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explorator 18.24 October 4, 2015
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If you're having problems getting 'the whole issue', read Explorator
online at:

            https://exploratornews.wordpress.com/


Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, David Perlmutter, Barbara Saylor Rogers,
Bob Heuman, Kris Curry, Feral Boy, Jessica Fitzpatrick,
Adrienne Mayor, Marice Rose, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,and
Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have
left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering why homo sapiens is the only homo that has survived:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150929-why-are-we-the-only-human-species-still-alive

Archaeologists have returned to Shanidar:

http://www.nature.com/news/archaeologists-ousted-by-isis-return-to-ancient-iraqi-cave-1.18487


More homo naledi skepticism:

http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2015-10-01/bones-contention-why-cal-paleo-expert-so-skeptical-homo


More on early hominin hearing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/science/the-world-heard-by-hominins.html

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AFRICA
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Feature on Kongo civilization and art:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/01/arts/design/kongo-power-figure-mangaaka-met-museum.html?_r=0


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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Scans suggest there are hidden rooms in Tut’s tomb:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-egypt-king-tut-tomb-hidden.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34410720
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/king-tuts-tomb-reveals-two-secret-chambers-150929.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/02/us-egypt-nefertiti-idUSKCN0RV46G20151002?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/11906040/Scans-suggest-Queen-Nefertiti-may-lie-concealed-in-King-Tuts-tomb.html
http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/10/02/egyptian-tomb-reveals-hidden-chambers?videoId=365802478&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=WorldNews&videoChannel=117760
https://uk.yahoo.com/digest/20151001/british-archaeologist-reveal-details-quest-find-queen-nefertitis-tomb-00166458
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150928-king-tut-tomb-door-nefertiti-archaeology-egypt/

… but they really haven’t found anything yet (and folks are skeptical):

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/10/01/egypt-queen-nefertiti-king-tutankhamen/73153332/

… despite Egypt’s hopes:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/queen-nefertiti-tomb-egypt-hopes-big-discovery-from-the-past-can-boost-its-flagging-tourism-industry-a6675986.html


… an important interview with Egypt’s antiquities minister on same:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/151933/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/INTERVIEW-Egypts-antiquities-minister-speaks-on-se.aspx

… and related items (which are mostly repeats):

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-british-archaeologist-aims-nefertiti-tomb.html
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4324047.htm
http://phys.org/news/2015-10-egypt-pledges-fast-nefertiti-tomb.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/01/a-mystery-inside-king-tuts-tomb-has-nefertiti-been-hiding-there-for-3000-years/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/british-archaeologist-aims-to-pinpoint-nefertitis-tomb-2/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0930/Does-King-Tut-s-tomb-have-hidden-chambers
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/sep/29/british-archaeologist-aims-to-uncover-queen-nefertiti-tomb
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/king-tuts-tomb-could-have-hidden-chambers-boosting-theory-theres-a-queen-buried-in-mausoleum-walls
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/new-king-tut-s-tomb-search-can-start-soon-egypt-pledges-1.3252097?cmp=rss


Feature on Egyptian animal mummies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/arts/design/animal-mummies-unwrapped.html

I think we had this one on the world’s oldest papyrus:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-egypt-shipping-mining-farming-economy-pyramids-180956619/


The Sekhemka statue saga continues:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-34428993

A 3000 years b.p. dog burial from the kingdom of Urartu:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2015/09/29/dog-skeleton-dating-back-3000-years-discovered


Interesting Kiryat Gat mosaic in Israel depicts an ancient Egyptian city:

http://www.livescience.com/52336-byzantine-mosaic-shows-egyptian-settlement.html

http://www.livescience.com/52335-photos-ancient-church-mosaic.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0930/Why-a-rare-Egyptian-mosaic-is-going-on-display-in-an-industrial-park-in-Israel

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-Byzantine-period-mosaic-discovered-30-September-2015.aspx

http://www.antiquities.org.il/article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4149

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4705146,00.html
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Rare-1500-year-old-old-mosaic-discovered-depicting-streets-buildings-of-ancient-Egypt-419384

http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/1.677993
http://www.timesofisrael.com/byzantine-era-mosaic-to-be-displayed-in-southern-israel/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/09/29/1500-year-old-mosaic-found-on-church-floor-in-israel-depicts-rare-scene-from-neighboring-ancient-christian-community/#038;%23038;%23038


Vandals hit a Bar Kochba-era site:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=28637
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/10/02/bar-kokhba-era-antiquities-site-razed-by-palestinian-vandals/

I think we mentioned this new bit of the Epic of Gilgamesh:

http://news.discovery.com/history/art-history/new-gilgamesh-verse-is-epic-15100.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1


Not sure if this discovery-of-Sodom/ Tall el Hammam story is really news:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/580159/archaeologists-discover-possible-ruins-ancient-sodom-holy-land


Seliuk-era finds in Tokat:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2015/09/29/seljuk-era-archeological-findings-uncovered-in-ancient-greek-city


An Iraqi historian claims a ‘Jewish mafia’ is behind antiquities thefts in
the Middle East:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Iraqi-historian-claims-Jewish-mafia-behind-antiquities-theft-in-Middle-East-419513

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/iraqi-archaeologist-warns-%E2%80%98international-jewish-mafia%E2%80%99-stealing-arab-artifacts-749454

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-mafia-looting-mideast-antiquities/

Marina Rustow is one of this year’s MacArthur Grant recipients:

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/29/444527433/out-of-cairo-trove-genius-grant-winner-mines-details-of-ancient-life

http://news.yale.edu/2015/09/29/two-yale-alumni-win-macarthur-foundation-grants


The US has offered a reward to get ISIS to stop plundering antiquities:

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/255442-us-offers-5-million-reward-to-stop-isis-from-plundering-antiquities


While a raid on an ISIS stronghold netted a pile of ancient artifacts,
apparently:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/30/isis-raid-netted-stolen-treasure-trove-of-ancient-artifacts.html


We’re still getting the articles about their antiquities sale/funding
activities:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-relying-on-smuggling-antiquities-to-fund-terror/


… and there was a conference on same:

http://thewellesleynews.com/2015/10/03/daeshs-destruction-of-antiquities-sparks-interdisciplinary-conference/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/02/confronting-looting-to-order-and-cultural-racketeering-in-syria/

Nice feature on the folks now defending Syria’s heritage from ISIS:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/29/they-are-barbarians-meet-the-man-maamoun-abdulkarim-defending-syrias-heritage-from-isis


Not sure if we mentioned the suggestion that museums provide a ‘safe haven’
for Syrian antiquities (for now):

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/museum-directors-release-plan-to-help-provide-safe-havens-for-endangered-antiquties/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Arts&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body



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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The big news this week is the announcement that the Amphipolis tomb was
actually a heroon for Hephaestus (plenty of misleading headlines weeded
out):

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-excavator-ancient-grave-greece-honored.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11906037/Ancient-Greek-grave-for-Alexander-the-Greats-friend-Hephaestion.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34417796
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/seal-hints-alexander-the-greats-beloved-friend-at-tomb-151001.htm

http://www.ekathimerini.com/202104/article/ekathimerini/news/amphipolis-tomb-may-have-been-dedicated-to-alexanders-companion-hephaestion

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3255495/Massive-underground-complex-Greece-WASN-T-Alexander-Great-s-tomb-Huge-monument-tribute-closest-friend-trusted-general.html

http://artdaily.com/news/81919/Mystery-Greek-tomb-was-dedicated-to-companion-of-Alexander-the-Great--Experts

http://in-cyprus.com/light-shed-on-amphipolis-mystery/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Grave-in-Greece-honours-Alexander-the-Greats-best-friend-amphipolis-Hephaestion
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/excavator-ancient-grave-greece-honored-alexanders-pal-34159668
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/excavator-ancient-grave-in-greece-honored-alexanders-pal/2015/09/30/5a38700c-67b1-11e5-bdb6-6861f4521205_story.html

… but some disagree:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/02/greek-archaeologist-amphipolis-tomb-not-constructed-for-alexander-the-greats-pal/


CT scans were done on a bunch of Pompeii casts:

http://www.thelocal.it/20150929/scans-of-petrified-victims-show-pompeii-in-gold-health
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/new-scans-reveal-how-victims-of-ancient-pompeii-eruption-lived/2015/09/29/5dbb2ade-66c7-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_gallery.html

http://www.thelocal.it/20150929/scans-of-petrified-victims-show-pompeii-in-gold-health

… and there were features (again) about how great ancient Roman teeth were:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/10/how-the-people-of-pompeii-really-died/408454/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11902097/Ancient-Romans-had-perfect-teeth-thanks-to-healthy-low-sugar-diet.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/09/30/ancient-pompeiians-had-good-dental-health-but-were-not-necessarily-vegetarians/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/for-perfect-teeth-and-waistline-follow-the-pompeii-diet/story-fnb64oi6-1227552936831

… and they’re working at the Republican baths at Pompeii:

http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/160709/New-technology-helps-Pompeii-thermal-baths-excavation.html

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2015/10/01/new-project-studies-pompeii-baths_51f367d2-8c60-4e34-8356-01f96ce9018c.html

We were also hearing more about what they’ve found on the Antikythera
shipwreck:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0930/2-000-year-old-Greek-shipwreck-yields-amazing-treasures

http://www.livescience.com/52331-antikythera-shipwreck-treasures.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/wreck-yields-treasures-of-ancient-greeces-1-percent-150928.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/antikythera-shipwreck-treasures-reveals-top-165933718.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/antikythera-shipwreck-artifacts-shed-light-ancient-greeces-1-percent-n435811

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/30/2-000-year-old-shipwreck-keeps-yielding-treasure.html

http://blogs.nature.com/aviewfromthebridge/2015/09/29/beyond-the-antikythera-mechanism/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-new-cache-ancient-treasures-180956775/

http://www.whoi.edu/news-release/antikythera-shipwreck-excavation
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/antikythera-shipwreck-excavated-by-marine-archaeologists


Finds from ancient Soli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-end-at-ancient-soli-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=89308&NewsCatID=375


I think we mentioned the work being done at the Minoan site at Sissi:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/new-archaeological-work-at-sissi-examines-minoan-complex


Complaints about the marble used in restorations at Aspendos:

http://arts-entertainment.bgnnews.com/kitchen-grade-marble-used-in-the-restoration-of-ancient-city-of-aspendos-haberi/9791


… and the ministry defended its decision:

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_ministry-stands-by-white-marble-used-in-ancient-theaters-restoration-says-it-will-turn-darker-in-time_400139.html


… and the archaeologist who complained about it was reassigned:

http://national.bgnnews.com/archeologist-who-revealed-botched-restoration-of-aspendos-reassigned-haberi/9918


… while Aspendos was ‘left to its fate’:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ankaras-aspendos-left-to-its-fate-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=89247


… and there are plenty of botched restorations in Turkey, apparently:

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_turkey-now-home-to-vast-number-of-botched-renovations_400382.html


Another tourist caught carving their initials into the Colosseum:

http://www.thelocal.it/20150922/another-tourists-carves-into-the-colosseum

A section of Hadrian’s wall was repaired:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-34424053

Feature on ‘blaming the victim’ at Pompeii:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/10/did-the-people-at-pompeii-get-what-they-deserved/408586/

… and a slideshow of Pompeii today:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/scenes-of-pompeii/2014/04/17/bda7865a-c645-11e3-bf7a-be01a9b69cf1_gallery.html


Interesting/strange discovery of a bit of Solon’s Prayer to the Muses:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/69326/oops-ancient-greek-poem-accidentally-printed-vessel-2000-years-ago


Dmitri Nakassis is getting at MacArthur Grant:

http://www.news.utoronto.ca/macarthur-fellowship-goes-u-t-archaeologist
https://www.michigandaily.com/section/news/university-alum-receives-macarthur-fellowship

http://www.pappaspost.com/university-of-toronto-classics-professor-researching-ancient-greece-wins-625000-macarthur-fellowship-known-as-genius-grant/


What William Childs is up to:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1006357

What Padilla Peralta is up to:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/despite-immigration-hurdles-path-ivy-league-professor-n437411


Some classical nomenclature on Ceres:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ceres-mountains-and-craters-named-food

Pondering Cicero:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/features/article1614804.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2015_10_03


BBC’s History Extra magazine had a pile of features on ancient Rome this
week … the 8 bloodiest Roman emperors:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/international-history/8-bloodiest-roman-emperors-history


… Roman Roads:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/international-history/why-did-romans-build-straight-roads


… Roman religion:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/international-history/religion-ancient-rome-what-did-they-believe

… shopping in ancient Rome:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/shopping-ancient-rome

… Roman elections:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/elections-late-roman-republic-how-did-they-work


… gladiators:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/gladiators-facts-ancient-rome

… street life (and danger):

http://www.historyextra.com/article/romans/dangerous-streets-ancient-rome

… the rise of Augustus:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/premium/bloody-rise-augustus

… a couple things about Pompeii:

http://www.historyextra.com/feature/z-life-pompeii
http://www.historyextra.com/article/international-history/5-facts-about-pompeii


… foundation of Rome:

http://www.historyextra.com/feature/romans/who-founded-ancient-rome

Classics is threatened at Calvin College:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/09/calvin_college_recommends_elim.html


Pondering Aesop’s Fables:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/magazine/letter-of-recommendationaesops-fables.html


Review of Tom Holland, *Dynasty*:

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/13801779.Thrilling_look_at_the_age_of_Caesars/


Review(ish) of Robert Harris, *Dictator*:

http://new.spectator.co.uk/blog/2015/10/dictator-the-last-in-robert-harris-trilogy-on-ancient-rome-focuses-on-cicero-and-his-secretary-tiro/


Review of Rush, *Penelope’s Web*:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/book-review-penelope-s-web-by-christopher-rush-1-3898169


Review of Adrienne Mayor, *Amazons*:

http://archaeology.about.com/od/booksandbooklists/fl/The-Amazons-Lives-and-Legends-of-Warrior-Women-A-Review.htm


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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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Ancient Britons mummified their dead, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-mummification-commonplace-bronze-age-britain.html

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/uos-mwc092515.php
http://www.livescience.com/52349-bronze-age-britain-mummies.html
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/oct/01/preservation-society-how-bronze-age-britons-mummified-the-dead

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11903395/Bronze-Age-Britons-mummifed-their-dead-scientists-say.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1002/Were-Bronze-Age-Brits-making-mummies

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bronze-age-britons-mummified-their-dead/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/evidence-for-mummification-in-bronze-age-britain
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-mummies-britian-20150930-story.html

Evidence of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers on Skye:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-34413699

A Bronze Age boat from Kent:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-34377640
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/bronze-age-log-boat-discovered-in-kent

A Bronze Age hoard from Transylvania:

http://www.livescience.com/52329-ancient-booty-discovered-in-transylvania.html

http://www.livescience.com/52330-photos-ancient-bronze-weapons-transylvania.html
(photo)
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/draculas-booty-discovered-in-transylvania-150930.htm

A Bronze Age ‘sauna’ from Orkney:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13791467.Orkney_s_Bronze_Age_sauna/
http://www.burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk/news/national/13791274.Bronze_Age__sauna__unearthed_on_Orkney/

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/news/news_article.htm?articleid=47237

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/archaeologists-uncover-bronze-age-sauna-house-at-links-of-notland

Walrus bones from Iceland might hint at the origins of the Lewis Chessmen:

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/2200-year-old-walrus-bones-suggest-most-famous-medieval-chess-set-might-be-icelandic-origin


Nice feature on Viking prestige items:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2015/viking-symbols-of-travel-prestige-and-adventure


50 medieval burials near Lichfield Cathedral:

http://www.livescience.com/52346-medieval-graves-saint-pilgrimage.html
http://www.livescience.com/52343-photos-medieval-skeletons-lichfield-cathedral.html
(photos)

Opening a 1000 years b.p. bishop’s coffin:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11900082/Hair-raising-moment-archaeologists-open-a-1000-year-old-coffin.html


Evidence that medieval Hungarian warriors were good archers:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/09/30/brawny-bones-reveal-10th-century-hungarian-warriors-were-accomplished-archers/


Plans to dig at a Teesdale ‘shrunken village’:

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/13788590.Archaeology_dig_of_Teesdale_medieval__quot_shrunken_village_quot_/


Feature on Thor Ballylee:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/arts/design/the-tower-that-enchanted-yeats.html


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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Bronze Age burial from Omsk:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0430-builders-in-omsk-stumble-across-bronze-age-burial-site/


Arakan inscriptions found at Kyaukta (Burma):

http://www.burmanet.org/news/2015/09/29/narinjara-ancient-inscribed-tablets-found-in-kyauktaw/


The ASI is done digging a Sangam site in Keezhadi:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/ASI-Ends-Mission-at-2500-yr-old-Village-in-Keezhadi-Onsite-Museum-in-Pipeline/2015/09/28/article3050856.ece

A Mataram Hindu temple excavation:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/09/30/archeologists-unearth-ancient-mataram-hindu-temple.html


An 800 years b.p. turtle-shaped brick tomb from Shanxi:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-10/04/c_134683662.htm

They’re excavating Dandong No. 1 again:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-09/29/c_134672127.htm
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2015-10/04/content_22076391.htm

Feature on Aboriginal petroglyphs:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-video-highlights-aboriginal-art.html

On restoring the Taj Mahal:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-taj-mahal-nine-year-mud-tackle.html
http://timesofoman.com/article/68497/World/India/Archaeologists-said-the-lengthy-period-was-needed-to-properly-and-safely-clean-particles-from-the-four-minarets-and-the-main-dome-of-the-famed-Taj-Mahal


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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
================================================================
A Wooly Mammoth excavation in Michigan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/science/under-a-farmers-field-a-woolly-mammoth-in-michigan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience


Very interesting 1150 years b.p. mass grave from California:

http://westerndigs.org/mass-grave-found-in-california-reveals-prehistoric-violence-against-outsiders/


Human remains of unspecified date from near Haines (Alaska):

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/10/01/human-remains-found-in-dirt-pile-in-haines/


Flooding a couple years ago revealed some amazing sites (including a
buffalo jump) now being excavated at the FM Ranch near Calgary:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-flood-buffalo-jump-1.3253110?cmp=rss

http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2015/10/01/calgary-students-assess-flood-impact-on-historical-site.html

http://globalnews.ca/news/2253978/archaeologists-dig-at-gem-of-a-find-along-bow-river-southeast-of-calgary/


Latest from the Franklin Expedition dig (still looking for the Terror):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/erebus-terror-artifacts-1.3244303
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/franklin-expedition-erebus-artifact-1.3254273

Working out what happened at the Parker’s Revenge battle site:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-archeologists-uncover-secrets-revolutionary-war.html

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/archaeologists-uncover-secrets-of-revolutionary-war-site/#038;%23038

An indoor well near Fort Williamsburg:

http://wydaily.com/2015/09/30/local-news-jamestown-unearthed-archaeologists-confirm-indoor-well-found-near-fort/


Three Civil War cannons from the Pee Dee River:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-archaeologists-pluck-civil-war-cannons.html
http://www.livescience.com/52347-civil-war-cannons-recovered.html
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2015/09/29/civil-war-cannons-recovered-from-river.html

http://news.yahoo.com/blast-past-3-civil-war-cannons-pulled-river-131630576.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Archaeologists-to-pluck-3-Civil-War-cannons-from-6536405.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/us/south-carolina-civil-war-cannons-pulled-from-150-year-bath.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience


Latest from the CSS Georgia:

http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2015-09-29/css-georgia-still-yielding-surprises


Studying the outhouses of the American Southwest:

http://www.startribune.com/professor-historic-outhouses-underappreciated-in-southwest/330434011/


Feature on Hinckley Mounds near Provo:

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=36690256&nid=1012&title=provos-hinckley-mounds-reveal-details-about-fremont-indians


On the SITLA Cave Towers Stewardship Project:

http://trustlands.utah.gov/sitla-cave-towers-stewardship-project/
http://www.friendsofcedarmesa.org/volunteers-work-with-state-on-improvements-at-cave-towers-site/


Mapping Native American sites in Minnesota:

http://nativetimes.com/index.php/culture/history/12180-msu-team-mapping-minnesota-s-native-american-sites


How Green’s Fork got its name (maybe):

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/09/28/indiana-town-greens-fork-killer/72978202/


A 367 years b.p. ‘water bond’ is still paying:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/09/22/living-artifact-dutch-golden-age-yale-s-367-year-old-water-bond-still-pays-interest


Pondering Church’s *Aurora Borealis*:

http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_science_pick/aurora-borealis-painting-pays-tribute-to-civil-wars-end/


More on evidence of salmon fishing in ancient Alaska:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150921182109.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/science/oldest-find-of-salmon-remains-in-north-america.html


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
DNA and Machu Picchu:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-dna-unravel-mystery-machu.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/gwu-uad092915.php

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Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
================================================================
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
An ancestor of the Black Death, preserved in amber:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/osu-bia092815.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150928152503.htm
http://news.discovery.com/animals/insects/black-death-bacteria-found-on-frozen-in-time-flea-150929.htm


Evidence of a 73 000 years b.p. megatsunami:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/10/02/scientists-say-an-ancient-megatsunami-flung-boulders-nearly-as-high-as-the-eiffel-tower/?tid=sm_tw


Marking the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/arts/design/feting-alice-forever-young-at-150.html


On Australian circuses:

http://theconversation.com/circus-and-politics-a-very-australian-mix-48320

Feature on Henri Rousseau:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151002-henri-rousseau-the-untrained-godfather-of-modern-art


Some humour:

http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ucomics.com/crstr150924.gif

Some archaeologist graffiti on Mount Ida:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/british-archaeologists-19th-century-engraving-found-on-turkeys-mount-ida.aspx?pageID=238&nid=89252


What maps say about us:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150917-what-maps-reveal-about-ourselves

All the MacArthur Grant recipients:

https://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/2015/

cf:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/arts/macarthur-genius-grant-winners-for-2015-are-announced.html


On the history of horses:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-lives-of-horses/

On blurbs:

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/27/429723002/forget-the-book-have-you-read-this-irresistible-story-on-blurbs



Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
================================================================
MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
Celts:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/oct/04/celts-great-torque-snettisham-hoard-british-museum-alice-roberts

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3256881/Warriors-art-slaughter-fearsome-brutal-ancestors-thrilling-exhibition-British-Museum-shows-Celts-created-weapons-beautiful-bloodsoaked.html

The Athens of Travellers:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/202170/article/ekathimerini/life/athens-museum-sheds-light-on-two-19th-century-lovers-of-antiquity


Hair in the Classical World:

http://fairfield.edu/lassochannel/press/pr_index/index.lasso?id=4386

Penelope:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=249743

Berlin Metropolis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/arts/design/hope-and-dread-are-infused-in-berlin-metropolis.html


Myth and Nature:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/arts/international/a-greco-roman-tour-of-myth-and-nature.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel


Hemingway:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/books/review-hemingway-man-of-few-words-and-many-mementos-at-the-morgan.html


Oller:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/arts/design/francisco-oller-exhibition-explores-impressionism-and-the-caribbean.html


Ganesha:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-34377460

Garstang’s Archive:

http://www.dailysabah.com/events/2015/09/28/archaeologist-john-garstangs-archive-on-display-at-rcac


Philippine Gold:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/arts/design/review-philippine-gold-treasures-of-forgotten-kingdoms.html


Peggy Guggenheim’s kin don’t like how her collection is being displayed:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/peggy-guggenheims-kin-lose-bid-to-challenge-how-her-collection-is-displayed/


Pondering Marion True:

http://hyperallergic.com/241632/marion-true-does-not-deserve-our-sympathy/

More on the new head of the BM:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/hartwig-fischer-to-lead-british-museum/

http://news.yahoo.com/british-museums-german-head-workaholic-man-action-140451175.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/london-culture/hartwig-fischer-named-british-museum-director/
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34389372
http://www.salon.com/2015/09/29/german_appointed_director_of_british_museum/


… related:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/tinker-tailor-soldier-curator-is-there-a-mole-at-the-british-museum/


The Detroit Institute of Arts has a new director:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/16/detroit-institute-of-arts-names-new-director-salvador-salort-pons/


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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
A Dark Age royal (maybe) family’s remains are the latest to get the facial
reconstruction treatment:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/1943/could_cramond_hold_the_secret_of_scotland_during_dark_ages

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3256581/Are-faces-murdered-Scottish-royal-family-Reconstructions-Dark-Age-bodies-shed-light-mysterious-mass-grave.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/skeletons-found-in-edinburgh-car-park-could-be-noble-family-from-the-dark-ages-a6675311.html


What we can learn about unsolved murders by digging up bodies:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-year-old-bodies-unsolved.html


================================================================
ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
DNA and Machu Picchu:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-dna-unravel-mystery-machu.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/gwu-uad092915.php

Plans for DNA testing on some Dena’ina remains:

http://www.alaskajournal.com/2015-09-30/kenaitze-tribe-allows-dna-testing-dena%E2%80%99ina-remains


DNA has been used to identify the remains of Thomas Kent:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-dna-analysis-long-lost-rebel-thomas.html

On using DNA to track human migrations:

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/09/dna-genetics-migration-study/405955/


… in a similar vein (I think):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/cp-cde091015.php

More on ancient horse DNA:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-years-captivity-world-wild-horses.html

More on Basque DNA:

http://phys.org/news/2015-09-ancient-genomes-link-early-farmers.html

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Dunhuang:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-34276009

Athens:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2015/10/03/athens-not-ignored/jejul0yHj9KgKe9kjNixbJ/story.html


Volterra:

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Volterra-Hill-town-rises-above-being-a-tourist-6544139.php


Assorted ancient sites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/11896249/Ancient-sites-readers-tips-advice-and-recommendations.html


Nineveh, Antioch, Lepcis Magna:

http://theconversation.com/three-ancient-cities-to-rival-london-paris-and-new-york-48107


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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Very interesting (maybe) murder of an art thief story:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/M7Wo93x8W3A/mystery-surrounding-murder-of-art-thief.html

More on the first person brought to the Hague Court on heritage crime
charges:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/islamic-militant-becomes-first-person-ever-charged-with-destruction-of-heritage-sites-a6674931.html

http://www.jpost.com/International/Suspected-Islamist-rebel-faces-ICC-for-destruction-of-Timbuktu-Muslim-heritage-sites-419490


Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/09/culture-crime-news-21-27-september-2015.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/

================================================================
REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
================================================================
Egypt has recovered a stolen Seti I relief from London:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/152042/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-recovers-Stolen-relief-of-King-Seti-I-from-L.aspx


… and an item from France:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/169727/topnews/looted-egyptian-figurine-arrives-from-france


The Toledo MoA is returning a bunch of items to India:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-us-museum-will-return-over-100-stolen-antiques-to-india-2130848

http://artforum.com/news/id=55176

Another Nazi war loot return:

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2015/09/polish_painting_looted_nazis_found_ohio.html


Some stolen Picassos are being returned … with a backstory:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/24/arts/design/the-billionaire-the-picassos-and-a-30-million-gift-to-shame-a-middleman.html


Not sure if this is a repatriation issue (yet):

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/getty-museum-and-armenian-church-reach-agreement-over-13th-century-manuscript/



================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n39.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n40.html

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

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Binoche in Antigone:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/theater/in-performance-juliette-binoche-of-antigone.html


The Daughter of Dawn:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/02/442317667/rare-film-is-glimpse-of-a-distant-america


Review of a tome on the greatest plays:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-101-greatest-plays-from-antiquity-to-the-present-by-michael-billington-book-review-a6675456.html


================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Yuri Afanasyev:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/world/europe/yuri-n-afanasyev-historian-who-repudiated-communism-dies-at-81.html

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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2294-audio-news-from-archaeologica-20-sep-26-sep-2015
================================================================
UPCOMING CONFERENCES
================================================================
(send in your notices!)
================================================================
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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