Explorator 20.09 ~ June 25, 2017

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explorator 20.09 June 25, 2017
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Don Buck, Adrienne Mayor, Kris Curry,
Rick Heli, David Critchley, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Not quite sure whether this should be classified ‘Early humans’ or ‘Ancient Near East’ … ‘million year old’ stone tools from Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/06/23/archaeologists-discover-million-year-old-stone-artifacts-in-turkeys-tunceli

More on the search for evidence of first fire use:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/quest-for-clues-to-humanitys-first-fires/

More on where homo floresiensis fits into the hominid family tree:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/genetic-modelling-adds-a-new-twist-to-hobbit-ancestry-question

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AFRICA
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This probably should be filed under Egypt … a 3400 years bp gold worker’s tomb from the Sudan:

https://www.livescience.com/59534-ancient-nubia-tomb-of-gold-worker-found.html
https://www.livescience.com/59532-photos-ancient-tomb-along-nile.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-3400-year-old-tomb-gold-worker-discovered-nile-river-island-1627094
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5669-170619-sudan-gold-worker

Concerns for sites in Nigeria:

http://thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2017/06/expert-urges-ngsg-to-protect-archaeological-sites/

More on the ‘lost’ city dating back to the 10th century in Ethiopia:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ancient-city-ethiopia-country-history.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-thriving-trade-city-found-ethiopia-180963757/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/harlaa-discovery-12th-century-mosque-bronze-silver-coins-university-exeter-timothy-insoll-a7805956.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/long-lost-city-believed-be-home-giants-unearthed-ethiopia-1627034
https://qz.com/1008940/an-ancient-islamic-city-has-been-found-under-harlaa-an-ethiopian-town-where-local-lore-spoke-of-giants/
http://www.newser.com/story/244589/lost-islamic-city-held-riches-from-a-world-away.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-thriving-trade-city-found-ethiopia-180963757/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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6000 years bp (give or take) petroglyphs from south of Luxor are being connected to the invention of hieroglyphs:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/06/20/yale-archaeologists-discover-earliest-monumental-egyptian-hieroglyphs
https://www.livescience.com/59588-billboard-of-hieroglyphs-contains-cosmic-message.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/271427/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Inscriptions-showing-early-hieroglyphic-writing-di.aspx
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/75896/20170622/archaeologists-yale-university-uncovers-breakthrough-egyptian-hieroglyphics-discovery.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/6000-year-old-rock-art-shows-emergence-ancient-egypt-hieroglyphs-1627540
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5677-170622-egypt-rock-art

Studying 2000 years bp graffiti in the tomb of Rameses VI:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414643,in-a-pharaoh-tomb-archaeologist-examines-the-inscriptions–of-ancient-tourists.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5681-170623-egyptian-ancient-graffiti

That wooden prosthetic toe from from tomb in Luxor found a few years ago was back in the news:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-wooden-toe-swiss-egyptologists-year-old.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uob-awt062017.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170620093118.htm
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeology_swiss-examine–extraordinary–egyptian-faux-toe/43274046?&ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss
https://www.livescience.com/59581-ancient-prosthetic-toe-found-in-egyptian-grave.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/weird-archaeological-find-wooden-prosthetic-big-toe-ancient-egypt-2556234
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-secrets-ancient-cairo-toe-180963783/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/health/ancient-egypt-wooden-toe-prosthetic-trnd/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5672-170620-egypt-prosthetic-toe
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/egyptologists-study-3000-year-old-wooden-toe

Feature on Khufu’s second solar boat:

http://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.109

Feature on the al Maala necropolis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/271375/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AlMaala-necropolis-site-in-Upper-Egypt-is-scientif.aspx

Ship waste threatens sunken antiquities in Alexandria’s harbour:

http://www.trtworld.com/mea/egypts-sunken-antiquities-threatened-by-ship-waste-382161

More on child burials near Amarna:

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0617/ancient_egyptian_juvenile_graves.php3

More on that 2500 years bp tomb find:

http://observer.com/2017/06/egyptian-tomb-artifacts-discovered/

Finds from various periods at a site in Huqoq:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4976864,00.html

A 900 years bp women’s jewellery collection from Modin:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4295
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Modi%E2%80%99in-students-uncover-a-gem-of-an-excavation-.aspx
http://www.timesofisrael.com/school-pupils-help-find-900-year-old-crusader-jewelry-trove/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/900-year-old-womens-jewelry-collection-discovered-in-modiin/2017/06/20/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Students-unearth-rare-900-year-old-jewelry-collection-in-Modiin-excavation-497399
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/231297
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/6/20/volunteers-discover-900-year-old-ancient-jewelry-in-crusader-fortress
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4979084,00.html
http://forward.com/fast-forward/375177/israeli-kids-help-excavate-900-year-old-crusader-fortress/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5670-170620-crusader-fortress-jewelry

Finding that ‘hidden text’ on a potsherd in a museum in Israel has spurred the search for more hidden texts:

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/6/18/discovery-of-hidden-text-prompts-new-approach-to-biblical-digs-in-israel

… in case you missed it:

https://www.livescience.com/59545-ancient-inscription-requests-more-wine.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-pottery-message-more-wine/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-calling-wine-found-ancient-pottery-shard-180963780/

An aerial survey of sites in Iraq:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/06/iraq-uses-aerial-survey-for-antiques.html

Feature on Ishtar:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-legend-of-ishtar-first-goddess-of-love-and-war-78468

Some artworks destroyed/damaged by ISIL in Palmyra have been restored:

http://www.dw.com/en/two-palmyra-artworks-destroyed-by-is-restored-for-first-time/a-39344347

More on the redating of that tower in Jerusalem:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/carbon-dating-undermines-biblical-narrative-for-ancient-jerusalem-tower/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5673-170621-jerusalem-stone-tower

More on the antiquities bust near Tzippori:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hiker-helps-stop-antiquities-robbing-gang-in-northern-israel/

Major tourism hopes for the Hittite site at Comum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-hittite-capital-corum-hopes-for-half-a-million-tourists.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114591&NewsCatID=375

An overview of monuments lost in conflicts in the Middle East:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/architecture/precious-monuments-lost-in-middle-east-conflicts/index.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/major-heritage-centres-that-the-islamic-state-has-destroyed/article19134355.ece

ISIL was much in the news this week … first, they lost control of Sergiopolis:

https://english.almanar.com.lb/289236

… and they blew up the 12th century Al Nuri mosque in Mosul:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40363671
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/world/middleeast/mosul-nuri-mosque-isis.html?emc=edit_na_20170621&nl=breaking-news&nlid=10296088&ref=cta
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/21/islaimic-state-blows-landmark-great-mosque-al-nuri-famous-leaning/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/22/533903315/isis-destroys-historic-mosque-in-mosul-as-iraqi-forces-close-in
http://www.dw.com/en/is-destroys-mosul-mosque-where-leader-baghdadi-declared-caliphate/a-39357749
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/isis-blows-up-mosque-in-mosul-where-baghdadi-declared-caliphate/2017/06/21/7070ff30-56b9-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/is-blows-up-mosul-mosque-latest-heritage-site-destroyed/2017/06/22/71b50772-5747-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html
http://nationalpost.com/news/world/israel-middle-east/isil-militants-destroy-famed-12th-century-mosque-in-iraqs-historic-city-of-mosul/wcm/cce78951-0b0a-40ee-981d-1e85eaae5ce2
https://www.yahoo.com/news/blows-mosul-mosque-latest-heritage-123237913.html

… related op eds:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39339373
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0622/ISIS-destroys-Mosul-mosque-thought-to-be-act-of-desperation
http://theconversation.com/destroying-mosuls-great-mosque-islamic-states-symbolic-war-to-the-end-80002

Overview of cultural destruction in Mosul:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/Mosul-ISIS-Islamic-State-Iraq-Nuri-Mosque-Hadba-Minaret/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Evidence of ‘wine culture’ emerging at Ipplepen:

http://www.devonlive.com/new-findings-show-ancient-devon-folk-had-a-taste-for-exotic-food-and-drink/story-30398815-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-40330840
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/06/further-evidence-pre-roman-britons-had-wine-culture/

1600 years bp mosaic from Adiyaman:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1600-year-old-mosaic-found-in-turkeys-adiyaman-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114479&NewsCatID=375
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/19/c_136377893.htm

An ancient road find at Termessos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-road-found-in-termessos-ancient-city-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=114632&NewsCatID=375

Surveying at Idomeni:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/25990-archaeologists-idomeni-has-always-been-an-important-north-south-route-in-greece.html

Feature on the dig at Hawara:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/canadian-scholars-explore-ancient-nabataean-site-hawara

Suggestion Shetland ponies may have pulled chariots in Colchester:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/19/shetland-ponies-could-have-pulled-chariots-colchester-find-suggests/

Studying skulls to track migrations in the Roman empire:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ancient-skulls-migration-roman-empire.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/ncsu-ass062017.php

Evidence of earthquake ‘awareness’ at Troy:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-measures-against-quakes-seen-in-troy-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114452&NewsCatID=375

How China viewed Rome in the third century:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/ancient-text-roman-chinese-2006-2017/

Big bucks for a Roman sculpture:

https://www.livescience.com/59543-roman-sculpture-auctioned-for-nearly-1-million.html

That recovered Hercules sarcophagus is on display in Geneva:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-hercules-on-display-in-geneva-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114537&NewsCatID=375

Victor Nuovo’s latest looks at Machiavelli and Livy:

http://addisonindependent.com/201706victor-nuovo-machiavelli-living-dark-times-livy-0

What the Wonder Woman movie gets right:

http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2017/06/13/amazons-in-all-shapes-sizes-and-colors-what-the-wonder-woman-movie-got-right/

Honours for Jack Davis:

http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/albaniaaward.html

More on threats against Sarah Bond:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/19/classicist-finds-herself-target-online-threats-after-article-ancient-statues
http://www.press-citizen.com/story/opinion/2017/06/22/ui-classics-professor-deserves-support-during-online-attacks/419512001/
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2017062315475874

What Jesse Weiner is up to:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/professor-classics-jesse-weiner-leads-classical-traditions-seminar

Nice feature on mosaics:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-world-of-mosaics-from-tivoli-to-tottenham-court-road/

Wallsend Roman Fort gets its centurion:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40319065

Review of Man, *Amazons*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/she-devils-on-horseback-in-search-of-the-fabled-amazons/
http://www.theartsdesk.com/books/john-man-amazons-review-real-warrior-women-ancient-world

More on the catacombs of Domitilla:

https://www.livescience.com/59424-paintings-of-christ-in-roman-catacombs.html

Assorted coverage of the revelation of the popularity of Thucydides among assorted folks in the White House:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/21/why-the-white-house-is-reading-greek-history-215287
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/06/21/steve_bannon_likes_thucydides_for_all_the_wrong_reasons.html
http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/06/22/politico-trump-administration-seeks-insight-in-u-s-a-china-relations-from-ancient-greek-historian/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting dig of a burial mound at Bryn Celli ddu Angelsey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/21/archeologists-unearth-prehistoric-ritual-area-bryn-celli-ddu-anglesey
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bryn-celli-ddu-burial-anglesey–13226143
http://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/177473/a-celebration-of-anglesey-s-neolithic-past-draws-the-crowds-to-bryn-celli-ddu.aspx
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/inside-5000-year-old-tomb-13227182
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5675-170621-bryn-celli-ddu

7000 years bp remains (burials and more) from Sion (Switzerland):

https://www.thelocal.ch/20170623/archaeologists-find-7000-year-old-human-remains-in-sion-city

Evidence of the popularity of amber some 3500 years bp:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414642,archeologist-amber-was-popular-in-europe-already-35-thousand-years-ago.html

Mapping hill forts in Ireland:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/22/hillforts-uk-ireland-mapped-first-time-online-database-atlas
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40359829
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-british-isles-hill-forts-using-new-online-atlas-180963803/

A metal detectorist found a 1400 years bp jewellery box:

http://www.westsussextoday.co.uk/news/i-thought-it-was-a-bomb-says-treasure-hunter-who-found-1-400-year-old-jewellery-1-8018371
http://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/i-thought-it-was-a-bomb-says-treasure-hunter-who-found-1-400-year-old-jewellery-1-8018371
http://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/county-news-i-thought-it-was-a-bomb-treasure-hunter-s-amazing-find-1-8018412

Burials found during the search for a Saxon church in Staffordshire:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/penkridge/2017/06/23/skeletons-uncovered-at-staffordshire-church/

A sword came out of one of those Viking boat graves in Iceland that we mentioned last week:

http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2017/06/17/video_viking_sword_removed_from_boat_grave/

A Viking toilet from southern Denmark:

http://sciencenordic.com/1000-year-old-viking-toilet-uncovered-denmark
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/unexpected-viking-toilet-discovery-leads-to-controversy/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5682-170623-denmark-viking-privy

Feature on Viking plates:

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/24/viking-culture-food

Searching for the Old Deer monastery:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40379384

Evidence of brutal medieval punishment from a Portuguese necropolis:

https://www.livescience.com/59529-medieval-skeletons-with-hands-feet-amputated.html

A medieval sword from a bog in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414626,lubelskie-medieval-sword-discovered-at-a-peat-bog.html
http://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/amazing-14th-century-longsword-found-polish-bog/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5667-170619-poland-medieval-sword

Medieval stones from the site of Coventry’s new water park:

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/archaeologists-find-medieval-carved-stones-13204501
http://world.einnews.com/article/387822549/live

Medieval glass bracelets from Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/06/24/archaeology-ancient-glass-bracelets-found-at-newly-discovered-necropolis-near-plovdivs-small-basilica/

Plenty of bits of medieval pottery from Pembrokeshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-40393391

Remains of a 250 years bp ‘lost’ estate near Exeter:

http://www.devonlive.com/archaeologists-accidentally-stumble-across-250-year-old-lost-mansion-on-estate-near-exeter/story-30400537-detail/story.html

Finds from various periods during bypass construction in Lincoln:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/nine-fascinating-archaeological-finds-lincolnshire-121565

A 17th century shipwreck off Stockholm has been identified (I think we mentioned this):

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.797286

On the crisis British archaeology is facing:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/20/trouble-brewing-british-archaeology

On the battle that settled the War of the Roses:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40292647

A prehistoric site in Plovdiv was bulldozed:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/06/22/archaeology-oldest-prehistoric-settlement-site-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-bulldozed/

Colorizing some Pictish stones:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-40286318

Raising funds to put a Bronze Age skeleton on display in a Scots museum:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15367632.Bronze_Age_skeleton_is_a_step_closer_to_rattling_its_way_into_the_limelight_thanks_to___50_000_donation/

Feature on petroglyphs in the Swabian Jura:

http://www.dw.com/en/caves-and-ice-age-art-in-the-swabian-jura/a-39314348
http://www.dw.com/en/the-worlds-oldest-ice-age-artworks/g-39306118

More on possible medieval cat skinning:

https://www.livescience.com/59443-medieval-farmers-skinned-cats.html

More on that abbey wall find in Canterbury:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/remarkable-historic-find-at-universitys-127687/

More on ‘Firehenge’:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/excavations-near-avebury-uncover-mysterious-firehenge-800-years-older-than-stonehenge/news-story/5c77e180d84d2ca6bfc04a5d465ad845?from=rss-basic

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of a 3000 years bp ‘sun altar’ from Xinjiang:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/media/China-Ancient-sun-altar-918201.php

Excavations have started at a 1000 years bp site in Xinjiang:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/21/c_136383422.htm
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=91910

A woven basket and other items from a site in Kashihara:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706220039.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5679-170622-japan-basket-stand

Remains of a colonial garden in Whanghanui:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=11879627

Praise for a Chinese citizen who turned over finds from his garden to a museum:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-06/23/content_29857304.htm

Hype for a documentary about China:

http://www.pbs.org/show/story-china/

More on those human sacrifice remains at Yinxu:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-skeletal-sacrificial-victims-shang-dynasty.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/human-sacrifice-victims-killed-bloody-rituals-china-3000-years-ago-were-war-captives-1626856
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-human-sacrifices-were-prisoners-162419239.html
https://qz.com/1011851/archaeologists-have-found-proof-that-the-ancient-chinese-shang-dynasty-used-foreign-slaves/

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NORTH AMERICA
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A prehistoric fish trap and petroglyphs from Kodiak Island:

https://alaska-native-news.com/prehistoric-fish-trap-and-petroglyphs-found-on-kodiak-island-29163

A 1000 years bp dugout canoe from Louisiana:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/local/history/2017/06/22/caddo-tribe-canoe-found-red-river/417765001/
http://www.timesunion.com/news/texas/article/Archaeologists-find-prehistoric-canoe-in-north-11244285.php
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/texas/article_281710c6-e4d0-5592-9fe5-05876172c383.html
http://www.ksla.com/story/35727059/caddo-parish-couple-find-centuries-old-canoe-in-red-river
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5678-170622-louisiana-dugout-canoe

Revolutionary War era lock from Fort Michilimackinac:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/06/revolutionary_war-era_lock_une.html

Finds from a Confederate prison site on an island in Sandusky Bay:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2017/06/19/Big-finds-in-tiny-pieces-at-Confederate-prison-site.html

Excavating an 1837 house in Van Buren (Arkansas):

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jun/19/university-sets-to-work-on-1837-house-2/?f=news-arkansas

Digging a site associated with Emily Dickinson:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Dig-aims-to-unearth-details-of-Emily-Dickinson-s-11230949.php

Feature on petroglyphs in Parowan Gap:

http://stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2017/06/18/raw-petroglyph-day-interpretations-and-mysteries-of-parowan-gap/#.WUgi7uvythG

Pondering whether the Maya visited Florida:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/20/florida-frontiers-did-ancient-maya-visit-florida/411801001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

A shipwreck off Florida:

http://keysnews.com/article/story/archaeologists-uncover-likely-acorn-wreck/

A Jesuit church from Shreveport:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2017/06/21/archeology-shreveport-old-jesuit-church-excavated-clay/403655001/

Digging a ‘native American village’ site in Illinois:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170624/news/306249998/
http://www.wjbc.com/2017/06/22/isu-archaeological-team-digs-through-native-american-village/

Digging a site in Delphi (Indiana):

http://wishtv.com/2017/06/23/archaeologists-uncovering-delphis-history/

Feature on Roanoke:

http://www.carolinacountry.com/carolina-stories/stories/roanoke-the-persistent-mystery-of-a-lost-colony

Concerns for a site in Sacramento:

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/06/22/runoff-from-record-winter-could-endanger-secret-archaeological-site/

Nunavut is arguing with the Canadian government about Franklin Expedition artifacts:

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/nunavut-complains-to-trudeau-that-federal-scientists-took-franklin-artifacts-without-permission/wcm/a670e186-ef66-4928-8594-a31436baf1e4

Recreating Native American water bottles from California:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/bc-src061917.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170623110551.htm
https://www.wired.com/story/plastic-water-bottles-might-have-poisoned-ancient-californians/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5683-170623-california-bitumen-bottles

Some features relating to Canada’s 150th anniversary (probably will be more next week):

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/world/canada/canada-family-histories.html

Review(ish) of Kaplan, *Lincoln and the Abolitionists*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/books/review/lincoln-and-the-abolitionists-fred-kaplan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Stadium construction in Nicaragua reveals a 1200 years bp burial ground:

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/breakingnews/30318662

Latest finds from Machu Picchu:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-machu-picchu-new-archaeological-finds-from-inca-citadel-released-111879
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5680-170622-peru-ritual-vessel

Excavating a coffee plantation in Cuba:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/saint-mary-s-university-archaeological-havana-slave-plantation-1.4171755

More on the El Volcan pyramid in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/59544-mysterious-volcano-shaped-pyramid-in-peru.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5674-170621-peru-el-volcan

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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 trove of Nazi artifacts from Argentina:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-hidden-trove-nazi-artifacts-argentina.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hidden-trove-suspected-nazi-artifacts-found-argentina-48145123
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-40349808

Feature on the history of money:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/06/20/when-did-people-start-using-money/
https://www.livescience.com/59560-when-did-people-start-using-money.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-cents-currencys-ancient-rise-180963776/

Next up in the search for Amelia Earhart … forensic dogs:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/amelia-earhart-island-dogs/
http://www.newsweek.com/amelia-earhart-fred-noonan-remains-search-nikumaroro-627886
http://www.newser.com/story/244593/new-earhart-search-less-a-shot-in-dark-than-any-before.html
http://theweek.com/speedreads/section/where%20oh%20where%20could%20she%20be%3F
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/22/did-amelia-earhart-die-on-a-remote-pacific-island-bone-sniffing-border-collies-may-find-out/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11880888

Feature on the evolution of Christian portraits from pagan icons:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-short-step-from-pagan-portraits-to-early-christian-icons/

Apparently there is a shortage of archaeologists:

http://observer.com/2017/06/archaeologist-shortage-britain/

On the history of music:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-story-music-humans.html

On the use of periods … or not:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/13/stop-using-periods-period-2/

Feature on pirates:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170621-the-timeless-allure-of-pirates

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Coins of the Realm/Faces of Power:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.796986
http://www.imj.org.il/en/exhibitions/faces-power

Age of Empires:

https://hyperallergic.com/374312/from-a-jade-burial-suit-to-terracotta-warriors-a-blockbuster-display-of-chinas-ancient-treasures/

Cutty Sark:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/22/c_136384609.htm

Nazca culture:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/22/c_136384909.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1052911.shtml

Catal Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2017/06/23/excavation-story-of-catalhoyuk-on-display
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/koc-university-reveals-the-curious-case-of-catalhoyuk.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114682&NewsCatID=375

Silk Road (requires translation):

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/sjGsU5CpDkc1K9T_-3NgPQ

Letters from Baghdad:

http://www.startribune.com/lawrence-of-arabia-s-female-counterpart-finally-gets-the-attention-she-earned/430165663/

Expansion plans at the Victoria and Albert:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/arts/design/victoria-and-albert-museum-to-unveil-expansion.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign

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THE TECHY SIDE
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On the facial reconstruction front, we have an 18th dynasty mummy:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5671-170620-nebiri-mummy-reconstruction

… and a Herculaneum victim:

https://3dprint.com/178803/3d-recreate-faces-herculaneum/
http://www.3ders.org/articles/20170622-3d-scanning-helps-scientists-recreate-2000-year-old-exploded-head-of-mount-vesuvius-victim.html

The French military is funding the use of tech to document heritage sites in conflict zones:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/french-military-funds-technology-to-document-heritage-in-conflict-zones/

Plans to use tech to figure out an El Greco:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-40275610

A ‘exciting’ item from Roanoke thought to be gold turns out to be brass:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mystery-roanoke-endures-yet-another-cruel-twist-180962837/?utm_source=keywee-facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=keywee&kwp_0=413564

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to track cat domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/kl-adr061617.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170619125825.htm
https://www.livescience.com/59538-cat-domestication-dispersal-in-ancient-world.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/06/19/ancient-dna-unravels-cat-domestication-like-ball-of-yarn/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40306897
http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/ancient-modern-dna-cats-conquered-world-04972.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-egypt-cats-colonise-planet-sacred-animals-a7798021.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/19/africats-to-the-purr-ymids-dna-study-reveals-long-tale-of-cat-domestication
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5668-170619-dna-cat-domestication

More on that mummy DNA study:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/health/ancient-egypt-mummy-dna-genome-heritage/index.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Blue Mountains (Australia):

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/australia-aboriginal-history-tour-blue-mountains-180963600/

Petroglyphs in Scotland:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/19/scotland-prehistoric-rock-carvings-walking-holidays

Italian libraries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/travel/italian-libraries-hidden-treasures-books-architecture-art.html?_r=0

Baths of Diocletian:

https://thewest.com.au/travel/europe/bathing-in-ancient-roman-history-ng-b88409471z

Georgia (not the one in the US):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/travel/music-ancient-history-in-the-caucasus-georgia-turkey.html

Galapagos:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/travel/galapagos-islands-ecuador-affordable-vacation.html

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CRIME BEAT
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More on that thwarted Ottoman era Qurans smuggling attempt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/06/19/authorities-stop-five-ancient-handwritten-qurans-illegally-smuggled-egypt/
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypt-smuggling-five-ottoman-era-qurans-foiled-987500

A museum theft in New Jersey:

https://apnews.com/4c286e4e232e402992a205bfb4291d84

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/06/culture-crime-news-12-18-june-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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Egypt marks a pile of successful repatriation efforts:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-restored-archaeological-pieces/

The Aboriginal shield in the British Museum is becoming a saga:

https://hyperallergic.com/385885/why-an-australian-aborigine-wants-the-british-museum-to-return-his-ancestors-shield/

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NUMISMATICA
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A 4th century gold coin from Chattisgarh:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/raipur/rare-gold-coin-on-repose-technique-unearthed-in-chhattisgarh/articleshow/59237784.cms

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n25.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n26.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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Feature on Felix Mendelssohn:

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/23/533805082/meet-felix-mendelssohn-composer-of-the-original-song-of-the-summer

Boston Early Music Festival:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/arts/music/review-boston-early-music-festival.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Brooklyn Academy of Music has put a pile of materials online:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/arts/brooklyn-academy-of-music-puts-70000-archive-materials-online.html

On some ‘Classical Couples’:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/5-classical-couples-gave-us-lovely-music/

… and some musical knives:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/listen-these-knives-can-carry-tune

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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/2627-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-june-2017-17-june-2017

Latest Strata: Portaits of Humanity:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2626-strata-june-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Ben Finney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/us/ben-finney-dead-hawaii-tahiti.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

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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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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, Richard Campbell, David Perlmutter,
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for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Studying the ‘Neanderthal-homo sapiens transition’ in a Czech cave:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/anu-ssl061317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-neanderthal-homo-sapiens-transition.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614114243.htm
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/06/14/Czech-cave-dig-reveals-details-of-Neanderthal-human-transition/7951497460230/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/czech-cave-sheds-light-neanderthal-075530063.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/neanderthals-homo-sapiens-likely-met-over-40000-years-ago-modern-day-czech-republic-2552510
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5660-170615-czech-cave-neanderthals
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/new-light-on-neanderthal-homo-sapiens-transition

Paleoproteomics looks like something we’ll be hearing more about:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-scientists-reconstructing-relationship-modern-humans.html

Traces of million years bp fire (making?) in Northern Cape cave:

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/007def00417991fc919e932c6b8b577e/Traces-of-million-years-old-fires-discovered-in-N-Cape–20170611

On the evolution of fire making:

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/06/15/533030708/what-are-our-best-clues-to-the-evolution-of-fire-making

More on purported European origins for early hominids:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-bulgarian-savannah.html

More on 300 000 years bp homo sapiens:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0608/Just-how-Earth-shattering-are-those-300-000-year-old-Homo-sapiens-fossils
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/300000-year-old-early-homo-sapiens-sparks-debate-over-evolution/

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AFRICA
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Man-made holes in Sudan may hint at Mesolithic era shelters::

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sudan-mysterious-holes-drilled-rocks-are-remains-ancient-shelters-banks-nile-river-1625878
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5620-170612-sudan-rock-holes

Digging a site associated with the Kingdom of Kush:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/553025/Archaeological-dig-in-Sudan-unearths-many-exciting

Remains of a city dating back to the 10th century AD in Ethiopia:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/16/archaeologists-unearth-forgotten-city-ethiopia/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40301959
http://www.newsweek.com/ethiopia-discovery-islam-africa-harlaa-626634
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7950/Egyptian-Indian-and-Chinese-antiquities-discovered-in-Ethiopia

1000 years bp glass beads from Nigeria:

https://www.livescience.com/59462-early-glassmaking-west-africa.html

On the history of fossil hunting in Africa:

https://theconversation.com/its-time-to-celebrate-africas-forgotten-fossil-hunters-77345

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Encroachments on Dashur’s necropolis have been removed:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/270971/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Encroachments-made-since–removed-from-Egypts-Dahs.aspx

Plans to use robots to explore looters’ tunnels in Egypt:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/these-robots-will-explore-tunnels-dug-by-looters-in-egypt

More on those child burials associated with the construction of Amarna:

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0617/ancient_egyptian_juvenile_graves.php3

More on that Hellenistic tomb from Alexandria:

http://observer.com/2017/06/egyptian-tomb-artifacts-discovered/

A monumental mikveh from Herod’s palace in Jordan:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.795720
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/hungarian-archaeologists-unearth-herods-fortress-ritual-bath-east-of-jordan-river/2017/06/15/

Multispectral imaging revealed some lines of 600 BCE Hebrew on chunk of pottery found 50 years ago:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?&storyid4677=2335&ncs4677=3
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/afot-mir061417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-multispectral-imaging-reveals-ancient-hebrew.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614160504.htm
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Advanced-imaging-reveals-rare-Hebrew-inscription-from-First-Temple-period-496878
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.796024
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4975905,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/revolutionary-technology-reveals-dazzling-hidden-text-on-biblical-era-shard/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/multispectral-imaging-reveals-ancient-hebrew-inscription-undetected-for-over-50-years/2017/06/15/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/science/send-more-wine-pottery-archaeology.html
http://www.newsweek.com/scientists-transcribe-invisible-2500-year-old-hebrew-inscription-request-send-625946
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5663-170615-ancient-hebrew-inscription

The stone tower at Gihon Spring is about a 1000 years younger than previously thought:

http://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/chemistry/jerusalem-tower-younger-thought
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-jerusalem-tower-younger-thought.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/wios-jty061517.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170615120635.htm
https://www.livescience.com/59519-ancient-stone-tower-younger-than-thought.html

A pair of antiquities thieves were caught in the act (by a hiker) at Tzipori:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-nabs-antiquities-pirates-at-archeological-site-496617
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/antiquities-robbers-caught-in-ancient-galilee-town/2017/06/12/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hiker-helps-stop-antiquities-robbing-gang-in-northern-israel/

More on that Crusader-era ‘escape tunnel’:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.795692

Feature on how cuneiform was used:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39870485

Lawrence Schiffman on the Magdala Stone:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/magdala-stone.pdf

Saudi Arabia is hosting an antiquities forum:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1114231/saudi-arabia

Training folks to restore mosaics in Jordan:

https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/preserving-jordans-heritage-italian-expert-has-trained-50-locals-mosaic-restoration-985

Review of McGovern, *Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-created*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/liquid-time-capsules-1497571568

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The Getty is returning a statue of Zeus to Italy:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-getty-repatriation-20170613-story.html

Why London is where it is:

http://londonist.com/london/features/why-is-london-here

Sarah Bond wrote a piece on the need to see the colours in ancient statuary:

https://hyperallergic.com/383776/why-we-need-to-start-seeing-the-classical-world-in-color/

… which was spun in various ways for political purposes:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448501/white-marble-sculpture-white-supremacy

… and resulted in her getting death threats:

http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/2017/06/16/ui-classics-professor-receives-threats-after-online-essay-statuary-race/403275001/

Meanwhile, she also penned a piece on the crocodile hunters at the Roman games:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/06/12/the-ancient-crocodile-hunters-that-helped-to-supply-the-roman-games/

What John Younger is up to (possibly misquoted in this):

http://news.ku.edu/2017/06/09/art-religious-artifacts-support-idea-minoan-matriarchy-ancient-crete-researcher-says

An interview with Tim Whitmarsh:

https://conatusnews.com/professor-greek-culture-tim-whitmarsh/

Honours for Jack Davis:

http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/albaniaaward.html

What Caius Mergy is up to:

http://lymeline.com/2017/06/local-resident-caius-mergy-graduates-from-middlebury-college/

Mapping Greek ceramic production:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/project-maps-greek-ceramic-production-over-five-millennia
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-greek-ceramic-production-millennia.html

About that Nero rock opera in Rome:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/06/16/532243973/atop-ancient-ruins-a-rock-opera-about-emperor-nero-leaves-some-romans-unimpresse
https://knpr.org/npr/2017-06/atop-ancient-ruins-rock-opera-about-emperor-nero-leaves-some-romans-unimpressed
http://wfit.org/post/atop-ancient-ruins-rock-opera-about-emperor-nero-leaves-some-romans-unimpressed

On comparing Trump to Julius Caesar:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-is-no-orange-julius-but-he-does-share-traits-with-other-tyrants-of-rome
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/opinion/the-trumpiest-roman-of-them-all.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

… related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/opinion/a-julius-caesar-for-the-trump-era.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

On Thucydides:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-thucydidess-history-of-the-peloponnesian-war-71550

On some ancient doctors:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/06/famous-doctors-ancient-world/

On recreating Roman wines:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/roman-vineyards-reopening-eastern-galicia-wine-makers-tasting-ribeira-sacra-guimarovaldeorras-adega-a7790436.html

On the Roman propagandistic legacy:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/digitaliberties/jemimah-steinfeld/what-romans-did-for-us-on-age-old-art-of-propaganda

On the inspiration(s) for Wonder Woman:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-real-life-female-warriors-who-inspired-wonder-woman-62228
http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/blog/trilogy-of-films-on-ancient-women-warrior-tribes-announced

… and a popular joke in the movie:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/arianelange/to-clitorize

Marking the 90th anniversary of the Swedish Mission in Cyprus:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/sweden-marks-th-anniversary-of-swedish-archaeological-mission-in-cyprus-p40800-69.htm

More on the Catacombs of Domitilla:

https://www.livescience.com/59424-paintings-of-christ-in-roman-catacombs.html
https://www.livescience.com/59428-roman-catacomb-frescoes-photos.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/17050/20170613/lasers-art-art-restoration-ancient-artifacts-laser-ablation.htm

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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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5000 years bp tools found during construction in downtown Moscow:

http://tass.com/society/951717

Iron Age and Bronze Age finds from Parliament Hill:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/archaeological-dig-finds-prehistoric-humans-enjoyed-heath-barbecues

Remains of some Bronze Age roundhouses near Cornwall:

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/15346250.Bronze_Age_discovery_on_Helston_housing_site_raises_questions_over_its_future/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5658-170614-england-cornwall-roundhouses

A Viking ‘chief’ burial from Iceland:

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/archaeologists-n-iceland-discover-viking-age-chief-buried-ship-his-sword-and-dog
http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/culture_and_living/2017/06/16/iceland_viking_grave_a_bigger_find_than_we_believed/

… and then another:

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/second-viking-age-ship-burial-found-archaeological-site-n-iceland

Both:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5662-170615-iceland-boat-burials

We also are hearing of four ‘pagan graves’:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2017/06/16/important-archaeological-find-north-iceland

A medieval sword from a peat bog:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414626,lubelskie-medieval-sword-discovered-at-a-peat-bog.html

Evidence of ‘skinning cats’ in medieval Spain (various spins put on this, of course):

https://www.livescience.com/59443-medieval-farmers-skinned-cats.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/medieval-farmers-skinned-cats-for-pagan-rituals/

Excavating a possible medieval royal hunting lodge in New Forest:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15349070.Archaeologists_excavate_royal_hunting_lodge_in_New_Forest/

… and a medieval longhouse near Seathwaite Tarn:

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/06/15/second-longhouse-excavation-gets-underway-duddon-valley/

A 14th century abbey wall from Canterbury:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/archaeological-excavation-in-canterbury-uncovers-14th-century-abbey-precinct-wall-1-5060380

Remains of a Minton pottery factory:

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/historic-minton-kiln-found-under-a-stoke-town-centre-car-park-destined-to-become-student-flats/story-30394324-detail/story.html

More witch markings from Wookey Hole:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-40262004

Some ‘mysterious vaults’ were found by stonemasons working at Blenheim Palace:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-40264213

Finds from excavations at Auckland Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-40232402

Latest visitor centre saga is at Clifford’s Tower:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-40221432

UNESCO doesn’t like the Stonehenge tunnel plan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-40286120

On fixing damage to artifacts done in last year’s earthquake in Italy:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40264695/restorers-battle-to-fix-thousands-of-pieces-after-last-year-s-quake

Interview with Christopher Ferguson:

http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/q-a/14062017-q-and-a-christopher-ferguson

More on the Montem Mound:

http://www.sloughexpress.co.uk/gallery/slough/116448/has-the-mystery-of-the-montem-mound-finally-been-solved.html

More on ‘Firehenge’ near Avebury:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/excavations-near-avebury-uncover-mysterious-firehenge-800-years-older-than-stonehenge/news-story/5c77e180d84d2ca6bfc04a5d465ad845
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-wooden-fire-monument-older-stonehenge-180963642/

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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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Suggestion that a Shigir idol may have been carved with beaver teeth:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/beavers-teeth-used-to-carve-the-oldest-wooden-statue-in-the-world/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5661-170615-shigir-idol-beavers

Early Warring States period (or earlier) tomb from Hebei:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/13/c_136362094.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-06/15/content_29756205.htm

Studying the remains of human sacrifice victims at the Shang Dynasty Royal Cemetery:

https://www.livescience.com/59513-ancient-china-human-sacrifice-revealed.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ancient-human-sacrifice-victims-faced-124900148.html

Excavating a 19th century Googong schoolhouse:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-15/19th-century-googong-school-house-unearthed/8619050

Australia’s history textbooks still have problems:

http://theconversation.com/history-textbooks-still-imply-that-australians-are-white-72796

Feature on restoring the Great Wall:

https://www.voanews.com/a/great-wall-restored/3902900.html

More on the ‘disappearance’ of the Jenny Lind:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/famous-19th-century-shipwreck-vanished-152800007.html

More on the possible rediscovery of the Pink and White Terraces:

http://www.newser.com/story/244152/researchers-say-theyve-found-lost-wonder-of-world.html

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Searching for evidence of New Hampshire’s oldest occupants:

http://nhpr.org/post/digging-evidence-new-hampshires-earliest-inhabitants#stream/0

The UW-Madison dig at Aztalan Park:

http://www.dailyunion.com/news/article_614fb63c-5055-11e7-a4a4-0b2032816bcf.html

I think we mentioned this piece on Ohio’s Hopewell culture benefitting from immigrants:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170611/archaeology–immigrants-aided-creative-boom-by-ancient-ohioans

19th century remains from a Luzerne County dig:

http://wnep.com/2017/06/13/archaeological-dig-unearths-an-interesting-past-in-luzerne-county/

Coverage of a dig in Shreveport:

https://www.ktbs.com/news/there-s-an-archaeological-dig-in-shreveport/article_239c332e-50af-11e7-a9fa-8b998111b1d1.html

Excitement about a possible ‘underground tunnel’ in Halifax:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3528108/underground-tunnel-rumours-fueled-by-discovery-of-old-halifax-sewer-line/

… that turned out to be a sewer pipe:

http://www.thetelegram.com/news/regional/2017/6/15/structure-initially-thought-to-be-possible-halifax-tunnel-just-a-sewer-pipe.html

Looking for Sitka remains in Alaska:

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/06/14/woman-with-small-shovel-finds-a-clue-to-sitkas-paleo-past/

Possible shipwreck debris from an Oregon beach:

http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20170615/possible-shipwreck-debris-uncovered-in-cannon-beach
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/06/debris_that_could_be_from_a_10.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5665-170616-oregon-coast-timber

Not sure if we mentioned this find of the wreck of the McCulloch off the California coast:

https://www.livescience.com/59488-historic-shipwreck-mcculloch-discovered.html
https://www.livescience.com/59491-photos-century-old-sunken-ship-found.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/17103/20170614/historic-shipwreck-spanish-american-war-discovered-southern-california-coast.htm

Plans for a dig at the St George River:

https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/dig-seeks-signs-of-elusive-fort-generals-estate-african-presence/1658176

The Shíshálh Archaeological Project has some interesting features:

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/vibrant-culture-archaeological-project-reveals-faces-of-canadas-past

What Metin Eren is up to:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170617/NEWS/170619811/ksu-prof-is-an-archaeological-wunderkind

On the history of interracial marriage in Virginia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/06/11/before-loving-v-virginia-another-interracial-couple-fought-in-court-for-their-marriage/

Feature on Mesa Verde:

https://www.livescience.com/27360-mesa-verde.html

On French art and the American Republic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/arts/design/french-paintings-america-collects-bazille-national-gallery-review.html

More on Chumash relics from Santa Rosa Island:

http://www.independent.com/news/2017/jun/14/ancient-chumash-artifacts-found-santa-rosa/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A ‘volcanic’ theory about the El Volcan pyramid in Peru:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-volcano-shaped-pyramid-discovered-peru-hosted-celebrations-honour-solar-eclipses-1624111

What we’re learning about the Guanacaste people:

http://www.vozdeguanacaste.com/en/articles/2017/06/16/pre-columbian-guanacastecans-wore-their-deads-bones-and-cut-their-enemies-heads

A number of funerary urns from a site in Tiscapa (Nicaragua):

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=14323&SEO=nicaraguan-experts-discover-archaeological-site

Feature on Tenochtitlan:

https://www.livescience.com/34660-tenochtitlan.html

Feature on Tordesillas:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170615-the-town-that-split-the-world-in-two

More on the Aztec temple excavation in Mexico City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/science/aztec-temple-mexico-city.html
http://observer.com/2017/06/500-year-old-aztec-temple-discovered-mexico-city/
https://www.livescience.com/59468-aztec-temple-in-mexico-city.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/aztec-temple-discovered-mexico-city-ehecatl-tenichtitlan-templo-mayor-a7790901.html

More on that mask from Argentina:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mask-challenges-theories-origin-metalworking-south-america-180963630/
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-3-000-year-old-copper-mask-could-rewrite-the-history-books

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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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Someone recreated the Sutton Hoo helmet:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15341423.Sutton_Hoo_helmet_recreated_in_stunning_silver/

The ‘last line of defense’ role of archaeologists:

http://www.hcn.org/articles/archaeologists-protect-ruins-from-destruction-Southwest

A painting from the Scott era was found in Antarctica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40245227
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5657-170614-antarctic-watercolor-painting

On promoting the humanities:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/06/13/scholars-unconvincing-case-about-value-humanities-essay

On the word ‘idiot’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/opinion/trump-and-the-true-meaning-of-idiot.html

On Shakespeare’s ‘politics’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/06/13/the-trump-family-shouldnt-fight-shakespeare-theyll-lose/

Some Juneteenth coverage:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/dining/juneteenth-food-slavery-abolition.html

An 18th century botanical colouring book:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/us/coloring-book-trnd/index.html
http://www.botanicus.org/title/b11968564

We may have mentioned this forger before:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/the-forger-who-fooled-the-art-world/
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/master-forger-who-fooled-world-used-mates-face-in-roman-sculpture/news-story/073eecd879b282991269d5c9ba042fd8

On some cultures that practiced human sacrifice:

https://www.livescience.com/59514-cultures-that-practiced-human-sacrifice.html

The stolen brain of St John Bosco was recovered:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/16/stolen-brain-st-john-bosco-found-kettle

Latest Polynesian vessel recreation and its trip:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traditional-polynesian-vessel-complete-round-world-journey-180963734/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40316930

On how Pasteur changed chemistry:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/science/louis-pasteur-chirality-chemistry.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

Feature on Ignaz von Dollinger:

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/06/13/man-who-fought-papal-infallibility

Review of a biography of Machiavelli:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/books/review/be-like-the-fox-machiavelli-biography-erica-benner.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Age of Empires:

https://hyperallergic.com/374312/from-a-jade-burial-suit-to-terracotta-warriors-a-blockbuster-display-of-chinas-ancient-treasures/

Pompeii:

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/11-features/362885-241681-pompeii-the-exhibition
http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/06/omsi_pompeii_comes_to_portland.html

Roman hoards:

http://thenantwichnews.co.uk/2017/06/13/roman-hoards-exhibition-opens-at-nantwich-museum/

Hyping the Hatay Archaeological Museum’s soon-to-arrive mosaics:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hatay-to-welcome-worlds-largest-mosaic-collection.aspx?pageID=238&nid=114274&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the items at the San Giovanni metro stop in Rome:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rome-san-giovanni-metro-museum-artifacts-unearthed/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Studying ancient weapons with xray and neutron technology:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/archaeology-x-ray-neutron-15062017/

Feature on the techy side of the multispectral imaging technology used to reveal that Hebrew writing:

http://forward.com/fast-forward/374823/israeli-scientists-read-invisible-words-ancient-pottery-digital-camera/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Another piece on using DNA to track migrations:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-could-unravel-mystery-prehistoric-european-migration-180963702/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Italian libraries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/travel/italian-libraries-hidden-treasures-books-architecture-art.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/travel/what-to-read-tour-of-italian-libraries.html

Machu Picchu:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/machu-picchu-and-the-sacred-valley-peru/index.html

Dartmoor:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/17/discovering-dartmoor-devon-on-patrol-landscape-detective-mary-ann-ochota

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CRIME BEAT
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Native American objects stolen from a Durango storage facility:

https://durangoherald.com/articles/165517-native-american-artifacts-worth-thousands-stolen-from-durango-storage
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/colorado/articles/2017-06-14/native-american-artifacts-stolen-in-colorado

Ottoman era Qurans seized at Cairo’s airport:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/271103/Heritage/Islamic/Qurans-from-Ottoman-era-seized-at-Cairo-Internatio.aspx

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/06/culture-crime-news-5-11-june-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 American University in Cairo returned some items:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/270845/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/AUC-hands-over-Egyptian-artefacts-from–excavation.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7659/AUC-returns-5-000-artifacts-to-Antiquities-Ministry
http://www.egyptindependent.com/auc-hands-over-5000-artifacts-fustat-excavation/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5655-170613-egypt-cairo-repatriation

Meanwhile, Cambridge is refusing to return some artifacts to Australia:

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-17/cambridge-university-refuses-to-return-aboriginal-artifacts-to-australia
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-aborigines-idUSKBN1980A6?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n24.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n25.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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I’m really not sure what to do with all this Trump/Julius Caesar stuff that has been clogging my mailbox this week … focus varies:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/opinions/caesar-free-expression-opinion-maltby/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/theater/julius-caesar-shakespeare-donald-trump.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/06/16/calpurnia-as-melania-octavius-as-jared-the-public-theater-goes-full-trump-with-julius-caesar-in-central-park/
http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/06/17/trump-activists-interrupt-caesar-play-jpm-orig.cnn
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/theater/julius-caesar-central-park-trump-protesters.html

La Mere Coupable:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/arts/an-operatic-rarity-picks-up-where-mozart-and-rossini-left-off.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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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/2625-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-june-2017-10-june-2017
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Anne Pippin Burnett:

https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/06/12/anne-pippin-burnett-renowned-scholar-greek-poetry-1925%E2%80%932017

Rudolph Masciantonio:

http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20160924_Rudolph_Masciantonio__75__retired_foreign_language_director_for_Philly_schools.html

Ben Finney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/us/ben-finney-dead-hawaii-tahiti.html

Philip Gossett:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/arts/music/philip-gossett-scholar-who-brought-operas-back-to-life-dies-at-75.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Chana Bloch:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/books/chana-bloch-died-poet-and-translator.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

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

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

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http://archaeology.about.com/

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http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study suggests Neanderthals in the Levant weren’t just living in caves:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4290
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=496127
http://www.timesofisrael.com/who-are-you-calling-a-caveman-israeli-study-finds-neanderthals-had-versatile-habitats/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.794340
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/new-study-shows-mid-east-neanderthals-were-not-only-cave-dwellers/2017/06/07/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5610-170607-israel-open-air-neanderthals

A site in Morocco suggests homo sapiens was in Africa some 300 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uoc–mfs060517.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/m-tfo060617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-scientists-oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-obsession-human-history.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-moroccan-fossil-rearranges-homo-sapiens.html
http://www.livescience.com/59398-oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-discovered.html
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/oldest-known-fossils-for-our-species-discovered-in-morocco
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/science/human-fossils-morocco.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40194150
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/07/oldest-homo-sapiens-bones-ever-found-shake-foundations-of-the-human-story
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/07/humans-evolved-100000-years-earlier-thought-east-africa-not/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/garden-of-eden-crucible-life-africa-fossil-discovery-morocco-doubts-a7777911.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0608/Just-how-Earth-shattering-are-those-300-000-year-old-Homo-sapiens-fossils
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/07/oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-ever-found-300000-years/102585284/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/07/health/oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-found/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/06/07/oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-discovered-in-morocco/
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-homo-sapiens-morocco-20170607-htmlstory.html
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/moroccan-fossils-shake-up-understanding-of-human-origins/article35231523/?cmpid=rss1
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/homo-sapiens-100-000-years-older-thought-studies-172416296.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2133807-our-species-may-be-150000-years-older-than-we-thought/#038;%23038;%23038;%23038;campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/07/531804528/315-0000-year-old-fossils-from-morocco-could-be-earliest-recorded-homo-sapiens
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/homo-sapiens-envejece-100-mil-anos-craneo-podria-redefinir-la-historia-humana/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/06/07/ciencia/1496852661_032685.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-evolved-100000-years-earlier-we-thought-180963619/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5611-170607-morocco-jebel-irhoud
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/homo-sapiens-spread-across-the-entire-african-continent-around-300000-years-ago

… another spin is focussing on their diet of game:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170607133246.htm

… and the genetics behind the find:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetics-anthropology-solve-mysteries-human-evolution-180963608/

More on Oetzi’s death:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40104139

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AFRICA
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Funding issues for Nigerian archaeology:

http://www.pulse.ng/local/in-niger-funds-hinders-excavation-of-archaeological-sites-state-museum-official-id6816967.html

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A necropolis near Amarna suggests children may have played some role in Amarna’s construction:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/6854/Children-may-have-built-archeological-city-of-Amarna
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/06/did-children-build-the-ancient-egyptian-city-of-armana-
http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-ancient-mass-graves-archaeologists-find-child-slaves-of-biblical-egypt/

Ten Late Period tombs from Aswan:

http://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/06/05/ten-late-period-tombs-discovered-aswan/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-ten-huge-2500-year-old-tombs-full-well-preserved-mummies-discovered-1624982

Zahi Hawass’ latest project:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7219/Zahi-Hawass-to-write-History-of-ancient-Egypt-encyclopedia

A 4000 years bp Mesopotamian settlement from Iraqi Kurdistan:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/4000-year-old-lost-mesopotamian-city-discovered-iraqi-kurdistan-1624809
http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/64db7480-0b5c-412e-b8d3-cb3e49d1c1e0

Studying the implications of grain in Mesopotamian cities:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ancient-grain-tale-ancestors-cities.html
https://environment.yale.edu/news/article/ancient-city-in-syria-continues-to-reveal-its-secrets/
http://today.uconn.edu/2017/06/ancient-grains-reveal-roots-early-social-inequality/

An underground city from Turkey’s Kayseri (date?):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/06/03/ancient-underground-city-with-52-chambers-discovered-in-turkeys-kayseri
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5606-170605-turkey-kayseri-belagasi

A Crusader-era ‘escape tunnel’ from Tiberias:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42885

A 200 (or 100) years bp shipwreck in the Gulf of Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/06/03/200-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-gulf-of-izmir
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/06/03/100-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-gulf-of-izmir
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/100-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-gulf-of-izmir.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113911&NewsCatID=341

Another feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-letters-baghdad-review-20170608-story.html

ICOM is putting together an Iranian ‘red list’:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/414125/ICOM-to-draw-up-Iranian-antiquities-red-list

On why ISIL destroys things:

http://theconversation.com/erasing-history-why-islamic-state-is-blowing-up-ancient-artefacts-78667

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A Hellenistic tomb from Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/270544/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Hellenistic-tomb-with-pottery-vessels-discovered-i.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/7055/New-Hellenistic-tomb-found-in-Alexandria
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/09/c_136351049.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5618-170609-egypt-alexandria-tombs

I think we mentioned this hoard of Roman solidi from the Netherlands:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-unique-hoard-gold-stages-roman.html
http://news.coinupdate.com/hoard-of-41-roman-solidi-discovered-in-a-dutch-orchard/

1700 bp Roman villa from Libya:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.794244
http://www.newsweek.com/treasure-libya-archaeology-ruins-benghazi-623466

They’re poking around Delos’ ancient port:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-greece-2000-year-old-shipwrecks-tell-story-mythical-island-delos-1624074
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5588-170530-greece-delos-breakwater

Concerns for an ancient mining site on Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/06/07/mathiatis-residents-fear-gold-mining-will-destroy-ancient-site/

Latest paw print in a Roman tile:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-40158189

Latest classically-inspired footwear:

https://sneakernews.com/2017/06/09/tgwo-diadora-rise-and-fall-pack/

On the death of Nero:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/09/day-ad-68-death-tyrannical-emperor-nero/

… and that Nero rock opera in Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/arts/music/nero-rock-opera-rome-palatine-hill.html

On eating dormice:

https://sarahemilybond.com/2017/06/06/pass-the-dormice-breeding-selling-and-eating-honeyed-dormice-in-antiquity/

On Roman (and/or Greek) study techniques:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/11/how-the-romans-can-help-us-to-study

Some Wonder Woman pieces of interest:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15328472.BOOK__The_real_origin_of_Wonder_Woman___/
http://uproxx.com/hitfix/wonder-woman-themyscira-location/

On liturgies:

https://thewire.in/143402/voluntary-taxation-lesson-ancient-greeks/

Studying Euclid’s geometry:

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/06/05/classics-student-tackles-history-geometry-diagrams/
What Mike Tueller is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20170606-asu-professor-work-ancient-greek-poetry-praised-new-york-review-books

What Roberta Stewart is up to:

http://classics.dartmouth.edu/news/war-stories-modern-vets-meet-ancient-texts

On the ‘white maleness’ of Classics:

https://eidolon.pub/fragile-handle-with-care-66848145cf29

… and the ‘whiteness’ imposed on Classical statuary and its implications:

https://hyperallergic.com/383776/why-we-need-to-start-seeing-the-classical-world-in-color/
http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/06/894743-college-professor-ancient-white-marble-statues-promote-belief-white-supremacy/

On translating philotimo:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170605-the-greek-word-that-cant-be-translated

They’re still arguing over how the Colosseum will be run:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2017/06/07/tar-halts-colosseum-park-5_ac049b8a-33d9-4861-8ea5-2b05154f2329.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2017/06/07/tar-halts-colosseum-park-3_9da20845-518a-4add-b8a8-fad89feacaac.html
http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/lazio-court-halts-colosseum-national-park/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/italian-politicians-clash-over-management-of-colosseum/
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-07/italy-court-sides-with-5-star-in-colosseum-clash

On the Epidaurus festival:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/03/c_136335865.htm

More on the restored Domitilla catacombs:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865681487/Lasers-reveal-long-hidden-Roman-frescoes-with-biblical-themes.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-roman-catacombs-reveal-stunning-frescoes-180963532/

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The ‘fire monument’ at Avebury has been redated to 5300 years bp:

http://www.livescience.com/59411-avebury-circle-older-than-thought.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5614-170608-england-avebury-palisade

A mound in Slough turns out to be a Saxon monument of some sort:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-archaeologists-mound-slough-car-prestigious.html

On Viking family life (!) in Iceland:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/big-viking-families-nurtured-murder

Latest finds at Sherwood Forest’s Viking ‘meeting point’:

http://observer.com/2017/06/archaeologists-announce-discoveries-viking-meeting-site-robin-hood-sherwood-forest/
https://nottstv.com/ancient-viking-meeting-point-sherwood-forest-discovered-archaeologists/

A medieval necropolis from Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/06/07/archaeology-mediaeval-necropolis-with-40-graves-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A medieval burial near Eton College:

http://www.ibtimes.com/strange-archaeological-site-near-historic-eton-college-medieval-grave-2550262

What they’re learning from that Thirty Years War mass grave from Lutzen:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mass-grave-thirty-years-apos-052000174.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-catalogue-grisly-deaths-soldiers-thirty-years-war-180963531/

On bilingualism among medieval Irish scholars:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-bilingualism-mediaeval-irish-scholars-akin.html

They’ve started drilling into Forbury Hill (Reading):

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-40206268

Curiosity about a skeleton found 90 years ago at Nottingham Castle:

https://nottstv.com/appeal-launched-discover-truth-behind-mysterious-skeleton-found-nottingham-castle/

Concerns for Altamira:

http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/06/06/actualidad/1496766705_485131.html

More on that oldest continuously-used sacred site:

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15327216.Discovery_during_dig_at_church_shows_ancient_sacred_worship/

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

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Recent finds from the Fugan Temple dig:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2096926/legendary-buddhist-temple-lost-more-seven-centuries-yields-its
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5603-170605-china-chengdu-temple

A glass spearhead from Rottnest Island:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-rare-glass-spearhead-rottnest-island.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5615-170608-australia-glass-spearhead

A 19th century schoolhouse dig in rural Australia:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5605-170605-australia-school-house

Interesting images of ‘foreigners’ at Sambor Prei Kuk temple:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/temple-mystery-sambor-prei-kuk
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/mysterious-foreigners-carved-temples-sambor-prei-kuk

Feature on the shipwrecks in Kenn Reef:

https://www.livescience.com/59423-kenn-reefs-shipwrecks-photos.html

Not really in our purview, but the wreck of the HMAS Perth is practically gone because of illegal scavenging:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/05/sunken-australian-warship-hmas-perth-ransacked-by-illegal-scavengers
http://theconversation.com/when-it-comes-to-disappearing-ocean-history-hmas-perth-is-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-78347

Meanwhile the wreck of the Jenny Lind has disappeared due to natural causes, apparently:

https://www.livescience.com/59422-19th-century-shipwreck-vanished-from-south-pacific.html

Concerns for Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture:

http://www.dw.com/en/ho-chi-minh-citys-vanishing-architecture/a-38932376

They may know the location of the ‘Pink and White Terraces’:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/93551910/Researchers-claim-to-have-found-the-lost-Pink-and-White-Terraces

More on rice cultivation in China some 9400 years bp:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/domestic-rice-grown-china-9400-years-ago-180963567/

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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An 8000 years+ bp Chumash site from the Channel Islands:

https://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/news/pr060617.htm
http://www.keyt.com/lifestyle/ancient-native-american-site-discovered-on-santa-rosa-island/530244395
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/07/ancient-native-american-site-found-on-california-island/
http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1732104125&kid=8VbSgcN5fc9Q5LYp
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/multimedia/Ancient-Native-American-Site-Discovered-on-Channel-Islands-426834941.html
http://www.ksby.com/story/35602691/ancient-native-american-site-found-on-california-island
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-native-american-site-discovered-off-california-coast-180963616/

A 17th century horseshoe nail find from Kansas:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170608073552.htm

A 17th/18th century settlement site in Maryland:

http://www.somdnews.com/recorder/spotlight/archaeologists-explore-first-county-seat-called-calverton/article_1142d1fc-d0cb-5187-9a8c-6258e4168a7b.html

Feature on the Trempealeau Archaeology Project (Mississippian/Wisconsin):

http://www.beloitdailynews.com/article/20170609/AP/306099999
http://chippewa.com/news/local/archaeological-excavations-in-trempealeau-reveal-mississippians–year-old-history/article_60cf3564-b22e-52e1-b625-266006eb1795.html

Feature on an Illinois State University field school dig:

http://www.pantagraph.com/isu-students-excavate-th-century-village/article_6714660a-d67e-5a91-aa33-b421580f0aed.html

Latest from the Old Vero Man site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/columnists/anthony-westbury/2017/06/06/anthony-westbury-old-vero-man-archaeologist-stops-digging-starts-analyzing-photos/373872001/

Latest on the restoration of the Hunley:

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article154836009.html
http://www.moultrienews.com/news/hunley-crew-compartment-becomes-visible-with-more-human-remains-found/article_92e8a836-4bb7-11e7-b696-4f3e9a2d2eb6.html
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/08/travel/civil-war-submarine-hunley-crew-compartment/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5612-170607-hunley-submarine-tooth

A cannon from the USS Revenge recovered off Rhode Island:

http://www.njherald.com/article/20170603/AP/306039941
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5604-170605-oliver-hazard-perry

Latest from that UGA site:

http://www.redandblack.com/athensnews/uga-continues-research-on-baldwin-hall-remains/article_9747d372-4d0e-11e7-b8ba-6396d24b49fb.html

On Hopewell Culture and immigration:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170611/archaeology–immigrants-aided-creative-boom-by-ancient-ohioans

Feature on Jamestown:

http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/revealing-the-truth-about-jamestown-one-bone-at-a-time/article_b95eda0b-877f-55a9-85b3-a8b4e8798f58.html
http://www.fredericksburg.com/features/history/revealing-the-truth-about-jamestown-one-bone-at-a-time/article_4532476f-b324-5367-b6d7-9ec95cfafa94.html

Feature on the Miami Circle:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/06/florida-frontiers-miami-circle/373363001/

On New Jersey as a 19th century centre of innovation:

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/06/05/531250084/before-silicon-valley-new-jersey-reigned-as-nations-center-of-innovation

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 3000 years bp copper mask from Argentina:

http://www.livescience.com/59373-copper-mask-is-oldest-metalworking-south-america.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3000-year-old-copper-mask-found-mass-grave-oldest-ever-discovered-south-america-1625586
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5607-170606-argentina-copper-mask

An Aztec temple and ball court from Mexico City:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court.html
http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologist-find-aztec-ball-court-temple/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/mexico-city-ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/07/ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court-found-mexico-city/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/archaeologists-find-severed-heads-near-ancient-aztec-ball-court-mexico-city-1625454
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court-found-mexico-city-235230243.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archaeology-aztec-idUSKBN18Z05J?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/ancient-aztec-temple-and-ball-court-found-in-mexico-city
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gigantic-aztec-temple-unearthed-mexico-city-180963629/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5616-170608-mexico-tenochtitlan-temple

… and there’s an interesting hotel spin:

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/08/aztec-temple-mexico-hotel/
http://www.richmond.com/news/national-world/ap/mexico-protects-ancient-temple-while-hotel-is-built-above/article_af00159b-654a-5bbf-9339-ed109c66d33d.html

Evidence of a 16th century settlement on Cuba:

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=13982&SEO=significant-discovery-made-by-archeologists-in-largest-cuban-dam

A mound in Belize was looted:

http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=40645

Peru and the US are trying to cut down trafficking in antiquities:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-usa-extends-agreement-with-peru-to-restrict-archaeological-trafficking-111806

More on that Mexican diary and the Spanish Inquisition:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-40029453

More on that ‘Witch Hill’ burial of a cancer victim in Panama:

http://www.livescience.com/59358-ancient-teen-burial-yields-bone-cancer-case.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170601151839.htm

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Eric Cline on the importance of archaeology:

https://theamericanscholar.org/digging-into-the-future/

On whether ‘modern germs’ are destroying mummies:

http://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20170605/are-modern-germs-destroying-mummies

On Alvise Cornaro’s ‘diet’:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170601-the-secret-to-a-long-and-healthy-life-eat-less

On Comey’s ‘meddlesome priest’ comment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/opinion/meddlesome-priest-comey-trump.html
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/opinions/trump-is-no-henry-ii-perry-opinion/index.html

Google has digitized some 3000 years of fashion history:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-digitizes-3000-years-fashion-history-180963633/

Early modern traders didn’t always follow the rules:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-early-modern-traders-circumvented-states.html

The bicycle is 200 years old:

http://www.dw.com/en/fun-bike-facts-to-ring-in-200-years-of-the-dandy-horse/g-39194836

On the history of ‘big balloons’:

http://www.dw.com/en/full-of-hot-air-the-history-of-big-balloons/g-39120801

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/arts-and-leisure/2017-05-31/an-exhibition-tells-the-story-of-slaves-ancient-rome-095451.php?uuid=AE4LSHWB

Jacobites:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jun/05/bonnie-prince-charlie-jacobites-exhibition-national-museum-of-scotland-diana-gabaldon-outlander

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest issue of Intarch focuses on digital archaeology techniques:

http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue44/index.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on mummy DNA:

http://observer.com/2017/06/scientists-sequence-dna-ancient-egyptian-mummy-findings/
http://www.livescience.com/59410-ancient-egyptian-mummy-dna-sequenced.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/mummy-dna-unveils-history-ancient-egyptian-hookups
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jun/08/dna-from-mummies-reveals-their-ancestry/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Earliest evidence of man-made climate change from the Dead Sea:

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/TAU-researchers-discover-earliest-man-made-climate-change-at-Dead-Sea-494906
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/06/06/humans-were-already-changing-environment-11500-years-ago/102545918/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ternate Island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170525-the-island-that-forever-changed-science

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CRIME BEAT
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A saint’s brain relic was stolen from an Italian basilica:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/06/05/saint-brain-stolen-italy/102523854/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relic-saints-brain-stolen-italian-basilica-180963601/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/06/culture-crime-news-30-may-4-june-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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An Egyptian stele was returned to a Berlin museum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/6693/Title-Recurrence-of-Pharaonic-stone-slab-returned-to-Berlin-Museum
https://www.yahoo.com/news/lost-since-world-war-ii-150400053.html

Arkansas returns a number of items to the Quapaw people:

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jun/11/agency-returning-tribal-artifacts-20170/?f=news-arkansas

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NUMISMATICA
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Big bucks for a Greek coin from a Gaza hoard:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/06/rare-ancient-silver-coin-from-gaza-hoard-sells-in-auction.html

The Paul Balla collection is coming to auction:

http://www.coinweek.com/auctions-news/collection-ancient-roman-silver-denarii-special-internet-auction/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n24.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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Pompeii Theatrum Mundi:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/06/06/theater-greek-tragedy-eyes-africa-in-pompeii_92ff2d53-0b70-4634-9dfd-aa897f8cb941.html

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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/2624-audio-news-from-archaeologica-28-may-2017-3-june-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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.06 ~ June 4, 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, Norma Franklin, Terry Hinz,
Feral Boy, Kris Curry, David Critchley, Rick Heli, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest thing on Otzi’s death (not really recent):

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40104139

More on speculation that an ape from the Balkans is connected to human evolution:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/22/ape-that-lived-in-europe-7-million-years-ago-could-be-human-ancestor-controversial-study-suggests/
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AFRICA
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Connecting early human migration in Africa to groundwater springs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/cu-gs052617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-critical-sources-early-humans-east.html

I think we’ve previously mentioned this new technique of dating petroglyphs in South Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uotw-nrr060117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-technique-date-prehistoric-southern-africa.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/06/2017/dating-rock-art-in-southern-africa

More on ochre and that cave in Ethiopia:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a26674/worlds-oldest-art-studio-found-in-a-cave/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Ten Late Period tombs from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/269999/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ten-Late-Period-tombs-uncovered-in-Aswan.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/6338/10-tombs-of-old-middle-new-kingdoms-unearthed-in-Aswan
http://observer.com/2017/06/egyptian-tombs-mummies-discovered/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5596-170601-aswan-rock-tombs

More on the necropolis recently found at Minya;

http://www.wpxi.com/news/egypt-discovers-new-necropolis-in-minya-first-in-area/522295815

What we’re learning from Neolithic remains from Bestansur:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/06/01/unusual-house-of-the-dead-tells-archaeologists-about-earliest-farmers/#2808733e639f

Oldest (2250 BCE) known Anatolian document from the Acemhöyük Mound:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oldest-anatolian-transcript-found-in-acemhoyuk-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113711&NewsCatID=375

Persian-era sculpture fragments reassembled from Lebanon:

http://www.livescience.com/59294-ceramic-heads-discovered-ancient-waste-dump.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5590-170530-lebanon-head-sculptures

Studying what folks were eating in Second Temple Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=494148
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968529,00.html

On the winery at Jezreel:

http://thetorah.com/the-story-of-naboths-vineyard-and-the-ancient-winery-in-jezreel/

On Jezreel in Ahab’s time:

http://thetorah.com/jezreel-a-military-city-and-the-location-of-jehus-coup/

Feature on the Gamla excavations:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/30/gamla-excavations-final-report-rest-story/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAsorBlog+%28The+ASOR+Blog%29

An Ottoman-era well and reservoir near Beit Shemesh:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sophisticated-Ottoman-era-water-well-and-reservoir-unearthed-near-Beit-Shemesh-494210
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230324
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968965,00.html

In the wake of last week’s ‘Roman slingshot study’ a feature on the ‘Palestinian slingshot’ and some sling stones:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-slingshot-stones-were-aerodynamic-dig-reveals-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113803&NewsCatID=375

Caesarea has major touristy ambitions:

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/5/30/archaeology-haven-of-caesarea-seeks-to-emerge-as-main-tourism-site-in-israel

What Jason Ur is up to:

http://www.rudaw.net/mobile/english/interview/02062017

Nice feature on Gertrude Bell:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-woman-who-vanished

A sort of ‘current state of Palmyra’ piece:

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-palmyra-ruins-2017-story.html

Review of Veyne, *Palmyra*:

http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Palmyra-An-Irreplaceable-Treasure-by-Paul-11174001.php

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’re investigating the sunken port around Delos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/30/culture-and-sports-ministry-significant-finds-from-underwater-excavation-at-delos/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5588-170530-greece-delos-breakwater

A Roman teen burial dug up in the late 1970s is going on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/30/roman-teen-skeleton-museum-london-collection-new-buildings

A Roman bath house from Chichester:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-40103605
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/31/luxury-bath-house-from-roman-chichester-unearthed-by-archaeologists
https://www.chichester.news/news/community/soaked-history-priory-park-dig-reveals-chichesters-roman-elite-enjoyed-private-bath-house/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5593-170531-roman-chichester-bath

… and one from under the Carlisle Cricket Club:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-40076000
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Roman-discovery-set-to-boost-interest-in-Carlisle-0d731efc-f95d-491c-a3f2-1c469db14cab-ds

A hoard of Roman coins from the Netherlands:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/06/hoard-of-roman-coins-found-at-former-burial-site-in-gelderland/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5601-170602-roman-gold-coins

Nice followup to that Lavau Celtic Prince burial from a year or so ago:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lavau-celtic-prince-2500-year-old-royal-tomb-starts-reveal-its-secrets-1623933
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5591-170530-celtic-lavau-prince

Another Roman roof tile with a pawprint … this time from Lincolnshire:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/cat-leaves-purr-fect-paw-print-in-2-000-year-old-tile-unearthed-in-lincoln/story-30365006-detail/story.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cat-left-pawprint-2000-year-old-roman-roof-tile-180963556/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5597-170601-england-lincolnshire-excavation

Not sure if this Medusa mosaic find from Perge is actually recent:

http://micetimes.asia/in-turkey-archaeologists-have-unearthed-an-interesting-artifact/

Latest finds from Plovdiv’s Great Basilica dig:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/05/30/archaeology-further-400-sq-m-of-mosaics-65-graves-uncovered-at-plovdivs-great-basilica-site/

Hype for a Roman inscription from Malatya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gravestone-of-ancient-roman-couple-stirs-interest-in-malatya-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113772&NewsCatID=379

… and Aratos’ grave:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-monumental-grave-under-agricultural-field-in-mardin.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113854&NewsCatID=375

Plenty of photos from the renovation and opening of the Domitilla catacombs:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/30/laser-technology-uncovers-1600-year-old-christian-frescoes-romes/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/arts/design/fresh-finds-at-romes-ancient-catacombs.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-domitilla-catacombs-unveiled-years-renovation.html
http://www.dw.com/en/roman-catacombs-unveiled-after-years-of-renovation/g-39071995
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/05/31/new-technology-reveals-a-catacomb-fresco-of-the-roman-grain-trade-and-even-renaissance-graffiti/

Feature on Roman laundries:

http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/the-right-chemistry-laundry-secrets-of-the-ancient-romans

Latest from Victor Nuovo on Aristotle:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201706victor-nuovo-aristotle-city-and-good-life

With the release of the Wonder Woman movie, one expects some Amazon stuff:

http://theconversation.com/the-truth-about-the-amazons-the-real-wonder-women-78248
http://theconversation.com/selling-sex-wonder-woman-and-the-ancient-fantasy-of-hot-lady-warriors-78059
http://theconversation.com/who-cares-about-batman-v-superman-wonder-woman-finally-steals-the-show-56963

… and with a major Scythian exhibition coming to the BM, there are some features on them too:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/introducing-the-scythians/
http://blog.britishmuseum.org/what-do-nomads-leave-behind/

In case you’re killing time at Fiumicino:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/archaeology-at-romes-fiumicino-airport/

Folks might be interested in this Olympian Gods colouring book:

https://greekmythcomix.com/2017/05/28/the-olympian-god-colouring-book/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting ovarian teratoma from a 16th century (or thereabouts) burial in Lisbon:

http://www.livescience.com/59293-tumor-with-teeth-in-gothic-graveyard.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ovarian-teratoma-teeth-15th-century.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/lisbon-teratoma-ovarian-tumour-discovered-archaeologists-grave-university-of-coimbra-a7765896.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5595-170531-portugal-ovarian-mass

Studying remains from a mass grave dating to the Thirty Years War:

http://www.livescience.com/59302-germany-thirty-years-war-grave-revealed.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5594-170531-germany-lutzen-gunfire

… and all those Lithuanian mummies which were in the news five years ago or so:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/science/mummies-smallpox-vilnius-lithuania-crypt.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/science/spontaneous-mummification.html?_r=0

The search is on for a ‘lost’ East Lancashire Village:

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15315042.Shovels_at_the_ready__Dig_to_find_lost_East_Lancashire_village_set_to_start_this_week/

Overviewish thing on Crossrail finds:

https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2017/jun/01/skeletons-chamber-pots-hippo-sandals-treasures-crossrail

Feature on ‘Viking Dublin’:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/wood-quay-revealing-the-heart-of-viking-dublin.htm

In case you want to buy Sheriff Hutton Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-40122485

More on that ‘oldest sacred site’ in Shropshire:

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15327216.Discovery_during_dig_at_church_shows_ancient_sacred_worship/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-church-england-sits-sacred-pagan-ground-experts-say-180963449/
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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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Evidence of rice cultivation in China some 10 000 years bp (give or take):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/caos-rdo_1060217.php
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/rice-domestication/528288/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5602-170602-rice-bullliform-phytoliths

Excavations have started in Xiongan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-05/30/content_40928248.htm

A 1000 years bp ‘lost temple’ from Chengdu:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/04/c_136338711.htm
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/lost-temple-discovered-after-1000-years-in-china-4688433/

Checking the date of some items from Haryana:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/samples-from-haryana-excavation-site-to-be-sent-for-carbon-dating/

Remains of a Buddhist stupa from Vihar:

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/remains-of-buddhist-stupa-reveal-more-about-vihar-mumbai-news/18303187

Petroglyphs from Iran from some ‘unknown civilization’:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/iran-rock-art-unknown-ancient-civilisation-discovered-sacred-volcanic-stone-top-mountain-1623907

An interesting ‘remote Outback’ project is finding out all sorts of things about ancient Aborigines:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-03/remote-outback-archaeology-project-unearths-new-stories/8578086

Evidence of a ‘legendary’ Australian foray into Japan in 1830:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/28/australian-convict-pirates-in-japan-evidence-of-1830-voyage-unearthed

Noel Hilliam is facing charges:

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/self-proclaimed-historian-noel-hilliam-could-face-fine-up-to-300-000-for-damaging-m-ori-burial-site.html

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of the recovery of a cannon from a 200 years bp shipwreck thought to be the USS Revenge:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-navy-recovers-cannon-identify-200-year-shipwreck-47806077
http://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/national/us-navy-recovers-cannon-to-identify–year-old-shipwreck/article_ada7affe-b9c0-5e80-9bc1-855450d91aff.html
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20170603/us-navy-recovers-cannon-to-identify-200-year-old-shipwreck
http://www.startribune.com/cannon-is-raised-from-the-1811-wreck-site-of-the-uss-revenge/426150321/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/03/us-navy-cannon-divers-shpwreck-uss-revenge

A tree in Virginia fell over and revealed items from the 17th century:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/toppled-tree-and-archaeological-dig-unearth-mystery-of-early-s/article_c05265de-8c44-55b1-9124-dbb822941af2.html

Checking out a possible stop on the Underground Railroad in Chicago:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/05/30/rumors-underground-railroad-irving-park-prompt-archaeological-dig

Canada appears to be losing a ‘state of the art’ archaeology lab:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/parks-canada-archaeology-jonathan-fowler-mi-kmaq-acadian-1.4133423

… while Toronto is planning a public archaeological repository:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2017/05/29/toronto-plans-creation-of-public-archaeological-repository.html

And some Fremont culture perishables have a permanent home:

http://www.usu.edu/today/index.cfm?id=56812

Finding lost apple varieties in the Pacific northwest:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/us/apple-varieties-pacific-northwest.html

Stabilizing Shumway Cabin (Utah):

https://www.friendsofcedarmesa.org/shumwaycabin/

On Jefferson’s flight from Monticello:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/06/02/jefferson-fled-monticello-to-avoid-being-captured-by-the-british-and-he-was-mocked-for-it/

Latest ‘peopling of the Americas’ study:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-puzzle-humans-americas.html
http://pnas.org/content/114/22/5554.extract.html?etoc

… and more on the Cerutti site:

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/communities/hot-springs/hot-springs-couple-helps-turn-archaeological-world-upside-down/article_2ea9b790-454d-11e7-b81f-4f8a1d278641.html

A Lincoln Civil War document was coming to auction:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/27/us/memorial-day-lincoln-document-trnd/index.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A large cache of jade items from the Maya site of Ceibal (Guatemala):

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/treasure-trove-jade-stones-used-mayan-rituals-discovered-guatemala-1623929

Interesting 14th century burial of a teenager with cancer from Panama:

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-teenager-bone-cancer-witch-hill.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/stri-wwa060117.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5598-170601-panama-cancer-bone

What the Chachapoyas site tells us about the early population of Peru:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/16263/20170529/archaeologists-find-northern-coast-peru-resting-place-early-americans.htm

Studying the lives of Cuban slaves:

https://www.localxpress.ca/local-news/smu-archaeology-expedition-to-probe-the-lives-of-cuban-slaves-630231

Some Moai humour:

https://i.chzbgr.com/full/8334857472/h87E70F0F/
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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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Humans were causing air pollution earlier than previously thought:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-polluted-air-much-earlier-previously-thought-180963528/

… not sure if this ice analysis piece on lead is related:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/30/we-have-been-poisoning-ourselves-has-ice-analysis-revealed-the-truth-about-lead

A family’s ‘lost’ Dunkirk boat shows up on eBay:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-40042331

On Jews in Mexico and the Spanish Inquisition:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40029453

On the history of the reflex hammer:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/28/529821714/in-the-age-of-digital-medicine-the-humble-reflex-hammer-hangs-on

On Zoroastrians and the Silk Route:

https://scroll.in/magazine/837568/the-little-known-history-of-how-zoroastrian-merchants-helped-create-the-old-silk-route

Feature on Gabriele Tadini:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/a-16th-century-engineer-whose-work-almost-defeated-an-empire/

Feature on Frederic Bazille:

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/31/529539229/meet-fr-d-ric-bazille-the-impressionist-painter-who-could-have-been?sc=17&f=1008

Feature on a dozen female warriors:

http://www.livescience.com/59330-beyond-wonder-women-real-female-warriors.html

Sleeping with the Night Watch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40137724
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/06/02/actualidad/1496393858_851174.html

On the changing view of mermaids:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170602-the-vandalised-little-mermaid

The Royal Geographic Society has put a pile of stuff online:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40050593

Big bucks for a rediscovered Rodin:

http://www.dw.com/en/rodins-rediscovered-andromede-sculpture-sells-for-over-4-million/a-39059895

A Bramante painting in Milan has been restored:

https://apnews.com/88a3b5fff85841e2ab786c122a28a0cf

They’ve built an ‘Anglo Saxon Farm’ near Nottingham:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/volunteers-build-anglo-saxon-farm-near-nottingham/story-30366650-detail/story.html

A ‘new’ Tolkien tome has been published:

http://www.dw.com/en/jrr-tolkien-book-published-after-100-years/a-39075936
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-40109396

Pondering the myth and reality of pirates:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/travel/the-real-pirates-of-the-caribbean/index.html

On what folks get wrong about the Vikings:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/31/white-supremacists-love-vikings-but-theyve-got-history-all-wrong/

I think we mentioned this database of threatened sites in the Middle East and North Africa:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-database-catalogues-20000-threatened-archaeological-sites-180963451/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/06/02/this-interactive-map-visualizes-at-risk-archaeological-sites-in-the-mediterranean-world/

On the fate of “Robert the smoking robot”:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-39057312

On Black women as public intellectuals:

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/529749127/in-beyond-respectability-a-history-of-black-women-as-public-intellectuals?sc=17&f=1008

Review of English, *The Storied City*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/books/review/storied-city-quest-for-timbuktu-charlie-english.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/arts/design/spanish-treasures-overlooked-in-new-york-find-love-in-madrid.html

Thoreau Journals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/arts/design/thoreau-american-resister-and-kitten-rescuer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everyday-life-henry-david-thoreau-180963529/

Scythians:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/may/30/british-museum-skin-scythian-exhibition-tattoo-empire
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/British-Museum-Announces-New-Exhibition-SCYTHIANS-20170530
https://www.ft.com/content/4935cb66-453f-11e7-8d27-59b4dd6296b8
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/british-museum-to-show-scythian-artefacts-preserved-by-siberian-snow-for-thousands-of-years-a3552086.html

Hokusai:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/28/hokusai-beyond-the-great-wave-review-british-museum

Josephine Bowes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-39354571

Raphael drawings:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/30/raphael-the-drawings-review-a-magnificent-mind-opening-exhibition
http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15318621._Once_in_a_lifetime__Raphael_exhibit_to_feature_sketches_worth_up_to___30_million_each/

Ernesto Schiaparelli:

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/arts-and-leisure/2017-05-31/the-untold-story-of-the-italian-archaeological-mission-on-egyptian-soil-to-edit-095406.php?uuid=AEKLSHWB

Maps of the Adirondacks:

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Maps-tell-the-history-of-a-region-11181217.php

More on the new archaeological museum planned for Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/05/23/greek-architect-design-new-archaeological-museum/

The British Museum is planning an ‘x rated treasure hunt’ type thing:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/02/british-museum-hosts-x-rated-hunt-find-naughtiest-treasures/

Nice feature on the Royal Ontario Museum:

http://torontoist.com/2017/06/historicist-rom-became-world-class-museum/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Revisiting the Gaspee Affair of 1772 in virtual reality:

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170519/virtual-reality-takes-you-back-to-gaspee-affair-of-1772

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using genomic data to track migrations:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/esoh-gtm052417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genomics-tracks-migration-lost-empires.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170528192059.htm

Assorted spins and speculations coming from a study of some Egyptian mummy DNA:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/mpif-tfg052617.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genome-ancient-egyptian-mummies.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170530115141.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/30/dna-from-ancient-egyptian-mummies-reveals-their-ancestry/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-egyptians-europeans-related-claims-a7763866.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/29/ciencia/1496082692_314561.html
http://elmostrador.cl/cultura/2017/05/30/adn-de-momias-muestra-poca-relacion-de-los-egipcios-actuales-con-los-faraones/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/ancient-egyptians-were-most-closely-related-to-near-eastern-populations
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5589-170530-egypt-mummy-dna

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Iranian caves:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170526-the-last-troglodytes-of-iran

Stirling Castle:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170524-stirling-castle-the-last-stronghold-of-scotland

Canterbury:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/01/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-canterbury-england.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Mount Koya:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39882614

Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/travel/rome-italy-classic-beauty-culture.html

Hemu:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170531-where-the-earths-mightiest-army-roamed

Paestum:

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/travel/italys-untouched-gem
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CRIME BEAT
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A 12th century cross was stolen from a church in southern Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cross-of-12th-century-byzantine-chapel-stolen-in-southern-turkey-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113633&NewsCatID=375

A cultural crime conference in Helsinki:

http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=175836&CultureCode=en

A well-known name seems tangled in ISIL-related antiquities sales:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/prominent-art-family-entangled-in-investigations-of-looted-antiquities-1496246740
https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/2017-06-01-wall-street-journal-prominent-art-family-in-isis-antiquities-looting-investigations/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-22-29-may-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 Kelsey Museum returned a stele to Egypt:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-museum-ancient-egyptian-stele-wwii.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/us-museum-returns-ancient-egyptian-stele-missing-wwii-47721783
http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/article153314829.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5600-170602-egyptian-stele-faience

A private citizen returned a number of items to Mexico:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeological-pieces-returned-to-mexico/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n23.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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A hitherto unknown Edith Wharton play has turned up:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/theater/edith-wharton-play-surfaces-the-shadow-of-a-doubt.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

The Government Inspector:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/theater/the-government-inspector-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater

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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/2623-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-may-2017-27-may-2017

Not sure if we mentioned the Strata episode on the Polada Culture:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2617-strata-may-2017
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OBITUARIES
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David Lewiston:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/arts/music/david-lewiston-dead-discoverer-of-world-music.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries

Alastair Horne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/books/alistair-horne-dead-british-war-historian.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries
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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 20.05 ~ May 28, 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, Gina Salapata, Kris Curry,
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for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Much is being made of 7.2 million years bp ‘pre-human’ remains in the Balkans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uot-sf7051717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-scientists-million-year-old-pre-human-balkans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170523083548.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/7-2-million-year-old-hominin-remains-discovered-in-the-balkans

… with speculations about humans evolving in Europe, rather than Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-humans-evolve-europe-africa-dont.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.791397
http://www.dw.com/en/study-the-oldest-pre-human-could-originate-from-europe-not-africa/a-39004699
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/05/22/europe-birthplace-mankind-not-africa-scientists-find/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-study-claims-apes-and-human-ancestors-split-southern-europe-180963426/

Meanwhile, a child Australopithecus skeleton is telling us things about the evolution of the human spine:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170523083546.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/26/how-a-3-3-million-year-old-toddler-offers-researchers-a-window-into-human-evolution/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/23/529693497/3-3-million-year-old-fossil-sheds-light-on-how-the-spine-evolved
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/7-2-million-year-old-hominin-remains-discovered-in-the-balkans
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-hominin-toddler-was-kind-us-180963424/

More pondering of the homo naledi genome:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/23/homo-naledi-genome-will-we-ever-find-this-elusive-key-to-human-evolution

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/may/25/early-human-fossils-homo-naledi-johannesburg-south-africa
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AFRICA
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Study suggests ochre was being used at Porc-Epic Cave in Ethiopia for 4500 years during the Mesolithic:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/p-oub051817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ochre-middle-stone-age-humans.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/ochre-use-persisted-over-thousands-of-years-in-ethiopian-cave
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5583-170525-ethiopia-porc-epic-cave

Feature on pyramids in Algeria:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/05/23/Algerian-culture-minister-says-pyramids-were-discovered-in-Tiaret.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of embalming materials found in the tomb of a 20th Dynasty vizier at Deir al Bahari:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/269208/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Embalming-materials-for-Middle-Kingdom-vizier-Ipi-.aspx
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2436765&CategoryId=13936
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5568-170522-egypt-mummification-materials

A lintel with a cartouche of Sesostris II from Ihnasya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/269618/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Lintel-bearing-Middle-Kingdom-cartouches-unearthed.aspx

More on that Nectanebo II inscription found in a ‘looting hole’:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-egyptian-pharaoh-carving-found-114100165.html

Feature on mummies’ curses and mummy mania:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-desecration-and-romanticisation-the-real-curse-of-mummies-77476

Feature on Egyptian blue:

https://hyperallergic.com/366307/egyptian-blue-the-first-synthetic-pigment/

Long distance obsidian trade in Paleolithic Syria:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/tool-sharpens-focus-stone-age-networking-middle-east
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5578-170524-syria-paleolithic-obsidian

A 4000 years bp ‘trading post’ on Sir Beni Yas Island:

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/culture/archaeological-team-on-sir-bani-yas-island-finds-4-000-year-old-trading-post-1.2032258
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/evidence-of-4000-year-old-trading-post-uncovered-on-sir-bani-yas-island

5000 years bp ‘luxurious’ dwellings from Yassitepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/yassitepe-excavations-reveal-ancient-luxurious-life-in-izmir-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113529&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/05/22/archaeologists-unearth-5000-year-old-luxury-settlement-in-western-turkey

5000 years bp necropolis (maybe) from southern Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/413727/Archaeological-probe-finds-prehistoric-gravestones-in-southeast

They’ve cleaned up finds from the oldest baptistery (Mardin):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-in-worlds-first-baptistery-cleaned-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113389&NewsCatID=375

Napoleonic mass grave from Jaffa:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.790107

A database of at-risk sites in the Middle East:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-database-charts-20000-at-risk-archaeological-sites-in-the-middle-east/
http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/20000-archeological-sites-threatened-mena-region-war-major-cause-978582

Finds from the ‘last battle of Jerusalem’ (when the Romans breached the walls) were put on display this week:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4285
http://www.jpost.com/Six-Day-War-Anniversary/Evidence-of-2000-year-old-battle-for-Jerusalem-unearthed-in-City-of-David-493901
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/evidence-revealed-of-the-last-battle-of-jerusalem-from-2000-years-ago/2017/05/25/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-war-for-jerusalem-echoes-as-stones-and-arrowheads-uncovered/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4967557,00.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230167
http://artdaily.com/news/96206/Exhibition-reveals-evidence-of-the-last-battle-for-Jerusalem-from-2-000-years-ago-

Studying pools used by pilgrims in the Old City:

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/5/23/study-jerusalem-reservoirs-used-by-pilgrims-2000-years-ago
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/05/24/research-elucidates-ancient-jerusalem-reservoirs-known-as-elephant-in-the-room/
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42607

On epigraphic evidence for names in the Bible:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865680748/53-Old-Testament-names-confirmed-by-archaeological-inscriptions.html

Review of Veyne, *Palmyra*:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/Palmyra-An-Irreplaceable-Treasure-by-Paul-11174001.php

Feature on Hatra:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/hatras-embattled-history-from-the-romans-to-isis/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An 1800 years bp kiln from Verulamium:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/new-roman-artefact-uncovered-in-st-albans-verulamium-park-1-5023975

Remains of a Roman bath house and other finds from Carlisle:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Experts-stunned-by-Premier-League-Roman-find-in-Carlisle-a6c85ddc-31c9-429b-b455-9b208d9de418-ds
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/809860/Carlisle-Roman-remains-archaeological-discovery

Interesting study of those sling bullets found at Burnswark:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/05/ancient-slingshot-lethal-44-magnum-scotland/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/26/roman-militarys-secret-weapon-wailing-slingshot-bullets-with-power-of-44-magnum/

On some pyramids in Algeria with a Classical connection:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/05/23/Algerian-culture-minister-says-pyramids-were-discovered-in-Tiaret.html

Plans for that mosaic from Leicester to go on display:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-39997600

France’s new education minister is promoting the study of Latin and Greek:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/05/24/new-french-education-minister-to-promote-latin-and-ancient-greek-in-schools/

Brexit is a threat to Classics funding:

https://www.ft.com/content/c9755056-3fab-11e7-82b6-896b95f30f58

On the Classical World New Zealand project:

http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/departments/school-of-humanities/classical-world-new-zealand/classical-world-new-zealand_home.cfm

Latin is waning in Maine:

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/28/as-allure-of-latin-wanes-new-teaching-methods-focus-on-fun/

A trio of Victor Nuovo’s latest columns:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201705victor-nuovo-theory-and-practice
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201705victor-nuovo-friendship-%E2%80%94-tie-binds
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201705victor-nuovo-aristotles-political-inequities-weve-come-long-way

About this year’s Princeton salutatorian:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/05/26/salutatorian-storey-fuses-computer-science-classics
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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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Five burials and a possible henge site from the West Midlands:

http://observer.com/2017/05/4000-year-old-earthwork-henge-and-burial-site-discovered-in-england/
http://www.livescience.com/59276-henge-monument-and-burials-uncovered-england.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5570-17-05-22-england-henge-burials

Malta’s Neolithic hypogeum has been conserved and opened to the public:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170516/social/al-Saflieni-Hypogeum-reopens.648082
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5576-170524-malta-hypogeum-conserved
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/maltas-hypogeum-one-worlds-best-preserved-prehistoric-sites-reopens-public-180963397/

A Viking base from Lincolnshire:

http://www.livescience.com/59264-9th-century-viking-camp-in-england.html

A 17th century bridge from downtown Moscow:

https://www.rbth.com/news/2017/05/22/archaeologists-dig-up-17th-century-stone-bridge-in-downtown-moscow_767471

A medieval brewery on the outskirts of Lincoln:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/medieval-brewery-used-by-monks-discovered-by-archaeologists-on-the-outskirts-of-lincoln/story-30346623-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5569-170522-england-medieval-brewery

Another piece on medieval ‘fear of the undead’:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.790889

Finds from various periods on the outskirts of Melton:

http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/mounting-excitement-over-ancient-new-archaeological-find-near-melton-1-7976966

More on that ‘4000 years bp sacred burial ground’ from Shropshire:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5575-170523-england-shropshire-burial-ground

They’re still arguing about the Galloway hoard:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15310494.Director_of_National_Museum_of_Scotland_defends_its_plans_for_the_Galloway_Hoard_of_Viking_treasure_to_MSPs/
http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/environment/summit-meeting-to-secure-viking-hoard-for-galloway-1-4448070

On the Svaty Jur site (Slovakia):

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542813/archaeologist-pieces-together-early-history-of-what-is-now-western-slovakia.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5587-170526-arab-silver-coin

Remembering the find of Girona gold:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40045580

Feature (podcast) on the Bell Beaker folk:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2017/may/28/the-bell-beaker-folk-science-weekly-podcast
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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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Paleolithic hand print cave petroglyphs from Inner Mongolia:

http://www.newsgram.com/cave-painting-of-human-hand-prints-belonging-to-palaeolithic-era-found-by-archaeologists-in-chinas-inner-mongolia-region/

Eight petroglyphs of horses from Ningxia Hui:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/25/c_136314996.htm

Evidence of early dog domestication from the Siberian arctic:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5585-170526-siberia-domesticated-dogs

Bones from cooked meat at a Harappan site:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/haryana-archaeologists-discover-bones-from-cooked-meat-found-at-harappan-site-4675772/

A 3rd/4th century CE necropolis from Azerbaijan:

http://news.az/articles/society/122072

An interesting medieval ‘dance pose’ burial from Russia:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/siberia-ancient-grave-reveals-dancing-skeleton-tied-after-death-ritual-burial-1623136
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5574-170523-russia-far-east-medieval-burial

Studying the Terracotta Warriors:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/18/ciencia/1495114479_793962.html

More on evidence of human sacrifice in ancient Korea:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5th-century-remains-may-be-evidence-human-sacrifice-ancient-korea-180963344/

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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 13 000 years bp arrowhead from a Northampton field:

http://www.gazettenet.com/An-archaeological-dig-in-the-meadows-in-Northampton-9887462

Studying Washington’s birth site:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/archaeologist-washington-s-birth-site-more-mysterious-than-thought/article_06957ffb-3d97-5d34-a402-8ddb24bbb151.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5582-170525-virginia-washington-birthplace

Recent finds from Pueblo Bonito:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/chaco-canyons-ancient-civilization-continues-puzzle

… and a related feature on Chaco culture:

http://www.livescience.com/59218-chaco-culture.html

Another stone pillar found in a New Mexico forest:

http://krqe.com/2017/05/23/mysterious-stone-pillars-emerge-from-northern-new-mexico-forest/

Feature on a Fremont pit house from Utah replica study:

https://issuu.com/usuprm/docs/utah_state_magazine_summer_2017/30

Reconstructing a 10 300 years bp bison hunt:

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article153093719.html

Feature on the preservation of a pile of Alaskan artifacts:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5573-170523-alaska-artifacts-preserved

They’re almost done restoring Fort Herkimer Church:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2017/05/restoration_of_fort_herkimer_church_nears_completion.html

What’s next for the Baldwin Hall site at UGa:

http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/uga-announces-next-steps-for-research-about-baldwin-hall-site/
http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-05-25/uga-reveals-next-steps-study-baldwin-hall-remains

Latest from Jamestown (I think we’ve heard of most of this already):

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/20/saving-a-one-of-a-kind-gravestone-at-jamestown/

On Ithaca’s Dey Street:

http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2017/05/25/dutch-roots-ithacas-dey-street/345293001/

On an historic maple tree in Syracuse:

http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2017/05/tree_story.html

On 19th century Catholics in Boston:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/05/27/fear-immigrants-persecution-religious-minorities-the-life-century-boston-catholics/7OOo5AwF3hOxYqEr7jbHRM/story.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of a human presence in Peru 15 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/fau-fai052317.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-groundbreaking-discovery-early-human-life.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170524141745.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/traces-some-south-america-s-earliest-people-found-under-ancient-dirt-pyramid
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/16056/20170525/15-000-year-old-artifacts-unearthed-at-ancient-huaca-prieta-temple-in-northern-peru.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5580-170525-huaca-prieta-rush-matting
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/exploring-origins-of-complex-society-in-peru

Studying ancient trade networks in the Andes:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-surprisingly-complex-portrait-ancient-networks.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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They’re still fascinated by Phineas Gage:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/21/528966102/why-brain-scientists-are-still-obsessed-with-the-curious-case-of-phineas-gage

Turkey is trying to revive Ottoman-era sports:

http://www.dw.com/en/turkey-brings-back-ottoman-sports-to-revive-past-glory/g-38943063

On humans and honey bees:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/24/honey-i-love-you-our-40000-year-relationship-with-the-humble-bee

On Martin Luther as the father of protest songs:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170522-martin-luther-father-of-protest-songs

Italy is giving away assorted castles:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italy-giving-away-103-historic-buildings-free-charge-180963423/

On Samuel Morse:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/05/24/before-there-was-twitter-there-was-morse-code-remembering-social-medias-true-inventor/
Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blinged-out-menorah-debuts-pioneering-exhibit-rome-180963381/

Raphael drawings:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/raphael-the-drawings-ashmolean-oxford/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170527_WeeklyBriefing_13

Italy blocked five recent high level museum appointments:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2017/05/25/italian-court-blocks-5-top-museum-appointments_15d60d2e-e3d0-47f9-afca-34ac1793c30d.html

Moving Tut’s items to the new museum in Cairo:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-king-tut-bed-chariot-cairo.html
http://www.startribune.com/egypt-moves-bed-chariot-of-king-tut-to-new-museum/423904333/
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/bed-and-chariot-of-king-tutankhamun-moved-to-new-museum-in-cairo-35749063.html
http://artdaily.com/news/96167/King-Tutankhamun-s-bed–chariot-paraded-through-Cairo-to-new-home
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-idUSKBN18K1KN?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt

A new archaeological museum is in the works for Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/05/23/greek-architect-design-new-archaeological-museum/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/24/greek-architect-wins-competition-for-designing-cyprus-new-archaeological-museum/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on ‘space archaeology’:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/space-archaeology-transforms-how-ancient-sites-are-discovered/

They’ve reconstructed the face of an 18th century Scottish woman:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5572-170523-scotland-woman-face-reconstruction

… and some 4000 years bp First Nations people:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/05/24/watch-these-4000-year-old-first-nations-skeletons-come-back-to-life/

We’ll be hearing more about bone proteomics:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-bone-proteomics-reveal-dead.html

Using photogrammetry at a St Augustine burial ground:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/st-augustine/historic-burial-ground-seen-with-3d-imagery-in-st-augustine/443417525
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests hunter-gatherers and the first farmers were closer than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-dna-evidence-hunter-gatherers-farmers.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170525123052.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/cp-ade051817.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/europe-s-ancient-hunter-gatherers-and-farmers-were-intimately-connected
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5581-170525-romania-farmers-hunters

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Khndzoresk Cave (Armenia):

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-ancient-cave-city-armenia-180962981/

Mexico City:

http://www.bostonherald.com/lifestyle/travel/2017/05/why_mexico_city_is_a_world_class_destination_and_you_should_go

Huaca Bellavista (Peru):

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-explore-hidden-treasures-at-huaca-bellavista-site-in-lima-peru-668037.aspx

Taormina:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/taormina-what-to-do-sicily-italy-mount-etna-teatro-antico-mafia-isola-bella-a7753776.html

Spain’s Medieval Skyscrapers:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170523-spains-medieval-clifftop-skyscrapers

Via Dolorosa:

http://www.jpost.com/In-Jerusalem/Something-new-in-the-Old-City-492218

Venice:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venice-has-been-married-sea-over-thousand-years-180963370/
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CRIME BEAT
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Major international effort involved in a bust in Bulgaria:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/05/27/40-arrests-thousands-of-items-seized-in-bulgaria-turkey-and-france-in-operation-against-illegal-trade-in-archaeological-objects/
https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2017/05/26/bulgaria-recovers-over-5000-antiquities-in-joint-anti-smuggling-op-with-turkey-france

Three antiquities smugglers arrested at Grevena:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/21/greek-police-arrest-3-antiquity-smugglers-at-grevena/

Recovery of a purloined/illegally excavated kouros and related arrests:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/218760/article/ekathimerini/news/stolen-ancient-greek-statue-found-two-arrested
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/25511-stolen-ancient-greek-statue-found-and-two-men-arrested.html
http://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/world/greek-police-recover-illegally-excavated-statue-arrest/article_f27649aa-9bd1-56a7-8f7c-cfa00fc85312.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greek-police-recover-illegally-excavated-statue-arrest-2/2017/05/26/8b88e8ae-421a-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_story.html

A foiled attempted sarcophagus sale in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-tomb-seized-from-treasure-hunters-in-central-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113546&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2017/05/24/12-treasure-hunters-trying-to-sell-ancient-sarcophagus-for-4m-detained-in-turkeys-eskisehir

Probation for damaging a Native American site in Oregon:

http://www.kajo.com/news/local/stories.php?subaction=showfull&id=1495350339&ucat=2
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Oregon-man-sentenced-for-damaging-archaeological-11162405.php

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-15-21-may-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The UK returned four items to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/269514/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-recovers-four-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-fro.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-restores-artifacts/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170524-egypt-says-it-restored-4-stolen-artefacts-from-britain/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5584-170526-egypt-smuggled-artifacts

Seven items were returned to Italy from New York:

http://www.kiro7.com/news/looted-statues-pottery-returned-to-italy-after-probe-in-nyc/526609581
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/05/26/US-returns-stolen-archeological-artifacts-to-Italy-.html
http://nypost.com/2017/05/25/looted-ancient-artifacts-found-in-midtown-gallery-finally-returned/
http://artdaily.com/news/96213/United-States-returns-stolen-artifacts-to-Italy
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/5771/US-returns-stolen-artifacts-to-Italy
https://www.courthousenews.com/seven-looted-antiquities-returned-italy/

Latest Nazi loot settlement:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/28/arts/design/michele-marieschi-painting-sothebys-auction-restitution.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on recent numismatic finds in Israel:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/23/israel-numismatic-report-important-finds-altruistic-reporting-law/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n22.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/2621-audio-news-from-archaeologica-14-may-2017-20-may-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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Explorator 20.04 ~ May 21, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman,David Critchley, Rick Heli,
Richard 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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Tying the spread of homo sapiens to the development of grassland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/asu-gbf051117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-grassy-earliest-homo.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170515111616.htm

Studying the diet of early hominins in east Africa:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5555-170516-ethiopia-climate-change

Feature on the Shanidar 3 skeleton:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/17/at-night-at-the-museum-a-neanderthal-skeleton-comes-out-of-the-vault/?utm_term=.c137e1ccbcbf&wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1
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AFRICA
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Latest from the Tombos (Sudan) site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-archaeologist-excavation-tombos-sudan-nile.html

Meanwhile Sudan and Egypt are scrapping over some sort of Angelina Jolie movie possibly in the making (I don’t quite get this):

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39972853

Tunisia is seeking Heritage Status for a Jewish pilgrimage site:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Tunisia-to-seek-UNESCO-World-Heritage-status-for-Jewish-pilgrimage-site-490761

Seeing the tourist potential of Islamic sites in Africa:

http://www.theafricareport.com/North-Africa/archaeologists-seek-to-promote-tourism-in-africas-old-islamic-sites.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A stone inscribed with the cartouche of Nectanebo II was recovered from an illegal dig:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/new-discovery-stone-block-dates-back-30th-dynasty-king-nectanebo-ii-sohag/
http://www.livescience.com/59181-egypt-stone-pharaoh-found-looting-hole.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5564-170518-egypt-abydos-cartouche

Tut’s funerary bed is on the move:

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-funerary-bed-finds-new-home-976130

Egypt is officially registering its Jewish sites/artifacts:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/egypt-jewish-cemeteries-registered-ministry-neglect-heritage.html

Pondering the ‘politeness’ of Ancient Egyptians:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/16/ancient-egyptians-polite-exploring-politeness-late-egyptian/

More on the mummies from Minya:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/14/cachette-cemetery-non-royal-mummies-newly-discovered-el-minya/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/egypt-archaeologists-find-17-new-mummies-in-necropolis http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/14/528368929/photos-17-mummies-unearthed-in-egypt
http://www.nbcboston.com/news/national-international/Archaeologists-Discover-17-Mummies-in-Egyptian-Desert-422175543.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/17-mummies-discovered-central-egypt-140637095.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/38017/20170515/rare-discovery-17-mummies-unearthed-in-ancient-burial-site-in-egypt.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5551-170515-egypt-mummy-cachette

… and the 3800 years bp ‘princess burial’ from Dashur:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/burial-chamber-royal-princess-possibly-150300171.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-princess-may-have-been-buried-newly-discovered-pyramid-180963288/

… and the ‘mongoose on a leash’:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tomb-drawing-shows-mongoose-leash-142300393.html

… and the funerary garden:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-evidence-ancient-egyptian-funerary-garden-found-luxor-180963252/

More on Egypt’s increased tourism hopes:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/discovery-of-ancient-burial-chamber-ignites-hope-for-egypts-struggling-economy-20170514-gw4qzi

More on Egypt’s plans to crack down on antiquities smuggling etc.:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/egypt-approve-amendments-antiquities-law-violators-tomb.html

Feature on the dig at Khirbet Iskandar:

http://menafn.com/1095481939/Khirbat-Iskandar-reveals-crucial-time-span-in-history-of-Jordan-%E2%80%94-Italian-archaeologist

I think we mentioned plans to look for remains of the (underwater) city of Ayla:

http://www.livescience.com/59176-underwater-search-for-ancient-city.html

In case you’ve always wanted to live like a Hittite (?):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/life-of-hittites-to-be-revived-with-village-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113303&NewsCatID=375

A 9000 years bp stone used for starting fires from near Ramat Beit Shemesh:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4283
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-unearths-ancient-fire-making-stone-in-time-for-Lag-Baomer-490694
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/rare-prehistoric-slab-discovered-on-highway-38/2017/05/15/

Rethinking dietary restrictions in Leviticus:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.788626

Feature on Masada:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.789492

More on those WWI finds from Israel:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4281
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4959675,00.html
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42305
http://www.livescience.com/59049-wwi-artifacts-found-in-israel.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/05/11/remnants-of-wwi-battle-found-in-archaeological-dig-in-central-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5543-170510-wwi-weapons-israel

Redating the Al Badiyah Mosque:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5559-170517-al-badiyah-mosque

ISIL’s latest damage appears to be a Dura Europos:

http://syriatimes.sy/index.php/don-t-miss/30653-isis-terrorists-destroy-antiquities-in-dura-europos-site-outside-der-ezzour

Prague’s National Museum is the latest to help Syria restore ancient artifacts:

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/05/16/prague-national-museum-help-syria-restore-ancient-artefacts

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Mycenean burial from Kastrouli isn’t getting nearly enough attention:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/uc-san-diego-researchers-discover-human-burials-and-artifacts-ancient-mycenaean-tomb

A ‘hunchback’ burial from a Roman necropolis in Spain:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/hunchback-torrenueva-unearthed-roman-cemetery-southern-spain-1622094
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/16/ciencia/1494971794_081718.html

A theft of a ‘door ornament’ at Pompeii:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170518/thieves-steal-6th-century-ornament-from-pompeii
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-ornamental-stud-stolen-pompeii.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/ancient-ornamental-stud-stolen-pompeii-site-closed-47486952
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/05/18/sixth-century-bc-relic-stolen-at-pompeii-2_06e113a8-2f36-4f88-8750-729abf717e3d.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/05/18/pompeii-theft-injures-italy-osanna_e482652e-e1de-4d7a-a88c-5f8463dbf796.html

On plans to search for York’s amphitheatre:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15287091.The_hunt_for_York___s_Roman_amphitheatre/

Plans to restore the stadium at Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perge-stadium-returns-to-its-heyday-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=113206&NewsCatID=375

… and some hype for the mosaics at Perge:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perge-mosaics-as-magnificent-as-the-ones-in-zeugma-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112943&NewsCatID=375

Latest warning about the Campi Flegrei:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/campi-flegrei-supervolvano-eruption-vesuvius-naples-pozzuoli-christopher-kilburn-a7737886.html

They’re cleaning the Great Bath at Bath:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/great-bath-roman-baths-been-64960

Concerns about a rock opera about Nero being performed ‘on site’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/18/anger-rome-rock-musical-based-life-emperor-nero/

An AIA grant for Göksel Sazcı:

https://www.archaeological.org/news/grants/24788

Honours for Brian Sowers:

http://bcexcelsior.com/bc-classics-professor-wins-feliks-gross-award/

Plenty of press coverage as a Google Doodle marked the anniversary of the founding of the Antikythera Mechanism:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/05/17/Google-marks-the-discovery-of-the-Antikythera-Mechanism-with-new-Doodle/7311495016082/
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-antikythera-mechanisms-discovery-analog-computer-bronze/#ftag=CAD590a51e
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/805587/Antikythera-mechanism-Google-Doodle-discovery-anniversary-ancient-Greek-computer
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/travel-tech/25345-google-doodle-elects-ancient-greek-artefact-%E2%80%98antikythera-mechanism%E2%80%99.html

… and there were some good features on the device:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2017/may/17/the-antikythera-mechanism-the-worlds-first-computer-video
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.789893
http://www.livescience.com/59144-antikythera-mechanism-discovered-115-years-ago.html
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/05/17/actualidad/1494973005_194869.html
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A prehistoric henge of some sort from Newbold-on-Stour:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-39985586

A Shropshire church may preserve the UK’s oldest sacred site (not Christian, obviously):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/18/shropshire-church-found-uks-oldest-sacred-site/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-39981488

Possible Pictish sites from Burghead (maybe medieval):

http://www.northern-scot.co.uk/News/Dig-may-have-uncovered-Pictish-properties-in-Burghead-18052017.htm

A 13th century Teutonic castle from Poland:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5552-170515-peace-of-torun

14th century Tudor pottery from a Grimsby ‘school’ dig:

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/14th-century-tudor-piece-of-pottery-unearthed-as-29-students-join-archaeology-dig/story-30340446-detail/story.html

Searching for Spanish Armada wreck(s) off Co Sligo:

http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeology-spanish-armada-ireland-streedagh-3396385-May2017/

17th century artifacts from a Dublin site:

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2017/0515/875408-dublin-dig/

Studying the human remains from the Mary Rose:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-re-constructing-crew-mary-rose.html

Rethinking why medieval graves may have been reopened:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-medieval-people-reopened-graves-honour.html

Feature on bog bodies:

http://www.canada.com/entertainment/all/bogs+became+miracle+those+seek+understand+prehistoric+past/13376510/story.html

Plans to excavate a ‘country house’ in Perthshire:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/427036/archaeological-dig-will-uncover-ruins-of-country-house-of-many-names/

Plans to investigate a 17th century English earthwork associated with the Civil War:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5563-170518-civil-war-prince-rupert

Plans to search for tunnel(s) beneath Derry’s walls:

https://www.derrynow.com/news/experts-set-explore-hundreds-year-old-tunnel-exists-derry-walls/163627

On Anglo Saxon queens’ marriages:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/medieval-mothers-had-marry-and-murder-get-their-way-180963282/

More on archaeological sites delaying gasline construction in Albania:

https://seenews.com/news/albania-halts-construction-on-tap-section-over-archaeological-discovery-568210

More on the find of one of the first books printed in England:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/caxton-book-first-printed-england-discovery-university-reading-a7724476.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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Evidence of coastal occupation of Australia some 50 000 years bp:

http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/atlantis-of-the-south-earliest-evidence-of-aboriginal-life-found-in-wa-cave-20170519-gw8nhg.html
http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/wa-pilbara-coast-occupied-by-australian-aboriginal-50000-years-ago/news-story/e8f2d71534ad24c3d6841f7df0e6881e
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-evidence-earliest-occupation-coasts-australia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/19/indigenous-australian-life-cave-wa-50000-years
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-aboriginal-australians-left-behind-210842027.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5565-170519-australia-island-cave

This week, we’re learning about what Penang Woman ate:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/05/19/archaeologist-stone-age-penang-woman-a-meat-eater/

Assorted Neolithic sites from Northern China:

http://zeenews.india.com/science/archaeologists-discover-neolithic-relic-sites-in-china-2006648.html

2000 years bp astronomical inscriptions from Inner Mongolia:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/19/c_136299149.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/05-20/258314.shtml

A 1400 years bp temple site from Linzhang:

http://zeenews.india.com/world/relic-site-in-china-is-1400-year-old-royal-temple-2005899.html?pfrom=article-next-story

What 1000 years bp tomb murals tell us about Chinese fashion:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-tomb-murals-paint-colorful-picture-1000-year-old-fashions-180963173/

Evidence of fifth-century human sacrifice from a Korean site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-human-sacrifice-korea.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170516000966
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/17/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/ancient-human-sacrifice-found-south-korea/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5557-170516-korea-wolseong-palace

Much coverage over ‘what to do’ about Mohenjo Daro:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-pakistan-lost-city-mohenjo-daro.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/researchers-desperate-to-save-lost-city-of-mohenjo-daro-and-let-it-claim-its-rightful-place-in-history/news-story/3450d5d3afd39ff27c13005736da051c
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/17/05/2017/Saving-Pakistan-s-lost-city-of-Mohenjo-Daro
http://artdaily.com/news/96063/Saving-Pakistan-s-lost-city-of-Mohenjo-Daro

… and they decided to rebury it:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/lost-city-pakistan-mohenjo-daro-5000-years-buried-protect-people-weather-archaelogists-a7742451.html

On 19th century Calcutta:

https://scroll.in/magazine/834289/what-19th-century-calcuttas-street-cries-revealed-about-its-food-and-politics

Not sure if we mentioned this Buddha idol find from Odisha:

http://odishasuntimes.com/2017/05/17/1400-year-old-buddha-idol-unearthed-in-odisha/
More on remains of a 2000 years bp settlement in Uzbekistan:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/05/16/2000-year-old-town-found-in-uzbekistan
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5556-170516-uzbekistan-silk-road

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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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Assorted items found at an ‘Old Halifax’ site:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1468410-remnants-of-old-halifax-unearthed-at-queens-marque

Testing a Revolutionary War era musket ball for human blood:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5567-170519-revolutionary-war-shot

17th century (maybe) remains from Alexandria:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/centuries-old-human-remains-found-at-alexandria-waterfront-excavation/2017/05/19/2b6b2d9e-3cc8-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Digging a Civil War site in Newark:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/big-dig-in-newark-could-unearth-civil-war-past/story-30338971-detail/story.html

Interchange construction in Virginia has revealed some Colonial artifacts:

http://wtkr.com/2017/05/19/colonial-artifacts-discovered-while-surveying-site-of-i-64i-264-improvement-project/
http://www.kansas.com/news/business/article151746197.html

Latest on the burials found during construction at UGA:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-05-16/bones-unearthed-uga-site-hold-clues-about-lives-those-buried-there
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5560-170517-athens-georgia-graves

Studying high elevation sites in Wyoming:

http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/archaeologists-uncovering-ancient-peoples-widespread-use-of-mountains/article_b589afe6-194b-58d7-a1b1-7442b8c10220.html

Plans to ‘go deeper’ into Paisley Cave coprolites:

http://around.uoregon.edu/content/scientists-deploy-new-technique-one-oregons-paisley-caves

Feature on the Fort Ville-Marie site:

http://montrealgazette.com/feature/375-years-later-montreals-lost-fort-ville-marie-resurfaces

Feature on Chaco Canyon:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/chaco-canyons-ancient-civilization-continues-puzzle

Robert Kennicott’s bones are on display at the Smithsonian (interesting story):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/03/this-smithsonian-scientists-death-was-a-mystery-150-years-later-his-skeleton-helped-solve-it/
http://www.npr.org/2017/05/14/528185050/smithsonian-solves-150-year-old-mystery-death-of-collector-and-puts-bones-on-dis
https://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Objects-of-Wonder-5999

More on lost cities in Kansas:

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/10/527817921/kansas-archaeologist-rediscovers-lost-native-american-city

More on lots of ‘asylum’ burials on the Mississippi State campus:

http://www.livescience.com/59045-7000-bodies-under-university-campus.html

More on the Hopewell culture’s meteoric beads:

http://www.nature.com/news/beads-made-from-meteorite-reveal-prehistoric-culture-s-reach-1.21990
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beads-made-meteorite-show-ancient-trade-network-180963343/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Trying to figure out who did what over time in the Andes (that’s a bad description):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/asu-rii051717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-archaeologists-cultural-shifts-ancient-society.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/resurrecting-identities-in-the-andes

Evidence of ‘shared governance’ among the Olmecs:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-evidence-ancient-mexico.html

Looking for evidence of the Moche diet:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/05/12/micro-fossils-show-moche-munched-on-marine-meals/#79b3f01e33d3

Studying cranial deformations in Costa Rica:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2436737&CategoryId=13003

More on the recent finds at Tiwanaku:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2436357&CategoryId=14919
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5553-170515-bolivia-tiwanaku-citadel
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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 prosthetics in the ancient world:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-severed-limbs-wooden-feethow-ancients.html

On coffee, chocolate, tea and medicine:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-coffee-chocolate-and-tea-overturned-1500-year-old-medical-mindset-180963339/

Evidence of Leonardo’s mother:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/20/leonardo-da-vinci-orphan-mother-caterina

They’re still arguing over the authenticity of that purported Caravaggio from an attic:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-art-caravaggio-french-attic.html

Suggestion that early farmers engaged in ‘unconscious selection’:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5562-170518-domestication-seed-size

Remains of a Spitfire were found:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/cockpit-door-the-top-find-as-spitfire-excavation-completed-35714022.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39906984

… and there are plans to search for an airplane associated with one of the Tuskegee airmen:

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12334672/uno-archaeologist-to-lead-excavation-of-possible-site-of-downed-tuskegee-airmans-plane

Ringling Brothers is down to its final shows:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39930337

Some St Nicholas relics are headed from Italy to Russia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39960384

Digitizing a massive atlas:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-royal-atlas-gets-digitized-180963220/

Big bucks for a Picasso:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39929706

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

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/archaeology-review-three-stones-make-a-wall-20170511-gw2f5u.html
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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All the World is Here:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2017/05/17/fascinating-harvard-exhibit-explores-rise-anthropology/FfwQlPYEpN3QqwbBxlp8aL/story.html

Splendour and Beauty:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1047597.shtml

James Madison:

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/columns/montpelier-exhibit-challenges-the-myth-of-a-founding-father/article_6b654d35-6939-5cf1-be62-685fe3a4b199.html

How 3d technology is changing how we interact with things at museums:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/05/19/five-new-3d-models-of-ancient-artifacts-that-are-changing-how-we-interact-with-museums/

Most of the headlines tout this as a ‘massive Viking camp’ find, but it seems to be hyping a Virtual Reality display at a Yorkshire museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/17/virtual-reality-brings-ninth-century-viking-invaders-camp-to-life
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-viking-army-uncovered-archaeologists.html
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15294156.Viking_camp_brought_to_life_through_virtual_reality_at_museum/
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/viking-army-camp-discovery-research-lincolnshire-1.702544
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5566-170519-viking-army-camp

Some Egyptian mummies from the BM are going on display in Hong Kong:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/15/c_136286255.htm

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Cautions about use of GIS in archaeology:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/dgo-g-051817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-canadian-archaeologists-credibility-gis-methods.html

A technique for studying human teeth:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170518140323.htm

More on dating ceramics:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/art/2017-05/11/content_29303276.htm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Genome research suggests the ‘Beaker Culture’ invaded Britain:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bronze-age-ldquo-beaker-culture-rdquo-invaded-britain-ancient-genome-study-finds/
http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-genome-study-finds-bronze-age-beaker-culture-invaded-britain-1.21996

… this seems to be the same story:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/20/dutch-invaders-stonehenge-ancient-britons

There’s a shared genetic history stretching from Sicily to Cyprus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/mpif-sgh051717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-populations-eastern-mediterranean-coast-genetic.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/sicily-to-cyprus-show-shared-genetic-heritage

Article on the speed of genetic mutations in humans:

https://elife.elifesciences.org/content/6/e24284

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Machu Picchu:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/travel/machu-picchu-cheap-easy-day-trip-cuzco.html

Ancient Ruins in North America:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/tour-these-ancient-ruins-in-america-you-never-knew-existed/ss-BBArSYZ?srcref=rss

Burgin ruins:

http://m.jpost.com/app/article/492121
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CRIME BEAT
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Plenty of coverage of a new Council of Europe convention targetting smugglers:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cyprus-convention-targets-illegal-antiquities-dealers-47457028
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article150964882.html
http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-leads-effort-to-stamp-out-trade-in-blood-antiquities-p40438-69.htm
http://omanobserver.om/nicosia-convention-targets-trade-blood-antiquities/

… semi-related feature on the extent of antiquities smuggling:

http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2017/node/117601

Not sure where, exactly to put this thing about Maori skulls:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a-group-of-far-right-grave-robbers-could-be-digging-up-sacred-maori-sites

Libya put out notice of some looted antiquities:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/libyan-authorities-issue-international-circular-looted-antiquities-libya
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/15/c_136286159.htm

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-8-14-may-2017.html

More on that bust in Hebron:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/stolen-antique-coins-jewelry-seized-in-arab-village/2017/05/11/
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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Feature on dogs on ancient coins:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/dogs-on-ancient-coins/

Award for saving a Roman hoard:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15287910.Museum_wins_top_award_after___30_000_rare_coin_campaign/
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15296294.Museum_that_battled_to_keep_hoard_of_Roman_coins_wins_national_award/

Feature on Robert Freeman:

http://www.laweekly.com/news/rob-freeman-was-one-of-the-countrys-biggest-ancient-coin-dealers-then-he-broke-bad-8234006

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n21.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/2618-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-may-2017-13-may-2017

Latest Strata looks at the Bronze Age Polada Culture:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2617-strata-may-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Garrett Fagan:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-garrett-g-fagan

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

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

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.03 ~ May 14, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Trevor Watkins, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Bill Kennedy,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Plenty of coverage of the latest find of 18 (or so) skeletons of homo naledi in a South African cave (we make have had this before, but there’s a ton of coverage all of a sudden):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uow-sac050417.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uotw-hns050717.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-homo-naledi-surprisingly-young-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170509083557.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39842975
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/09/new-haul-of-homo-naledi-bones-sheds-surprising-light-on-human-evolution
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/early-human-homo-naledi-may-have-made-tools-buried-dead-n756916
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/researchers-discover-more-homo-naledi-remains-in-rising-star-cave
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5539-170509-homo-naledi-skull

… the focus of a pile of features is that homo naledi was concurrent with homo sapiens:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/jcu-jts050717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170509083554.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170509083551.htm
http://www.nature.com/news/small-brained-early-human-lived-more-recently-than-expected-1.21961
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/05/09/fossils-suggest-hominids-may-have-lived-alongside-modern-humans/101462922/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/09/humanitys-strange-new-cousin-is-shockingly-young-and-shaking-up-our-family-tree/
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/this-human-relative-may-have-lived-alongside-our-species-in-africa
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/primitive-cousin-may-have-lived-africa-early-humans-180963218/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/08/ciencia/1494269515_595710.html

… possible source for all this excitement:

https://elife.elifesciences.org/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of excitement over the find of 17 (give or take) non-Royal mummies from Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268686/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cachette-of–mummies-unearthed-in-Egypts-ElMinya.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/05/13/chamber-of-17-mummies-discovered-in-egypts-minya/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/5063/Ministry-announces-18-mummies-discovered-in-central-Egypt
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/13/17-mummies-newly-discovered-buried-minya-cemetery/
http://www.livescience.com/59100-catacomb-filled-with-mummies-discovered-egypt.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/archaeologists-egypt-uncover-human-necropolis-least-17-mummies-n759066
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-mummies-central-egypt.html
http://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-new-mummy-burial-site-in-egypt/g-38830323
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-39908747/mass-mummy-find-in-ancient-egypt-site
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/13/egypt-discovers-new-necropolis-17-mummies/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/egypt-archaeologists-find-17-new-mummies-in-necropolis
http://www.dailystar.com.lb//News/Middle-East/2017/May-13/405695-17-mummies-discovered-in-central-egypt-ministry.ashx
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Egypt-uncovers-chamber-of-17-mummies-490678
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.788925
http://www.timesofisrael.com/17-mummies-found-in-ancient-egyptian-burial-site/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2017/05/13/Dig-finds-17-mummies-in-central-Egypt-antiquities-ministry.html
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/613877/Egyptian-17-mummies-catacombs-antiquities-ministry
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/05/13/egyptian-archaeologists-uncover-necropolis-17-mummies/101638880/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/13/17-mummies-found-in-egypt
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/17-well-preserved-mummies-believed-be-greco-roman-period-found-egypts-el-minya-1621492

… and a 13th Dynasty tomb from Dahshur:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4961/Burial-chamber-from-the-13th-Dynasty-found-in-Dahshour
https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/05/11/egypt-continues-its-discoveries-with-a-3700-year-burial-chamber-in-dahshur/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268521/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Burial-chamber-of-recently-unearthed-th-Dynasty-Py.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-egypt-burial-chamber-dating-years.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-found-burial-chamber-dating-back-3700-years-47329489
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/05/10/ml-egypt-antiquities-2/

… which appears to belong to a pharaoh’s daughter (I think this is the same as the above):

http://www.livescience.com/59066-burial-chamber-of-princess-in-egypt-pyramid.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39882254
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-egyptian-princess-s-tomb-in-dahshur/
http://observer.com/2017/05/3700-year-old-egyptian-pyramid-dahshur-princess/

There was also an animal necropolis found at Minya (which might be the same as the first item? News from Egypt was confusing this week):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268613/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-archaeologists-to-announce-new-discovery-.aspx

… not sure if this is the same find:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/5039/Greco-Roman-grave-intact-mummies-discovered-in-Minya

Pondering a mongoose on a leash portrayal:

http://www.livescience.com/59022-egypt-tomb-with-leashed-mongoose-drawing.html

More on that funerary garden find:

http://www.livescience.com/59006-ancient-funerary-garden-discovered-in-egypt.html
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/08/ancient-egyptian-funerary-garden-discovered.html

As might be expected, all the recent finds are raising hopes for Egyptian tourism:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-archaeology-discovery-idUKKBN1890F4?il=0
https://www.yahoo.com/movies/egypt-uncovers-chamber-mummies-sees-life-tourism-120556313.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/14/egypt-hopes-slew-of-recent-archaeological-discoveries-will-bring-blessings-to-struggling-economy/

An attempted smuggling of a scribe statue was foiled:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4878/Smuggling-attempt-of-Pharaonic-scribe-statue-obstructed

… as was one involving a pile of ushabtis:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4788/Smuggling-attempt-of-52-artifacts-is-obstructed

Discussing how to move Tut’s artifacts safely:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-experts-egypt-king-tut-artifacts.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/experts-meet-in-egypt-over-moving-king-tut-artifacts/

… related:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4786/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-prepares-for-unveiling-King-Tut%E2%80%99s-treasures

… and there are plans to put remains of his stillborn daughters on display as well:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-plan-exhibit-remains-tutankhamuns-stillborn-daughters-1620473

The Philistines apparently brought their pigs with them to Israel:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.787738
Cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-00701-y

Latest WWI artifacts found in Israel are more military in nature:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/229373
http://www.livescience.com/59049-wwi-artifacts-found-in-israel.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5543-170510-wwi-weapons-israel

While a cache of Biblical artifacts collected by Polish soldiers during WWII was found as well:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.788061

Jerusalem has opened its archaeological garden:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-unveils-archaeological-garden-in-Jerusalems-Old-City-490138

War in Yemen is creating concern for mummies:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-yemen-war-threatens-millennia-old-mummies.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4495690/2-500-year-old-mummies-disintegrating-Yemen.html

Moving a 15th century tomb in Turkey to make way for a(nother) dam:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/12/historic-turkish-tomb-zeynel-bey-moved-hydroelectric-dam

Seeking funding for a dig in Turkey:

http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/with-field-school-temporarily-closed-unl-archaeologist-seeking-help-to/article_6eb36cfe-bece-503a-abb7-e8f66c54457e.html

So like we were saying, they found that missing 2700 years bp stele in a construction yard in Turkey, albeit damaged:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-stele-damaged-during-excavation.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112904&NewsCatID=375

… and now it turns out to be fake:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-stele-turns-out-to-be-fake-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112980&NewsCatID=375

Nice feature on the Babatha Archive:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/09/ancient-legal-papyri-bring-lost-world-life/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman sarcophagus from near Istanbul:

http://www.dailysabah.com/istanbul/2017/05/09/ancient-sarcophagus-discovered-during-road-work-in-istanbuls-tuzla

Possible Punic walls from Cittadella:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20170511/local/ancient-walls-uncovered-just-outside-cittadella.647604

Press coverage of a kiln find at Verulamium:

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/15280785.More_ancient_ruins_found_after_gas_pipe_gives_archaeologists_chance_to_dig_deeper/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5547-170511-england-verulamium-kiln

Plans to look at those shackled burials from Falero:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/11/the-american-school-of-classical-studies-at-athens-to-decode-one-thousand-2500-year-old-skeletons/

Feature on Perge mosaics:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/perge-mosaics-as-magnificent-as-the-ones-in-zeugma-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112943&NewsCatID=375

Still looking (apparently) for Caligula’s party boat:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/mystery-of-emperor-caligulas-party-ship-to-be-revealed-after-2000-years

What Becca Napolitano is up to:

https://www.conncoll.edu/news/news-archive/2017/latin–physics–physical-labor–archaeology.html#.WRhOpsm1tn4

Victor Nuovo has been writing about Aristotle (not sure how many of these are still alive):

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201704victor-nuovo-artistotle-and-birth-political-science
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201704victor-nuovo-aristotle-becoming-virtuous
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201705victor-nuovo-aristotle-becoming-virtuous

Feature on the Babatha archive:

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/09/ancient-legal-papyri-bring-lost-world-life/

A very sketchy ‘Pompeii apple’ is coming to auction:

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2017-05-12/2-000-year-old-apple-to-feature-at-antiques-fair-in-leeds/

Some CAC coverage:

https://gazette.mun.ca/campus-and-community/classics-conference/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 4000 years bp (maybe) dugout canoe from a rescue dig in Lincolnshire:

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/ancient-log-boat-discovered-at-lincoln-bypass-archaeological-dig/story-30324608-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5544-170510-lincolnshire-log-boat

Bronze Age burial mound from Coniscliffe:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/history/memories/15284520.Bronze_Age_burial_mound_found_at_Coniscliffe/

Assorted barrows and other sites from various periods found by (LiDAR?) scanning in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414046,scientists-discovered-barrows-and-outlines-of-ancient-fields-in-the-bialowieza-forest.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5538-170508-poland-laser-scans

All sorts of tunnels found on Spike Island:

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/secret-tunnels-discovered-at-spike-island-789225.html

Finds from various periods halt gas pipeline construction in Albania:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ancient-site-discovery-albania-halts.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/25232-ancient-site-discovery-in-albania-halts-work-on-tap-gas-pipeline.html

Feature on powerful women in medieval Germany:

https://blog.oup.com/2017/05/ottonian-queenship-powerful-women-early-medieval-germany/

A Bronze Age gold ring is declared ‘treasure’:

http://www.loughboroughecho.net/news/local-news/bronze-age-gold-ring-declared-13007954

… while another metal detectorist is getting a big reward for his Viking find:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/12/man-who-found-richest-viking-hoard-in-the-uk-to-get-2m-award
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/12/metal-detectorist-receive2m-reward-britains-biggest-viking-hoard/
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scottish-treasure-hunter-scoops-2million-10409864

More on that ‘lost garden’ find at a Scottish castle:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-18th-century-garden-found-scottish-castle-180963179/
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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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Excavations have begun on a Tamil Nadu site in Alagankulam:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/excavation-begins-at-alagankulam-archaeological-site/articleshow/58593108.cms

Carbon dating of that ‘Penang woman’ burial suggests she is “5710” years bp:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/carbon-dating-confirms-penang-woman-is-5710-years-old
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/05/13/carbon-dating-finds-penang-woman-to-be-5710-years-old/

Not sure about these claimed Altai megaliths:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/siberia-huge-dragon-griffin-megaliths-created-by-mysterious-ancient-culture-altai-mountains-1620900

They’re making the archaeology-tourism connection in Myanmar:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/09/c_136267733.htm

Concerns for Buddha’s birthplace:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39772099

More on that nomad burial in central China:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/14797/20170510/archaeologists-found-1-800-year-old-nomad-tomb-central-china.htm

I think we mentioned this ‘city’ find in central China as well:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/12/c_136276931.htm
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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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Assorted site finds are affecting bridge construction in Maine:

https://penobscotbaypress.com/news/2017/may/11/artifacts-found-at-falls-bridge-site-will-impact-p/#.WRhUscm1tn4

Feature on Monticello:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/05/11/Monticello-archaeologist-slave-crystal-ptacek-mulberry-row-thomas-jefferson/stories/201705050166

Feature on the Moche diet (or part of it):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/05/12/micro-fossils-show-moche-munched-on-marine-meals/

Massasoit Ousamequin was reburied this weekend:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20170512/tribal-chief-who-signed-treaty-with-pilgrims-to-be-reburied

A millstone from Cleveland:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5549-170512-ohio-cleveland-millstone

Digging has resumed at the El Pueblo trading post:

http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/archaeological-project-again-underway-at-historic-trading-post/article_2e74b53e-36b4-584f-b400-8317c575c03c.html

More on those ‘asylum burials’ in Mississippi:

http://www.livescience.com/59045-7000-bodies-under-university-campus.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/07/7-000-bodies-could-buried-mississippi-campus/312352001/

More on that ‘garbage dump’ in Davenport, Iowa:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5536-170508-iowa-davenport-trash

More on that ‘lost city’ in Kansas:

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/10/527817921/kansas-archaeologist-rediscovers-lost-native-american-city

On the nicknames of the NY Fire and Police departments:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/nyregion/origins-of-new-yorks-finest.html

On how African slaves preserved a variety of rice:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/10/527449714/a-lost-rice-variety-and-the-story-of-the-freed-merikins-who-kept-it-alive
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Brazil’s archaeologists are protesting:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/brazil-archaeologists-ancient-lands-indigenous
http://plus55.com/brazil-culture/2017/05/brazil-archaeologists-measures-erase-ancient-land

Flying a drone over Tiwanaku:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/may/12/drone-images-provide-new-insights-into-lost-bolivian-civilisation-video

On Maya myths:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/05/05/interpreting-maya-myths-through-art-qa-oswaldo-chinchilla-mazariegos

More on those khipus:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/twisted-textile-cords-may-contain-clues-inca-messages
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this find of some 16th century coins in an ivory chess figure (much less figure out how archaeologists could “stumble” on it):

http://tass.com/society/945191

Much excitement over the find of a William Caxton print:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39846929
http://www.livescience.com/59087-page-from-medieval-priests-handbook-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/59090-rare-page-from-englands-first-printer-found-in-library-video.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-pages-one-first-books-printed-england-180963216/

Apparently modern ‘fiddles’ sound better than a Stradivarius:

http://www.dw.com/en/toss-out-the-old-stradivarius/a-38771561
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stradivarius-violins-dont-sound-better-newer-models-study-says-180963222/

More on medieval fasting and chicken evolution:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5542-170510-medieval-chicken-domestication

Big bucks for an Agatha Christie notebook:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15284041.Christie___s_notebook_unearthed_after_60_years_and_sells_for___15_000/

I think we heard about the British parliament ditching parchment a while ago:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-parliament-ditches-parchment-paper-180963177/
Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Camille Claudel:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170509-the-tragic-lover-who-never-escaped-rodins-shadow
http://www.museecamilleclaudel.fr/

New York gargoyles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/nyregion/anonymous-arts-museum-rural-shrine-to-city-decorations.html

Michelangelo sketches:

http://gothamist.com/2017/05/08/met_michelangelo.php

Roads of Arabia:

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/%E2%80%98roads-arabia%E2%80%99-archaeological-exhibition-opens-seoul-972604

Villa of Oplontis:

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Arts/2017/0509/Ancient-class-distinctions-displayed-in-Rome-exhibit

Britain’s ‘Pompeii’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39889603/3000-year-old-pompeii-finds-on-show

Vikings:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15282835.Face_to_face_with_the_Vikings/

DaVinci:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/new-da-vinci-exhibit-debuts-in-new-building-at-science/article_a015bd68-7ffc-5714-8366-645aa1814426.html

Menorah:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/can-vatican-display-shed-light-on-the-fate-of-the-menorah/

Crossrail finds:

http://www.cityam.com/264205/roman-skulls-tudor-bowling-ball-crossrail-launches-virtual

Feature on the Lycian Civilizations Museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lycian-artifacts-at-new-museum-draw-tourists-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112896&NewsCatID=375

They’re still talking about an underwater museum in the Piraeus:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/25227-ministry-cosco-agrees-with-creation-of-underwater-antiquities-museum-in-piraeus.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure I understand this brain-scanning suggestion that ‘human like’ behaviour emerged 1.8 million years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/iu-wo050817.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508184905.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-smart-early-humans-brain-imaging-answers-180963176/
https://theconversation.com/brain-imaging-modern-people-making-stone-age-tools-hints-at-evolution-of-human-intelligence-77231
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/neuroarchaeology-used-to-investigate-early-stone-tool-production

… there was a musical tie too played up in later versions:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uoea-cie050517.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508112431.htm

Laser mapping the pyramids:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/10/national/japanese-archaeologists-use-lasers-map-egyptian-pyramids/

New ceramic dating techniques?:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/art/2017-05/11/content_29303276.htm

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Silver fir DNA seems to be something useful to know about:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508083419.htm

On the origins of the Indian population:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uoh-api050817.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-archaeogeneticist-indian-population-today-populace.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508095149.htm
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/05/08/Modern-DNA-reveals-ancient-origins-of-Indian-population/6721494272565/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/indian-origins-pinpointed-using-genetic-evidence-from-current-populace

More on Franklin Expedition DNA:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/franklin-dna-sailors-descendants-1.4104345?cmp=rss

Apparently humans are less genetically diverse than wheat:

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/humans-are-less-genetically-diverse-than-wheat-what-does-that-mean-for-our-species
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Ancient viruses are apparently ‘waking up’ from melting ice:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170504-there-are-diseases-hidden-in-ice-and-they-are-waking-up

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CRIME BEAT
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An antiquities possession bust in Athens:

http://www.amna.gr/english/article/18471/Man-arrested-for-possession-and-transportation-of-rare-antiquities
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/05/10/man-arrested-for-possession-and-transportation-of-rare-antiquities/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/25235-man-arrested-for-possession-and-transportation-of-rare-antiquities-in-greece.html

An antiquities bust near Hebron:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Police-raid-antiquities-stockpile-in-West-Bank-490427
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/5/11/israel-police-raid-recovers-stolen-jewish-antiquities-near-hebron
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/stolen-antique-coins-jewelry-seized-in-arab-village/2017/05/11/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-recover-stolen-ancient-coins-lamps-other-antiquities-near-hebron/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/05/11/israel-police-raid-recovers-stolen-jewish-antiquities-near-hebron/

Brazen looting of Native American sites in San Diego County:

http://www.cbs8.com/story/35377068/archaeologists-looters-posting-pics-of-native-american-artifacts

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News;

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/05/culture-crime-news-23-april-7-may-2017.html
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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An ‘internal’ repatriation dispute of some Hittite artifacts:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/corum-deputy-asks-return-of-ankaras-hittite-artifacts-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112851&NewsCatID=375

France returned a relief (and other items) to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268427/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-Egyptian-limestone-relief-recovered-from-P.aspx
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/10/ministry-antiquities-retrieves-stolen-artifacts-france/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egyptian-government-restored-44-artifacts-paris
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5541-170509-egypt-repatriated-artifacts

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NUMISMATICA
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The Bredon Hoard is going on display:

http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/15280763.Museum_to_showcase_Roman_coins_found_in_2011_discovery/
http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/15282458.Secrets_of_Roman_coin_hoard_to_be_revealed/

Roman aurei are coming to auction:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/05/roman-gold-aureii-star-in-swiss-auction-may-29.all.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n20.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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Richard III:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-39856414

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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/2616-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-april-2017-6-may-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Albert Henrichs:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/5/1/albert-henrichs-dies/

Lloyd Cotsen:

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-lloyd-cotsen-20170510-story.html
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/in-memoriam:-lloyd-cotsens-generosity-helped-ucla-establish-renowned-institute-of-archaeology

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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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