-a-mystery-rises-in-the-10796874.php

Feature on a 4600 years bp elite woman burial from Peru:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/241-1701/features/top10/5116-peru-aspero-female-burial

The Atacama desert was apparently much different once upon a time:

http://www.livescience.com/57217-atacama-desert-once-wet-marshland.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38330526
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161214115038.htm

More on the Maya and shark teeth:

http://www.livescience.com/57202-megalodon-teeth-inspired-mayan-monster-myths.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/giant-megalodon-shark-teeth-might-have-inspired-mayan-monster-myths/
http://www.archaeology.org/5135-161214-maya-shark-teeth
http://www.livescience.com/57110-megalodon-sharks-maya-myths-photos.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On recruiting Monuments Men:

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/11/a-few-good-monuments-men-saving-art-from-looting-and-destruction-especially-in-the-middle-east-is-a-military-matter/

… semi-related:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2016/1203/The-preservation-warriors-saving-the-past-for-the-future

… and semi semi related blaming the west’s desire for antiquities:

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/the-wests-desire-for-antiques-has-turned-museums-into-temples-of-loot

Complaining about use of the term ‘stone age’ (which the press does regularly):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/14/yabba-dabba-dont-archaeology-needs-to-leave-the-stone-age-behind

A lost daVinci was found:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/arts/design/leonardo-da-vinci-lost-drawing-discovered.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38300217
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92428

Feature on Goethe:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-lesser-known-sides-of-goethe/a-36733095

Interesting feature on a goldfinch painting:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161207-the-intriguing-mystery-of-the-goldfinch

On the history of falconry:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/12/12/follow-the-aquila-the-eagle-huntress-and-the-ancient-history-of-falconry/

On the history of horse colours:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161207091114.htm

Big bucks for Isaac Newton’s book:

http://www.livescience.com/57229-isaac-newton-book-sold-breaks-record.html

Feel good piece on texts which were hidden in an ISIL-held monastery:

http://www.livescience.com/57240-historic-texts-hidden-isis-occupied-monastery.html
http://www.livescience.com/57239-photos-historic-texts-hidden-christian-monastery.html

Haven’t had a feature on Bedlam Hospital in a while:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161213-how-bedlam-became-a-palace-for-lunatics

Some missing aboriginal art turned up on the tourism minister’s wall:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-38302939

In case you’ve wondered about the qwerty keyboard:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161212-why-is-qwerty-on-our-keyboard

The annual top ten lists have started to appear:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/214565/article/ekathimerini/life/two-greek-sites-make-top-10-list-of-this-years-archaeological-discoveries
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/12/14/greek-archaeological-discoveries-ranked-among-the-most-important-of-2016/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/21403-two-greek-sites-in-top-10-archaeological-discoveries-for-2016.html

… and the Christmas-related stories:

http://theconversation.com/how-did-we-come-to-celebrate-christmas-66042
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-nativity/2016/12/16/48625672-c179-11e6-8422-eac61c0ef74d_story.html

… including a St Nicholas facial reconstruction:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/scientists-reconstructed-the-face-of-st-nicholas-heres-what-they-found-24593/

The Boy Scouts have their centennial:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38337136

Reviewish on a book of illuminated manuscripts:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/16/meetings-with-remarkable-manuscripts-christopher-de-hamel-review-jan-morris

… in a similar vein on Stephan Schriber’s sketchbook:

http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-illuminated-sketchbook-of-stephan-schriber-1494/

Review of Hodge, *Art in Detail*:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/12/arts/hidden-details-within-ancient-masterpieces/index.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Egyptian Mummies:

http://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/reviews/museums/dr-diana-carroll/egyptian-mummies-exploring-ancient-lives-252838
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/3d-ct-scan-visualisations-examine-six-mummies-from-egypt-between-1800-and-3000-years-ago/news-story/3f953cf456e750902f5208a58d568aa3

Gentileschi:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/12/12/504821139/long-seen-as-victim-17th-century-italian-painter-emerges-as-feminist-icon

History of World in 100 Objects:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/review-the-history-of-the-world-in-100-objects–told-without-fear-or-favour-20161212-gt98sz.html

A Woman’s Afterlife:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/sex-changes-ancient-egypt-and-contemporary-feminism-at-the-brooklyn-museum/

Syria: A Living History:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/arts/design/syrias-murderous-struggle-and-multicultural-peace.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

The Universal Museum:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1161465/legacy-of-napoleons-artistic-plunder-on-show-in-rome

A Franklin Expedition exhibition is in the works:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_artifacts_going_to_london_ottawa_for_future_franklin_exhibit/

A Dutch court has ruled that an Amsterdam Museum has to return a Scythian gold exhibition to Ukraine:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/arts/design/crimea-ukraine-allard-pierson-museum-amsterdam.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38314491
http://www.dw.com/en/crimean-gold-must-be-returned-to-ukraine-but-not-yet-a-dutch-court-rules/a-36762424
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/14/505570581/photos-dutch-court-decides-crimean-treasures-must-go-to-ukraine
http://artdaily.com/news/92444/Crimea-treasures-loaned-to-an-Amsterdam-museum-must-be-returned-to-Ukraine
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crimean-artifacts-on-loan-ukraine-180961483/
http://www.smh.com.au/world/dutch-court-rules-crimean-gold-treasures-be-returned-to-ukraine-20161215-gtblbb.html
http://nltimes.nl/2016/12/14/amsterdam-museum-ordered-return-crimean-artifacts-ukraine
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/12/dutch-court-orders-crimean-treasure-collection-be-sent-back-to-ukraine/
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/museum-must-return-crimean-treasures-to-ukraine-1.2905990

… some reaction:

http://www.pravdareport.com/society/stories/14-12-2016/136418-scythian_gold-0/

… background:

http://en.europeonline-magazine.eu/previewcrimean-conflict-bedevils-artefacts-return-dutch-court-to-ruleby-annette-birschel-dpa_500164.html

Another court is giving the Gurlitt Nazi era hoard to a Swiss museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38332637
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92462

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On assorted techniques to find ‘hidden’ aspects of artifacts:

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Hi-tech-reveals-hidden-doors-in-ancient-artifacts-paintings-475162

Using forensic techniques to determine the gender of folks making hand stencils on paleolithic cave walls:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-forensic-technique-reveals-sex-prehistoric.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5134-161213-stencil-geometric-morphometrics

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting study of the rabies genome:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-major-groups-rabies-virus-distinct.html

More on smallpox in a Lithuanian mummy:

http://www.livescience.com/57164-oldest-smallpox-strain-found-in-mummy.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/smallpox-may-not-be-an-ancient-disease-after-all
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92375

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Freemasonry in Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161209-secret-history-of-the-freemasons-in-scotland

Pontine:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/pontine-italian-islands-odysseus-bewitched-pontius-pilate-skinny/

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CRIME BEAT
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Tommy Thompson refuses to reveal where shipwreck gold is located:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/12/14/a-treasure-hunter-found-3-tons-of-sunken-gold-and-cant-leave-jail-until-he-says-where-it-is/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/12/culture-crime-news-5-11-december-2016.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A pair of Nazi looted paintings was returned to beneficiaries in Canada:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92409

The UAE returned some Islamic era lamps to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/253156/Heritage/Islamic/Egypt-antiquities-ministry-receives-two-stolen-Isl.aspx

Italy returned a dozen items to Mexico:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2427261&CategoryId=14091
http://info-europa.com/uncategorized/mexico-recovers-12-archaeological-pieces-from-italy/90768

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n50.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n51.html

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http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2525-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-december-2016-12-december-2016
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John Smith:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/dec/14/john-smith-obituary-other-lives

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http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Explorator 19.33 ~ December 11, 2016

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Bob Heuman,
David Critchley, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rodgers,
David Emery, Allan Brockway, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering whether Neanderthals were ‘religious’:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/12/07/504650215/were-neanderthals-religious

Of course they’re putting a ‘paleo diet’ spin on this study of Acheulian diet from a site in northern Israel:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-secrets-paleo-diet-discovery-reveals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/thuo-sot120516.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161205164935.htm
http://www.timesofisrael.com/traces-of-true-paleo-diet-emerge-from-muck-in-northern-israel/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2115127-ancient-leftovers-show-the-real-paleo-diet-was-a-veggie-feast/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.757109
http://www.archaeology.org/5068-161206-paleolithic-plant-diet

More on Lucy in the trees:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/science/lucy-bones-trees.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92195

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AFRICA
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Review of McKenzie and Watson, *The Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia*:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/12/10/sacred-mysteries-ancient-ethiopian-echoes-roman-antiquity/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some statues of Sekhmet from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/251690/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statues-of-lioness-goddess-Sekhmet-unearthed-in-Lu.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/5081-lion-headed-goddess-statues-unearthed-in-luxor

Comparing Trump to Rameses II (!):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/05/ramesses-ii-victor-of-kadesh-a-kindred-spirit-of-trump

More on that boat from Abydos:

https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/news/penn-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-egyptian-boat-in-middle-of-desert
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3905742/3-800-year-old-Egyptian-tableau-depict-funerary-boats-carried-Pharaoh-Senusret-III-tomb.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/pharaonic-boat-burial-abydos-egypt-04350.html

More on Nefertari’s knees in Turin:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-mummified-egyptian-queen-nefertari.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uoy-mri120216.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161202094342.htm
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-mummy-legs-belonged-egyptian-145300400.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/02/mummified-knees-are-queen-nefertaris-archaeologists-conclude
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/05/504449966/researchers-confident-mysterious-pair-of-mummified-knees-belonged-to-queen-nefer
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1206/Queen-Nefertari-s-knees-Egyptologists-confirm-mysterious-find
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2016/12/06/queen-nefertari-mummy-found-at-turin-3_c22c8ff3-951f-461d-9049-f19f55db65d5.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/mummified-legs-may-belong-to-egyptian-queen-nefertari

More on that 2000 years bp ‘pet cemetery’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-discover-ancient-pet-cemetery-egypt-180961292/

More on the MOU between Egypt and the US:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/people/us-egypt-sign-agreement-to-thwart-trade-in-illegal-antiquities.aspx

Last week we had this plant domestication story in the Asia section; it also applies here:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-prehistoric-highlight-diverse-cereal-domestication.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uoc–ppr120116.php
http://www.archaeology.org/5075-161207-neolithic-staple-crops

… while this week we’re hearing plant domestication began in Syria:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/snrc-nsw120216.php
http://scienmag.com/neolithic-syrians-were-first-to-domesticate-cereals/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/12/05/ciencia/1480954076_447391.html

Stained glass from Bathonea:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stained-glass-evidence-of-high-living-standards-in-ancient-bathonea.aspx?pageID=238&nID=106990&NewsCatID=375

Gobeklitepe is getting Heritage Status:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gobeklitepe-to-soon-enter-unesco-list.aspx?pageID=238&nid=106917&NewsCatID=375

An item from the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Summit in Abu Dhabi:

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/cutting-the-lines-of-smugglers

Feature/interview on the black market in antiquities in Syria:

http://syriadirect.org/news/how-the-antiquities-black-market-thrives-on-syria-%E2%80%98we-have-the-collapse-of-state-institutions-and-the-society-holding-them-all-together%E2%80%99/
http://syriadirect.org/news/artifact-trafficking-and-the-battle-to-stop-it-its-open-season/

Some heritage sheep have returned to Israel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/biblical-sheep-in-israel-for-first-time-in-millennia/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/baa-baa-biblical-sheep-have-you-an-israeli-passport/

Feature on Mesopotamia:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-chinese-surgeons-opened-skulls-and-minds-180961286/

More on Hebrew as the first alphabet:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-archeologist-proof-hebrew-written-alphabet.html

,,, but cf:

http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=779

More on evidence of Bronze Age water pollution in Jordan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uow-rmh120216.php
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/polluted-river-southern-jordan-smelting-copper-waterloo-1.3882242
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/river-polluted-with-copper-in-late-neolithic-jordan
http://www.archaeology.org/5069-161206-wadi-faynan-pollution

More on vandalism at the Herodion at Sebastia:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4887488,00.html

Some sites have been recovered in the Mosul offensive:

http://www.livescience.com/57135-historic-iraq-sites-reclaimed-in-mosul-offensive.html

Some significant inscriptions survived at Nimrud:

http://www.livescience.com/57161-ancient-inscriptions-survive-isil-attacks.html

As the week ended, we heard that ISIL was back in Palmyra:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/isis-is-back-in-the-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra/2016/12/10/d60523b3-21c5-4db7-883c-6f89305c1b25_story.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38275905

… but this a.m. we get word that Russian bombing has driven them out again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-pulls-out-of-ancient-palmyra-after-heavy-russian-bombing-a7467996.html
http://www.dw.com/en/heavy-russian-air-raids-drive-islamic-state-out-of-syrias-palmyra-monitor/a-36725282
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38280283

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A Bronze Age burial featuring a crown from Pieria:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/21270-rare-late-bronze-age-crown-found-in-pieria-northern-greece.html

Interesting study of evidence for malaria in the Italian peninsula during Roman times:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-overwhelming-evidence-malaria-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/mu-rfo113016.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161206111728.htm
http://www.livescience.com/57108-malaria-found-in-ancient-roman-skeletons.html
http://www.archaeology.org/5066-161205-italy-malaria-parasite

Evidence of frankincense used in Roman burials:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-dirt-insight-roman-burials.html

Erotic frescoes from Pompeii were in the news this week:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/weird-and-wacky/raunchy-paintings-from-pompeii-show-2000-year-old-porn/news-story/9c49235169cd475f24916acacbe12c19
http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/08/up-pompeii-erotic-paintings-reveal-sex-lives-of-ancient-romans-6308999/

… as were some other villas that opened after restoration:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2016/12/09/pompeii-marvels-on-display-after-restoration_16355762-2a88-4fe0-8a4e-e101b69bc276.html

Feature on the Roman monetary system:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/12/sestertius-was-cornerstone-in-roman-monetary-system.all.html

On today’s version of Stoicism:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/stoicism-2016-ryan-holiday-how-the-2300-year-old-philosophy-has-been-re-branded-for-modern-life-a7461386.html

The Romans-had-perfect-teeth thing is back again:

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Scientists-studied-ancient-Romans-and-found-that-10786173.php

A Roman tombstone — lost in a fire — turns up in New York:

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/222013725-story
http://www.sciencealert.com/construction-workers-have-found-an-ancient-roman-tombstone-in-new-york

What Mary Beard was up to this week:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ukip-arron-banks-mary-beard-rome_uk_5845c2d5e4b07ac7244927f6
http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/jennifer-selway/741991/romans-twitter-row-Ukip-Arron-Banks-Mary-Beard-historian

What’s happening to Latin teachers:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Latin-enthusiasts-lament-language-s-decline-10787810.php

More on the ‘gladiator’ ban in Rome:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/rome-gladiators-ban-rickshaws-italy-tourist-photographs-a7455386.html

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A pair of burials from a neolithic/Bronze Age site in Anglesey are causing a bit of a rethink of the origins of agriculture in North Wales:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/human-remains-found-internationally-important-12274261
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/early-neolithic-houses-found-at-site-in-wales
http://www.archaeology.org/5065-161205-wales-llanfaethlu-remains

Reassessment of some Bronze Age remains excavated on the Isle of Man in 1947 have revealed assorted bone objects:

http://www.archaeology.org/5067-161205-bone-knife-pommel

A pile of 2000+ years bp bloomeries from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,412267,mazowieckie-more-than-70-bloomeries-from-2-thousand-years-ago-discovered-in-kanie.html

Gleanings from an Iron Age site on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-38207134
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/14948934.Iron_age_man_gets_his_teeth_into_his_work/
http://www.archaeology.org/5071-161206-orkney-broch-jaw

Evidence of a deadly virus from pottery from an Iron Age hillfort in Germany:

http://www.archaeology.org/5080-161209-pottery-organs-virus

Burials of monks at a site near Glastonbury are the oldest in the UK:

http://www.livescience.com/57114-earliest-monastery-in-britain.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/05/somerset-skeletons-are-oldest-evidence-of-monks-found-in-uk
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/14946279.Archaeologists_uncover_remains_of_Britain_s_oldest_monastery_in_Somerset/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14948527.EARLIEST_KNOWN_MONKS_IN_BRITISH_ISLES_UNCOVERED_IN_SOMERSET/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-community-monks-uk-discovered-180961327/
http://www.archaeology.org/5064-161205-england-earliest-monastery

… not sure why they’re bringing up an Arthur connection:

http://www.livescience.com/57114-earliest-monastery-in-britain.html

Plenty of horsebits from a 9th century (or so) site in Russia:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2016/12/08/dozens-1300-year-old-horse-bits-russian-archaeological/#axzz4SXOsvpn9

Viking gold found in Denmark … live on TV:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20161205/viking-gold-discovered-in-denmark-on-live-tv

An ‘Odin amulet’ from Denmark:

http://www.thelocal.dk/20161209/rare-1500-year-old-odin-amulet-found-in-denmark

Finds from various periods during road construction in Cork:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/treasure-trove-of-artifacts-found-under-cork-street-434599.html

Studying a deserted 19th century village on Achill Island:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5070-161206-ireland-deserted-village

A painting of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace has been ‘saved’ from export:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-38274938

Looking closer at some of those Black Sea shipwrecks:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/569340/crimea-shipwreck-british-gold-barrels-divers-nazi-hitler-crimean-war

On Versailles:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-what-is-it-about-versailles-69559

More on that submerged Neolithic settlement off Sweden:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/underwater-stone-age-fishermans-paradise-145600502.html

More on that Viking toolbox find:

http://www.livescience.com/57063-viking-tools-found-at-mysterious-fortress.html

More on that ‘plague pit’:

http://www.livescience.com/57092-black-death-burial-pit-discovered.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-38146468
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/skeletons-of-27-children-found-in-extremely-rare-black-death-burial-pit-35256408.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-death-plague-pit-with-48-skeletons-is-extremely-rare-find/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-death-plague-pit-48-183900740.html
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/rare-plague-pit-find-made-by-sheffield-archaeologists-1-8264816

More on the Lascaux replica:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-france-lascaux-prehistoric-art-cave.html

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Plans to excavate the tomb of the wife of Liu He:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/06/content_27576213.htm

Not sure if we mentioned the excavation of the Yongshan Blood Pool in Shaanxi:

http://www.ecns.cn/2016/12-07/236745.shtml
http://www.archaeology.org/5073-161207-china-imperial-sacrifice

Plenty of porcelain from various dynasties at a site in Qingdong:

http://www.archaeology.org/5078-161208-shanghai-silk-road

Archaeology and the future of nomads in Mongolia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/07/archaeology-sheds-light-on-mongolias-uncertain-nomadic-future

I think we mentioned these 110 sites (30 000 years bp) from Pakistan:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/30000-year-old-relics-discovered-in-pakistan/1/830357.html
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/170761-110-archaeological-sites-discovered-in-Jamrud
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1257694/30000-year-old-rock-art-110-heritage-sites-discovered-khyber-agency/
http://www.newsnation.in/article/153550-archaeologists-discover-110-sites-in-pakistan-that-are-30000-year-old.html

1000 years bp temple remains from Raisen:

http://www.freepressjournal.in/bhopal/bhopal-1000-year-old-temples-discovered-in-raisen/985072

On trepanation in ancient China:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-chinese-surgeons-opened-skulls-and-minds-180961286/

On Flinders’ encounters with the Aborigines:

http://theconversation.com/the-limits-of-empathy-matthew-flinders-encounters-with-indigenous-australians-69345

More on that 6000 years bp pentagon house from Shanxi:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-11/30/content_27524061.htm

More on Han Dynasty (and earlier) burials from the suburbs of Beijing:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/diggers-find-ancient-tombs-beijing-suburb-44078567
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/09/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/diggers-find-ancient-tombs-beijing-suburb/

More on that sculpture with a Ming dynasty banknote inside:

http://www.livescience.com/57026-ming-dynasty-banknote-found-inside-sculpture.html

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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Studying a 2200 years bp site on the Exploits River:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/archaeologists-uncover-artifacts-old-grand-falls-windsor-groswater-1.3884429?cmp=rss

Archaeology suggests a violent end at Arizona’s Montezuma Castle:

http://westerndigs.org/new-evidence-reveals-violent-final-days-at-arizonas-montezuma-castle/
http://www.archaeology.org/5082-161209-arizona-montezuma-castle

… while some clay figurines from Arizona may be fertility figures:

http://westerndigs.org/earliest-known-clay-figurines-in-the-southwest-may-be-fertility-symbols-study-says/

Lack of zinc is implicated in the death of a Franklin Expedition crew member:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/franklin-expedition-toenail-research-1.3885268
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674fingernail-toenail_study_offers_insights_into_why_franklin_crew_died/
http://www.nature.com/news/fingernail-absolves-lead-poisoning-in-death-of-arctic-explorer-1.21128
http://www.archaeology.org/5079-161209-beechey-island-graves

Latest about Kennewick Man:

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article119088553.html
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/dec/06/kennewick-man-skeleton-closer-to-tribal-return/

Studying a ‘tsunami of molasses’ in 1919:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/science/boston-molasses-flood-science.html

They’re rethinking the naming of Calhoun College at Yale:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/arts/design/yale-calhoun-college-slavery-debate-policy.html
http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20161202/yale-to-consider-changing-calhoun-colleges-name-based-on-renaming-report

On the electoral college:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/12/11/the-electoral-college-is-a-medieval-relic-only-the-u-s-still-has-one/

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The ancient Maya brought shark teeth to the jungle, apparently:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/12/how-the-ancient-maya-brought-sharks-to-the-jungle/

Latest theory on the people of Easter Island:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/vida-en-linea/2016/12/05/expertos-presentan-renovadas-teorias-sobre-el-origen-de-la-poblacion-de-isla-de-pascua/

More on ancient funerary mutilation in Brazil:

http://www.livescience.com/57017-ancient-mutilated-skeletons-found-in-brazil.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-americans-mutilated-corpses-funeral-150000626.html

More on that temple to the god of the winds:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2016/12/06/actualidad/1481039126_026921.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A copy of Isaac Newton’s Principia is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/05/principia-sir-isaac-newton-first-edition-auction-christies-new-york

Assorted Indiana Jonesish people:

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/12/09/5-People-Who-Were-Basically-Indiana-Jones/

On the origins of apple cider:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-origins-apple-cider-180960662/

The influence of maps on Shakespeare:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-maps-shaped-shakespeare-180961194/

The British Library has put a pile of Hebrew manuscripts online:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92343

All about Krampus:

http://www.dw.com/en/krampus-santas-terrifying-companion/g-36637461

On zero:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161206-we-couldnt-live-without-zero-but-we-once-had-to

This stolen Klimt story is interesting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38242917
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38222277

The Belle Epoque wasn’t always so belle:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161207-the-dark-side-of-the-belle-epoque

An overview of the Arthurian legend:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-the-arthurian-legend-64289

I think we’ve mentioned this Swabian beer recreation:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/iron-age-drink/

Review of Fine, *The Menorah*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/books/review/a-history-of-the-menorah.html?_r=0

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Virtually unwrapped mummies:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-egyptian-mummies-virtually-unwrapped-australia.html
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/learning-what-lays-inside-the-wrappings-of-a-mummy/8102602
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-08/egyptian-mummies-laid-bare-by-21st-technology/8103526
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-08/egyptian-mummies-virtually-unwrapped-for-first-time-in-thousands-of-years/1638360

Hadrian’s Cavalry:

http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/whats-on/arts/major-roman-cavalry-exhibition-announced-along-hadrian-s-wall-1-8275259
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/hadrians-wall-world-heritage-site-12273223

Royal Treasures of the Nguyen Dynasty:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/what-s-on/168108/exhibition-on-royal-treasures-opens-in-hue.html

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/07/chinas-terracotta-warriors-to-return-to-uk-for-first-time-in-nearly-a-decade
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-38229560
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/07/terracotta-warriors-return-britain/
http://www.apollo-magazine.com/chinas-terracotta-army-is-coming-to-liverpool/

The antiquities at the Getty are returning:

http://dallasartdealers.org/j-paul-getty-museum-begins-reinstallation-of-antiquities-collection-at-the-getty-villa/

Quran:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/exhibit-illuminates-divine-art-quran/

Time and Cosmos in Greco Roman Antiquity:

http://hyperallergic.com/331494/time-and-cosmos-institute-study-ancient-world/

A Virgin and Child sculpture is back on view at the BM:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/10/british-museum-medieval-virgin-child-statue

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Developments in dating aboriginal petroglyphs:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-techniques-date-australian-aboriginal-art.html

We mentioned this map restoration last week … here’s the process:

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/watch-a-destroyed-17th-century-map-get-painstakingly-re-1789490980

Adjusting dating methods because of the impact of fossil fuel emissions:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/awih-iam120516.php
http://www.awi.de/nc/en/about-us/service/press/press-release/identifying-age-measurements-distorted-by-fossil-fuel-emissions.html

Xraying a portrait at the Charles Dickens Museum:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92267

Robert the Bruce got the facial reconstruction treatment:

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-digitally-reconstructed-skull-reveal-robert.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/08/sprucing-up-robert-the-bruce-scottish-kings-face-gets-3d-treatment
http://www.archaeology.org/5076-161208-robert-the-bruce

… as did the Neolithic Jericho skull guy:

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-is-the-reconstructed-face-of-9-500-year-old-neolithic-man

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA reveals about freed slaves on St Helena:

http://www.nature.com/news/what-dna-reveals-about-st-helena-s-freed-slaves-1.21096
http://www.archaeology.org/5074-161207-genome-transatlantic-trade

The genome analysis of the Spirit Cave Mummy is done:

http://www.nature.com/news/what-dna-reveals-about-st-helena-s-freed-slaves-1.21096

DNA suggests smallpox may have emerged more recently than previously thought:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/mu-sot120216.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161208141635.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38243108
http://www.archaeology.org/5077-161208-lithuania-smallpox-virus
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/12/08/504618235/a-mummys-dna-may-help-solve-the-mystery-of-the-origins-of-smallpox
http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/12/08/ciencia/1481196001_087293.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
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Assorted Roman sites:

http://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2016/12/07/actualidad/1481122643_428300.html

Ostia:

http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2016-12-8/ostia-italy

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CRIME BEAT
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That gate stolen from Dachau a while back turned up in Norway:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=92196

More on antiquities from Palmyra turning up in Geneva:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/palmyra-antiquities-seized-at-geneva-free-port-/
https://www.artforum.com/news/id=65155
http://www.timesofisrael.com/swiss-seize-artefacts-looted-from-syrias-palmyra/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/12/culture-crime-news-28-november-4-december-2016.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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Returns to Egypt from various countries:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-recovers-7-artifacts-us-switzerland-and-uae
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/251519/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Fruitful-week-for-repatriation-of-Egyptian-antiqui.aspx

… and it’s been a good year for repatriation of Egyptian items:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-retrieved-over-500-smuggled-artifacts-2016official

Bolivia recovered some items from Argentina:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2426874&CategoryId=14919

Remains of some Tasmanian Aborigines have been returned:

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4587935.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-06/aboriginal-remains-return-to-tasmania/8095502

More on the return of that mummy hand:

http://www.livescience.com/57076-stolen-mummy-hand-returned-to-egypt.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n50.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/2524-audio-news-from-archaeologica-27-november-2016-3-december-2016
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OBITUARIES
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[it appears the rate of deaths among archaeologists is inversely proportional to the rate of deaths among celebrities this year]

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CONFERENCES
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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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