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explorator 16.19                                 August 25, 2013
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Editor's note: Most urls should be active for at least eight
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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
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
A. Landreau, David Crtichley, Joos Postma, John Hall, Ian Tompkins,
Sandy Horne, Kris Curry, Wendy Van Duivenvoorde, Hernan Astudillo,
Carolyn Snively,  Richard Campbell,Richard C. Griffiths,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses thisweek (as always hoping
I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Analysis of tools suggest there were (at least) two distinct Neanderthal
cultures:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130819090128.htm
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-handaxe-reveals-distinct-neanderthal-cultures.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/uos-hdr081913.php
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-stone-tools-two-distinct-neanderthal-cultures-01322.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2397220/Neanderthals-distinct-cultures-Ancient-tool-types-knowledge-passed-generations.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/neanderthals-had-distinct-cultures-study/article5041670.ece
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/neanderthal-hand-axes-reveal-two-distinctive-cultural-traditions


More on homo erectus in China, 1.6 million years b.p.:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0819/Early-humans-lived-in-North-China-1.6-million-years-ago-say-scientists
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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On ‘nesting coffins’ in Egypt:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130823091144.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/one-mummy-many-coffins

OpEds on the threat to Egyptian antiquities (not by the same author):

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/3772/47/Saving-Egypt%E2%80%99s-heritage.aspx
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2013/aug/20/egypt-unrest-is-a-crisis-for-art

… and a feature on some of the responses to what’s going on in Egypt:

http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.ca/2013/08/responses-to-destruction-of-heritage-in.html

… see also:

http://icom.museum/resources/red-lists-database/red-list/egypt/

More coverage of the Malawi Museum situation (in case you missed it):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/pictures/130823-museum-mallawi-egypt-looting-artifacts-archaeology-science-antiquities/
http://timesleader.com/news/apfeatures/6610434504368706630/Egypts-devastating-museum-looting-latest-casualty
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Looters+target+Egypts+treasures/8810072/story.html
http://www.ancbs.org/cms/index.php/en/home/60-looting-destruction-syrian-heritage

… and here’s a photo of that torched monastery we mentioned last week:

https://twitter.com/betsy_hiel/status/369784201140117505/photo/1

Threats were made against the Al Banahsa site/galleries:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/79371/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-antiquities-minister-receives-threats-on-Al.aspx

… and someone was digging at Dahshur:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/79366/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/One-caught-trying-to-dig-grave-in-Egypts-Dahshur-a.aspx

Meanwhile, we hear of plans to expand the Egyptian National Museum:

http://al-shorfa.com/en_GB/articles/meii/features/2013/08/21/feature-03

I think we may have had this piece on Gaza’s antiquities before:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-archaeologists-gaza-ancient.html

http://www.stltoday.com/news/science/archaeologists-race-to-save-gaza-s-ancient-ruins/article_83fd7537-10bd-57e4-9188-bdbd31e40705.html
http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2021675194_gazaarcheologyxml.html?syndication=rss
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/archaeologists-race-save-gazas-ancient-ruins-20007909?page=2

That story of Egyptian beads from meteoric iron is making the rounds again:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130822-ancient-egypt-beads-meteorites-iron-gerzeh/
http://www.livescience.com/38995-egyptian-beads-made-from-meteorites.html
http://in.news.yahoo.com/earliest-known-egyptian-iron-artifacts-made-meteorites-054951491.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130819202413.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/ucl-eki081613.php
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earliest-iron-artifacts-outer-space.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64499
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10252529/Ancient-Egyptians-made-jewellery-from-meteorites.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2397818/New-pictures-reveal-necklace-created-Ancient-Egyptians-gold-gems-5-000-year-old-meteorites.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/aug/20/ancient-egyptian-beads-museum
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0820/Out-of-this-world-Ancient-Egyptians-wore-meteorite-jewelry
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/ancient-egyptian-beads-made-from-meteorites
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/20/ancient_jewellery_meteoric_iron/


Evidence of trade in cinnamon in Israel, 3000 years b.p.:

http://www.livescience.com/39011-cinnamon-trade-found-in-israel.html
http://news.yahoo.com/evidence-3-000-old-cinnamon-trade-found-israel-115732419.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeologists-find-israel-was-land-of-milk-honey-and-cinnamon/2013/08/22/

Evidence of massive Assyrian fortifications around the harbour at Ashdod:

http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=19035
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-archaeologists-massive-fortifications-iron-age.html
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/assyrian-period-fortifications-unearthed-in-ashdod/2013/08/15/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/afot-tau081913.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130819171640.htm
http://www.christianpost.com/news/israel-bible-assyrian-wall-unearthed-by-archaeologists-near-tel-aviv-photo-102758/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/massive-ancient-fortifications-found-at-ashdod-yam
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/170964

A 7th century B.C./B.C.E. inscription from the City of David (I think I was
confused about
this one last week):

http://www.antiquities.org.il/about_eng.asp?Modul_id=14
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=11441
http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/Ancient-engraved-earthenware-discovered-in-City-of-David-323438
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/2700-year-old-inscription-in-city-of-david-excavations/2013/08/18/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171019
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-hebrew-inscription-jerusalem-01321.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/08/21/2700-year-old-hebrew-inscription-discovered-in-biblical-city/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboNDuLnRNw&feature=em-uploademail
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2013/August/2700-year-old-Inscription-Unearthed-in-Jerusalem/

Feature on the second season at Tel Azekah:

http://foundationstone.org/Azekah/

Not sure whether we mentioned this item on the Oylum Tumulus last week:

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

A new interpretation for a Dead Sea Scroll section:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.542172

A number of teams are digging in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130822177703
http://www.menafn.com/1093690591/Saudi-Foreign-teams-to-study-15-Saudi-archaeological-sites?src=RSS
http://www.arabnews.com/news/461976

Some 15th century (smoking) pipes from Edirne Palace:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sultans-tobacco-pipes-discovered.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53034&NewsCatID=375

A sort of Byzantine miscellaneous item coinciding with a conference:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=49303&NewsCatID=473

They’re excavating an Ottoman vessel off Urla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sunken-ottoman-ship-ready-to-surrender-cargo-for-exhibition.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52970&NewsCatID=375

CNN visited assorted “Middle Eastern” sites:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/08/07/spc-inside-middle-east-archeology-b.cnn.html(Hazor)
http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/08/07/spc-inside-middle-east-archeology-a.cnn.html(Acre)
http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/08/07/spc-inside-middle-east-archeology-c.cnn.html(Sebastia)

Interesting feature on Ugaritic:

http://forward.com/articles/182321/cracking-the-ugaritic-code/?p=all

Latest on the Ilisu Dam threat:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/race-against-time-excavations-to-rescue-batmans-archaeological-sites-from-underwater-fate.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53167&NewsCatID=375

A brouhaha over use of heavy equipment in archaeology in Israel:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/bulldozer-archaeology/
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/bar-accused-of-publishing-defamatory-ad/

cf:
http://rogueclassicism.com/2013/08/22/on-egos-and-bulldozers-and-bull-of-another-kind/

More forgery aftermath coverage:

http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/artifacts-could-be-biblical-hoax-130820-670x440.htm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/21/jehoash-tablet-forgery-king-solomons-temple_n_3786710.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/08/19/forgery-century-authenticity-only-surviving-first-temple-item-remains/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Tunnels beneath Hadrian’s villa:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/20/hadrians-villa-tunnels-cavers-tivoli
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2398711/Slave-tunnels-underground-city-discovered-beneath-Emperor-Hadrians-Villa-Rome.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/hadrians-villa-tunnels-explored-as-cavers-drop-down-into-hidden-city

Plenty of interest in Gabii’s apparent influence on Rome:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-newly-unearthed-views-early-romans.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/science/romes-start-to-architectural-hubris.html?_r=0

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/monumental-romans-centuries-earlier-than-thought

Latest finds from Maryport:

http://www.in-cumbria.com/great-roman-finds-at-maryport-dig-1.1078265

A ‘skeleton mask’ from Aizanoi:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2000-year-old-ancient-skeleton-mask-discovered-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52813&NewsCatID=375

Very interesting early Christian inscription from near Swaffham:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-23755750

Visitors to the Paphos mosaics want more info:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2013/08/25/visitors-to-ancient-mosaics-call-for-more-information/

Sicily and the Cleveland MOA have finally worked things out:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/exhibition-of-sicilian-antiquities-will-proceed-at-cleveland-museum/?ref=design
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Sicilian-artefacts-will-come-to-Cleveland-after-all/30235
http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2013/08/sicily_reverses_cancellation_o.html
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/22/5673947/sicily-cleveland-museum-agree.html

A ‘lost’ Roman outpost found in Jordan:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-archaeologists-uncover-lost-roman-outpost.html
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11042260.htm

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/lost-roman-outpost-discovered-in-southern-jordan

They’ve begun exposing the mosaics at Chedworth Roman Villa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-23738783

… and plenty of mosaics are now at the new Hatay Museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-hatay-museum-unveils-original-mosaics-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52897&NewsCatID=375

Bizarre claims about a possible Tomb of Alexander find:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/08/21/tomb-of-alexander-the-great-unearthed/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/501173/20130824/alexander-great-tomb-amphipolis-macedon-macedonia.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2401057/Have-archaeologists-discovered-grave-Alexander-Great-Experts-enormous-marble-tomb-fit-king-Greece.html

… which the Culture Ministry quickly retracted:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/08/23/alexanders-tomb-may-not-be-found/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/greek-officials-say-partially-excavated-mound-remarkable-warn-against-overbold-assumptions/2013/08/22/2031945c-0b6e-11e3-89fe-abb4a5067014_story.html

http://www.enetenglish.gr/?i=news.en.article&id=1408

cf:

http://rogueclassicism.com/2013/08/24/alexander-the-great-tomb-in-amphipolis-yeah-about-that/

One I missed … celebrating Vercingetorix:

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/08/209514127/how-gaul-ing-celebrating-frances-first-resistance-fighter?sc=17&f=3

Trying to recreate Roman wine making techniques:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/22/italy-wine-archaeology
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10260333/Do-as-the-Romans-do-ancient-winemaking-techniques-revived.html
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/08/22/Archaeologists-try-their-hand-at-winemaking-ancient-Roman-style/UPI-93531377200642/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2013/08/21/Ancient-Roman-wines-reborn-Sicilian-experiments_9183575.html

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/italian-archaeologists-have-grape-expectations-of-their-ancient-wine

Interesting feature on olive oil and Lyrboton Kome:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-city-witholds-the-secrets-of-olive-oil.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53033&NewsCatID=375

The Cyrene necropolis is threatened by real estate development:

http://observers.france24.com/content/20130823-ancient-libyan-necropolis-threatened-cyrene
http://world.greekreporter.com/2013/08/23/ancient-greek-city-in-libya-threatened-by-destruction/

The nanotechnology behind the Lycurgus cup is making the rounds again:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/This-1600-Year-Old-Goblet-Shows-that-the-Romans-Were-Nanotechnology-Pioneers-220563661.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/this-1600-year-old-goblet-shows-that-the-romans-were-nanotechnology-pioneers

Feature on the Theatre at Epidaurus:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/world-our-backyard/2013/aug/23/ancient-greek-theater-epidaurus/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of coverage of evidence that folks were using spices in Europe some
6000 years b.p.:

http://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/news-and-events/news/external/news2013/prehistoric-spice/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130822090324.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/uoy-rrh082113.php
http://phys.org/news296304499.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23769911
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0822/Neolithic-people-didn-t-eat-like-cavemen-ate-spiced-fish-and-meat
http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2013/08/archaeologists-uncover-first-use-spices-european-cuisine
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130823-prehistoric-hunter-gatherers-garlic-mustard-spices/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64540
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-spices-01328.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/first-direct-evidence-for-spice-in-european-prehistoric-cuisine

Plenty of interest too in a medieval ‘poison ring’ find from Bulgaria:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/08/24/ring-found-in-bulgaria-thought-to-be-medieval-murder-weapon/
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=153069
http://sofiaglobe.com/2013/08/20/14th-century-poison-ring-found-near-bulgarias-kavarna/

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/medieval-poison-ring-used-for-political-murders-found-bulgaria-130821.htm

http://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologist-find-medieval-poison-ring-likely-used-political-murders-1395017
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2400953/Murder-14th-Century-way-Aristocrats-POISON-RING-deliver-deadly-dose-political-rivals-wine-goblet.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/murder-weapon-medieval-poison-ring-uncovered-bulgaria-6C10981027?ocid=msnhp&pos=6
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/archaeologists-find-a-14th-century-poison-ring-on-bulgarian-site

Evidence of a tsunami at the Low Hauxley dig:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-23779202

Not sure where to put this one: some pre-Viking finds on the Faroe islands
is fueling Brendan the Navigator chatter:

http://o.canada.com/2013/08/21/pre-viking-find-on-faroes-puts-patina-of-proof-on-st-brendans-discovery-of-canada/
https://www.dur.ac.uk/news/newsitem/?itemno=18471
http://phys.org/news296214281.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/du-tvw082013.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130820102510.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/faroe-islands-were-colonised-before-the-vikings-arrived

Evidence that the Vikings took loot from Ireland to turn into jewellery in
Scandinavia:

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Viking-loot-from-Ireland-was-made-into-jewelry-in-Scandinavia-218399641.html

Neolithic finds from Felixstowe:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/felixstowe_archaeologists_shed_new_light_on_town_s_past_1_2342214

Latest on Owestry Hill Fort (somewhat conflicting stories):

http://shropshire.gov.uk/planningpolicy.nsf/open/EF8FDBEED394ED40802579BC004265C2
http://rescue-archaeology.org.uk/2013/08/21/oswestry/

They raised a rudder from the Swash Channel wreck:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/aug/20/poole-wreck-rudder-comes-ashore
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/poole-wreck-wooden-head-raised-from-seabed-heightens-17thcentury-mystery-8775198.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-23731189
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/10249793/The-riddle-of-the-400-year-old-shipwreck.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/elaborately-carved-rudder-raised-from-seabed

Apparently Richard III’s skeleton was ‘really really close’ to being
destroyed:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130823091146.htm

… while archaeologists hope there’s something ‘really important’ in a
sarcophagus
from Lincoln Castle:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/archaeologists-hope-to-extract-somebody-terribly-important-from-lincoln-castle-sarcophagus-8783449.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-23817713

Interesting vervel from a Norfolk field:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-23795657

Someone digging in their garden in Worcester came across a 200 years b.p.
well:

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/NEWs/10619856.Well__well__well__I_wasn_t_expecting_that/?ref=rss

Finds from various periods from a Hidden History project at Meldreth:

http://www.royston-crow.co.uk/news/digging_draws_to_a_close_at_meldreth_s_hidden_history_project_1_2345310

In case I didn’t mention this bog body before (I’m sure I did):

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/oldest-bog-body-130820.htm

An ‘alien’ gargoyle on Paisley Abbey:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23810979

That Tudor Lodge that was hit by a car back in February has been repaired
and will
reopen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-23801856
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Some Chinese bronzes are coming to auction:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64546#.Uhn8Gn_9WQk

“Boat shaped objects” from possible burials near Guwahati:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-08-20/guwahati/41428236_1_artefacts-object-archaeology

Another shipwreck find from Quang Ngai:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/82375/another-ancient-shipwreck-discovered-in-quang-ngai.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130820-old-shipwrecks-keep-showing-up-down-central-vietnam-waters.aspx

I think we’ve had this rock art/African coin connection story from
Australia before:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/08/21/puzzle-over-african-coins-reveals-aboriginal-rock-art/

… and possibly this rock art depicting some foreigners arriving to
Australia:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/rock-art-may-show-austs-first-foreigners/story-fn3dxiwe-1226689366982
http://www.news.com.au/national-news/search-for-shipwrecks-after-medieval-coins-found-in-wessel-islands-leads-to-rock-art-possible-wreckage/story-fncynjr2-1226695924312#ixzz2cJ47FLuf\

Three shipwrecks from the Great Barrier Reef:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/news/three-shipwrecks-from-1800s-found-on-great-barrier-reef/story-e6frg8ro-1226700500206
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East Asian Archaeology:

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
================================================================
Some prehistoric meteorite ‘shrines’ in Arizona might be somehow connected:

http://westerndigs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/prehistoric-meteorite-shrines-in.html

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/prehistoric-meteorite-shrines-in-arizona-may-be-linked-says-archaeo-astronomer

Early Californians ‘followed the greenery”:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-native-californians-greenery-environment-years.html
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/606379/?sc=c52
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/uou-ncf080913.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/settlement-patterns-of-early-californians

A major Yup’ik site:

http://www.adn.com/2013/08/17/3029698/excavation-underway-of-largest.html

Latest from the Queen Anne’s Revenge:

http://www.wbtw.com/story/23199990/drivers-recover-cannons-from-site-of-blackbeards-sunken-ship

Nice feature/photos of the Lewis Canyon petroglyphs:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/lewis-canyon-petroglyph-site-gigapan-images

Earliest signs of agriculture at James Fort:

http://wydaily.com/2013/08/22/earliest-signs-of-agriculture-uncovered-at-historic-jamestowne/
http://www.vagazette.com/news/dp-nws-jamestown-dig-farming-clues-20130819,0,4726739.story

High waters are revealing sites along the Missouri River:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/08/19/3116729/corps-archaeologists-study-missouri.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Corps-archaeologists-study-Missouri-River-s-past-4741815.php

A torpedo from the USS Iowa popped up:

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/08/20/torpedo-shot-from-uss-iowa-in-1899-surfaces.html?comp=7000023468025&rank=2

The Apache are arguing with the Museum of Natural History:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/arts/design/apaches-dispute-with-american-museum-of-natural-history.html?_r=1&

… while some Hopi artifacts have been returned:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/08/19/213560746/reporters-notebook-hopi-sacred-objects-returned-home?sc=17&f=2

Feature/discussion on how far inland the Spanish went in North America:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=211370949&sc=17&f=46

You can take an ipad tour of George Washington’s childhood home:

http://news-herald.com/articles/2013/08/22/thunderdome/ff612185-542b-419d-ae85-bb1dceb73226.txt
http://saratogian.com/articles/2013/08/22/thunderdome/ff612185-542b-419d-ae85-bb1dceb73226.txt

They’re going to CT scan a possible artifact from the Griffin:

http://phys.org/news296395834.html
http://www.freep.com/article/20130822/NEWS06/308220109/Griffin-shipwreck-X-ray-age
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/viewart/20130822/NEWS01/308220076
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/2013/08/22/possible-shipwreck-artifact-get-scan-for-age/muKTWXdTWC4uclZGkxXJPM/story.html

Looking for the body of Jack Slade:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56709008-78/slade-rottenberg-body-lake.html.csp

Pondering why Jesse James became an outlaw:

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/17/212374395/what-drove-wild-wests-jesse-james-to-become-an-outlaw?sc=17&f=1008

Review of Mac Griswold, *The Manor*:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2013/08/23/af6c1f64-ee33-11e2-bed3-b9b6fe264871_story.html?wprss=rss_books

More on DNA and the peopling of the Americas:

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

More on those Nevada petroglyphs:

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/08/these-carvings-are-the-oldest-rock-art-in-america-by-thousands-of-years/
http://www.npr.org/2013/08/16/212569006/n-americas-oldest-known-petroglyphs-discovered-in-nevada?sc=17&f=1001
================================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Evidence of powerful women ruling in Peru:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64547
http://phys.org/news296407344.html

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/tomb-confirms-powerful-women-ruled-peru-long-ago-190850096.html#W2uTdeq

Fragments of jaguar sculptures from El Salvador:

http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/mayan-sculpture-remains-found-in-el-salvadors-cihuatan-archaeological-park/26575/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/501006/20130823/maya-civilisation-mayan-jaguar-gods-elsalvador.htm
http://www.newkerala.com/news/story/56787/fragments-of-mayan-jaguar-sculptures-found.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/smashed-and-buried-feline-figurines-found-in-el-salvador

Early South Americans dealt with the Atacama Desert:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24082-early-south-americans-conquered-the-atacama-desert.html#.UhoE2n_9WQk

Feature on colonial shipwrecks of Colombia:

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/21/colonial-shipwrecks-of-colombia-a-wreck-site-in-the-harbor-of-cartagena/

Retracing Balboa’s journal:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Following-in-the-Footsteps-of-Balboa-220564731.html

Looking for the equator in Ecuador:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23797904

More on use of drones in Peru to find sites:

http://www.newsdaily.com/article/834efda73e18326abcf419087d80237b/archaeologists-use-drones-in-peru-to-map-and-protect-sites
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/25/us-peru-archaeology-idUKBRE97O02O20130825?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
-----
Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
================================================================
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
Very interesting ostrich egg globe showing the Americas:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2013/08/19/engraved-ostrich-egg-globe-is-oldest-to-depict-the-new-world/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130821-ostrich-globe-map-discovery-science-nation/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57599853/oldest-globe-to-show-the-americas-discovered/

In what seems kind of obvious, human transition from foraging to farming
was gradual:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-human-transition-foraging-farming-gradual.html

On Shakespeare’s view of property:

http://wamc.org/post/dr-katharine-maus-university-virginia-shakespeare-s-view-property

On women in early Christianity:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-christians-airbrushed-women-history.html

Arguing about five Picasso murals in Denmark:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23753192

On the Digital Public Library of America:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/08/19/213498478/combining-the-nations-digitized-libraries-all-in-one-place?sc=17&f=2

A pre-Raphaelite wall painting turns up in William Morris’ house:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/08/19/213498478/combining-the-nations-digitized-libraries-all-in-one-place?sc=17&f=2

An astrolabe stolen from a Swedish museum a decade ago was returned:

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-swedish-museum-recover-lost-scientific.html

An early pocket calculator is coming to auction:

http://www.newsdaily.com/article/c26198857d388257730370bf3084575d/rare-french-17th-century-pocket-calculator-set-for-london-sale
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64551

Feature on some old clocks:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/arts/design/clocks-that-have-been-ticking-since-before-the-revolution.html?ref=design

Interesting argument brewing in Russia aboutTchaikovsky’s orientation:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/screenwriter-questions-whether-tchaikovsky-was-gay-sparking-furor-in-russia/

Denmark’s ‘little mermaid’ is a hundred years old:

http://www.newsdaily.com/travel/f34d63e0bf4539a8c703f745160ca66d/denmarks-little-mermaid-celebrates-100-years

Earliest portrait of a Guinea Pig:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64495

Possible Mary Anning photo:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2013/aug/21/photograph-mary-anning-women-history-geology

Litany of Loreto embroideries have been put on display:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/08/21/rare-litany-of-loreto-embroideries-go-on-display-at-hampton-court-palace/

A couple of art-related iPad apps:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/books/review/dreaming-with-van-gogh.html?ref=books

Feature on Lawrence of Arabia:

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/19/209573091/lawrence-of-arabia-from-archaeologist-to-war-hero?ft=1&f=13

More on that art dealer in New York involved in a forgery case:

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/19/213401661/n-y-art-dealer-to-go-on-trial-in-forgery-case?sc=17&f=3

cf: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64575

Review of Ruthann Robson, *Dressing Constitutionally*:

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/11/209878515/dressing-constitutionally-when-fashion-and-laws-collide?sc=17&f=1008
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Pondering the ‘user friendliness’ of sites in Cyprus:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2013/08/25/how-user-friendly-are-our-top-historical-tourist-attractions/
================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v16n34.html

… and the one which should appear shortly:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v16n35.html
------
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
================================================================
Degas’ Method:

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

DaVinci:

http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/58727/Venice-hosts-biggest-da-Vinci-show-in-30-years.html

American Modern:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/arts/design/american-modern-hopper-to-okeeffe-opens-at-moma.html?ref=design

Secrets in the Script-Printmaking:

http://www.newsmirror.net/articles/2013/08/23/entertainment/doc521525789047e352922633.txt

The Sackler has received some nice South Arabian artifacts:

http://www.newsmirror.net/articles/2013/08/23/entertainment/doc521525789047e352922633.txt

The Museum for African Art is broadening its mandate:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/arts/design/museum-for-african-art-regroups-with-a-broader-mandate.html?ref=arts

More on that Stubbs dispute:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=64490#.UhoLPH_9WQk
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
How they got Dvorak to come to New York:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/arts/music/the-deal-that-brought-dvorak-to-new-york.html?ref=arts
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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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Igor Kopytoff:

http://articles.philly.com/2013-08-24/news/41444168_1_university-city-west-philadelphia-citizenship

Tom Christian:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/world/asia/tom-christian-descendant-of-bounty-mutineer-dies-at-77.html?hp&_r=0
================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
ArchaeoNews Podcast 236:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/archaeo-news-podcast-236

Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews20130818.mp3

================================================================
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/

New Cities in Late Antiquity (November 9-10):

http://www.nit-istanbul.org/NewCitiesinLateAntiquity.pdf
================================================================
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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