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explorator 16.18                                 August 18, 2013
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Editor's note: Most urls should be active for at least eight
hours from the time of publication.

For your computer's protection, Explorator is sent in plain text
and NEVER has attachments (other than the odd youtube video).
Be suspicious of any Explorator which arrives otherwise!!!

n.b. It has come to my attention that several mail carriers are
now filtering mail with lots of links (like explorator) as spam.
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon,Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
A. Landreau, H. Astudillo, David Critchley, Thomas K. Wukitsch,
Joos Postma, Ian Tompkins, Wendy van Duivenvoorde, Kris Curry, Rick Heli,
Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent for
headses upses thisweek (as always hoping I have left no one out).

... and again, apologies for lateness ...

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Plenty of interest in homo erectus being in China some 1.7 million years
b.p.:

http://www.livescience.com/38917-early-humans-lived-in-china.html
http://news.yahoo.com/early-humans-lived-china-1-7-million-years-133455147.html

Modern humans may have acquired tool-making skills from Neanderthals:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/m-nmt080813.php
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-neandertals-specialized-bone-tools-europe.html
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/12/world/europe/neanderthal-tools/index.html
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/606581/?sc=c52
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/geekquinox/discovery-shows-humans-may-copied-neanderthal-tools-194714716.html
http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=0310032S9QSV
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/4210/20130813/neanderthals-existed-modern-humans-taught-use-tools.htm
http://io9.com/early-humans-may-have-ripped-off-neanderthal-technology-1120926300
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/08/12/technology-modern-human-neandertal-lissoir.html
http://www.nature.com/news/neanderthals-made-leather-working-tools-like-those-in-use-today-1.13542
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2013/08/12/neanderthals-not-homo-sapiens-crafted-the-oldest-known-specialized-bone-tools-in-europe/

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/08/13/3824539.htm
http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2013/08/neandertals-were-no-copycats
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/13/neanderthals_leather_tools/
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-neanderthals-tools-20130813,0,6482422.story
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/made-by-neanderthals-50-thousand-year-old-bone-tools

Studying human origins in Tanzania:

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/08/hunterdon_man_studies_human_or.html

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AFRICA
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Pushing back the date of the human occupation of Madagascar:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/human-occupation-of-madagascar-pushed-back-2500-years
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not good news from Egypt this week (as might be expected) … the Malawi
Museum was looted:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/16/Egypt-s-Malawi-museum-looted-amid-violence-says-ministry.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/79117/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-Malawi-National-Museum-damaged,-looted.aspx

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/499645/20130817/egypt-malawi-museum-looted-morsi-muslim-brotherhood.htm
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/08/16/two-churches-attacked-in-mallawi/

… and a Coptic monastery was torched:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/08/ancient-egyptian-christian-monastery-set-aflame.html
http://www.roger-pearse.com/weblog/2013/08/16/coptic-monastery-set-alight-fate-of-coptic-manuscripts-unknown/

… and plenty of Coptic churches attacked:

http://www.wataninet.com/watani_Article_Details.aspx?A=44010

… while archaeologists were urging the ministry to cut ties with foreign
missions:

http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/Aki/English/CultureAndMedia/Egypt-Archaeologists-urge-govt-to-cut-ties-with-foreign-missions_32498857144.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/79167/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-archaeologists-demand-countries-mind-thei.aspx

As might be expected, sites have been closed:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/79035.aspx


Pondering who built the pyramids:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.541926

Study linking the Late Bronze Age crisis with climate change (some
chronological
difficulties in this one, perhaps):

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130814191916.htm
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-climate-driven-collapse-civilizations-late.html
http://www.livescience.com/38893-drought-caused-ancient-mediterranean-collapse.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-collapse-late-bronze-age-civilizations-climate-change-01316.html
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-late-bronze-age-civilization-collapse-20130814,0,3521236.story

cf:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0071004

An inscription from the City of David (not sure if we’ve seen this one yet):

http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/Ancient-engraved-earthenware-discovered-in-City-of-David-323438

Pondering the ‘Solomonic’ Gate at Megiddo:

http://asorblog.org/?p=5207

10 500 years b.p. jewellery from Boncuklu Höyük:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/keeping-up-with-the-latest-fashion-trends-of-antiquity.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52523&NewsCatID=375

Gobekli Tepe may have ties to Sirius:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929303.400-worlds-oldest-temple-built-to-worship-the-dog-star.html#.UhCloayKJMw

An 8000 years b.p. ‘statue’ (figurine) of a divinity from near Izmir:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=52338
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2013/08/13/Archaeology-head-goddess-statue-discovered-Turkey_9151831.html

5000 years b.p. gaming figures from Siirt:

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-323747-5000-year-old-chess-like-game-discovered-in-siirt.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/oldest-gaming-tokens-found-130814.htm

Assyrian fortifications from Ashdod:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/assyrian-period-fortifications-unearthed-in-ashdod/2013/08/15/

Suggestion that a ‘lost city’ associated with Abraham may have been found
at the Oylum tumulus:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/prophet-abrahams-lost-city-found-in-turkeys-kilis.aspx?pageID=238&nid=52591&NewsCatID=375

Remains of a 1500 years b.p. church from Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-church-found-in-aegean-province-of-denizli.aspx?pageID=238&nid=52381&NewsCatID=375
http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=114941

Baking a previously-unbaked cuneiform tablet:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-ancient-artefact-good.html

ASOR has launched a youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ASORTV?feature=c4-feed-u

Marking the centennial of the IES:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Happy-anniversary-Israel-Exploration-Society-323064

On the challenges of digging in Jerusalem:

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=159470

Review of Hayim Lapin, *Rabbis as Romans*:

http://themarginaliareview.com/archives/3494

More on finds from that Byzantine garbage dump:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/centuries-old-byzantine-garbage-dump-reveals-400-ancient-coins-gold-jewellery/story-fn5fsgyc-1226697560442
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/08/13/history-dumping-ground-400-byzantine-coins-gold-jewelry-found-discarded-in/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4414803,00.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64331http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64331

More on that 1000 years b.p. hospital in Jerusalem:

http://www.orderofmalta.int/news/68543/remnants-of-the-order-of-st-john-first-hospital-discovered-in-jerusalem/?lang=en

… and it’s the Hospitaler’s anniversary:

http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page469.html

More on the Jehoash Tablet fallout:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.540580
http://forward.com/articles/182103/is-jehoash-tablet-a-fake/

… and I think we mentioned this Sumerian Ale a while ago:

http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/great-lakes-announces-beer-dinner-featuring-sumerian-ale-1.415343

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of interest in Commodus’ amphitheatre found at Genzano:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mini-colosseum-of-gladiator-emperor-found-130812.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2391032/Tragic-finale-Two-dead-toxic-gas-original-Love-Boat-scrapped-parts.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Even more interest in a Roman shipwreck near Genoa which apparently has
some intact cargo:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/08/09/Intact-Roman-ship-complete-with-cargo-found-off-coast-of-Italy/UPI-29381376089380/?spt=hs&or=sn
http://www.livescience.com/38814-ancient-roman-shipwreck.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/order-roman-shipwreck-may-hold-clay-jars-2-000-year-6C10900648
http://www.slate.com/blogs/trending/2013/08/13/roman_shipwreck_discovery_may_be_2_000_year_old_commerce_vessel.html
http://www.newser.com/story/172474/crazy-shipwreck-find-2k-year-old-roman-food.html

… but I’m pretty sure this was found last year, cf:

http://rogueclassicism.com/2013/08/13/that-roman-ship-with-intact-cargo-yeah-about-that/

Roman cargo off Sicily is not getting as much attention:

http://www.italymagazine.com/news/cargo-roman-wreck-found-sicily

Some Roman horseshoes from London:

http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/08/13/roman-horseshoes-unearthed-road/#.UhCyxayKJMz

I think we mentioned this Roman fort find from Wales:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2389348/Dry-summer-reveals-Brecon-secrets-Major-Roman-fort-marching-camp-discovered-parched-fields.html
http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=52036
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23628630

… and there’s a possible Roman temple find in the Conwy Valley:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23708475

Vague item about a Roman find in Kosovo:

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-discovers-ancient-roma-belongings


Assorted Roman finds from a site in Wellingham:

http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/local/roman-dig-site-in-wellingham-reveals-treasures-1-5369102

Glass beads give hints about Roman trade routes:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-ancient-glass-beads-evidence-industry.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/analysis-of-ancient-glass-beads-from-cult-site-in-germany

They’re digging again at Maryport:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/new-dig-underway-at-roman-site-in-maryport-1.1077297

… and already finding things:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/great-roman-finds-at-maryport-dig-1.1078265

A huge Latin inscription from Jordan:

http://asorblog.org/?p=5244


Using a robot to check out Aegean shipwrecks:

http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2014/aug/aegean-expedition-081513.html

On women in Early Christianity:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-christians-airbrushed-women-history.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2390252/Women-airbrushed-early-Christianity-despite-having-crucial-spread-claims-leading-historian.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Mary Beard is talking about documentary quality:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2395393/Mary-Beard-argues-television-history-programmes-presented-specialists-celebrities.html

Some nice NJCL coverage:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/08/15/the-classics-still-capture-imagination-urban-students/Dhd2zELxVjFY8jIJX5vRyM/story.html

Aspendos’ gladiator school has closed:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gladiators-seeking-jobs-as-waiters-after-arena-closed.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52496&NewsCatID=341
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/08/15/gladiators-seeks-suits-after-closing-turkish-re-enactment-school/

Another collapse (or vandalism) at Pompeii:

http://www.napoli.com/viewarticolo.php?articolo=39773

More on getting rid of traffic around the Colosseum:

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-rome-colosseum-road-20130813,0,626653.story
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10237814/Rome-mayor-in-bid-to-create-biggest-archaeological-park-on-the-planet.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23662713

Review of Peter Stothard, *Alexandria*:

http://www.chicoer.com/entertainment/ci_23846570/alexandria-last-nights-cleopatra-book-review

Review of Charlotte Higgins, *Under Another Sky*:

http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/08/friends-romans-countrymen

Review(ish) of Madeline Miller, *Song of Achilles*:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/aug/15/song-of-achilles-homer-madeline-miller

… and she has a short story out *Galatea* too:

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/08/14/read-an-excerpt-of-madeline-millers-galatea/
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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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A flint dagger from Colchester turns out to be rather younger than
previously
thought:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/NEWS/10610534._Stone_Age__flint_dagger_younger_by_27_000_years/?ref=rss


Significant 1000 years (maybe) b.p. burials from Burren:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/burren-archaeological-discovery-of-woman-and-two-children-very-significant-1.1495455

Prehistoric/Iron Age finds from Ipplepen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-23733741

Medieval burials from a housing site in Oxfordshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-23722292

… related:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/bicester/10616205.Digging_into_monks__past_at_archaeological_site/

Burials beneath Bath Abbey are threatening its stability:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-23685801

Some medieval ammunition was found at Mingary Castle:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/ancient-ammunition-found-at-mingary-castle-1-3043008
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/ancient-ammunition-found-at-mingary-castle


Badgers ‘excavated’ a medieval tombs in Germany:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/medieval-tomb-discovered-by-a-badger-8763185.html
http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20130813-51359.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/badger-digs-up-medieval-warrior-graves

This week’s example of an idiot with a bulldozer involves a section of
Offa’s Dyke:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10246591/Stretch-of-8th-century-Offas-Dyke-flattened.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/offas-dyke-part-of-monument-bulldozed

Thieves stole some medieval saint panels from a rural church in Devon:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2391255/Sacrilege-Thieves-snatch-priceless-500-year-old-panels-saints-rural-church.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-23681251

The charnel chapel at Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell was likely a
pilgrimage location:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2391375/Holy-Trinity-Church-Rothwell-Chapel-contains-hundreds-skeletons.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Some Ottoman armour from Peperikon:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/archaeology-part-of-14th-century-ottoman-commanders-armour-found-at-bulgarias-perperikon

Students are digging around Basing House:

http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news/10608910.Archaeology_students_work_in_trenches_at_Old_Basing_ruins/

Concerns for Oswestry Hill Fort:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-23628986
http://heritageaction.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/oswestry-hill-fort-under-attack/
http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/editors-picks/2013/08/10/2000-join-fight-over-homes-bid-near-hillfort/

Celebrating West Stow Anglo Saxon Village’s anniversary:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-23719124

The Richard III remains thing is becoming a saga:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64425
http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2013-08-16/university-list-reasons-for-richard-iii-reburial/
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/16/descendants-of-richard-iii-win-right-to-bury-exhumed-remains-in-york-cathedral/
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/16/us-britain-richardiii-idUKBRE97F0IN20130816?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt&rpc=401
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23726011
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/16/richard-iii-descendants-allowed-challenge-burial

… while the hype for Alfred is growing:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/quest-kings-after-richard-iii-will-englands-king-alfred-be-6C10887714

… and they’re still poking around looking for  Mona Lisa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23644448

Recent finds from Atapuerca:

http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2013/08/17/agencias/1376740685_087201.html

Using DNA to track human migrations into Europe:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130812102719.htm
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-scientists-evidence-early-humans-migrated.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/uoh-shf081213.php

Book hype regarding the real location of the Battle of Bosworth:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-archaeologist-real-bosworth.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/uoh-alt081413.php

More on soils and mercury poisoning:

http://bonesdontlie.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/mercury-poisoning-the-day-before-death/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Some Zoroastrian burials from western China:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/08/16/Ancient-tombs-unearthed-in-far-western-China/UPI-48131376686057/

Concerns for Long Bien bridge in Hanoi:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23716382

DNA reveals the roots of India’s castes:

http://www.boston.com/news/science/blogs/science-in-mind/2013/08/09/genetic-study-finds-caste-system-ancient-india-began-about-years-ago/hu52rKxbmjJn3XUMNHS2LK/blog.html

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http://eastasiablog.wordpress.com/

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://www.nzarchaeology.org/netsubnews.htm
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NORTH AMERICA
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DNA suggest three distinct waves in the populating of the Americas:

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/352349/description/DNA_reveals_details_of_the_peopling_of_the_Americas

Some 15 000 years b.p. petroglyphs from near Reno:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/uoca-ncl081313.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130813121622.htm
http://news.discovery.com/history/art-history/oldest-rock-art-revealed-130814.htm
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-date-oldest-petroglyphs-north-america.html
http://www.webpronews.com/15000-year-old-petroglyphs-discovered-in-reno-2013-08
http://www.npr.org/2013/08/16/212569006/n-americas-oldest-known-petroglyphs-discovered-in-nevada
http://www.kunr.org/news/pyramid-lake-are-oldest-in-north-america
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10244418/North-Americas-oldest-rock-carvings-discovered.html

Vague item about finds from Silver Springs (Florida):

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/state/thousands-of-artifacts-found-in-silver-springs

Archaeologists are returning to Meadowcroft:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-ancient-pa-archaeologists.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/08/12/16000-year-old-pa-rock-shelter/
http://www.eveningsun.com/localnews/ci_23839972/ancient-pa-dwelling-still-divides-archaeologists?source=rss
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/16000-year-old-pa-rock-shelter-dwelling-still-divides-archaeologists-after-40-years/2013/08/11/e9461786-02b9-11e3-bfc5-406b928603b2_story.html

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/meadowcroft-revisited-archaeologists-return-to-excavate-storm-damaged-site

They’re back digging at Fort Pitt:

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4532200-74/block-fort-pitt#axzz2cPQPGNOR

Latest from the Queen Anne’s Revenge:

http://news.discovery.com/history/us-history/resurfacing-blackbeard-ship-queen-annes-revenge-130816.htm
http://www.newkerala.com/news/story/54792/blackbeards-ship-yields-fresh-treasure-trove.html
http://in.news.yahoo.com/blackbeards-ship-yields-fresh-treasure-trove-075612486.html

Studying some early American law notebooks:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-rote-early-law.html

What Donald Slater is up to:

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130812/GJNEWS_01/130819875/-1/FOSNEWS
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of human presence in Cuba 8000 - 10000 years b.p.:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=936453&CategoryId=14510
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2013/08/12/archaeological-census-reveals-human-presence-in-cuba-8000-10000-years-ago/

Using drones to find sites in Peru:

http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/drones-monitor-crops-study-ruins-130815.htm
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/peru-drones-used-agriculture-archeology-030300402.html#SU0J5ou

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/peru-drones_n_3759298.html?utm_hp_ref=world
http://www.arabnews.com/news/461361

Nice feature on locating lost Maya cities:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/finding-lost-cities-of-the-maya

More on that Mayan frieze from Guatemala:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/giant-mayan-frieze-found-in-guatemala-130809.htm

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Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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They turned a page in the Lindisfarne Gospels:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-23708236
http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/77859/gospels-experts-make-600-mile-trip-to-turn-just-one-page

That Jane Austen ring will stay in the UK:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/13/us-britain-austen-ring-idUKBRE97C0J020130813
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-23664433
http://bdnews24.com/lifestyle/2013/08/14/jane-austen-ring-stays-in-uk

Latest twist in that Romanian/burnt art case:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64353
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23678645
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64342
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64323

… and a feature on major art thefts of the last decade or so:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64326


Hamlet is too violent (sort of) for the British Museum:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2391832/British-Museum-WiFi-bars-access-Shakespeares-Hamlet-violent-content.html?ico=home
^headlines

More suggestions of Shakespearean involvement in The Spanish Tragedy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/arts/further-proof-of-shakespeares-hand-in-the-spanish-tragedy.html?pagewanted=2&seid=auto&smid=tw-nytimesglobal

Latest art fraud case:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/17/nyregion/struggling-immigrant-artist-tied-to-80-million-new-york-fraud.html?ref=arts&_r=0

Following up that ‘monkey Christ’ portrait ‘restoration’ story from a while
back:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-23666702

A ‘rough draft’ librarian is set to retire:

http://chronicle.com/article/Guardian-of-the-Rough-Drafts/141041/?cid=wb&utm_source=wb&utm_medium=en

On ‘sign’s in London:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/12/arts/design/sign-by-sign-history-is-told-on-londons-walls.html?ref=arts

Feature on a ‘forgotten’ Medici:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/arts/07iht-conway07.html?ref=arts

A new method to determine whether bones contain dna:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-bone.html

Feature on the mysterious disappearance of William Cantelo:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23709471

A Shoshone language video game:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56734506-78/shoshone-language-game-gardner.html.csp

They’re still wondering about Typhoid Mary:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-typhoid-mary-case-century.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Sicily:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/travel/digging-up-family-roots-in-sicily.html?hpw

Monaco:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/travel/36-hours-in-monaco.html?ref=travel

Mount Fuji:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/travel/mount-fuji-so-popular-it-hurts.html?ref=travel

Lecce:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/travel/36-hours-in-lecce-italy.html?ref=travel

Rouen:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/travel/near-paris-a-city-of-flaubert-and-joan-of-arc.html?ref=travel
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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the Aydin Museum’s Roman coins:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/coins-displayed-at-museum-reveals-aydins-ancient-past-of-roman-era.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52599&NewsCatID=375

A couple of issues of the eSylum:

http://www.coinbooks.com/club_nbs_esylum_v16n33.html
http://www.coinbooks.com/club_nbs_esylum_v16n34.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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EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
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Degas’ Method:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/15/arts/15iht-degas15.html?ref=arts

Rising Up:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/arts/design/hale-woodruffs-talladega-murals-in-rising-up-at-nyu.html

Staffordshire Hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-23713997

Heroes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-23694990

The Transformation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses:

http://culturekiosque.com/travel/item23523.htm

Renaissance to Goya:

http://yareah.com/1869-renaissance-to-goya-prints-and-drawings-from-spain/

Cyrus Cylinder:

http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/18727
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/persian-cyrus-cylinder-is-artifact-of-human-rights/Content?oid=2539341
http://cyruscylinder2013.com/
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/articles/c/cyrus_cylinder_-_translation.aspx

A new visitors center for the Shelburne Museum:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/17/arts/design/shelburne-museum-is-opening-a-new-visitors-center.html?ref=arts

A pair of museums arguing over a pair of Stubbs:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23723559

Drama in the Pushkin Museum expansion plans:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23727047

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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Check out our Twitter hashtag for Ancient Drama reviews:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23ancientdrama

... and for Sword and Sandal flicks:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23swordandsandal

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OBITUARIES
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Emilio Gabba:

http://laprovinciapavese.gelocal.it/cronaca/2013/08/12/news/addio-allo-storico-emilio-gabba-1.7568966

Barbara Mertz:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/13/barbara-mertz
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/14/arts/barbara-mertz-egyptologist-and-mystery-writer-dies-at-85.html

Pauline Maier:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/14/us/pauline-maier-historian-who-described-jefferson-as-overrated-dies-at-75.html?ref=books

Robert Bellah:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/us/robert-bellah-sociologist-of-religion-who-mapped-the-american-soul-dies-at-86.html?ref=obituaries

Mike Morwood:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/aug/13/mike-morwood
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/science/michael-j-morwood-archaeologist-who-helped-find-new-human-dies-at-62.html?ref=obituaries
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Archaeonews Podcast 235:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/archaeo-news-podcast-235

Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews20130811.mp3
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
================================================================
Frontiers of the European Iron Age (September 20-22):

http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/iron_age/2013/index.html

PaleoAmerican Odyssey (October 17-19):

http://www.paleoamericanodyssey.com/
================================================================
GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
================================================================
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
================================================================
Archaeosoup:

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

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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