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explorator 16.26

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explorator 16.26                               October 13, 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.
You might want to add Explorator to your address book or whatever
to ensure it gets through.
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, Wilfried Zankl, Christopher Fennell,
Wendy van Duivenvoorde, Francis Deblauwe, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths,and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this
week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

n.b. I'm hearing of folks getting issues of explorator with
links that aren't 'live', but I can't really figure out whether
there's a pattern to it or not. If you do find yourself with a
collection of links that aren't live, please let me know so I
can figure it out. Only one last week, near as I can
tell ...

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of recycling by early hominids:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.551898
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-israel-conference-cavemen-recycling.html
http://phys.org/news300684091.html
http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/337944?type=ap
http://www.timesofisrael.com/cavemen-were-great-recyclers-israeli-scientists-say/
http://www.canada.com/technology/Hundreds+thousands+years+cavemen+recycled+scientists+Israel/9024333/story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2454293/Did-neanderthals-invent-RECYCLING-Human-ancestors-collected-broken-tools-make-new-ones-300-000-years-ago.html
http://www.salon.com/2013/10/11/israel_conference_cavemen_discovered_recycling/

Neanderthals apparently had a taste for chyme:

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/gory-details/neandertals-ate-stomach-goop-and-you-can-too

A study suggests most Paleolithic cave art was done by women:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-archeologist-paleolithic-cave-art-women.html
http://phys.org/news300700691.html
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/10/ancient-women-artists-may-be-responsible-for-most-cave-art/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2451442/Earliest-artists-women-claim-researchers-study-cave-paintings-reveal-majority-prints-female-hands.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/512793/20131010/archaeology-upper-paleolithic-handprint-prehistoric-cave-art.htm
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131008-women-handprints-oldest-neolithic-cave-art/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/photogalleries/cave-handprints-actually-women-missions-pictures/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/photogalleries/cave-handprints-actually-women-missions-pictures/photo2.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/512793/20131010/archaeology-upper-paleolithic-handprint-prehistoric-cave-art.htm

Ancient humans used toothpicks and had other habits that shaped their jaws:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24396757
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-differences-hominin-jaw.html
http://io9.com/toothpicks-have-been-around-for-1-8-million-years-1442468035

Suggestion that dexterity preceded agility in human development:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-evolved-firsta-dexterous-agile-foot.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131006204157.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/r-wef100413.php
http://esciencenews.com/articles/2013/10/07/what.evolved.first.a.dexterous.hand.or.agile.foot

cf http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/368/1630/20120417(abstract)
http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/368/1630/20120417.full (full
text)

cf http://paleolithicrecycling.wix.com/recycling

More on Neanderthals developing tools before other hominids:

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Ex-ballerina-makes-crucial-Neanderthal-discovery-4874237.php
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A stolen Ptolemaic mummy was found in a house in Giza:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/83434/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Stolen-Ptolemaic-mummy-found-in-Egypts-Giza.aspx

Suggestion that there might be more to find in Tel Basta:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/10/07/triad-statue-of-ramses-ii-might-indicate-a-second-temple/

The Russian public apparently came to the aid of archaeologists who ran out
of funding:

http://en.ria.ru/science/20131008/184002767/Russian-Public-Bails-Out-Archeologists-For-Egypt-Dig-Mission.html


Suggestion that the much-ballyhooed Herod’s Tomb might not have been his:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.551881

Israel is planning to put a pile of Hebrew manuscripts online:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4436685,00.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Israel-to-post-rare-Hebrew-manuscripts-online-4866440.php
http://news.yahoo.com/israel-post-rare-hebrew-manuscripts-online-190619548.html

Remember that date palm seed from Herod’s palace that they planted eight or
so years ago? It’s thriving:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2449556/Could-Jesus-sat-tree-grown-2-000-year-old-seed.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2449556/Could-Jesus-sat-tree-grown-2-000-year-old-seed.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/extinct-tree-grows-anew-after-archaeologists-dig-ancient-seed-stockpile.html

Pondering who built the water system at Megiddo:

http://asorblog.org/?p=5873&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAsorBlog+%28The+ASOR+Blog%29


Plenty of coverage of a ‘lost code’ find from Mesopotamia:

http://www.livescience.com/40317-clues-to-lost-prehistoric-code-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/40297-lost-prehistoric-code-photos.html (photos)
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/clues-to-prehistoric-code-foundin-mesopotamia-131011.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/clues-lost-prehistoric-code-discovered-mesopotamia-113128677.html

Polish archaeologists have ‘saved’ fragments of a relief destroyed in 1996
in Iraq:

http://www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/en/news/news,397329,polish-archaeologists-in-iraq-saved-a-unique-4500-years-old-monument.html

Increased security in the Kurdish sections of Iraq has been a good thing
for archaeology:

http://www.voanews.com/content/regional-security-boost-archeology-in-northern-iraq/1759818.html

As might be expected, all of Syria’s sites top the list of World Monument
Fund’s threatened sites:

http://www.heraldstandard.com/united_states_ap/syria-s-cultural-heritage-among-threatened-sites/article_a5156642-3cec-567c-8c3e-3b097444b6c7.html
http://seattletimes.com/html/travel/2021993754_threatenedculturalsitesxml.html?syndication=rss
http://www.newsdaily.com/asia/574d0cd4d58dd957603d19739cc0a423/syrias-cultural-heritage-among-threatened-sites
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/oct/13/cultural-heritage-sites-in-syria-threatened-by/
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Art/2013/Oct-10/234093-syria-monuments-among-threatened-sites.ashx

Excavating the ‘holy’ Hittite city of Nerik:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/holy-hittite-city-being-unearthed.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56087&NewsCatID=375

Feature on archaeology in Sidon:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/robert-fisk/ancient-sidon-archaeological-dig-that-could-transform-our-understanding-of-lebanons-bloody-past-29648827.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-sidon-sifting-through-the-citys-deadly-history-8869635.html

Overviewish thing on archaeology in Bahrain (where archaeologists are
apparently
tomb raiders?):

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/bahrain-s-tomb-raiders-522098.html

Gaby Barkay is on tour:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/10/04/4356792/scholar-explains-earliest-biblical.html#.UlIDK1CkoZ5

On women’s roles in the times of the DSS:

http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2013/october/brooten.html

Oops … that rhyton which the US gave to Iran as a gift last week might be a
fake:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1310/S00063/a-fake-americas-souvenir-to-the-iranian-people.htm

Plans for a roof at Gobekli Tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roof-to-preserve-gobeklitepe-excavation-area-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56088&NewsCatID=375

Suggestion that we shouldn’t ‘toss the Bible out’ of archaeology:

http://asorblog.org/?p=5912

… although it’s not always necessary to bring it up:

http://asorblog.org/?p=5921

More on that 4000 years b.p. preserved brain from Turkey:

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/10/archaeologists-just-found-someones-4000-year-old-brain/
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/discovery-of-bronze-age-boiled-brains-in-kutahya-shakes-science.aspx?pageID=238&nid=56024&NewsCatID=375
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/10/07/4000-year-old-brain-unearthed-in-turkey/

More on finds from Idu:

http://www.livescience.com/40043-photos-ancient-iraq-city-discovered.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/ancient-city-mound-iraq_n_4022286.html?utm_hp_ref=archaeology

Latest claim that Jesus was invented by Roman aristocrats as some sort of
psyop:

http://uk.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11201273.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451087/American-Bible-scholar-claims-ancient-confessions-prove-story-Jesus-Christ-entirely-fabricated-Roman-aristocrats.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/scholar-claims-jesus-was-roman-hoax-131011.htm

http://guardianlv.com/2013/10/atheists-skeptical-of-atwills-claim-of-a-fabricated-jesus/

More on that siddur from the Green collection:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/172575#.Ulp7-FMY2So
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A portico/stoa discovery from Argilos is being pressified by some news
outlets as an ancient strip mall:

http://phys.org/news300535839.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uom-doa100913.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131009100113.htm
http://www.livescience.com/40331-ancient-greek-portico-argilos.html
http://news.discovery.com/earth/an-ancient-strip-mall-found-in-greece-131011.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-portico-argilos-greece-01452.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/10/10/2700-year-old-portico-discovered-in-greece/
http://esciencenews.com/articles/2013/10/09/discovery.a.2700.year.old.portico.greece
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/10/2700-year-old-portico-unearthed-in-greece-is-one-of-the-oldest-structures-in-the-region/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2451994/The-2-700-year-old-SHOPPING-MALL-Building-hosted-shops--including-bakery-chemist--discovered-Greece.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2013/discovery-2700-year-old-portico-argilos
http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-citys-strip-mall-unearthed-greece-181854190.html
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/ancient-citys-strip-mall-unearthed-greece-181854190.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2013/discovery-2700-year-old-portico-argilos

Some legionary barracks from Bulgaria:

http://www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/en/news/news,397434,uw-archaeologists-have-discovered-legion-barracks-in-bulgaria.html

Remains of a Roman villa from near Devizes:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/10726165.Remains_of_2_000_year_old_Roman_villa_found_near_Devizes/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-24477265

A massive Corinthian capital find from Kyzikos:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2013/10/05/-Biggest-Roman-capital-unearthed-in-Turkey-.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-biggest-column-head-found-in-balikesir.aspx?PageID=238&NID=55768&NewsCatID=375

I think we mentioned this ancient road find (now at the centre of a
protest) from Thessaloniki a while ago:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-greeks-ancient-road-subway-site.html
http://bismarcktribune.com/lifestyles/hometown/greeks-hope-to-save-ancient-road-on-subway-site/article_257f902c-3133-11e3-99fc-0019bb2963f4.html
http://www.newsdaily.com/article/b85e7032e2165c62418689cbc88f4b1c/greeks-hope-to-save-ancient-road-on-subway-site
http://www.timesonline.com/news/world/europe/greeks-hope-to-save-ancient-road-on-subway-site/article_a915fe0b-25c2-5b35-ab0c-d0d9a68da203.html
http://www.canada.com/life/Greek+archaeologists+demand+that+Roman+road+kept+site+subway+station/9007499/story.html

Roman finds from Alcoutim (Portugal):

http://theportugalnews.com/news/roman-ruins-discovered-in-alcoutim/29624
http://www.algarve123.com/en/Articles/1-2443/Two_thousand_year-old_Roman_ruin_discovered_in_Alcoutim
http://www.algarve2u.com/new-discoveries-alcoutim-castle/

The Colosseum is covered in scaffolding:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/12/colosseum-renovations-scaffolding-photos_n_4078012.html

Plans to resume excavations at Rataria:

http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=f3403

Plans to move mosaics found at Tarsus to a museum:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-mosaics-found-in-tarsus-to-move-into-museum-.aspx?PageID=238&NID=55953&NewsCatID=375

Feature on giants and Alexander the Great:

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2013/10/alexander-the-great-and-the-giants.html

Nice feature on Tyrian purple:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/science/the-color-of-royalty-bestowed-by-science-and-snails.html?ref=science&_r=0


There’s actually very little classical content in this story about the
‘mother’ of Roman perfumes:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-experts-mother-roman-perfumes-mediterranean.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131009100109.htm

They’re still using this Roman bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24493177

A couple guys trying to sell a Greek Neolithic figurine got their
comeuppance:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/10/09/two-arrests-for-smuggling-7000-year-old-figurines/
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/oct/11/eu-greece-prehistoric-statuette/
http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/2013/10/09/greece-held-for-smuggling-prehistoric-statuette/kn0QzoME02TbyPtLtSN8MI/story.html

On budget cuts as the source of the demise of the Library at Alexandria
(hmmmm):

http://io9.com/the-great-library-at-alexandria-was-destroyed-by-budget-1442659066

The archaeological park at Metaponto has flooded again:

http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2013/10/09/Metaponto-park-flooded-third-time-five-years_9436071.html

Another feature on Archaic Colors:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_11/10/2013_522731

More on the Bosham head:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131008112432.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24442207

More on those Crossrail skulls:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131003-roman-skulls-london-boudicca/

More on the origins of Aosta
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2449846/Birthdate-Italian-city-revealed-thanks-2000-year-old-carving-PENISES-Roman-wall.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plenty of DNA news this week … first, on DNA and Europe’s genetic diversity:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131010142650.htm
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-ancient-dna-unravels-europe-genetic.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uoa-adu100813.php
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/608664/?sc=c52

… and how hunter gatherers and farmers shared a burial ground in Germany,
but don’t appear to have interbred much:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-european-hunter-gatherers-immigrant-farmers-side-by-side.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/ucl-eha101013.php
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/1011/Fossils-show-ancient-European-farmers-and-hunter-gatherers-coexisted-but-stuck-to-their-own
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/stone-age-farmers-hunters-kept-their-distance/2013/10/10/59f46f12-31ab-11e3-89ae-16e186e117d8_story.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/10/09/science.1245049
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6155/257.abstract
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/suppl/2013/10/10/342.6155.257.DC1/Brandt.SM.pdf
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24385-huntergatherers-got-on-fine-with-europes-first-farmers.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news
http://www.idw-online.de/de/news555973
http://dienekes.blogspot.co.at/2013/10/ancient-central-european-mtdna-across.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2013/hunter-gatherer-and-farmer-lived-side-by-side-for-2000-years

Here’s both of the above in one article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24475342

… and on some living descendents of Oetzi:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24477038
http://austriantimes.at/news/General_News/2013-10-10/49939/Living_descendents_of_ice_man_%D6tzi_found_
http://austriantribune.com/informationen/132601-link-oetzi-iceman-found-19-tyrolean-men
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2453857/Scientists-trace-19-living-relatives-tzi-Iceman-5-300-year-old-body-frozen-Alps.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/19347758/iceman-has-austrian-relatives/

… and on the female European origins of the Askenazi:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131008112539.htm
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-ancestry-ashkenazi-jews.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uoh-nii100813.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24442352
http://www.livescience.com/40247-ashkenazi-jews-have-european-genes.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/science/ashkenazi-origins-may-be-with-european-women-study-finds.html
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.551825
http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/10/10/new-data-shows-ashkenazis-have-western-european-dna/
http://www.ibtimes.com/ashkenazi-jews-trace-ancestry-europe-not-near-east-ancient-jewish-men-married-european-women-1417850

… and that a mummified head might not be Henry IV as long believed:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131009130001.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/kl-nrr100913.php
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-dna-isnt-french-king-henri.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=65515
http://www.livescience.com/40303-mummified-head-henry-iv.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/53236423/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/mummified-head-may-not-belong-king-henry-iv/#.UlggLhAqhY4
http://news.discovery.com/history/mummified-head-may-not-belong-to-king-henry-iv-131009.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/10/10/mummified-head-may-not-belong-to-king-henry-iv/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10368077/Researchers-say-mummified-head-isnt-French-King-Henri-IV.html
http://dienekes.blogspot.co.at/2013/10/house-of-bourbon-belonged-to-y.html
http://www.kuleuven.be/english/news/new-research-refutes-previous-identification-of-mummified-head-of-king-henry-iv-of-france

4000 years b.p. farming tools from near Oxford:

http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/10722872.City_history_group_uncover_farm_tools_from_Stone_Age/?ref=rss

A 3000 years b.p. sundial from the Ukraine:

http://www.livescience.com/40227-bronze-age-sundial-grave.html
http://www.livescience.com/40220-album-ancient-bronze-age-sundial.html(photos)
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/bronze-age-sundial-reveals-lost-civilizations-tech-savvy-8C11356133
http://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-sundial-discovered-bronze-age-ukrainian-grave-oldest-its-kind-photos-1417592
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2454533/Ukrainian-Bronze-Age-stone-revealed-oldest-sundial--mark-location-sacrificial-grave.html?amp&
http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine-abroad/daily-mail-ukrainian-bronze-age-stone-revealed-to-be-oldest-sundial-ever-found-330416.html

On the restoration of the Solto dolmen (etc.):

http://gizmodo.com/this-insane-ancient-tomb-has-been-restored-to-its-prehi-1443359358

Proof of migration from Sweden to Poland/Silesia during the Bronze Age:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131007094247.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uog-poh100713.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2013/bronze-age-europe-the-first-industrial-revolution

A Wars of the Roses site designation messes up railway construction:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10364963/New-blow-for-HS2-as-lost-battlefield-is-found-on-route.html

Reviewish sort of thing on the suggestion that the Celts built a pile of
roads designated as Roman in the UK:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10367457/Roman-roads-were-actually-built-by-the-Celts-new-book-claims.html
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/11/ancient-paths-graham-robb-review

An Iron Age camp from a quarry in Ripon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-24506936

Digging at Amesbury to figure out Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-24488759

Evidence of Richard III’s lost chapel near York:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/NEWS/10720820.Archaeologists_find_evidence_of_Richard_III_s_lost_chapel_near_York/?ref=rss
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/NEWS/10720671.Evidence_unearthed_of_Richard_III_s_lost_chapel/?ref=rss
http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/10720671._/

Work has begun to extract that royal burial from Lincoln Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-24459825

Latest news on Oswestry Hill fort:
http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2013/10/12/top-level-talks-in-bid-to-safeguard-oswestry-hillfort/

The HMS Invincible is threatened:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-24463265

Other sites in UK designated as ‘at risk’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/10366954/Home-of-Britains-earliest-Neanderthals-among-heritage-sites-at-risk.html
http://www.yourthanet.co.uk/news/kent_sites_added_to_english_heritage_at_risk_register_1_2867015
http://www.yourcanterbury.co.uk/news/kent_sites_added_to_english_heritage_at_risk_register_1_2867015
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2451614/English-Heritage-calls-volunteer-jobs-save-countrys-precious-buildings.html

A major bust in Albania:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=65509

On Walter Raleigh’s desire for Elizabeth I:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=65502

Feature on the Cheapside Hoard:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/oct/10/cheapside-hoard-treasure-byzantium-london-museum

http://www.newsdaily.com/travel/c705beabd98cefeb440a01bcd0f734b2/cheapside-hoard-puts-17th-century-bling-on-display

Feature on the Battle of Crecy:

http://www.historytoday.com/richard-barber/edward-iii-and-battle-cr%C3%A9cy

Feature on efforts to save Venice:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-science-venice.html

… and testing the latest:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-venice-billion-euro-barriers.html

Feature on Tantallon Castle:

http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/10/10/474485-uncovering-tantallon-castles-secrets/

More on that (other) lost medieval church at York:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art455944

More on ‘Sweden’s Pompeii”:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2445652/Archaeologists-unearth-Swedish-Pompeii-Hundreds-died-brutal-massacre-island-fort.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
http://www.ibtimes.com/swedish-pompeii-uncovered-terrible-massacre-involving-hundreds-people-photo-1415850
http://news.yahoo.com/scene-1-500-old-massacre-uncovered-sweden-160057004.html
http://www.thelocal.se/50604/20131004/

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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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Neolithic remains from the Gayathripuzha river valley:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/neolithic-settlements-in-gayathripuzha-river-valley/article5231210.ece

A Saka era granite sculpture from Kazakhstan:

http://en.tengrinews.kz/science/Karaganda-archaeologists-discover-Saka-era-granite-sculpture-23109/

Finds from various periods from tombs found in China’s Hebei province:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-10/11/content_17025133.htm
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/ancient-tombs-discovered-in-china-113101100547_1.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/ancient-tombs-discovered-in-china-113101100547_1.html

38 Han dynasty tombs from Sichuan:

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/38-tombs-rare-figurine-unearthed-sichuan

Feature on the Dunhuang caves

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/10/dunhuang-china-manuscripts-secret-library-digital-archive.html

Evidence of 1st century A.D./C.E. fashion in India:

http://www.asianage.com/india/archaeological-finds-reveal-fashion-trend-2000-yrs-ago-432

Buddhist sites in India in a ‘despicable state’:

http://www.dailynews.lk/features/most-buddhist-sites-india-despicable-state

An unfinished 8th century cave temple find from Tamil Nadu:

http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/ASI-finds-incomplete-7th-century-cave-temple-in-TN/2013/10/11/article1830980.ece
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/1902071/report-archaeologists-have-stumbled-upon-an-unfinished-cave-temple-considered-to-date-back-to-8th-century-ad

A letter with an eyewitness account of the ‘capture’ of Ned Kelly has
turned up:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24440748

The US has returned a pile of Ban Chiang artifacts to Thailand:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/373888/americans-return-ban-chiang-artefacts

Plans for Google Street view to map 100 heritage sites in India:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10360711/Google-Street-View-to-capture-Indias-monuments.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/google-asi-usher-in-digital-tourism-in-india-113100600253_1.html

What Arlene Rosen is up to:

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/10/06/professor-explores-human-effects-on-landscape-in-ancient-china

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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
================================================================
A 1500 years b.p. midden from near Barrow (Alaska):

http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/1340dig_reveals_1500-year-old_midden_near_barrow

An 18th century mission site near St Augustine:

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-10-13/story/archaeologists-discover-rare-18th-century-mission-site-st-augustine

Digging will resume at the Old Vero Man site in January:

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/oct/09/excavation-at-old-vero-man-site-in-vero-beach-to/?partner=yahoo_feeds

Reviewish/interviewish thing on Thomas Jefferson’s Quran:

http://www.npr.org/2013/10/12/230503444/the-surprising-story-of-thomas-jeffersons-quran

Reviewish/interviewish thing on Benjamin Franklin’s sister:

http://www.npr.org/2013/10/10/231431080/meet-bens-sister-jane-historys-forgotten-franklin

Some forgotten Civil War poetry has been found:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-forgotten-poems-recovered-american-civil.html

Feature on the South’s expulsion of British diplomats during the Civil War:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/the-expulsion-of-the-consuls/

Sites in Newfoundland are threatened:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/province-s-archaeological-sites-threatened-group-says-1.1894757

A growop has damaged an ancient village site in California:

http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_24277830/are-marijuana-gardens-destroying-history
http://www.times-standard.com/news/ci_24279615/are-marijuana-gardens-destroying-history
================================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
1500 years b.p. finds in the waters of Lake Titicaca:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=65542
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-bolivia-lake-titicaca-yields-trove.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20131009-archaeologists-bolivia-find-1500-year-old-treasures

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-archaeologists-discover-inca-gold-artifacts-at-lake-titicaca-101109
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gFP4TBHjCZOZObroZW9uclzE2TfA?docId=e163de82-ef38-4704-99d1-a837396126d8&hl=en

Nice vintage mummy bundle photo:

http://www.penn.museum/blog/museum/archives-photo-of-the-week-mummy-bundles/

Some interesting archaeoastronomical alignments at Machu Picchu:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2013/new-archaeoastronomical-alignments-found-at-machu-picchu

An exhibit in Brazil seems to be suggesting much older human arrival
timelines:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/09/30000-year-old-brazilian-artifacts-throw-wrench-in-theory-humans-first-arrived-in-americas-12000-years-ago/
http://www.afp.com/en/news/topstories/prehistoric-brazil-artifacts-star-exhibit-spark-debate
-----
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
================================================================

Shakespeare’s ‘fingerprints’ have been found in three other Elizabethan
plays:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/oct/12/shakespeare-new-plays?CMP=twt_fd


There might be trouble afoot for history and archaeology degrees in
Pennsylvania (or at least this writer seems to be going out of his way to
be offensive):

http://triblive.com/opinion/ericheyl/4866479-74/majors-brogan-education#axzz2haynIUQ2

… and perhaps he should be sent this:

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/10/10/history-shows-humanities-have-vocational-utility-essay

We’ve had some region-specific ‘threatened sites’ items this week … these
ones are more general:

http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2022018761_endangeredmonumentsxml.html?syndication=rss
http://www.contracostatimes.com/rss/ci_24282919?source=rss

… and we’ll follow it up with a feature on sites destroyed by “stupid
humans”:

http://io9.com/ancient-archeological-sites-that-were-destroyed-by-care-1442434226

A timeline for the Higgs boson thing:

http://phys.org/news/2013-10-ancient-greece-nobel-prize-higgs.html

A Velazquez copy might be genuine:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/arts/Velzquez-Copy-May-Be-the-Real-Thing.html?ref=arts

Why paintings turn black:

http://www.nature.com/news/paintings-turning-black-blame-mercury-1.13887

Interesting story of the model in a missing Norman Rockwell painting:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/nyregion/the-mystery-behind-the-model-for-a-vanished-rockwell-painting.html?ref=nyregion

The fun you might have with a 3d printer:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/11/231450884/3-d-printing-a-masterwork-for-your-living-room?sc=17&f=1001

Gavin Menzies’ theories about China and North America are back in the news:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2449265/Who-Discovered-America--Controversial-historian-Gavin-Menzies-claims-Chinese-reached-New-World-first.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Although still extinct, the Dodo may have survived longer than previously
thought:

http://www.livescience.com/40253-dodo-extinction-date-revised.html

More arrests associated with the Kapoor antiquities thing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/arts/design/new-arrest-in-inquiry-on-art-looting.html?ref=design

Review of the *Kraus Project*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/books/review/jonathan-franzens-kraus-project.html?ref=books

Review of Wendy Lower, *Hitler’s Furies*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/books/hitlers-furies-by-wendy-lower-examines-german-women.html?ref=books
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Gezer:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/discover-gezer-israels-lost-city/

Ethiopia:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/travel/ethiopia-land-of-dust-eucalyptus-and-hope.html

Mumbai:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/travel/A-Greeting-That-Opens-the-Doors-to-India.html

Four Corners desert:

http://www.edmondsun.com/features/x2112890888/Four-Corners-desert-tells-story-of-the-Southwest

Amman

http://www.bahighlife.com/Destinations/City-hot-spots-Downtown-Amman.html

Masada

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/travel/In-Israel-an-Americans-Passion-for-Masada.html

Angkor Wat

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/oct/11/angkor-wat-cambodia-three-days-holiday-itinerary
================================================================
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.com/club_nbs_esylum_v16n41.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.com/club_nbs_esylum_v16n42.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
================================================================
Nude Man in Art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/arts/centuries-of-men-baring-it-all.html?ref=arts

From Donatello to Lippi:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/arts/prato-Masterpieces-From-an-Italian-Workshop.html?ref=arts

The Armory Show at 100:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/arts/design/the-armory-show-at-100-looks-back-at-a-revolution.html?ref=design

Take Note:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/arts/design/take-note-at-mount-vernon.html?ref=westchester

Pre Columbian Remix:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/nyregion/a-review-of-pre-columbian-remix-exhibition-at-the-neuberger-museum.html?ref=arts

Mondrian:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=65571

Poe:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=65564

Measuring and Mapping Space:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/mapping-the-mapmakers/1181862/

Kongo Across the Waters:

http://kongoacrossthewaters.net/

Cleopatra:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2013/10/11/Exhibits-Cleopatra-Rome-the-Enchantment-Egypt-_9444195.html

The Renaissance and Dreams:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=65534
Feature on the Spring antiques fair:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/spicing-up-a-spring-antiques-fair/?ref=design

On auction houses in Hong Kong:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/04/arts/international/niche-auction-houses-thrive-in-hong-kong.html?ref=arts

On the new buyers entering the auctions fray:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/04/arts/international/new-buyers-transform-auctions-world.html?ref=arts
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Macbeth:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/nyregion/a-review-of-macbeth-at-hartford-stage.html?ref=arts

12 Years a Slave:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/movies/a-discussion-of-steve-mcqueens-film-12-years-a-slave.html?hp

Pro Musica Polonia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/arts/music/new-york-early-music-celebrations-pro-musica-polonica.html

Nice feature on Verdi’s operas:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/10/10/231015862/verdis-operas-a-vigorous-soundtrack-to-human-nature

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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
================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews20131006.mp3
================================================================
UPCOMING CONFERENCES
================================================================
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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