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explorator 17.32                            November 23, 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, David Critchley, Diana Wright,
Kris Curry, James Gillespie, Sean David Reynolds, 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:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Explorator/conversations/messages

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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“Racing’ to explore a Neanderthal site in Kent:

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-archaeologists-explore-neanderthal-site.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art507021-race-against-time-to-discover-neanderthal-climate-for-archaeologists-in-palaeolithic-kent
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2014/archaeologists-examine-250000-year-old-neanderthal-site

Neanderthals were not a subspecies of modern humans, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-neanderthals-sub-species-modern-humans.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/sdmc-wna111814.php ?
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141118141606.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2840657/Neanderthals-NOT-sub-species-modern-man-scientists-claim-Structure-nose-hints-separate-species.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/10474/20141119/neanderthal-noses-prove-they-were-not-a-sub-species-of-humans.htm
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2014/research-supports-neanderthals-as-a-separate-species
http://www.downstate.edu/news_releases/2014/news_release_full32.html
Cf http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ar.23040/abstract (abstract)

Donald Johanson talks about Lucy:

http://www.nature.com/news/lucy-discoverer-on-the-ancestor-people-relate-to-1.16379


More on that new ‘Peking Man’ site in China:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2014-11/16/content_34063581.htm
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/national/Peking-Man-era-site-revealed/shdaily.shtml
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Middle Kingdom mummy from near Luxor still sporting her jewellery:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-mummy-wearing-jewels-found-141121.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2014/11/20/actualidad/1416497080_749025.html

A study of human remains at Deir el Medina is leading to all sorts of spins
about ancient health care and modern:

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-archaeologist-human-ancient-egyptian-site.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/11/22/creaky-joints-sick-leave-endless-paperwork-ancient-egyptian-health-care-sounds-surprisingly-familiar/
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2014/11/19/stanford-egyptologist-discovers-that-public-health-care-has-ancient-roots/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2014/first-detailed-study-of-ancient-egyptians-at-deir-el-medina
https://bonesdontlie.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/comparing-text-with-human-remains-in-ancient-egypt/
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/november/healthcare-ancient-egypt-111714.html

Interesting Coptic book of Egyptian spells:

http://www.livescience.com/48833-ancient-egyptian-handbook-spells-deciphered.html

The Sphinx is open to tourists again:

http://hebdo.ahram.org.eg/News/7394.aspx (French)
http://hebdo.ahram.org.eg/News/7396.aspx (French)

More on Karkemish and ISIL (not sure there’s anything new here):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2845154/From-Lawrence-Arabia-ISIS-Inside-archaeological-site-territory-controlled-Islamic-extremists-set-tourist-attraction.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11247310/Archaeological-site-uncovered-by-Lawrence-of-Arabia-to-be-opened-under-the-eyes-of-Isil.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-unearthing-treasures-just-meters-from-isil.aspx?pageID=238&nid=74449&NewsCatID=375

The tomb of St Stephen has apparently been located near Ramallah:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/75301.htm

Fortifications near Gaza possibly associated with Alexander the Great:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4594408,00.html

A gate from Persepolis:

http://en.mehrnews.com/detail/News/104659

The politics at the City of David dig:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.626823

The IAA have put together an app aimed at the younger set:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/kids-app-goes-old-school-for-israels-ancient-artifacts/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.627546
http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2014/11/20/israel-creates-app-antiquity-enthusiasts/
http://forward.com/articles/209632/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=382417

Interesting feature on Cornell’s activities in Anatolia in 1908:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/11/expedition-returns-anatolia-1908

Feature on Solomon’s pools:

http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2014/11/18/solomons-pools-built-by-a-prophet-restored-by-a-sultan

Feature on Temple Mount through the ages:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.627324

… and another ongoing series on Temple Mount continues:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/187547

What Aren Maeir is up to:

http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2014/11/news-goliath

Feature on Oman’s hand-sewn ships:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/11/19/365215257/with-hand-sewn-ships-oman-revives-a-glorious-maritime-past

Feature on the Dilmun burials in Bahrain:

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/art/learning-about-life-from-death-discoveries-from-the-dilmun-graves-in-bahrain

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The news releases from Amphipolis this week hinted at some wall paintings:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=74523
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/389366/lifestyle/artandculture/paintings-discovered-at-greece-s-biggest-ancient-tomb

… but outside of that, they’re looking for more tombs and heading to the
lab:

http://phys.org/news335871813.html
http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-seek-more-tombs-ancient-greek-142334271.html
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/11/22/scientists-search-for-more-tombs-in-excavations-at-ancient-burial-site-in/
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/greek-archaeologists-open-new-chapter-amphipolis-tomb-n254246
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/scientists-expand-excavation-of-ancient-burial-site-in-greece-1.2114435#ixzz3JrDJ5Bd9
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_17/11/2014_544656
http://www.interaksyon.com/article/99343/dna-analysis-to-help-identify-occupant-of-amphipolis-tomb-scientists

… although occupant speculation continues:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141121-amphipolis-tomb-alexander-great-greece-archaeology/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/11/18/is-the-mother-of-alexander-the-great-in-the-tomb-at-amphipolis-part-7-the-skeleton/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2837550/Who-man-inside-Alexander-Great-era-tomb-General-medium-height-red-hair-archaeologists-reveal.html

… there was a nice video too:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_17/11/2014_544664

Remains of a sunken ‘town’ off Delos:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/small-underwater-pompeii-found-off-greek-island-141120.htm
http://www.livescience.com/48854-small-underwater-pompeii-found-off-greek-island.html

Interesting mosaic from Plotinopolis:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/11/18/archaeologists-uncover-majestic-mosaic-in-northern-greece/

I think this unfired pottery from Pompeii was mentioned before:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/vases-in-pompeii-reveal-panic-before-eruption-141117.htm
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/pompeii-pottery-workshop-frozen-in-time-photos-141117.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2842556/Pompeii-s-fear-fossilised-Unfired-vases-reveal-panic-craftsmen-dropped-work-ran-lives-79AD.html

A Roman burial from Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-tomb-skull-unearthed-in-northwestern-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74597&NewsCatID=375

A `headstone` from the Kerameikos:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/11/19/headstone-from-400-b-c-found-in-kerameikos/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2014/fragment-of-ancient-grave-stele-unearthed-at-kerameikos-in-athens

A Roman game board (maybe) from Kibyra:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-game-found-in-roman-era-city.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74637&NewsCatID=375

Recent finds from Akrotiri:

http://incyprus.philenews.com/en-gb/local-news/4422/42628/dig-site-continues-to-unearth-major-findings

Nice feature on Roman mines in Spain:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/1967-strata-november-2014

Feature on the Villa of the Mysteries:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/124-1403/features/1813-pompeii-saving-the-villa-of-the-mysteries

On the misuse of Cicero:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/11/ted-cruz-confused-about-cicero/383066/

Roman glass (and Sassanid items) from a Japanese burial:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201411130064

They`re going ahead with `reusing` the Colosseum:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2844411/Italian-government-open-Colosseum-concert-venue.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Pondering Jason and the Argonauts:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jason-and-the-argonauts-picture-the-pre-trojan-war-equivalent-of-the-avengers/2014/11/19/2707d92c-6e86-11e4-ad12-3734c461eab6_story.html?hpid=z16

Pondering Roman `kinkiness`:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/11240695/Were-the-ancient-Romans-more-kinky-than-you.html

Some idiot decided to tag the Colosseum:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/russian-tourist-arrested-vandalizing-colosseum-27105718
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/europe/story/russian-tourist-fined-32000-defacing-romes-colosseum-20141123

Feature on Macedonian items from Greece:

http://kdwn.com/2014/11/21/ap-photos-a-look-at-greeces-macedonian-legacy/

Feature on some Apulian vases:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/three-ways-to-avoid-the-freeways-transport-advice-from-apulian-vases/

Feature on gladiatrices:

http://time.com/3598421/real-female-gladiators/

In Our Time was looking at Aesop:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/iot/iot_20141120-1230a.mp3

What Andrew Szegedy-Maszak is up to:

http://wesleyanargus.com/2014/11/20/professors-bookshelf-andrew-szegedy-maszak/

What James O`Donnell is up to:

https://asunews.asu.edu/20141027-university-librarian-appointment

What Royce Murray is up to:

http://news-centre.uwinnipeg.ca/all-posts/classics-win/

A new Classics doctorate program:

http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/27705.aspx

Feature on the Warburg Institute:

http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2014/11/how-the-warburg-institute-brought-antiquity-to-the-masses/

Feature on Schliemann:

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001691125

A very nice overview video on the Antikythera shipwreck:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/11/17/new-video-of-antikythera-shipwreck-treasures/

That Roman ‘swiss army knife’ at the Fitzwilliam is getting press attention
again:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art507075-roman-swiss-army-knife-is-star-archaeological-attraction-at-cambridge-fitzwilliam-museum

On the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles front (various):

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_21/11/2014_544789
http://news.yahoo.com/greece-asks-tourists-join-elgin-marbles-debate-230130183.html
http://www.ligali.org/article.php?id=2423

On some translations of Homer:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/books/review/dan-stevens-reads-homer-translations.html

Review of *Why Homer Matters*:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/book-review-why-homer-matters-by-adam-nicolson-1416609295

More on HerculaneuméPompeiian latrines:

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/berkshirelifestyles/ci_26984820/archaeological-dig-through-trash
http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/nov/20/sewers-show-varied-ancient-diet/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2834882/Latrines-sewers-varied-ancient-Roman-diet.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

More on finds from Barnham:

http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/news/local/dig-uncovers-barnham-s-former-roman-residents-1-6426082

More on recently-revealed Zeugma mosaics:

http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/2000-year-old-mosaics-saved-from-destructive-flooding-173324

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Climate change is out of the equation for the Bronze Age collapse in
Europe, apparently:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141117164123.htm
http://phys.org/news/2014-11-climate-blame-collapse-bronze-age.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/uob-ccw111314.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2838090/Climate-change-did-NOT-cause-collapse-Bronze-Age.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/the_collapse_of_the_bronze_age_climate_change_didnt_do_it-149354
http://www.bradford.ac.uk/mediacentre/news-releases/climate-change.php?bnr
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/one-tiger-economy-helps-understand-collapse-of-another-1.2004575

Very interesting Bronze Age dirk from Norfolk

http://www.edp24.co.uk/norfolk-life/archaeologists_hail_incredible_norfolk_bronze_age_discovery_1_3857540

A gold torque turns up in the Le Catillon II hoard:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-30088365

An Iron Age site from Threave Estate:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-30095028

Evidence of 2000 years b.p. iron smelting at Churchinford:

http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/11607194.2_000_year_old_iron_smelting_site_excavated_at_Churchinford/

Excavating a 2000 years b.p. mound from Grudna:

http://www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/en/news/news,402669,poznan-archaeologists-studied-a-monumental-mound.html

Anglo Saxon burials from Exning:

http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/archaeologists_uncover_anglo_saxon_burials_1_3851451
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/pictures/Anglo-Saxon-graves-excavation-Burwell-Road-Exning/pictures-24545264-detail/pictures.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-30081941
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2838214/Have-ROYAL-skeletons-Suffolk-Bodies-buried-vast-amounts-jewellery-linked-King-Anna-East-Anglia.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

… and subsequent concerns:

http://www.newmarketjournal.co.uk/news/latest-news/concerns-as-ancient-graves-dig-is-ended-1-6412930


Excitement over a possible Harald Bluetooth fortress find (we may have
mentioned this already):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/au-hoo111814.php
http://phys.org/news/2014-11-harald-bluetooth-fortresses.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141118105628.htm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/20/viking-fortress-harald-bluetooth_n_6191930.html
http://cas.au.dk/en/currently/singlenews/artikel/has-one-of-harald-bluetooths-fortresses-come-to-light/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2014/dates-from-viking-fortress-confirm-it-could-have-been-built-by-harald-bluetooth

Checking out a 17th century shipwreck near Kerry:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/exploring-a-17th-century-shipwreck-in-kerry-with-underwater-archaeologists-298431.html


Some 18th century sarcophagi from Orne:

http://www.inrap.fr/archeologie-preventive/Actualites/Actualites-des-decouvertes/p-18976-Le-cimetiere-et-l-eglise-modernes-de-la-paroisse-Saint-Germain-a-Flers-Orne-.htm
(French)
http://www.lornecombattante.fr/2014/09/22/les-fouilles-archeologiques-ont-debute-place-saint-germain-a-flers/
(French)
http://www.lornecombattante.fr/2014/11/20/un-drone-survole-les-fouilles-archeologiques-a-flers/
(French)


Again with the badgers:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11610782.Warning_over_badger_threat_to_monuments/
http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/11610782.Warning_over_badger_threat_to_monuments/

I think we mentioned plans to ‘rebuild’ a chunk of Stonehenge:

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/11614705.Experiment_to_build_a_replica_of_Stonehenge/

They ‘reexcavated’ a church on a Cornish beach:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-30074162

Concerns for sites on Greenland:

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/project-launched-to-save-greenlands-buried-treasures-397345.php

Ongoing concerns for Solent’s sites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-29610179#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

Review of Roberts, *Napoleon*

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/books/review/napoleon-a-life-by-andrew-roberts.html?_r=0

More on the possible mass grave of the Royal Anne victims:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art506330-could-a-cornish-meadow-be-the-site-of-a-mass-grave-from-a-shipwreck-300-years-ago
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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On the importance of barley in the settlement of the Tibetan plateau:

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-dizzying-heights-prehistoric-farming-roof.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141120141704.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/uoc-dhp111914.php
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-tibet-barley-human-settlement-20141121-story.html
http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/11/settling-in-tibet-required-a-western-import/
http://www.nature.com/news/barley-fuelled-farmers-spread-onto-tibetan-plateau-1.16382
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-humans-settled-on/1485482.html
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/dizzying-heights-prehistoric-farming-on-the-roof-of-the-world
https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25579204/first-humans-settled-on-tibetan-plateau-3-600-years-ago/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-2843003/Want-live-roof-world-Grow-barley.html

Possible paleolithic site in Dalian:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2014-11/18/content_34085392.htm

A `stone age`game board from
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Researcher-Finds-Stone-Age-Pallankuzhi/2014/11/16/article2525964.ece

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Researcher-Finds-Stone-Age-Pallankuzhi/2014/11/16/article2525964.ece

Excavations at Daming Palace have revealed some Tang Dynasty offices:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-11/17/content_18925610.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2014-11/17/content_34068678.htm ?
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2014-11/21/content_34116443.htm (photos)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tang-dynasty-offices-discovered-daming-palace-excavation


Major finds from Chengdu:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2014-11/20/content_18948170.htm

A pile of ancient horseshoes from Thailand:

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Antique-horseshoes-found-30248263.html

Suggestion that a sword from Siberia may have belonged to Ivan the Terrible:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2845223/Is-Ivan-Terrible-s-Excalibur-Medieval-sword-buried-birch-tree-Siberia-belonged-ruthless-14th-century-tsar-says-leading-archaeologist.html
http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0013-could-rare-sword-have-belonged-to-ivan-the-terrible/

They`ve found the wreck of the Ventnor:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1411/S00432/wreck-of-ship-carrying-remains-of-chinese-gold-miners-found.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/2014/11-19/143347.shtml
http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/ss-ventnor-wreck-found-after-112-years-2014111911

… and it`s causing some concerns in China:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1411/S00426/new-zealand-chinese-association-alarmed-over-ventnor-claims.htm

Petroglyphs from suburban Sydney:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-20/ancient-aboriginal-rock-art-site-discovered-in-sydney/5907530
http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/23424/20141120/ancient-art-treasures.htm
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/aboriginal-rock-art-discovered-on-sydneys-northern-beaches-a-major-ancient-archaeological-find/story-fni0cx12-1227129625230

Latest battles over the Taj Mahal:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2005/may/20/20050520-090732-4620r/?page=all
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/hand-over-taj-mahal-to-waqf-board-demands-uttar-pradesh-minister-azam-khan-623677?curl=1416587159
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-mukhtar-abbas-naqvi-criticizes-azam-khan-s-remarks-regarding-taj-mahal-2037142
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/taj-mahal-historian-opinion-azam-khan/1/403210.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/azams-statement-on-taj-worries-asi/article6622623.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Feature on shipwrecks near Viet Nam:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/116726/shipwrecks-reveal-ancient-trade-routes.html

Interesting feature on the Kamikaze wind:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/features/trend/kamikaze_typhoon_japan_geologic_evidence/37534675

More on the individuals of the Terracotta Army:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/chinas-7000strong-terracotta-army-all-modelled-on-individual-soldiers-3d-imaging-reveals-9872711.html

More on that 4000 years b.p. razor from Siberia:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2837660/The-Bronze-Age-BEARD-TRIMMER-4-000-year-old-razor-used-facial-hair-tidy-unearthed-Siberia.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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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
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All sorts of things found in Lake Shore (Minn.) prior to highway
construction:

http://navajotimes.com/wires-wp/index.php?id=1571573412&kid=L6fG7452nLXp0Sws
http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_26980399/gull-lake-area-archaeological-dig-unearths-2-000?source=rss
http://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/744257/Lake-Shore-dig-unearths-2-000-year-old-artifacts.html?isap=1&nav=5028

A bunch of childrens’ moccasins from a Utah cave site:

http://westerndigs.org/utah-cave-full-of-childrens-moccasins-sheds-light-on-little-known-ancient-culture/

Finds near Town Creek Indian Mound:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/11/16/4315800_excavated-rubbish-at-ncs-town.html?sp=/99/102/114/&rh=1

Colonial Williamsburg is raising funds:

http://www.dailypress.com/news/va-vg-tour-cw-campaign-1119-story.html?track=rss
http://hamptonroads.com/2014/11/colonial-williamsburg-unveils-600m-campaign

Possible shipwreck find by a metal detectorist in Oregon:

http://wtvr.com/2014/11/20/treasure-hunter-trying-out-new-metal-detector-makes-amazing-discovery/
http://www.wnem.com/story/27427592/treasure-hunter-makes-potentially-historic-discovery-on-oregon-coast
http://www.kptv.com/story/27427592/treasure-hunter-makes-potentially-historic-discovery-on-oregon-coast

Feature on Sherman’s maps:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/shermans-maps/

… and  a couple on his march:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/an-encounter-along-shermans-march/
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/rethinking-shermans-march/
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/us/150-years-later-wrestling-with-a-revised-view-of-shermans-march.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=MostViewed&version=Full&src=mv&WT.nav=MostViewed&_r=0

More Franklin Expedition items:

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=907049

More on those child burials from Alaska:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/11/16/4315800_excavated-rubbish-at-ncs-town.html?sp=/99/102/114/&rh=1

Review of Greenspan, *William Wells Brown*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/books/review/william-wells-brown-by-ezra-greenspan.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
What Candace Gossen is up to:

http://www.sanjuanjournal.com/lifestyle/283261251.html

Interesting feature on funerary archaeology in northern Brazil:

https://blogs.tees.ac.uk/anthropology/2014/11/17/towards-a-funerary-archaeology-of-the-southern-je/

On gender inequality in archaeology journals:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/uoc--dfa111914.php
http://phys.org/news/2014-11-anthropologist-uncovers-issues-gender-inequality.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141119175045.htm
http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2014/014592/digging-answers
-----
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
================================================================
Excellent feature on the shady trade in ancient manuscripts:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/23/dismembering-history-the-shady-online-trade-in-ancient-texts.html

… and married Jesus claims:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/12/the-curious-case-of-jesuss-wife/382227/?single_page=true

...and Mary Magdalene:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/arts-secondary-feature/9375532/no-one-in-the-bible-has-been-as-elaborately-misrepresented-as-mary-magdalene/

On why a minute has 60 seconds:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/who-decided-to-put-60-seconds-in-a-minute/?no-ist

Assassin’s Creed’s spin on the French Revolution is garnering criticism:

http://www.france24.com/en/20141114-assassin-creed-mockery-french-revolution-video-game/
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/world/europe/assassins-creed-unity-french-revolution-left.html

Mapping threatened sites:

http://news.columbia.edu/mapping-world%E2%80%99s-threatened-archaeological-treasures-0

Big bucks for Napoleon’s hat:

http://newsdaily.com/2014/11/south-korean-throws-hat-in-ring-for-trademark-napoleon-headgear/

There’s a historic streets of London app:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=74497

On links between archaeology and STEM education:

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/item/39285-opinion-don-t-underestimat/


On the importance of surnames (in certain contexts):

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-family-ties-surname-life.html

They dug up Chopin’s heart:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/11/17/364756853/uncovering-the-heart-of-chopin-literally

A different spin on the Neolithic:

http://news.discovery.com/human/life/how-farming-almost-destroyed-ancient-human-civilization-141118.htm

Pilgrims head to Goa to see relics of St Francis Xavier:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30160195

On the historical obsession with youth:

http://phys.org/news335690618.html

On how the role of poetry has changed since Shelley:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/books/review/how-has-the-social-role-of-poetry-changed-since-shelley.html

On the Iggorotes at the1904 World’s Fair:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/books/review/claire-prentices-lost-tribe-of-coney-island.html?_r=0

Still looking for Garcia Lorca’s burial place:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/nov/17/spain-archaeology-federico-garcia-lorca-mass-grave
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/11/18/archaeologists-begin-search-for-garcia-lorca-remains/

Turkey’s pm still says muslims were in America before Columbus:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/11/20/why-turkeys-erdogan-still-insists-muslims-reached-america-before-columbus/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/turkish-president-erdogan-says-muslims-discovered-americas-1.2836957?cmp=rss
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/16/muslims-discovered-america-erdogan-christopher-columbus
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/11/16/muslims-discovered-americas-300-years-before-christopher-columbus-turkeys-president-claims/
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/11/16/muslims_discovered_americas_says_turkish_president.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/turkey-erdogan-columbus-america-discovery/26701744.html

The Ariadne project might be useful:

http://www.sotterraneidiroma.it/notizie-sdr/item/un-google-dedicato-all-archeologia-lo-vuole-l-ue?category_id=20
(Italian)
http://www.repubblica.it/tecnologia/2014/11/16/news/archeologia_online_ue-100698004/
(Italian)

cf http://www.ariadne-infrastructure.eu/

On the beard craze in Victorian times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30037914

Thanksgiving in the US used to be different:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2014/11/19/365195079/when-thanksgiving-was-weird
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MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
Winchester Bible:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/Illuminated-Pages-from-Winchester-Bible-to-be-Displayed-at-Met-Museum-20141121

Ming:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2014/11/21/the-unregarded-woman-another-look-at-a-ming-painting/

The Untamed Landscape:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/arts/design/thodore-rousseau-retrospective-at-the-morgan.html

Mastepieces from the Scottish National Gallery:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/arts/design/masterpieces-from-scotland-visit-the-frick.html

Ancient Thrace:

http://www.standartnews.com/english/read/bulgaria_exhibits_treasures_worth_over_eur_165_m_at_the_louvre-6406.html
http://www.novinite.com/articles/164888/Bulgaria+To+Exhibit+Thracian+Treasures+In+Paris'+Louvre

A Victorian Obsession:

https://londonist.com/2014/11/sensuous-and-even-scented-victorian-masterpieces.php

What’s happening at the Met:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Arms-and-Armor-from-the-Met-Museum-to-GAME-OF-THRONES-Cubist-Art-and-More-Set-for-Dec-2014-Talks-20141117

The Frick has expansion plans:

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2014/11/23/New-York-s-Frick-Collection-to-expand/stories/201411230016

On the Louvre Abu Dhabi:

http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/louvre-abu-dhabi-a-french-museum-rising-in-the-desert/jean-nouvel-museum-art-monet-painting-gauguin-desert/c3s17472/

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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
LiDAR helped locate some extensive Roman gold mining works in Spain:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141120082134.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/f-sf-lfa112014.php
http://phys.org/news/2014-11-laser-plane-roman-goldmines-spain.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2014/extensive-roman-gold-mining-hydraulic-system-discovered-in-spain

Laser scans reveal some interesting things about Teotihuacan masks:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/electron-beam-points-to-origins-of-teotihuacan-stone-faces/

Not sure where to put this feature on Han purple:

http://on.io9.com/ULOqqj7

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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
More on European genetic origins:

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-ancient-dna-europeans.html
http://sciencenordic.com/scandinavians-are-earliest-europeans


Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
El Castillo petroglyphs:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20141027-a-journey-deep-inside-spains-temple-of-cave-art

Caribbean forts:

http://experience.usatoday.com/caribbean/story/2014/11/17/five-best-forts-in-the-caribbean/19182093/
================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Cultural Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2014/11/culture-crime-news-10-16-november-2014.html


conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

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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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
================================================================
The US returned some items toThailand:

http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/pre-historic-artifacts-recovered-in-california-return-to-thailand-175923
http://www.voanews.com/content/united-states-returns-ancient-artifacts-to-thailand/2526569.html

================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
An Anglo Saxon penny find:

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/local/latest-news/anglo-saxon-penny-found-in-field-near-mildenhall-1-6426538
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/1-100-year-old-coin-Mildenhall-declared-treasure/story-24546425-detail/story.html

Feature on the ‘biggest ancient coins’:

https://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/metal-monsters-biggest-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v17n47.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v17n48.html

------------------------
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
The London drama scene:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/arts/international/new-productions-of-tis-pity-shes-a-whore-wildefire-and-hippolytos.html

================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Jean Francois Jarrige:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=74522
http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/country-news/French-archaeologist-Jarrige-dies-aged-74-headed-Musee-Guimet_440311.html
https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/25587915/french-archaeologist-jarrige-dies-aged-74-headed-musee-guimet/

Kendall Inada:

http://www.kaleo.org/news/memorial-held-for-uh-m-noa-latin-professor-kendall-inada/article_2b4e18ea-7082-11e4-a2e8-3752e3cb911c.html

Derek Roe:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4272506.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_11_19

Edwin Ted Good:

http://www.stanforddaily.com/2014/11/17/professor-emeritus-of-religious-studies-dies-at-86/
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/november/edwin-good-obit-111414.html


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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/1985-audio-news-from-archaeologica-9-nov-15-nov-2014
================================================================
UPCOMING CONFERENCES
================================================================
UK Archaeological Science Conference 2015:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/conferences/current/ukas/
================================================================
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
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Archaeosoup:

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

The Book and the Spade:

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