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explorator 17.36-37                            December 28, 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, Bob Heuman, George F. Somsel,
Stan Nadel, A Landreau, Allan Brockway, Kris Curry, Frank Mackay,
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

Apologies for lateness today; there will likely be some more 'catching up'
in our next issue (I know I've missed some from our correspondents) ...

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Much coverage of a 1.2 million years b.p. stone tool from Turkey:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-scientists-oldest-stone-tool-turkey.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/rhuo-sdo122314.php
http://www.livescience.com/49250-turkey-stone-tool-unearthed.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2885370/Ancient-stone-tool-Turkey-discovery-suggests-early-humans-entered-Europe-earlier-thought.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/1-2-million-year-old-stone-tool-discovered-in-turkey

cf: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379114004818

On the role of ‘microbiomes’ in human evolution:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-microbiome-early-human-populations.html

More on the ‘recent’ development of lightweight human skeletons:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-lightweight-skeletons-modern-humans.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/uoc-fps121814.php
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/hunter-gatherer-past-shows-our-fragile-bones-result-from-physical-inactivity-since-invention-of
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/12/22/372441550/when-humans-quit-hunting-and-gathering-their-bones-got-wimpy?sc=17&f=1007
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/12/22/with-the-advent-of-agriculture-human-bones-dramatically-weakened/#5465
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/the-shift-from-foraging-to-farming-has-weakened-our-bones

Still getting mentions of that ‘engraved’ shell in Indonesia:

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/a-single-shell-could-take-human-evolution-into-unknown-waters-20141225-12dcda.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/a-single-shell-could-take-human-evolution-into-unknown-waters-20141224-12dcda.html

More on the multiple versions of the Paleo Diet:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-paleo-diet.html

More on the early use of fire at that Haifa cave:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-habitual-told-cave-haifa.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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BYU Claims of the discovery of a ‘million mummy’ Roman era necropolis at
Fag el Gamous:

http://www.livescience.com/49147-egyptian-cemetery-million-mummies.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2014/1218/Archaeologists-in-Egypt-excavating-million-mummy-cemetery
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2877855/Cemetery-one-MILLION-mummies-unearthed-Egypt-1-500-year-old-desert-necropolis-largest-found.html
http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/28585/20141218/archeologists-unearthed-ancient-cemetery-with-one-million-mummies.htm
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/million-mummy-cemetery-unearthed-in-egypt/
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/million-mummy-cemetery-unearthed-in-egypt-141218.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=32790484&nid=1012

… a claim which was denied by antiquities officials:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/118374/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Fayoum-antiquities-official-denies-million-mummies.aspx
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/11351/20141219/egyptian-ministry-claims-million-mummies-study-is-false.htm

… which resulted in the loss of the mission’s dig permit, apparently:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/118343/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-antiquity-ministry-slams-US-mission-after-mi.aspx
http://luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.ca/2014/12/mummy-curse-strikes-again-msa-stops-byu.html

A colossal statue of Amenhotep III has been reerected after falling in an
earthquake some 3200 years ago:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/colossal-statue-of-amenhotep-iii-unveiled-in-egypt/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/14/pharaoh-amenhotep-iii-statue-restored-luxor
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2014/12/14/Colossal-statue-of-Amenhotep-III-unveiled-in-Egypt-.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-2873578/Colossal-statue-Amenhotep-III-unveiled-Egypt.html
http://www.horizonweekly.ca/news/details/55558
http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/674421
http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/186101/
http://artdaily.com/news/75059/Colossal-statue-of-Amenhotep-III-unveiled-on-the-west-bank-of-the-Nile-in-Egypt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/archaeologists-unveil-statue-of-pharaoh-amenhotep-iii/5966752

Interesting feature on the growing popularity of papyri in the antiquities
market:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11314702/The-online-battle-for-papyrus-texts.html

Apparently 300 sites in Syria have been ‘ravaged’ (so far):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/aaft-aas121614.php
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-syria-cultural-heritage-sites-20141226-story.html
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/we-need-modern-answers-george-8336917
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2885154/Satellite-images-devastation-caused-290-cultural-sites-Syrian-conflict-24-historic-monuments-totally-destroyed.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://newsdaily.com/2014/12/satellite-images-show-290-heritage-sites-in-syria-damaged-by-war-u-n/
http://www.dw.de/syria-war-has-damaged-nearly-300-heritage-sites-un-says/a-18147985
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/12/syria-war-heritage-sites-201412232326597765.html
http://gulfnews.com/syria-s-ancient-sites-face-plunder-after-the-strife-1.1429809?localLinksEnabled=false
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/damaged-by-war-syria%E2%80%99s-ancient-sites-now-draw-looters/ar-BBh25Fg?srcref=rss
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75202
http://www.timesofisrael.com/300-syrian-heritage-sites-ravaged-by-war/
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.632852
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrias-ancient-sites-were-already-damaged-by-war-now-theyre-being-looted/2014/12/19/117911a8-2556-4c84-90f1-8034e8e8a001_story.html
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/12/17/Illegal-Sales-of-Looted-Antiquities-to-West-Adding-Millions-to-ISIS-War-Funds
http://www.dawn.com/news/1152808/syrian-war-ravages-about-300-world-heritage-sites
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/23/satellite-images-show-damage-to-syrian-cultural/
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2014/12/23/actualidad/1419339841_593952.html

Evidence of auroch hunting in the Golan 60 000 years b.p.:

http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.632915?v=35BEED136962CDF3CD0B1DE1E4BDFB81

8000 years b.p. olive oil from around Galilee:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Remains-of-8000-year-old-olive-oil-found-in-Lower-Galilee-384966
http://www.livescience.com/49175-olive-oil-israel-pottery.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/188760
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4604642,00.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/olive-oil-dating-back-8000-years-found-in-north/
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.632310
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/17/olive-oil-said-to-be-8000-years-old-found-in-israel/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/12/17/archaeologists-unearth-8000-year-old-olive-oil-in-israel/
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/19/remains-of-ancient-olive-oil-discovered-in-the-lower-galilee/

Six seals dating back to the 10th century B.C./B.C.E. (or thereabouts) are
possibly lending credence to the ‘strength’ of David and/or Solomon’s
monarchies:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-ancient-clay-biblical-era.html
http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6985
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/627499/?sc=rsln
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141216100433.htm
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ancient-clay-seals-may-shed-light-on-biblical-kings-government-1.2880400?cmp=rss
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-clay-seals-may-shed-new-light-on-king-david/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2878940/Do-clay-seals-prove-biblical-accounts-King-David-Solomon-correct-Bullae-Israel-hint-political-activity-10th-century-BC.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/20/clay-seals-david-solomon_n_6359830.html

Feature on that ‘house of David’ stele:

http://www.jta.org/2014/12/15/arts-entertainment/homely-ancient-rock-adds-evidence-of-king-davids-existence#ixzz3M9AVhw2b
http://forward.com/articles/211045/homely-ancient-rock-boost-king-david-s-cla/
http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/73463/ancient-rock-points-to-a-real-king-david
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/16/ancient-rock-believed-to-offer-key-evidence-of-biblical-account/#038;%23038;%23038
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Ancient-rock-adds-evidence-of-King-Davids-existence-384826
http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-rock-adds-evidence-of-king-davids-existence/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/house-of-david-rock-on-exhibit-at-ny-metropolitan-museum-of-art/2014/12/16/

Very interesting 2800 years b.p. ‘farmhouse’ from Rosh Ha’ayin:

http://www.livescience.com/49148-ancient-israel-farmhouse.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-2800-year-old-farmhouse-found-in-central-israel/
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Antiquities-Authority-unearths-well-preserved-2800-year-old-farm-house-in-Rosh-HaAyin-384716
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/188680
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4603726,00.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.631879
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/12/18/ancient-farmhouse-found-in-israel-reveals-agricultural-secrets/
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75074
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874852/The-farm-outlived-empires-Ancient-winery-built-2-800-years-ago-Assyrian-conquest-Israel-unearthed.html

Archaeologists have found an interesting entryway to that Herodian hilltop
palace site:

http://phys.org/news338383259.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141218120719.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2880605/Entrance-King-Herod-Great-s-palace-unearthed-Complex-set-corridors-leads-elaborate-hall-ruler.html
http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/24542
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75146
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/monumental-entryway-to-herodian-hilltop-palace-unearthed
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=385112
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/unique/2014/12/18/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/188822
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4605395,00.html

A Roman-era structure from the Golan Heights that probably served as a
synagogue:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.633939

… while they’re still not sure about a synagogue at Sussita:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Article.aspx?id=384723

Feature on Byzantine shipwrecks from Yenikapi:

http://www.livescience.com/49272-byzantine-shipwrecks-turkey-shipbuilding-history.html

A Roman/Byzantine glass bracelet decorated with a menorah:

http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-glass-bracelet-decorated-menorahs-found-israel-161546370.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Antiquities-Authority-finds-1600-year-old-glass-bracelet-with-menorah-inscription-385497
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4606837,00.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/189007
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.633334
http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-uncover-1600-year-old-menorah-bracelet-on-hanukkah/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/12/24/ancient-glass-bracelet-decorated-with-menorahs-found-in-israel/
http://www.livescience.com/49240-glass-bracelet-menorah-decorations.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-glass-bracelet-decorated-menorahs-found-israel-n273906
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/23/israelis-about-to-dig-a-reservoir-stumbled-on-this-relic-depicting-an-iconic-ritual-item-described-in-the-bible/#038;%23038;%23038

Pondering food and wine choices in Jesus’ times:

http://www.wnyc.org/story/what-would-jesus-drink-a-class-exploring-ancient-wines-asks/

Claims being made about a Temple/synagogue from Magdala found five years
ago (I think we’ve had this before):

http://abcnews.go.com/International/archaeologists-found-location-jesus-christ-taught/story?id=27811605
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.633141
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2884899/Did-Jesus-preach-synagogue-Archaeologists-excavate-2-000-year-old-ruins-ancient-town-Magdala-Christ-thought-taught-disciples.html

The scientific explanation for the parting of the Red Sea:

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/news/science-explains-parting-of-red-sea-1.1797562

A Hittite rock inscription at Bolkar Mountarin is getting special
protection:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hittite-rock-inscription-in-bolkar-mountain-to-be-taken-under-protection.aspx?pageID=238&nID=76045&NewsCatID=375

Plans to digitize the Louvre’s cueniform collection:

http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.ca/2014/12/cdli-news-digital-capture-of-louvre.html

I think we’ve mentioned there’s a new guy in charge at the IAA:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/311853#.VKAZgACBA

I’m not certain if this arrest of a ‘gang of four’ looters is different
from the one we were reading about a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Four-arrested-for-attempting-to-loot-hidden-treasure-from-ancient-West-Bank-cave-385648

In a similar vein, I think we’ve had this IAA app to teach kids about
archaeology before:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4606347,00.html
http://artdaily.com/news/75222/Israel-Antiquities-Authority-launches-its-first-App-featuring-archaeology-games-and-puzzles-for-kids
http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/73458/app-lets-kids-view-archaeological-finds

More on that evidence of early use of fire from a cave near Haifa:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-habitual-told-cave-haifa.html
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248414001778

More on all those recent scientific studies of Tut:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/controversial-afterlife-king-tut-180953400/?no-ist


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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
================================================================
Late Bronze Age finds from Platamonas:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/13/after-amphipolis-new-ancient-burial-ground-found-in-platamonas/

Latest finds from the Smyrna agora excavations are interesting:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/assembly-of-romans-finally-comes-to-light.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75980&NewsCatID=375


I think this week (?) we’ll hear about the occupant of the Amphipolis tomb
… and  the hype has continued on that score:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/greek-mystery-tomb-occupant-to-be-revealed-soon-141219.htm
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/clues-to-amphipolis-tombs-mysterious-occupant-slowly-surface/story-fnjwl1aw-1227165201908
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/special-features/clues-to-amphipolis-tombs-mysterious-occupant/story-fnknbqfy-1227165170361
http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/discovery/skeleton-from-tomb-to-be-identified-soon-1.1797959
http://discovermagazine.com/2015/jan-feb/41-largest-ever-greek-tomb
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_19/12/2014_545598
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/19/390985/greek-skeleton-to-be-identified/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/19/rumor-that-amphipolis-dead-is-mother-of-alexander-not-substantiated/
http://artdaily.com/news/75173/Skeleton-from-Greek-mystery-tomb-to-be-identified-next-month--Officials-from-culture-ministry#.VKAhsACBA
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2014-year-in-review/year-science-amphipolis-mysteries-other-riddles-revealed-n271221

… and we also read some details of the geophysical survey of the site:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/22/geophysical-mapping-of-the-casta-hill-in-amphipolis/

… and there was a nice video recreation:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/14/amphipolis-tomb-animated-in-new-breathtaking-3d-video/


The opinions continued to pour in on the BM’s loan of a Parthenon sculpture
to the Hermitage:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_09/12/2014_545284
http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/12/23/the-british-museum-should-return-the-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/
http://amestrib.com/news/museum-visitors-see-new-meaning-borrowed-elgin-marbles-statue
http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-elgin-marbles-20141219-story.html
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/kate-taylor-russia-borrows-an-elgin-marble-but-why-not-return-them-to-greece/article22124551/
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/14/british-museum-parthenon-marbles-russia-sajid-javid
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2863334/Fears-raised-Elgin-Marbles-sculpture-sent-Russia-won-t-sent-British-Museum-claims-Greece-never-formally-asked-returned.html
http://www.independent.ie/regionals/carlowpeople/news/a-message-from-bishop-michael-burrows-30838283.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite3_1_16/12/2014_545492



… while folks in Cyprus wonder why no one is mentioning the Cesnola
Collection:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2014/12/14/silence-over-looted-treasure/

… and folks with guilty consciences continue to return things to Pompeii:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11311061/Guilty-thieves-return-ancient-Roman-objects-to-Pompeii.html
http://www.thelocal.it/20141223/pompeii-restored-with-help-of-artefact-thieves

I think we mentioned the discovery of the agora in Nea Paphos:

http://www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/en/news/news,403180,archaeologists-from-krakow-discovered-hellenistic-agora-in-nea-paphos.html

The Vignacce Marsyas is now on display at the Capitoline Museums:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2014/12/18/capitoline-museum-adds-important-statue_f7fcd05f-9224-4778-a0f3-8bd373c5da28.html

The story of that metal detectorist who found that Roman/Pictish silver
hoard in Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-30551671
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/22/man-makes-rare-medieval-era-discovery-why-experts-are-saying-there-will-be-more-finds-like-this/#038;%23038;%23038

cf:
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art510951-archaeologists-begin-work-on-hacked-up-silver-buried-in-scotland-during-decline-of-roman-empire
… while there was an inquest into a Roman hoard found near Runcorn:

http://www.runcornandwidnesweeklynews.co.uk/news/roman-treasure-found-runcorn-metal-8294536

There was renewed interest in Roman concrete these past couple of weeks:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-key-longevity-imperial-roman-monuments.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/dbnl-bt121514.php
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientific-reason-why-pantheon-hasnt-crumbled-180953627/
www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2877547/Why-Colosseum-hasn-t-collapsed-Roman-concrete-used-secret-ingredient-stand-test-time-engineers-want-copy-it.html
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4300691.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_12_17
http://newsmaine.net/21729-researchers-reveal-reason-behind-durability-ancient-roman-monuments

cf:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/12/10/1417456111.abstract

… and water systems:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-roman-water-networks-made-empire-vulnerable-180953679/
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1141988-what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-us-they-left-a-water-warning/

Feature on assorted ancient technologies which we haven’t necessarily
figured out yet:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1149292-6-advanced-ancient-inventions-beyond-modern-understanding/

On the role of Classics in the modern Middle East:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2014/12/classics-studies-and-todays-middle-east

Why Homer matters:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/books/review/why-homer-matters-by-adam-nicolson.html

Why we should be reading Classics:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/why-bother-to-read-the-classics-today-1.2039541

This is your brain on ancient Greek:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/05/07/ancient-greek-language-said-to-reprogram-the-brain/

… and it’s ‘picking up in numbers’ in Australia:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Ancient-Greek-picking-up-in-numbers

Study suggests an ‘apotropaic’ effect of Roman mosaics:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141215084626.htm
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113300174/images-in-roman-mosaics-meant-to-dispel-the-envious-121614/


If you haven’t checked out the Panoply thing yet, you probably should:

http://io9.com/modern-technology-brings-ancient-greek-vases-to-life-1673982802

In case you missed Chester’s Saturnalia parade:

http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/watch-roman-saturnalia-parade-chester-8317037

What Danielle Allen is up to:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/12/danielle-allen-named-to-harvard-posts/

What Joshua Billings is up to:

http://news.yale.edu/2014/12/01/joshua-billings-named-sarai-ribicoff-assistant-professor

What Peter Toohey is up to:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/jan/08/jealousy-who-not-guilty-vice/
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-commentary/20141219-point-person-qa-author-peter-toohey-on-jealousy.ece

On tourism and Greece:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/selling-off-greece-stone-by-stone-commerce-threatens-innate-beauty-1.2037491

I think we mentioned the Meroe head of Augustus is now on display:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art510695-decapitated-head-of-emperor-which-amazed-archaeologists-in-sudan-in-1910-goes-on-display

More on those shackled burials from France:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75320

More on the Berthouville Silver:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75103
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A 6 000 years b.p. encapment site near Stonehenge:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11303127/Stonehenge-discovery-could-rewrite-British-pre-history.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-30540914#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2883463/Is-home-Stonehenge-s-forefathers-6-000-year-old-encampment-Blick-Mead-rewrite-British-history.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/year-old-stonehenge-discovery-puts-tunnel-project-worth-32-billion-at-risk/story-fnjwl1aw-1227164145299
http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/British-prehistory-rewritten-following-remarkable/story-25744619-detail/story.html
http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/Archaeologists-unearth-6-000-year-old-encampment/story-25744582-detail/story.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/19/stonehenge-discovery-encampment_n_6355444.html


… Meanwhile, archaeologists are concerned about that Stonehenge tunnel
thing:

http://phys.org/news338459616.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2881570/Building-tunnel-Stonehenge-wreck-chances-unlocking-secrets-ancient-site-discovery-new-settlement-path-dual-carriageway.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art511101-britain-history-could-be-wrecked-by-stonehenge-tunnel-say-archaeologists-who-found-prehistoric-frog-legs
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/19/stonehenge-tunnel-wreck-archaeological-site-blick-mead
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/county_news/11677854.Stonehenge_tunnel_could_destroy_key_archaeological_site_say_scientists/

… but it’s going ahead anyway, apparently:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stonehenge-road-tunnel-to-go-ahead-despite-archaeologists-warnings-it-could-destroy-clues-to-the-monuments-origins-9940572.html

… and there were record numbers of visitors this year:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-30529065

Tram construction near Edinburgh revealed a 6000 years b.p. agricultural
site of some sort:

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/ancient-farm-community-unearthed-during-tram-works-1-3645199
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/tram-works-unearth-piece-of-scottish-prehistory-1-3644993

Brief item on an Iron Age site find from Wiltshire:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-30597349
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/11685898.Dig_unearths_historic_artefacts_and_remains_in_Wilton_before_new_reservoir_is_built/


They’ve learned all sorts of interesting things about ‘Racton Man’:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-30478544
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/racton-man-analysis-shows-famous-skeleton-was-a-6ft-bronze-age-superman-9926899.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/15/story-warrior-dagger-sussex-field-finally-told-4200
http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/video-novium-reveals-4-200-year-old-racton-man-1-6474561
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2874600/Bronze-Age-skeleton-warrior-chief.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11668350.Bronze_Age_skeleton__Racton_Man__buried_with_rare_dagger_was_warrior_chief/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/12/16/archaeologists-discover-incredible-details-4000-year-old-man/
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/4-000-year-old-skeleton-found-near-emsworth-could-have-been-bronze-age-ruler-1-6475305

Interesting 3000 years b.p. weapon fragments from Wales:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art511370-exotic-hoard-artefacts-found-in-field-hint-at-long-distance-bronze-age-sea-travel-say-archaeologists-in-wales

Iron Age finds from a Pocklington construction site:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/News/11679051.Bones_found_at_Pocklington_building_site/


Trying to figure out what happened to the temple people of of Malta:

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/arts/architecture/47313/the_death_of_the_temple_people#.VJ8T0ACBA

A monk’s ‘earspoon’ and other items from a Leiston Abbey dig:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-30385008

Plans to dig a site near Ben Nevis:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/437697/new-project-will-reveal-history-of-ancient-hill-fort-near-ben-nevis/

Trying to cash in on links to Sweyn Forkbeard:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-30275468

Searching for evidence of Vikings in Spain:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-spanish-vikings.html
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/7184/
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/archaeologists-search-for-the-lost-vikings-of-spain.114846443
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/anchors-provide-clues-to-spanish-vikings
http://www.euroweeklynews.com/news/spanish-news/item/124606-quest-for-answers-to-viking-past

cf: http://irgalo10.wix.com/vikingiberia

Denmark’s Ribe might be a century older than previously thought:

http://cphpost.dk/news/oldest-danish-town-possibly-older.12031.html

An 800 years b.p. contract is going on display in Wigan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-30581774

Concerns for David after earthquake tremors hit Florence:

http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75220#.VKAs7ACBA
http://m.france24.com/en/20141220-series-tremors-has-florence-concerned-its-david/
?

Spain is seeking to make up for her expulsion of the Jews 500+ years b.p.:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/12/25/371866778/after-522-years-spain-seeks-to-make-amends-for-expulsion-of-jews?sc=17&f=1001

A gold ring from Swansea has been declared treasure:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-30575459
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2884023/Ornate-mourning-ring-buried-Wales-17th-century-treasure-engraved-words-prepared-bee-follow-me.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

They think they’ve figured out the mystery of a Mazury Lake (Poland) burial:

http://www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/en/news/news,403138,mystery-of-the-grave-by-the-mazury-lake-solved.html

Feature on King John:

http://historytoday.com/sean-mcglynn/king-john-damned-his-peers


I think we mentioned the rickets among 16th century sailors:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-prevalence-rickets-16th-century-sailors.html
http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21636696-laser-based-tests-might-diagnose-bone-diseases-long-dead-and-living-alike-rickety
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-30486774

A replica Chauvet cave will open to the public next year:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/re-creating-36000-year-old-chauvet-cave-art
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141219-chauvet-paleolithic-cave-art-paintings-france-ancient-culture/

More on the skeleton (possibly) of Doctor Syntax (a horse):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11294140/Could-mystery-horse-skeleton-be-legendary-18th-century-racehorse-Doctor-Syntax.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874805/Horse-skeleton-excavation-demolished-royal-stables-belong-famous-19th-century-stallion-won-36-races.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/skeleton-racehorse-Doctor-Syntax-Newmarket/story-25717266-detail/story.html
http://www.news.com.au/sport/superracing/have-archaeologists-discovered-the-secret-grave-of-legendary-british-racehorse-doctor-syntax/story-fndpqu3p-1227161534597

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Remains of a 4000 years b.p. (Harappan) house from a Baghpat village:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/4000-year-old-house-found-at-Baghpat-village-offers-rare-clue-to-Harappan-habitation/articleshow/45663993.cms
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1141215/jsp/nation/story_3700.jsp

Remains of a 3500 years b.p. village from northern Viet Nam:

http://tuoitrenews.vn/lifestyle/24937/millenniaold-village-unearthed-in-northern-vietnam

Brief items (mostly photos) on the excavation of China’s Sizhou City:

http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2014/12-23/55370.shtml
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2014/12/21/3961s857606.htm

Similar on a Han Dynasty era burial site in Henan:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2014-12/14/content_19083000.htm

A pile of Buddha statuary from China’s Sichuan province:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-12/16/c_133859288.htm

Pondering the disappearance of China’s Sanxingui culture:

http://www.livescience.com/49247-chinese-civilization-disappearance-explained.html

Feature on pigments used in Aboriginal petroglyphs:

http://theconversation.com/pigments-and-palettes-from-the-past-science-of-indigenous-art-35604

There’s a holdup in dig permits in India:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1141217/jsp/nation/story_19224664.jsp#.VKBFcACBA

Plans to rebury a siberian ‘ice maiden’:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/n0061-mausoleum-plans-unveiled-for-homecoming-of-siberian-ice-maiden/

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Evidence of Viking metalworking in Canada’s Arctic:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-evidence-vikingnorse-metalworking-arctic-canada.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141215154800.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-viking-presence-arctic-canada-02349.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/w-eov121514.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2876006/Canada-s-lost-Vikings-revealed-1-000-year-old-stone-vessel-earliest-evidence-Norse-metalwork-Atlantic.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490


The Old Vero Man site is challenging the Clovis theory:

http://www.goerie.com/mercyhurst-excavation-stacks-more-evidence-against-clovis-first#
http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/12/16/691848/10112638/en/Mercyhurst-Dig-Suggests-Human-Presence-at-Controversial-Old-Vero-Man-Site.html
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mercyhurst-dig-suggests-human-presence-194414201.html

… and some genetic evidence to add to the mix (?):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/year-review-genes-bones-tell-new-clovis-stories

Hyping the impending opening of that Boston time capsule find:

http://www.news10.net/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/24/date-set-for-opening-time-capsule-buried-in-boston/20870753/
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/11/revolutionary-war-era-time-capsule-massachusetts-state-house
http://abcnews.go.com/US/oldest-time-capsule-us-unearthed-massachusetts-state-house/story?id=27539479

Not sure if this is a new claim in regards to finding the Griffon or not:

http://www.newser.com/story/200409/divers-say-theyve-found-holy-grail-of-shipwrecks.html
http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/features/2014/12/23/muskegon-divers-dykstra-monroe-griffin-griffon-shipwreck/20825463/
http://www.aol.com/article/2014/12/24/divers-say-they-ve-found-holy-grail-of-shipwrecks/21120863/


Feature on Dismal Swamp as slave refuge:

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373519521/fleeing-to-dismal-swamp-slaves-and-outcasts-found-freedom
http://www.wnyc.org/story/fleeing-to-dismal-swamp-slaves-and-outcasts-found-freedom/

Feature on that slave village dig at Timbuctoo (NJ):

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-temple-students-slave-village-20141227-story.html

Update (of sorts) on Camp Asylum:

http://www.thestate.com/2014/12/17/3879946/what-ever-happened-to-camp-asylum.html

On the role of the weather in Washington’s crossing of the Delaware:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/washington-delaware-christmas/21270137

Feature on religious sites in Phoenix’s mountains:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/12/20/phoenixs-mountains-religious-sites-valley-tribes/20712065/

Protesting the sale of drilling rights on significant Utah sites:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/1960442-155/groups-protest-sale-of-drilling-rights

Concerns for sites in Chaco Canyon:

http://kunm.org/post/archaeologists-worry-drilling-approaches-chaco

A pardon for someone who committed an archaeological crime in Utah in 1997:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865617927/Obama-pardons-Colorado-man-for-1997-archaeological-crime-in-Utah.html

Some printing blocks used by Ben Franklin have been identified:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/12/arts/design/how-franklin-thwarted-counterfeiters-.html
http://www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/2014/12/-benjamin-franklin-printing-blocks-identified.phtml

A pile of items taken from Lake Oroville have been recovered:

http://www.orovillemr.com/20141219/authorities-recover-thousands-of-archaeological-artifacts-taken-from-lake-oroville

Feature on the Hoko River archaeological complex:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/21/1353318/-Ancient-America-The-Hoko-River-Complex#

I think we mentioned this 13 000 years+ b.p. site from Haida Gwai:

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/12/18/archaeologists-discover-13800-year-old-underwater-site-haida-gwaii-158323

A formal apology for the Sand Creek Massacre:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/12/15/370182656/150-years-later-a-formal-apology-for-the-sand-creek-massacre

Frederick Douglass took a while to like Lincoln:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/how-douglass-came-around-to-lincoln/?src=recg

Members of the Navajo people tried to block the auction of some sacred
masks in France:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75061

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Belize’s ‘Blue Hole’ adds weight to drought being the cause of the Maya
collapse:

http://www.livescience.com/49255-drought-caused-maya-collapse.html

… as does evidence from Tikal:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-intensive-agriculture-exacerbated-drought-ancient.html

cf: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/12/10/1408631111

Evidence of Brazil’s slavery past:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30413525

A peruvian mummy is off to France:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-mummy-prepared-104764

Dental plaque reveals the diet of pre-contact Easter Islanders:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141215185352.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/uoo-dpr121514.php
http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago084367.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/dental-calculus-reveals-sweet-potato-as-staple-food-for-pre-contact-easter-islanders

Some fallout from the Greenpeace/Nazca lines thing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/world/americas/greenpeace-wont-name-activists-peru-says-.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/13/world/americas/peru-is-indignant-after-greenpeace-makes-its-mark-on-ancient-site.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2875133/Peru-seek-extradition-activists-Greenpeace-message.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.newser.com/story/200037/greenpeace-not-naming-activists-who-tarnished-ancient-site.html
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We’ll begin with the seasonal repeats … there’s always something pondering
the birthplace of Jesus (latest is ‘which Bethlehem’):

http://www.timesofisrael.com/was-jesus-born-in-a-different-bethlehem/
http://forward.com/articles/211242/a-boy-was-born-in-bethlehem-but-which-one/?p=all
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11310856/Israels-other-Bethlehem-have-Christians-celebrated-Jesuss-birth-in-the-wrong-place-all-these-years.html
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Jesus+birthplace+debate/10678115/story.html
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/23/actualidad/1419361380_753332.html

… and the star of Bethlehem:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-astronomy-biblical-star-bethlehem.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/26/amazingly-astronomy-can-explain-the-biblical-star-of-bethlehem/
http://theconversation.com/can-astronomy-explain-the-biblical-star-of-bethlehem-35126
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2886254/Astronomy-explain-biblical-Star-Bethlehem-three-wise-men-wouldn-t-arrived-Jesus-toddler.html

… and a sort of all-in-one-piece:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/christmas-tale-much-nativity-story-true-130406882.html#f463TRE

… and a historical Jesus piece:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/18/did-historical-jesus-exist-the-traditional-evidence-doesnt-hold-up/
http://theconversation.com/weighing-up-the-evidence-for-the-historical-jesus-35319

… and items on the Christmas truce:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/12/25/370381693/a-century-ago-when-the-guns-fell-silent-on-christmas?sc=17&f=1001
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30433729
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ce7bcbc9b7a444af9e5c88dc065aaf51/christmas-1914-day-even-wwi-showed-humanity

… and the December 25 date:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/12/24/why-is-christmas-on-dec-25-it-wasnt-always/

… and the original St Nicholas:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30577800

New this year is a feature on the origins of Krampus:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141222-krampus-christmas-devil-demon-krampusnacht/

… and how to fit Chaucer into the holidays:

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/20/371711331/gentlefolk-all-survive-your-holidays-with-help-from-chaucer?sc=17&f=1032

… and the changes to what folks have eaten during Christmas festivities:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30530682
http://theconversation.com/fowl-play-why-a-christmas-carol-meant-our-goose-was-cooked-35613
http://theconversation.com/out-of-your-noggin-festive-spices-and-their-intoxicating-history-35425

… and how Native Americans spun Christmas:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2014/12/24/372435832/a-very-native-american-christmas

… four strange Victorian Christmas incidents:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30514644

… the rediscovery of a lost Disney Christmas movie:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75062

On the link between bourbon biscuits and the French royals:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30539196


Might as well mention the changing date of New Year’s here too:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/did-you-know-new-year-s-day-hasn-t-always-been-on-january-1/article/422027

We’re also at that time of year of top ten (give or take) lists of
archaeological discoveries … Here’s the LiveScience version:

http://www.livescience.com/49231-coolest-archaeological-discoveries-2014.html
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/coolest-archaeological-discoveries-2014-110754583.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/coolest-archaeological-discoveries-of-2014-141227.htm

… which overlapped a bit with that of the AIA:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/161-1501/features/2828-top-10-archaeological-discoveries-of-2014

… Ha’aretz had a different spin:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.633559

… and there was a top ten of Sotheby’s auctions:

http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75276#.VKBQRACBA

JPost’s ‘weirdest story of the year’ had an archaeological bent:

http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/JPost-Selection-Weirdest-story-of-the-year-385527

A ‘younger’ Mona Lisa has gone on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30485061

… while the latest theory on the Mona Lisa is that she was Chinese:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75011

The reds in van Gogh’s paintings is slowly disappearing:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-red-slowly-van-gogh.html

19th century speed dating:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2014/12/15/370323910/speed-dating-in-the-19th-century

Pondering the kraken:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141212-quest-for-the-real-life-kraken

Big bucks for a marble head of a French Queen (maybe):

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75011

How to protect an archaeological site?:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/bull-plays-security-guard-for-archaeological-hoard-1-3644313

Earliest piece of polyphonic music:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-earliest-piece-polyphonic-music.html

The history of nutmeg trade:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/12/26/372703646/nutmeg-spice-has-a-secret-story-that-isnt-so-nice

Pondering Chopin’s death:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29915863

Robert Dudley sat for a lot of portraits:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/22/robert-dudley-elizabethan-england-selfie-king

A Latin teacher may have figured out the Shugborough Code:

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/regional-affairs/200-year-old-mystery-shugborough-code-solved-8319385

On the idea of the savings bank in 19th century UK:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-future.html
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/23/napoleon-bonaparte-exhibition-windsor-castle-lock-hair

An anthropologist and archaeologist discuss Western Civilization’s
impending demise:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/indiana-jones-collapsed-cultures-western-civilization-bubble/

Reuniting some Hebrew Bibles:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4606143,00.html

A Cezanne is coming to auction:

http://newsdaily.com/2014/12/shimmering-cezanne-to-heat-up-art-auction-christies-says/

Apparently St Lucius’ skull isn’t his:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/researchers-try-to-answer-mystery-of-saintly-skull

The Bodleian now has Charles I’s travelling library:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75335

They’re building a Mayflower replica:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-30596893

… while a replica of Henry Hudson’s ship is heading for Europe:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Replica-of-Henry-Hudson-ship-heading-to-Europe-5962595.php

Some pictographic humour:

http://www.arcamax.com/newspics/111/11152/1115254.gif

The British government has put some 41 million wills online:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75366

What Pavlov was *really* up to:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/23/science/ivan-pavlov-sought-a-grand-theory-of-the-mind-not-drooling-dogs.html

A papal parchment scandal (?) at the Vatican:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75177

Feature on public mourning:

http://theconversation.com/public-mourning-a-brief-history-35670

A heavy duty vault for DaVinci items:

http://www.dw.de/leonardo-one-a-state-of-the-art-data-controlled-vault-for-a-most-famous-selfie/a-18137874

An architectual plan drawn by George III (?):

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30518882

A newly-discovered Steinbeck story:

http://kalw.org/post/newly-discovered-john-steinbeck-story-now-newsstands

Reviews of *Lives in Ruins*:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2014/12/27/lives-in-ruins-archaeologists-and-the-seductive-lure-of-human-rubble/20486023/
http://www.providencejournal.com/features/entertainment/books/20141221-book-review-the-tireless-workers-who-dig-up-the-past.ece

Review of Manning, *When Books Went to War*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/books/when-books-went-to-war-by-molly-guptill-manning.html?_r=0
================================================================
MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
Picturing Mary:

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/24/372731460/mother-empress-virgin-faith-picturing-mary-and-her-many-meanings

Waterloo at Windsor:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75273

100 years of the Great Temple:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75215

Madame Cezanne:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/12/arts/design/madame-czanne-at-the-metropolitan-museum.html

Gods and Heroes:

http://www.abqjournal.com/515524/entertainment/museums-gods-and-heroes-exhibit-is-home-run-hit.html

Fangs, Feathers, and Fins:

http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/fangs-feathers-and-fins-sacred-creatures-ancient-a/

From Assyria to Iberia:

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2014/assyria-to-iberia

When Greece Ruled Egypt:

http://isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions

Ennion: Master of Roman Glass:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75047

Give and Ye Shall Receive:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75291

Erebus Bell:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/exhibit-on-franklin-discovery-to-showcase-replica-of-hms-erebus-bell/article22140581/?cmpid=rss1
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/12/18/doomed-franklin-expedition-featured-at-rom
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/hms-erebus-bell-replica-to-be-centrepiece-of-franklin-expedition-exhibit-1.2877467
http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/harper-government-royal-ontario-museum-143000898.html

The Louvre is getting a makeover:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/15/arts/design/revamping-the-louvre-to-lose-that-lost-feeling.html
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/travel/the-louvre-paris-to-undergo-805-million-revamp-to-make-it-easier-to-explore-20141226-12dumc.html

A shake up at Italian museums/sites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11309051/Italy-looks-abroad-for-new-Colosseum-director-in-museum-shake-up.html

… related:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/dec/21/italy-aims-to-make-museums-profitable

There’s a new Tut gallery in Egypt:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2014/12/15/Egypt-unveils-renovated-Tutankhamun-gallery.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75073

================================================================
THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Dating the iron used to construct Gothic cathedrals:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-gothic-cathedrals-blend-iron-stone.html
================================================================
ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
On genetics and ethnicity:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/science/23andme-genetic-ethnicity-study.html

Another step toward ‘consumer genetics’:

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-ancestrydna-reconstructs-partial-genome-person.html

Not sure if we mentioned this one on the DNA of horse domestication:

http://newsdaily.com/2014/12/ancient-dna-reveals-history-of-horse-domestication/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/fos--rth121514.php

More on the DNA of parchment:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art511198-breathtaking-parchment-dna-could-reveal-britain-agricultural-past-say-archaeologists


Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Roman roads in Croatia:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/travel/first-roman-road-in-central-dalmatia-opened-near-split-croatia/article/421616

Roman Spain:

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Romans+influence+plain+many+parts+Spain/10478530/story.html

Amphipolis:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/15/visiting-amphipolis-tomb-ten-things-to-do-in-greeces-newest-archaeological-heaven/

WWI sites:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/travel/in-france-vestiges-of-the-great-wars-bloody-end.html

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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
In case you’re following Simcha Jacobovici’s various lawsuits:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/12/24/professor-must-defend-claim-she-blocked-film.htm

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/
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================

Some Jesus-era shekels are coming to auction:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75247

Silver coins from Kastellet:

http://cphpost.dk/news/coins-at-kastellet-archaeologist-strikes-silver.12084.html

Some Saxon and Norman coins came to auction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-30514750

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v17n52.html

Last week’s:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v17n51.html

… there’s probably one that will appear later today, but I’m not sure how
it will be numbered ...

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

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Mr Turner:

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/15/370959146/timothy-spall-takes-on-painter-j-m-w-turner-a-master-of-the-sublime?sc=17&f=1008
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30495263

Matisse documentary:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/bringing-momas-matisse-show-to-movie-theaters/

Henry IV:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/23/theater/henry-iv-plays-with-antony-sher-as-falstaff-in-london.html

Handel’s Messiah:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/12/arts/music/handel-from-the-bronx-to-brooklyn.html

Exodus was banned in Egypt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30605059
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/exodus-gods-and-kings-banned-in-egypt-for-historical-inaccuracies-9945523.html#
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/26/373281326/book-news-egypt-bans-ridley-scotts-exodus-for-historical-inaccuracies?sc=17&f=1008

… some other reviews:

http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2014/12/25/3606765/he-blinded-me-with-science-ridley-scott-exodus/
http://www.npr.org/2014/12/22/372466263/we-ask-a-scholar-how-does-ridley-scotts-exodus-compare-with-the-bibles

Britism Museum folks weren’t impressed with the latest Night at the Museum:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2014/12/19/night-at-the-british-museum-fact-and-fantasy/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2888317/But-no-lava-Pompeii-Horror-British-Museum-staff-factual-inaccuracies-new-Ben-Stiller-film-set-site.html
================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Carleton Mabee:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/books/carleton-mabee-biographer-of-morse-dies-at-99.html

================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica (a couple weeks' worth):

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2102-audio-news-from-archaeologica-14-dec-20-dec-2014
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2063-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-dec-13-dec-2014

December Strata from the Archaeological channel:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity/2045-strata-december-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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