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explorator 18.29                               November 8, 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,
Jona Lendering, Bob Heuman, George Somsel, Hernan Astudillo,
Trevor Ogden 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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Australopithecus deyiremeda is back in the news, it seems:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/642678/?sc=c52

… and fallout of a different sort from the homo naledi dig:

http://jezebel.com/uk-paper-suggests-all-female-archaeology-team-was-a-pub-1740078878


New dates for Italy’s earliest Neanderthal:

http://www.thelocal.it/20151104/italy-dates-its-first-neanderthal-to-250k-years-ago


Pondering whether climate change ‘jump started’ hominid evolution:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22830464-200-did-climate-change-jump-start-human-evolution-in-east-africa/


An overviewish thing on the rise of humans:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-humans-unique-small.html

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AFRICA
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Remains of a church on Santiago Island (off the west coast of Africa) has
slavery connections:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-earliest-church-tropics-unearthed-heart.html

What ancient snails from Morocco are revealing about agricultural
development:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151105121515.htm


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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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So they’re now poking around Tut’s tomb with infrared temperature scans:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1107/Did-King-Tut-have-a-roommate-In-search-of-a-secret-chamber
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/search-for-secret-chambers-in-king-tuts-tomb-begins-151104.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/162675/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Infrared-thermography-to-be-applied-to-Tutankhamun.aspx

… and there are hints they may have found ‘something’:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/tutankhamun-infrared-shows-possible-hidden-chamber-in-kings-tomb-a6724781.html

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/nov/08/king-tut-tomb-infrared-scans-queen-nefertiti

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/new-clues-point-to-secret-chamber-in-king-tut-tomb-151106.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-scanning-nefertitis-tomb-encouraging-minister-162850066.html

Some clarification from Zahi Hawass:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/opinion/nicholas-reeves-did-not-discover-tomb-no-63


Some nice colorized photos of the original discovery of Tut items:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/11977795/King-Tuts-tomb-Colourised-photos-documenting-Howard-Carters-discovery.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3307795/King-Tut-s-tomb-COLOUR-Stunning-new-images-historic-discovery-boy-king-s-burial-chamber-new-light.html

… and the tomb was reopened to the public:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/174672/news/tutankhamen-tomb-reopens-on-93rd-discovery-anniversary


A foiled smuggling attempt of a number of items heading for Thailand:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/162775/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Smuggling-bid-foiled--Egyptian-artefacts-recovered.aspx

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/175160/news/1124-artifacts-saved-from-smuggling-at-damietta-port-statement



Not sure what the focus is of this piece on assorted Egyptian goings-on at
the Queensland Museum … something about Amenhotep and the Book of the Dead:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/special-features/amenhoteps-book-of-the-dead-how-a-3400-year-old-mystery-was-solved/story-fnolgd60-1227592648464

Project to study the Kushite presence in Egypt:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,407179,archaeologist-will-investigate-strangers-in-ancient-egypt.html


A trio of tombs were opened to the public:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/11/05/three-new-tombs-unveiled-in-luxor-egypt
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-egypt-tombs-spur-tourist.html

In case you missed Ben Carson’s pyramid declaration:

http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/11/ben_carson_pyramid_theory.html

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/Ben-Carson-Pyramids-in-Egypt-built-by-Biblical-figure-Joseph--340962022.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/11/05/archaeologists-to-ben-carson-ancient-egyptians-wrote-down-why-the-pyramids-were-built/


… and the history of the viewpoint:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34741010

… and the response:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/bad-news-for-ben-carson-pyramids-wouldn-t-have-made-good-grain-stores-say-experts-a6725456.html

http://www.jta.org/2015/11/06/news-opinion/politics/jewish-archaeology-expert-disputes-ben-carsons-pyramid-theory

http://www.timesofisrael.com/experts-dismiss-carsons-claim-pyramids-built-by-joseph/

Another view of pyramid impact:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-egypt-s-great-pyramid-changed-civilization/



More on that ostrakon with an ‘alphabetical’ list of words:

http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/nieuws-1/oudste-alfabetische-woordenlijst-ontdekt.html


Evidence of a massacre some 3400 years b.p. at the Elamite site of Haft
Teppeh:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/jgum-afm110515.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2015/archaeologists-uncover-human-tragedy-at-ancient-elamite-site-of-haft-tappeh

Big news this week is the possible discovery of Antiochus Ephipanes’ Acra
in Jerusalem:

http://www.livescience.com/52671-greek-citadel-unearthed-jerusalem.html
http://www.livescience.com/52672-ancient-acra-citadel-photos.html
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.683905
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4720320,00.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202863#.Vj9TXa6rRn4
http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-greek-citadel-discovered-under-jerusalem-car-park-163438850.html

http://www.dw.com/en/ancient-greek-citadel-discovered-in-jerusalem-under-a-car-park/a-18825235

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Archaeological-find-in-Jerusalems-City-of-David-may-answer-100-year-old-mystery-431895

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/03/us-archaeology-jerusalem-idUSKCN0SS1GD20151103?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/11/03/ancient-fortress-discovery-may-solve-one-jerusalems-great-archaeological-mysteries.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/1104/Spectacular-archaeological-find-adds-to-Temple-Mount-s-contested-history

… although  there is skepticism:

http://blog.bibleplaces.com/2015/11/is-this-really-akra.html

Vandalism to Joseph’s tomb was repaired:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/josephs-tomb-torched-by-palestinians-restored-overnight/


On the oldest Hebrew Bible:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/what-is-the-oldest-hebrew-bible/


More on that Solomonic seal find from Temple Mount rubble a few weeks ago:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.683539

Syria’s head of antiquities is seeking help from the global community:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/11/07/455092931/syrian-antiquities-chief-calls-for-help-from-international-community


An OpEd on the Museum of the Bible investigation:

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/11/04/3718938/hobby-lobby-antiquities/


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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Nice mosaic floor in a Temple of Jupiter at Doliche:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-invaluable-ancient-syrian-mosaic.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/coe-ias110215.php
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3303654/Beautiful-ancient-Syrian-mosaic-discovered-Roman-era-flooring-shed-light-life-area-2-000-years-ago-sites-permanently-lost-thanks-ISIS.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/11/02/exquisite-late-antique-floor-mosaic-roman-doliche/


Latest from the Paphos theatre dig:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/11/07/nea-paphos-theatre-dig-reveals-road-and-columns/


Studying some painted wooden shields from Dura Europos:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/11/02/ancient-roman-shield-gets-makeover-thanks-yale-team
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2015/dura-europos-painted-wooden-shield-undergoes-new-analysis


Evidence of ancient problems with Hadrian’s Wall near the Segedunum fort:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/wallsend-archaeological-digs-reveal-romans-10389386

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3305261/The-Roman-Army-no-match-River-Tyne-Hadrian-s-Wall-collapsed-times-instability-land.html


Some ancient columns from Laodicia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-columns-unearthed--in-laodicia.aspx?pageID=238&nID=90791&NewsCatID=375


Feature on the Necormanteion:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1724831-how-ancient-greeks-took-trippy-journeys-to-the-land-of-the-dead/


The Ashmolean recreated a Roman funeral:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-34683132

They’re talking about rebuilding the Colossus of Rhodes again:

http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/A-new-Colossus-could-rise-over-Rhodes-6601601.php


What Elizabeth Kosmetatou is up to:

http://uisjournal.com/news/2015/11/04/history-professor-receives-a-three-year-15000-annual-award/


What Mary-Kay Gamel is up to:

http://ndsmcobserver.com/2015/11/speaker-explores-music-ancient-greek-dramas/


What Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow is up to:

http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2015/november/aoko-honor.html

Comparing Trump to Nero:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/07/is-donald-trump-the-modern-nero.html


More on the shipwrecks off Fourni:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/07/fourni-achipelago-ships-wrecks-archaeologists

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151103-greek-shipwreck-find-trading-route/

http://abcnews.go.com/International/archaeologists-discover-22-greek-shipwrecks-uncover-ancient-mediterranean/story?id=34997913

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/30/amazing-discovery-of-22-shipwrecks-off-greece-offers-wondrous-of-ancient-life/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/22-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-around-one-greek-island-chain-a6716711.html

More on the warrior burial at Pylos:

http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-warriors-tomb-huge-treasure-hoard-found-greece-193420700.html

Review of Beard, *SPQR*:

http://www.studentnewspaper.org/beard-re-inserts-women-into-roman-history/

This one looks at both Beard’s *SPQR* and Holland’s *Dynasty*:

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2015/11/gangsters-rome-brutal-side-ancient-city


Review of Robin Lane Fox, *Augustine*:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c5f4f936-823d-11e5-a01c-8650859a4767.html
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/30437835/review-augustine-a-story-of-conversion

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
================================================================
EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
================================================================
Some 14 000 b.p. ‘engravings’ from a Jersey site:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-archaeologists-unveil-year-old-ice-age.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34679202
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/642454/?sc=c52
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art540602-ice-age-archaeology-st-saviour-clifftop-jersey

A ‘mysterious’ Neolithic structure from Brignall:

http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/Articles/mystery-over-structure-found-during-archaeological-dig-at-brignall#sthash.RMlcXPvw.dpbs


A Viking longhouse from East Iceland:

http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2015/11/05/viking_longhouse_discovered_in_east_iceland/


A possible Armada site near the coast of Clare:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/ireland/article1630211.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2015_11_07


Latest medieval finds from Flint:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/flint-archaeological-dig-uncovers-further-10394255


Interesting family crypt ‘accidentally’ found in Gloucester Cathedral:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-32914568
http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/community/latest-news/burial-vault-found-at-gloucester-cathedral.php
http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Tomb-remains-entire-17th-century-family/story-28098996-detail/story.html
http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/17th-Century-tomb-coffins-accidentally-discovered/story-28104440-detail/story.html

Interesting 14th century birch bark letter found in Moscow:

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/birchbark-message-reveals-story-of-medieval-traveler-151106


A latter day Druid is calling for reburial of human remains from Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34688929

Documentary hype on who killed Richard III:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/film-tv/richard-iii-killed-welshman-10392292


Funding for a River Skerne conservation project:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34687793

Rome’s Trevi Fountain has reopened:

http://www.dw.com/en/romes-trevi-fountain-reopens-after-a-makeover/a-18826220

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=82642

More on those ‘witchmarks’ in the Tower of London:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/art540839-guy-fawkes-witchmarks-queen-house-tower-london


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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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A 5000 years b.p. fish processing site from Novosibersk:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0479-fancy-some-neolithic-smoked-fish/


A very well-preserved Han Dynasty tomb from Jiangxi:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1875969/locked-tomb-eastern-china-may-hold-key-fate-little-known-emperor

http://www.ptinews.com/news/6712254_Unearthed-chariots-show-nbsp-nobles--ancient-travel-ritual-.html


… this seems to be the same story:

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/ancient-cemetery-discovered-in-china/154910.html

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/04/c_134783978.htm
http://www.freepressjournal.in/the-haihunhou-chinas-ancient-cemetery-discovered/w/

http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2015/11-05/79857.shtml

Interesting tomb of a family executed by China’s first female emperor:

http://www.livescience.com/52659-tomb-tells-tale-of-family-executed-by-china-s-1st-female-emperor.html

Study suggests early ‘proto porcelain’ from China was likely made from
local materials:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-early-proto-porcelain-china-local-materials.html

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/p-epf102915.php

A 700 years b.p. hero stone from Koduvai:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/unique-herostone-discovered/article7844028.ece


Better coverage of those ‘geoglyphs’ in Kazakhstan:

http://www.livescience.com/52700-mysterious-geoglyphs-in-kazakhstan-revealed.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151102-kazakhstan-earthworks-geoglyphs-space-satellite/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-puzzled-by-huge-8000-year-old-mystery-structures-in-kazakhstan-that-resemble-ancient-crop-a6717766.html

A followup to the earthquake in Nepal:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/features/trend/nepal_earthquake_unesco_herita/53423534


… while an earthquake in Pak appears to have damaged some heritage sites:

http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/world-heritage-sites-in-pak-develops-crack-after-quake-report/


A survey report of a site in Bukhara, Uzbekistan:

http://isaw.nyu.edu/news/report-from-summer-2015-archaeological-survey-in-bukhara-uzbekistan


Early photos of Peking:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-34697724

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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
================================================================
Finds from various periods in the Mojave desert:

http://westerndigs.org/nearly-9000-artifacts-uncovered-in-california-desert-spanning-11500-years-of-history/


Big news this week appears to be the discovery of a pile of coffins beneath
Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-centuries-old-coffins-skeletons-beneath-nyc.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11982153/Burial-vaults-found-underneath-New-York-City-park.html

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/07/new-york-city-burial-vaults-washington-square-park
http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/greenwich-village-burial-vault-from-19th-century-discovered-under-washington-square-park-1.11060161
http://pix11.com/2015/11/04/old-burial-vault-human-bones-found-beneath-greenwich-village-park/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-york-bones-two-centuries-old-found-manhattan-work-crew-180957183/?no-ist

http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2015/11/centuries-old_coffins_skeletons_found_in_vault_under_new_york_city_street.html


Feature on Mesa Verde:

http://www.nature.com/news/the-greatest-vanishing-act-in-prehistoric-america-1.18700?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20151105&spMailingID=49939656&spUserID=MjA1NzUyNjUyOAS2&spJobID=800557975&spReportId=ODAwNTU3OTc1S0


Looking for sites uncovered by floods in South Carolina:

http://www.wltx.com/story/news/2015/11/06/archaeologist-sites/75325634/

They were looking for an army route on the Nez Perce Trail:

http://county10.com/2015/11/05/archaeologists-searched-for-1877-army-route-on-the-nez-perce-trail-this-summer/


Philadelphia has become the first city with Heritage City status in the US:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/philadelphia-world-heritage-city-us-35026257


Review of Brown, *Aaron and Alexander*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/books/review/don-browns-aaron-and-alexander-and-more.html?ref=books


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
What Ceren is revealing about the life of Maya ‘commoners’ (and
archaeologists are heading back there):

http://www.livescience.com/52717-pompeii-of-new-world-discoveries.html
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-ancient-salvadoran-village-ash-daily.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/uoca-csa110315.php
http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2015/11/03/cu-boulder-study-shows-ancient-salvadoran-village-buried-ash-frozen-time

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136828
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3302791/The-ancient-Salvadoran-village-perfectly-preserved-ash-Study-reveals-1-400-year-old-community-lived.html

http://source.colostate.edu/csu-archaeologist-returning-to-honduran-jungle/
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2015/an-ancient-maya-village-in-el-salvador-frozen-in-time


Feline and human trophy heads from Toro Muerto (Peru):

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-human-and-feline-trophy-heads-excavated-near-toro-muerto-arequipa-107961


An algorithm to analyze Maya writing:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-revealing-mysteries-maya-script.html


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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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On crowdfunding culture in Italy:

http://www.dw.com/en/why-italy-turned-to-crowdfunding-to-preserve-its-culture/a-18816706


… and Italy is cutting down on strikes at important monuments:

http://www.thelocal.it/20151106/italy-cracks-down-on-strikes-at-prized-monuments


Is this Shakespeare’s skull?:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11968936/Shakespeares-skull-rumours-DNA-testing-barred-by-Church.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/11/04/pothead-willie-the-search-for-shakespeares-skull-and-the-truth-about-his-marijuana-use/?utm_channel=Technology&linkId=18505988

A Lincoln letter came to auction:

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/signed-lincoln-document-sells-22m-nyc-auction-34991012


On the other KKK:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/nov/02/kindred-of-the-kibbo-kift-1920s-youth-movement


Feature on Alexander von Humboldt:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/26/humboldts-gift

Pondering whether museums should sell things they don’t display:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/out-of-sight-unseen-public-collections/

On the origins of rice cultivation:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-rice-cultivation.html

On the beefeaters:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151023-the-secret-life-of-beefeaters

On the evolution of language:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/06/454853229/did-the-language-you-speak-evolve-because-of-the-heat


Assorted Guy Fawkes items, to mark the day last week:

http://www.businessinsider.com/guy-fawkes-signature-before-and-after-he-was-tortured-2015-11

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11976634/Bonfire-Night-2015-Why-do-we-celebrate-tonight-and-who-was-Guy-Fawkes.html

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2015/11/guy_fawkes_night_remember_remember_the_5th_of_november.html

http://www.dw.com/en/million-mask-march-how-guy-fawkes-became-the-global-face-of-modern-protest/a-18826027

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/how-well-do-you-know-what-happened-during-the-gunpowder-plot-a6721096.html

On the history of prosthetic limbs:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20151030-the-geniuses-who-invented-prosthetic-limbs


Oxford now has a ‘DaVinci Code department’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3300050/Oxford-University-sets-new-unit-investigate-religious-relics.html

http://www.banburycake.co.uk/news/13930454.Da_Vinci_Code_department_set_up_by_Oxford_University/?ref=rss


On witchraft:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/10/28/conversation-historian-john-putnam-demos-ubiquitous-nature-witchcraft


Marking the birth of George Boole:

http://www.dw.com/en/true-or-false-george-boole-gave-us-computer-science-and-the-internet-as-we-know-it/a-18821307


Assorted famous sculptures as action figures:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2015/11/03/famous_sculpture_action_figures_of_the_venus_de_milo_rodin_s_thinker_and.html


Plans to exhume Tsar Alexander III:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-russia-readies-exhume-tsar-alexander.html

Another Kon Tiki expedition:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34744965


Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Stukeley drawings:

http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/community/features/drawings-of-holbeach-father-of-archaeology-to-be-preserved-and-shared-1-7038972#axzz3qukkvFYh


Carlo Crivelli:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/06/arts/design/carlo-crivelli-an-overlooked-renaissance-master-in-boston.html?ref=arts&_r=0


Faith After the Pharaohs:

http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/when-we-were-in-egypt-exhibition-shows-jewish-life-after-the-pharaohs/


Middle Kingdom Egypt:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-art-of-ancient-egypt-1446831342

Mummymania:

http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/exhibitions/exhib-date/2015-09-29/exhib/mummymania


Greeks from Agamemnon to Alexander:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/11/06/dueling-gold-masks-agamemnon-coming-soon-field-museum


Some Bronze Age mirrors from Britain are going ‘on tour’:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art540686-iron-age-mirrors-national-civil-war-centre-british-museum-tour


The British Museum is pondering charging tour groups:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2015/nov/02/why-tourists-should-pay-to-visit-british-museums

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/british-museum-considers-charge-for-tour-groups/


… and thinks it needs a bigger door:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/shortcuts/2015/nov/03/british-museum-overcrowding-entrance-sistine-chapel

… and has acquired some early Battle of Waterloo images:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/battle-of-waterloo/11981333/Earliest-Battle-of-Waterloo-images-secured-for-the-nation-by-British-Museum.html


Latest on the proposed underwater museum at Alexandria:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/theres-a-200-million-plan-for-an-underwater-museum-but-it-has-a-problem/story-fnjpj945-1227597568492


There’s a new curator at the Barnes Foundation:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/barnes-foundation-names-new-chief-curator/


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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is causing a rethink of the wheat trade in prehistoric Britain:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-ancient-dna-authenticity-stone-age.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151103064601.htm
http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-dna-dispute-raises-questions-about-wheat-trade-in-prehistoric-britain-1.18702


Mapping the DNA for the Caribbean:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/uop-pnd110515.php

The poked around the Lincoln family DNA:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/03/dna-study-helps-solve-lincoln-lineage-debate/75078140/


Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A drought atlas chronicles 2000 years of climate in Europe:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/teia-nda110515.php
http://phys.org/news/2015-11-drought-atlas-years-climate-europe.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Submerged cities:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151102-when-cities-rise-from-the-depths

Matera:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/inside-matera-italys-city-of-stone-1446650107


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CRIME BEAT
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Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/11/culture-crime-news-26-october-1-november-2015.html

Investors are grilling Tommy Thompson now:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3300569/Investors-demand-answers-deep-sea-treasure-hunter.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
================================================================
Mungo Man has been returned:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11979442/University-returns-40000-year-old-Mungo-Man-to-Australias-Aborigines.html

http://theconversation.com/mungo-man-moves-to-national-museum-but-hes-still-not-home-49575


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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
A major Anglo Saxon hoard from Southampton:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/13931371.display/

… declared treasure:

http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/news/more-news/lenborough-hoard-of-silver-coins-declared-treasure-1-7051167


Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n45.html

------------------------
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
================================================================
Comedy of Errors:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/07/theater/review-a-comedy-of-errors-that-never-stands-still.html?ref=theater


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OBITUARIES
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Alan Boegehold:

http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/newsDetails/alan-l.-boegehold-1927-2015


John Anderson:

http://www.dailycal.org/2015/11/03/professor-emeritus-classical-archaeology-john-anderson-dies-91/



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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/2318-audio-news-from-archaeologica-25-oct-31-oct-2015
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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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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