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Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).


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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Latest theory had climate change leading to the demise of the Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-cold-climate-shifts-linked-neanderthal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/nu-ccc082918.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180829115529.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-we-didn-t-kill-the-neanderthals-climate-change-did-new-stud-1.6414271
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-humans-didnt-kill-neanderthals-weather-did-180970167/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6927-180828-europe-neanderthal-disappearance

Pondering the feeding habits of Paranthropus robustus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/mpif-gtt082818.php
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AFRICA
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The activities of ancient nomadic herders contributed to the biodiversity of the Serengeti:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180829133234.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/wuis-ald082718.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26787
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6936-180830-serengeti-herders-biodiversity

Feature on Benin's female warriors:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180826-the-legend-of-benins-fearless-female-warriors
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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I think we mentioned this Ptolemaic necropolis find in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/310340.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56654/Archaeological-team-discovers-Ptolemaic-cemetery-in-Alex
https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeological-team-uncovers-ptolemaic-cemetery-west-of-alexandria/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/08/27/ptolemaic-necropolis-for-poor-discovered-in-alexandria/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/27/c_137420928.htm

A student in a museum course found some hitherto unseen writing on a mummy case:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-student-pieces-ancient-egyptian-mummy.html

The survey of the Lisht necropolis is completed:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56868/Documentation-of-archaeological-site-%E2%80%9CLisht%E2%80%9D-completed

More on translating medical papyri:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/31/health/ancient-egypt-medical-knowledge/index.html

Structures in the Jordan Valley are speculated to have been built by Israelites crossing into Canaan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-have-camps-built-by-the-ancient-israelites-migrating-to-canaan-been-fo-1.6432817

Latest Israeli-child-finds-archaeological-artifact story centres on an 11 500 years bp fertility figurine from the Upper Galilee:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-child-unearths-rare-11500-year-old-fertility-figurine-566143
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/8-year-old-israeli-boy-finds-11-000-year-old-fertility-figurine-1.6432552
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/251323

Hopes that Palmyra will reopen next year:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-palmyra-gravely-damaged-isis-may-reopen-next-year-1-180970160/

There still seems to be confusion about that chunk of the Western Wall that fell out:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/still-no-budget-for-conservation-at-western-wall-section-where-boulder-fell/

Feature on ancient perceptions of eclipses:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/08/Eclipses-As-Omens

Feature on Herod's palace at Masada:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/08/herods-masada-pleasure-palace/

Feature on the Dar Al-Kilafa palace:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/medieval-artisans-built-a-glass-walled-palace-in-the-desert/

More on that 6500 years bp migration (according to DNA) into the Levant:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/6500-year-old-dna-ancient-migration/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Coins lead to the discovery of a large Roman settlement in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-excavation-reveals-first-century-roman-settlement-1-9320876
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/coins-found-by-metal-detectorists-may-point-to-high-status-settlement-dating-back-to-founding-of-york-1-9321411
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/26/silver-coins-detectorists-yorkshire-reveal-early-roman-settlement
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-coins-lead-one-earliest-roman-sites-yorkshire-180970138/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/25/hoard-2000-year-old-silver-roman-coins-unearthed-group-friends/
https://nypost.com/2018/08/26/treasure-hunters-find-trove-of-roman-coins-in-england/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6924-180827-yorkshire-roman-coins

A Roman coin from Ellesmere is being announced and declared treasure:

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16608055.man-finds-finds-roman-coins-on-farmland-near-ellesmere/
http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/16608054.man-finds-finds-roman-coins-on-farmland-near-ellesmere/
http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16608055.wrexham-man-finds-finds-roman-coins-on-farmland-near-ellesmere/
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/2018/09/01/first-century-silver-roman-coin-found-in-shropshire-is-declared-treasure-trove/

I think we mentioned this huge Broughton Roman Villa site in Oxfordshire:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/24/roman-villa-the-size-of-buckingham-palace-discovered-in-britain-7879276/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-roman-villa-nearly-the-size-of-buckingham-palace-discovered-on-british-farm/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6928-180828-england-oxfordshire-roman-villa

More on evidence of an imperial visit to Carlisle:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Discovery-points-to-a-Roman-emperors-visit-to-Carlisle-53d05cad-51b9-41d2-9d83-c10f2bc032ae-ds

Some stones fell off the Tarpeian Rock:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/08/31/stones-fall-off-tarpeian-rock-in-rome_59453943-924a-4192-ba7e-d7ad3dbcefda.html

Tooth analysis of some early Bronze Age skeletons near Naples suggests they were processing hemp, among other things:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/08/30/ancient-italian-skeletons-had-hemp-in-their-teeth-archaeologists-discover/

Plans to resume/continue the dig at 'Odysseus' Palace' on Ithaca:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/odysseus-palace-archaeological-dig-on-ithaca-to-continue/220877/

Funding for Heraclea Sintica:

https://www.euscoop.com/en/2018/8/29/additional-funding-archeology

A tunnel built under Vespasian/Titus in Turkey is open to the public:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2018/08/29/ancient-roman-vespasianus-titus-tunnel-worlds-largest-man-made-tunnel-awaits-visitors-in-turkey

... and Priene is a popular tourist destination, apparently:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pompeii-of-anatolia-becomes-more-popular-after-unesco-recognition-136270

A study suggests the 'Minotaur's labyrinth' never existed in reality:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/labyrinthine-investigation-concludes-the-minotaur-s-lair-never-existed

Feature on frescoes at Pompeii:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-frescoes-pompeiis-lavish-villas-reveal-fabulous-lives-ancient-romans

Feature on garum:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/garum-ancient-roman-fish-sauce

Feature on the Venus de Milo:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/in-search-of-the-venus-de-milo-on-milos-and-in-paris/

On the misuse of SPQR by white supremacist groups:

https://hyperallergic.com/457510/the-misuse-of-an-ancient-roman-acronym-by-white-nationalist-groups/

Haven't had a gladiator school piece in a while:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/article-why-gladiator-school-is-better-than-fortnite/

Ancient Greeks ate fish:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/08/28/ancient-greeks-were-gourmands-with-a-preference-for-fish/

Review of Pat Barker, *The Silence of the Girls*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/26/pat-barker-silence-of-the-girls-michael-hughes-country-reviews-homer-iliad

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

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http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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The source for Late Paleolithic amber in the Iberian peninsula was apparently Sicily:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-sicilian-amber-western-europe-pre-dates.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/p-aci082318.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180829143829.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6935-180830-iberia-amber-trade

A 6500 years bp burial, pottery workshop, and settlement near Suvorovo (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/26/6500-year-old-skeleton-discovered-in-chalcolithic-settlement-with-pottery-workshop-near-bulgarias-suvorovo/

A 5500 years bp passage tomb from Dowth Hall:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/5500-year-old-tomb-in-meath-the-find-of-a-lifetime-864747.html

A hidden medieval 'smuggler's door' find at Culzean Castle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45361704
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-medieval-door-leading-smugglers-caves-discovered-underneath-scottish-castle-180970172/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6938-180831-scotland-ayrshire-cave-door

A medieval game board find in the course of the search for the Monastery of Deer:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-game-board-during-search-lost-monastery-180970161/
https://aleteia.org/2018/08/30/medieval-board-game-unearthed-in-search-for-lost-scottish-monastery/

Plenty of medieval finds from the Queen's residence at Holyrood:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-45355250
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6937-180830-holyrood-house-excavation

Decorated medieval tiles found beneath a Bath Abbey floor:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-45354268
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6939-180831-bath-abbey-tiles

A metal detectorist found a medieval gold rind in Southwell:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/rare-medieval-gold-ring-found-1956173

A 400 years bp clan leader seal from Dunyvaig Castle:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16601818.ancient-clan-artefact-uncovered-after-being-hidden-for-400-years/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6929-180827-scotland-islay-seal

300/400 years bp (maybe) human remains from Waterford:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/human-remains-found-by-archaeologists-at-waterford-site-865442.html
http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeology-remains-found-dungarvan-waterford-4211829-Sep2018/
https://www.thesun.ie/news/3042706/human-skull-jaw-and-teeth-remains-found-waterford/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6932-180829-ireland-waterford-burials

Remains of a 16th century manor house from Bartislava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901002/archaeological-research-reveals-the-foundations-of-ruined-manor-house.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6926-180828-slovakia-manor-house-unearthed

Pondering the remains beneath a wheat field in Jerez de la Frontera:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/08/27/actualidad/1535364956_555400.html

The roof collapsed at the San Giuseppe dei Falegnami church in Rome:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/08/30/church-roof-collapses-in-central-rome_1268f56c-e07e-4320-baa8-4e5392b1f77c.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/08/30/collapse-in-rome-church-no-one-hurt_3bd5132d-ec94-47f4-a6af-536c5de7306e.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/08/30/church-roof-in-central-rome-collapses-damages-chapel-underneath
https://www.tampabay.com/roof-of-th-century-church-collapses-in-roman-forum-ap_world759d56ab9a094162a3462570bff75bb9
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/roof-400-old-church-collapses-181155748.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2018/08/31/probe-opened-into-rome-church-collapse_db91bcfd-6322-4007-b8fe-0637f0032d1c.html

Feature on some of Europe's clocks:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-most-beautiful-clocks-in-europe/g-45211089

'The Theatre' will soon open to the public:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/29/wherefore-art-thou-exhibition-celebrates-shakespeares-shoreditch-origins
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-one-first-theaters-perform-shakespeares-plays-will-open-public-after-400-years-180970188/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6934-180830-england-shoreditch-theatre

Feature on the Vikings:

https://www.livescience.com/32087-viking-history-facts-myths.html

Concerns for a Chalcolithic necropolis in Varna:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/08/27/chalcolithic-necropolis-of-worlds-oldest-gold-treasure-left-dilapidated-in-bulgarias-black-sea-city-varna/

More on 'drought/hunger stones' emerging from the Elbe:

https://www.livescience.com/63443-drought-stones-warning-europe.html

More on drought revealing sites:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/europes-dry-summer-yields-an-archaeological-treasure-trove
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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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Ming Dynasty Buddhist grotto relics from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/02/c_137438620.htm

Studying Bronze Age death and burial in the Southern Urals:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ancient-ural-settlement-habitants-didnt.html

Trying to figure out the date of Mahabharata:

https://www.news18.com/news/india/dating-the-mahabharata-to-2000-bc-archaeologists-shift-from-painted-grey-ware-to-ochre-coloured-pottery-1864423.html

More on that 4300 years bp settlement with step pyramid from Shimao:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/pyramid-of-eyes-discovered-at-heart-of-4300yearold-city-in-northern-china/news-story/c14aca02eb9c06f620cf938d5cefddfe

More on all those teeth found during the Melbourne Metrol tunnel dig:

https://www.livescience.com/63450-1000-human-teeth-melbourne.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/heres-what-archaeologists-found-in-melbournes-metro-tunnel-dig/10155978
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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ddab09cab5362c9613318bd92&id=b917a20ae5
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 1500 years bp arrowhead from the Yukon:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arrowhead-demster-highway-archaeologist-yukon-1.4805547

A Native American fort site in Connecticut:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-archaeologists-native-american-fort-connecticut.html
https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/State-kept-Native-American-site-in-Norwalk-under-13197785.php
https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2018/0829/1600s-Native-American-fort-is-one-of-the-most-important-Northeast-finds
https://apnews.com/1903d6469b5649d5bd5d0a5b2ecae442
https://wlos.com/news/nation-world/archaeologists-dig-native-american-fort-found-in-connecticut
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6933-180829-connecticut-native-fort

A 17th century settlement site on Cape Cod:

http://chatham.wickedlocal.com/news/20180824/big-dig-in-chatham-finds-17th-century-settlement
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6925-180827-chatham-english-settlement

Feature on the dig at James Madison's home:

https://www.breezejmu.org/news/graduate-students-excavate-james-madison-s-home/article_670851f8-abd8-11e8-9ae0-4f985d92e727.html

Feature on Folsom points:

http://www.journal-advocate.com/sterling-columnists/ci_32106513/folsom-points-and-legacies

Interesting ree modifications:

http://www.kunc.org/post/archaeologists-rush-document-mysterious-trees-its-too-late

Possible identification of a 150 years bp shipwreck in Lake Erie:

https://fox8.com/2018/08/29/archaeologists-believe-recently-discovered-shipwreck-may-be-150-year-old-vessel-lake-serpent/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/6940-180831-lake-erie-shipwreck-excavated

Lead poisoning wasn't a factor in the Franklin Expedition's demise:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-poisoning-wasnt-major-factor-mysterious-demise-franklin-expedition-180970150/

A followup to that mammoth site in Wyoming from a while ago:

https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/more-ancient-specimens-found-at-mammoth-recovery-site-near-cody/article_aedecb6e-d253-57c4-888c-7e4f0240e15e.html

... and they're still pondering that Hurricane Irma canoe:

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2018/08/30/hurricane-irma-canoe-ancient-mystery/1142863002/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A mask possibly depicting the Maya ruler Pakal from Palenque:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/08/mask-that-represented-the-mayan-ruler-pakal-was-found-in-palenque/
http://theweek.com/speedreads/792624/archaeologists-discover-strangely-wrinkly-ancient-mayan-mask
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6930-180829-maya-king-mask

The authenticity of the Mayan Codex has been confirmed:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/31/mexican-historians-prove-authenticity-looted-ancient-mayan-text/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

Olmec finds from Guatemala:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/07/2500-year-old-olmec-monuments.html#Lr71fBldzViwdI8L.97

Feature on the Moai 'scattered' around the world:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-easter-island-statues-now-scattered-around-the-world/

Concerns (?) for Teotihuacan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/08/28/la_serpiente_emplumada/1535482237_638748.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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Pondering dropping the use of the term 'stone age':

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-australian-archaeologists-term-stone-age.html
https://theconversation.com/australian-archaeologists-dropped-the-term-stone-age-decades-ago-and-so-should-you-47275

Apparently woolly mammoths changed their diet shortly before going extinct:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-eastern-european-woolly-mammoths-diet.html

On cheese and human evolution:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-role-cheese-human-evolution.html

On the 'bunny ears' sign:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-dark-history-of-the-bunny-ears-sign/p06j3q60

Feature on Casanova:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/arts/design/on-the-trail-of-a-lover-boy-in-the-age-of-enlightenment.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Review of a festschrift for Oscar Muscarella:

https://oscillations.net/2018/08/28/festschrift-illustrious-archaeologist-oscar-white-muscarella/

Review of Brent Nongbri's *God's Library*:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/almost-everything-we-know-about-the-earliest-copies-of-the-new-testament-is-wrong

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Water/Ways:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/arts/design/new-york-waterways-smithsonian.html

Ancient Animals:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/animal-shaped-vessels-from-the-ancient-world/

Spellbound:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/31/spellbound-ashmolean-museum-oxford-exhibition-magic-superstition

Against the Ruins:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/120717/ancient-hellenic-spirit-revived-in-melbourne/

London's NPG had a counting problem:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/arts/design/national-portrait-gallery-london-miscount.html

Feature on a Buddha at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/20/arts/met-buddha-sculpture.html

A new director for the Freer and Sackler Galleries:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/arts/design/smithsonian-freer-sackler-galleries-chase-f-robinson.html

Interesting pottery workshop from London's (Ontario) Museum of Archaeology:

https://lfpress.com/entertainment/local-arts/time-travelling-through-original-pottery/wcm/602a69d4-c00d-4123-9314-fa8d59c23a1e

On the opening of the Idlib Museum:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/did-idlib-museum-open-too-early.html
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AT THE AUCTIONS
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A very interesting watch from the Titanic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-watch-titanic-adorned-hebrew-letters-180970169/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A sanctuary from Machu Picchu has been digitized:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-team-digitizes-historic-sanctuary-machu.html


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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On Vikings and adapting to climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-humans-climate-viking.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA testing of remains suggests the Viking town of Sigtuna had a large immigrant population:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180825/half-of-sigtuna-swedens-first-capital-were-immigrants
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6922-180827-sweden-sigtuna-immigrants

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

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

https://thewest.com.au/travel/historical/inside-cleopatras-marbled-malls-in-ephesus-ng-b88833574z

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PERFORMANCES
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A tangent piano performance:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/arts/music/tangent-piano-alexei-lubimov-ecm.html

Beethovenfest:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethovenfest-composers-their-fates-their-music/a-45307432

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CRIME BEAT
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Assorted historical documents seized during a corruption trial in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/mundo/noticia/una-carta-san-martin-ohiggins-otros-documentos-fueron-encontrados-la-casa-fernandez-tras-allanamientos/298411/

Followup to that book theft story from a couple of weeks ago:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/28/books/rare-book-theft-carnegie-library-pittsburgh.html

Trying to tie India's looting problem to terrorism:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Indias-looted-past-and-terrorism-funding-565192

A bust in Istanbul:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/photo-smuggled-priceless-treasures-of-roman-greek-persian-islamic-civilizations-seized-by-istanbul-police-136224

... and Jiroft:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/137323/14-antiquities-seized-from-smugglers-in-Jiroft

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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Not sure where to put this Nazi loot story about some Egon Schiele works:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/26/arts/design/nazi-art-egon-schiele-fritz-grunbaum.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/63-works-austrian-expressionist-egon-schiele-are-center-latest-nazi-looted-art-dispute-180970155/

Germany returned some human remains to Namibia:

https://www.dw.com/en/namibia-welcomes-repatriation-of-remains-of-indigenous-people-by-germany/a-45309757

Not really sure where to put this return of items to the Aboutaams:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/swiss-prosecutor-returns-mesopotamian-terracotta-animal-made-by-dealer-s-11-year-old-daughter-along-with-5-000-other-seized-antiquities
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest issue of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n34.html

... and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/club_nbs_esylum_v21n35.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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OBITUARIES
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Robin Birley:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/vindolanda-trust-announce-death-much-15097648

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2774-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-august-25-august-2018
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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference (November 2018):

http://cba-wessex.org.uk/cba-events/annual-conference-2018/

Jews and the Americas (February 2019):

https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/1932330/jews-and-americas-68th-annual-conference-center-latin-american

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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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/56868/Documentation-of-archaeological-site-%E2%80%9CLisht%E2%80%9D-completed
My studies of Sneferu's pyramids made me assume that the region of Lisht was
considered the harbor of the swaying kha channel, identified as the ecliptic
by Rolf Krauss, hence the place from where a worthy soul could join Ra in
the sun bark, and this could have been the reason for the impressive necropole.
My advice: explore the east-west band at the geographical height of Lisht.
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2018-09-03 07:14:50 UTC
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https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/labyrinthine-investigation-concludes-the-minotaur-s-lair-never-existed
In my opinion the legend of Minotaur encoded one of several Minoan calendars.
The labyrinth symbolized difficult astronomical calculations, and Ariadne's
thread additive number sequences leading out of the metaphorical maze.

King Minos ruled Knossos. Minotaur, half bull half man, lived in the labyrinth of Knossos. Every ninth year Minos asked for seven virgins and seven young men as tribute for Minotaur. Several brave young men fought Minotaur, but failed. Finally, Theseus coped with him, slew the monster, freed the virgins and young men, and found out of the labyrinth by following the famous thread of Ariadne.

The earliest version of this legend, I claim, encoded a lunisolar calendar. Minotaur, half bull half man, personified two periods of time, 9 lunations and 235 lunations (or synodic months). King Minos personified 9 years. Each of the seven virgins and seven young men personified a period of 19 days. And finally Theseus personified a period of 19 years.

9 lunations of the Minotaur counted in the 30 29 30 mode are 266 days

19 days for each of the seven virgins and each of the seven youths
are again 266 days

9 years of king Minos are seven regular years of 365 days and two
leap years of 366 days, in all 3,287 days, or 173 periods of 19 days

19 years of Theseus are 235 lunations, according to an additive
number sequence relating lunations and years (l/y)

37/3 99/8 136/11 235/19 371/30

And Ariadne's thread? May well symbolize additive number sequences (of several forms) that played an important role in early mathematics and astronomy.
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