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explorator 20.28 November 5, 2017
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Rick Heli, Allan Brockway, Bob Heuman,
Stan Nadel, Don Buck, Tim Parkin, David Emery, Richard C. Griffiths,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have
left no one out).

A lot of 'borderline' archaeology coverage this week for some
reason ...

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Returning to the Neanderthal-sapiens interbreeding theme:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mating-neandertals-reintroduced-lost-dna-modern-humans

Homo sapiens “outlasted” Neanderthals, apparently:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/01/humans-didnt-outsmart-the-neanderthals-we-just-outlasted-them/
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/humans-didnt-outsmart-the-neanderthals-we-just-outlasted-them
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/01/humans-didnt-outsmart-neanderthals-outlasted-them/

On early hominid tool-making:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/information-sharing-stone-age/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Easily the big archaeology story of the week was the suggestion that cosmic rays had helped detect a ‘great void’ in the Great Pyramid:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30637/Cosmic-ray-imaging-finds-hidden-structure-in-Egypt-s-Great
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/science/pyramids-giza-void.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/02/archaeolgists-discover-mysterious-void-deep-within-great-pyramid-of-giza
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41845445
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-pyramid/cosmic-ray-imaging-finds-hidden-structure-in-egypts-great-pyramid-idUSKBN1D21IY
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/98511341/Cosmic-rays-reveal-mysterious-void-in-Egypts-Great-Pyramid
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/02/mysterious-void-great-pyramid-giza-could-finally-reveal-pyramids/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/particle-physicists-detect-mysterious-big-120012396.html
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/great-pyramid-giza-void-discovered-khufu-archaeology-science/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/cosmic-rays-outer-space-pyramids/544574/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/02/cosmic-rays-reveal-mysterious-void-in-egypts-great-pyramid/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cosmic-ray-particles-reveal-secret-chamber-in-egypts-great-pyramid/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/scientists-confirm-theres-a-mysterious-void-in-the-great-pyramid/
http://www.newsweek.com/giza-great-pyramid-ancient-egypt-secret-chamber-everything-you-need-know-700085
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/02/561468384/scientists-say-theyve-found-hidden-space-in-great-pyramid-of-giza?sc=17&f=1001
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cosmic-rays-reveal-mysterious-void-in-egypts-great-pyramid-20171102-gzdxqm.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/11/how_scientists_discovered_a_massive_hole_in_the_great_pyramid.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/01/ciencia/1509537816_384789.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/giant-void-discovered-khufus-great-pyramid-giza-help-cosmic-rays-748085

… and the Ministry wasn’t happy how it was announced:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280880/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/ScanPyramids-mission-rushed-in-announcing-discover.aspx
http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/egypt/egypt-critical-of-hasty-pyramid-announcement-1.2118124
http://abcnews.go.com/International/great-pyramids-previously-hidden-void-hailed-scientists-dismissed/story?id=50907655

… and it was quickly pointed out that this void has long been known:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280853/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Void-within-Great-Pyramid-of-Giza-not-a-new-discov.aspx
http://www.egyptindependent.com/newly-discovered-gap-khufu-pyramid-already-known-zahi-hawass/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-archaeologist-criticises-pyramid-void-discovery-135656899.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/11/04/what-archaeologists-want-you-to-know-about-the-great-pyramid-void/
http://www.france24.com/en/20171104-egyptian-archaeologist-criticises-void-discovery-great-pyramid-khufu-tomb

Eight Old Kingdom burials from near Luxor (not sure if we’ve had this one yet):

https://qtelegram.com/egypt-a-tomb-of-the-pharaonic-era-reveals-eight-mummies/15946

A number of tombs, including a ‘cursed’ one, near the Pyramids have also been opened:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-tomb-cursed-giza-pyramid-workers-reopen-698463
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/egypt-cursed-tomb-opened-public-first-time-discovery-30-years-ago-1042560
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-egypt-cursed-tomb-men-163957956.html

Assorted coverage remembering the discovery of Tut’s tomb:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30912/Today-in-history-tomb-of-king-Tutankhamun-discovered
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/2017/11/04/On-This-Day-Howard-Carter-finds-King-Tutankhamens-tomb/6971509765493/
http://www.postandcourier.com/charleston_scene/celebrate-discovery-of-tut-s-tomb-and-unlocking-of-egyptian/article_7176313a-bd7e-11e7-863b-bf290a8f2503.html


The Djoser Pyramid wll soon be inaugurated:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30085/Djoser-Pyramid-to-be-inaugurated-in-2017

A solar eclipse mentioned in Egyptian records and the Bible (associated with Joshua) apparently has been identified (expect skepticism on this one):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171029220104.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/30/first-solar-eclipse-ever-recorded-took-place-3000-years-ago/
https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/oldest-recorded-solar-eclipse-helps-date-the-egyptian-pharaohs
http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-and-biblical-texts-reveal-oldest-known-solar-eclipse-and-695921
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Miracle-described-in-Book-of-Joshua-may-have-been-earliest-recorded-solar-eclipse-510903
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/10/30/ciencia/1509320354_876281.html


Remains of a pregnant woman found in the purported King Solomon’s Mines:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-discover-rare-remains-of-pregnant-woman-in-King-Solomons-Mines-510965
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.820180
http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-find-pregnant-womans-skeleton-ancient-copper-mines-israel-2608677
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/pregnant-egyptian-womans-remains-discovered-in-king-solomons-mines/2017/11/01/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/11/01/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-pregnant-womans-remains-at-king-solomons-mines/

This claim of the discovery of Naboth’s Vineyard didn’t make it into any mainstream source:

https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/eric-metaxas/yet-another-find-biblical-proportions-naboths-vineyard-discovered

… or the so-called ‘footprints of God’ (plenty of ‘iffy’ things this week, no?):

http://www.pulse.ng/communities/religion/archaeologists-find-footprints-of-god-near-river-jordan-id7527794.html

A 1500 years bp ‘chicken’ from Kinneret:

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/247954/woman-goes-swimming-in-the-kinneret-stumbles-on-priceless-1500-year-old-relic

On the Bible and archaeology:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.818795

Lawrence Schiffman on the Dead Sea Scrolls:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Seventy-years-of-the-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-510977

… and a feature on an important one:

https://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/21409-the-most-important-dead-sea-text-a-lost-paragraph-from-the-book-of-samuel

Hype for a book on ancient Israel:

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2017/10/uw-religion-today-the-ancient-israelites-through-archaeology,-history-and-text.html

Hopes for learning from renovations to the Orukaya Dam:

https://www.dailysabah.com/environment/2017/10/30/2200-year-old-dam-will-shed-light-on-climate-and-vegetation-change-in-northern-turkey

Studying copper mining in Jordan:

http://menafn.com/1096039902/Jordanian-scholar-digs-deep-into-copper-mining-in-ancient-times

Iran blocked a rally planned at the tomb of Cyrus the Great:

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/29/10/2017/Iran-blocks-illegal-rally-at-ancient-king-s-tomb
https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-blocks-illegal-rally-ancient-kings-tomb-153458425.html

… and there was some sort of ‘plot’?:

https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-foils-plot-involving-tomb-of-cyrus-the-great/4090877.html

Another feature on ISIL’s attacks on culture:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/the-crumbling-of-a-culture-islamic-states-attack-on-antiquity/news-story/7b268c5fdb3d0db588812cb8d6b768c0

… and they’re apparently selling plenty of things on eBay, Facebook, etc.:

http://observer.com/2017/11/isis-selling-stolen-artifacts-on-ebay-amazon-facebook-whatsapp/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An interesting ‘lion helmet’ dating to the Punic Wars:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.821064

Remains of a silver Thracian wreath from Bulgaria:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6060-171031-bulgaria-silver-wreath

Archaeologists may have found the site of the Serdica mint:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/184942/Archaeologists+May+Have+Found+Mint+of+Ancient+Roman+City+Serdica+in+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Capital+Sofia

Suggestion that pagans in late Roman Palestine embraced Christianity ‘quickly’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.820696

Tomb finds from Roman Corinth/Tenea:

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greece-haul-jewels-and-golden-coins-uncovered-2000-year-old-tombs-698275
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/11/02/haul-of-jewels-and-gold-coins-uncovered-in-ancient-greek-city-of-tenea/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27963-ancient-artifacts-unearthed-from-2-000-year-old-tombs-in-corinth-greece.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6064-171101-greece-tenea-tombs

A Roman era gold necklace from Heraclea Sintica:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/184888/Ancient+Roman+Gold+Necklace+Discovered+by+Archaeologists+in+Ancient+City+Heraclea+Sintica+in+Southwest+Bulgaria

Some Roman skeletons from Ramsgate:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/roman-era-skeletons-uncovered-134703/

A sarcophagus cover from Gumushane (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/03/construction-workers-find-ancient-sarcophagus-cover-in-turkeys-gumushane

On underwater archaeology off Naxos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/27964-underwater-search-off-naxos-island-coast-yields-rich-finds.html

There will be plenty of interest in Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/magazine/the-first-woman-to-translate-the-odyssey-into-english.html
https://boingboing.net/2017/11/04/emily-watsons-translation-of.html

Pondering the plague of Cyprian:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/solving-the-mystery-of-an-ancient-roman-plague/543528/

On sex and violence in ancient art:

https://qtelegram.com/violence-and-sex-the-shocking-art-of-the-ancient-remeasured/16242

On the aqueduct on Samos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/27937-wondrous-eupalenion-aqueduct-of-samos-declared-international-landmark-of-engineering.html

Feature on Honor Frost:

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171029/life-features/Honor-Frost-a-legacy-in-the-field-of-underwater-archaeology.661705

What Robert Harris is up to:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/robert-harris-author-of-the-cicero-trilogy-on-the-bloody-lessons-from-rome-ignored-by-todays-leaders-flx2brnbz

What Ann Woods is up to:

http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/10/31/professor-ann-woods-from-the-louvre-to-the-lecture-hall/

Rethinking how the Portland Vase was made:

https://newatlas.com/portland-vase-mystery-solved/51958/

On historians’ involvement in Assassin’s Creed:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/assassins-creed-origins-historian-1.4382255

… but criticism for the portrayal of Cleopatra:

https://www.polygon.com/features/2017/11/2/16593124/assassins-creed-origins-cleopatra

On the ancient Long Jump:

https://ancientsport.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/reconstruction-of-the-ancient-long-jump/

On Greek marathons:

https://sports.yahoo.com/greek-marathons-where-runners-pit-themselves-against-history-025847609.html

On Scythian tattoos:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ancient-tattoos-getting-under-the-skin-of-the-scythians/

On making mosaics at the Zeugma Museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/11/02/learning-the-art-of-mosaic-making-at-zeugma-mosaic-museum-southeast-turkey

Concerns for Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/31/hadrians-wall-succumbing-foreign-invasion-nearly-2000-years/

On William V Harris:

http://gothamist.com/2017/11/01/columbia_professor_steps_down.php

More on the drinking water at Pompeii:

http://sciencenordic.com/pompeii-residents-were-screwed-volcanic-eruption

More on the Roman ‘theatre’ in Jerusalem:

http://www.entertainment-news.online/2017/11/02/archaeologists-just-exhumed-ancient-roman-theater-tell-us-jerusalem-western-wall/

Review of Harper, *The Fate of Rome*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-romes-cosmic-retribution-1509133738


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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Identifying ‘Torbrex Tam’ as Stirling’s oldest resident:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/stirlings-oldest-resident-revealed-4000-11449217
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bronze-age-farmer-tam-is-earliest-city-resident-r29fhm7jn

A Pictish petroglyph of a ‘big nosed warrior’ from near Perth:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/rare-pictish-carving-of-big-nosed-warrior-found-near-perth-1-4602051
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/536172/historic-pictish-stone-found-during-multi-million-pound-perth-roadworks-project/
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/significant-pictish-stone-unearthed-road-11461229
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/31/martin-luther-shook-the-world-500-years-ago-but-did-he-nail-anything-to-a-church-door/

They’re still not sure about skeletons buried in Halton Castle:

http://aboutmanchester.co.uk/mystery-of-the-halton-castle-skeletons-deepens/

Latest in the mapping of ‘Doggerland’:

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15640479.Mysteries_of_lost_North_Sea_kingdom_of_Doggerland_surfacing___thanks_to_Bradford_researchers/

A 13th century coin is declared treasure:

http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/medieval-coin-from-13th-century-france-is-declared-to-be-treasure-1-8839597

Interesting 17th century silver hawk ring:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41763074

Options to preserve the Sutz Lattrigen neolithic site:

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ways-neolithic-site.html

Concerns for a 2500 years bp castle near Exmouth:

http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/a-2-500-year-old-castle-near-exmouth-needs-your-help-1-5260692

Possible protection for a site associated with the Battle of Winwick/Red Bank:

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15632934.Field_which_played_a_major_role_in_Second_Civil_War_could_be_protected/

More on the leprotic Viking squirrels:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/10/31/did-the-viking-squirrel-trade-spread-leprosy/


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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Paleolithic beads from a site in Ningxia Hui:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/30/c_136715334.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6058-171031-china-paleolithic-beads

Wells and other signs of a settlement from a site in Beijing:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1073062.shtml

73 tombs from Zhengzhou:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-11/02/content_34019601.htm

A 2400 years bp burial with horse and chariot from Henan (we may have mentioned this one):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/01/c_136720716.htm
http://www.dnaindia.com/science/report-archaeologists-discover-2400-year-old-horse-chariot-pit-in-china-2557015
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/archaeologists-discover-2400yearold-horse-chariot-pit-in/1179315
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6063-171101-china-chariot-pit

They’re still looking for Zheng He’s lost ‘treasure ship’:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2118421/hunt-ming-dynasty-admiral-zheng-hes-lost-treasure-ship-heats


On social inequality in Tahiti 1000 years bp:

http://flathatnews.com/2017/10/31/understanding-social-inequality-1000-years-ago-dr-jennifer-kahn-gives-talk-about-culture-in-french-polynesia/

Kyrgyzstan reburied a mummy and there was major political fallout, apparently:

http://www.tol.org/client/article/27305-kyrgyzstan-archaeology-mummy-psychics-culture-ministry.html
http://nypost.com/2017/10/31/this-country-is-in-political-turmoil-over-the-reburial-of-its-only-ancient-mummy/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/outrage-kyrgyzstan-reburies-only-ancient-mummy-041558361.html
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/31/10/2017/Outrage-after-Kyrgyzstan-reburies-its-only-ancient-mummy

They’re still arguing over the purpose of the Taj Mahal:

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/the-claim-taj-mahal-is-tejo-mahalaya-temple-palace-is-concocted-and-self-built-c/303703

On strange things found along the Silk Road:

https://arstechnica.com/video/2017/10/the-strangest-things-archaeologists-have-found-on-the-ancient-silk-roads/

Pondering a mystery burial near Sydney Harbour found back in the 1960s:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-02/mystery-burial-aboriginal-woman-balls-head-sydney-curious-sydney/9069892

More on that figurine from a potato field in Siberia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/10/30/ancient-statuette-discovered-at-potato-field-in-russia

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NORTH AMERICA
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Digging a site at a Cape Cod farm:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/massachusetts/articles/2017-10-29/archaeologists-digging-for-ancient-artifacts-at-cape-farm

Excavating Pilgrim-related remains in Massachusetts:

http://www.patriotledger.com/news/20171024/archaeology-teams-come-up-with-interesting-finds-in-plymouth
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6055-171027-massachusetts-pilgrim-homes

Excavating a sod house near Iqaluit:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeology-qaummaarviit-inookie-inuit-heritage-1.4383894
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/team-excavates-sod-house-near-111800740.html

On prehistoric hunting on a Lake Huron ridge:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2017/10/29/Prehistoric-people-hunted-caribou-on-ancient-Lake-Huron-ridge.html

A pile of 18th century remains in Philadelphia were apparently dumped in a landfill:

https://whyy.org/articles/archaeologist-claims-hundreds-18th-century-philly-remains-dumped-landfill/

… possibly related:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/bones-arch-street-construction-site-pmc-orphans-court-20171030.html

The search for the ‘route’ of the first ‘Americans’ continues to be pondered:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6363/592?rss=1
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/majority-of-scientists-now-agree-that-humans-came-to-the-americas-by-boat/

… including now the ‘kelp highway’:

https://www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/the-first-americans-may-have-migrated-along-a-coastal-kelp-highway
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/11/02/first-americans-kelp-highway/
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6363/604.21

Latest from the Franklin Expedition dives:

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674parks_canada_releases_new_images_of_2017_franklin_dives_in_nunavut/

What Jack Ray is up to:

http://ksmu.org/post/msu-professor-returns-previous-site-continue-digging#stream/0

On life in Wyoming, 10000 years bp:

http://planetjh.com/2017/11/01/real-wyoming-natives-for-10000-years-sheepeaters-knew-how-to-live-with-nature/

Feature on Clovis points:

http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-clovis-points

Calusa artifacts revealed by Hurricane Irma are headed to a museum:

http://news.wgcu.org/post/hundreds-calusa-artifacts-unearthed-irma-be-curated-museum

Feature on Hopewell copper interests:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171029/archaeology-copper-was-sacred-to-hopewell-regardless-of-its-source

More on turquoise mining in the southwest:

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/ua-research-sheds-new-light-early-turquoise-mining-southwest

Review of Wood, *Friends Divided*:

http://www.npr.org/2017/11/01/560097237/friends-divided-digs-into-the-bumpy-bonds-between-2-presidents?sc=17&f=1008

Review of Shorto, *Revolution Song*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/books/review/russell-shorto-revolution-song.html


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying pre Columbian petroglyphs from Puerto Rico’s Mona Island:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uol-nro102717.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171029220108.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/puerto-rico-mona-island-cave-art-early-humans-civilization-696239
http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/30/ancient-cave-paintings-were-made-by-islanders-tripping-on-drugs-7040130/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/lost-art-tainos-culture-british-archaeologists-island-mona-caribbean-a8026321.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/7f4eb5b5-fc7c-3b5f-a1d4-c683b634a24e/ss_mysterious-rock-art-uncovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6057-171030-taino-rock-art

Studying pre-Inka elites:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/pre-inka-elites-and-the-social-life-of-fragments
https://phys.org/news/2017-10-pre-inka-elites-social-life-fragments.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/this-fascinating-pre-incan-society-high-andes-lacked-social-hierarchies-1645520
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6072-171103-argentina-infant-urns

Feature on the survival of the church of Santa Prisca de Taxco:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/11/02/actualidad/1509650615_533672.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 embalming of Lenin:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/10/29/Learn-the-secret-behind-the-embalming-of-Vladimir-Lenin-s-body.html

An 18th century painting of Mecca is coming to auction:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/10/29/Rare-1791-painting-of-Mecca-1917-Saudi-diary-up-for-auction-at-Sotheby-s.html

On the history of locks:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/home-improvement-tips/history-of-locks/

With Hallowe’en, there were a number of witch-related items this week … a facial reconstruction:

http://nypost.com/2017/10/31/scientists-recreate-face-of-scottish-witch-using-3d-wizardry/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/31/face-witch-died-1704-digitally-reconstructed/

… what we’ve learned from Salem:

http://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-salem-says-were-thinking-about-witches-and-witch-hunts-all-wrong-694200

… and an overviewish sort of thing:

https://www.bustle.com/p/how-long-have-witches-existed-these-ancient-myths-about-witches-will-give-you-nightmares-3067204

There were also a number of items related to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:

http://www.frontiersman.com/faith/the-th-anniversary-of-the-reformation/article_376582e8-be73-11e7-86f6-47976545d830.html
http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/october/500th-anniversary-of-reformation.html

… and how it affected beer:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/10/31/561117731/the-other-reformation-how-martin-luther-changed-our-beer-too?sc=17&f=1008

On the Neolithic revolution and climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uop-ctn103117.php

Grammar changes, no matter what grammarians think:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/01/resistance-to-changes-in-grammar-is-futile-say-researchers

Interesting item on the search for a lost royal Burma ruby:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41838026
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/burmese-royal-descendant-on-mission-to-discover-fate-of-missing-ruby-q2swzn33f

John Donne did more than write poetry:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/03/scurrilous-manuscript-that-could-have-undone-john-donne-discovered

Pondering Marvel’s Thor:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-smithsonian-folklorist-thinks-about-marvels-cleaned-version-thor-180967052/

Feature on Russian Revolution propaganda posters:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41833406

Gurlitt’s collection is on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41850650
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41847096

Why a DaVinci is in a contemporary auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/arts/christies-leonardo-da-vinci-auction.html

More on that Mary, Queen of Scots portrait revealed by xrays:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6061-171031-scotland-mary-portrait

Review of Isaacson’s biography of DaVinci:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/books/review-leonardo-da-vinci-biography-walter-isaacson.html


Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Renaissance portfolios:

http://www.newsadvance.com/lifestyles/lynchburg-college-exhibit-features-translated-renaissance-era-folios/article_959e1af9-c181-54ba-9846-41a20530488e.html

Persepolis:

http://www.rmo.nl/english/exhibitions/fascination-with-persepolis

Nineveh:

http://www.rmo.nl/english/exhibitions/nineveh

Vikings (UK):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/reviews/review-vikings-rediscover-legend.htm

Vikings (Canada):

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/new-rom-exhibit-challenges-common-perceptions-of-thevikings/article36829066/

Scythians:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2017/10/scythians-warriors-ancient-siberia/
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/exhibition-review-scythians-warriors-of-ancient-siberia-1.671656

Living With Gods:

https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/living-with-gods-people-places-and-worlds-beyond-exhibition-review-full-of-surprises-a3672171.html
https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/the-british-museum-is-living-with-gods-in-a-religious-exhibition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/exhibition-powerful-makes-cry-living-gods-british-museum-review/
https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21730852-why-humans-need-spiritual-dimension-their-lives-neil-macgregor-living-gods
https://www.ft.com/content/ed8d73ae-bf19-11e7-823b-ed31693349d3

Minoans:

http://brooklynrail.org/2017/11/artseen/Restoring-the-Minoans-Elizabeth-Price-and-Sir-Arthur-Evans

Terracotta Army:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-10/31/content_33951442.htm

Tut:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30657/Tutankhamen%E2%80%99s-gold-belongings-to-exhibit-soon

Emotions:

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2637719/greek-antiquity-and-emotions-at-acropolis-museum-athens

Catal Huyuk:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/catalhoyuk-skeletons-draw-museum-visitors-121661

The British Museum won’t have a presence in Abu Dhabi:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museums-deal-with-abudhabi-becomes-history-08d0cpfqv

… but the Louvre connection is getting a lot of hype:

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/louvre-abu-dhabi/rich-history-of-louvre-paris-to-enrich-abu-dhabi-museum-1.2116379
http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/culture/peek-into-other-museums-through-louvre-abu-dhabi-1.2117037

Japan is funding a major portion of the Grand Egyptian Museum’s costs:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30465/Japan-pays-75-of-Grand-Egyptian-Museum%E2%80%99s-costs


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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using technology to map the Mayan aquifer:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/new-technology-helps-map-mayan-aquifer/

On Digital preservation:

https://news.utexas.edu/2017/10/30/preservation-for-the-digital-ages

Latest look at a child mummy:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/3d-scan-2000-year-old-child-mummy/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

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

https://www.ft.com/content/41788bbc-60aa-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1

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CRIME BEAT
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An attempt to smuggle a 18th century Coptic icon was foiled:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/42/280612/Heritage/Coptic/Hurghada-airport-officials-foil-attempt-to-smuggle.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/30/authorities-seize-attempt-smuggling-copper-coptic-icon/
http://www.egyptindependent.com/coptic-artifact-seized-hurghada-airport-smuggled/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6062-171031-egypt-coptic-icon

Feature on forger Islam Akhun:

https://www.kashmirmonitor.in/Details/135443/islam-akhun-the-great-central-asian-forger

An apparently looted artifact showed up at TEFAF:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2017/10/29/5938-authorities-seize-ancient-artifact-at-tefaf-new-york
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/29/arts/design/ancient-limestone-relief-seized-european-fine-art-fair.html
https://news.artnet.com/market/relief-seized-tefaf-new-york-1132610
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-seize-dealers-persian-plunder-q02qblf3n

A number of items were stolen from Tel Al-Fara’een:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/30101/79-rare-antiques-stolen-from-Tel-Al-Fara-een

Feature on looted antiquities for sale online:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-online-bazaar-for-looted-antiquities-1509466087

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime news:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/10/culture-crime-news-23-29-october-2017.html

More on looted antiquities at Frieze Masters:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/10/23/looted-greek-antiquities-allegedly-on-sale-at-london-art-fair/


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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Pakistan has recovered a huge number of antiquities:

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=20329&SEO=pakistani-authorities-recover-antiquities

Egypt received eight items from France:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/29877/Egypt-retrieves-8-looted-antiquities-from-France
http://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-recovers-8-ancient-antiquities-france/

Still not sure where to put the ongoing Persian antiquities dispute with the US:

https://financialtribune.com/articles/art-and-culture/75249/persian-antiquities-dispute-with-us-remains-unresolved

Lebanon is trying to repatriate items:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/lebanese-step-up-fight-to-get-their-antiquities-back.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Interesting cache of coins from Scotney Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/nov/03/cache-of-antique-coins-found-in-drawer-at-scotney-castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-41869587
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6071-171103-england-scotney-castles

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n44.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n45.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/2666-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-october-2017-28-october-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Linda Nochlin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/obituaries/linda-nochlin-groundbreaking-feminist-art-historian-is-dead-at-86.html

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

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763

Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology (Nov. 2017)

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/the-cba-wessex-annual-conference-women-in-wessex/

Theoretical Archaeology Group (Dec. 2017):

http://tag2017cardiff.org/

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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http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/30637/Cosmic-ray-imaging-finds-hidden-structure-in-Egypt-s-Great
Egypt Today asked for comments. I posted the first one minutes ago.
Unfortunately it was not possible to correct my lines, the writing field
does not allow to scroll back to the beginning, so I sent my commentary
uncorrected, but carry out the minor corrections here, also changing the
layout and adding two drawings:

In my opinion the Great Ennead had a symbolical presence in Khufu's pyramid,
the sky goddess Nut arching herself over the Earth in form of the inscribed
hemisphere of the radius 173 royal cubits, golden major of the pyramid's
height 280 royal cubits (golden sequence 9 16 25 41 66 107 173 280 ...).
Nut was pregant with the sun child. Her womb might be symbolized by a hypo-
thetical sun chamber in the height of 173 rc above the (mathematical) ground.
If the newly discovered void is more than a means of statics, and if it is
ascending, it might perhaps represent her husband Geb's phallus, and be a part
of a secret upway to the hypothetical sun chamber.

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