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explorator 16.38 January 15,2014
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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,
Wilfried Zankl, Mary Reed, Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heuman, 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. The problem with dead links seems to be -- for the most part --
specific to yahoomail users (although some .edu addresses seem
also to be affected). If this doesn't apply to you, all I can
suggest is that you cut and paste the following link to read it
via yahoo's site:

http://www.yahoogroups.com/neo/groups/Explorator/conversations/topics

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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On Neanderthal genes in Asian populations (not sure if we mentioned this
one):

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/2014-01/03/content_17214513.htm

OpEd on assorted hominid news from 2013, especially Denisovans:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25559172

Most fascinating discoveries of 2013:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/01/01/the-most-fascinating-human-evolution-discoveries-of-2013/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+observations%2Ffeed+%28Blog%3A+Observations%29

… and what we learned about human origins in 2013:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/12/30/what-learned-about-human-origins-in-2013/

Not sure where to put this one … some purportedly Neanderthal remains from
Italy
have turned out to be medieval:

http://www.livescience.com/42231-neanderthal-remains-disproved.html

On hobbits, dwarves, and the like:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/12/are_hobbits_human_can_elves_and_humans_and_dwarves_interbreed.html

More on Neanderthal speech capabilities:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/neanderthal-speech-hyoid-bone-hypothesis

More on tracing diabetes back to Neanderthal genes:

http://www.livescience.com/42278-neanderthal-gene-explains-type-2-diabetes.html
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/25/256832685/diabetes-gene-common-in-latinos-has-ancient-roots?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25506198

More on Neanderthal neatness:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/neanderthal-caves-organized-as-pleasant-places-to-live-1.2483451

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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As might be expected, a report on Tut’s mummified member is getting press
attention:
http://www.livescience.com/42290-king-tut-mummified-penis-explained.html

Tomb of a Ramesside-era bigwig beer maker from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/90724/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tomb-of-chief-beer-maker-discovered-in-Egypts-Luxo.aspx
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25593526
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/01/discovered-the-tomb-of-an-ancient-egyptian-beer-brewer/282801/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67252
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140103-egyptian-tomb-discovery-brewer/
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jan/03/archaeologists-discover-tomb-luxor-egypt
http://phys.org/news307971883.html
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20140103/DAB3DEI80.html
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/03/ancient-tomb-of-a-leading-egyptian-beer-producer-uncovered-in-luxor/
http://luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.co.at/2014/01/the-way-to-start-new-year-ramesside.html
(photos)

This could be any tomb find, I suppose:

http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=75120

A pile of items are missing from the Aswan Museum:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/world/middleeast/egypt-artifacts-taken-from-museum.html
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/world/article/Egypt-96-artifacts-stolen-from-museum-5106796.php
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/90515/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/--ancient-Egyptian-amulets-missing-from-Aswan-stor.aspx

A Polish team is seeking funds for an excavation of a priestly tomb:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/157576,Poles-seek-funds-to-uncover-Ancient-Egyptian-tomb

If you’re wondering what Zahi Hawass is up to:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/02/zahi-hawass-egypt-abdel-fatah-al-sisi-pharaoh

Discussing how best to protect sites in Egypt:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/01/01/tourism-in-the-news-antiquities-ministry-meets-with-national-security-and-tourism-police/

… because tourism is hurting:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67196

Latest thing on atherosclerosis and mummies:

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Atherosclerosis/43647

Apologies for entering pyramids and doing bad things:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/german-researchers-apologize-unauthorized-entry-pyramids

Latest repatriation of a stolen item is from Brussels:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/90307/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Bust-of-a-th-dynasty-prince-recovered-from-Brussel.aspxv

Feature on repatriation in general:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-tug-of-war-over-ancient-treasures/

Very interesting report on the find of some textiles possibly dyed with
tekhelet:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/researchers-find-ancient-fabrics-in-colors-noted-in-jewish-sources/2013/12/31/
http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/life-in-israel-blogs/100-years-to-tekhelet-research/2013/12/31/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.566199
http://www.antiquities.org.il/article_Item_eng.asp?sec_id=25&subj_id=240
http://phys.org/news/2013-12-israel-elusive-biblical-blue.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/elusive-biblical-blue-found-140102.htm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175770#.UsiRpvbfT-k
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67204
http://www.livescience.com/42265-ancient-israeli-fabrics-regal-dye.html
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2013/12/31/first-definitive-proof-of-ancient-blue-dye-tekhelet-revealed-in-israel
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/elusive-biblical-blue-dye-found-isreali-researcher-says/
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/31/archaeologists-make-incredibly-rare-find-with-roots-in-the-bible/

cf:
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/biblical-archaeology-topics/scholars-study-the-great-tekhelet-debate/

That oldest Solomonic inscription might refer to ‘cheap wine’:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.566390

Talmud-era Jewish community at Elad?:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175778

Latest ‘caught red handed’ tomb-robber tale:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175670

Feature on graffiti from the Church of the Nativity:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/23/graffiti-selfies-record-bethlehem-pilgrims-church-nativity

Next saga from Jerusalem might be the proposed Kedem Compound:

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Archeologists-denounce-plans-for-visitors-center-outside-Old-City-336983

… or the Khan Lubin site:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175658#.UsiS0_bfT-k

… but both will have to go quite a ways to rival the latest Temple Mount
news:

http://jewishvoiceny.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6144
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.565857

… and the reaction:

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Classified-comptroller-report-on-Temple-Mount-slams-government-for-failing-to-protect-area-from-Wakf-336515

Review of Galor and Bloedhorn, *The Archaeology of Jerusalem*:

http://www.jewishjournal.com/books/article/archaeology_truth_jerusalem

More on that fountain from a Ramla estate:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/900-year-old-fountain-uncovered-ramla-estate

More on meat mummies:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131229/news/712299979/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
================================================================
Interesting 6000 years b.p. burials of horses and a pregnant woman from
Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/156868/6000-Year-Old+Skeleton+Shows+Woman+Was+Buried+Pregnant+in+Bulgaria

A Mycenean necropolis from Eghion:

http://www.sotterraneidiroma.it/notizie-sdr/item/scoperta-in-grecia-necropoli-micenea-di-3500-anni-fa?category_id=20
(Italian)
http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/News/Sport/Archeologia-scoperta-in-Grecia-necropoli-micenea-di-3500-anni-fa_321060460705.html
(Italian)

An epipaleolithic (?) site from the Trodos Mountains (Cyprus):

http://incyprus.philenews.com/en-gb/Blogs/4324/38985/excavation-find

Roman remains from Horndean (UK):

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/discovered-pottery-in-horndean-sheds-light-on-history-of-the-region-1-5776708

Some Hellenistic tombs in Mugla apparently aren’t getting in the way of
road construction:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/centuries-old-tombs-to-remain-under-road.aspx

Roman sarcophagi from Amasya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-sarcophagi-at-construction-site.aspx?pageID=238&nid=60275&NewsCatID=375

A “parliament building” from Assos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/anatolias-oldest-parliament-unveiled-in-assos-at-cross-paths-of-plato-and-aristotle.aspx?pageID=238&nID=60471&NewsCatID=375

Finds from Torcello:

http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/News/Spettacolo/Archeologia-scavi-di-Torcello-rivelano-intensa-attivita-agricola_321055739089.html

Bravo to the UCincy press folk for hyping papers presented by their
Classicists at the latest
AIA/APA shindig … first one on elite dining habits at Pompeii:

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=19029
http://www.livescience.com/42309-food-eaten-by-pompeii-residents.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/giraffe-was-on-menu-in-pompeii-restaurants-140103.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/elite-ancient-pompeii-dined-sea-urchin-giraffe-203930684.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2533190/A-serving-giraffe-legs-order-spicy-sea-urchin-The-diet-chav-Romans-Pompeii-revealed.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/how-did-people-in-ancient-pompeii-end-up-eating-giraffes/282795/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-pompeii-diet-01658.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/giraffe-was-on-the-menu-in-pompeii
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/uoc-nsf010214.php
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-scrounging-scraps-uncovers-diets-middle.html

… and floor decoration in the Bronze Age:

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=19011
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/uoc-uru010214.php
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-uncover-ancient-artists-palace-floor.html

… and what we learn about ancient Antioch from Google Earth:

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=18991
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140102112336.htm
http://phys.org/news307878266.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/uoc-mtw010214.php

The Roman roots of New Year Resolutions:

http://phys.org/news/2013-12-ancient-traditions-year-resolutions.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131230191042.htm

Feature on the Francois Vase:

http://www.nzz.ch/wissenschaft/uebersicht/ein-meisterwerk-antiker-griechischer-toepferkunst-1.18212814(German)

Interesting study of the ‘sundial’ of Augustus and its actual date:

http://www.livescience.com/42252-3d-simulations-rome-ara-pacis.html
http://phys.org/news307705107.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/secret-to-ancient-sundial-revealed-in-3d-simulations-131231.htm

Mapping Roman aqueducts:

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-roman-aqueducts-20140101,0,908419.story?track=rss

Latin on the rise in the UK:

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/latin-learning-rise-schools-072419920.html#2JLT42m

More on that Vatican necropolis:

http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/news/article/3720/Mudslides-helped-protect-ancient-Vatican-necropolis-

More on Oriens:

http://www.hinckleytimes.net/news/local-news/oriens-coffin-find-unravel-riddles-6442134
http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/Lead-coffin-Roman-child-unearthed-1-700-years/story-20389878-detail/story.html
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
================================================================
Neolithic finds from a Danish construction site:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/danish-finds-reveal-rare-glimpse-of-neolithic-life

Interesting burials and barrows from Chodlik (Poland):

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2013/early-medieval-burials-on-bronze-age-barrows-found-in-poland


Some Viking items looted in the 18th century turn up in the British Museum:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/jan/05/vikings-treasure-excavation-british-museum


Feature on Viking drinking horns:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/raising-a-horn-to-nordic-drinking-heritage

Latest on Richard III’s (re)burial plans:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-25349673
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67176

… while the archaeologist in charge received an OBE:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-25550983

Plans for Welshpool’s motte and bailey castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-25552396

More on that medieval well ‘murder mystery’:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2013/massacre-in-the-well-a-1200-year-old-murder-mystery

More on Spanish vineyards:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/vintage-find-1-000-year-old-vineyards-discovered-spain-2D11812515
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131223131040.htm
http://phys.org/news/2013-12-year-old-vineyards.html

More on Shakespeare’s house:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-25484161
-----
Archaeology in Europe Blog:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
================================================================
A 3500 years b.p. burial from Siberia is the latest ‘couple-holding-hands’
example
(and they didn’t wait till Valentine’s!):

http://news24online.com/3500-year-old-tombs-with-hand-holding-couples-found_LatestNews24_32213.aspx
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/3-500-old-tombs-couples-buried-holding-hands-084203984.html
http://www.asianage.com/newsmakers/hand-holding-couples-skeletons-discovered-048
http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/till-death-do-us-part-3500-year-old-tombs-with-hand-holding-couples-found/article1-1168340.aspx
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-/1214194/

A huge Ming-era stone bridge emerges as a Chinese lake dries up:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67250
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-ancient-stone-bridge-revealed-chinese.html

Excavating China’s first Great Wall:

http://www.npr.org/2013/12/29/255550362/centuries-before-chinas-great-wall-there-was-another

3000 b.p. tombs from Hubei:

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/202936/8501534.html
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=190704

Finds from Kowloon:

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1395272/ancient-relics-dug-kowloon

A hunch apparently led to all that Buddha birthdate stuff a few weeks back:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/a/-/lifestyle/20612123/how-a-hunch-led-to-stunning-claim-on-buddha-birth-date/
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/342509/lifestyle/artandculture/how-a-hunch-led-to-stunning-claim-on-buddha-birth-date

Excavations are about to commence at a Phanigiri Buddhist site:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Phanigiri-Buddhist-Site-Excavation-to-Begin-This-Month/2014/01/01/article1976230.ece

More fallout from that Unnao ‘treasure hunt’:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/historians-condemn-asis-treasure-hunt-in-unnao/article5520306.ece

A pile of antiquities being smuggled out of Pakistan turn out to be genuine:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1077212/majority-of-1155-smuggled-antiquities-found-genuine

More on the history of cats in China:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67202

More on tsunami history from an Indonesian cave:

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/12/indonesia-cave-reveals-history-ancient-tsunamis
-----
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
================================================================
8000 years b.p. artifacts from a dig in chilly Minnesota:

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/01/03/archaeology-chanhassen-shakopee-dig-artifact-spear-point-bison-hunters-gatherers/4309619/

Using LiDAR in New England:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140103-new-england-archaeology-lidar-science/

Hype for a program on the latest poking around on Oak Island:

http://www.newsdaily.com/entertainment/55ad13e4bd99c2fd1564b4308482fa7c/kingsford-natives-seek-treasure-on-canadian-island

A UK map dealer may have a hand drawn 1776 map of New York:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67256

A possible Confederate shipwreck (maybe) near Fort Morgan:

http://www.wkrg.com/story/24351114/shipwreck-uncovered-near-ft-morgan

Racing to explore coastal sites in the Arctic:

http://www.npr.org/2014/01/01/258889938/archeologists-race-against-time-in-warming-arctic-coasts

An historically-important letter relating to Independence turns up in a
museum attic sort
of situation:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/nyregion/letter-tied-to-fight-for-independence-is-found-in-museums-attic.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

Declining lake levels reveal some Gold Rush history in Folsom Lake:

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/31/6038870/folsom-lakes-decline-exposes-gold.html

A Civil War document signed by Lincoln is coming to auction:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/civil_war_document_signed_by_president_abraham_lincoln_to_be_auctioned_in_syracu.html

Latest in a series on the HMS Investigator:

http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2013-12-30/article-3560275/Canada%27s-attention-captured-as-HMS-Investigator-explored/1

Cakewalks weren’t always … er … cakewalks:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/12/23/256566647/the-extraordinary-story-of-why-a-cakewalk-wasnt-always-easy

OpEd on an Ancestral Pueblans site in Arizona:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/opinion/leave-these-southwest-ruins-alone.html?ref=opinion

Moving an old Canadian rural church to Louisiana:

http://www.newsdaily.com/canada/66f7f1ceec982b0139d01650f45057ba/canadian-church-to-be-rebuilt-in-rural-louisiana

Interesting feature on John Wesley Powell:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25491932

More on that disputed war shirt coming to auction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/28/arts/design/in-a-shirt-indian-family-sees-its-history.html?ref=design
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
What we’re learning from those 7000 years b.p. Mexican footprints:

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-discovery-oldest-footprints-clues-mexico.html
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014/01/02/7000-year-old-footprints-give-clues-to-climate-of-ancient-Mexico/UPI-54981388697973/?spt=nil&d=p
http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/news/story.aspx?id=1579

Interesting Aztec skull rack site found during subway construction:

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-mexico-subway-unusual-aztec.html#nwlt
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67201
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2532080/Mysterious-Aztec-human-sacrifice-skulls-dig-Mexico-City-subway.html#ixzz2pB7UQbUJ
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/mexico-subway-dig-turns-unusual-aztec-offering-21384900
http://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/17-arqueologia/6992-craneos-de-un-tzompantli-entre-los-hallazgos-en-la-linea-12-del-metro
(Spanish)
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/aztec-offerings-skull-rack-victims-found-mexico-city

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/mexico-city-dig-turns-unusual-aztec-offering-dogs-skull-2D11825902
http://www.newser.com/story/180008/subway-diggers-find-weird-sacrifice-in-mexico.html
http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/discovery/dig-turns-up-unusual-aztec-offering-1.1627841#.UsXGmbQyHZk
http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Mexico-subway-dig-turns-up-unusual-Aztec-find-20131231
http://www.abc.es/ciencia/20140102/abci-craneo-azteca-mexico-201401021546.html
(Spanish)
http://www.europapress.es/latam/mexico/noticia-hayan-craneos-humanos-canido-tzompantli-azteca-obras-metro-mexico-20140101215151.html
(Spanish)
http://noticieros.televisa.com/mexico-df/1312/destaca-inah-hallazgos-ubicados-linea-12-metro/(Spanish)
http://diarioportal.com/2013/12/31/craneos-de-un-tzompantli-hallazgos-en-la-linea-12-del-metro/
(Spanish)
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2014/01/659-558851-9-encuentran-restos-prehispanicos-en-ampliacion-metro-en-ciudad-de-mexico.shtml
(Spanish)

Concerns for Huaca Maucallacta in Arequipa (Peru):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-the-huaca-maucallacta-in-arequipa-in-danger-of-being-destroyed-photos-101827

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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
================================================================
Studying handwritten notes which may have been written by Copernicus:

http://www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/en/news/news,398590,scholars-study-handwritten-notes---probably-by-copernicus.html

Not sure if we mentioned the dispute about ‘Twas the Night Before
Christmas’:

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2013/12/8537938/upstate-christmas-poem-trial

The BBC’s ‘year in archaeology’ roundup:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25334430

Top ten “coolest” archaeology finds in 2013:

http://www.livescience.com/42257-2013-big-archaeology-stories.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/01/02/10-coolest-archaeology-discoveries-2013/

Top 13 archaeology finds:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/slideshow/2013/01/02/top-13-archaeological-discoveries-2013/#/slide/king-david-s-palace

Top 10 Biblical archaeology finds:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/december-web-only/biblical-archaeologys-top-ten-discoveries-of-2013.html

Another top ten list:

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/top-ten-archaeological-finds-2013-photos-085535749.html

On language shaping world views:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/30/258376009/how-language-seems-to-shape-ones-view-of-the-world

The US continues to use playing cards to teach soldiers about artifacts:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/12/monumentswoman/

Anxious youth in various eras:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/01/opinion/anxious-youth-then-and-now.html?ref=opinion

Interesting manuscript which reveals much about early Hassidimism:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175852

A UK television show reveals a lost Van Dyck:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25535536
http://www.newsdaily.com/entertainment/24210306895d5050fbec038351c4be29/british-tv-show-uncovers-lost-van-dyck-masterpiece
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/30/painting-bought-at-antique-shop-for-400-is-found-to-be-a-van-dyck/?ref=design

Thing on the Knights Templar:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/dominicselwood/100251276/forget-the-da-vinci-code-this-is-real-mystery-of-the-knights-templar/

Interesting medical almanac purchased by the Wellcome Library:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/dec/29/wellcome-library-medieval-medical-almanac

The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry has been restored and is back on display:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/28/lady-and-unicorn-tapestry-restored

Growing interest in the Romanovs in Russia:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/czars-rule-romanovs-prove-popular-in-todays-russia/?ref=arts

Did Sotheby’s sell a fake Chinese scroll?:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/art-historians-say-chinese-work-sold-by-sothebys-is-a-fake/?ref=design

Review of Earle Labor, *Jack London*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/books/review/jack-london-an-american-life-by-earle-labor.html?ref=books

More (interesting) details in that Neapolitan library theft:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/books/book-theft-in-italy-with-a-hint-of-politics.html?ref=books


More on century-old negatives from the Antarctic:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/30/258432566/lost-images-come-to-life-a-century-after-antarctic-expedition?sc=17&f=1007
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/12/27/on-ice-100-year-old-negative-discovered-in-antarctic-ice
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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
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v16n53.html
------------------------
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
================================================================
Gold and the Incas:

http://nga.gov.au/exhibition/Incas/

Francesco Vanni:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/nyregion/a-review-of-francesco-vanni-art-in-late-renaissance-siena-at-yale-university-art-gallery.html?ref=design

1864:

http://www.boston.com/travel/destinations/2014/01/04/museum-university-have-civil-war-exhibit/1e27sww6yRHN2gF0q1BSgK/story.html

Gods and Heroes:

http://www.boston.com/travel/destinations/2014/01/04/museum-university-have-civil-war-exhibit/1e27sww6yRHN2gF0q1BSgK/story.html

Matisse as Printmaker:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67241

Matisse’s Marguerite:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-baltimore-an-unparalleled-look-at-matisse-and-his-daughter/2014/01/01/58cdc52c-7182-11e3-8b3f-b1666705ca3b_story.html

Yoga:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/arts/design/yoga-the-art-of-transformation-at-sackler-gallery.html?ref=arts&gwh=BB0752FADBD300F97278ECC1B190739A&gwt=pay

William Kent:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/arts/design/william-kent-designing-georgian-britain-at-bard.html?ref=design

Intent to Deceive:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/01/arts/design/so-valuable-it-could-almost-be-real.html?ref=design

Trying to save a museum dedicated to Oliver Cromwell:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-25447605

Some del Robbia panels will be going to the US:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/15th-century-italian-panels-to-tour-united-states/?ref=design

A new Sutton Hoo (+) gallery is opening at the BM:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67170

More on the appraisal of that collection in Detroit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/arts/design/report-sets-values-on-detroit-institute-artworks.html?ref=arts
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Play of Daniel:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/arts/music/play-of-daniel-at-trinity-churchs-twelfth-night-festival.html?ref=arts

Twelfth Night Festival:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/30/arts/music/trinity-wall-streets-twelfth-night-festival-has-begun.html?ref=music

Othello:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/30/and-now-the-starting-lineup-as-othello-a-63-running-back-no-27-eddie-george/?ref=theater

La Descente d’Orphee:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/arts/music/la-descente-dorphee-aux-enfers-at-st-pauls-chapel.html?ref=arts

King Lear:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/theater/frank-langella-steps-into-king-lear-at-bam.html?ref=theater

Feature on Rameau’s operas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/arts/international/a-late-bloomer-250-years-on.html?ref=arts

An historical piano factory is shutting its doors:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/12/28/257581367/chopins-favorite-piano-factory-plays-its-final-chord?sc=17&f=1039

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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

================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Peter Geach:

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/dec/26/peter-geach

John Eisenhower:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/us/john-eisenhower-historian-and-son-of-the-president-dies-at-91.html?ref=obituaries

Richard D Heffner:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/arts/television/richard-d-heffner-host-of-the-open-mind-dies-at-88.html?ref=arts
================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews20131229.mp3
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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[send me your notices!]

Andean and Amazonian Archaeology (Mar 1-2):

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/conferences/mcaaae2014/

SAA Annual Meeting (April 23-27):

http://www.saa.org/AbouttheSociety/AnnualMeeting/PreliminaryProgram/tabid/187/Default.aspx

================================================================
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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