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explorator 18.26                             October 18, 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, Rick Heli, Gina Salapata, Bob Heuman,
Richard Campbell, Kris Curry, 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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Interesting evidence that humans left Africa earlier than previously
thought and actually went to China:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-modern-humans-africa-sooner-thought.html
http://www.livescience.com/52481-modern-humans-reached-china-before-europe.html

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/120000-yr-old-human-found-in-china-15101.htm

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34531861
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/teeth-ancient-humans-1.3270855
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1014/What-can-100-000-year-old-teeth-tell-us-about-human-migration
http://www.dw.com/en/modern-man-reached-china-up-to-70000-years-before-europe-says-study/a-18784030

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossilized-teeth-reveal-humans-were-asia-long-europe-180956954/?no-ist

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fossil-teeth-show-earliest-sign-of-people-in-southern-asia/2015/10/14/6f8b24fa-7296-11e5-ba14-318f8e87a2fc_story.html

http://www.nature.com/news/teeth-from-china-reveal-early-human-trek-out-of-africa-1.18566

… with the spin that Neanderthals kept them out:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/oct/17/neanderthals-kept-early-homo-sapiens-out-of-europe


Back to blaming humans for mammoth extinction:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-shift-weaning-age-hunting-induced-extinction.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1016/Woolly-mammoth-tusks-point-to-human-caused-extinction


… and we have to bring up the interbreeding thing again, apparently:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151013-how-interbreeding-shaped-us

Why Neanderthals captured birds (we may have had this one):

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34340918

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AFRICA
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Feature on Kongo civilization/sculpture:

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


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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Interesting evidence of ancient Egyptian punishments:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/10/13/egypt-cemetery-punishment-lashes-wounds/73688038/


Charges arising from that claim earlier in the year that the pyramid of
Djoser was in danger of collapse:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/171302/topnews/antiquities-officials-charged-with-spreading-false-news-on-pyramid-of-djoser


Feature on animal mummies:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151017-inside-egypts-animal-mummies

More on plans to fix Tut’s beard:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=82096
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/king-tuts-beard-to-be-fixed-151012.htm

http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-to-restore-tuts-mask-after-botch-up/

Major deficit funding issues at the MInistry of Antiquities in Egypt:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/10/11/ministry-of-antiquities-operating-with-90-loss-of-funds/

http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/10/11/egypts-antiquities-ministry-has-lost-90-of-its-revenue/

Latest from Tel Gezer:

http://www.bpnews.net/45650/more-canaanite-evidence-found-by-nobts-dig-team

On the Iron Age transition at Safi:

https://gath.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/new-article-on-early-date-of-lbiron-age-transition-at-safi/


Not sure why we’re talking about Tel al Hamaam as the site of the Biblical
Sodom again:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/sodom-and-gomorrah-the-quest-to-find-the-biblical-cities-a6697876.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/16/the-long-quest-to-find-the-biblical-cities-of-sodom-and-gomorrah/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1221055/Has-city-Sodom-Archaeologist-believes-so.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-found-biblical-city-sodom-122315876.html

What Katharyn Hanson is up to:

http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/katharyn-hanson-penn-museum-protects-cultural-heritage-sites-syria-iraq


Making connections between the Pope and Bihistun:

http://www.ibna.ir/en/doc/tolidi/228596/pope-s-speech-inscribed-in-a-persian-document-2500-years-ago


On the use of bitumen at Ur:

http://www.penn.museum/blog/collection/conservation/ancient-repairs-at-ur-and-the-power-of-bitumen/


More on the GJW:

http://theconversation.com/the-gospel-of-jesus-wife-cant-be-taken-as-gospel-47356

More on new lines from the Epic of Gilgamesh:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/epic-of-gilgamesh-new-verses-discovered-worlds-oldest-story-180956844/


The New York Times created a kerfuffle with an article questioning the
existence/site of the Temple (the article was amended a few times during
the week):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/09/world/middleeast/historical-certainty-proves-elusive-at-jerusalems-holiest-place.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/13/opinion/the-temple-mount-in-jerusalem.html

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ny-times-amends-article-questioning-jewish-temples-existence-on-temple-mount/


Nothing really new on the ISIL front … late repeat coverage of the victory
arch at Palmyra:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/world/middleeast/isis-syria-arch-triumph-palmyra.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/isis-blows-up-arch-of-triumph-in-syrias-palmyra-151005.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1


… and a nice opEd written by academics:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/73048473/isis-barbarity-knows-no-bounds--lessons-from-the-ancient-world


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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Interesting 2400 years b.p. tomb from Soloi (Cyprus):

http://www.livescience.com/52452-ancient-cyprus-tomb-discovered.html
http://www.livescience.com/52451-cyprus-tomb-treasures-photos.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2400-year-old-tombs-yield-ancient-1-percenters/

Big news from Greece is that they’re hiking (in a major way) admission
prices to a number of sites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11931593/Greece-hikes-entry-to-tourist-attractions-to-help-pay-back-debts.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3273440/Acropolis-fees-soar-pay-Greek-debt.html


… and there is reaction, of course:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11933799/Its-not-tourists-fault-Greece-is-bankrupt.html


They’re still talking of closing the Via dei Fori to traffic:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/ignazio-marino-still-plans-to-close-via-dei-fori-imperiali-to-all-traffic/


Feature on a mask of Pan from Hippos:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-places/face-of-the-greek-god-pan/?mqsc=E3813278&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHD+Daily%20Newsletter+Daily%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=E5BO13b


Brief item on an arrest in Kavala:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/202455/article/ekathimerini/news/man-69-arrested-over-possession-of-illicit-antiquities


… and the breakup of some sort of smuggling ring in Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/articles/171344/Bulgarian+Police+Bust+Antiquities+Trafficking+Group


A chunk of a statue stolen near Vindolanda was returned:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-34506041

Concerns for all sorts of sites in Italy:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/11933532/Is-Italy-failing-to-protect-its-ancient-wonders.html


Limes research in Germany and Israel:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/jgum-waw101515.php

On London as the ‘true heir’ of ancient Greece:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f948e1ec-7182-11e5-9b9e-690fdae72044.html

A Latin poetry quiz:

http://blog.oup.com/2015/10/oseo-latin-poetry-quiz/

Some ancient Greek ‘discoveries’:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/culture/top-5-ancient-greek-discoveries-facts


On the ‘curse of Pompeii’:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11932368/Pompeiis-pilferers-punished-with-a-curse-from-the-gods.html

http://www.thelocal.it/20151013/pompeii-thieves-claim-relics-are-cursed
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3273856/Tourists-stolen-mementos-ruined-city-Pompeii-returning-droves-claiming-lives-CURSED.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3275125/The-curse-Pompeii-son-got-stuck-priceless-Roman-wine-jar-writes-TOM-UTLEY.html


Latest from Despotiko:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/202536/article/ekathimerini/life/archaeologists-wrap-up-phase-one-of-restoration-works-on-despotiko


Feature on the Derveni Papyrus:

http://neurope.eu/article/the-most-ancient-book-in-europe/
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/14/derveni-papyrus-first-greek-item-in-unescos-memory-of-the-world-program/

Coverage of Stephen Miller and the revivial of the Nemean Games:

http://neurope.eu/article/archaeologist-millers-labor-revives-nemean-games-ancient-glory/


The migrant issue and lessons from Rome:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/ancient-rome-and-todays-migrant-crisis-1445005978


Again we’re hearing of plans to search for Alaric’s treasure:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11936505/Italy-to-dig-for-ancient-Roman-treasure-sought-by-Nazis.html


Still waiting on the restoration of Augustus’ Mausoleum:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/restoration-of-romes-mausoleum-of-augustus/


The Riace Bronzes feature on a new coin:

http://www.coinweek.com/coins/coin-profiles/italy-2015-italy-of-arts-riace-bronzes-10-euro-silver-coin/


Feature (sort of) on the Dorian invasions:

http://gizmodo.com/what-wiped-out-three-quarters-of-ancient-greece-1736967355


On stoicism and being a Bears/Lions fan:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-stoicism-detroit-lions-bears-barry-sanders-perspec-1018-jm-20151016-story.html


Review of Beard, *SPQR*:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/18/spqr-by-mary-beard-review-rome

Review of Harris, *Dictator*:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/72996626/robert-harris-the-dictator-is-highbrow-beach-reading

More on CT scans of Pompeii victims:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/new-imagery-humans-pompeii-reveals-surprising-discoveries/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11937550/Secrets-of-Pompeii-brought-to-life-using-a-CT-scanner.html


More on the Hephaistion-Amphipolis link:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/10/did-the-amphipolis-tomb-commemorate-hephaistion/


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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Plans to excavate a 15 000 years b.p. hunter-gatherer camp in
Leicestershire:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151015084457.htm
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art539462-upper-palaeolithic-pompeii-site-in-leicestershire-yields-archaelogical-evidence-of-ice-age-economic-migrants

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/14700-year-old-hunter-gatherer-camp-to-undergo-excavation


Plenty of Bronze Age finds this week, beginning with some Bronze Age
burials near Exeter:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-34547694

Bronze Age jewellery from Noord-Holland:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/10/rare-bronze-age-jewelry-found-in-noord-holland/


Bronze Age weapons from Coll:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-34527912
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breakingnews/offbeat/3000yearold-weapons-found-on-isle-of-coll-nature-reserve-31611389.html

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/bronze-age-weapons-discovered-on-island-of-coll-1-3917487

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/western-isles/723222/more-bronze-age-weapons-discovered-on-hebridean-island/


Searching for remains from the Napoleonic Wars turns up a Bronze Age
Necropolis in Poland:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/15/us-poland-bronze-age-cemetery-idUSKCN0S82UR20151015

http://newsdaily.com/2015/10/bronze-age-cemetery-unearthed-in-southwestern-poland/


Plenty of Iron Age burials from a housing development site in Pocklington:

http://www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk/news/local/over-150-skeletons-unearthed-at-dig-site-1-7514616


Interesting Iron Age sacrificial/bog site near Aarhus:

http://cphpost.dk/news/archaeologists-make-unique-discovery-near-aarhus.html

http://www.thelocal.dk/20151014/iron-age-sacrificial-site-uncovered-in-denmark

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3274411/Decapitated-Iron-Age-skeleton-sacrificial-bog-Remains-human-dogs-sex-object-tossed-pit.html

Interesting feature on what folks at Stonehenge were eating:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-culinary-habits-stonehenge-builders.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uoy-faf101315.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/10/14/stonehenge-durrington-walls-fests/#.ViOawaJAE2c

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28333-stonehenge-builders-had-barbecue-feasts-at-nearby-party-centre/
http://www.theweek.co.uk/65902/hog-roasts-a-favourite-for-stonehenge-locals-in-25th-century-bc
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/what-the-stonehenge-builders-ate

… this one puts a different spin on it:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11928884/Cheese-was-food-of-the-gods-in-Stone-Age-Britain.html


A 600 years b.p. Henry V shipwreck from the Hampshire River:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11924909/600-year-old-Henry-V-warship-found-in-Hampshire-river.html

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/600-year-old-henry-v-warship-found-buried-in-the-river-hamble-1-7005466
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/34502902
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/12/remains-of-henry-v-warship-believed-to-be-buried-in-hampshire
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/13840047.Historic_shipwreck_could_have_been_used_in_war_against_France/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/the-holy-ghost-historian-pinpoints-final-resting-place-of-one-of-medieval-englands-greatest-ships-a6689901.html

Medieval finds from Buttevant:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/archaeological-finds-in-walled-town-of-buttevant-date-to-medieval-times-359157.html


A possible Civil War era shipwreck off Scilly:

http://www.cornishman.co.uk/Scillonian-diver-believes-Civil-War-wreck-close/story-27991801-detail/story.html


Latest from the Clumber House Mansion dig:

http://www.worksopguardian.co.uk/news/local/pictures-archaeologists-make-second-discovery-at-clumber-1-7512864


A medieval monk’s missing mortuary marker was found:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-34499720

Interesting ‘markers’ found in the Tower of London:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/science/mummification-practiced-in-bronze-age-britain.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


Who were the Celts:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/10/13/who-were-the-celts/

… and does their art have links with Asia?:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/does-celtic-art-have-links-with-asia


Still talking about mummification in early Britain:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/science/mummification-practiced-in-bronze-age-britain.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Rethinking a Neolithic burial mound from Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0448-7000-year-old-siberian-warrior-more-advanced-than-we-supposed/


Remains of some ‘dog soup’ in a 2400 years b.p. tomb from Xian:

http://museum-of-artifacts.blogspot.com/2015/10/chinese-2400-year-old-pot-of-soup-found.html


Interesting tidbit on Roman trade with India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/puducherry/Roman-era-cornelian-stone-reveals-Arikamedus-rich-naval-history/articleshow/49346733.cms


A 9th century Buddha from S. Korea:

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151014001045

Interesting spearheads from Rottnest Island:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-rare-spearheads-uncovered-rottnest-island.html

On Nanjing as the Chinese capital:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151008-a-chinese-capital-thats-not-beijing


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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
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Another 10 000 years b.p. (maybe) spearhead from New Jersey:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2015/10/17/Third-ancient-spearhead-found-on-NJ-shore/3651445091853/


I think we mentioned these 3000 years b.p. burials in California:

http://westerndigs.org/severed-heads-skull-bowls-found-in-california-graves-were-tributes-not-war-trophies-study-finds/


Latest from Pig Point:

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ph-ac-cn-pig-point-plus-1011-20151011-story.html


They’re digging at Old Fort Western with much anticipation:

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/17/dig-could-make-archaeologists-privy-to-details-of-life-at-1754-maine-fort/


They’re finding all sorts of interesting things in the dirt near Dundurn
Castle:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/what-archaeologists-are-finding-in-the-dirt-near-dundurn-castle-1.3262939


Concerns for the Fort Ann site:

http://poststar.com/news/local/archaeological-survey-proposed-mine-is-threat-to-battle-hill/article_3540f772-7cc3-57b1-88f3-77bb9deb7640.html


… and assorted sites in the path of a proposed pipeline through the
Schoharie Valley:

http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2015/10/11/pipeline-artifacts/73791436/

http://www.salon.com/2015/10/11/ny_pipeline_to_go_through_sites_containing_ancient_artifacts/
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/new-york-pipeline-ancient-artifacts

Interesting feature on slave/foodie James Hemings:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/10/17/449447335/behind-the-founding-foodie-a-french-trained-chef-bound-by-slavery


Another piece on the Cave Towers site:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638953/School-trust-lands-conservation-group-join-forces-to-protect-ancient-site.html?pg=all


Feature on the oldest churches in the US:

http://experience.usatoday.com/america/story/best-of-lists/2015/10/12/oldest-churches-america-missions-cathedrals/73608548/


What Michael Blaakman is up to:

http://gsas.yale.edu/news/land-libel-litigation-unwomanly-behavior-early-republic


Growing reaction to Columbus Day in the US:

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2015/10/more_cities_are_recognizing_native_americans_on_columbus_day.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/09/living/leif-erikson-day-history-feat/index.html

Making correlations between violence and the RCMP in Canada:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/opinion/sunday/canadas-history-of-violence.html


More on caffeine use in early North America:

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20151012/NEWS01/151019995/0/FRONTPAGE/Ancient-N-America-connected-to-Mexico


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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What we can learn from Teotihuacan:

http://www.bu.edu/today/2015/archaeology-teotihuacan-mexico/

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Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Earliest draft of the King James Bible (apparently):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/books/earliest-known-draft-of-king-james-bible-is-found-scholar-says.html

http://www.livescience.com/52493-oldest-draft-of-king-james-bible-discovered.html

Dutch old master or piece of junk:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/nyregion/tag-sale-painting-or-dutch-old-master.html


Not sure where to put this item on humans and environmental contexts:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-humans-environmental-contexts.html

… or this one, on teaching science in Jefferson’s time:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/10/12/an-unexpected-discovery-behind-a-wall-at-u-va-teaches-researchers-about-science/


A 300-years-late retrial of a witch:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/16/woman-convicted-witchcraft-retrial-300-years-on-italy


A photo purportedly of the ‘Titanic Iceberg’ is coming to auction:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/17/europe/titanic-iceberg-picture-photo/index.html


… and pondering why they didn’t see it:

http://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2015/10/13/titanic-famous-shipwreck-surfaces-new-information/


The Pope canonised a married couple:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34565107

On Dante as pastor:

http://gsas.yale.edu/news/personal-tragedy-renewal-help-dante

Not sure where to put this item on hunter-gatherer sleep patterns:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151015131832.htm
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1016/Did-cavemen-get-more-sleep-than-we-do

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/15/448932273/up-late-looks-like-our-paleo-ancestors-didnt-sleep-much-either

Feature on sites at risk:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/arcablog/~3/uhIIXwwVbY4/the-2016-world-monuments-watch-list.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151015-threatened-sites-places-cultural-heritage-archaeology/


Archaeologist Philip Crummy was chatting about assorted things on
Australian Radio:

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/13872371.Archaeologist_appears_on_national_radio/


Interesting (and potentially valuable) photo of Billy the Kid:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/15/448993361/-2-photo-found-at-junk-store-has-billy-the-kid-in-it-could-be-worth-5-million?sc=17&f=1001

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/10/14/billy-kid-photo-purchased-2-junk-shop-could-sell-5m/73914138/


Out of our period of purview, but in case you’re wondering about that
Spitfire excavation:

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/latest-news/video-discoveries-made-at-fenland-spitfire-excavation-beyond-expectation-1-7006535


On literary names some folks have issues with:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3268851/Half-don-t-know-say-Don-Quixote-Character-tops-list-literary-names-struggle-pronounce-correctly.html


Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Classical Splendor:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/16/arts/design/furniture-once-scandalously-ostentatious-now-a-museum-gem.html


Ada Lovelace:

http://www.livescience.com/52470-ada-lovelace-museum-exhibit.html

Faith After the Pharaohs:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/18/ancient-egypt-exhibition-british-museum-shows-how-religions-borrowed-from-each-other


Era of the Pyramid Builders:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/172014/news/the-era-of-the-pyramid-builders-exhibition-opens-in-japan

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/156019/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/The-Golden-Age-of-the-Pyramids-Builders-exhibition.aspx


Middle Kingdom Egypt:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/09/arts/design/an-ancient-egyptian-show-thats-low-on-bling-but-high-on-beauty.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


Piranesi Drawings:

http://www.stanforddaily.com/2015/10/15/rare-piranesi-drawings-revive-greek-architecture/


Agamemnon to Alexander:

http://www.pappaspost.com/a-quarter-of-a-million-canadians-marveled-by-unprecedented-greek-exhibition-next-stops-include-chicago-and-washington-dc/


Hair in the Classical World:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=82089

The Magna Carta exhibition in China changed venues:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/world/asia/china-britain-magna-carta-renmin-university.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0


The Museum of Man has (re)opened:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2015/oct/14/paris-musee-de-l-homme-museum-reopening


There’s a museum at the Cairo Airport now:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/155869/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ministry-of-Antiquities-opens-museum-at-Cairo-Inte.aspx


Latest scandal at the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/171555/news/probe-opened-into-alleged-graft-in-grand-egyptian-museum


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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to detect art forgeries:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/13/arts/design/developing-dna-as-a-standard-for-authenticating-art.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience


Feature on the genes that make us human:

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/the-mystery-of-human-only-genes-and-why-theyre-a-bit-like-oreos/410206/


On extracting DNA found in warmer contexts:

http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-dna-from-hot-climes-yields-its-secrets-1.18549

More on DNA showing migration back to Africa:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/back-africa-ancient-human-genome-reveals-widespread-eurasian-mix-180956881/

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/10/08/science/ap-sci-ancient-migration-dna.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/09/science/scientists-sequence-first-ancient-human-genome-from-africa.html


Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Trying to predict where melting snow might reveal sites in Alaska:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/17/warming-arctic-could-uncover-alaska-native-artifac/


On climate affecting agrarian societies in Mexico and Peru:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-fall-agrarian-states-climate-volatility.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/climate-impacted-on-agrarian-states-in-mexico-and-peru


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CRIME BEAT
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I’m sure we’ll hear more about the Knoedler forgery case:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/arts/design/lawsuits-in-knoedler-forgery-case-are-set-for-trial.html


… and cultural crimes in Mali:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/world/africa/global-court-takes-up-case-of-cultural-crimes-in-mali.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


A pile of Islamic lamps were stolen from a mosque from Cairo:

http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/10/14/98-valuable-islamic-lamps-looted-from-historic-mosque-in-cairo/


Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/10/culture-crime-news-5-11-october-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/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
================================================================
Andhra wants some items back from the British Museum:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/india/andhra-asks-uk-museum-to-return-artefacts

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/ap-bids-to-recover-amaravati-sculptures-from-uk-museum/article7758915.ece


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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n41.html

A couple interesting videos on coin restoration:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDtnkc-bCv8&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD7yg3iA9OQ&feature=youtu.be

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

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Studying Swan Lake in a major way:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/arts/dance/swan-lake-discoveries-allow-for-a-deeper-dive-into-its-history.html?_r=0


On translating Shakespeare:

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/17/449270557/o-romeo-romeo-what-the-heck-are-you-saying


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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2305-audio-news-from-archaeologica-4-oct-10-oct-2015
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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(send in your notices!)
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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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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