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explorator 20.02 May 7, 2017
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Kathleen, Jennifer Cosham, Kris Curry, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for
headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

... a rather slow week!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on what we know and don’t know about assorted early hominids:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2129775-ancient-humans-what-we-know-and-still-dont-know-about-them/

A project to catalog handprints in various cave paintings in Europe:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/to-unlock-the-secrets-of-prehistoric-hand-paintings-experts-catalog-them-in-3d
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5535-170505-europe-prehistoric-hand-paintings
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-making-3d-scans-ancient-handprints-180963103/

We mentioned this 1.7 millions years bp El Kherba (Algeria) site last week in a different section; should probably be mentioned here as well:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-climate-early-human-algerian-site.html

Comparing modern and neanderthal bone breaks (sort of):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/water-tubing-accidents-table-run-ins-cause-neandertal-injuries

More on Neanderthal DNA being extracted from cave sediment:

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientists-show-how-to-extract-ancient-neanderthal-dna-from-cave-sediment-20170501-gvwf10.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientists-show-how-to-extract-ancient-neanderthal-dna-from-cave-sediment-20170501-gvwf10.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-pulls-ancient-human-dna-out-cave-soil-180963084/


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AFRICA
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Pondering the underwater archaeology potential of Kenya:

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/kenyas-underwater-archeology-potential-immense/

Petroglyphs in Botswana and Lesotho have been dated to 5700 years bp:

http://www.nature.com/news/dreams-of-the-stone-age-dated-for-first-time-in-southern-africa-1.21924

More on the blade making techniques seen at Sibudu Cave:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/middle-stone-age-man-learned-205436449.html


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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 4000 years bp ‘funerary garden’ outside a tomb in Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/267024/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Unique-funerary-garden-unearthed-in-Thebes.aspx
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/snrc-aff050417.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-egypt-year-funerary-garden-luxor.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-4000-year-funerary-garden-discovered-luxor-47203242
http://www.timesofisrael.com/4000-year-old-model-garden-found-outside-egypt-tomb/
http://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-egypt-tombs-showed-funeral-gardens-archaeologists-finally-find-one-4000-years-2535105
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/03/05/2017/4,000-year-old-model-garden-found-outside-Egypt-tomb
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5529-170503-luxor-funerary-garden
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2017/discovery-of-4000-year-old-egyptian-funerary-garden

Some illegal diggers in Egypt were killed when their house collapsed:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/266921/Egypt/Politics-/-Two-men-killed-in-house-collapse-as-they-dig-ille.aspx

Restoration work on the Djoser pyramid is almost complete:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4617/Antiquities-Ministry-finishes-90-of-restoration-works-at-Djoser-pyramid

What Nora Shawky is up to:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egyptian-archaeologist-aims-lead-her-first-excavation-year-sharqiya-0

Feature on Howard Carter:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/3090/In-The-Footsteps-Of-Egyptologist-Howard-Carter

… and the Tut Conference is going on in Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/268042/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tutankhamun-conference-to-be-held-on-Saturday-in-C.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/4699/International-conference-uncovering-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-secrets-starts-Saturday

Funding approved for the Antiquities Ministry:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/cabinet-allocates-le172-billion-support-antiquities-ministry-projects

… and there are fines for assaulting tourists now:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/le10000-fine-imposed-assaulting-tourists-new-antiquities-law

… and a possible life sentence for antiquities trafficking:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/268102/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-cabinet-approves-bill-raising-max-penalty-fo.aspx

More on those possible eunuch burials from Quesna:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/05/01/burial-patterns-provoke-ambiguous-sexual-characteristics-in-ancient-egypt/

Feature on churches and burials found at HIppos Sussita:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.787712

Evidence for pre modern settlements in Qatar:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/546844/Archaeologists-uncover-Qatar-s-pre-modern-settleme
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/05/05/2017/Qatar-Museums-reveals-5-year-archaeological-record

What we’re learning about the kingdom of Edom:

http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleno=35026
http://jordantimes.com/news/local/excavations-overturn-long-held-beliefs-about-ancient-kingdom-edom-%E2%80%94-jordanian-scholar

A missing Hittite funerary stele turned up buried in a garden:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lost-stele-found-buried-in-a-garden-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112720&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the British Museum’s training of Iraqi archaeologists:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/01/training-fieldwork-iraqi-archaeologists-of-the-future-qalatga-darband
http://www.iraqoilreport.com/daily-brief/field-iraqs-archaeologists-future-22535/

On antiquities theft in the West Bank:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.786039

Pondering the history of Israel:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865679224/Did-ancient-Israel-have-a-real-history.html

The Old Hormuz Port has been located:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/116710/Old-Hormuz-Port-rediscovered-after-700-years

Plans for an underwater dig at Ayla:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/underwater-search-planned-clues-early-islamic-city-ayla

A bust on a US-bound cargo ship:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4678/Ninety-nine-artifacts-seized-before-smuggling-to-Europe

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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They’re finally restoring the Mausoleum of Augustus:

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ancient-roman-monument-turned-eyesore-gets-needed-makeover/
http://www.newser.com/article/75165c413b824bc598c2b885cf1845d1/ancient-roman-monument-turned-eyesore-gets-needed-makeover.html
http://gazette.com/ancient-roman-monument-turned-eyesore-gets-needed-makeover/article/feed/457528
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5526-170502-rome-augustus-mausoleum
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rome-finally-restoring-mausoleum-augustus-180963132/

Remains of a Mithraeum in Zerzevan Castle:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/underground-mithras-temple-discovered-in-diyarbakir-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112646&NewsCatID=375
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/05/02/1700-year-old-temple-reveals-ancient-religion-in-east-anatolia
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/611449/Discovery-Archaeology-Roman-Empire-Turkey-Cult-Temple-Mithras-Zerzevan-Castle-Diyarbakir
http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/040520171
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5525-170502-zerzevan-castle-mithraeum

Concerns for columns on Beirut’s waterfront:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2017/May-04/404411-roman-columns-left-by-coast-face-uncertain-future.ashx

Making connections between Zeugma and Palmyra:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-palmyra-seen-in-ancient-zeugma.aspx?pageID=238&nid=112674

Feature on a Roman dig in Leicester:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/hundreds-flock-to-archaeological-dig-revealing-city-s-roman-history/story-30316378-detail/story.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/07/c_136262212.htm

A (rather sketchy) apple from Pompeii is coming to auction:

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15264444.Petrified_apple_from_Pompeii_to_go_on_sale_at_Harewood_antiques_fair/

Features on Rome’s new ‘metro museum’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/05/rome-unveils-museum-metro-station-packed-hundreds-ancient-artifacts/

Feature on Nilotic wall paintings in Pompeii:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/paintings-ancient-egypt-pompeii-garden-show-just-how-cosmopolitan-romans-were-1620235

Feature on Roman handwriting:

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how-to-decode-an-ancient-romans-handwriting

On the role of the Roman navy saving people from Pompeii (this was in the news a month or so ago):

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/pompeii/8501048

Feature on London’s Roman wall:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2017/05/retracing-ancient-footsteps-around-londons-roman-wall/

What Kathleen Coleman is up to:

http://www.thesandb.com/article/scholar-of-roman-history-explores-ancient-biography.html

What Martha Nussbaum is up to:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/02/jefferson-lecture-martha-nussbaum-discusses-anger-and-politics-blame

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://news.yale.edu/2017/04/28/noted-classicist-and-scholar-english-pays-visit-yale

On barbarian ‘dress codes’:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/05/05/real-romans-dont-wear-pants-barbarian-dress-codes-from-rome-to-game-of-thrones/

On Caligula’s horse:

http://theconversation.com/mythbusting-ancient-rome-caligulas-horse-75837

Not sure if we mentioned this item on comedy in ancient Rome:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-actors-mixed-politics-and-comedy-ancient-rome-180963005/

Latest ‘Thucydides Trap’ news:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/05/03/526436207/from-ancient-greece-lessons-on-the-risk-of-a-modern-accidental-war

Apparently not many museums want to ‘borrow’ the Parthenon Marbles from the BM:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/limited-interest-in-borrowing-parthenon-marbles/

More on the Mycenean chamber tomb found on Salamis:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5524-170502-mycenean-chamber-tomb

More on restoration plans at Caesarea:

http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/travel/ancient-roman-temple-israel-gets-38-million-restoration


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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A cache of two dozen 3000 years bp bronze axes from Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-year-old-axes-farmer-field-mid-norway.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170502084628.htm

A lost garden turns up at Culzean Castle:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15261909.Workers_find___39_lost__39__castle_garden/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15265429.Archaeologists_discover_remains_of_lost_walled_garden_buried_under_stately_home/

Latest from the Hyde Abbey dig:

http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/15258470.More_discoveries_at_the_Hyde_Abbey_community_dig_in_Winchester/

Plans to dig up a tennis court to look for the body of St Edmund:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/plan-for-bury-st-edmunds-abbey-tennis-courts-dig-in-hunt-for-st-edmunds-body-1-4997426
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/st-edmund-s-lost-remains-could-be-under-old-tennis-courts-1-4998774
http://www.theweek.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/84135/is-st-edmund-buried-in-bury-st-edmunds

Plans and funding to poke around Derby Cathedral:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-39761948

Some WWI training tunnels found in England:

http://www.livescience.com/58969-wwi-tunnels-discovered-in-england.html

More on Vikings growing grapes:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5521-170501-denmark-viking-grapes


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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Burials of nomads dating to 1800 years bp from central China:

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/05-04/255957.shtml
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5533-170504-china-nomad-cemetery

A 1400 years bp tomb featuring a ‘blue monster’ mural (and others) from Shaanxi:

http://www.livescience.com/58903-ancient-tomb-with-blue-monster-mural-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/58901-photos-ancient-tomb-mural-creatures.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-tomb-with-blue-monster-mural-unearthed-in-china/
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/37756/20170502/blue-monster-naked-deity-and-more-scientists-unearth-ancient-tomb-with-mysterious-murals-in-china.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5534-170505-chinese-mural-tomb-unearthed

Recently-found walls might belong to Baiya city:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/06/c_136261580.htm
http://www.asianage.com/world/south-asia/060517/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-ancient-city-ruins-in-china.html

A Qing dynasty tomb from Hunan:

http://www.india.com/news/agencies/ancient-family-tomb-found-in-china-2090766/

32 jars found beneath a Buddha in Thailand’s Wat Daeng Temple:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5522-170501-thailand-ayutthata-jars

Some ancient Samoan features:

http://sobserver.ws/en/08_05_2017/local/19707/Unearthing-prehistoric-Samoan-history.htm

Suggestion that the Huns had their own alphabet:

http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/914798/1

More on those model Chinese looms:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-looms-are-missing-link-chinas-textile-history-180962990/

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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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Archaeologists are back looking at the Terror:

http://www.livescience.com/58904-archaeologists-return-to-franklin-expedition-shipwreck.html
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674parks_canada_team_in_nunavut_to_examine_hms_terror_under_ice/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/archaeologists-return-to-franklin-expedition-shipwreck/

They’re reanalyzed Shuka Kaa and found definite links to First Nations peoples:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-ancient-skeleton-linked-todays-indigenous-peoples-180962831/

A 19th century Durham boat in Oneida Lake:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/05/oswego_county_divers_discover_early_19th_century_boat_in_oneida_lake.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5528-170503-new-york-canal-boat
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-identified-rare-canal-boat-180963129/

A potentially significant site found during an emergency dig in Davenport (Iowa):

http://globegazette.com/news/iowa/excavation-uncovers-major-iowa-archaeological-site/article_76945ace-935e-513f-b5e3-d0946d7c39b2.html

Looking for remains of Civil War earthworks in Franklin (Tennessee):

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5530-170503-tennessee-franklin-earthworks

There might be a lot of bodies buried on the UMMC campus:

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/07/7-000-bodies-could-buried-mississippi-campus/312352001/

Interesting early 19th century plumbing from Philadelphia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/05/06/discovered-philadelphias-high-tech-totally-natural-plumbing-of-1812/

Researching the origin of some Hopewell meteoric iron beads:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scientists-discover-origins-ancient-hopewell-cultures-meteorite-jewellery-1619103

Feature on the petroglyphs of Utah’s Parowan Gap:

http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/fishing/5239298-155/stop-and-explore-the-petroglyph-wonders

Feature on Jamestown:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-05-05/jamestown-follow-in-the-footsteps-of-the-first-british-settlers-in-america

Feature on ads seeking runaway slaves:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/04/11/hunting-down-runaway-slaves-the-cruel-ads-of-andrew-jackson-and-the-master-class/
More commentary on purported 130 000 years bp human presence in California:

http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2017/05/02/about-that-130000-human-occupation-in-california/
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/sd-mastodon-bones-conclusions-20170502-story.html
http://blogs.plos.org/onscienceblogs/2017/05/05/news-about-ancient-humanity-humans-in-california-130000-years-ago-homo-naledi-find-is-much-younger-than-expected/
http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/04/26/ciencia/1493225013_884467.html


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Pre-Inca gold from Cajamarca:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-pre-inca-pieces-found-in-cajamarca-111610

Petroglyph(s?) from Costa Rica:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5532-170504-costa-rica-rock-art

An anchor being linked to Christopher Columbus from near the Turks and Caicos:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/christopher-columbus-anchor-space-map-discovery-channel-a7716331.html

Feature on amaranth cultivation:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/01/526033083/why-mexican-chefs-farmers-and-activists-are-reviving-the-ancient-grain-amaranth


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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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Not sure where to put this piece on experimental archaeology involving reindeer herders:

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/05/01/canadian-researchers-count-on-siberian-reindeer-herders-to-solve-archaeological-mystery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5527-170502-arctic-reindeer-harness

… or this one on a model for migration and cultural development:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-early-culture-migration-population-growth.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/su-hma050217.php

Feature on Christos Tsirogiannis’ work:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/museum-goers-beware-that-ancient-artifact-may-be-hot.aspx

How the ‘forbidden fruit’ became an apple:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/30/526069512/paradise-lost-how-the-apple-became-the-forbidden-fruit

On medieval rules and domestic chicken evolution:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170502204556.htm

Feature on the history of beer and the like:

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-5000-year-history-of-human-alcohol-consumption/?goal=0_b653fb8c99-4004f5bb4f-46523097&mc_cid=4004f5bb4f&mc_eid=379904ec00

… and a related story on a still-producing century-old winery:

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/schloss-vollrads-oldest-winery/?goal=0_b653fb8c99-4004f5bb4f-46523097&mc_cid=4004f5bb4f&mc_eid=379904ec00

Feature on Roma culture:

http://www.livescience.com/44512-gypsy-culture.html

What we can learn from the Piltdown Man hoax:

http://www.livescience.com/58985-piltdown-man-hoax-teaches-scientists-today.html
http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Behind-closed-doors-What-the-Piltdown-Man-hoax-11122533.php

A row of sorts over Goya’s tapestry workshop:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39702735

… and a feature on his illness:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/04/28/ciencia/1493369467_634675.html

A database of ‘at risk’ archaeological sites has been launched:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-database-archaeological-sites.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/14046/20170502/archaeological-sites-risk-public-database.htm

On the development of public libraries in the US:

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/how-libraries-became-public
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/how-libraries-became-public-ii

On May Day origins:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39775647

On the origins of the mint julep:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/05/foodanddrink/cocktail-history-mint-julep-kentucky-derby/index.html

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

http://www.startribune.com/review-three-stones-make-a-wall-by-eric-h-cline/420667233/

Review of Norwich, *Four Princes*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/books/review/four-princes-henry-viii-francis-i-charles-v-suleiman-john-julius-norwich.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks


Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Martin Luther:

http://www.dw.com/en/rebel-or-ruffian-who-was-martin-luther/g-38680189

Art of the Picnic:

http://www.dw.com/en/the-art-of-the-picnic/g-38568511

Cheese:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170503-why-cheese-is-arts-greatest-muse

Viking hoards:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2017/05/viking-hoards-exhibit-in-great-britain-may-through-nov.html

Gargoyles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/nyregion/anonymous-arts-museum-rural-shrine-to-city-decorations.html

Work on Egypt’s Grand Museum has resumed (didn’t know it had stopped!):

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/4655/Egypt-to-resume-Grand-Museum-construction-by-Japanese-loan



The Met wants to charge admission to folks from out of state:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/arts/design/the-metropolitcan-museum-of-art-admission-fees-tickets-de-blasio.html

A guide to the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/arts/design/culture-make-the-most-of-the-louvre.html

Feature on Sofia’s Archaeology Museum:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/05/01/sofias-archaeological-museum-the-fascination-is-justified/

A Museum of Migration is opening in London:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-migration-opens-london-180963095/


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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to track migration of Bantu speaking people:

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genetic-analysis-reveals-patterns-migration.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504161501.htm

There’s a dog genome project:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-genome-project-reveals-secrets-canine-family-tree-180963053/


Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Angel roofs:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170427-the-extraordinary-angel-roofs-of-england-

St Croix:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/travel/st-croix-virgin-islands-alexander-hamilton.html

China’s ‘water towns’:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-chinas-ancient-water-towns-180962834/

Beijing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/travel/beijing-china-history-sacred-city-temples-culture.html

Cuzco:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/travel/cuzco-peru-budget-travel.html

Lima:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/travel/lima-peru-budget-travel-food-art-surfing.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel

Genoa:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/travel/genoa-italy-charm-alternative-rome-florence-venice.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel


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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on Jonathan Bourne’s looting activities:

http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/articles/how-a-california-anesthesiologist-became-one-of-americas-largest-antiquities-looters-w475572

Roman jewellery stolen from a shop in York:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/yorkharrogate/15267583.Theft_of_gold_and_silver_Roman_jewellery___images_released_of_two_men/


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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Turkey has repatriated a lot of artifacts over the past decade:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/05/02/turkey-retrieved-over-4000-smuggled-artifacts-archaeologist-says

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NUMISMATICA
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A Roman coin from Dumfriesshire:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/dumfriesshire-museum-displays-rare-roman-10340246

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n19.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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Los Elementos:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/arts/music/review-is-los-elementos-opera-thats-beside-the-point.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Cyrano:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/arts/music/review-metropolitan-opera-cyrano-de-bergerac-roberto-alagna-jennifer-rowley.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic

Twelfth Night:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/theater/review-forced-merriment-in-a-twelfth-night-for-the-masses.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater

Marking Monteverdi’s 450th:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/arts/music/singing-happy-450th-birthday-to-monteverdi.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts



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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2613-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-april-2017-29-april-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Burton Watson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/books/burton-watson-dead-translator-of-japanese-and-chinese-literature.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

Albert Henrichs:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/5/1/albert-henrichs-dies/

Richard Darrah:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/04/richard-darrah-obituary


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

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

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Franz Gnaedinger
2017-05-08 07:30:25 UTC
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Post by rogueclassicist
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/to-unlock-the-secrets-of-prehistoric-hand-paintings-experts-catalog-them-in-3d
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5535-170505-europe-prehistoric-hand-paintings
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-making-3d-scans-ancient-handprints-180963103/
Welcoming this project. In my opinion, red ocher dots and hand printings
on walls claim a second life in the beyond for a worthy soul. The oldest red
ocher dot so far identified is in the Altamira cave, 41,000 +- years old.
Then there is the outstanding sign in the Brunel chamber of the Chauvet cave,
a domino five and an additional dot in elevated position, big red ocher palm
impressions. In 2006 one Holly (pseudonym of a Hollywood writer) identified
the domino five with my reconstruction of PAS for everywhere (in a plain)
to which I added CA for sky as phonetical value of the additional dot,
yielding PAS CA - everywhere PAS in the sky CA

PAS everywhere (in a plain), here, south and north of me, east and
west of me, in all five places, Greek pas pan 'all, every' pente
penta- 'five'

SAP everywhere (in space), here, south and north of me, east and
west of me, under and above me, in all seven places, wherefrom words
for seven in many languages, including Hebrew sheb, also Greek sophia
and Latin sapientia for worldly wisdom acquired by having explored
the world in all seven places

AC an expanse of land with water, earth, consider the many place names
ending on -ac in the Guyenne, for example Rouffignac or Cognac

CA sky, Old Latin caelum

On a stalactite in the rear hall of Chauvet was drawn a Venus with a large
public triangle, by her side a bull, his head covering her womb - in my
opinion the bullman or supreme leader of the Lower Rhone Valley born again
by the goddess of the Summer Triangle Deneb Vega Atair - may the bullman
be born again in the sky and roam the heavens in his next life as he roamed
the land in this life - may he get everywhere PAS in the sky CA ...
Franz Gnaedinger
2017-05-09 06:53:46 UTC
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Post by Franz Gnaedinger
Post by rogueclassicist
https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/to-unlock-the-secrets-of-prehistoric-hand-paintings-experts-catalog-them-in-3d
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5535-170505-europe-prehistoric-hand-paintings
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-making-3d-scans-ancient-handprints-180963103/
Welcoming this project. In my opinion, red ocher dots and hand printings
on walls claim a second life in the beyond for a worthy soul. The oldest red
ocher dot so far identified is in the Altamira cave, 41,000 +- years old.
Then there is the outstanding sign in the Brunel chamber of the Chauvet cave,
a domino five and an additional dot in elevated position, big red ocher palm
impressions. In 2006 one Holly (pseudonym of a Hollywood writer) identified
the domino five with my reconstruction of PAS for everywhere (in a plain)
to which I added CA for sky as phonetical value of the additional dot,
yielding PAS CA - everywhere PAS in the sky CA
PAS everywhere (in a plain), here, south and north of me, east and
west of me, in all five places, Greek pas pan 'all, every' pente
penta- 'five'
SAP everywhere (in space), here, south and north of me, east and
west of me, under and above me, in all seven places, wherefrom words
for seven in many languages, including Hebrew sheb, also Greek sophia
and Latin sapientia for worldly wisdom acquired by having explored
the world in all seven places
AC an expanse of land with water, earth, consider the many place names
ending on -ac in the Guyenne, for example Rouffignac or Cognac
CA sky, Old Latin caelum
On a stalactite in the rear hall of Chauvet was drawn a Venus with a large
public triangle, by her side a bull, his head covering her womb - in my
opinion the bullman or supreme leader of the Lower Rhone Valley born again
by the goddess of the Summer Triangle Deneb Vega Atair - may the bullman
be born again in the sky and roam the heavens in his next life as he roamed
the land in this life - may he get everywhere PAS in the sky CA ...
Occasionally a hand impression had been scratched out, which would then have
been an early form of obstracism: that was a bad person and doesn't deserve
a second life in the beyond. As for the hand impressions with bent fingers,
they might perhaps indicate a heavenly region in the spirit of here, south
and north of me, east and west of me (Stone Age understanding of dimension)
- maybe the thumb indicating the wider region of the heavenly pole, and the
four other fingers the four quadrants. A catalogue of the hand impressions
might be a help in deciding that question. Also, hand impressions over 60,000
years old have been identified in Indonesia. There was a very long tradition.
Franz Gnaedinger
2017-05-11 06:36:27 UTC
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Post by Franz Gnaedinger
Occasionally a hand impression had been scratched out, which would then have
been an early form of obstracism: that was a bad person and doesn't deserve
a second life in the beyond. As for the hand impressions with bent fingers,
they might perhaps indicate a heavenly region in the spirit of here, south
and north of me, east and west of me (Stone Age understanding of dimension)
- maybe the thumb indicating the wider region of the heavenly pole, and the
four other fingers the four quadrants. A catalogue of the hand impressions
might be a help in deciding that question. Also, hand impressions over 60,000
years old have been identified in Indonesia. There was a very long tradition.
The Chauvet cave (mentioned in my first reply) might have prepared the bullman
(supreme leader of the Lower Rhone Valley) for his journey across the heavens:
born again by the goddess of the Summer Triangle Deneb Vega Atair (Michael
Janda, eminent Proto-Indo-European and Indo-European scholar and expert on
the Rig Veda concludes that there must have been a Stone Age belief in
a rebirth somewhere on the Milky Way), traveling across the sky, and finally
overcoming the cave bear - fast moving Arcturus had by then been the head
of Bootes faced by the Big Dipper seen as bear, in my reading ARC TYR,
overcomer TYR of the cave bear ARC. Note that the head of a cave bear had
been placed on an altar-like block in a chamber of the Chauvet cave.
ARC TYR became Arthur. A legend from Brittany made him fight for three days
and three nights without a break the horrible dragon of Lannion - skulls
and other bones of the long extinct cave bear that was larger than a grizzly
had been misinterpreted as remains of dragons.

My point: a rich legacy of the Stone Age survived, and we have now the means
of making not only material and biological but also spiritual connections
between a remote past and our time.

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