Explorator 20.49 ~ April 1, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, David Critchley, Rick Heli, Frank MacKay,
Bob Heuman, 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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Using some new technology to examine the La Ferrassie 1 Neanderthal skeleton:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-technology-reveals-secrets-famous-neandertal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/bu-ntr032718.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327132025.htm

Studying hominin brains:

https://www.archaeology.org/6471-new-thoughts-on-ancient-hominin-brains

More on toys found in various archaeological contexts:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-31/old-toys-prehistoric-society-children-archaeology-anthropology/9493204

More on ‘cultural development’ during the Mesolithic:

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46291209&nid=148
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AFRICA
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More on concerns for archaeological sites in Europe:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/25/c_137063032.htm

More on the ‘lost city’ found in South Africa:

https://nypost.com/2018/03/23/laser-technology-reveals-lost-city-in-south-africa/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 2500 years bp sarcophagus at the University of Sydney was thought to be empty for 150
years, but turned out to have a mummy inside:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-archaeologists-ancient-egyptian-coffin-thought.html
https://www.livescience.com/62142-mummy-unexpectedly-found-in-sarcophagus.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43550496
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mummy-remains-found-in-sarcophagus-previously-thought-to-be-empty/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-egypt-mummy-remains-discovered-120334268.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/102682488/Sarcophagus-surprise-Ancient-mummy-found-in-coffin-thought-to-be-empty
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-26/mummy-found-in-what-was-thought-to-be-an-empty-coffin/9589110
https://www.theage.com.au/technology/mummy-in-2500-year-old-coffin-at-sydney-uni-may-be-egyptian-priestess-20180328-p4z6mf.html
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/secrets-of-2500yearold-egyptian-mummy-lay-in-storeroom-for-150-years/news-story/063cbc8b5da6988c7bff7f75a38d08cf
http://www.dw.com/en/australia-mummy-found-in-empty-egyptian-coffin/a-43148511
http://m.jpost.com/Middle-East/Once-overlooked-2500-year-old-coffin-may-offer-clues-into-ancient-Egypt-547217
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/27/c_137069197.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-human-remains-inside-2500-year-old-empty-coffin-180968616/
https://www.archaeology.org/6468-180326-egypt-coffin-mummy

I think we mentioned this mummy artifact turning up in a Sheffield charity shop:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ancient-miniature-mummy-artefact-found-at-sheffield-charity-shop-1-9083669
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-charity-shop-workers-discover-miniature-mummy-from-ancient-egypt-in-box-of-bric-a-brac-1-9083861

Folks were looking at Tut’s armour:

https://www.livescience.com/62170-king-tut-boy-soldier-explained.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/was-king-tut-warrior-egyptian-pharaoh-had-battle-damaged-armor-new-research-suggests-2666330
https://nypost.com/2018/03/26/secrets-revealed-in-king-tuts-armor/

… and the brown spots on paintings in his tomb:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/arts/design/king-tut-getty-egypt-conservation.html
https://www.livescience.com/62152-king-tut-tomb-mysterious-brown-spots.html

… and the ‘makeover’ of the tomb is apparently almost complete:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tomb-king-tutankhamen.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/decade-long-makeover-of-king-tuts-tomb-nearly-completed/2018/03/27/c4f70004-31f1-11e8-b6bd-0084a1666987_story.html
https://www.voanews.com/a/decade-long-makeover-of-king-tut-tomb-nealy-completed/4320239.html
http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/mar/28/decadelong-makeover-of-tomb-of-king-tut-nearly-complete/
https://www.archaeology.org/6479-180329-tut-tomb-conservation

On Pharoahs’ responses to drought:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/climate/egypt-climate-drought.html

Climate change-related concerns for Egypt:

https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2018/3/30/oriental-institute-director-talks-climate-threats/

More on that identification of an image of Hatshepsut:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-image-pharoah-found-university-collection-180968587/

More on what’s going on at Gobeklitepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-guard-of-gobeklitepe-humanitys-ground-zero-129322

A small hoard of coins from the Jewish Revolt found in a cave near Temple Mount:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Coins-symbolically-discovered-from-great-revolt-before-Passover-547128
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Coins-from-destruction-of-Second-Temple-found-in-time-for-Passover-547144
https://www.thetrumpet.com/17069-rare-jewish-revolt-coins-discovered-in-jerusalem-cave
https://www.thetrumpet.com/17070-another-great-archaeological-discovery-by-dr-eilat-mazar
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/243632
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-coins-showing-despair-of-jewish-rebels-found-in-jerusalem-1.5955990
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-trove-of-bronze-jewish-revolt-coins-unearthed-near-temple-mount/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/dozens-of-freedom-coins-from-the-66-67-ce-jewish-revolt-discovered-in-temple-mount-cave/2018/03/26/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/26/c_137067094.htm

Latest from the Cairo Genizah Project:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/religion/cairo-genizah-project-reveals-11th-century-passover-haggadah/2018/03/28/

Not sure if we’ve ever mentioned this ‘first person’ Genesis manuscript from Qumran:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/03/26/actualidad/1522088525_381854.html

Feature on a visit to the Met’s Egyptian wing during Passover:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-tour-group-leader-uncovers-passover-secrets-in-the-met-museums-egyptian-wing/

What Adelheid Otto is up to:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-insights-early-urban-life.html

More on Byzantine pigeons in the Negev:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-byzantine-secret-of-surviving-in-the-negev-midget-pigeons-1.5957176
https://www.archaeology.org/6477-180329-israel-negev-doves

The UK is training female archaeologists in Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/uk-archaeologists-help-iraqis-restore-their-isis-ravaged-heritage

More on Syrian accusations that Israel removed items from a Damascus temple:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Syria-accuses-Israel-of-removing-Jewish-artifacts-from-Damascus-temple-546896

More on Um Al Nar artifacts from the Kuwaiti coast:

http://menafn.com/1096649778/Rare-antiquities-found-along-eastern-Kuwaiti-coast

More on China-Saudi Arabia cooperation in excavation:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-03/26/content_50748227.htm

More on Mellaart:

https://inews.co.uk/news/long-reads/tales-of-the-past-renowned-british-archaeologist-accused-of-fabricating-bronze-age-history/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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I think we’ve mentioned this Nero-era villa in Rome:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-rare-art-unearthed-in-nero-era-mansion-and-bath-by-rome-1.5956969

Roman remains beneath a St Albans primary school:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/roman-artefacts-uncovered-at-st-michael-s-school-in-verulamium-st-albans-1-5456103

A Roman ‘distribution centre’ near Cambridge (A14 related):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/28/c_137070045.htm

A rubble-filled building in Bulgaria with Gothic invasion connections (apparently):

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6481-180330-roman-bulgaria-goths

Feature on the Herculaneum Conservation Project:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/can-technology-unravel-the-secrets-sealed-by-mt-vesuvius-2000-years-ago-pompeii/

Rome through Josephus’ eyes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/travel/rome-through-the-eyes-of-flavius-josephus.html

On trying to revive Classics in Scotland:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16122809.Professor_Matthew_Fox__The_stories_of_the_Classical_world_are_compelling_for_primary_pupils/
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/call-reverse-near-extinction-classics-scottish-schools

On the Romans in Scotland:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/16115154.Remarkable_secrets_of_the_Romans_time_in_Scotland_unveiled/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/16115642.How_the_Romans_nearly_conquered_Scotland/

What David Potter is up to:

http://www.utdailybeacon.com/news/distinguished-lecturer-clears-the-fog-of-a-roman-empress-s/article_f87e1cf0-3160-11e8-a678-d3f3538dd82c.html

Greek archaeologists denied permission for filming at the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/national/16127152.Greek_archaeologists_prevent_BBC_filming_Le_Carre_adaptation_at_Poseidon_temple/
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/national/16127233.BBC_spy_show_denied_access_to_ancient_Greek_temple/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/greek-archaeologists-prevent-bbc-filming-le-carre-adaptation-at-poseidon-temple-36757610.html
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/bbc-spy-show-denied-access-to-ancient-greek-temple-36757759.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16127803.BBC_spy_show_denied_access_to_ancient_Greek_temple/

… and the government wasn’t happy:

https://www.wftv.com/entertainment/greek-archaeologists-prevent-bbc-filming-at-poseidon-temple/723667772
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180329/news/303299912/

There’s a working water organ at the Acropolis Museum:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/30/ancient-greek-water-organ-sounds-again-at-acropolis-museum/

Romans had some strange ideas about animals:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/03/30/12-very-wrong-things-the-ancient-romans-believed-about-animals/

Romanizing Mattis:

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Mattis-is-an-ancient-Roman-action-hero-12787681.php
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-mattis-comment-3e1678ee-3296-11e8-8bdd-cdb33a5eef83-20180328-story.html

What Robert McNeil is up to:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/16127460.Robert_McNeil__Still_hooked_on_classics__even_if_I_don___t_understand_much/

More on those ‘boxing gloves’ from Vindolanda:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/packing-a-punch-boxing-gloves-found-at-vindolanda.htm

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Overviewish of the finds from various periods found during A14 construction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-43559369
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/27/anglo-saxon-settlement-and-roman-army-camp-found-in-a14-bypass-dig
http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/news/national/16119180.Work_to_upgrade_A14_near_Cambridge_exposes_abandoned_medieval_village/
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/a14-archeology-roman-saxon-finds-14461413
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/work-to-upgrade-a14-near-cambridge-exposes-abandoned-medieval-village/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/medieval-village-a14-roadworks-cambridge-discover-museum-of-london-archaeology-a8277856.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6470-180327-england-highway-construction

A 5000 years bp shoe from a Swiss lake:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeological-find-_divers-discover-5-000-year-old-shoe-in-swiss-lake–/44003700?ns_mchannel=rss&srg_evsource=rss

Neolithic causewayed enclosure from Berkshire:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/neolithic-causewayed-enclosure-discovered-in-berkshire.htm

Studying Neolithic burials on Orkney:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-43547952
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6473-180328-orkney-neolithic-burials

Evidence of a 4000 years bp village in a Derby field:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/breadsall-hilltop-redrow-homes-archaeological-1385689

Looking for Neolithic petroglyphs at a site on Anglesey:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeologists-revealing-secrets-5000-year-14451258

How Neolithic hunter-gatherers dealt with climate change:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/hunter-gatherers-survived-wild-climate-shifts-after-the-last-ice-age/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/26/health/climate-change-hunter-gatherers/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6474-180328-england-mesolithic-climate-change

A Bronze Age Cornish barrow find:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-archaeologist-cornish-barrow-site.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/anu-aad032818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180329095418.htm

More hints of an Anglo Saxon palace near Rendlesham:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/treasure-found-near-woodbridge-and-sutton-hoo-adds-to-evidence-for-rendlesham-palace-1-5456872
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/treasure-found-near-woodbridge-and-sutton-hoo-adds-to-evidence-for-rendlesham-palace-1-5456872

‘Laser scans’ reveal Bronze Age sites off the coast of Wales:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-43534578

Feature on the ‘Save Our Cannons’ campaign:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43557696

Sorry … can’t resist including this ‘find’ in Ireland:

https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/craic/archaeologists-discover-potential-leprechaun-bones-on-uninhabited-irish-island

More on the 12th century graffiti from Dublin:

http://www.thejournal.ie/12th-century-graffiti-art-uncovered-as-part-of-medieval-discovery-in-dublins-coombe-3918137-Mar2018/
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/medieval-graffiti-discovered-dublin

More on that medieval coffin birth:

https://www.livescience.com/62125-medieval-mother-coffin-birth-trepanation.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/pregnant-medieval-woman-coffin-birth-trepanation-pre-eclampsia-bologna
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6475-180328-italy-coffin-birth

More on research into the Glencoe massacre:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-trace-remains-of-lost-settlements-of-1692-Glencoe-massacre-180968570/

More on those Iron Age party remains from Scotland:

https://www.livescience.com/62138-iron-age-meat-feast-with-jewelry.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iron-age-people-knew-how-to-party-ancient-trash-heap-reveals/
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Neolithic artifacts from Chinas’ Heilongjiang Province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/31/c_137078606.htm

A major hoard of ‘feudal’ coins form Saitama:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803270001.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6472-180327-japan-bronze-coins

A broken Yayoi pottery culture period pot was reassembled and revealed an image of a village:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803240031.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6467-18032-japan-yayoi-village

A 3rd/4th century bronze mirror from Japan (I think this is a followup):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803280004.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6480-180329-japan-bronze-mirror

An interesting ‘scapegoat doll’ from Honshu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803290001.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6478-180329-japan-wooden-hitogata

Remains of a 2000 years bp ‘major road’ in central China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/28/c_137072025.htm

Overiviewish thing on items found at the Qingtai ruines last year, including a ‘Big Dipper temple’:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/30/c_137076876.htm

Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of General Cao Cao:

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3390636
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2138951/archaeologists-confident-they-have-found-body-fabled-chinese
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-chinese-general-tried-hide-his-tomb-archaeologists-found-it-862341?yptr=yahoo

Interesting 4000 years bp burials from Rakhigarhi’s Harappan necropolis:

http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/mysteries-of-rakhigarhis-harappan-necropolis-in-burials-from-4000-years-ago-women-both-exalted-condemned-5111253/

Studying dietary habits along the Silk Road(s):

https://source.wustl.edu/2018/03/compared-to-nomadic-communities-silk-road-cities-were-urban-food-deserts-study-finds/
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-nomads-food-trends-silk-roads.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/wuis-ct032318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327093957.htm

20 Mughal-era ‘frescoes’ are being restored at Red Fort:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/labourers-chip-away-plaster-to-reveal-20-mughal-era-paintings-at-red-fort-5112458/

18th century Aboriginals in Australia apparently took materials from British ships:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43551015

Spain is questioning the ‘official version’ of the discovery of New Zealand:

https://politica.elpais.com/politica/2018/03/24/diario_de_espana/1521926709_862381.html

On skiing in China, 8000 years bp:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180328-chinas-8000-year-old-skiing-method

More on that 2000 years bp ‘rice wine’ (maybe) from a Chinese tomb:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-bottle-2000-year-old-wine-chinese-tomb-180968582/
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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

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http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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13 000 years bp human footprints on Canada’s Pacific coast:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-year-human-footprints-canada-pacific.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180328143306.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/p-1oh032118.php
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/28/footprints-sand-scientists-prehistoric-canada-british-columbia
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/science/footprints-oldest-north-america.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/03/30/the-oldest-footprints-in-north-america-are-right-where-native-historians-said-they-should-be/
https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2018/03/30/the-oldest-footprints-in-north-america-are-right-where-native-historians-said-they-should-be/
https://www.livescience.com/62153-oldest-human-footprints-in-north-america.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/03/28/human-footprints/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/03/28/oldest-human-footprints-in-north-america-found-on-canadian-coast/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/footprints-put-people-canada-west-coast-13000-years-ago
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/102730104/13-000-year-old-human-footprints-found-on-Canadian-island
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/oldest-human-footprints-last-ice-age-found-off-canadas-pacific-coast-765456
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/13000-year-old-human-footprints-discovered-in-british-columbia/
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2139382/prehistoric-human-footprints-unearthed-canadian
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6476-180328-canada-oldest-footprints

cf: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0193522

The hull of an 18th century shipwreck washed up on the shore of a Florida beach this week:

http://www.staugustine.com/news/20180329/amazing-discovery-centuries-old-ships-hull-washes-up-on-ponte-vedra-beach
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/03/29/Partial-hull-from-18th-century-shipwreck-washes-up-in-Florida/8001522340374/
http://www.jacksonville.com/news/20180328/old-shipwreck-washes-ashore-in-ponte-vedra-beach
http://time.com/5221418/florida-sailing-ship-wreckage/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6483-180330-florida-beach-shipwreck

Latest theory on the Lost Colony:

https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_5031be6a-e3b5-5531-9401-f63701e278d9.html
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_ddedefad-c4ea-5e54-88a6-44b388fb8e75.html

Indiana University will be looking for shipwrecks in the Florida Keys:

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/03/iu-students-to-conduct-underwater-research-on-shipwrecks

19th century finds beneath the Obama center site:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kamin/ct-met-obama-center-artifacts-kamin-0325-story.html

Funding to save a Revolutionary War flag at Fort Ticonderoga:

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2018/03/fort_ticonderoga_gets_funding_to_save_rare_british_flag.html

More on that burial site off Venice (Florida):

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180327/ancient-burial-site-off-coast-of-venice-is-virtually-explored

More on the purported burial of ‘Black Sam’ Bellamy (nothing new here that I can see):

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-burial-site-richest-pirate-867764

More on the FBI looking for lost Civil War gold in Pennsylvania (maybe):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbi-searching-lost-civil-war-gold-180968581/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of possible child sacrifice at a Chimu site in Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/62108-ancient-child-sacrifices-found.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5535565/Ancient-Peruvian-child-sacrifices-treasures-uncovered-tombs.html

Suggestions that indigenous Peruvians were more ‘resilient’ than the Inca conquest suggests:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-genetics-and-linguistics-challenge-winners-version-history-180968607/

A shipment of ‘colonial jewels’ found on the Yucatan coast:

http://www.maritimeherald.com/2018/discovery-of-a-shipment-of-colonial-jewels-on-the-yucatan-coast-revealed/

On the ‘zoo’ of Tenochtitlan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/03/28/la_serpiente_emplumada/1522262880_869783.html

More on those 81 settlements in the Amazon:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-amazon-thought-uninhabited-home-million.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uoe-pot032518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327110518.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62137-amazon-once-densely-inhabited.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/03/27/archaeologists-discover-81-ancient-settlements-in-the-amazon/?utm_term=.3a52be6fab8d
https://www.wsj.com/articles/satellites-reveal-ancient-civilization-beneath-the-amazon-rainforest-1522162800
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/science/ct-amazon-ancient-settlements-20180327-story.html
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.4597040/archaeologists-discover-mysterious-geoglyphs-and-81-lost-settlements-in-the-amazon-1.4597047
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/27/lost-amazon-villages-uncovered-by-archaeologists
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/amazon-rainforest-hidden-europeans-arrive-brazil-villages-society-university-exeter-a8276326.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16119478.__39_Uninhabited__39__Amazon_was_home_to_up_to_a_million__study_finds/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/102660841/Archaeologists-discover-81-ancient-settlements-in-the-Amazon
http://www.newsweek.com/amazon-rainforest-glyphs-research-columbus-861960
https://www.seeker.com/archaeology/lost-villages-of-the-amazon-may-have-housed-up-to-1-million-before-colonization
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/amazon-jungle-once-home-to-millions-more-than-previously-thought.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6469-180327-amazon-ditched-enclosure

More on that ‘alien mummy’ from the Atacama Desert:

https://gizmodo.com/alien-mummy-found-in-atacama-desert-is-actually-a-tiny-1823988455
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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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Easter related items on Roman crucifixion:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/crucifixion/jesus-and-the-cross/
http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/30/yes-ancient-romans-really-practice-crucifixion/
https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/03/29/america/1522352876_146346.html

… and Pontius Pilate:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/168311

… and the location of the Last Supper:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/jesus-last-supper-tomb-of-david/

Some April fooolishness:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43073391

On assorted mummies around the world:

http://www.dw.com/en/ata-%C3%B6tzi-and-tutankhamun-whats-so-fascinating-about-mummies/a-43132264

A 90 year old ‘armchair archaeologist’ (really a techy story):

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/news/national/meet-the–year-old-armchair-archaeologist-ted-gbs-present/youtube_2c65ae4f-6458-570c-a05f-79c36539bfbe.html
http://www.wdel.com/news/national/meet-the–year-old-armchair-archaeologist-ted-gbs-present/youtube_00513721-e746-5706-99b8-92a06f00ff88.html

On the history of the ‘wolf whistle’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180322-the-surprising-history-of-the-wolf-whistle

Marking Gorky’s 150th birthday:

http://www.dw.com/en/russian-writer-maxim-gorky-still-courting-controversy-on-his-150th-birthday/a-43157389

Interesting backstory to that daVinci auction a while back:

https://frieze.com/article/was-record-breaking-da-vinci-sale-result-arab-princess-accidental-bidding-war

Only known edition of annotated Ben Jonson plays has been saved by/at the University of Edinburgh:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/27/annotated-ben-jonson-plays-saved-university-of-edinburgh

Martha Brown is to be exhumed and given a proper burial:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/30/murderer-inspired-tess-durbervilles-exhumed-julian-fellowes/

Feature on Hannah Glasse and her cookbook:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/03/28/actualidad/1522222746_482597.html

On the history of lawns:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/lawn-wars/

‘Proto Australian’ is apparently 10 000 years old:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43564134
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6482-180330-australia-indigenous-language

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii Photos:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/03/30/ancient-roman-ruins-meet-the-modern-lens/

Vikings:

http://theconversation.com/vikings-exhibit-hangs-up-the-sword-and-gives-us-a-welcome-insight-into-domestic-life-93474

Sunken Cities:

https://hyperallergic.com/434740/sunken-cities-egypt-st-louis-art-museum/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/sunken-cities-egypts-lost-worlds-review-treasures-beneath-the-waves-1522180261
http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/sunken-cities-exhibit-now-open-st-louis

Tut:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/03/27/new-tutankhamun-exhibition-opens-los-angeles/

The Rose Empire:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180323-what-irans-dazzling-art-tells-us-about-its-civilisation
https://www.louvrelens.fr/exhibition/lempire-des-roses/

A ‘food centric’ tour of the Met:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/27/596154249/a-feast-for-the-eyes-an-art-inspired-food-tour-at-the-met

Someone is suing over the recent Terracotta Warriors exhibit in Pennsylvania:

https://www.phillymag.com/news/2018/03/27/franklin-institute-lawsuit-terracotta-warriors/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Plans to digitally “recreate” a never-started fresco at a 17th century French chateau:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fresco-never-realized-will-be-digitally-recreated-french-castle-180968623/

Not sure if we’ll ever get to mention palaeoproteomics again, so:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327094019.htm

More on that Galen palimpsest:

http://www.ibtimes.com/centuries-old-manuscript-could-reveal-history-ancient-roman-treatments-2666162

I think we mentioned this Herculaneum Papyri project:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/can-technology-unravel-the-secrets-sealed-by-mt-vesuvius-2000-years-ago-pompeii/

Cro Magnon Man is the latest to get the facial reconstruction treatment:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-warts-reconstruct-cro-magnon.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Review of David Reich, *Who We Are …*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/29/who-we-are-how-got-here-david-reich-ancient-dna-review

… and Reich has a column on genetics and race in the NYT:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/opinion/sunday/genetics-race.html

On the use and abuse of ancient DNA:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03857-3?error=cookies_not_supported&code=8c7b9bdc-3f41-444c-859d-5a3e430631f6

On archaeology and geneetics/genomics:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03773-6?error=cookies_not_supported&code=b917bb95-b3bb-4d2f-9f3e-b088872a3f5a

More on the DNA stuff from Morocco:

https://www.livescience.com/62131-oldest-human-dna-mysterious-ancient-culture.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Budapest:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/travel/36-hours-in-budapest.html

San Juan de Ulua:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/03/28/actualidad/1522265706_303311.html

The Alamo:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/03/23/alamo-san-antonio/454276002/

Taj Mahal (limited hours):

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/30/598230781/taj-mahal-you-dont-have-to-go-home-but-you-ve-got-to-get-out-of-here-in-3-hours

Ethiopian Churches:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43582880

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CRIME BEAT
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Vandalism of the tomb of Caleb on the West Bank:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Biblical-tomb-vandalized-with-Swastikas-in-Palestinian-village-547076

A bust in Spain involving a well-known dealer and ISIL loot (apparently):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43571615
https://www.wsj.com/articles/spanish-police-detain-two-men-suspected-of-selling-antiquities-linked-to-islamic-state-1522327053

A bust in Sparta:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227118/article/ekathimerini/news/sparti-police-busts-antiquity-smuggling-ring-seizes-precious-statue
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/27/police-seize-stolen-ancient-greek-artifacts-photos/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/113193/three-smugglers-of-precious-hellenic-and-roman-antiquities-arrested/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/antiquity-smugglers-arrested-trying-to-sell-ancient-greek-statue-8zg9ql5ht
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/27/c_137069892.htm

More on tourist damage to a mosaic in Pompeii:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/tourist-damages-ancient-site-in-quest-for-good-photo/news-story/cfc2409995983628b38ac881c09f5612

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2018/03/culture-crime-news-19-25-march-2018.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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I think we mentioned the return from the US to Egypt of some items smuggled almost a century ago:

http://www.ecns.cn/2018/03-28/297302.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/27/c_137069950.htm

Germany returned some items to Viet Nam:

http://en.vietnamplus.vn/german-police-hand-over-antiquities-to-vietnam/128749.vnp
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/198203/german-police-hand-over-antiquities-to-vietnam.html

… and to Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/03/30/germany-returns-stolen-antiquities/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n12.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n13.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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Beethovenfest:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-beethoven-and-fate-go-together/a-43105633

Warrior Women:

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2018/03/29/true-histories-warrior-women/

Civilisations:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/31/civilisations-david-olusoga-european-kenneth-clark-series-review
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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OBITUARIES
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Eleanor Winsor Leach:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-eleanor-winsor-leach-0

Louie Kamookak:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/29/inuit-oral-historian-who-pointed-way-to-franklin-shipwrecks-dies-aged-58

Barbara Lewalski:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/obituaries/barbara-lewalski-87-milton-scholar-and-barrier-breaker-is-dead.html

Russell Freedman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/obituaries/russell-freedman-88-writer-of-history-for-young-readers-dies.html

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CONFERENCES
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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 20.48 ~ March 25, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
David Critchley, Laurel Carey, Adrienne Mayor, Kris Curry, 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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On Neanderthal ‘health care’:

https://www.salon.com/2018/03/15/neanderthals-knew-something-about-healthcare-that-america-has-forgotten/

More on humans and denisovans interbreeding:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/humans-denisovans-interbreeding-twice/555686/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2163910-our-ancestors-mated-with-the-mystery-denisovan-people-twice/

More on human survival and the Lake Toba volcano some 74 000 years bp:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/ancient-campsite-shows-humans-surviving-a-massive-volcanic-eruption/

More on 320 000 years bp climate, stone tools, and pigments from Kenya:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uou-sde031518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180316100454.htm
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-humans/earliest-homo-sapiens-exhibited-unexpected-sophistication-idUSKCN1GR3A7?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-humans-turning-point-20180315-story.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/scientists-find-evidence-of-paint-complex-tools-and-climate-chaos-at-the-dawn-of-humanity-20180316-h0xjzu.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/03/15/scientists-find-evidence-of-paint-complex-tools-and-climate-chaos-at-the-dawn-of-humanity/
http://www.khq.com/story/37734726/stone-tools-from-kenya-give-early-glimpse-of-human-behavior
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/stone-tools-origins-human-innovation-05824.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03244-y
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/unstable-climate-forced-early-humans-to-be-more-social-and-creative/

More on the recent developments in Neanderthal genome research:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-genomes-late-neandertals-insights-neandertal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180321141350.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/five-new-ancient-genomes-tell-us-about-neanderthal-tribes/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6460-180322-neanderthal-genomes-mapped

More on Neanderthals as artists:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/neanderthals-the-worlds-first-misunderstood-artists/
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AFRICA
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LiDAR reveals a ‘lost’ Tswana settlement in South Africa:

https://nypost.com/2018/03/23/laser-technology-reveals-lost-city-in-south-africa/

Concerns for sites in Libya:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/24/c_137062930.htm

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Swansea lecturer has identified a head of Hateshepsut in a relief in the school’s collection:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-mysterious-pharaoh.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/su-mho032318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180323104841.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6466-180323-hatshepsut-sculpted-relief

Some Tut revisionism:

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/tutankhamun-was-a-warrior-king-not-a-feeble-boy-northampton-academics-claim-1-8428608

Feature on the Tomb of Nefertari project:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/processing-the-material-record-of-the-tomb-of-nefertari-project/

Feature on Egyptian garden tombs:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/290-1803/features/gardens/6450-gardens-egypt-tombs

Remains of a 4000 years bp Sumerian port from Iraq:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-archaeologists-peek-into-fox-burrow-find-4-000-year-old-sumerian-port-1.5936818
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/03/20/4000-year-old-sumerian-port-found-in-southern-iraq

Suggestion that agriculture developed independently on the Anatolian plateau:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-agriculture-indigenous-peoples-fertile-crescent.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uol-aib031918.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6465-180323-anatolia-early-farming

Latest on what’s going on at Gebeklitepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/kanat-atkaya/watching-whats-happening-in-gobeklitepe-is-painful-but-does-not-surprise-us-129226
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/construction-around-site-of-gobeklitepe-stirs-debate-129089

Feature on Canaanite Religion at Tel Burna:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/03/Canaanite-Religion-Tel-Burna

… and more on that recent Canaanite tomb find:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/untouched-for-3600-years-royal-tomb-may-change-what-we-know-about-canaanites/

Feature on efforts to save some ancient olive trees in the Negev:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-scientists-mount-emergency-rescue-of-ancient-olive-trees-in-negev-1.5914614

… and I’m not sure if this pigeon story is connected to the foregoing or not:

http://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Haifa-scientists-uncover-the-bizarre-role-of-Negevs-Byzantine-pigeon-546719
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/on-campus/haifa-u-reveals-role-of-pigeons-in-turning-the-negev-green-1500-years-ago/2018/03/21/

Syria has accused Israel of taking Jewish artifacts from a Damascus temple:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Syria-accuses-Israel-of-removing-Jewish-artifacts-from-Damascus-temple-546896

UNESCO may be looking at Palestinian claims to the DSS:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinian-claim-to-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-may-be-next-up-at-UNESCO-546773

The Genesis Apocryphon has gone on display:

http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/21/pre-christian-story-of-noah-and-other-figures-on-public-display-for-first-time

On the historicity of the Exodus:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/exodus/exodus-fact-or-fiction/

… and the location of the Biblical Mt Sinai:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/exodus/searching-for-biblical-mt-sinai/

More Um Al-Nar finds from Kuwait:

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/rare-artifacts-found-along-eastern-coast/

Feature on the site of Shuweihtia (Saudi Arabia):

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/03/22/Oldest-human-settlement-in-Asia-located-in-Saudi-Arabia.html

Conflicting reports from Syria/Lebanon about Turkish airstrikes damaging sites near Afrin:

http://www.aina.org/news/20180323110807.htm
http://world.greekreporter.com/2018/03/23/syria-accuses-turkey-of-bombing-ancient-site/
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/243960-syria-says-saint-maron-s-tomb-destroyed-in-turkish-raids
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/3/23/turkish-airstrikes-damaged-ancient-christian-site-in-syria
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Turkish-air-raids-devastate-UNESCO-heritage-site-near-Afrin-43439.html

A Saudi-China joint dig at a Red Sea port:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/25/c_137063848.htm

… and Turkey denies it:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/no-ancient-site-church-monastery-in-afrin-targeted-in-turkish-airstrike-so-far-foreign-ministry-129246
https://en.trend.az/world/turkey/2876740.html

Feature on how easy it is to buy antiquities from Iraq:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/03/iraq-war-archeology-invasion/555200/
http://www.aina.org/news/20180319190955.htm

Jordan is (finally) creating an anti smuggling unit:

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Jordan_to_create_antismuggling_division_to_protect_antiquities-SNG_112693132/

Restoration of the tomb of Nahum has started:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/nahums-tomb-in-iraq-restoration-begins.html

In case you’ve missed the Zangger claims about Mellaart:

https://hyperallergic.com/434213/eberhard-zangger-james-mellaart-alleged-forgery/
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Mycenean finds from Copais:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30648-mycenaean-kopais-excavation-coexistence-of-living-and-dead-in-helladic-settlements.html

Roman and Iron Age finds from bypass construction in Grantham:

https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/grantham-southern-bypass-roman-and-iron-age-findings-1-8430863

Major new finds from Regio V in Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/03/23/new-pompeii-excavations-a-revelation_31d87381-3bc9-4c95-bf1c-5ad91659775f.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6464-180323-pompeii-new-excavation

A tourist trying to get a picture damaged a mosaic at Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/03/21/us-tourist-moves-pompeii-mosaic-bits_68414ca4-b99c-416e-9b03-1c52b6665a0d.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20180323/american-tourist-police-mosaic-pompeii

Feature on Pompeii gardens:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/290-1803/features/gardens/6459-gardens-pompeii-food

… and one on Roman villa gardens:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/290-1803/features/gardens/6447-gardens-roman-villas

A Roman coin hoard from a Norwich farm:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/roman-coin-find-on-norfolk-farm-1-5444888

I think we mentioned the discovery of remains of Naples’ ancient port:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6438-180315-naples-ancient-port
http://www.novinite.com/articles/188822/An+Ancient+Port+City+was+Found+near+Naples+%28Video%29

The MFA in St. Petersburg (Florida) has dug up some mosaics in its yard (!):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-mosaics-buried-under-florida-art-museum-now-under-restoration-180968526/

Concerns for the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/227036/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-temple-seeks-divine-intervention

Amphipolis is having funding issues:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/226923/article/ekathimerini/life/amphipolis-archaeological-study-misses-out-on-funding
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30663-greece-s-amphipolis-archaeological-study-in-dire-need-of-funding.html

The ‘Epic Warrior Women’ series spawned a number of items on Amazons and the like:

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/media/2018/03/15/smithsonian-channels-epic-warrior-women-explores-reality-in-fictional-wonder-woman-black-panther/
https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/epic-warrior-women/1004515
https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/epic-warrior-women/gladiatrix/1004515/3437448
https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/epic-warrior-women/amazons/1004515/3437447
https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/epic-warrior-women/africas-amazons/1004515/3437449

Feature on evidence of gardens in Aphrodisias:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/290-1803/features/gardens/6451-gardens-turkey-urban

Feature on the Palace of Knossos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/22/inside-cretes-minoan-palace-of-knossos/

On Classical demagoguery:

https://theamericanscholar.org/a-vacuum-at-the-center/#

Promoting Classics at USC:

https://news.usc.edu/138364/usc-president-teaches-the-classics-to-spark-passion-for-humanities/

What Jessica Paga’s class is up to:

http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2018/classics-students-learn-drawing,-3-d-modeling.php

What Sinclair Bell is up to:

http://www.videtteonline.com/news/niu-professor-to-speak-on-african-athletes-in-roman-art/article_4f5c98e2-2c81-11e8-a65a-2f17ea447a80.html

What Melanie Shepherd is up to:

https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?newsid=3005&p=500

What Neville Morley is up to:

https://themedium.ca/features/authority-and-non-conformity-in-the-ancient-world/

Comparing Putin and Octavian:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/putin-follows-the-example-of-octavian/

Reviews of Josiah Ober’s *Demopolis*:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookmanville/2018/01/02/to-renew-our-democracy-get-back-to-the-core/#39c6a23b2e72
https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/interviews/makes-democracy-intrinsically-valuable-talking-josiah-ober/
https://www.firstthings.com/article/2018/03/illiberal-democracy
http://www.bookforum.com/blog/19321

Review of Sofron Sofron’s *Ancient Greek Love and Other Poetry*:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/03/20/knowing-ancient-greece-poetry/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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I think we’ve had this ‘skilled female potters’ from the Corded Ware period travelling
around the Baltics story in a different form:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uoh-sfp032218.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180322112659.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-skilled-female-potters-baltic-years.html

Vague item on a Bronze Age burial in Moravia:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/archaeologists-find-unique-bronze-age-burial-in-moravia

Linking a volcanic eruption and the adoption of Christianity in Iceland:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180319090740.htm
https://www.livescience.com/62069-iceland-volcano-christianity.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/violent-volcanic-eruption-may-have-spurred-icelands-adoption-christianity-180968566/

Back to looking for the Old Deer monastery:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-return-to-site-of-lost-pictish-monastery-1-4708593

Remains of medieval/Viking/hiberno houses from a Dublin hotel construction site:

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0322/949233-coombe-medieval/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/archaeologist-hails-extraordinary-viking-village-find-in-dublin-1.3437108
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6463-180323-medieval-spoon-ireland

… including some graffiti:

http://www.thejournal.ie/12th-century-graffiti-art-uncovered-as-part-of-medieval-discovery-in-dublins-coombe-3918137-Mar2018/
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/graffiti-from-12th-century-among-treasure-trove-of-artifacts-found-on-dublin-building-site-36735495.html

A medieval monastery from Georgia:

http://agenda.ge/news/97816/eng

Very interesting medieval pregnant woman burial from near Bologna:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/03/23/pregnant-medieval-woman-gave-birth-in-grave/#240e55831663

17th century decorations from Lindisfarne Castle:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6455-180321-lindisfarne-castle-decorations

Archaeologists are investigating the Glencoe Massacre:

https://www.livescience.com/62056-glencoe-massacre-archaeology.html

Delapre Abbey is opening to the public:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43422656

Chatsworth House is reopening following a big restoration project:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/chatsworth-house-set-to-reopen-following-32m-restoration-1-9078386

A silver coin hoard from Co Down has been declared treasure:

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2018/03/24/news/hoard-of-silver-coins-found-on-land-in-co-down-formally-declared-treasure-by-coroner-1286290/

… as have some Anglo Saxon finds from Suffolk:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-43516695

Restoring an Ottoman mosque o Lesvos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/20/greek-authorities-to-restore-ottoman-mosque-on-lesvos/

On censoring the Bayeux Tapestry in Victorian times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-berkshire-43331369/bayeux-tapestry-nudity-censored-by-victorian-english

Pondering the death of Saint Louis:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/03/19/quelle-maladie-mysterieuse-a-tue-saint-louis/

Something about Stonehenge and astronomy:

https://www.livescience.com/62064-stonehenge-pyramids-prehistoric-astronomers.html

On the antiquity of the Swiss town of Chur:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/chur_is-swiss-town-one-of-world-s-oldest–/43963316

More on the habitation of Utrecht:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6437-180314-netherlands-utrecht-habitation

More on fish as the primary diet item in the medieval Baltics:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-fish-primary-source-nutrition-medieval.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180316121201.htm

… and Neolithic Scandinavia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/lu-faf031918.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-fish-accounted-surprisingly-large-stone.html

More on that feast site on Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/site-of-huge-iron-age-feast-celebration-found-on-orkney-1-4706453

More on an earlier human arrival on Malta:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180319/local/first-inhabitants-arrived-700-years-earlier-than-thought.673783
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-years-malta-history.html

More on St Albans Abbey:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43314886
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6445-180319-england-norman-cathedral

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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115 000 years bp bone tools from China:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180319220955.htm

Remains of some 3 000 years bp houses in Shenyang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/21/c_137055361.htm

2000 years bp liquor (maybe) from a Qin Dynasty tomb:

https://www.kxly.com/news/shareable-stories/archaeologists-find-2000yearold-liquor-in-chinese-tomb/719726797
https://www.news18.com/news/world/2000-year-old-liquor-unearthed-from-ancient-tomb-in-western-china-1693111.html
http://www.wave3.com/story/37781461/2000-year-old-liquor-found-in-china
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6446-180320-china-bronze-vessel

Claims of human sacrifice evidence in Korea:

http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/1261929/1

Making connections between agriculture and social hierarchies in South East Asia and Pacific societies:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/mpif-ioa031518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180319155739.htm

A farmer found some Mughal era silver coins in Wanaparthy:

http://telanganatoday.com/farmer-discovers-mughal-era-silver-coins-in-wanaparthy

A 17th century Sati ‘carving’ from some department head’s office:

http://www.navhindtimes.in/17th-century-stone-carving-found-in-mpt-premises/
https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa-News/300yearold-sati-stone-discovered-/128482.html

A 19th century gold mine from New Zealand:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6444-180319-new-zealand-gold-mine
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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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Thousands of Native American artifacts found at a pair of sites in Camden (NJ):

https://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1781888174&kid=dQ48NViCnUGwhMGe
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/kevin_riordan/thousands-of-native-american-artifacts-unearthed-in-camden-archaeological-dig-20180321.html
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-jersey/articles/2018-03-21/thousands-of-native-american-artifacts-found-at-camden-sites
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6461-180322-new-jersey-native-american

A pair of shipwrecks from Alexandria (VA)’s waterfront:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-news/two-new-old-ships-from-1700s-or-1800s-discovered-along-alexandria-waterfront/2018/03/19/576d74f0-2bac-11e8-b0b0-f706877db618_story.html
http://www.alexandrianews.org/2018/03/city-of-alexandria-announces-new-archaeological-discovery-of-remains-of-two-historic-ships/
https://wtop.com/alexandria/2018/03/2-old-ships-unearthed-alexandria/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6454-180321-virginia-colonial-ships

A major slave burial ground near a Shell refinery in Louisiana:

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/communities/ascension/article_18c62526-2611-11e8-9aec-d71a6bbc9b0c.html
http://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/graves-of-1000-enslaved-people-found-near-ascension-refinery/1058789303

An Underground Railroad site in Philadelphia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/03/22/underground-railroad-refuge-for-hundreds-of-slaves-discovered-in-philadelphia/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underground-railroad-safe-house-discovered-philadelphia-180968572/

On shipwrecks found in Lake Minnetonka since 2014:

http://www.swnewsmedia.com/lakeshore_weekly/news/local/underwater-archaeologists-have-found-more-wrecks-in-lake-minnetonka-since/article_cb3418b6-a681-552e-a63b-5b68778244d5.html

Plans to investigate Indiana Caverns:

https://insiderlouisville.com/lifestyle_culture/indiana-caverns-open-an-ice-age-archaeological-dig-to-the-public/

Mapping the Santa Elena site on Parris Island:

http://www.blufftontoday.com/news/20180318/archaeologists-mapping-former-santa-elena-site

Preservation of a Native American village in North Dakota is almost complete:

https://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1781511120&kid=wj12FZkk9Z1Pmw1D

On Alexander Hamilton’s ‘hush money’ situation:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/03/23/americas-first-hush-money-scandal-alexander-hamiltons-torrid-affair-with-maria-reynolds/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 1300 years bp cemetery in Lima:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/03/1300-year-old-cemetery-found-in-lima.html

Really a DNA story, but they’ve done some investigating into a six-inch mummy from Chile:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43489246
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180322134307.htm

A Chavin inscribed bone artifact from Lima:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2453056&CategoryId=14095

Evidence that some Chimu child burials were human sacrifices:

http://www.newsweek.com/child-sacrifice-ancient-peru-chimu-archaeology-856529
https://www.livescience.com/62108-ancient-child-sacrifices-found.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/chimu-child-sacrifices-other-ancient-civilizations-that-followed-gruesome-practice-764843

Evidence of live-traded dogs being used in Maya ceremonies:

http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2018/03/study-describes-earliest-evidence-of-ancient-maya-dog-trade-.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/stri-srf031418.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-team-evidence-live-traded-dogs-maya.html
https://www.livescience.com/62061-ritual-dogs-mayan-pyramid.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dogs-were-transported-across-great-distances-ancient-maya-rituals-180968536/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/ancient-maya-traded-dogs-for-use-in-religious-ceremonies-new-study-shows/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/ancient-maya-dog-trade-goes-back-2400-years.aspx

The serpent at Chichen Itza on the equinox:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2018/03/20/mexico/1521570036_062263.html

More on isotope analysis and the Maya diet:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6453-180320-guatemala-maya-dogs

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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The Dravidian language family is about 4 500 years old, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/mpif-nla031918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180321090953.htm

Very nice digital reconstructions of assorted ancient monuments:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/22/paco_nadal/1521736953_217603.html

Feature on ‘toys’ found in various sites:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/19/ciencia/1521476157_846001.html

Studying some ‘discarded cadavers’ found at the University of Utah:

http://dailyutahchronicle.com/2018/03/14/redeeming-forgotten-cadavers-presidents-circle/
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/university-of-utah-marketing-and-communications/secrets-of-the-campus-cadavers?refid=stpr

Nice feature on some pioneering women archaeologists:

https://www.livescience.com/62086-pioneering-women-archaeologists.html

On symbolism in painting:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180318-secret-symbols-in-still-life-painting

The Nebra Sky Disk was an APOD:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180319.html

Feature on assorted cemeteries found on construction sites:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/535662/cemeteries-unearthed-at-construction-sites

On some dog breeds that originated in Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/10-dog-breeds-that-originated-in-germany/a-38135759

Marking Marx’s 200th birthday:

http://www.dw.com/en/marx-directs-traffic-in-hometown-on-200th-birthday/a-43060953

Are the Dominicans leaving San Marco?:

http://www.rainews.it/dl/rainews/TGR/media/tos-san-marco-domenicani-firenze-convento-2e8d476d-29ed-444a-9909-aa3894c4570d.html

A Seder in Provence:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/dining/passover-seder-provence-carpentras-france.html

More on using dogs in the fight against artifact smuggling:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dogs-front-lines-artifact-smuggling-180968398/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43471287

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ceramics in Western Mexico:

http://www.bowers.org/index.php/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/152-ceramics-of-western-mexico

Moche Ceramics:

https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/2504

Ocarinas of the Americas:

https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/nasca-ceramics

Art of the Red Goddesses:

http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/exhibits/profiles/foc-cahokia.html

Maya Hidden Worlds:

http://www.mpm.edu/maya

Golden Kingdoms:

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/golden-kingdoms

Life After Death:

https://www.tolonews.com/arts-culture/%E2%80%98life%C2%A0after-death%E2%80%99-exhibition%C2%A0opens-%C2%A0egyptian%C2%A0museum
Egyptian Chapels:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/292945/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Solar-alignments-in-Ancient-Egypt-Chapels-of-the-S.aspx

Jason and the Argonauts:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/03/20/unseen-kantharos-sacrifice-golden-fleece-ram-features-centerpiece-jason-argonauts-exhibition-bulgarias-sofia/

Medusa:

https://hyperallergic.com/432102/dangerous-beauty-medusa-in-classical-art-metropolitan-museum/

The Odyssey:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-art-scooter-laforge/homers-odyssey-gets-modern-art-treatment-at-london-exhibition-idUSKBN1GZ2RD

Colorizing Statues:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-met-looks-at-the-body-stripped-of-its-old-whiteness/2018/03/21/709c0fa2-2c67-11e8-8ad6-fbc50284fce8_story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cow-urine-just-one-many-strange-ingredients-centuries-old-pigments-180968549/

Tut:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-king-tut-exhibition-20180322-story.html
http://dailytrojan.com/2018/03/21/king-tut-exhibit-is-edifying/
https://medium.californiasun.co/king-tut-los-angeles-dc6e8f335964
http://www.laweekly.com/event/king-tut-treasures-of-the-golden-pharaoh-9275546

Pompeii Photos:

http://www.courant.com/entertainment/museums-galleries/hc-ctnow-yale-pompeii-0329-story.html

Sunken Cities:

http://www.stlamerican.com/entertainment/living_it/historic-underwater-archaeology-exhibit-sunken-cities-gets-us-premiere-at/article_6a444e40-2d56-11e8-82ba-931e5127fa38.html
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/45930/%E2%80%98The-Secrets-of-Submerged-Egypt%E2%80%99-launched-in-St-Louis
http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/underwater-discoveries-2800-years-ago-among-egyptian-artifacts-saint-louis-art-museum

Feature on the museum in Alexandria:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/19/c_137048453.htm

Plans for a museum at the ‘Pompeii of China’:

http://www.ecns.cn/2018/03-20/296370.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2018-03/20/content_50727546.htm

Plans for a Casanova museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/casanova-get-his-own-museum-180968501/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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What Sarah Parcak is up to:

http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/37780993/renowned-archaeologist-speaks-at-yakimas-capitol-theatre
https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/digging-into-history-the-modern-way-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-speaks/article_ca80876c-2d95-11e8-9da0-7376aafb60d1.html

More on that Galen palimpsest:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-hidden-medical-text-thousand-years.html
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/galen-pergamons-1000-year-old-medical-manuscript-reveals-how-he-treated-roman-kings-764874

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Feature on David Reich’s DNA investigations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/science/david-reich-human-migrations.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Vienna:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/03/21/vienna-attractions/442824002/

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CRIME BEAT
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A major smuggling attempt thwarted in Iraq (I think):

https://nenosplace.forumotion.com/t169831-the-thwarting-of-a-smuggling-operation-in-wasit-is-estimated-at-tens-of-millions-of-dollars

An arrest in the Canterbury Trust case:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/arrest-after-stolen-artefacts-recovered-180079/

… and more on the return of things stolen:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/archaeologists-celebrate-return-of-treasured-161625/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-stolen-artifacts-recovered-canterbury-180968525/

A bust in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/03/22/bulgarias-police-seize-95-archaeological-artifacts-organized-crime-treasure-hunters/

Another arrest arising from illegal digging in Kouklia:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/03/19/second-arrest-illegal-digging-kouklia/

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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Germany is returning some Olmec items to Mexico:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-germany-year-old-wooden-olmec-mexico.html
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2453073&CategoryId=14091
http://www.dw.com/en/germany-returns-3000-year-old-relics-to-mexico/a-43058336
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43484441?ocid=socialflow_twitter
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6456-180321-germany-mexico-repatriation

… the backstory:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/03/21/la_serpiente_emplumada/1521641203_054793.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n11.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n12.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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Beethovenfest:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-beethoven-and-fate-go-together/a-43105633
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2727-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-march-17-march-2018
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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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 20.47 March 18, 2018
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Apparently humans fared better in the wake of the Toba eruption 74 000 years bp than previously thought:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/asu-hti030818.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uoct-mhf031218.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/science/toba-supervolcano-supereruption.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43377960
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-volcano/stone-age-people-in-south-africa-unharmed-by-supervolcano-eruption-idUSKCN1GO2IK
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/how-ancient-humans-survived-global-volcanic-winter-massive-eruption
http://www.newsweek.com/early-humans-survived-supervolcano-eruption-840556
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-03-13/toba-super-volcano-eruption-saw-some-humans-thrive-on-coast/9532938
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/nature/these-ancient-humans-survived-a-supervolcano.aspx
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-humans-weathered-toba-supervolcano-just-fine-180968479/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6433-180313-volcanic-winter-survival

Evidence of long-distance trade and sophisticated tools in East Africa 320 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-scientists-evidence-early-human-evolutionary.html
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-african-tools-human-technological.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/s-sde030918.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43401157
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/15/ciencia/1521139094_739880.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/scientists-find-evidence-of-paint-complex-tools-and-climate-chaos-at-the-dawn-of-humanity-20180316-h0xjzu.html
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-humans-turning-point-20180315-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/03/15/scientists-find-evidence-of-paint-complex-tools-and-climate-chaos-at-the-dawn-of-humanity/
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/03/15/593591796/scientists-are-amazed-by-stone-age-tools-they-dug-up-in-kenya
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/03/15/human-behavior-evolution/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/colored-pigments-and-complex-tools-suggest-human-trade-100000-years-earlier-previously-believed-180968499/
https://www.archaeology.org/6442-180316-middle-stone-age

On compassion in Neanderthals:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uoy-chn031318.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-compassion-neanderthals-survive-reveals.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180313130443.htm

On human-denisovan interbreeding:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-modern-humans-interbred-denisovans-history.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180315140733.htm
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-denisovans-humans-mated-20180315-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/03/15/humans-bred-with-this-mysterious-species-more-than-once-new-study-shows/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/modern-humans-interbred-with-denisovans-more-than-once/
https://www.archaeology.org/6439-180315-asia-denisovan-dna

On the role of cheese, wheat, and alcohol in human evolution:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cheese-wheat-and-alcohol-shaped-human-evolution-180968455/
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AFRICA
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Evidence of cultivation of grain in Saharan Africa 10 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uoh-tao031618.php

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Meneptahs red granite column is the latest item to head to the GEM:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/292502/Heritage/Museums/King-Meneptah-Column-arrives-at-Grand-Egyptian-Mus.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6434-180313-egypt-column-moved

On solar alignments in Ancient Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/151/292945/Egypt/Features/Solar-alignments-in-Ancient-Egypt.aspx

An undisturbed elite Canaanite burial from Megiddo:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/megiddo-armageddon-dna-royal-burial-canaan-archaeology/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3600-year-old-tomb-found-next-canaanite-palace-might-contain-remains-royal-family-180968487/

A followup of sorts to that story of the Gazan family who found a Roman site in their backyard:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/gaza-archaeological-site-roman-era-excavation-preservation.html

Feature on Timna:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/03/16/uncovering-israels-past-at-timna/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjdjY2U2ODQ5NTMxZWE4Mjc6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHZpajxHVXiJEaYujJT751UxEAgZQ

Feature on the Huqoq mosaics:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/scholars-study/more-on-the-mosaics/

A slow week, so we’ll put this item on Mellaart’s legacy here (not sure about the source!):

https://www.livescience.com/61989-famed-archaeologist-created-fakes.html
http://www.newsweek.com/famous-archaeologist-faked-ancient-discoveries-9000-year-old-site-europe-and-841428
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/science/famed-british-archaeologist-james-mellaart-forged-researchers-claim/news-story/50d4d14acf9dbf7185403465039ba1a8
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/famed-british-archaeologist-james-mellaart-forged-researchers-claim/news-story/50d4d14acf9dbf7185403465039ba1a8

Feature on the portraiture of the Persian royal family:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/persias-dynastic-portraiture-bejeweled-thrones-and-lavish-decor-message-authority-180968475/

In case you never checked out the online version of the DSS:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/digital-dead-sea-scrolls-finally-available-online/

… and Digital South Arabia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/03/Digital-South-Arabia

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Evidence of the port of Palepolis (near Naples):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/03/15/ancient-naples-port-found-2_64b282bc-7ebd-46e5-90a1-9736998be415.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6438-180315-naples-ancient-port

A possible early Roman settlement in North Petherton:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/ancient-instruments-and-modern-media-tell-tale-women-warriors?#stream/0

Plenty of sites discovered along the route of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/14/pipeline-construction-reveals-ancient-greek-treasures/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30529-more-than-400-archaeological-excavations-completed-along-trans-adriatic-pipeline-s-path.html
http://www.balkaneu.com/400-archaeological-excavations-investigations-completed-in-northern-greece/

Interesting miniature Roman mirror frames from a villa site in northern Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/03/10/archaeologist-discovers-ancient-mirrors-roman-villa-estate-ceramics-factory-bulgarias-pavlikeni/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6430-180312-bulgaria-roman-mirrors

Pondering the existence of Amazons:

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/were-there-ever-any-real-amazon-warrior-women

Semi-related:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/ancient-instruments-and-modern-media-tell-tale-women-warriors?#stream/0

Mosaics from the ‘Mansion of Alexander at Amyntaio’ are going on display:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/gaza-archaeological-site-roman-era-excavation-preservation.html

Last week our link to a ‘fear of archaeologists’ in Greece piece somehow acquired an extra period, so:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-greece-the-authority-investors-fear-most-its-archaeologists-1520505001

Matt Gibbs has recreated an ancient Egyptian beer:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/ancient-beer-brought-to-life-by-classicist-and-winnipeg-brewery-1.3843821
http://toronto.citynews.ca/2018/03/15/ale-analysis-ancient-beer-brought-to-life-by-classicist-and-winnipeg-brewery/
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/canada-profs-4th-century-beer-a-classic-128843

What Melissa Mueller is up to:

https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-classics-professor-melissa

Features on the Ides of March:

http://www.newsweek.com/idea-march-meaning-what-are-julius-caesar-william-shakespeare-846368
https://www.echoak.com/2018/03/ides-of-march/

… and an opeddish sort of thing on Julius Caesar’s assassination:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/jury-is-still-out-on-julius-caesar-s-killing-1.3427110

Feature on the Library of Alexandria:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-places/the-ancient-library-of-alexandria/

… and Alexander in the East:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/alexander-in-the-east/

On veterans using Homer to readjust after returning from a combat zone:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/homer-can-help-you-war-veterans-use-ancient-epics-to-cope/2018/03/14/b6cb0e66-273e-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html
https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Homer-can-help-you-War-veterans-use-ancient-12751476.php
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Homer-can-help-you-War-veterans-use-ancient-12751476.php
http://usa.greekreporter.com/2018/03/16/ancient-greek-epics-help-veterans-cope-with-stress/

The ‘gate to hell’ explanation still has legs:

https://boingboing.net/2018/03/12/why-animals-near-the-ancient-r.html

Pairing the Odyssey with the Watts Rebellion:

http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/graffiti-palace/

A Latin competition I haven’t heard of before:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2018/03/classics-students-test-translate/

Reviewish sort of thing of Mary Beard’s *Women and Power*:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2018/03/women-power-redefine-modern-era/

More coverage of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/magazine/new-sentences-from-emily-wilsons-translation-of-the-odyssey.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Neolithic(?) tools from Hastings Country Park:

https://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/stone-age-tools-found-as-work-on-country-park-centre-commences-1-8414507

Evidence that Utrecht was inhabited (sort of) at least back to Mesolithic times:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2018/03/utrechts-history-goes-back-11000-years-archaeologists-say/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6437-180314-netherlands-utrecht-habitation

A 2000 years bp gold coin hoard from a Chiddingstone farmer’s field:

https://www.kentlive.news/news/rare-hoard-2000-year-old-1334844
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6435-180314-england-gold-coins

Remains of a 1700 years bp feast from Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/site-of-huge-iron-age-feast-celebration-found-on-orkney-1-4706453
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6440-180315-iron-age-feast

A 13th century Franciscan church find in Nice:

http://www.nicematin.com/culture/a-nice-une-eglise-des-franciscains-construite-en-1250-vient-detre-exhumee-215201

A 15th century ‘pot of gold’ from the Netherlands:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/15th-century-pot-gold-and-silver-found-netherlands-180968515/

Pondering some drawings on a tile found at Lincoln Cathedral:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/idle-doodle-one-oldest-surviving-1327808

Feature on mudlarkers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43437569

The Irish Potato Famine Project’s site looks interesting:

https://irishfamineproject.com/about.html

Reburial of those plague victims found under a school playground in Edinburgh:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-43436358

On St Albans Abbey’s Norman roots:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43314886

More on the ‘mass Viking grave’ at Repton:

https://www.burtonmail.co.uk/news/burton-news/repton-historian-excited-mass-grave-1265188

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of Han dynasty artifacts from a tomb complex in Zhouhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/14/c_137038119.htm

An interesting Warring States bead from a tomb near Changsha:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/16/c_137043940.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6443-180316-china-horned-eye

An 8th century kiln from the Toshadaiji temple complex:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803120001.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6431-180312-toshadaiji-temple-kiln

Remains of a terracotta ‘pipeline’ from Hampi (date?):

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/ancient-water-pipeline-found-in-hampi/article23275825.ece

1000+ years bp sites from Bangladesh:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/findings-rewrite-bangladesh-history-180312102358133.html

Feature on the ongoing dig at Purana Qila:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/digging-deep-ongoing-excavation-at-purana-qila-reveals-new-chapter-in-history-of-delhi-but-no-proof-of-mahabharata/story-VxWZZpN9G1SVp4hyJVZbUJ.html

Concerns for sites in Mongolia (various reasons):

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-climate-looters-threaten-archaeology-mongolia.html
http://theconversation.com/climate-change-and-looters-threaten-the-archaeology-of-mongolia-91853

Concerns that a new rail line in Lahore threatens sites:

https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/03/11/591840781/a-new-rail-line-in-lahore-may-damage-heritage-sites-activists-in-pakistan-warn
https://www.npr.org/2018/03/17/594537767/subway-line-could-threaten-sufi-shrine-in-pakistan?sc=17&f=7

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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a possible slave cemetery at Belvoir Plantation (MD):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/cedar-trees-and-unetched-fieldstones-a-likely-slave-cemetery-is-unearthed-near-annapolis-md/2018/03/09/ba9560c2-23e8-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slave-cemetery-may-have-been-discovered-plantation-near-annapolis-180968496/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6421-180312-maryland-belvoir-cemetery

Checking out a shipwreck revealed by a storm on a Maine beach:

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180310/uncovering-secrets-of-york-beach-shipwreck
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6432-180313-shipwreck-maine-beach

A conservation group has acquired at Chacoan era site in New Mexico:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2018/03/11/preservation-group-acquires-chacoan-era-site-in-new-mexico.html

The FBI is getting involved in the hunt for some Civil War gold:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/17/fbi-agents-trek-to-site-where-us-civil-war-gold-is-said-to-be-buried

On America’s first known St Patrick’s Day celebration:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/03/17/the-incredible-story-of-americas-first-st-patricks-day-celebration/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Climate-change-related concerns for Easter Island moai statues:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/14/climate/easter-island-erosion.html
http://www.elmostrador.cl/agenda-pais/2018/03/17/en-peligro-el-legado-cultural-de-isla-de-pascua/

Feature on that Aztec temple found in Mexico City a while back:

http://discovermagazine.com/2018/apr/the-great-aztec-temple

On the spread of fruit across Latin America:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/pre-columbian-people-spread-fruit-species-across-latin-america/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Assorted St Patrick’s Day items:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uosf-ttb031518.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-truth-st-patrick-day-celebrations.html
https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/columnists/bill-ervolino/2018/03/12/st-patricks-day-who-st-patrick-he-italian/415902002/

Pondering Norwegian porridge:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/09/591957289/the-great-norwegian-porridge-debate-or-tradition-vs-science?sc=17&f=1007

A possible ‘self-caricature’ of Michelangelo:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-michelangelo-hidden-caricature-famous.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/w-dmi031418.php
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/03/15/michelangelo-self-portrait-found-4_7c8db2c9-6791-4924-9fb6-bc08d503ea6b.html

The purported Amelia Earhart bones thing again:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/08/591950171/new-research-claims-bones-found-80-years-ago-on-pacific-atoll-likely-amelia-earh?sc=17&f=1007

On genetics and modern language origins:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-evidence-fuels-debate-over-the-origin-of-modern-languages/

On the origins of pi:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/origins-pi/

Feature on Mary Magdalene (film hype):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43369511

On ‘president for life’ analogies:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/opinion/presidents-for-life-jinping.html

National Geographic is pondering/confronting its racist history:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/12/592982327/national-geographic-reckons-with-its-past-for-decades-our-coverage-was-racist
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43384747

The Morgan Library has acquired a pile of James Joyce material:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/books/james-joyce-donation-morgan-library.html

Review of Hughes, *Victorians Undone*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/books/review/victorians-undone-kathryn-hughes.html

Review of a trio of books on linguistic history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/books/review/shortlist-language-linguistics.html

Review of Kelly, *The Fifth Beginning*:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180318/archaeology-were-headed-for-new-age-of-globalism-author-says

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Deir el-Bersha:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/292769/Heritage/Museums/Exhibition-of-artefacts-from-Deir-alBersha-to-open.aspx

In China and Japan, copies are okay in museums:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-in-china-and-japan-a-copy-is-just-as-good-as-an-original
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using isotope analysis to determine the diet of some medieval Finlanders:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uoh-ftp031618.php

Using X Rays on an 11th century religious text:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-high-powered-x-rays-reveal-scan-text-beneath-11th-century-religious-text-180968492/

Mummies in Brisbane are getting the CT treatment:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/egyptian-mummies-digitally-unwrapped-in-brisbane-20180315-p4z4jm.html

More on the Girl with a Pearl Earring:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180314-the-secrets-of-girl-with-a-pearl-earring

More on the Mary Rose’s cannonballs:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-x-rays-preserve-cannonballs-found-famous-tudor-ship-180968440/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA testing of some ‘Bavarian’ women with elongated skulls is leading to the suggestion they were ‘treaty brides’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-skulls-women-medieval-europe-men.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180313093051.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/jgum-nii031318.php
https://www.livescience.com/62007-pointy-skulls-are-medieval-brides.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/barbarian-huns-dna-germany-migration-antiquity-skull/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/pointy-skulls-belonged-to-foreign-brides-ancient-dna-suggests.aspx
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-did-early-medieval-bavarians-import-brides-with-elongated-skulls-1.5895859
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pointy-headed-skulls-germany-180968464/

The genetic prehistory of Iberia is different from central and northern Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-genetic-prehistory-iberia-differs-central.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uu-gpo030818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180312150528.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180315141221.htm
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/genetic-prehistory-of-iberia-differs-from-central-and-northern-europe

Latest genomic study is of Neolithic north Africans from Morocco:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-scientists-genomic-ancestry-stone-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/mpif-sdg031318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180315141221.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/oldest-dna-africa-offers-clues-mysterious-ancient-culture
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6441-180316-north-african-genome

Tracing the origin of sickle-cell anemia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43373247

Feature on all sorts of things we’re learning from DNA:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/ancient-dna-history/554798/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Some historians want to talk to climate researchers:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/03/16/historians-climate-researchers-lets-talk
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Siccar Point:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180312-how-siccar-point-changed-our-understanding-of-earth-history

The Browning’s Florence:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/travel/elizabeth-robert-barrett-browning-florence-italy.html

Taj Mahal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/the-real-magic-of-the-taj-mahal/2018/03/15/23e972ba-eb41-11e7-b698-91d4e35920a3_story.html

Ephesus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2018/03/17/ephesus-has-opened-a-door-to-the-ancient-greeks-for-over-100-years
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CRIME BEAT
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Followup to that Canterbury break-in … plenty recovered:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/archaeologists-celebrate-return-of-treasured-161625/

A woodworker admits doing some fakery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/11/arts/i-cheated-says-woodworker-who-fooled-the-antiques-experts.html

Vandalism to some petroglyphs in Kansas:

https://www.wibwnewsnow.com/ancient-native-american-carvings-vandalized-in-kansas/

Smuggling a ‘pharoah era’ item in a sofa in Kuwait (repatriation eventually) :

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1264961/middle-east
http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/experts-in-kuwait-investigating-pharaoh-era-smuggled-antique/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/45272/Kuwait-to-send-smuggled-antique-to-Egypt-after-proved-Egyptian

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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Libyan artifacts being returned from Spain:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/stolen-libyan-artifacts-due-be-returned-spain
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/14/c_137037066.htm
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the ancient coins of Yemen:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-ancient-coinage-of-yemen/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n10.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n11.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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Akhnaten:

http://www.dw.com/en/new-staging-of-philip-glass-akhnaten-equates-monotheism-with-violence/a-42935731

Beirut’s Margravial Opera House is reopening:

http://www.dw.com/en/margravial-opera-house-bayreuth-to-reopen/a-42973625

On Elgar’s Enigma:

https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2018/03/15/593771944/elgars-enigma-still-keeps-music-detectives-busy?sc=17&f=2
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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/2725-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-march-10-march-2018
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OBITUARIES
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David Wyman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/obituaries/david-wyman-scholar-of-americas-holocaust-response-dies-at-89.html

Anthony Acevedo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/obituaries/anthony-acevedo-who-documented-his-holocaust-ordeal-dies-at-93.html

Jacqueline Karageorghis:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/03/10/renowned-author-archaeologist-jacqueline-karageorghis-dies-aged-85/
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CONFERENCES
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.46 ~ March 11, 2018

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A large-scale study of hominin flaking technology/techniques:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/new-study-tracks-the-evolution-of-stone-tools/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6417-180305-hominin-stone-flakes

Homo naledi had wear-resistant molars, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-homo-naledi-wear-resistant-molars.html

Studying the lingering ‘stereotype’ of the Neanderthal:

https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/03/05/589858179/why-won-t-the-old-caveman-stereotypes-die

More on Neanderthal’s purported lack of drawing ability:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-neanderthals-lack-ability-techniques.html

More on Neanderthal cave art:

https://blog.oup.com/2018/03/neanderthal-cave-art/

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AFRICA
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Feature on what’s been found at the necropolis of Sedeinga (Sudan):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180305093624.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-ancient-nubiain-footsteps-napata-meroe.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Restoration of seven mummies from the El-Muzawaa necropolis:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/292252/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Seven-mummies-of-ElMezawaa-necropolis-restored-as-.aspx

OpEd on the politics of cultural heritage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/292450/Opinion/The-politics-of-cultural-heritage—.aspx

Egypt is debating toughening penalties on artifact theft and smuggling:

https://thearabweekly.com/egypt-debates-bill-toughen-penalties-artefact-theft-smuggling

Reprising Howard Carter’s obituary:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/mar/05/egyptologist-howard-carter-dies-archive-1939

On the political side of archaeology in Israel:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/how-israel-uses-archaeology-mantain-occupation-1406963568

Feature on the Ain Dara temple and its connections to Solomon:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/temple-at-jerusalem/searching-for-the-temple-of-king-solomon/

Feature on the colours of Assyrian reliefs:

http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2018/03/technology-adds-color-to-ancient-artifact/
http://www.aina.org/ata/20180309131512.htm

Continuing concerns for a site near a quarrying operation in Ordu:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-sites-destroyed-to-make-way-for-andesite-quarry-in-ordu-in-turkeys-north-128220
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/03/05/dynamiting-threatens-ancient-castle-in-turkey/

Yemen is making efforts to curb the sale of smuggled items:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1197001/yemeni-minister-asharq-al-awsat-efforts-underway-stop-sale-smuggled-relics

A report is suggesting Turkey use drones to protect its antiquities:

http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/report-suggests-drones-to-protect-turkish-antiquities/1082530
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/parliamentary-report-recommends-drones-to-protect-turkish-antiquities-128452

… and that admission to sites and museums be free:

http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkey-report-calls-for-free-visit-of-museums-sites/1083500

A friar is helping train Iraqis to preserve their heritage:

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/friar-trains-iraqis-preserve-treasures-rescued-021504908.html

More on that Megiddo Prison site (this is really an old story):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/archaeological-park-to-be-opened-on-site-of-prison-in-northern-israel-1.5866058

More on those ‘oldest figural tattoos’ on mummies in the British Museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-figural-tattoos-discovered-5000-year-old-mummies-180968321/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/museum-mummies-sport-worlds-oldest-tattoo-drawings
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Storm Emma revealed some Roman remains, including an aqueduct, in Cadiz:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/05/inenglish/1520242878_197294.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/03/04/actualidad/1520182987_250586.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/06/remains-roman-aqueduct-uncovered-spain-storm-emma/
https://www.rt.com/news/420597-storm-cadiz-roman-ruins-beach/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6423-180306-spain-cadiz-aqueduct

Latest from Rome’s metro construction is an impressive 2nd century military residence of some sort:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/arts/rome-subway-archaeological-marvels.html
https://hyperallergic.com/430438/discovery-rome-metro-construction-2nd-century-military-residence/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/08/2nd-century-007-archaeologists-discover-barracks-may-have-used/
https://www.livescience.com/61969-roman-military-commander-home-found.html
http://www.newsweek.com/italy-ancient-roman-empire-artifacts-including-mosaics-and-secret-service-837422
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6425-180308-italy-commander-home

An undisturbed 2nd/3rd century CE Roman burial ground from the Netherlands:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2018/03/large-roman-cemetery-discovered-but-where-did-its-occupants-live/
https://www.rijkswaterstaat.nl/over-ons/nieuws/nieuwsarchief/2018/03/uniek-romeins-grafveld-ontdekt-bij-voorbereidingen-doortrekking-a15.aspx

An 1800 years bp mosaic from Caesarea:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/1800-year-old-roman-mosaic-caesarea-maritima/

Five Roman mirror frames from a Roman factory site near Pavlikeni:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/03/10/archaeologist-discovers-ancient-mirrors-roman-villa-estate-ceramics-factory-bulgarias-pavlikeni/

A Roman reservoir near Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/03/06/archaeologists-impressed-ancient-water-catchment-reservoir-fed-20-km-long-aqueduct-major-roman-city-nicopolis-ad-istrum-north-bulgaria/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6429-180309-bulgaria-roman-water

Plans to use drones to uncover a whole new section of Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/03/09/new-pompeii-district-to-be-uncovered_da827ba3-84fa-4b7b-9d04-c87e38258f30.html

Concerns for Roman sites in Durres:

https://exit.al/en/2018/03/07/durres-two-public-projects-threaten-ancient-roman-ruins/

Trying to promote the Romans in Horncastle:

https://www.horncastlenews.co.uk/news/mystery-surronds-roman-history-in-horncastle-1-8409508

On ‘fear of archaeologists’ in Greece:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-greece-the-authority-investors-fear-most-its-archaeologists-1520505001

Latest entrepreneur-is-a-fan-of-Stoicism piece:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrismyers/2018/03/08/how-one-struggling-entrepreneur-found-solace-in-the-ancient-philosophy-of-stoicism/#633670f9d06c

Cuts to Classics at Whitman:

https://whitmanwire.com/news/2018/03/08/cuts-to-classics-cause-upset/

Review of the *Landmark Julius Caesar*:

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180308/review-landmark-series-offers-casual-reader-entry-to-caesars-world

On what the Greeks can teach us about gun violence:

http://riverdalepress.com/stories/can-ancient-greeks-teach-us-something-about-gun-violence,64959

Some tragic humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/new-evidence-reveals-ancient-greeks-immediately-regrett-1823641762

Still yakking about casting decisions for Troy: Fall of a City:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-03-10/troy-fall-of-a-citys-hakeem-kae-kazim-calls-out-deep-insecurity-of-blackwashing-critics/

More on the Roman ‘gate to hell’:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/09/world/mystery-gates-to-hell-hierapolis/index.html
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An Iron Age burial from Margate Caves:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/iron-age-skeleton-uncovered-161022/
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/928002/Iron-Age-skeleton-discovered-buried-cave-excavation-Margate-Caves-Kent
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6418-180305-england-margate-caves

Finds from various periods near North Petherton is getting in the way of housing development:

http://www.bridgwatermercury.co.uk/news/16074021._Significant__prehistoric_discovery_halts_plans_for_140_homes_in_Somerset/
http://www.yeovilexpress.co.uk/news/16074021.significant-prehistoric-discovery-halts-plan-for-140-homes-in-north-petherton/

Finds from various periods at Doon Hill:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/neolithic-history-of-doon-hill-revealed-jm5wd2zlh

Studying daily life in medieval Oxford:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/oxford-university-archaeology-dig-secrets-medieval-beer-mugs-students-a8239266.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6426-180308-oxford-friary-students

Studying medieval altarpieces:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-reveals-middle-ages-altarpieces.html

France is looking for the wreck of the Cordeliere:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/07/underwater-pompeii-french-renew-search-for-cordeliere-sunk-in-1512-battle

Searching for burial sites off the Pembrokeshire coast:

http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/16078623.Shipwreck_diver_hunting_for_ancient_burial_sites_off_the_Pembrokeshire_coast/

Concerns for Notre Dame cathedral:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43258266

Feature on the Chapel at Versailles:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/03/07/chapelle-de-versailles-la-resurrection-du-testament-spirituel-de-louis-xiv/

Latest theory attached to Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-43335118
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/09/stonehenge-party-building-secrets-unearthed
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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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Finds from various periods in Xiongan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/06/c_137019879.htm

Plenty of Western and Eastern Han Dynasty finds from Chengdu:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/06/c_137020524.htm

A dancing Shiva statue from the Devi River:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6427-180309-india-shiva-nataraja

Feature on Thailand’s first female underwater archaeologist:

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2018/03/08/go-deep-thailands-1st-female-undersea-relic-hunter/

France will be helping Pakistan to conserve sites:

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/03/06/france-to-extend-assistance-to-pakistan-for-conservation-of-archaeological-sites/
https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/france-to-extend-technical-assistance-to-paki-275088.html

OpEd on China’s efforts regarding smuggling etc.:

http://www.scmp.com/business/article/2136161/hong-kong-must-shut-door-illicit-trade-antiquities-it-can-emerge-global-art

More on cannonballs from Fort Cornwallis:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6424-180307-fort-cornwallis-cannonballs
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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 7500 years bp point from Windsor roundabout construction:

http://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2018/03/08/oldest-windsor-artifact-found-sandwich-roundabout-construction/
http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/walpole-island-history-dating-back-10000-years-found-in-sandwich-dig
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6428-180309-canada-prehistoric-point

Latest Nor-easter revealed the remains of a Revolutionary War era ship on a beach in Maine:

https://www.livescience.com/61939-revolutionary-war-era-shipwreck-exposed.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/03/05/nor-easter-uncovers-maine-shipwreck-over-years-old/OxpiWaxrddVs1YvKUPxkYJ/story.html
https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/03/09/york-maine-shipwreck-uncovered-by-noreaster
http://abcnews.go.com/US/noreaster-unearths-skeleton-250-year-shipwreck-maine/story?id=53535971
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/03/05/noreaster-winds-reveal-a-surprising-beach-discovery-the-remains-of-a-revolutionary-war-era-ship/
http://www.newsweek.com/remains-revelation-war-era-ship-found-maine-beach-after-noreaster-batters-830687
http://bangordailynews.com/2018/03/05/outdoors/weather/noreaster-uncovers-skeleton-of-sunken-revolutionary-war-era-ship-on-maine-beach/

… and destroyed a tree planted by George Washington:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43293824
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2018/03/mount_vernon_tree_george_washington.html
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/376607-227-year-old-tree-planted-by-george-washington-torn-down-by

A piece of a 500 years bp Spanish pistol from Colorado:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/500-year-old-pistol-part-sheds-light-colorados-spanish-colonial-past-180968379/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6419-180305-colorado-spanish-pistol

Evidence of a slave cemetery in a forest in Maryland:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/belvoir-gravesite-could-be-slaves-last-resting-place/2018/03/10/f1d29966-2496-11e8-946c-9420060cb7bd_story.html
https://patch.com/maryland/annapolis/slave-cemetery-found-former-crownsville-plantation

That shipwreck in the news the past few weeks apparently isn’t the Clotilda:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/05/590599227/alabama-wreck-isnt-the-remains-of-the-slave-ship-clotilda
http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2018/03/wreck_found_in_delta_not_the_c.html
http://atlantablackstar.com/2018/03/07/alabama-shipwreck-turns-not-clotilda-last-american-slave-ship/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-american-slave-ship-search-continues-180967921/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6416-180305-slave-ship-clotilda

Studying points/blades in Alaska:

http://www.dailyuw.com/science/article_3edf2704-2287-11e8-b5d1-fb7fa957ae56.html

Studying the 19th century sex trade in Boston:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/03/07/sex-work-women-privy/

Latest from Jamestown:

https://wydaily.com/local-news/2018/03/05/jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-study-arrival-of-first-africans-in-new-world/

Searching for remains of a Viking settlement in New Brunswick:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-vikings-miramichi-chaleur-bay-summer-camps-birgitta-wallace-1.4569590
https://www.livescience.com/61937-lost-viking-settlement-search.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/vikings-canada-settlement-north-america-europeans-birgitta-wallace-archaeologists-discovery-a8247161.html

Interesting find of a film showing San Francisco a couple weeks after the 1906 earthquake:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-quake-film-20180304-story.html
http://fremonttribune.com/news/national/film-of-san-francisco-after-quake-found-at-flea-market/article_c67c8577-c90e-597b-9be2-98fedd4831f0.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/rare-1906-film-of-san-francisco-after-quake-found-at-flea-market-1.3828442
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/1906-film-of-san-francisco-after-quake-found-at-flea-market/2018/03/04/f65b9dd8-2005-11e8-946c-9420060cb7bd_story.html?utm_term=.38938521b5fb
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-san-francisco-earthquake-footage-found-flea-market-180968416/

Concerns for a Spanish fort in South Carolina:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/south-carolina/articles/2018-03-09/spanish-fort-in-south-carolina-threatened-by-erosion

What Hands Van Tilburg is up to:

https://www.hawaiibusiness.com/finding-sunken-ships/

Interview with Craig M. Lee:

http://glacierhub.org/2018/03/07/leaving-no-stone-unturned-interview-yellowstones-ice-patch-archaeologist/

More on that 7000 years bp site off Florida:

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/05/590803620/diver-finds-ancient-native-american-burial-site-on-sea-floor
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/7000-year-old-native-american-bog-burial-found-coast-florida-180968345/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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3000 years bp petroglyphs from Colima:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6957-localizan-108-petroglifos-en-la-zona-arqueologica-de-la-campana-en-colima

A couple of 1000 years bp burials from Peru:

http://www.news.com.au/video/id-5348771529001-5744562244001/archaeologists-in-peru-have-uncovered-the-remains-of-a-boy-and-an-adult-estimated-to-be-one-thousand-years-oldthe-discovery-was-found-in-a-cemetery-close-to-the-preincan-temple

Skepticism of the Maya population estimates arising from that LiDAR find:

http://thedailycougar.com/2018/03/07/maya-population-increase/

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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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Plenty of interest in this ‘oldest message in a bottle’ story:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/06/worlds-oldest-message-bottle-western-australia-wedge-island
http://www.dw.com/en/worlds-oldest-message-in-a-bottle-discovered-in-australia/a-42840270
http://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2018/03/06/message-in-a-bottle-believed-to-be-131-years-old-found-on-australian-beach/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43299283
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/06/591177889/oldest-known-message-in-a-bottle-found-in-australia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6422-180306-australia-bottle-message

Feature on trepanation:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-drilling-holes-skull-migraine-thought.html

An Einstein note came to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43308400

The British Library is trying to save old audio recordings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43231982

Victorian censorship of the Bayeux Tapestry:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-43331369

Plenty of features for International Women’s Day … Annie Swynnerton:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43243536

… Mary Ewing Outerbridge:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/overlooked-mary-ewing-outerbridge.html

… Ada Lovelace:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/overlooked-ada-lovelace.html

… Margaret Abbott:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/overlooked-margaret-abbott.html

… Qiu Jin:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/overlooked-qiu-jin.html

… Emily Warren Roebling:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/overlooked-emily-warren-roebling.html

… Charlotte Bronte:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/obituaries/overlooked-charlotte-bronte.html

Pioneers of the women’s movement in Germany:

http://www.dw.com/en/who-were-the-pioneers-of-germanys-womens-movement/a-42846709

Pondering who was the most powerful woman in ancient history:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/powerful-women-ancient-history-cleopatra-artemisia-enheduanna-egypt-greece-mesopotamia/

On Rembrandt’s depictions of women:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/rembrandts-depictions-of-women/

On the history of cheese:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianroberts/2018/03/05/the-history-of-cheese/

An interesting Goya:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/03/05/actualidad/1520274111_034357.html

Studying the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-take-closer-look-girl-pearl-earring-180968335/

Cracking down on the antiquities trade in New York:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/tough-new-scrutiny-rattles-collectors-and-dealers

In case you need a refresher on ‘Biblical Archaeology’:

https://blog.oup.com/2018/03/biblical-archaeology-extract/

On ‘temporary insanity’ as a defense:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/03/02/temporarily-insane-a-congressman-a-sensational-killing-and-a-new-legal-defense/

More interest in dogs being trained to sniff out looted antiquities:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/mar/11/dogs-trained-to-sniff-out-ancient-treasures-looted-from-syria

Latest claim about Amelia Earhart:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-forensic-analysis-bones-amelia-earhart.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43323944
https://gizmodo.com/forensic-scientist-claims-to-have-solved-the-amelia-ear-1823618219

cf (from a couple years ago):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/11/02/the-mysterious-disappearance-of-amelia-earharts-skeleton/#53632101ba9f

… and a timely Onion followup:

https://www.theonion.com/report-human-bones-found-on-remote-pacific-island-most-1823623725

Sunlight helped identify a painting at Hearst Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43338181

On ‘zombie amendments’ to the US Constitution:

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/10/591758259/the-zombie-amendments-to-the-constitution-youve-probably-never-heard-of

The downside of immortality:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/09/books/review/eternal-life-dara-horn.html

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Body: Fashion and Physique:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/07/health/body-image-history-of-beauty-explainer-intl/index.html
http://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/the-body/

Living With Gods:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2874131/living-with-gods-at-the-british-museum

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/terracotta-warriors-liverpool-most-popular-exhibitions/

The Classical Now:

http://theartnewspaper.com/review/from-damien-hirst-s-medusa-to-marc-quinn-s-marble-bust-new-london-show-explores-how-classical-art-inspires-contemporary-artists

Picasso:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43348039

Julius Caesar:

http://www.kbzk.com/story/37690217/journey-back-to-ancient-rome-with-new-museum-of-the-rockies-exhibit

Plenty of coverage of the Louvre’s ‘cultural diplomacy’ with Tehran

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/44667/In-Iran-France-blends-hard-talks-with-soft-power-at
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-france-louvre/in-iran-france-blends-hard-talks-with-soft-power-at-louvre-exhibit-idUSKBN1GH2M0
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/06/louvre-show-in-tehran-france-iran-cultural-diplomacy-thrives

Concerns for storage of archaeological items at state museums in India:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/sculptures-in-archaeological-museum-not-properly-stored-cag/1267770

The King Ludwig II museum will reopen soon:

http://www.dw.com/en/king-ludwig-ii-museum-to-reopen-in-april/a-42890737

THE TECHY SIDE
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A medieval man from Nottingham gets the facial reconstruction treatment:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/meet-nottinghams-medieval-man-face-1321470

Using technology to save Mary Rose cannonballs:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43334700

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the genetics of migration and language in the South Pacific:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-dna-reveals-genetic-language.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/anu-arr030818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180309095509.htm

More on the genetics of migration to Europe from Anatolia:

http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_4c0d276c-4e00-59bd-91a8-0c2fe711b98b.html

More on the elephant genome:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-elephants/trunk-show-elephant-genome-study-offers-surprises-idUSKCN1GA2Y5

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Crete/Mallia:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30408-minoan-palace-of-malia%E2%80%99s-mysteries-draw-tourists-to-greek-island-of-crete.html

Butrint:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/albanias-city-of-ruins/article22972395.ece

Warsaw:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180304-the-secrets-hiding-in-warsaw-the-paris-of-the-east

Petra:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/petra-jordan-home/index.html

Amman:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/middle-east/102042256/amman-jordan-where-to-find-some-of-the-worlds-best-roman-ruins-outside-rome
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CRIME BEAT
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Jailtime for some thieves who damaged a site in Israel with a backhoe:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/antiquities-robbers-sentenced-to-jail-for-destroying-2000-year-old-graves/

Some 1400 years bp cave paintings in Chile were destroyed by vandals:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/03/02/mundo_global/1520008450_412129.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/927983/cave-paintings-spray-paint-vandals-graffiti-Anzota-Chile
https://hyperallergic.com/430728/cave-art-vandalism-cuevas-de-anzota/

… and a petroglyph at Kanopolis Lake was also damaged by vandals:

http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20180308/kanopolis-lake-seeks-information-on-petroglyph-vandalism

Latest Picasso theft:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/10/5-000-reward-offered-stolen-picasso/414064002/

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 Antalya Foundation launched a campaign to recover eight artifacts:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/antalya-foundation-kicks-off-campaign-for-return-of-smuggled-artifacts-128341
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n09.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n10.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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Reviews of the BBC’s ‘Civilisation’:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-bbcs-civilisation-reboot-is-fixed-firmly-in-the-present/
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/03/06/civilisations-relativist-big-money-bbc-remake-messy-failure/
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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/2724-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-february-2017-3-march-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Albert M. Henrichs:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/03/albert-m-henrichs-74/

Jacqueline Karageorghis:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/03/10/renowned-author-archaeologist-jacqueline-karageorghis-dies-aged-85/

Hayden White:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/09/obituaries/hayden-white-who-explored-how-history-is-made-dies-at-89.html

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CONFERENCES
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.45 ~ March 4, 2018

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on homo Naledi and the cave the remains were found in:

http://www.newsweek.com/explore-cave-where-mysterious-human-ancestor-homo-naledi-was-discovered-live-823613

On evolution in education:

http://www.dw.com/en/lucy-vs-adam-and-eve-the-theory-of-evolution-in-africa/a-42774442
http://www.dw.com/overlay/media/en/dinknesh-a-peek-into-the-history-of-humankind/42067292/42094183

On the connection between cave acoustics, art, and language development:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-echoes-thought-sites-prehistoric-art.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-cave-acoustics-play-role-art-and-language-180968252/

OpEds on the intelligence of Neanderthals in the wake of all the art and language things:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/25/the-guardian-view-on-neanderthals-we-were-not-alone
http://dailycampus.com/stories/2018/3/2/were-neanderthals-as-smart-as-us

On their ‘disappearance’:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/22/ciencia/1519312781_587587.html

More on Neanderthal art in Spain:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/science/neanderthals-cave-paintings-europe.html
https://hyperallergic.com/429825/neanderthals-made-cave-paintings-before-humans-even-reached-europe/
https://www.thestatesman.com/features/is-art-exclusively-ours-1502593139.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/22/ciencia/1519314761_836333.html
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AFRICA
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300 000 years bp wood from Uitenhage (this might eventually be an early hominid story):

http://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2018/02/26/stone-age-discoveries-near-uitenhage/

Restoration of some of Ethiopia’s rock-hewn churches will soon commence:

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/25300

Pondering the Late Holocene Rainforest Crisis:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/did-humans-or-climate-cause-the-great-rainforest-crisis/

Polish archaeologists have a new headquarters in Khartoum:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/6/Artykul/351633,New-Sudanese-outpost-for-Polish-archaeologists

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Parts of a statue of Ramses II from the Kom Ombo temple in Aswan:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/parts-huge-king-ramses-ii-statue-discovered-aswan/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/44103/Discovery-of-new-parts-of-Ramses-II-statue
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypt-has-discovered-huge-parts-king-ramses-ii-statue-1095818
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ramses-ii-statue-southern-egypt.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ramses-ii-parts-of-statue-found-in-southern-egypt-aswan-antiquities/
https://apnews.com/3f6797eb5a2740baa2ecc9fc0be310a6
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-king-ramses-statue-829679
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/MAGAZINE-archaeologists-discover-parts-of-ramses-ii-statue-in-southern-egypt-1.5865236

I think we mentioned this 2300 years bp priestly cemetery find from Tuna el-Gebel:

https://www.livescience.com/61856-cemetery-with-mummy-priests-egypt.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43196877
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-egyptian-necropolis-contains-message-from-the-afterlife/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ancient-necropolis-1.4552004
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/message-afterlife-archaeologists-discover-ancient-cemetery-filled-mummies-relics-egypt-761835
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-spectacular-2000-year-old-tomb-complex-discovered-40-sarcophagi-819863
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ancient-egypt-necropolis-discovered-mummies-funerary-figurines-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6399-180226-egypt-cemetery-tombs

Plenty of coverage of the find of what are specified as the world’s oldest “figural” tattoos
on a mummy in the British Museum:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-egyptian-mummies-oldest-figurative-tattoos.html
https://www.livescience.com/61916-oldest-tattoos-egyptian-mummies.html
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/mar/01/worlds-earliest-figural-tattoos-gebelein-mummies-british-museum
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43230202
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/01/smudge-arm-british-museum-mummy-revealed-oldest-tattoo-world/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/worlds-oldest-tattoo-egypt-mummy-british-museum-infrared-a8233536.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/the-missing-ink-mummies-gebelein-man-a-and-gebelein-woman-have-earliest-tattoos-d8nfnc763
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-mummies-tattoo/tattoos-discovered-on-mummies-after-millennia-under-wraps-idUSKCN1GD61Y
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/44224/Tattoos-discovered-on-mummies-after-millennia-under-wraps
http://www.egyptindependent.com/oldest-tattoo-discovered-ancient-egyptian-mummy/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ancient-egyptian-tattoos-1.4559240
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/ancient/ancient-egyptians-may-have-worn-the-worlds-first-tattoos/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/02/590347574/some-of-the-oldest-ever-tattoos-found-on-egyptian-mummies
https://knpr.org/npr/2018-03/some-oldest-ever-tattoos-found-egyptian-mummies
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/worlds-earliest-figurative-tattoos-discovered-5000-year-old-ancient-egyptian-mummies-1664780
http://www.newsweek.com/gebelein-man-tattoos-mummies-ancient-egypt-gebelein-826622
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/ancient-egyptian-mummy-tattoos-spd/
https://hyperallergic.com/430131/oldest-figural-tattoos-gebelein-mummies/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/02/ciencia/1519985780_360462.html
https://www.archaeology.org/6412-180301-egypt-mummies-tattoos

You might want to check out the ‘Assassins Creed Discovery Tour’ at some point:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2018/02/25/challenge-your-knowledge-of-ancient-egypt-with-assassins-creed-origins-discovery-tour/#38cea31027f4

Bronze Age artifacts from Dibba (UAE):

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/fujairah-dig-finds-treasure-trove-of-500-bronze-age-artefacts-1.709721

Rain revealed a number of items in Babylon:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/291684/World/Region/Rain-uncovers–ancient-artefacts-in-Iraq.aspx
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-heavy-rain-uncovers-trove-ancient-artefacts-1232834084
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1254366/middle-east
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6408-180228-iraq-babylon-artifacts

Interesting 2000 years bp camel sculptures from the Saudi desert:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-art-mystery-ancient-camel-sculptures.html
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/44053/Rock-art-and-mystery-Ancient-camel-sculptures-in-Saudi-desert
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rock-art-mystery-ancient-camel-sculptures-saudi-desert-014150195.html

Eilat Mazar was talking about the Ophel excavations:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ophel-excavation-director-discusses-biblical-discoveries-Temple-Mount-543681

Latest on that site found in a Megiddo prison ages ago:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-archaeological-park-to-be-opened-on-site-of-prison-in-northern-israel-1.5866058

A 700 years bp ‘St Nicholas’ ring found in a garden in Israel:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/700-year-old-ring-with-the-image-of-St-Nicholas-unearthed-in-Israel-543632
https://www.timesofisrael.com/galilee-gardener-digs-up-medieval-ring-bearing-smiling-st-nicholas/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-gardener-finds-700-year-old-ring-with-image-of-st-nicholas-1.5849056
https://www.livescience.com/61881-gardener-finds-st-nicholas-ring.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6401-180226-israel-nicholas-ring

A previously-unknown stretch of the ‘Incense Route’ through the Negev:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/unknown-stretch-of-2-500-year-old-incense-route-found-in-negev-1.5847863

Feature on the excavations at Beth She’arim:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/02/New-Excavations-Beth-Shearim

Feature on Darius I:

https://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/23667-archaeology-sheds-light-on-ancient-persian-king-darius

Article on the Phoenicians in Spain:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1095-9270.12275/full

More on that purported Isaiah seal:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seal-prophet-isaiah-180968255/

More on the tunnels beneath the destroyed Tomb of Jonah:

https://www.livescience.com/61798-biblical-prophet-tomb-iraq.html

Remembering Khaled al Asaad:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/remembering-khaled-al-asaad-heroic-archaeologist-died-defending/

A sunken Umayyad-era port in the Gulf of Aqaba:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/umayyad-era-sunken-marine-port-unearthed-aqaba-gulf
http://menafn.com/1096528510/Umayyadera-sunken-marine-port-unearthed-in-Aqaba-Gulf
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6411-180301-jordan-islamic-port

Feature on the Tell Ain Dara Temple:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/cultural-heritage/special-report-current-status-tell-ain-dara-temple/

Feature on Joyce Tyldesley:

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/bolton/16047442.Egypt_does_the_talking_for_expert_Dr_Joyce_Tyldesley/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Rome’s Metro C line construction has revealed a second century ‘Commander’s House’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-rome-subway-uncovers-2nd-century-military.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/rome-subway-construction-uncovers-2nd-century-military-home/2018/03/02/7f18e4d2-1e53-11e8-98f5-ceecfa8741b6_story.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/03/02/rome-metro-work-uncovers-domus-2_fc696d8e-544f-438f-a57a-78c6768c14af.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-metro-c-works-uncover-second-century-military-home.html

I think we mentioned the finds from the Thessaloniki metro construction:

http://www.newsweek.com/greece-subway-construction-unearths-ancient-aphrodite-statue-and-stunning-820252
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6400-180226-thessaloniki-metro-aphrodite

Latest finds from the Ormos Valley:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30317-%CE%B9ntricate-buildings-and-buried-architectural-remains-unearthed-in-valley-of-argolis.html

A Roman building beneath Gloucester’s bus station:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/roman-building-found-underneath-gloucesters-1252111

Roman ovens and other items at an Aberdeen bypass construction site:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2286700/aberdeen-bypass-roman-road-discovery-ancient/

A Roman-era sarcophagus from Kadikoy:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-tomb-found-in-istanbuls-kadikoy-128033

Feature on surgical tools found at Rimini a while ago:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/02/28/largest-collection-of-ancient-surgical-tools-was-found-here-not-at-pompeii/#6622a822317f

Plans for Ostia Antica:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/02/28/ostia-antica-like-pompeii-3_2d685174-4cde-420e-bb1e-3c05db451691.html

On pets in ancient Rome:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/6-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-animals-in-ancient-rome/

On sex and death in the Classical world:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/art-design/2018/03/sex-and-death-classical-world

Assorted items on Silchester from CA:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/excavating-ca-archive-silchester.htm

Reviewish piece on a book on the first excavations on Delos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/25/rare-photos-emerge-of-first-excavations-at-sacred-delos-island/

Review of Carandini, *Atlas of Ancient Rome*:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/reconstructing-ancient-rome/

Assorted items on the Troy: Fall of a City series:

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/923560/Troy-Fall-Of-A-City-cast-major-death-season-two-Game-of-Thrones-Joseph-Mawle-BBC-One
https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/922891/troy-fall-of-a-city-cassandra-princess-cursed-greek-mythology-Aimee-Ffion-Edwards-bbc

… and the ‘race’ thing continues to be an issue:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-03-03/troy-fall-of-a-city-blackwashing-casting-black-actors-greek-myth/

On the ‘facts’ about Troy:

https://theconversation.com/fall-of-troy-the-legend-and-the-facts-92625

The Ides of March reenactment is coming soon:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/rome-re-enacts-caesars-assassination.html

What the Greeks can teach about gun control:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/02/21/what-the-ancient-greeks-can-teach-us-about-gun-control/

… and what Homer can teach about kindness to strangers:

https://theconversation.com/what-todays-anti-immigrant-populists-could-learn-from-homer-about-kindness-to-strangers-91997

Lessons from Rome for the US:

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2018/03/03/5-troubling-lessons-for-america-from-ancient-rome-n2456807

Mary Beard on the Rokeby Venus:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/the-rokeby-venus/

What Bettany Hughes is up to:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16056419.Professor_Bettany_Hughes_to_boost_classical_studies_push/

In case you missed the snow-in-Rome coverage:

http://www.dw.com/en/rome-sees-first-snowfall-in-years/a-42740456
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/26/snowball-fights-st-peters-square-sledging-circus-maximus-arctic/

Pitching Roman concrete to the Shark Tank:

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46272482&nid=148

I think we mentioned Lynn Kozak’s Iliad performances:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4552032/this-prof-is-turning-homer-s-iliad-into-a-weekly-serialized-1-person-bar-show-1.4552038

More on the ‘Gate to the Underworld’:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/02/20/deadly-mystery-of-turkeys-ancient-gate-to-hell-revealed
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 13 000 years bp skull fragment from the North Sea:

https://www.livescience.com/61882-skull-of-oldest-dutchwoman-found.html

Humans reached Malta about 700 years earlier than previously thought:

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2018-03-03/local-news/First-inhabitants-arrived-700-years-earlier-than-previously-thought-research-6736185593

Finds from various periods from Aberdeen bypass construction (mentioned above, too):

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16048115.Bypass_excavations_uncover_15_000_year_old_items/
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/15000-year-old-artefacts-discovered-on-sites-along-aberdeen-bypass/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bypass-work-unearths-ancient-treasures-dt55dxsrq
http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16047906.Bypass_excavations_uncover_15_000_year_old_items/
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/aberdeen-bypass-work-uncovers-bronze-12093587

A 15th century ‘pot of gold’ (and silver) from near Vianen (Netherlands):

https://nltimes.nl/2018/03/01/15th-century-pot-god-found-excavation-near-dutch-city

Burials beneath a 17th century church in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C28427%2Cgraves-human-remains-found-under-floor-rzeszow-basilica.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6409-180301-poland-church-crypts

Church construction in Wargrave reveals medieval and Victorian era burials:

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/church-services/122571/bones-from-middle-ages-uncovered-during-building-work-for-church-annexe.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6404-180227-england-church-burials

A metal detectorist found a Georgian shoe buckle:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2018/02/27/metal-detectorists-discovery-georgian-bling/

Studying Norman mounds:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/normal-normans-exploring-large-round-mounds-england.htm

Looking for a ‘lost land’ beneath the Irish Sea:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-43151914

Richard III items in some royal memorabilia:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/27/medieval-accounts-richard-iiis-rule-found-among-job-lot-1930s/

A barn near Marlborough might have some Saxon to it:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/16058952.saxon-barn-may-be-oldest-in-town/?ref=rss

Remains of a 19th century barge in the Clyde:

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/16062852.Historic_barge_found_submerged_near_Erskine/

Feature on Tartessos:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/23/inenglish/1519380491_087016.html

More on those domestic goat remains from Finland dating back to Neolithic times:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-domestic-goat-dating-neolithic-corded.html

More coverage on various aspects of the Bayeux Tapestry:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/bayeux-tapestry-conserved-in-london
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/how-britain-tried-and-failed-to-borrow-the-bayeux-tapestry-twice-before
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museums-go-into-battle-for-right-to-host-bayeux-tapestry-l3mz8h90p

More on spiked heads in a Swedish lake:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/demolition-workers-uncover-8000-year-old-ritual-skulls-in-sweden/

More on a possible mass grave of the Great Viking Army near Derby:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/mass-grave-near-derby-belong-1249306

More on that 14 000 years bp puppy burial from Germany:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14000-year-old-puppy-may-have-been-cared-paleolithic-humans-180968282/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ancient-pet-puppy-oberkassel-stone-age-dog/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-bond-between-human-and-animals-revealed-14000-year-old-diseased-dog-823965
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 1500 years bp ‘mini statue’ from the Yungang Grottoes:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/27/c_137001665.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6402-180226-china-yungang-grottoes

Feature on a dog burial from the Philippines:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/02/26/archaeologists-find-deformed-dog-buried-near-ancient-child-in-the-philippines/#15cbfea33897

Plans to study/excavate the Cave of Bridges (Cambodia, I think):

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50110847/ancient-caves-excavated-studied/

A find of a copy of a sutra translation by Xuanzang:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1091139.shtml

The policial side of the quest for Zheng He’s fleet:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-quest-for-chinese-navigator-zheng-hes-ancient-fleet-an-ominous-bid-for-validation-of-chinas-expansionist-claims/news-story/0ed1e754cd927a78569129bf83770478

Feature on Longvek:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-post-depth/long-thought-have-been-cambodias-capital-during-dark-age-digs-are-unearthing

More on the cannon finds from Fort Cornwallis (cannonballs too!):

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/03/04/9-cannonballs-unearthed-at-fort-cornwallis/
https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/03/03/unearthing-stories-from-the-soil-discovery-of-twin-cannons-at-countrys-largest-standing-fort-stirs-i/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6403-180227-fort-cornwallis-cannons
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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 for the find of a 7000 yers bp underwater Native American burial site near Venice (FL):

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-ancient-burial-site-submerged-florida.html
https://www.livescience.com/61895-underwater-indigenous-burial-site.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/native-american-burial-site-discovered-off-florida-coast-manasota-key/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43248791
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180228/archaeological-site-7000-years-old-found-in-gulf-near-venice
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article202637564.html
http://www.floridatrend.com/article/24066/ancient-native-american-burial-site-found-in-gulf-of-mexico-off-venice-florida
http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/Diver-discovers-7-000-year-old-underwater-graveyard-off-Florida-coast_165964219
http://www.nola.com/science/index.ssf/2018/03/native_american_burial_site_gu.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/watch-archaeologists-discover-7000-year-old-native-american-burial-site-florida-coast-2658725
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/798a71b5-157d-3e2f-9459-673e61bef6a2/ss_’unprecedented’-native.html
http://www.newsweek.com/7000-year-old-native-american-underwater-burial-site-found-825627
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/florida-native-american-indian-burial-underwater/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6407-180228-florida-underwater-burials

Cadaver dogs have detected possible Revolutionary War burials in Georgia:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6414-180302-kettle-creek-graves

What the dig at For San Juan (NC) is revealing:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologist-uncovers-hidden-history-conquistadors.html

Cleanup after wildfires in Sonoma County is revealing assorted Native American artifacts:

http://www.sonomanews.com/news/8051396-181/sonoma-county-wildfire-debris-cleanup

Feature on Frederick Douglass and scientific racism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/opinion/frederick-douglasss-scientific-racism.html

Preserving Mississippi’s Prospect Hill Plantation:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/25/slave-descendants-helping-preserve-mississippis-prospect-hill/371688002/

More on the excavations in Nine Mile Canyon (Utah):

http://www.sunad.com/news/nine-mile-canyon-project-opens-earth-minds/article_0f801830-1ce5-11e8-bb19-afef614db3c1.html
http://etv10news.com/digging-up-discovery-in-nine-mile-canyon/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interview with Chris Begley:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/real-life-indiana-jones-discusses-field-work-and-what-hollywood-gets-right-wrong#stream/0

More on finds from that underwater cave in the Yucatan:

https://www.livescience.com/61871-maya-underworld-found-longest-submerged-cave.html

More ‘wait a minutes’ on the ‘Manhattan of Mexico’:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/02/27/la_serpiente_emplumada/1519704250_753079.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the Great Storm of 1703:

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

On the legacy of Klimt:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/gustav-klimt-100-years/index.html

On ‘orpiment’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180227-the-toxic-colour-that-comes-from-volcanoes

On the ‘rise of yeast’:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/28/588969884/the-rise-of-yeast-how-civilization-was-shaped-by-sugar-fungi

Facebook had problems with the Venus of Willendorf:

https://hyperallergic.com/429553/facebook-censors-venus-of-willendorf/
http://www.dw.com/en/facebook-apologizes-for-censoring-prehistoric-figurine-venus-of-willendorf/a-42780200

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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First Sculpture:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2018/02/28/handaxe-nasher/#2f2f575c1f01
https://hyperallergic.com/429081/an-artist-and-anthropologist-reinterpret-stone-age-tools-as-sculpture/

Golden Kingdoms:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/gold-jade-macaw-feathers-turquoise-ancient-american-beauty-at-the-met/2018/03/02/00a15470-1d60-11e8-9de1-147dd2df3829_story.html

Adventures in Egypt – Mrs Goodison and Other Travellers:

https://hyperallergic.com/428090/egyptian-art-anne-goodison-exhibition/

Her Say:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/sutton-hoo-her-say-extraordinary-women-exhibitions-launch-1-5414271

Anglo Saxon Kingdoms:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/mar/02/domesday-book-lent-to-british-library-for-anglo-saxon-exhibition

Franklin Expedition:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/museum-exhibit-brings-doomed-franklin-expedition-to-life

Charles I: King and Collector:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-king-charles-amassed-one-worlds-greatest-art-collections-lost

Pompeii:

http://thevoice.gccaz.edu/?p=8093

Change: The Story of Coins:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/New-exhibition-features-coins-used-in-ancient-Greece-National-Hellenic-Museum-Chicago

Eleusis:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/28/c_137004111.htm

Transformations of the Classical Past:

https://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Exhibition-explores-the-influence-of-ancient-Rome-12707327.php

The Matrouh Archaeological Museum has opened:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/291939/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-President-Sisi-opens-Matrouh-Archaeological.aspx

… as has the site museum of Tel Basta:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/292036/Heritage/Museums/Tel-Basta-Museum-inaugurated-in-Egypts-Zagazig.aspx

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Giving the Girl with the Pearl a high tech examination:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/arts/design/girl-with-a-pearl-earring-mauritshuis.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/02/26/actualidad/1519652407_262533.html

… and Yale’s Vinland map is getting a high tech look too:

https://news.yale.edu/2018/02/28/yale-putting-high-tech-tests-its-controversial-vinland-map

A technique to extract nicotine from dental plaque:

https://news.wsu.edu/2018/02/27/extract-nicotine-ancient-dental-plaque/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/wsu-wre022618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180227111636.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6406-180228america-tobacco-use

Feature on conservation techniques at the Penn Museum:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-penn-museum-latest-science-ancient.html

More on the facial reconstruction of Cheddar Man:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/face-face-cheddar-man.htm
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA reveals ‘genetic replacement’ despite language continuity in the South Pacific:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/mpif-adr022618.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-dna-reveals-genetic-language.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43265137
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6413-180302-vanuatu-genes-language

… related:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/20/ciencia/1519121680_192250.html

We now have a genome for extinct and living elephants:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/mu-rsc022218.php

More on DNA and prehistoric migration in Europe:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221152406.htm
https://scitechdaily.com/ancient-dna-study-reveals-the-genomic-history-of-southeastern-europe/

More on the DNA of horse domestication:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/ancient-dna-rules-out-archeologists-best-bet-for-horse-domestication/

More on plans to give a bone from the Whydah a DNA test:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20180219/dna-of-bone-from-whydah-pirate-ship-to-be-tested

This ‘largest ever family tree’ story seems to belong here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/family-tree-13-million-people-migration-europe-north-america-scientists-creation-a8234911.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/01/science/cousins-marriage-family-tree.html
http://www.dw.com/en/citizen-science-a-huge-family-tree-for-millions-of-people/a-42803313

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

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

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/01/discover-centuries-history-in-greeces-city-of-veria/

Virginia Woolf’s Cornwall:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/travel/virginia-woolf-cornwall.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Excellent feature on the illegal papyrus trade:

https://hyperallergic.com/429653/the-illegal-papyrus-trade-and-what-scholars-can-do-to-stop-it/

Latest on the Raphael Golb case:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/scotus-declines-dead-sea-scroll-case-raphael-golb/

… background:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/scholars-study/raphael-golb-guilty-of-impersonating-dead-sea-scrolls-scholar/

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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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n08.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n09.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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Review of Civilisations:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43132334
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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OBITUARIES
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Eleanor Winsor Leach:

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/02/professor-eleanor-leach-remembered

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CONFERENCES
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.44 ~ February 25, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, Robert White, Trevor Ogden, Bob Heuman,
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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Homo erectus may have had sailing skills and may have been able to speak:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/20/homo-erectus-may-have-been-a-sailor-and-able-to-speak
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/earliest-humans-could-talk-and-sail-36622131.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/20/language-started-15m-years-earlier-previously-thought-scientists/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-humans-could-talk-scientist-claims-dl2r6k8zt

A study is making connections between cave art and the development of language:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221122923.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-paper-links-ancient-language.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/acoustic-caves-rock-art-language-origin-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6397-180223-cave-art-communication

And hot on the heels of that suggestion that Neanderthals’ lack of artistic ability contributed to their demise:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/18/did-neanderthals-poor-art-ability-contribute-extinction/

… comes major attention on redating of some cave art in Spain suggesting Neanderthals were artists:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-neanderthals-artistic-modern-humans.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uos-nwa021618.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180222144943.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/science/neanderthals-cave-paintings-europe.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43115488
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthals-artists-cave-paintings-decorated-shells-ancient-humans-discovery-a8223341.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/neanderthals-had-a-creative-side-1519326000
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/22/neanderthals-not-humans-were-first-artists-on-earth-experts-claim
http://www.dw.com/en/neanderthals-the-oldest-masters-of-cave-art/a-42707939
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/02/23/oldest-known-cave-paintings-yield-big-surprise-neanderthals-may-have-been-first-artists/?utm_term=.ca944ddfb97e
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-neanderthals-were-artists-20180222-htmlstory.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/neanderthals-were-artists-and-thought-symbolically-new-studies-argue/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-cave-art-belonged-to-neanderthals-not-humans-study-finds/
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/22/587662842/cave-art-may-have-been-handiwork-of-neanderthals
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/were-neanderthals-earliest-cave-artists-new-research-spain-points-possibility-180968236/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/neanderthals-cave-art-humans-evolution-science/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/02/22/neanderthals-cave-paintings-spain/#.WpK55xMbM1I
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02357-8
https://www.thelocal.es/20180223/ancient-spanish-cave-art-reveals-painters-were-neanderthals
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-cave-paintings-clinch-case-for-neandertal-symbolism/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cave-art-suggests-neandertals-were-ancient-humans-mental-equals?tgt=nr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6395-180222-neanderthal-cave-art

Giant handaxes suggest multiple human lineages in Europe some 200 000 – 300 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-giant-handaxes-groups-early-humans.html

On the evolution of human brain size:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180220212021.htm

I think we mentioned these 700 000 years bp child footprints from Gombore:

http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/childs-footprints-700000-years-ago

More on those stone tools from India and their implications:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-india-archaeology-stone-tools-818995

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AFRICA
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A statue of a ruler named Aspelta from a temple in the Sudan:

https://www.livescience.com/61801-ancient-statue-nubian-king.html
https://www.livescience.com/61806-egypt-statue-hieroglyphic-discovery-photos.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6387-180220-sudan-statue-aspelta

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of coverage of the find of eight 26th Dynasty tombs with plenty of burial goods at Tuna el-Gebel near Cairo:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/43713/8-new-tombs-discovered-in-Tuna-el-Gebel-in-Minya
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/291590/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/th-Dynasty-cemetery-uncovered-in-Egypts-Minya.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-announces-large-discovery-of-26th-dynasty-cemetery-in-minya/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/02/25/a-2000-year-old-cemetery-unearthed-in-egypts-minya-governorate/
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologists-ancient-necropolis-egypt.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ancient-necropolis-egypt-archeologists-mummy-tuna-al-gabal-a8226891.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-archaeology/egypt-uncovers-ancient-necropolis-south-of-cairo-idUKKCN1G80QC
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/archaeologists-discover-burial-ground-egyptian-high-priests-n850921
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/43713/8-new-tombs-discovered-in-Tuna-el-Gebel-in-Minya
http://www.dw.com/en/german-archaeologists-help-uncover-ancient-cemetery-near-egyptian-city-of-minya/a-42726779
https://theweeklyobserver.com/ancient-necropolis-discovered-germans-egyptians/32226/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-uncovers-ancient-necropolis-south-of-cairo-idUSKCN1G80QI
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1185706/ancient-necropolis-found-egypt%E2%80%99s-tuna-al-gabal
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-necropolis-uncovered-egypt-containing-over-1000-statues-1663624

Latest theory on how the pyramids at Giza were aligned:

https://www.livescience.com/61799-great-pyramid-near-perfect-alignment.html
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=11998479
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologist-may-have-finally-unravelled-the-mystery-of-the-great-pyramid-of-giza/news-story/ba2b86e7eddbc5908cae5ff60a07cd08
https://news.sky.com/story/mystery-behind-the-giza-pyramids-near-perfect-alignment-possibly-unravelled-11260435
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fall-equinox-secret-pyramids-near-perfect-alignment-180968223/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6391-180221-egypt-fall-equinox

On the sun alignment at Abu Simbel:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/3800-tourists-witness-sun-alignment-at-abu-simbel/

Review of Joyce Tyldesley, *Nefertiti’s Face*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/23/nefertitis-face-by-joyce-tyldesley-review-creation-egyption-icon

… and a piece by Dr Tyldesley on how Nefertiti’s bust ended up in Germany:

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/art/how-nefertitis-bust-ended-up-in-germany-20180220-h0wdyb

Inscriptions in looters’ tunnels revealed after the destruction of the tomb of Jonah in Nineveh:

https://www.livescience.com/61798-biblical-prophet-tomb-iraq.html
http://www.aina.org/ata/20180218183758.htm
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/22/isis-jonah-kind-esarhaddon-christianity-assyrian/
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-inscriptions-found-under-biblical-prophets-tomb-describe-brutal-813777

Plenty of coverage of the a seal find purporting to be the prophet Isaiah’s ‘signature’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-clay-extra-biblical-prophet-isaiah.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-find-of-biblical-proportions-proof-of-prophet-isaiah-believed-unearthed/
http://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/Seal-of-the-prophet-Isaiah-may-have-been-unearthed-in-Jerusalem-543366
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-prophet-isaiah-s-seal-mark-may-have-been-found-in-jerusalem-1.5844352
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-biblical-seal-prophet-isaiah-reveals-2700-year-old-document-may-have-816049
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/242308
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900011202/archaeologists-may-have-just-found-prophet-isaiahs-signature-on-an-artifact.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/prophet-isaiah-signature-jerusalem/
https://www.jta.org/2018/02/22/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/personal-seal-of-prophet-isaiah-believed-to-be-uncovered-in-jerusalem
https://www.livescience.com/61836-ancient-seal-prophet-isaiah.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-archaeologists-just-prove-the-existence-of-prophet-isaiah?source=articles_sum&via=rss
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/prophet-isaiah-jerusalem-seal-archaeology-bible/

Some reaction:

http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=796
http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=801
https://theconversation.com/seal-of-the-prophet-isaiah-sorting-out-fact-from-fantasy-92296

Honours for Gabriel Wasserman:

https://blogs.yu.edu/news/gabriel-wasserman-is-awarded-a-prestigious-fellowship/

Feature on Tophets:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/02/Understanding-Tophets-Short

Maybe the Hanging Gardens were in Nineveh:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/hey-babylon-nineveh-wants-its-hanging-gardens-back-the-truth-of-an-ancient-wonder

More on the DSS priestly calendar:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-dead-sea-scrolls-deciphered-esoteric.html
http://theconversation.com/dead-sea-scrolls-deciphered-esoteric-code-reveals-ancient-priestly-calendar-91777

Gobeklitepe is open to the public again:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-oldest-temple-site-gobeklitepe-reopens-to-visitors-in-turkeys-southeast-127760

What Claudia Glatz is up to:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgow-university-academic-leads-effort-14316536

Concerns for the Great Mosque of Samarra:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/02/samarra-mosque-reconstruction-unesco-world-heritage.html

Interesting item on saving manuscripts from ISIL:

https://thearabweekly.com/iraqi-monks-tale-saving-ancient-manuscripts-isis

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A pair of Roman ‘boxing gloves’ from Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/19/rare-roman-boxing-gloves-found-hadrians-wall
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-43120942
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/knock-out-find-roman-boxing-14311448
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/astonishing-roman-boxing-gloves-found-near-hadrians-wall-knockout-discovery-1662466
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-20/archaeologists-find-roman-boxing-gloves/9464756
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-roman-boxing-gloves-discovered-northern-england-vindolanda-813641
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6389-180220-roman-boxing-gloves

Remains of a Roman barracks block from Chester:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/archaeologists-find-roman-barrack-block-14314159

… related:

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/follow-trail-around-chesters-more-14324313

Latest finds from the Thessaloniki metro construction (including a headless Aphrodite statue):

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/21/thessaloniki-metro-dig-reveals-more-ancient-greek-finds/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/24/glorious-ancient-past-of-thessaloniki-unearthed-photos/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/226119/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/thessaloniki-archaeological-treasures-unveiled
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30170-thessaloniki-metro-dig-reveals-more-ancient-greek-finds.html
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Archaeologists-unearth-headless-Aphrodite-statue-in-Thessaloniki

A section of 1st century mosaic from the bathing complex at Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-43141937
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-mosaic-roman-baths-found-during-excavations-180968231/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6390-180221-england-roman-bath

A possible Roman origin for a Reedham church:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/features/reedham-roman-anglo-saxons-hadrian-s-wall-saxon-shore-1-5403030

Interesting study of how the ‘Gates of Hell’ at Hierapolis killed sacrificial animals:

https://www.livescience.com/61802-gate-to-hell-deadly-secret-found.html
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2018/02/23/scientists-reveal-ancient-gate-to-hell-mystery-in-ancient-greek-city/
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/gate-hell-roman-portal-underworld-can-kill-anyone-if-they-get-too-close-it-scientists-reveal-761255
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rome-scientists-explain-geological-mystery-killed-animals-not-priests-811946
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-rome-scientists-explain-geological-100002342.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-roman-gates-hell-worked-180968197/

Philip II’s palace at Aigai is opening to the public soon:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/22/restored-ancient-greek-palace-gets-ready-for-visitors/

Putting Megacles on trial:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/30147-classic-ancient-greek-trials-at-national-hellenic-museum-in-chicago-video.html

In case you missed the phallic parade in Athens:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Phallic-parade-through-Athens-honours-ancient-Greek-god-Dionysus

… or just want a feature on erotic art of Greece and Rome:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-erotic-art-of-ancient-greece-and-rome-87859

Crossword help for ‘nemean’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/crosswords/what-the-heck-is-that-nemean.html

Feature on Kottabos:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/kottabos-ancient-greek-wine-spilling-game

Feature on ‘Brancaster’ rings:

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/new-light-cast-on-norfolk-named-roman-jewellery-linked-to-the-lord-of-the-rings-1-5402556

Analogies between Russian meddling and Troy:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/20/opinions/russia-mueller-bots-divisions-odyssey-tess-taylor-opinion/index.html

What Gloria Pinney is up to:

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=26106

What Albert Ammerman is up to:

http://www.thecolgatemaroonnews.com/news/article_8a096588-17f5-11e8-bcdb-5724ce9af9ee.html

What Lynn Kozak is up to (performing the Iliad):

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/montreal-academics-live-serial-presentation-of-the-iliad-captures-all-the-allure-of-modern-tv/article38035047/

Interviewish/reviewish with Richard Thomas about his Dylan book:

https://www.theday.com/article/20180219/NWS01/180219329
https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/blowin-in-an-augustan-wind/299862

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn, *An Odyssey*:

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/an-odyssey-review-daniel-mendelsohns-journey-with-his-father-and-homer-20180215-h0w5ae.html
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/books/an-odyssey-review-daniel-mendelsohns-journey-with-his-father-and-homer-20180215-h0w5ae.html

Review of Emily Wilson’s *Odyssey* translation:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/02/woman-scholars-take-on-the-odyssey/

Interview with Nick Hodgson on the effect of Hadrian’s Wall on the locals:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/story-how-hadrians-wall-destroyed-14313179

Review of Patricia Vidgerman, *Real Life of the Parthenon*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/books/review/the-real-life-of-the-parthenon-patricia-vigderman.html

Feature on Yourcenar’s *Memoirs of Hadrian*:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-praise-of-older-books-memoirs-of-hadrian-by-marguerite-yourcenar-translated-by-grace-frick-1954-1.3398660

They’re already pondering a sequel to Troy: Fall of a City:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-24/troy-fall-of-a-city-series-2/

… and the casting decisions continue to be brought up:

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/troy-fall-of-a-city-casting-diversity-bbc-netflix-1202707708/
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-24/troy-fall-of-a-city-blackwashing-casting-black-actors-greek-myth/

More on Caesar’s landing place in Britain:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-02-20/wrong-beach-two-british-towns-may-not-actually-be-where-caesar-landed-55-bc

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Remains of a domesticated goat dating back to the Neolithic Corded Ware period from Finland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoh-dgd022318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180223111548.htm

Bronze Age finds from school construction in Wichelstowe:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16046212.Bronze_Age_artefacts_discovered_as_school_building_works_gets_underway/

Inscriptions found on a medieval spindle whorl found in Poland some 60 years ago:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C28263%2Conly-medieval-whorl-inscription-found-poland-comes-czermno.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6392-180221-poland-spindle-whorl

Overviewish thing on finds from a dig at St Albans Cathedral:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/unearthing-1-000-years-of-life-and-death-during-major-st-albans-cathedral-excavation-work-1-5400567

Excavating 20 burials from Copenhagen dating to 1000 years bp or so:

http://cphpost.dk/news/skeletons-of-first-copenhageners-discovered-under-city-hall-square.html

Bones found because of a ‘vision’ on Paphos date from the 14th century:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/02/24/vision-bones-found-paphos-cave-appear-date-14th-century/

Medieval remains found during school renovations in Turku:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/a_piece_of_14th_century_turku_under_the_gym_floor_-_our_own_pompeii/10083848

Because of ‘waterlogged ground’, Avebury henge and environs have been temporarily closed:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-43154577
http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/uk_national_news/16038968.National_Trust_temporarily_closes_most_of_Avebury_henge_and_stone_circles/?ref=rss
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16038318.Wet_weather_shuts_5_000_year_old_Avebury_stones_for__a_few_weeks____but_car_parking_will_be_free/

Some Iron Age Viking finds were apparently melted down as scrap (? I’m hoping Google is mistranslating):

https://samnytt.se/arkeolog-ska-utreda-varfor-delar-av-sveriges-kulturarv-skrotas-danskarna-skakar-pa-huvudet/

More on those skulls on stakes from a Swedish lake (pardon the rhyme):

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-year-underwater-burial-site-reveals.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/demolition-workers-uncover-8000-year-old-ritual-skulls-in-sweden/

More on that Viking mass grave:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180202085235.htm
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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A possible 7th century banquet hall from Asuka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802220048.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6394-180222-japan-asuka-banquets

A 1500 years bp tomb with armour from Shibushi:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802140003.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-japan-1500-year-old-tomb-discovered-human-remains-and-armor-perfect-813876

A pair of 232 years bp cannon show up during excavations at Fort Cornwallis (Penang):

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/02/20/two-200-year-old-cannons-found-at-fort-cornwallis/
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/21/double-ang-pow-discovery-in-penang/
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/412899

Excavating a 19th century Ottoman shipwreck off Japan:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-continue-in-pacific-on-ottoman-frigate-ertugrul-127584

Feature on archaeology in Cambodia:

http://www.news.com.au/video/id-5348771529001-5738289805001/archaeology-in-cambodia-longvek

Fire at a Tibetan monastery in Lhasa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43101743
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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 well-travelled copy of the Declaration of Independence has turned up again:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/19/a-rare-copy-of-the-declaration-of-independence-survived-the-civil-war-hidden-behind-wallpaper-later-it-was-tossed-in-a-box/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copy-declaration-independence-hidden-behind-wall-paper-during-civil-war-resurfaces-texas-180968207/

Protecting petroglyphs on Lake Mountain (Utah):

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/protecting-petroglyphs-as-utah-county-develops/article_59c8f56f-e806-548c-9a7d-6e338310521f.html

On a cemetery built on a Native American mound in Mississippi:

https://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1777263601&kid=cqB52fb1EbjxmpDx

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis (recently revived in a Canadian documentary):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/rejecting-the-solutrean-hypothesis-the-first-peoples-in-the-americas-were-not-from-europe

On early white interpretations of assorted mound cultures:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/white-settlers-buried-truth-about-midwests-mysterious-mound-cities-180968246/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On infant skull binding in the Andes:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/cu-isb022118.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-infant-skull-identity-inequality-ancient.html

Mayan finds from the largest underwater cave (Yucatan):

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologists-fossils-mayan-relics-giant.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-cave/ancient-human-remains-ice-age-animal-bones-found-in-giant-mexican-cave-idUSKCN1G40V3?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/mexican-archaeologists-find-fossils-and-mayan-relics-in-world-s-largest-underwater-cave-1.706196
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mexico-flooded-cave-1.4543416?cmp=rss
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-mayan-bones-uncovered-mexico-130204750.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/human-remains-found-in-underwater-cave/
http://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-mexico-discover-treasures-mayan-civilization-and-giant-sloth-812882
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/02/21/ancient-human-remains-found-in-flooded-cave-mexico-orig-llr.cnn
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/largest-underwater-cave-system-new-finds-mexico-spd/

… and concerns for the Sac Actun cave system in general:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-experts-vast-underwater-archeology-site.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/experts-underwater-archaeology-site-imperiled-mexico-53205587
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/19/experts-underwater-archaeology-site-imperiled-in-m/
https://globalnews.ca/news/4034981/underwater-archaeology-site-mexico-imperiled-pollution/

… and there are plans to make a 3d copy of the cave:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-scientists-recreate-virtual-mexican-underwater.html

… and INAH has published an underwater archaeology catalog:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/02/inah-publishes-new-museum-of-underwater-archeology-catalog/

LiDAR has revealed a major city near Morelia, Mexico:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/15/laser-scanning-reveals-lost-ancient-mexican-city-had-as-many-buildings-as-manhattan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-mapping-reveals-ancient-mexican-city-once-had-many-buildings-manhattan-180968202/
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-lost-city-in-mexico-had-as-many-buildings-as-manhattan/news-story/81a0b55edcf140157a5762ebce9a79a3

More on what LiDAR revealed in Guatemala:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-laser-technology-maya-archeologists-theyve.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoa-ltt022018.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221140946.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/ancient-city-discovered-in-central-america/9478874
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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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Feature on assorted ‘lost cities’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/25/lost-cities-of-the-world-angamuco-pripyat-termessos-gedi-mohenjo-daro-the-five

It apparently took a while for dogs and humans to get along:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-and-humans-didnt-become-best-friends-overnight-180968232/

Conservation of the oldest Christian panel painting from the Americas:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/02/17/la-france-conserve-le-plus-ancien-tableau-chretien-damerique/

Arguing about the Portrait of Omai:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/25/joshua-reynolds-portrait-omai-tate-john-magnier-amsterdam–row

On the evil eye:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180216-the-strange-power-of-the-evil-eye

On the spread of Proto Indo European:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-evidence-fuels-debate-over-the-origin-of-modern-languages/

Interesting early same-sex marriage in Spain:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43057841

Making the Bible into a ‘novel’ (sort of):

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/18/586556000/manuscripts-encourages-readers-to-approach-the-bible-like-a-novel

Victor Nuovo is looking at Diderot this week:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201802victor-nuovo-diderot%E2%80%99s-political-naturalism

Interesting feature on David Fairchild:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/20/586459088/like-lemons-quinoa-thank-this-food-explorer-for-bringing-them-to-your-plate

Feature on Klimt and Schiele:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180221-klimt-and-schiele-the-artists-who-shocked-europe

On Rembrandt’s self portraits:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/19/586454391/he-s-not-a-leading-man-a-casting-director-on-rembrandt-s-self-portraits?sc=17&f=1008

Feature on W.E.B. Du Bois at 150:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/22/587839970/w-e-b-du-bois-at-150?sc=17&f=1032&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app
https://www.npr.org/2018/02/23/588103943/the-enduring-lyricism-of-w-e-b-du-bois-the-souls-of-black-folk

More on dice:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/dice-dice-baby/553742/

More on rabbit domestication:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/feb/24/story-of-monks-who-kept-rabbits-just-that/

More on the archaeology of wealth inequality:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/aracheology-wealth-inequality-180968072/

Review of Iliffe, *Priest of Nature*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/isaac-newton-oddness/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/02/21/exhibition-explores-the-roman-emperor-who-loved-greek-culture/

The Unseen Museum:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Rare-exhibit-in-Athens-features-7000-year-old-enigma

Secret Life of Scissors:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cutting-edge-exhibition-examines-secret-life-scissors-180968194/

Insurance is expensive when Tut goes on tour:

https://www.albawaba.com/business/king-tutankhamun-trip-abroad-costs-egypt-862-million-dollars-minister-of-antiquities-1091490

On the Green Family’s ‘other collection’:

https://religionnews.com/2018/02/21/the-green-familys-other-collection/

Michael Bennett is leaving the Cleveland MoA:

http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2018/02/curator_who_defended_purchase.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new scanning technique reveals a painting beneath a Picasso:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43088339
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/science/picasso-blue-period-scans.html

Feature on conservation techniques at UPenn’s Museum of Archaeology:

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_top/art-conservation-historical-artifacts-penn-museum-philadelphia-20180222.html

Studying Neanderthal molars using three-dimensional geometric morphometry:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-d-morphometric-molars-sima-de.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests Przewalski’s horses aren’t technically ‘wild’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uok-sns021618.php
http://news.ku.edu/2018/02/16/surprising-new-study-redraws-family-tree-domesticated-and-wild-horses
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/horse-origin-mysterious-domestic-dna-analysis-przewalskis-botai-domesticated-a8224121.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/22/587755920/why-the-last-wild-horses-really-arent
http://nhpr.org/post/why-last-wild-horses-really-arent
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/przewalski-wild-horses-botai-kazakhstan-spd/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6396-180222-domesticated-botai-horses

DNA is settling some controversy about the spread of the Bell Beaker folks from Europe to Britain:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/lm-app022218.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/snrc-cai021918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221131851.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-dna-tales-humans-migrant.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-neolithic-britain-history-ancestors-plague-archaeology-beaker-people-a8222341.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/arrival-of-beaker-folk-changed-britain-forever-ancient-dna-study-shows
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43115485
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/21/no-one-living-britain-truly-british-scientists-find-stonehenge/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-neolithic-britain-history-ancestors-plague-archaeology-beaker-people-a8222341.html
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/uk_national_news/16038730.European_Beaker_immigrants_took_over_UK__study_shows/?ref=rss
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-britons-overrun-by-folk-from-the-steppes-5dg3dwtgh
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-for-whom-the-bell-beaker-tolls-archaeological-mystery-solved-1.5843019
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/prehistoric-europe-much-like-a-game-of-civilization-according-to-ancient-dna/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6393-180222-europe-beaker-culture

This seems to be a different study of migrations in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uow-nrs022118.php
http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2018/02/uw-scientists-part-of-research-on-prehistoric-human-migration-in-europe.html

DNA also suggests that Taino DNA is still present in Caribbean populations:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-indigenous-taino-present-day-caribbean-populations.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/sjcu-sit021518.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180219155009.htm
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/genes-extinct-caribbean-islanders-found-living-people
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/natives-of-the-caribbean-wiped-out-during-colonization-left-dna-behind/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dna-contradicts-historical-narrative-extinct-caribbean-taino-population-180968221/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6388-180220-bahamas-eleuthera-taino

They’re going to test those human remains from the Whydah to see if theres a connection to Samuel Bellamy:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-museum-discuss-efforts-bones-pirate.html
https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/UNH-scientists-explore-pirate-mystery-12631839.php
http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/bones-discovered-shipwreck-cape-cod-may-belong-prince-pirates
http://www.telegram.com/news/20180220/bone-pulled-from-wreck-off-cape-cod-could-be-infamous-pirates
http://www.smh.com.au/world/dna-test-to-confirm-if-world-s-richest-pirate-found-20180220-p4z0yy.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/dna-test-to-confirm-if-world-s-richest-pirate-found-20180220-p4z0yy.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/19/possible-remains-worlds-richest-pirate-captain-black-sam-bellamy/

Over the past eight years, genome research has expanded to 1300+ human genomes:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180221131848.htm

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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The Dutch apparently prospered during the ‘Little Ice Age’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/some-places-flourished-in-the-little-ice-age-there-are-lessons-for-us-now/2018/02/16/455fb2d8-0c25-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Polish palaces:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180221-the-magnificent-palaces-of-polands-lower-silesia

Xian:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/travel/xian-china-budget-affordable.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Some idiot stole a terracotta warrior’s thumb from a display at the Franklin Institute (and China is livid):

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/feb/19/china-calls-on-us-to-punish-terracotta-warrior-thumb-thief
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43109139
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/terra-cotta-warriors-philadelphia-museum-broken-thumb-spd/

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The US Supreme court has ruled that terrorist victims cannot seize Iranian antiquities on loan in the US:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/terror-victims-cannot-seize-iranian-antiquities-us-supreme-court-rules
http://www.jurist.org/paperchase/2018/02/supreme-court-rejects-victims-claims-to-collect-damages-from-iran.php
http://www.wtva.com/content/national/474727053.html?ref=053
http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/421531/Disputed-Persian-artifacts-one-step-closer-to-home

A different sort of repatriation issue … an Israeli collector claiming title to a statue of Cybele in Turkey:

https://www.courthousenews.com/israeli-collector-sues-turkish-cultural-ministry-over-roman-statue/

Even more different, a Degas stolen in 2009 turns up on a bus near Paris:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43168246
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/world/europe/degas-painting-bus.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

This seems also to be the category to mention that the US and Libya have signed an MoU on looting:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/us-libya-sign-anti-antiquities-looting-mou
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on expensive ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-million-dollar-ancients-come-close/

Followup to that coins-in-a-piano story from a while back:

http://www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk/news/town-museum-makes-bid-to-acquire-hoard-of-rare-coins-hidden-in-piano-1-5404508

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n07.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n08.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2689-audio-news-from-archaeologica-11-february-2017-17-february-2018

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Eleanor Winsor Leach:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-eleanor-winsor-leach

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CONFERENCES
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 20.42-43 ~ February 18, 2018

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
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Pondering the ‘artistic gap’ between Neanderthals and ‘modern’ humans:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-homo-sapiens-ability-techniques.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoc–nlo020818.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180209100727.htm

Neanderthals may have used fire to make tools:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-site-tuscany-reveals-neanderthals-tools.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/neanderthals-used-fire-to-make-tools/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/could-these-be-oldest-neandertal-tools-made-fire
http://www.newsweek.com/neanderthal-tools-discovered-italy-charred-fire-stunning-condition-800238
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-neanderthals-used-fire-to-perfect-hardwood-tools-170-000-years-ago-1.5789781
https://www.archaeology.org/6328-180106-neanderthal-wooden-tool

A find of some partially-digested teeth suggest a Neanderthal may have been consumed by
a hyena of some sort:

https://www.livescience.com/61664-neanderthal-teeth-digested-by-hyenas.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6329-180206-neanderthal-teeth-hyena

What some 700 000 years bp child footprints from Ethiopia are revealing:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-footprints-child-prehistoric.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-footprints-children-lifestyle-700000-years-ago-a8212721.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6386-180216-ethiopia-melka-kunture

General features on human evolution:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/12/tracing-the-tangled-tracks-of-humankinds-evolutionary-journey
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-01807-7

This piece sort of complements/relates to the previous:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/vu-iay021318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180213120434.htm

Marking Mary Leakey’s 105th birthday:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2018/02/06/archaeologist-mary-leakey-would-be-105-today/#10ccc3eb58cb

More on those tools in India:

http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/twist-in-out-of-africa-theory-who-made-3-lakh-year-old-tools-found-near-chennai-5051482/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sharp-stones-found-india-signal-surprisingly-early-toolmaking-advances
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Latest theory on that ‘screaming mummy’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/screaming-mummy-attracts-20000-visitors-to-egyptian-museum/
https://www.livescience.com/61749-screaming-mummy-backstory.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/screaming-mummy-mystery-solved-ancient-egypt-prince-hanged-plot-kill-pharaoh-father-archaeologists-a8208401.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/screaming-mummy-are-ancient-remains-those-ramses-iiis-murderous-son-prince-pentewere-1660384
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-the-answers-behind-the-screaming-mummy/news-story/c8cff7cb29138bd47857d1dd06f8fff4

Feature on the Oriental Institute’s finds near Tell Edfu:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-newly-reveal-clues-ancient-egyptian.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/egypt-beer-making-ancient-brewery-archaeologists-a8201471.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6335-180208-egypt-tel-edfu

Something about a hole found (or not) near Tut’s tomb:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/290670/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities-denies-claims-of-ne.aspx
http://allafrica.com/stories/201802090682.html

More on the renewed search for hidden chambers in Tut’s tomb:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/new-search-for-hidden-chambers-in-king-tuts-tomb-underway/news-story/de33d7180bdd5fcd494393dbefd24c28

More on that fifth dynasty priestess tomb found in Giza’s western cemetery:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/42009/3-facts-to-know-about-the-excavated-ancient-Egyptian-tomb
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-egypt-year-old-tomb-cairo.html
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Old-Kingdom-style-tomb-for-woman-discovered-in-Egypts-Giza-540641
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/04/583099705/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-a-4-400-year-old-tomb
http://nhpr.org/post/egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-4400-year-old-tomb
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/discovery-of-hetpet-s-tomb-in-giza-could-answer-egypt-s-prayers-for-a-tourism-revival-tzhr9mknp
https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Egypt-says-4-400-year-old-tomb-discovered-outside-12548620.php
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2018/02/05/archaeology-4400-year-old-tomb-discovered-in-egypt_6d3efb42-5944-4bed-b653-f6ba5de4ee87.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-5th-dynasty-priestess-found-egypt-180968036/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/see-inside-the-tomb-of-a-high-powered-egyptian-woman.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6326-180205-egypt-priestess-tomb

More on that 2nd century Roman temple find in Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/290966/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/nd-century-Roman-temple-uncovered-in-Aswan.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6378-180214-egypt-aswan-temple

Studying some Neo-Assyrian cuneiform medical texts:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-clay-tablets-cradle-civilisation-insight.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6341-180212-assyrian-medical-tablets

Some 2000 years bp camel sculptures from Saudi Arabia are getting press attention:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/c-ral020918.php
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-life-sized-sculptures-dromedaries-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/science/camels-sculptures-desert-saudi-arabia.html
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/ancient-artists-left-camels-carved-in-saudi-desert-s-stone/article_82ce877a-38b4-549c-aa21-009612646986.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-2-000-year-old-life-size-camel-art-found-in-heart-of-saudi-arabian-des-1.5812024
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-rock-carvings-discovered-saudi-163342930.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-size-camel-carvings-found-saudi-desert-180968169/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6374-180213-saudi-arabia-camels

A Crusader-era altar in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crusader-era-high-altar-resurfaces-jerusalems-holy-sepulcher-180968192/

Concerns for sites in Netiv Ha’avot:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/241655
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/idf-machinery-destroys-ancient-artifacts-graves-at-netiv-haavot/2018/02/07/

A Czech team is heading to dig in Oman:

http://praguemonitor.com/2018/02/05/first-czech-archaeological-expedition-heading-oman

Another feature on sites being flooded by the Ilisu dam:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/07/archaeologists-discovered-an-ancient-assyrian-city-only-to-lose-it-again

Concerns for a temple in Yemen:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ancient-temple-left-neglected-yemen.html
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2018/0208/Yemen-s-ancient-monuments-at-risk-as-war-rages-on
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/science/article/Ancient-temple-left-neglected-as-Yemen-war-12560606.php

Reviving the Hebrew language:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/The-Israeli-academy-continuing-the-unprecedented-revival-of-the-Hebrew-language-542822

We’re still hearing about ISIL damaging and stealing from sites in Iraq:

http://www.aina.org/news/20180206125447.htm
https://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2689210&language=en
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Ancient tombs (various periods, it seems) from Nicosia:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/02/09/ancient-tombs-discovered-nicosia-roadworks/

A possible Roman villa found during school construction in Warwick:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-42989351
http://www.stratford-herald.com/81889-rare-roman-find-unearthed-new-school-building-site.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6333-180207-england-roman-villa

A Roman-era mosaic from Caesarea:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-israeli-archaeologists-unveil-rare-roman-era.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-greek-inscription-and-colorful-1800-year-old-mosaic-uncovered-at-caesarea/
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5099486,00.html
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/241722
https://forward.com/fast-forward/393963/israeli-archaeologists-find-1-800-year-old-roman-mosaic/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-Roman-mosaic-from-2nd-3rd-centuries-CE-uncovered-in-Caesarea-541029
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/remarkable-multicolored-roman-period-mosaic-comes-to-light-in-caesarea/2018/02/08/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-archaeology-israel-mosaic/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-1800-year-old-mosaic-idUSKBN1FS2MI
http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-rare-roman-era-mosaic/a-42511961
http://www.ekathimerini.com/225657/article/ekathimerini/news/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-1800-year-old-mosaic-with-inscription-in-greek
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/29974-israeli-archaeologists-discover-1-800-year-old-mosaic-with-greek-inscription.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-byzantine-mosaic-inscribed-mysterious-greek-writing-unearthed-israel-801395
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6334-180208-israel-caesarea-mosaic

More Roman finds from Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-bristol-42973039/more-roman-remains-excavated-under-bath

Latest finds from Kition:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30034-impressive-excavation-discoveries-at-ancient-kition-site-in-cyprus.html

A Roman hoard from Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/hoard-100-roman-coins-bronze-1185687

Remains/evidence of a Roman ‘patrol road’ in Northumberland:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/lost-roman-devils-causeway-discovered-14281948

Possible sanctuaries of Asclepius and Aphrodite from Kythnos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30099-impressive-findings-from-excavations-at-vryokastro-ancient-site-on-kythnos-island.html

Interesting study of the ‘gate to the underworld’ at the ‘Plutonium’ near Hierapolis:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/02/16/23364/#.WomfFZOpln4
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/roman-gate-hell-killed-its-victims-cloud-deadly-carbon-dioxide
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6385-180216-turkey-plutonium-gas

Remains of a 1500 years bp church from Karabuk:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-anatolian-church-discovery-reveals-how-turkeys-earliest-christians-800464
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6332-180207-turkey-hadrianopolis-church

A Black Sea storm revealed some Roman remains on a Turkish beach:

http://www.newsweek.com/roman-ruins-wash-turkish-beach-after-black-sea-storm-808006
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-roman-ruins-tombs-pillars-wash-turkish-beach-after-black-sea-storm-1661841
https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-ruins-wash-turkish-beach-140740147.html

Feature on possible Neronian connections to Silchester:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/new-evidence-neros-links-roman-silchester.htm

On the Parthenon’s ability to be ‘earthquake proof’:

https://theweeklyobserver.com/secret-technology-ancient-greeks-can-parthenon-withstand-earthquakes/31899/

Feature (for Valentine’s Day) on a 2000 years bp cameo of Cupid found in Jerusalem years ago:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/when-cupid-paid-israel-a-visit-2000-years-ago/

Nice feature on Lupercalia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/15/wolves-nudity-mayhem-why-an-ancient-roman-festival-is-still-controversial

Feature on the thumbs-up gesture:

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/a-turn-of-the-thumb-gladiators-and-the-thumbs-up/

… and gladiators:

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/gladiators-the-implements-of-death/

What Suzanne Lye is up to:

http://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2018/02/qa-with-postdoctoral-fellow-suzanne-lye

What Richard Thomas is up to:

https://www.dosavannah.com/article/wed-02072018-2335/savannah-book-fest-harvard-professor-richard-f-thomas-explores-literary

What Emily Wilson is up to:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2018/02/peterson-lecture-odyssey-woman-translation-upenn-penn-philadelphia-english-greek

Feature on a denarius of Mark Antony:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-mark-antonys-legionary-denarius/

… and a metal detectorist found a Carausius coin:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15919647.Southampton_metal_detectorist_finds_coin_minted_by___39_first_Brexiteer__39_/

Lucy Hughes-Hallet was talking Cleopatra:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/books/cleopatra-not-most-beautiful-but-capable-woman-ruler-historian-lucy-hughes-hallet/story-5c7sw7VVhh60zim1p7cnSK.html

Martin Scorsese is working on a dramatic series on the Caesars, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/11/martin-scorsese-romans-tv-series-caesars-british-writer-michael-hirst

… while Mary Beard is hosting one with a more documentarial approach:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/02/12/julius-caesar-revealed-review-ancient-rome-isnt-dry-dusty-hands/

There was some interesting hype for the BBC’s Troy series:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/02/homers-trojan-war-epic-richly-deserves-its-lavish-new-bbc-adaptation/
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-17/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-troy-fall-of-a-city-but-were-afraid-to-ask/
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/feature/a850071/troy-fall-of-a-city-netflix-bbc-explained/
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-17/troy-fall-of-a-city-writer-adaptation-myth-drama/

… and some reviews:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-17/how-accurate-was-troy-fall-of-a-city-episode-1-compared-to-the-original-myths/
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/feb/17/troy-fall-of-a-city-recap-series-one-episode-one-black-blood

… and a somewhat strange spin on the ‘lesson’ of the Trojan war:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42864071

… and on the Troy series:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bbc-troy-fall-of-a-city-donald-trump-putin-kim-jong-un-grbwvz8rs

Assorted folks talking about the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2018/02/07/greek-american-politicians-seek-hearing-on-parthenon-marbles/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30128-five-women-from-rhodes-fight-for-repatriation-of-parthenon-marbles.html

On military parades and triumphs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-doesnt-need-a-parade-he-needs-a-roman-triumph/2018/02/07/30c68dbc-0c4b-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html

Latest Rome v US comparison:

http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/16/5-similarities-ancient-romes-decline-todays-united-states/

Review(ish) of Mendelsohn’s *An Odyssey*:

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2018/02/09/encountering-real-life-homers-odyssey

Interview with Madeline Miller about her *Circe* novel:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/profiles/article/76022-it-s-all-greek-to-madeline-miller.html

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Interesting Paleolithic burials from Russia:

https://www.livescience.com/61743-rich-paleolithic-burials.html
https://www.livescience.com/61737-photos-paleolithic-burials.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6380-180214-russia-sunghir-burials

A 14 000 years bp ‘puppy burial’ found in 1914 has interesting implications:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-emotional-bond-humans-dogs-dates.html
https://www.livescience.com/61717-oldest-dog-burial.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6340-180212-paleolithic-dogs-humans

Interesting 8000 years bp skulls-on-stakes burial from Sweden:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180214/why-were-these-8000-year-old-swedish-skulls-mounted-on-stakes
https://www.livescience.com/61736-ancient-heads-on-stakes.html
https://www.livescience.com/61733-photos-stone-age-skull-stakes.html
https://gizmodo.com/human-skulls-mounted-on-stakes-found-at-8-000-year-old-1822936885
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/human-skulls-mounted-on-stakes-river-mystery-mesolithic-sweden-spd/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/02/13/smashed-skulls-on-spikes-show-ancient-scandinavia-was-violent-archaeologists-say/#50a1095958e7
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6376-180213sweden-underwater-burial

A 13 5000 years bp carved bison bone from the North Sea:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2018/02/oldest-dutch-work-of-art-found-at-the-bottom-of-the-north-sea/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6377-180214-netherlands-oldest-art

Evidence of wine-making in 8000 years bp Sicily:

http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/13/copper-age-wine-sicily/

Neolithic remains near Windsor Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/08/discovery-of-windsor-neolithic-monument-excites-archaeologists
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/5500-year-old-monument-tools-unearthed-near-windsor-castle-1660191
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6339-180209-england-neolithic-enclosure

5000 years bp (?) ‘spider stones’ and a copper ax fragment from a site in Denmark:

https://www.livescience.com/61727-spider-stones-neolithic-sun-worship.html
https://www.livescience.com/56709-photos-scratched-stones-ancient-maps.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6375-180213-neolithic-copper-ax

A Neolithic/Bronze Age infant burial from near Larkhill:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/16029809.New_theory_over_Stonehenge_origins/

A new theory on the origins of Stonehenge:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/16029809.New_theory_over_Stonehenge_origins/

Bronze Age gold hair rings from Sculptor’s Cave (Scotland):

https://www.scotsman.com/news/the-bronze-age-gold-hair-rings-from-scotland-s-death-cave-1-4684592

Latest plans and concerns about the Stonehenge tunnel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/world/europe/uk-stonehenge-tunnel.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/skepticism-over-new-design-for-highway-tunnel-near-stonehenge-meant-to-protect-site/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stonehenge-tunnel-new-road-when-plans-archaeology-ice-age-prints-dig-excavation-a8194071.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/05/stonehenge-tunnel-could-destroy-unique-library-of-early-history
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/08/stonehenge-tunnel-plans-scheme-published
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/15963978.Stonehenge_tunnel_plans_unveiled_to_public/?ref=rss
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-42936501

An Iron Age ‘chamber’ of some sort from the Isle of Lewis:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42988416
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/housebuilder-finds-iron-age-chamber-on-isle-of-lewis-1-4686146
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rare-2000-year-old-food-chamber-found-hiding-under-scottish-construction-site-1660496

A Saxon hall find from Attingham:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2018/02/08/rare-saxon-hall-find-excites-the-experts/

Finds from various periods found during wind farm construction:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-42988971
https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/medieval-roman-burials-bronze-age-1198124

Feature on petroglyphs in Yorkshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/05/marks-rocks-since-bronze-age-ilkley-yorkshire

Not sure about this ‘prehistoric footprint’ from Norfolk:

http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/prehistoric-footprint-found-west-runton-1-5398172

Remains of an Iron Age hillfort from Margate:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/iron-age-hillfort-remains-discovered-160019/

Tracing lost post-Glencoe massacre settlements:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-trace-lost-settlements-of-glencoe-destroyed-after-1692-massacre-1-4687371
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15988354.Archaeologists_trace_lost_settlements_of_Glencoe/

Suggestion that the Isle of May was a medieval healing centre:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/burials-suggest-isle-of-may-was-medieval-healing-centre-q5vb5bpsb

The Portable Antiquities Scheme had a good year:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/record-year-treasure-act-portable-antiquities-scheme.htm

… while the Marine Antiquities Scheme now includes the waters off Northern Ireland:

https://www.scubadivermag.com/marine-antiquities-scheme-extends-northern-ireland/

The site of the 1066 Battle of Fulford has been located, apparently:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15991567._We_have_located_the_site_of_the_1066_Battle_of_Fulford_/

On evidence of puberty in medieval times:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-children-puberty-younger-medieval-skeletons.html

On ‘crooked coins’ tossed into the Thames by ‘suitors’:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/09/tokens-unrequited-love-thames-mudlark

A WWI buckle found near Stirling Castle:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15985520.Mystery_Imperial_buckle_found_by_Archaeologists/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6384-180216-stirling-castle-buckle

More on that mass Viking burial from Repton:

https://www.burtonmail.co.uk/news/history/mass-grave-uncovered-repton-thought-1167103
https://www.livescience.com/61646-viking-warriors-grave.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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9000 years bp wells from central China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/06/c_136953446.htm

They’re excavating at a 5000 years bp pre-Harappan site in Haryana:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/excavations-pre-harappan-site-kunal-haryana-archaeology-5051811/

4000 years bp writing on pottery from Chifeng:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/11/c_136967469.htm

Overview of finds in Xinjiang in 2017:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/05/c_136951195.htm

Remains of four Western Han – Eastern Jin dynasty cities from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/06/c_136953689.htm

A possible Liao Dynasty tomb with frescoes and a drainage system from Liaoning:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/06/c_136953321.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6330-180206-china-painted-tomb

A 1500 years bp burial (with a breastplate) from Kyushu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802140003.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6381-180215-japan-tomb-armor

Remains for a 1000 years bp temple from Kotdwar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/excavations-near-kotdwar-reveal-temple-remains-almost-1000-yrs-old/articleshow/62825409.cms

Possible 6000 years bp human remains from mounds in Queensland:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-08/discovery-of-ancient-aboriginal-remains-confirms-burial-grounds/9404322
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6337-180208-australia-queensland-graves

Concerns for sites in Singapore:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-singapore-archaeologist.html

Tracing Buddhism’s roots in Cambodia:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-life-arts-culture/tracing-roots-buddhism-cambodia

Pondering Mungo Man:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-12/mungo-man-what-to-do-next-with-australias-oldest-remains/9371038
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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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Feature on the debate over the 130 000 years bp bones from the Cerutti Mastodon site:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/debate-heats-up-over-whether-130000-year-old-bones-were-broken-by-humans/

Serpent Mound may depict a creation story:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180211/archaeology-serpent-mound-might-depict-creation-story

A donation of a very large arrowhead collection:

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20180205/jackson-mans-family-donates-massive-arrowhead-collection

Finds from Halifax’s ‘early days’:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/halifaxcitizen/1544245-archeological-findings-offer-glimpse-into-halifax%E2%80%99s-early-days

Claim of the discovery of the skeleton of ‘Black Sam Bellamy’:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/530694/archaeologists-say-they-may-have-found-skeleton-pirate-black-sam-bellamy

Possible find of slave quarters at Montpelier:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/02/06/this-archaeological-site-in-virginia-should-be-on-every-history-buffs-bucket-list/#7038e0043381
http://www.nbc29.com/story/37507826/surveyors-believe-theyve-found-old-slave-quarters-at-montpelier

Interesting find of some Rogue River Indian Wars hospital records:

http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20180209/historian-discovers-rogue-indian-wars-hospital-records

A purported lock of George Washington’s hair found in a college book:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/14/george-washingtons-hair-found-new-york-college-library-book/337694002/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/14/a-college-says-it-found-an-old-clump-of-george-washingtons-hair-hurrah/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/16/586368906/n-y-college-says-forgotten-book-reveals-lock-of-george-washingtons-hair
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lock-washingtons-hair-found-18th-century-almanac-180968185/

There’s a project to collect the oral history associated with the Franklin Expedition:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-parks-canada-inuit-elder-1.4533014

Making plans for the wreck of the Clotilda:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/02/slave_ship_clotilda_state_agen.html

An ‘epic love story’ from Port Credit:

https://www.insauga.com/mississauga-was-once-the-site-of-an-epic-love-story

On ‘Indian Slavery’ in New Mexico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/28/us/indian-slaves-genizaros.html

More on that 900 years bp copper point from the Yukon:

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/rare-900-year-old-copper-arrowhead-discovered-canadian-mountain-760573

More on the recreation of those points from Alaska:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6327-180205-alaska-hunter-projectiles

Feature on Benjamin Lay:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-42640782
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Petroglyphs depicting whale hunts from the Atacama desert:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ancient-rock-art-shows-whale-hunts-atacama-chile-spd/

A 2000 years bp mummified macaw from Mexico:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/mummified-macaw-paquime-chihuahua-mexico-trade-religion-spd/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/2000-year-old-parrot-head-discovered-mexican-burial-cave-could-worlds-oldest-macau-mummy-1662096
http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/boletines/6856-datan-en-2000-anos-de-antigueedad-cabeza-momificada-de-guacamaya-hallada-en-cueva-avendanos-chihuahua
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6379-180214-peru-skull-modification

On Peruvian head reshaping:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/peru-elongated-skulls-shaping-ancient-status-indiana-jones-south-america-matthew-velasco-cornell-a8210521.html

Peru is limiting (sort of) tourist traffic to various sites:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/101181191/Peru-brings-in-tougher-rules-for-tourists-visiting-Machu-Picchu
http://www.startribune.com/peru-devises-new-rules-for-machu-picchu-crowds/473457603/

Some Tehuelche skeletons were exposed by recent winds in Argentina:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/02/14/solo_en_argentina/1518639234_485536.html

More on LiDAR revealing more of a Mayan city in Guatemala:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180205140111.htm
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-scientists-massive-mayan-society-guatemala.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mayan-pyramids-1.4519863?cmp=rss
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/lost-mexico-city-aztec-buildings-pur-pecha-empire-morelia-michoac-n-a8214551.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/15/laser-scanning-reveals-lost-ancient-mexican-city-had-as-many-buildings-as-manhattan
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/03/scientists-discover-ancient-mayan-city-hidden-under-guatemalan-jungle?subid=16450490&CMP=GT_US_collection
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mayan-ruin-discovery-lidar-laser-technology/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/1000-year-old-lost-pyramid-city-heart-mexico-was-densely-built-manhattan-1662053
https://hyperallergic.com/425105/lidar-60000-maya-structures-pacunam-foundation/
https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20762214/slovak-experts-pull-back-veil-of-ancient-maya-civilisation.html
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-mexican-city-manhattan-laser-scan-810194
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/12/album/1518429337_635840.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/02/16/actualidad/1518781085_402213.html

18th/19th century defense structures from Montevideo:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2450451&CategoryId=23620

More on those Chinese mummies (19th century) from Peru:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/chinese-mummies-peru-1.4517145
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6324-180205-peru-chinese-mummies

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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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Feature on toys in the archaeological record:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-toys-kids-archaeological-record

On rabbit domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/cp-wfb020818.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/science/rabbits-pope-domestication.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/eh-whats-up-doc/553304/
http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/fulltext/S0169-5347%2818%2930001-6
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6382-180215-france-rabbit-domestication

The usual crop of Valentine’s Day related pieces:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/02/14/the-real-saint-valentine-was-no-patron-of-love/
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-yalom-valentine-history-20180214-story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/arts/design/valentines-day-card-collection.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/14/we-owe-our-sinful-valentines-day-chocolates-to-the-prudish-self-denying-cadburys/

On early dog shows:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2017/02/22/looking-back-at-american-dog-shows-in-the-early-1900s/

On military parades in the US:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/14/585668300/the-history-of-military-parades-in-the-u-s?sc=17&f=3&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

On Sotheby’s erotic art auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/siri-hustvedt-erotic-art-sothebys/index.html

Some archaeological humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/archaeologists-unearth-ivory-trumpet-dating-back-to-pre-1823072478

Bridegroom’s Oak has an interesting story:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180213-in-germany-the-worlds-most-romantic-postbox

Assorted features on the Suffragettes:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/pilgrimage-of-greats/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/world/europe/uk-centennial-women-voting-rights.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42961675
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42951817
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42943814
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42704341
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42943815
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42959941
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42959935
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42837451

On the real Indiana Jones:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/au-wi020618.php

On the original Rogues’ Gallery:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/nyregion/cheats-swindlers-and-neer-do-wells-a-new-york-family-album.html

On American English preserving post-colonial English:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180207-how-americans-preserved-british-english

A hitherto unidentified language in Malaysia:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/07/583931629/linguists-discover-previously-unidentified-language-in-malaysia

Using plagiarism software to find Shakespeare’s sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/books/plagiarism-software-unveils-a-new-source-for-11-of-shakespeares-plays.html?smid=fb-share
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/software-points-possible-inspiration-11-shakespeare-plays-180968118/

Haven’t heard anything about the Book of Kells in a long while:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/6338-180209-ireland-book-of-kells

On lost books:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/05/i-really-want-to-find-it-before-i-die-why-are-we-so-fascinated-by-lost-books

Alcohol and epithets:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180209-exploring-the-colourful-and-evocative-lexicon-of-alcohol

On the political side (?) of Michelangelo’s David:

https://joyofmuseums.com/museums/europe/italy-museums/florence-museums/accademys-gallery/masterpieces-gallery-academy-florence/david-by-michelangelo/

Victor Nuovo is writing again on Enlightenment philosophers:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=node/51967
http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=node/51786

They’ve remade the *Civilisation* series:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/civilisation-beard-and-schama-revisit-classic-series-50-years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/07/new-bbc-civilisations-ask-whether-britains-culture-built-looting/

More on Hylas and the Nymphs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/arts/manchester-gallery-hylas-nymphs.html

More on dice:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-centuries-old-dice-reveal-changing-attitudes-about-fate-1-180968090/

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

http://www.dw.com/en/peter-paul-rubens-baroque-painter-and-diplomat-on-show-in-frankfurt/a-42488890

Lady and the Unicorn:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/13/lady-and-the-unicorn-mona-lisa-of-the-middle-ages-weaves-a-new-spell

First Sculpture:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/arts/design/nasher-sculpture-center-dallas-first-sculpture-review.html
http://nashersculpturecenter.org/art/exhibitions/exhibition?id=535

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/terracotta-warriors-liverpool-exhibition-tickets-14258229

The Museum of Lugo has acquired a pile of torques:

https://politica.elpais.com/politica/2018/02/13/diario_de_espana/1518557467_867491.html

Diamond Mountains:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/arts/design/south-korea-north-korea-metropolitan-museum-diamond-mountains-olympics.html
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/diamond-mountains

Medusa:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Exhibition-At-The-Met-Focuses-On-Medusa-Imagery-From-Antiquity-To-The-Present-Day-20180207

Medieval Islamic Manuscripts:

http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Medieval-Islamic-manuscripts-make-their-debut-in-New-York-City-542741

The Berkshire Museum has to sell some of its art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/arts/massachusetts-agrees-to-allow-berkshire-museum-to-sell-its-art.html

Interview with Barbara Jatta:

https://www.vogue.com/article/barbara-jatta-interview-vogue-march-2018-issue

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Explaining LiDAR (and expressing skepticism, sort of, of the finds in Guatemala):

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900009714/national-geographic-discovery-of-mayan-ruins-not-proof-but-very-interesting.html
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/689660/?sc=rssn

Updating radiocarbon dating techniques:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-updating-radiocarbon-dating-techniques.htm

Assorted tech-in-archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/16/lab-notes-so-long-indiana-jones-archaeology-goes-high-tech

Virtual Volterra:

https://www.livescience.com/61650-ancient-volterra-3d.html

Facial reconstruction of the purported mother of Tut:

http://micetimes.asia/scientists-were-able-to-recreate-the-appearance-of-the-mother-of-tutankhamun/
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/02/12/queen-nefertiti-recreation-controversy-orig-tc.cnn

… and St Valentine:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-43056345/st-valentine-does-this-3d-reconstruction-show-his-face

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA analysis of ‘Cheddar Man’ suggests he had dark skin and blue eyes:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-dna-modern-briton-dark-skin.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207202447.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-42970067/cheddar-man-dna-shows-early-brit-had-dark-skin
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/07/first-modern-britons-dark-black-skin-cheddar-man-dna-analysis-reveals
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/cheddar-man-face-first-modern-briton-revealed-pioneering-research-natural-history-museum-alfons-a8198066.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/07/first-britons-black-natural-history-museum-dna-study-reveals/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/dna-tests-on-an-ancient-skeleton-reveal-the-first-briton-had-dark-skin
https://www.theroot.com/scientists-reveal-that-britains-oldest-known-skeleton-h-1822803724
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/02/07/meet-cheddar-man-first-modern-britons-had-dark-skin-and-blue-eyes/
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cheddar-man-s-dna-shows-the-first-britons-were-black-20180207-p4yzm8
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/opinions/how-cheddar-man-flips-british-identity-jones/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/10/cheddar-man-changed-way-we-think-about-ancestors
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-briton-had-dark-skin-and-light-eyes-dna-analysis-shows-180968097/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6331-180207-cheddar-man-reconstruction

The DNA results on the Paracas skulls reveal no alien connections:

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/mystery-behind-origin-3000-year-old-alien-paracas-skulls-revealed-by-dna-testing-760997

Things we’ve learned from DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-dna-revealed-ancestors.html

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mexican pyramid cities:

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeological-adventure-mexico-pyramid-cities.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Tourists with a Ganesha statue detained at Madura airport:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/foreign-nationals-carrying-vinayaka-idol-detained-at-madurai-airport/articleshow/62796418.cms

I think we mentioned this bust of a Palestinian national:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-find-antiquities-worth-nis-200000-in-palestinian-mans-home/

A smuggling ring in Nineveh broken up:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180214-antiquities-smuggling-ring-broken-up-in-iraqs-nineveh/

A bust in Kirkuk:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/iraq-foils-smuggling-usd13-mn-antiquities-smuggling-turkey/

Recovery of a stolen multi-million dollar cello:

http://www.dw.com/en/stolen-million-euro-cello-returned-to-french-musician-ophelie-gaillard/a-42631622
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43099365

More on the break in at the Canterbury Trust:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/anger-at-canterbury-archaeology-trust-break-in-159902/

More on training dogs to sniff out illicit antiquities:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/531097/new-program-trains-dogs-sniff-out-art-smugglers

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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Germany (finally) returned a recovered Aphrodite statue to Italy:

https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2018/02/14/germany-returns-stolen-statue-of-goddess-aphrodite-to-italy

A Nazi-era Picasso isn’t being returned:

http://www.dw.com/en/judge-rules-picasso-painting-sold-to-escape-nazis-can-stay-with-new-york-metropolitan/a-42494642

Tracing some Nazi-seized Klimts:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-turbulent-history-of-klimts-nazi-seized-works/a-42163775

Turkey is actively seeking some repatriation action:

http://aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkish-mps-to-probe-smuggled-artefacts-abroad/1058002
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/02/14/turkish-lawmakers-in-europe-to-retrieve-smuggled-artifacts
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NUMISMATICA
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A couple of weeks’ worth of e-Sylums:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n05.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n06.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n07.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/2687-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-february-2017-10-february-2018
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2686-audio-news-from-archaeologica-28-january-2017-3-february-2018
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OBITUARIES
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Walter K Sherwin:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-walter-k-sherwin
https://retriever.umbc.edu/remembering-founding-faculty-member-walter-sherwin/

Lerone Bennett Jr.:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/obituaries/lerone-bennett-jr-historian-of-black-america-dies-at-89.html

Francis Sheppard:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/12/francis-sheppard-obituary

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CONFERENCES
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Hidden Cultural Heritage (April 2018):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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