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explorator 16.39 January 12,2014
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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, Hernan Astudillo, Joos Postma, A Landreau,
John Reed, Joan Brady, Jennifer Cosham, David Emery, Ken Berry,
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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Big news this week appears to be that “Nutcracker Man” ate “tiger nuts”:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/uoo-tmy010314.php
http://phys.org/news308417113.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140109003949.htm
http://www.livescience.com/42433-nutcracker-man-ate-tiger-nuts.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2536015/Ancient-ancestors-ate-diet-tiger-nuts-worms-grasshoppers.html

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/01/10/real-caveman-diet-research-shows-ancient-man-feasted-mainly-on-tiger-nuts/?intcmp=trending
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/09/nutcracker-man-extinct-human-relative-tiger-nuts_n_4567431.html?ir=Science
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/what-did-nutcracker-man-eat-nuts-different-kind-2D11884035
http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2014/140109_1.html

cf
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0084942

… slide show on early hominid diets:

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/what-did-prehistoric-humans-eat-photos-140107.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

Ardi is apparently connected to humans somehow:

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-ardi-skull-reveals-links-human.html

What frozen mammoths are telling us about Paleolithic diets:

http://www.examiner.com/article/frozen-mammals-give-new-clues-to-paleolithic-and-neolithic-human-diet
http://globalpalaeonews.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/the-role-of-fatty-acids-in-palaeolithic-diet-new-evidence-from-frozen-mammoth-carcasses/
cf
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0084480
(full text)

More on tool-making Neanderthals:

http://discovermagazine.com/2014/jan-feb/34-neanderthals-prove-crafty

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AFRICA
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Neolithic hunter-gatherers from Morocco had really bad teeth, some 13000
years b.p. or so:
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-nuts-tooth-hunter-gatherers.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67314
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24332237
http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/paleo-diet-may-have-included-sweets-carbs-140107.htm
http://home.bt.com/news/uknews/ancestors-suffered-tooth-decay-11363864831193
http://www.livescience.com/42346-hunter-gatherers-had-tooth-decay.html
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24817-ancient-huntergatherers-had-rotten-teeth.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news#.UssxgbQyHZk
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/01/06/260185944/looks-like-the-paleo-diet-wasnt-so-hot-for-ancient-hunters-teeth
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/hunter-gatherer-diet-caused-tooth-decay
http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=pre-agricultural-people-had-cavitie-14-01-06&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciam%2Fbasic-science+%28Topic%3A+More+Science%29
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2014/01/hunter-gatherers-ruined-their-teeth-by-eating-too-many-acorns/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/stone-age-man-got-toothache-from-nuts.23112729
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/carb-loading-rotted-ancient-hunter-gatherers-teeth-study-says-2D11866883
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/06/tooth-decay-archaeology/4307319/
http://news.yahoo.com/paleo-diet-may-included-sweets-carbs-200944220.html
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2014/jan/ancient-hunter-gatherers-diet-gave-them-toothache127174.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2534730/Never-mind-fizzy-drinks-sweets-junk-food-diet-acorns-pine-nuts-caused-ancestors-teeth-rot-decay.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

cf http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/01/03/1318176111

A Denver museum is returning some items to Kenya:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/04/arts/design/denver-museum-to-return-totems-to-kenyan-museum.html?ref=design
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Polish team has excavated a Neolithic child necropolis in Egypt:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/unique-neolithic-child-cemetery-found-in-egypt

A Japanese team has found the tomb of Khonsuemheb:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140108170515.htm
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/brewmasters-tomb/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/chief-brewer-temple-muts-tomb-discovered
http://www.waseda.jp/rps/en/information/result/press/20140107khonsuemheb.html
(Waseda University press release)

… while a U.S./Egyptian team has found the tomb of the pharaoh Sobekhotep
near Abydos:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/91062/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Royal-tomb-from-Second-Intermediate-Period-discove.aspx
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2536631/Pink-sarcophagus-king-Sobekhotep-I-shed-light-little-known-Ancient-Egyptian-history.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67308
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Egyptian-pharaohs-tomb-discovered-by-American-archaeologists/31418
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/06/ancient-quartzite-sarcophagus-in-egypt-belonged-to-pharaoh-sobekhotep-i/
http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2014/01/06/us-diggers-identify-tomb-of-pharoah-sobekhotep-i
http://mg.co.za/article/2014-01-06-ancient-pharaohs-tomb-unearthed-in-egypt
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/american-diggers-identify-tomb-of-egypt-pharaoh-sobekhotep-i/story-fnjwl1aw-1226796203554
http://tribune.com.pk/story/655774/american-diggers-identify-tomb-of-egypt-pharaoh/
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/6647/20140107/pennsylvania-researchers-discover-tomb-egypt-s-first-king-13th-dynasty.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/american-diggers-identify-tomb-egypt-pharaoh-155609830.html
http://luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.co.at/2014/01/13th-dynasty-tomb-discovered-in-upper.html
http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=75188

Another feature on Tut:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/5074/47/More--mysteries-of-Tutankhamun.aspx

Latest pyramid-building theory is being rather stridently presented in the
press:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/weird-news/engineer-stuns-archaeology-experts-rubbishing-3009531

Egypt continues to scour the globe for purloined antiquities:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/01/egypt-recover-stolen-artifacts-auction-israel.html

… while recovering some from a Cairo suburb:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/342812/lifestyle/artandculture/egypt-seizes-hoard-of-illegally-excavated-antiquities
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/07/us-egypt-antiquities-idUSBREA060EI20140107
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/91037/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-seizes-hoard-of-antiquities-.aspx
http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=bad1e86d-9753-4180-b1f4-dbf9a1d7c073
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2014/January/middleeast_January76.xml&section=middleeast

Vague item on sites in Luxor being ‘inaugurated’:

http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=75259

More support for a possible depiction of a volcanic eruption at Catal Huyuk:

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-neolithic-mural-depict-ancient-eruption.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/plos-nmm010314.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140109003957.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/catalhoyuk-mural-may-depict-ancient-volcanic-eruption
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/catalhoyuk-mural-the-earliest-representation-of-a-volcanic-eruption/
cf
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0084711
(full text)

Using Google earth to track trade routes around Antioch:

http://www.livescience.com/42382-google-earth-maps-ancient-antioch.html

Pondering the ‘economy’ of inhabitants of the Negev, some 4500 years b.p.:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.567569

A possible pre-sixth century B.C./B.C.E water tunnel from outside
Jerusalem:

http://www.jta.org/2014/01/10/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/ancient-water-tunnel-discovered-in-east-jerusalem

A new translation reveals interesting information about the Ark of the
Covenant:

http://www.livescience.com/42398-ark-of-covenant-fate-revealed-in-hebrew-text.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2536549/King-Solomons-treasures-revealed-Newly-translated-Hebrew-text-lists-legendary-riches-including-Ark-Covenant.html
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/01/09/fate-ark-covenant-revealed-in-hebrew-text/
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/forget-indiana-jones-ark-covenants-real-fate-revealed-2D11889090

Latest finds (it seems) from Temple Mount:

http://www.ritmeyer.com/2014/01/07/new-discoveries-on-the-temple-mount-in-jerusalem/?fb_action_ids=10202684802062412&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%2210202684802062412%22%3A201861803339616}&action_type_map={%2210202684802062412%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map=[]

… while the Waqf was caught ‘red handed’ drilling on Temple Mount:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/176075
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/284489

… and more on ‘the report’:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/01/08/temple-mount-report-fuels-concern-about-future-of-holy-site/
http://jewishvoiceny.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6294:media-reacts-to-jv-exclusive-on-secret-temple-mount-report&catid=107:israel&Itemid=290

Looking for David’s palace in Hebron … a rather controversial dig with
plenty of saga
potential:

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.567898
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.567694
http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Antiquities-Authority-begins-excavations-in-Tel-Hebron-337549
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/176020
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/new-dig-in-hebron-aimed-at-uncovering-king-davids-palace/2014/01/09/
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=664128

We keep hearing of plans for restoration of sites in Iraq:

http://www.aina.org/news/20140109174002.htm

Some Quran manuscripts were stolen in Yemen:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=493235

The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library might be of interest:

http://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/

A pair of tunnels from Niksar with a skeptical story attached to them:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bath-tunnels-of-kings-daughters-discovered-under-turkeys-second-largest-castle.aspx?pageID=238&nID=60735&NewsCatID=375

More on the translation of the Ophel inscription:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2535889/Hebrew-inscription-unearthed-Jerusalem-revealed-3-000-year-old-label-cheap-wine.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.567256

More on Masada:

http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/columnists/114569/why-myth-makers-still-%EF%AC%81ght-battle-masada
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.563888

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Latest on the Riace Bronzes:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67407

They’ve completed excavations at the “Hellenistic House” at Kato Paphos:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/excavations-completed-at-the-hellenistic-house-at-kato-paphos-p21987-69.htm

A search for a Roman road in Shrewsbury came up empty:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/01/07/dig-fails-to-unearth-signs-of-roman-road/

Feature on the Ramparts Scotland project:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/manning-the-ramparts-a-hillfort-on-the-edge-of-empire

Latest theory on the poisoning of Alexander the Great:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11184474
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2537579/Solving-2000-year-old-mystery-Did-poisoned-wine-kill-Alexander-Great.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbint/39123399-did-poison-wine-kill-alexander-the-great-

On Myceneans using portable grills:

http://www.livescience.com/42414-ancient-cooking-mycenaeans-portable-grills.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-greeks-used-portable-grills-140109.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-greeks-used-portable-grills-picnics-160136661.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/ancient-greeks-grills_n_4574645.html

Recreating imagines maiorum:

http://www.livescience.com/42334-lifelike-roman-wax-masks-recreated.html
http://www.livescience.com/42335-photos-lost-roman-masks-recreated.html
(photos)
http://news.yahoo.com/uncannily-lifelike-roman-masks-recreated-wax-180427165.html

Pondering war elephants at the Battle of Raphia:

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-war-elephant-myths-debunked-dna.html
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/military_science_ptolemy_iv_versus_antiochus_iii_war_elephant_subspecies_claims_debunked-127538
http://www.biologynews.net/archives/2014/01/09/war_elephant_myths_debunked_by_dna.html
http://www.igb.illinois.edu/news/war-elephant-myths-debunked-dna
http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/11/26/jhered.est078.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=XQkIcqlJpgfv5jg#xref-corresp-2-1
(full text)

Concerns for the Roman villa at Patti Marina:

http://www.sotterraneidiroma.it/notizie-sdr/item/la-villa-romana-di-patti-marina-messina-in-stato-di-degrado?category_id=20
(Italian)
http://www.resapubblica.it/evidenza3/la-villa-romana-di-patti-marina-messina-stato-di-degrado-cittadini-si-mobilitano/
Italian)
http://messina.blogsicilia.it/villa-romana-di-patti-dimenticata-lantico-sito-in-preda-allabbandono/231021/
(Italian)

More on “Romans” dining on giraffes:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67407

More on the floor of the palace of Nestor:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/understanding-the-palace-of-nestor-throne-room-floor
http://www.livescience.com/42352-ancient-throne-room-painted-floor.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140103204508.htm
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/5532/20140104/ancient-palace-floor-designed-to-both-impress-and-instruct-visitors.htm

Review of Harry Eyres, *Horace and Me*:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2014/0109/Horace-and-Me
-----
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)
================================================================
A 6000 years b.p. pregnant woman burial from Svestari:

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

On opening oysters in mesolithic Denmark:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/opening-oysters-shells-the-mesolithic-way

Excavating the Iron Age hill fort at Ham Hill:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2013/excavations-underway-at-the-largest-hillfort-in-britain

Searching for the site of the Battle of Brunanburh:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/10526557/Quest-for-lost-battlefield-launched.html

An Anglo-Saxon gaming piece from Lyminge:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/rare-gaming-piece-found-anglo-saxon-royal-hall

Some lost Viking artifacts turned up in a BM storeroom:

http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/07012014-viking-loot-discovered-in-british-museum-stores
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/jan/05/vikings-treasure-excavation-british-museum

A probably violent end for a Finnish medieval swordsman:

http://yle.fi/uutiset/finlands_1000-year_old_unknown_swordsman_may_have_met_a_violent_end/7016200

Medieval princess hats were apparently inspired from Mongol predecessors:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-cone-shaped-princess-hats-were-inspired-by-mongol-warrior-women-180948217/

Speculation that some 19th century bones may have been body snatching
victims:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534487/Are-bones-victims-body-snatchers-Five-skeletons-Scottish-townhouse-victims-19th-century-murderers-William-Hare-William-Burke.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Plans to ‘protect’ a 1903 shipwreck exposed during storms in Ireland:

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/1903-Kerry-shipwreck-displaced-by-storm-will-be-reinstated-239681831.html
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/bid-to-save-shipwreck-unearthed-by-the-storms-29903624.html

Magna Carta is heading to Bury St Edmonds:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-25656274

The Bedale Viking Hoard is going on display:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/NEWS/10922171.Fabulous_Viking_hoard_goes_on_show_as_appeal_to_save_it_gathers_pace/?ref=rss
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/NEWS/10921982.__50k_fight_to_save_Viking_treasure/?ref=rss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-25640207

Interesting feature on Berlin in 1914:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25635311

… and Paris:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25619822

… and Vienna:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25576645

Latest Richard III happenings:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Richard-III-New-date/story-20396313-detail/story.html

Concerns about a housing development near Culloden battlefield:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/housing-to-be-built-near-battle-of-culloden-site-1-3258554
http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/historic-scotland-slammed-over-culloden-housing-1-3264115

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Concern-over-new-homes-on-boundary-of-Culloden-Battlefield-07012014.htm

I think we’ve mentioned this project to digitize Ogham inscribed stones:

http://www.artec3d.com/case_studies/Digitizing+Ireland%E2%80%99s+Ogham+inscribed+stones_25836

On Vikings and superheroes:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/w-vs010714.php
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-vikings-social-savage.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140107092954.htm
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=137825&CultureCode=en
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/9860/20131001/vikings-more-social-savage-society-revealed-ancient-text.htm
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/are-brave-and-romantic-viking-tales-of-norse-people-true-114010800643_1.html
http://nestor.coventry.ac.uk/research/appmath/staff/Viking_PR_Social_networks_Final3.pdf
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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
================================================================
4000 years b.p. fortifications from Shaanxi:

http://www.nzweek.com/technology/chinese-archaeologists-uncover-4000-year-old-fortifications-109117/

Some 2500 years b.p. footprints from Hubei:

http://shanghaiist.com/2014/01/04/2500years_old_ancient_footprints_we.php

Some donated bamboo strips turn out to be ancient Chinese multiplication
tables:

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-donated-chinese-bamboo-ancient-multiplication_1.html
http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-times-table-hidden-in-chinese-bamboo-strips-1.14482
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=ancient-times-table-hidden-in-chinese-bamboo-strips&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ScientificAmerican-News+%28Content%3A+News%29
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/09/ancient-times-table-chinese-bamboo_n_4556960.html

Recent finds along the Silk Road:

http://english.cntv.cn/program/cultureexpress/20140108/102232.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/2014/01-08/95997.shtml

Nice feature on that whole Unnao ‘gold rush’ thing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25595849

Another site in India damaged by an excavator:

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/antiquities-damaged-in-hampi-utsav-preparation-114011100071_1.html

On the environmental impact of land use in 12th century Cambodia:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/plos-acc010314.php
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-ancient-cambodian-city-intensive-extensive.html
http://www.sciencecodex.com/ancient_cambodian_citys_intensive_land_use_led_to_extensive_environmental_impacts-125862

cf
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0084252
(full text)

On the founding of the Khmer kingdom:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/understanding-founding-city-khmer-kingdom

The fire in the Tibetan quarter of Dukezong seems to have done some
historical damage:

http://www.newsdaily.com/travel/0d315a2746a053f972698cf01aade1f3/night-fire-destroys-ancient-tibetan-town-in-china

Not sure where to put this one … the Vatican has been asked to beatify
Matteo Ricci:

http://www.newsdaily.com/asia/c8bada2488adedc97c643f8cc1f0a8d9/vatican-asked-to-honour-jesuit-who-tried-to-evangelise-china

More on important New Zealand shipwrecks:

http://www.nature.com/news/shipwreck-points-to-18th-century-race-to-colonize-new-zealand-1.14464
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/new-zealand-shipwreck-race-colonize_n_4554090.html
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/01/09/shipwreck-points-nz-colonisation-race
http://www.3news.co.nz/Shipwreck-points-to-NZ-colonisation-race/tabid/423/articleID/327729/Default.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+co%2FHCaY+%283News-+Latest+News%29
cf http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440313004202
(abstract)

More on hunches about Buddha:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67410
-----
East Asian Archaeology:

http://eastasiablog.wordpress.com/

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
================================================================
Not sure if we mentioned these 11 000 years b.p. “native” sites in
California:

http://westerndigs.org/11000-year-old-seafaring-indian-sites-discovered-on-california-island/

Digging has resumed at the ‘Vero Man’ site:

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2014/jan/06/excavation-begins-at-old-vero-man-archaeological/?partner=yahoo_feeds
http://www.tcpalm.com/photos/galleries/2014/jan/07/old-vero-man-archaeological-dig-in-vero-beach/(photos)
http://www.wpbf.com/news/south-florida/treasure-coast-news/archaeologists-return-to-vero-beach-man-site-100-years-after-first-dig/-/8882916/23813738/-/ne2mf/-/index.html

A 2000 years b.p. burial from Florida:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/fl-ancient-skeleton-found-20140109,0,5954714.story
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-ancient-skeleton-found-20140109,0,3513786.story?track=rss
http://www.local10.com/news/remains-of-2000yearold-woman-found-under-pine-island-road/-/1717324/23854630/-/axoc5nz/-/index.html
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Remains-of-2000-Year-old-Prehistoric-Woman-Found-in-Davie-239648531.html

Lack of funding is affecting some Monitor artifacts:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-museum-shuts-lab-with-uss-monitor-artifacts-citing-lack-of-federal-funds/2014/01/09/1bd0a7ca-78b7-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_story.html?tid=hpModule_99d5f542-86a2-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

… and there’s an associated petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-congress-provide-funding-to-conserve-the-uss-monitor-collection?share_id=xvtqDJtsgE&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Searching for a Civil War battlefield in Binghamton:

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-battlefield.html

Dating the Adena Mound culture:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2014/01/12/1-carbon-dating-the-adena-culture.html

On Teodoro Zamora:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/teodoro-zamoras-commission/

Technology is revealing new aspects of petroglyph in Texas:

http://westerndigs.org/ancient-rock-art-in-texas-yields-surprising-new-finds/

More on trying to save Alaskan sites from the sea:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/race-to-excavate-alaskan-village-falling-into-sea
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art463387-Aberdeen-archaeologists-rescue-melting-village
http://www.scotsman.com/news/education/scots-university-to-save-melting-alaskan-village-1-3262710
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/5652/

More on LiDAR and ‘lost’ New England sites:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140103-new-england-archaeology-lidar-science/
================================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Human remains inside a pre-Inca dwelling at Wari:

http://www.peruviantimes.com/08/archaeologists-find-human-remains-in-walls-of-wari-complex/21130/
http://www.larepublica.pe/06-01-2014/descubren-entierros-en-muro-de-complejo-marcahuamachuc-en-la-libertad
(Spanish)

Irrigation work in Olmos has revealed a Sican necropolis:

http://www.peruviantimes.com/10/work-on-olmos-project-turns-up-ancient-sican-cemetery/21156/
http://www.larepublica.pe/06-01-2014/descubren-entierros-en-muro-de-complejo-marcahuamachuc-en-la-libertad
(Spanish)
http://www.andina.com.pe/Espanol/noticia-descubren-entierros-muro-complejo-marcahuamachuco-la-libertad-489261.aspx
(Spanish)
http://www.rpp.com.pe/2014-01-06-descubren-entierros-en-muro-de-complejo-marcahuamachuco-noticia_659919.html
(Spanish)
http://elcomercio.pe/actualidad/1684399/noticia-descubren-35-tumbas-cultura-lambayeque-tierras-proyecto-olmos?ref=ecr
(Spanish)

On the possible origins of the Aztatlan Complex:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140109/mexican-archaeologists-pinpoint-origin-aztatlan-ceramics

Using statistics and terra preta to locate possible sites along the Amazon:

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-combine-terra-preta-statistics-early.html
http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2014/01/searching-amazons-hidden-civilizations
cf http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1777/20132475
(abstract)
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1777/20132475.full (full
text)

Slideshow of sites in the Amazonas region:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-the-archaeological-treasures-of-amazonas-peru-101897
-----
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
================================================================
Tracing the origins of cholera:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140109003802.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2014/mapping-origins-cholera

On the Jacobean ‘space program’:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140109175549.htm

The archaeology of beer:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/the-archaeology-of-beer/355732/

On 3d printing of ancient tools:

http://mediterraneanworld.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/bringing-the-past-into-the-present-digital-archaeology-meets-mechanical-engineering/

… and on the use of drones:

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/finally-3d-printed-drone-archaeologists-205242805.html

Explaining Jewish surnames:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/01/08/ashkenazi_names_the_etymology_of_the_most_common_jewish_surnames.html

Some unpublished Mary Shelley letters have been found:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-25635093

A flea-market Renoir:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/baltimore-museum-of-art-assails-va-womans-claim-to-stolen-painting-by-renoir/2014/01/01/34387c2c-72f2-11e3-8b3f-b1666705ca3b_story.html

A page from a Beethoven manuscript is coming to auction:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/a-page-of-beethoven-may-fetch-more-than-200000/?ref=music&_r=0

================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Report on looting of Byzantine coins in Israel:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=27545

Feature on Roman currency:

http://www.dailyastorian.com/your_town/cannon_beach/roman-currency-how-a-cow-became-a-coin/article_ab4559a2-7851-11e3-8eb8-001a4bcf887a.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v17n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v17n02.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
================================================================
Ming Dynasty:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=67342

‘Cute’ artifacts at the Nanjing Museum:

http://english.cri.cn/11354/2014/01/10/2361s807475.htm
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/8508942.html

The Woodland Museum of Bible Archaeology has reopened:

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_24871065/woodland-museum-bible-archaeology-holds-grand-re-opening
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Poisoner’s Handbook:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/arts/television/the-poisoners-handbook-on-pbss-american-experience.html?ref=arts
-----
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
================================================================
Victor Sarianidi:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10564751/Viktor-Sarianidi-obituary.html

Halet Cambel:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-archaeology-doyenne-dies-aged-98.aspx?pageID=238&nID=60920&NewsCatID=375
================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews20131229.mp3
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews20140105.mp3

[I think I missed one]
================================================================
UPCOMING CONFERENCES
================================================================
[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/
================================================================
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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