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explorator 18.28                               November 1, 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,
Don Buck, Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli, Bob Heuman, Kris Curry,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, 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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Latest ‘common ancestor’ candidate is Pliobates cataloniae:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1030/Was-the-common-ancestor-of-all-apes-actually-petite-video


Hopes of finding more homo floresiensis remains:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28413-frodos-basement-secret-chamber-found-where-hobbit-humans-lived/

http://www.thedailystar.net/science/secret-crypt-found-where-hobbit-humans-lived-164746


Podcast pondering the east African origins of humans:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2015/oct/26/anthropology

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AFRICA
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In Our Time this week discussed the empire of Mali (direct link to the
audio):

http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p036jnft.mp3


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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not sure if we mentioned that a Polish team found a hitherto unknown temple
of Hatshepsut:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,407046,polish-archaeologists-discovered-an-unknown-temple-of-hatshepsut.html


Three tombs in Luxor are being ‘inaugurated’:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-minister-inaugurate-3-tombs-luxor
http://www.thecairopost.com/news/174128/news/tomb-of-tutankhamens-viceroy-in-luxor-opens-after-renovation-completed

… and the Hibis Temple in the Kharga Oasis is too:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/hibis-temple-be-reopened-thursday
http://www.thecairopost.com/news/173944/news/tourism-minister-to-inaugurate-hibis-temple


Preservation plans at Karanis:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/173817/news/press-release-us-and-egypt-help-preserve-ancient-site-in-karanis


Laying blame in some vandalism in Heliopolis:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/egypt-heliopolis-city-vandalism-excavation-archaeology.html


We’re getting more details on plans to ‘scan’ the pyramids:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-experts-unravel-secrets-pyramids.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/pyramids-of-giza-technology-may-unlock-secrets-of-egypt-s-wonder-of-the-ancient-world-a6708451.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-want-scan-egypts-pyramids-secrets-180957074/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/161858/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/%E2%80%98ScanPyramids%E2%80%99-project-hopes-to-decipher-ancient-s.aspx

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3290584/Cosmic-rays-unravel-Egypt-s-secrets-Advanced-imaging-discover-Queen-Nefertiti-s-tomb-finally-reveal-pyramids-built.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/10/26/scientists-to-get-inside-4-pyramids-without-touching-them.html

Dr Hawass revealed something interesting about ‘Chasing Mummies’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style-blog/wp/2015/10/29/egypts-indiana-jones-comes-clean-about-zoe-peed-in-the-great-pyramid-episode-of-his-reality-show/


More on that oldest ‘abc’s primer’:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/oldest-abcs-primer-found-on-ancient-egyptian-pottery-151026.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1


A storm exposed a 1500 years b.p. wine press in Israel’s Sharon Plain
region:

http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Article.aspx?id=430087
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/10/27/tools-flew-in-the-air-strong-storm-unearths-ancient-find-in-israel/

Folks are still trying to understand how a Judean seal ended up in a
Sarmatian burial:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.682980

Nice feature on Tell es-Safi:

http://blogs.yu.edu/news/the-gates-of-gath/

Feature on cuneiform:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-heck-cuneiform-anyway-180956999/

The British Museum is training Iraqi archaeologists in reconstruction:

http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/29102015-bm-to-help-iraq-reconstruct-archaeological-sites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34654633
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/oct/28/british-museum-to-train-iraqi-curators-in-heritage-protection

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/british-museum-to-train-iraqi-archaeologists-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=90540&NewsCatID=375


A couple of monasteries associated with St Photios:

http://orthodoxia.co/two-monasteries-associated-with-st-photios-recently-discovered/


Temple denial continues:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-mufti-denies-temple-mount-ever-housed-jewish-shrine/


cf: a very interesting photo essay:

http://jcpa.org/secrets-under-the-al-aqsa-mosque-a-photographic-essay/

Continued concerns for sites in Yemen:

http://www.historytoday.com/sarah-rijziger/yemen%E2%80%99s-endangered-treasures


Not sure where to put this one … The Hobby Lobby/Museum of the Bible people
are being investigated ostensibly over the shipment of some cuneiform
tablets back in 2011 (although that seems to be only part of the story):
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/26/exclusive-feds-investigate-hobby-lobby-boss-for-illicit-artifacts.html?via=twitter_page

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/27/hey-hobby-lobby-boss-thou-shalt-not-steal.html

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/28/hobby-lobby-investigated-ancient-artifacts-iraq

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/160473/
http://www.newser.com/story/215098/hobby-lobby-clan-suspected-of-looting-iraq-antiquities.html

… and so now there’s speculation that the Museum of the Bible may have
funded ISIL indirectly:

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/10/hobby-lobby-ceo-antiquities-terrorism

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123262/between-hobby-lobby-and-isis-battle-iraqs-antiquities


Meanwhile, ISIL was blowing up columns in Palmyra with people attached:

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.682549
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3291217/ISIS-executes-three-people-binding-columns-ancient-city-Palmyra-blowing-up.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/27/ISIS-blows-up-ancient-columns-in-Syria-s-Palmyra-monitor.html

http://www.mideasttime.com/islamic-state-blows-up-both-prisoners-and-antiquities/587546/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/27/islamic-state-straps-prisoners-to-ancient-palmyra-/
http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/26/middleeast/isis-pillar-executions-palmyra-syria/index.html


… and we read of Tess Davis’ work trying to deal with ISIL’s looting:

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/10/stolen_artifacts_isis_money_and_a_new_orleanian_on_the_case.html


… and the US Senate has a bill proposed related to ISIL’s smuggling
activities:

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/258559-senator-pushes-bill-targeting-isis-antiquities-smuggling



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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
================================================================
There were a couple of major finds this week … the first was an intact
(more or less) 3500 years b.p. burial from Pylos:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-warrior-tomb-huge-treasure.html
http://phys.org/news/2015-10-uc-team-rare-warrior-tomb.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151026172105.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uoc-utd102615.php
http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/warrior_tomb.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11958381/3500-year-old-warrior-prince-tomb-is-most-exciting-Ancient-Greek-find-for-decades.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/science/a-warriors-grave-at-pylos-greece-could-be-a-gateway-to-civilizations.html
http://www.livescience.com/52599-ancient-greek-warrior-tomb-discovered.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/treasure-filled-3500-year-old-warriors-grave-found-151027.htm

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151027-pylos-greece-warrior-grave-mycenaean-archaeology/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/26/skeleton-ancient-warrior-treasure-found-greece-tomb

http://www.dw.com/en/bronze-age-warriors-tomb-unearthed-in-spectacular-find-in-southern-greece/a-18807272

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/26/greece-archaeology-tomb-idUSL8N12Q3SZ20151026?feedType=RSS&feedName=basicMaterialsSector

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1027/Archaeologists-in-Greece-unearth-magnificent-3-500-year-old-tomb

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151027-pylos-greece-warrior-grave-mycenaean-archaeology/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/28/is-this-the-ancestor-of-a-homeric-hero.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-was-inside-griffin-warriors-grave-180957063/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3291134/Ancient-warrior-s-tomb-laid-untouched-3-500-years-discovered-Greece-alongside-huge-hoard-treasure-including-gold-jewellery-signet-rings.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/27/warrior-tomb-treasure-intact-for-3500-years-unearthed-in-greece/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Unlooted-tomb-in-Pylos-a-stunning-discovery-griffin-warrior

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/27/excavated-warrior-tomb-with-unparalleled-riches-prompts-new-consideration-of-ancient-greek-history/
http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-warriors-grave-greece-20151026-htmlstory.html

… and hot on the heels of that the announcement of the find of 22 ancient
(for the most part) shipwrecks off the coast of Fourni:

http://www.livescience.com/52604-22-ancient-shipwrecks-near-greek-island.html

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/22-shipwrecks-found-in-single-greek-location-in-greece-151028.htm

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/29/22-shipwrecks-discovered-in-greek-archipelago/

http://news.yahoo.com/22-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-near-greek-island-093121931.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shipwreck-graveyard-has-been-found-greek-archipelago-180957091/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3298012/Now-S-hidden-treasure-haul-22-shipwrecks-discovered-one-spot-coast-Greece.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/30/amazing-discovery-of-22-shipwrecks-off-greece-offers-wondrous-of-ancient-life/?tid=pm_national_pop_b


Roman/Byzantine warehouse remains at Dreamer’s Bay (Cyprus):

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/10/30/dreamers-bay-dig-finds-ancient-harbour-warehouse/

http://famagusta-gazette.com/team-of-archaeologists-work-at-ancient-harbour-in-cyprus-p30501-69.htm


The Southwell ‘Roman Villa’ site was saved from development:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-34668362

What James Bradley Wells is up to:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/31995/

What Peter Meineck is up to:

http://thecollegevoice.org/2015/10/28/classics-scholar-brings-ancient-theater-forming-connections-between-neuroscience-history-and-theater/


What Debbie Felton is up to:

http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/spooks-monsters-killers-umass-amherst



What Joan Breton Connelly is up to:

http://samfordcrimson.com/?p=7459

Honours for Tara Welch:

http://news.ku.edu/2015/10/24/tara-welch-receives-hope-award

The Dallas Museum of Art acquired a Herakles head:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/5161-dallas-museum-of-art-acquires-1st-century-roman-head-of-herakles

Lessons from some dead Romans:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2015/10/27/ten-ancient-romans-we-could-all-learn-from/

Pondering Plato:

http://addisonindependent.com/201509plato-justice-and-perfecting-soul

Grand Valley State University had a Homerathon:

http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2015/10/keeping-homer-alive

In case you missed ABBA songs in ancient Greek:

http://au.greekreporter.com/2015/10/28/new-zealand-students-sing-abba-in-ancient-greek-video/


Reviews of Tom Holland, *Dynasty*:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e9bea9ee-7c97-11e5-98fb-5a6d4728f74e.html
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/29/dynasty-tom-holland-rome-review


Reviews of Robert Harris, *Dictator*:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/29/dictator-by-robert-harris-review-finale


Interviewish with Mary Beard about SPQR:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/professor-mary-beard-talks-about-her-new-history-of-ancient-rome-book-a6706337.html


… and  review:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/28/spqr-history-ancient-rome-mary-beard


More on Pompeii needing some sort of spending push:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11955699/Pompeii-in-race-against-time-to-spend-EU-funds-after-years-of-mismanagement.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/pompeii-must-spend-remainder-of-105m-renovation-fund-by-end-of-year-or-lose-access-to-the-money-a6708331.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/25/us-italy-pompeii-idUSKCN0SJ07B20151025?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt


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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)
================================================================
A 6000 years b.p. ‘eco home’ near Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34659000
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-eco-house-1300-years-older-than-stonehenge-discovered-by-archaeologists-a6712716.html
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/29/archaeologists-discover-mesolithic-eco-home-near-stonehenge

… and they’re still talking about the Stonehenge tunnel plan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34648523

… and I think we mentioned these Stonehenge ‘barbecues’:

http://www.livescience.com/52596-stonehenge-builders-hosted-barbecues.html

There was also some Neolithic feasting going on at Drumclog:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/early-neolithic-feasting-rituals


Saxon finds from near Leighton Buzzard:

http://www.leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk/news/local-news/excavation-unearths-rare-saxon-finds-1-7034455

A Danish metal detectorist came across some Viking items:

http://cphpost.dk/news/amateur-archaeologist-finds-viking-treasure-on-danish-island.html

http://theweek.com/speedreads/585999/amateur-archaeologist-discovers-viking-treasure-buried-sand

A 700 years b.p. (maybe) ring find:

http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/13900624.Gold_ring_discovered_in_Ryedale_could_be_700_years_old/


Latest finds from Hereford Cathedral:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-34641594

Feature on France’s royal deaths:

http://www.dw.com/en/adieu-louis-frances-royal-deaths/g-18807590

Very interesting house for sale:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/conservation/11963955/Yours-for-2.1m-9th-century-manor-house-that-is-fit-for-a-king-or-several.html


More on hikers finding a Viking sword in Norway:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/160823/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/28/hiker-stumbles-upon-extraordinary-millenia-old-viking-sword


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Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
================================================================
Earthworks in Kazakhstan were back in the news (and very badly reported on
… expect some better coverage next week):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/science/nasa-adds-to-evidence-of-mysterious-ancient-earthworks.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3297282/Mystery-ancient-patterns-Kazakhstan-Space-images-reveal-remarkable-structures-including-cross-swastika.html
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a18019/nasa-contributes-satellite-images-to-help-study-ancient-earthworks/

Strange headline on a report of a 2500 years b.p. female warrior burial
find in Siberia:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0175-2500-year-old-female-siberian-warrior-is-beheaded-by-excavator/


-----

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
================================================================
Mississippian influence on the Fort Ancient culture:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2015/10/25/1-did-missionaries-influence-earliest-ohioans.html


Very interesting structures from Homolovi State Park:

http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2015/oct/28/mystery-wrapped-enigma/

Evidence of human sacrifice from Wisconsin (!):

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/in-wisconsin-evidence-of-human-sacrifice/


A bison kill site in South Dakota:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/archaeologist-ree-heights-bone-site-marks-ancient-hunters-bison-kill/article_ed36549c-7c5a-11e5-8c64-3bb058d7bab3.html


Also from South Dakota … a rescue dig finds assorted Native American items:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/1/archaeologists-excavate-campground-before-road-con/


Looking for Acadian sites in Grand Pre:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/acadian-church-1.3290859

Confederate graves in Kentucky:

http://www.newschannel5.com/news/local-news/archeological-dig-finds-dozens-of-confederate-graves


19th century remains from a dig in Fredericton:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/carleton-park-archeological-find-1.3294933?cmp=rss


Talking about preserving/restoring the Alamo:

http://newsdaily.com/2015/10/remember-the-alamo-because-its-getting-a-facelift/


Interesting photo of Ulysses S. Grant:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/27/452089384/a-very-weird-photo-of-ulysses-s-grant


Feature on the houses of ‘other presidents’:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/arts/design/beyond-monticello-and-mount-vernon-the-other-presidents-houses.html


A native American language (Chocktaw) project:

http://ygsna.sites.yale.edu/news/native-american-language-project-expands-indigenous-language-instruction


Review of Schiff, *Witches of Salem*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/books/review/the-witches-salem-1692-by-stacy-schiff.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/books/stacy-schiffs-the-witches-shines-a-torch-on-salem-trials.html


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
I think we mentioned this Inca child sacrifice site:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3289698/The-Inca-shrine-CHILDREN-sacrificed-Human-remains-caves-offerings-gods-times-extreme-weather.html


More Inca finds from Cuzco:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2015/10/27/archaeologists-make-new-discoveries-at-site-in-peru/


What we’re learning about the Maya working class:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-temples-ancient-bones-reveal-mayan.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uof-btt102915.php
http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/us01HbDdDpY/151029141225.htm



Amazonian natives had little impact on the land, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-amazonian-natives-impact.html

Feature on the Nazca lines:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-nazca-lines-main-20151101-story.html

… and Maria Reiche’s work there:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-nazca-lines-reiche-20151101-story.html


On Mexico’s Day of the Dead:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/10/30/the-spirit-of-mexicos-day-of-the-dead/


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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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Now we’re blaming megafauna (especially mammoth) extinction on a mineral
deficiency:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-mammoths-declined-due-mineral-starvation.html

… then again:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-human-role-extinction-mammoths-mammals.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uow-rbh102315.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/humans-played-major-role-in-demise-of-ancient-mammals


Rethinking the development of agriculture:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22830450-700-the-real-first-farmers-how-agriculture-was-a-global-invention/


On manipulative auction house strategies:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/arts/design/how-auction-houses-orchestrate-sales-for-maximum-drama.html


On Strauss’ mountain climb:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2015/10/28/452581472/richard-strauss-musical-mountain-climb


Delaware’s tax laws seem amenable to collectors:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/arts/design/art-collectors-find-safe-harbor-in-delawares-tax-laws.html


On the history of gossip:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/10/27/452051265/gossip-girls-tea-parties-and-the-sexist-slang-they-inspired


On hunter-gatherers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/science/nothing-simple-about-hunter-gatherer-societies.html


… and eating red meat (response to the UN’s thing last week):

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/didnt-our-ancestors-eat-red-meat-151026.htm


Russia is now planning to exhume Nicholas:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/27/russia-to-exhume-murdered-tsars-father-to-solve-riddle-of-slain-royal-children


Some 800 years b.p. seeds sprouted:

http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/blogs/students-revive-extinct-squash-800-year-old-seeds

On Dresden’s Church of Our Lady:

http://www.dw.com/en/turbulent-history-dresdens-church-of-our-lady/a-18814528


Russian and the UK are going to do some portrait swapping:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3296341/Shakespeare-Dickens-Chekhov-Dostoevsky-UK-Russia-swap-portraits-cultural-heavyweights-unprecedented-cultural-exchange.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/chekhov-and-dostoevsky-portraits-to-be-displayed-in-uk-in-unprecedented-cultural-exchange-with-a6714086.html

The place where the Black Death ended (maybe):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151026-the-sleepy-village-that-stopped-the-black-death


On evil old women in fairy tales:

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/28/450657717/why-are-old-women-often-the-face-of-evil-in-fairy-tales-and-folklore


Assorted Hallowe’en related items:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/10/31/how-the-romans-gave-us-bones-of-the-dead-cookies-for-halloween/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zpbq6fr
http://www.livescience.com/52648-mythical-halloween-monsters-origins.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/30/453135085/halloweens-past-wacky-pranks-with-wagons

Interview with Stacy Schiff:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/books/review/stacy-schiff-by-the-book.html


Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
================================================================
MUSEUM MATTERS
================================================================
Faith After the Pharaohs:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/oct/27/egypt-faith-after-the-pharaohs-review-british-museum

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/oct/30/ancient-egypt-faith-after-the-pharaohs
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/egypt-faith-after-the-pharoahs--british-museum-review/

http://www.artdaily.org/index. asp?int_sec=11&int_new=82506
http://news.yahoo.com/worlds-oldest-bible-show-british-museum-tracks-egypts-115557579.html

… nice backgrounder:

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/the-review/solomon-schechter-and-the-lost-years-of-egypt


Ancient Egypt Transformed:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-metropolitan-museum-wants-to-transform-our-view-of-ancient-egypt/


Mummymania:

http://theconversation.com/mummies-have-had-a-bad-wrap-its-time-for-a-reassessment-48729


Celts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/arts/international/cultures-of-the-celts-revisited.html

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/10/27/discovering-hidden-celtic-creatures/


Pozzuoli:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2015/10/26/exhibition-brings-ancient-pozzuoli-near-naples-to-life_8489386f-7f3b-42c2-a095-086adfed3924.html


Ed-Dur:

https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/two-ancient-uae-towns-linked-global-trade-043613114.html


Class Distinctions:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/arts/design/class-distinctions-a-boston-show-highlights-social-divisions-in-17th-century-dutch-life.html


Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/arts/design/at-the-getty-museum-outrageous-menus-of-centuries-past.html


Vermeer:

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/29/448890125/vermeers-woman-in-blue-returns-to-d-c-hoping-for-better-luck-this-time


The British Museum is planning to charge foreign tourists:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3298813/Cash-strapped-British-Museum-plans-new-entry-fee-foreign-tour-groups.html

They’re renovating the Rodin Museum:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/arts/design/recasting-rodins-life-and-work.html


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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
The synchrotron looks like it will have positive applications:

http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/oct/synchrotron-archaeology.cfm

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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
DNA from some 11 500 years b.p. child burials from Alaska is revealing
things about the peopling of the Americas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/science/dna-of-ancient-children-offers-clues-on-how-people-settled-the-americas.html?_r=0

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1027/What-ancient-babies-reveal-about-ice-age-Americans-travels

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/ancient-dna-from-alaskan-babies-provides-clues-to-peopling-of-americas

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3290710/First-humans-Northern-North-America-11-500-year-old-baby-fossils-humans-paused-spread-globe.html

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/fossils_ruins/archaeology/~3/Fs71U-ZmSnw/151026171748.htm

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uou-abb102015.php
http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-babies-boost-bering-bridge.html
http://www.sltrib.com/home/3095008-155/utah-genetics-research-links-ancient-babies?fullpage=1

DNA suggests some interesting breeding of cattle by Neolithic farmer types:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-ancient-wild-ox-genome-reveals.html

More on DNA telling us about the antiquity of the plague:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/science/in-ancient-dna-evidence-of-plague-much-earlier-than-previously-known.html

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/ancestral-plague-predominantly-spread-by-human-to-human-contact
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=82487

More on DNA and the Shroud of Turin:

http://www.livescience.com/52567-shroud-of-turin-dna.html


Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Sedlec Ossuary:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151027-the-church-of-40000-corpses

Berlin cemeteries:

http://www.dw.com/en/rip-berlin-face-your-ghosts-and-tour-the-citys-cemeteries/a-18758516


Ancient Ireland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151026-discover-irelands-most-ancient-secrets


Roman sites:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/travel/a/29891710/ancient-roman-empires-essence/


Hadrian’s Wall:

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2015/10/26/discover-hadrians-wall-this-winter/

================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/10/culture-crime-news-19-25-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/
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n43.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n44.html


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

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Therese Raquin:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/theater/review-in-therese-raquin-keira-knightley-as-a-baleful-adulteress.html


Heneral Luna:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/movies/review-heneral-luna-is-a-patriotic-biopic-that-aspires-to-epicness.html


Witches of America:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/books/review/witches-of-america-by-alex-mar.html


Hamilton:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/theater/students-will-get-tickets-to-hamilton-with-its-hip-hop-infused-history.html


Heretical Angels:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/arts/music/review-katarina-livljanics-heretical-angels-contemplates-mortality.html


Art of Fugue:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/arts/music/review-angela-hewitt-decodes-bachs-the-art-of-fugue.html



================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Lisa Jardine:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11955153/Lisa-Jardine-historian-obituary.html

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/theweek/obituaries/article1626459.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2015_10_31


J.K. Anderson:

http://www.classics.berkeley.edu/about/news/memoriam-j-k-anderson-jan-3-1924-oct-13-2015


V.N. Misra:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/world-renowned-archaeologist-prof-vn-misra-passes-away/

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/archaeologist-virendra-nath-misra-passes-away/article7827537.ece


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

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/news-from-tac/audio-news-from-archaeologica/2314-audio-news-from-archaeologica-18-oct-24-oct-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
================================================================
Archaeosoup:

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

The Book and the Spade:

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