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explorator 190.01                               May 1, 2016
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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,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, Kris Curry, David Critchley,
Angie Telepenko, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, and
Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping
I have left no one out).

Another year of Explorator is in the books and we begin with
apologies for last week's issue apparently not being sent out by
Yahoo!

Never mind that, as is my wont, I being a new volume of Explorator
by extending my thanks to my many correspondents who lighten my
workload a bit (some of them have been around almost since the
beginning!) and to all of you who faithfully wait for and read
Explorator every week!

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Hominins as prey some 500 000 years bp:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-hominins-food-carnivores-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160427164128.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/p-hmh042216.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/28/ancient-human-bones-show-evidence-of-a-hungry-hyena-encounter/

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/500000-years-ago-hominins-may-have-been-food-for-carnivores

A homo erectus skull from Sangiran:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/27/ancient-human-skull-discovered-in-sangiran.html


Neanderthals weren’t picky eaters:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/p-nau042216.php
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/29/476032883/neanderthals-were-less-picky-eaters-than-early-humans?sc=17&f=1001


Studying early footprints:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-ape-men-walked-like-humans-according-to-groundbreaking-research-a7000781.html


They did a facial reconstruction on Altamura Man:

http://news.discovery.com/history/face-of-neanderthal-altamura-man-recreated-160427.htm



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AFRICA
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That cosmic ray analysis method that was mentioned a while back (and in
today’s Techy section) has confirmed the existence of another chamber in a
Dashur pyramid:

http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/04/659-678340-9-confirman-existencia-de-una-camara-en-la-piramide-de-dahshur.shtml



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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
================================================================
The Director General of Luxor’s antiquities is suggesting that the pharaoh
of the Exodus wasn’t Egyptian:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Senior-Egyptian-archaeologist-Israeli-claim-that-Pharaoh-was-Egyptian-is-a-lie-452379
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=33373
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/4/26/setg6klyy9pdk0hf1g6b12h4mzdzq2
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/66589/egyptian-archaeologist-claims-passover-storys-pharaoh-not-egyptian/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/04/27/egyptian-archaeologist-claims-passover-storys-pharaoh-was-not-an-egyptian/

Cf:
http://paleojudaica.blogspot.co.il/2016_04_24_archive.html#3413140831864057864


Feature on obelisks (wsj … may or may not work for you):

http://www.wsj.com/articles/obscure-obelisks-of-desire-1461965487

Things you might find in a pharaoh’s tomb:

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2016/may/01/pharoahs-tomb-ancient-egypt


Remains of a sixth millennium BCE village in Kurdistan:

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/115674/Relics-of-ancient-six-millennia-old-village-uncovered


A birdwatcher at Tel Dor found a 3700 years bp scarab:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/3700-year-old-scarab-seal-found-by-birdwatcher-near-haifa/


Some idiot high school students vandalized the citadel of Ashod:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/teens-vandalize-ancient-citadel-for-holiday-paint-party/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4796943,00.html
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_heb.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4195

Feature on assorted Jewish diaspora kingdoms:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/A-Jewish-kingdom-in-ancient-Babylon-452113

Latest in the Temple Mount saga:

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2016/04/25/exclusive-islam-scholar-claims-jews-fabricated-ties-temple-mount/


Studying ibn Sina’s record of a possible supernova in 1006:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-text-reveals-ibn-sina.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-arabic-text-shines-light-massive-supernova-180958942/


Plans to restore Akkale:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-akkale-to-be-restored-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=98425


Feature on how the Bible was written:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.716368

A possible Persian side to ‘Game of Thrones’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/24/the-ancient-persian-god-that-may-be-at-the-heart-of-game-of-thrones/


Palmyra is apparently 30% damaged:

http://syriadirect.org/news/syrian-antiquities-expert-on-palmyra-visit-site-is-%E2%80%9830-damaged%E2%80%99/


The UN/UNESCO folk tell us Palmyra is still “authentic”:

http://artdaily.com/news/86848/Despite-damage-Palmyra-retains--authenticity---UNESCO

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unesco-dont-worry-palmyra-still-authentic-180958944/
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53796
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/despite-damage-palmyra-retains-authenticity-unesco/7365314

More hope for restoration:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/27/despite-isis-destruction-ancient-palmyra-in-syria-/?page=all


More on the destruction of the gates of Nineveh:

http://www.artforum.com/news/id=59809

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Big news this week is the discovery of a massive Roman coin hoard in Spain:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-citizen-scientists-rare-ice-industrial.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/04/29/world/europe/ap-eu-spain-roman-trove-.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36172538
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/29/massive-haul-ancient-roman-coins-unearthed-spain

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/29/construction-workers-unearth-over-half-a-tonne-of-roman-coins-in/

http://www.canindia.com/roman-treasure-worth-millions-of-euros-found/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/construction-workers-in-spain-unearth-an-ancient-roman-fortune-600-kilograms-of-pristine-coins
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3565350/Spain-Park-workers-hit-huge-Roman-coin-trove-accident.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/29/construction-workers-in-spain-unearth-huge-trove-of-ancient-roman-coins/

https://www.rt.com/news/341324-roman-coins-spain-tons/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-29/roman-coin-cache-found-in-southern-spain/7369272
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/29/europe/spain-roman-coins-found/index.html
http://www.thelocal.es/20160428/building-work-unearths-600kg-of-roman-coins-in-spain

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-ditch-diggers-unearth-1300-pounds-roman-coins-180958958/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-ditch-diggers-unearth-1300-pounds-roman-coins-180958958/

Remains of a potentially major Roman military site at Exeter:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Discovered-massive-Roman-base-conquered-West/story-29198417-detail/story.html


Roman kilns from Congresbury:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/rare-Roman-archaeology-threaten-Congresbury/story-29186928-detail/story.html


Interesting statue from Long Melford:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/rare_statue_could_help_unearth_secrets_of_long_melford_s_roman_past_1_4509701


Injured veterans are digging at Malton Roman fort:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36144601

Plenty of press coverage for a mistranslated mosaic (we may have mentioned
this):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rare-mosaic-in-turkeys-south-arouses-interest-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=98357

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2016/04/25/archaeologists-in-turkey-discover-ancient-mosaic-with-greek-message/

http://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-have-discovered-an-ancient-mosaic-skeleton-that-says-enjoy-your-life?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

http://www.timesofisrael.com/skeleton-on-ancient-mosaic-yolo/
https://www.inverse.com/article/14868-archaeologists-discover-ancient-skeleton-meme-mural-saying-be-cheerful-and-live-your-life


… and even when someone notices it is wrong, they get it wrong too:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nid=98401&NewsCatID=375


Rushing to record finds stored in Teesdale:

http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/Articles/archaeologists-race-against-time-to-record-roman-relics


I think we mentioned this ‘lost’ bit of Hadrian’s wall at Segedunum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-36120237

Feature on Franck Goddio:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/sunken-cities-the-man-who-found-atlantis/


Plato and Trump (sorry):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/plato-would-have-predicted--and-been-horrified-by--trumps-rise/2016/04/26/3805cb80-0bec-11e6-a6b6-2e6de3695b0e_story.html


Goings on in the Nimes amphitheatre:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3558241/Roman-gladiators-return-Nimes-France-complete-bloodthirsty-battles-slave-girls-Julius-Caesar-fantastic-enactment-Nimes.html


Reviews of Mary Beard’s *Ultimate Rome* doc:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/apr/28/mary-beards-ultimate-rome-review-busting-myths-in-silver-hi-tops

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/04/27/mary-beards-ultimate-rome-empire-without-limit---through-beard-w/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/04/27/mary-beard-romans-were-as-xenophobic-and-ethnocentric-as-any-peo/
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/entertainment/14454351.Mary_Beard_s_Roman_holiday/

More on the Jewish catacombs in Rome opening to the public:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3561697/They-not-secret-anymore-ancient-Jewish-catacombs-Rome-limits-decades-finally-open-public.html


More on that Roman villa find:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-roman-villa-found-british-backyard-180958821/


More on the Phaleron burials:


https://asunow.asu.edu/20160426-discoveries-asu-bioarchaeologist-greece-grave-project

More on that Etruscan inscription:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-art-etruscan-idUSKCN0XM0VC
http://uk.reuters.com/video/2016/04/25/discovery-illuminates-etruscan-society?videoId=368261035



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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)
================================================================
Neolithic flint axes from a Danish bog:

http://cphpost.dk/news/historic-flint-axes-found-in-denmark.html

Pondering a 3000 years bp site on Turlough Hill:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/mystery-surrounds-burren-settlement-excavated-by-archaeologists-1.2629951


They’ve found remains of the church where William Wallace was made Guardian
of Scotland:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-36158808#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/dumfries-borders/site-where-wallace-made-scots-guardian-uncovered-in-selkirk-1-4114154

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/14462075.Archaeologists_find_church_where_William_Wallace_was_made_Guardian_of_Scotland/

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/ancient-church-william-wallace-named-7859207

Excavating the Curtain Theatre site:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/the-curtain-takes-centre-stage-as-excavation-of-shakespearean-theatre-begins

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3558639/Archaeologists-begin-unearthing-site-played-host-earliest-performance-Shakespeare-s-Romeo-Juliet.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/25/archaeological-dig-to-prove-shakespeare-was-a-shoreditch-boy/


Two more 17th century shipwrecks have been found in Stockholm:

http://www.thelocal.se/20160429/two-historic-shipwrecks-found-in-central-stockholm


First direct evidence of a c-section done on a deceased mother comes from
an 18th century Hungarian mummy:

http://news.discovery.com/history/first-c-section-evidence-found-on-hungarian-mummy-160425.htm


A Haslington church statue was vandalized:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36141878

Concerns for York’s lost Franciscan friary:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14448724.Fire_station_revamp_could_destroy_ancient_relics_from_York_s_lost_Franciscan_Friary__say_experts/


More on that Jewish ‘slum’ in Amsterdam:

http://www.jta.org/2016/04/24/news-opinion/world/17th-century-jewish-slum-unearthed-in-amsterdam


More on that clump of Anglo Saxon hair:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3559858/Did-Anglo-Saxons-use-hairspray-Mysterious-plaited-hair-discovered-coffin-covered-exotic-pine-resin.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490


More on the Vikings penetrating deeper into England than previously thought:

http://sciencenordic.com/viking-invaders-struck-deep-west-england-and-may-have-stuck-around


More on the antiquity of ‘Swiss’ cheese:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-have-made-cheese-iron-age-180958952/



-----
Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 4800 years bp burial of a mother and child from Taiwan:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/27/taiwans-oldest-human-fossil-mother-and-baby-from-4800-years-ago

http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/04/26/prehistoric-mother-and-child-discovered?videoId=368275246&feedType=VideoRSS&feedName=OddlyEnough&videoChannel=4

http://www.australianetworknews.com/4800-year-old-mummy-mother-holding-infant-unearthed/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/4800-year-old-fossil-of-mother-cradling-baby-discovered/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3562291/Incredible-4-800-year-old-fossil-mother-cradling-looking-lovingly-baby-Taiwan.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2016/04/659-678336-9-encuentran-fosil-de-4800-anos-de-una-madre-abrazando-a-su-hijo.shtml

1700 years bp Buddhist sculptures from a dig in Bazira (Pakistan):

http://www.livescience.com/54599-buddha-sculptures-discovered-in-ancient-shrine.html


Clumsy archaeologists found smelting works at Angkor:

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/little-luck-archaeologists-stumble-forges-angkor


Archaeological evidence of a Chinese presence on South China islands:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/22/c_135304215.htm

What Matt Carter is up to:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11628661


Preserving the Wiradjuri language:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/09/world/asia/australia-aboriginal-tribe-wiradjuri.html


Revisiting Nepal, a year after the earthquake:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/one-year-on-an-update-from-nepals-earthquake-damaged-heritage-sites/


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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
================================================================
Some 2000 years bp spear points from California:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-geography-student-year-old-native-american.html


Latest from the Erebus:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/parks-canada-erebus-wreck-exploration-1.3549005


Plans to dig an early industrial site of some sort in Edmonton:

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2016/04/27/phd-student-conducting-archaeological-dig-in-mill-creek-ravine-this-summer


A possible grill find from Jamestown:

http://wydaily.com/2016/04/29/local-news-jamestown-unearthed-common-cooking-grill-a-rare-find-for-archaeologists/


Some major rethinking going on at the site of James Monroe’s home:

http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2016/science-rewrites-history-at-the-home-of-president-james-monroe.php

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/04/28/at-virginia-home-of-president-monroe-a-sizable-revision-of-history/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_monroe-610a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/home-long-thought-to-be-monroes-turns-out-to-be-guest-house/2016/04/28/6687f130-0d19-11e6-bc53-db634ca94a2a_story.html

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e899960f1f414c4cb369f4a50c1a171a/home-long-thought-be-monroes-turns-out-be-guest-house


Finds from a tavern site in St Augustine:

http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2016-04-27/ancient-tortoise-shell-found-milltop-site


Back when Explorator began, Kennewick Man was the big controversy … seems
they’ve finally decided he’s a Native American:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-corps-kennewick-native-american.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0428/At-9-000-years-old-Kennewick-Man-can-now-get-native-American-burial

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/corps-determines-kennewick-man-native-american-38709022

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/04/28/kennewick-man-was-native-american-after-all.htm

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-9000-years-later-kennewick-man-will-be-given-native-american-burial-180958947/


Studying middens made by the Calusa people:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-shells-interdisciplinary-unraveling-mysteries-calusa.html

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uog-bos042816.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/shell-islands-of-the-calusa-kingdom


Remembering the Circleville Massacre:

http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/circleville-massacre-remembered-with-monument-dedication?m


A burial ground dispute in Utah:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/3796302-155/no-new-utah-school-near-ancient?fullpage=1


Reconstructing Native American history from 19th century ledger books:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/arts/design/american-indian-narratives-in-picture-form.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&_r=0


Feature on the first map to mention America:

http://www.historytoday.com/dean-nicholas/putting-america-map

A Taft letter coming to auction:

http://m.jpost.com/International/Under-the-hammer-Tafts-1916-letter-against-pick-of-1st-Jewish-Supreme-Court-justice-Brandeis-452258#article=6017OTAyQzdDMjVDMzI3QTE3REQ0RTBFMERFMzg5QzY2OTA=


Yale is resisting renaming Calhoun College:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/nyregion/yale-defies-calls-to-rename-calhoun-college.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fnyregion

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/opinion/at-yale-a-right-that-doesnt-outweigh-a-wrong.html

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160429/yale-students-hold-calhoun-college-renaming-ceremony-to-end-legacy-of-slavery


On preserving historic murals in Hyannis:

http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20160428/collaborative-effort-preserves-historic-murals-in-hyannis


More on the possible pieces of DeSoto’s cross find in Arkansas:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3557071/Arkansas-archaeologists-believe-remains-Spanish-conquistador-s-Christian-cross-erected-1541-Native-American-village.html



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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 4500 years bp mummy find from Peru:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/4500-year-old-female-mummy-discovered-in-peru-a6999051.html


Studying some mysterious holes in Peru’s Pisco Valley:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-archaeology-overlooked-inca-wonder-109386
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3559440/Did-Inca-use-mysterious-line-holes-collect-TAX-Ancient-empire-used-6-000-pits-store-count-tributes.html?ITO=applenews

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/04/investigation-of-mysterious-inca-holes-gives-insight-into-ancient-economy/

On ‘authoritarian structures’ among Peru’s Chavin people:

https://news.stanford.edu/2016/04/25/stanford-archaeologist-traces-origins-authority-andes-peru/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3563252/Ancient-priests-used-DRUGS-control-followers-3-000-years-ago-Evidence-suggests-Peru-s-Chav-n-culture-civilisation-ruled-authority.html


On pre-Columbian water storage in Amazonia:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160428103155.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uog-wsm042816.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2016/water-storage-made-prehistoric-settlement-expansion-possible-in-amazonia


Funding to study a Maya port at Quintana Roo:

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/latest-news/8937-nsf-awards-232k-to-study-environmental-impacts-on-ancient-maya-port.html


More on child sacrifice among the Maya:

http://thescienceexplorer.com/humanity/grim-discoveries-point-child-sacrifice-and-human-trafficking-ancient-maya-civilization



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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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Feature on how the Black Death spread:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/how-europe-exported-black-death

Nice feature on how to promote your dig:

http://asorblog.org/2016/04/27/11828/

… but folks might want to be aware of this aspect of digs too:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/25/secret-life-archaeologist-soil-sandwiches-sexism-sites


On assorted mythical beasties:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-myth-reality-fabled-beasts-real-life.html

Justus Rosenberg is an interesting guy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/nyregion/professor-justus-rosenberg-has-a-past.html


… as was Hertha Marks Ayrton:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/04/27/hertha-marks-ayrton-the-english-pioneer-who-blazed-a-trail-for-w/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/hertha-marks-ayrton-s-162nd-birthday-5-facts-about-the-british-mathematician-engineer-physicist-and-a7004556.html


Another one from the early days of Explorator … seems the Book of Kells was
always being brought up … it’s back in the news:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160425-the-book-of-kells-medieval-europes-greatest-treasure


On the history of cosmetic surgery:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-ugly-history-of-cosmetic-surgery-56500


Self help advice from Walt Whitman:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/books/walt-whitman-promoted-a-paleo-diet-who-knew.html

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/30/476029449/song-of-my-self-help-walt-whitman-also-wrote-a-manly-health-advice-column?sc=17&f=7


Questioning the identity of Shakespeare:

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/25/475551898/2-shakespearean-actors-revive-debate-over-the-bard-s-identity


On Shakespeare’s influence:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/theater/100000004351406/there-is-no-escaping-shakespeare.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks

http://news.yale.edu/2016/04/22/conversation-david-scott-kastan-enduring-legacy-william-shakespeare

A Cervantes autograph manuscript:

http://ccaa.elpais.com/ccaa/2016/04/29/andalucia/1461941658_272714.html

Not sure where to put this one on art along the Tiber:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/world/europe/tiber-river-rome-cleanup.html


Big bucks for the founding rules of baseball:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/sports/baseball/founding-rules-of-baseball-sell-for-3-million-in-auction.html


Latest ancient beer recreation:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/israeli-brewery-recreated-2000-year-old-beer-180958883/


… and Noah’s ark will apparently sail again:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/04/27/ark-of-noah-replica-to-travel-to-brazil-sdg-orig.cnn


A history of suits:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36173491

… and leopard skin prints:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/arts/design/dressed-to-kill-the-power-ofleopard-prints.html


More on the history of the potato:


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/25/the-secret-ancient-history-of-the-potato-that-could-change-the-story-of-civilization/


More on Germany’s beer purity law:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/29/475138367/germanys-beer-purity-law-is-500-years-old-is-it-past-its-sell-by-date?sc=17&f=1001


More on the antiquity of some fairy tales:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tale-as-old-as-time-some-fairy-tales-may-be-6000-years-old/



Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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This is a Voice:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/for-the-first-time-see-two-early-medieval-books-written-by-women-on-display-together-180958884/


Origin of the Alphabet:

http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/04/27/exhibition-on-origin-of-the-alphabet-in-sinai-kicks-off-at-egyptian-museum/

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/204496/Heritage/Museums/Sinai-The-Origin-of-the-Alphabet-exhibit-on-displa.aspx


Roman Mosaics:

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20160425/decorative-mosaics-from-the-roman-empire-on-view-at-las-getty-villa/1


Sicily:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-3563242/Sicily-s-debt-Norman-wisdom-4-000-years-island-s-history-Greeks-Normans-brought-vividly-life-British-Museum.html


Pompeii:

http://english.cctv.com/2016/04/30/VIDESBC9W9H18mGxjIe3pYIh160430.shtml

Power and Pathos:

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/books/vision-virtuosity-versatility/


Pergamon:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2a395b7a-089f-11e6-a623-b84d06a39ec2.html

Yale’s Babylonian Collection has been given some nice seals:

http://news.yale.edu/2016/04/18/yale-babylonian-collection-receives-gift-rare-ancient-art



There was a fire at New Delhi’s Museum of Natural History:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-devastates-new-delhis-national-museum-natural-history-180958914/
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/27/in-new-delhi-a-nations-treasures-consumed-by-fire/

Latest look at the Museum of the Bible:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-priceless-israeli-artifacts-head-to-a-controversial-dc-bible-museum-some-wonder-why/


More on cuts at the Met:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-of-art-plans-job-cuts-andrestructuring.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign



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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Angkor Wat was given the LiDAR treatment:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/lasers-unveil-secrets-and-mysteries-angkor-wat


Lots of attention for a robot used to explore a French shipwreck:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/30/diving-robot-ocean-one-wreck-sunken-treasure-louis-xiv

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/30/stanford-universitys-robo-mermaid-can-help-researchers-feel-unde/

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_29822078/how-did-stanford-designed-humanoid-discover-vase-from
http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/27/stanford-humanoid-robotic-diver-oceanone/

Using crime software to analyse ancient footprints:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160426092130.htm

Feature on a new technique for conserving mummies:

http://www.ndtv.com/hyderabad-news/in-a-first-experts-conserve-2-000-year-old-mummy-with-advance-techniques-1400199


More on cosmic rays and pyramid exploration:

http://www.livescience.com/54596-pyramid-interior-revealed-using-cosmic-rays.html

http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/pyramid-interior-revealed-using-cosmic-rays-160427.htm

http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20160424/NEWS01/160429933/0/news/Archaeologists-use-high-tech-to-unlock-pyramid%E2%80%99s-mystery

More on Sarah Parcak’s work:

http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-04-26/space-archaeologists-and-activists-are-using-satellites-unearth-history



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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
DNA suggests that half of western European males descend from one Bronze
Age king (not sure how DNA shows rank):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/04/25/half-of-british-men-descended-from-one-bronze-age-king/


… this seems to be the same story, less sensationalized:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/wtsi-mdr042216.php
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/04/y-chromosomes-history-shows-links-to-migration-tech-developments/




Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
================================================================
CLIMATE MATTERS
================================================================
Studying the data from inland ice records:

 http://phys.org/news/2016-04-citizen-scientists-rare-ice-industrial.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-priests-collected-almost-seven-centuries-climate-data-180958929/


================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Bosch’s home town:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/travel/hieronymus-bosch-netherlands.html

Athens:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/travel/athenswas-hotel-review.html


================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
What Donna Yates is up to:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14449101.The_expert_aiming_to_make_antiquities_collecting_socially_unacceptable______like_having_a_gigantic_elephant_tusk_on_your_mantle_quot_/

Here’s the latest edition of her Culture Crime News newsletter:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2016/04/culture-crime-news-18-24-april-2016.html



conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

================================================================
REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
================================================================
The US returned some Buddhist art was returned to Pakistan:

https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/us-returns-stolen-ancient-buddhist-sculpture-to-pakistan/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/27/ancient-buddhist-sculpture-returned-to-pakistani-g/

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2016/04/28/83637388/

Assorted repatriations from assorted countries to India:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/18-antiquities-recovered-from-foreign-countries-govt/1/651150.html


These ‘saved items’ might be called prepatriation, I guess:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36153842

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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
On the history of the Nickel:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-nickel-180958941/

On ANS loans to assorted place:

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/04/ancient-coins-big-market-museums.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v19n18.html

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

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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School for Scandal:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/theater/review-the-school-for-scandal-is-full-throated-satire.html


The Man Who Knew Infinity:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/movies/the-man-who-knew-infinity-review.html


More on performing ‘lost’ medieval music:

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-years-lost-songs-middle-ages.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-medieval-music-performed-first-time-1000-years-180958892/


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

http://archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2417-audio-news-from-archaeologica-17-apr-2016-23-apr-2016

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OBITIUARIES
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Jane Kelley:

http://www.ucalgary.ca/facultyandstaff/memoriam/kelley

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:


================================================================
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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