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explorator 18.27                               October 25, 2015
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,
Hernan Astudillo, Rick Heli, Barbara Saylor Rogers, Bob Heuman,
Trevor Ogden, Kris Curry, 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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Criticism of the way the homo naledi find has been announced:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/oct/25/discovery-human-species-accused-of-rushing-errors


… and there’s all that apartheidish controversy still lingering too:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-fossil-find-gets-entangled-with-south-africa-s-apartheid-past/


More on suggestion Neanderthals kept homo sapiens out of Europe:

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


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AFRICA
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Apparently snails were on the menu some 150 000 years b.p. in Libya:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3279233/Early-man-dined-SNAIL-PORRIDGE-Molluscs-menu-150-000-years-ago-special-drills-used-extract-meat-shells.html


Digging the ruins at Kilwa:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/19/africa/kilwa-rhapta-felix-chami/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 15th century B.C.E. Egyptian ostracon turns out to be the oldest (so far)
‘abedecary’:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-earliest-abecedary.html
http://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2015/gw/the-earliest-known-abecedary.html

http://www.news.leiden.edu/news-2015/the-earliest-known-abcedary.html

Plenty of folks attended Ramses’ sun alignment ceremony:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/3000-tourists-attend-king-ramses-sun-alignment-ceremony


Vague plans to ‘scan’ the pyramids:

http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=96995#.VizKraJAE2c

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/161327/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-Minister-of-Antiquities-reveals-to-Ahram-On.aspx

They’re still covering the repair of Tut’s beard:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-egypt-tutankhamun-mask-botched-epoxy.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/21/fixing-tutankhamuns-beard-unfortunately-they-used-epoxy
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/11944619/Tutankhamuns-mask-being-fixed-after-botched-glue-repair.html

… which might be complete by now:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/researchers-put-king-tutankhamun-mask-restoration-on-display/


… and they’re still saying the authorities have approved the radar
inspection of Tut’s tomb for hidden chambers (perhaps this is inside?):

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-egypt-panel-radar-nefertiti-tomb.html
http://www.thecairopost.com/news/173281/news/antiquities-ministry-approves-radar-to-search-king-tuts-tomb-for-hidden-room

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/oct/22/radar-use-approved-to-search-tutankhamuns-tomb-for-hidden-room

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/antiquities-ministry-approves-using-radar-inside-tutankhamun-s-tomb

What Zahi Hawass thinks about the tomb of Nefertiti suggestion:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/13448/47/-Where-is-the-tomb-of-Queen-Nefertiti-.aspx


The restoration of Kiman Faris has been completed:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/173559/news/renovation-completed-at-ancient-greco-roman-kiman-faris-minister


A secret tunnel in a Hittite castle (Geval Castle):

http://theweek.com/speedreads/584415/archaeologists-discover-secret-tunnel-ancient-hittite-castle


Concerns for the site of Uruk:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/iraq-archaeological-city-uruk-lack-security.html


Concerns for the Thracian (and earlier) site of Heraion Teikhos (Turkey):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/treasure-hunters-destroying-precious-thracian-relics-in-turkey-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=90134&NewsCatID=375

Latest Canaanite finds from Tel Gezer:

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

Feature on that Temple Mount ‘warning stone’:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-temple-mount-warning-stone-is-closest-thing-we-have-to-the-temple/


Feature on the Temple Mount sifting project:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.681034

… and whether there were Jewish Temples there:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.681589

Feature on Tel Megiddo:

http://discovermagazine.com/2015/nov/14-witness-to-armageddon

Somewhat iffy item on the origin of the epithet ‘Jew’:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.681177

Not sure where to put this item on someone trying to save Gaza’s
antiquities:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/palestine-gaza-sculptor-art-exposure-tourism-israel-blockade.html


ISIL is not alone in looting items in Syria:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-isis-culprit-war-related-looting-syria.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/dc-dls101915.php
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202206
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/21/Study-Islamic-State-not-only-group-looting-antiquities-in-Syria/9111445440824/

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/21/Study-many-groups-looting-antiquities-in-Syria/9111445440824/


A jailed activist has a pile of 3d models of Palmyra:

http://www.wired.com/2015/10/jailed-activist-bassel-khartabil-3d-models-could-save-syrian-history-from-isis/

Review of Brooks, *The Secret Chord*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/books/review/the-secret-chord-by-geraldine-brooks.html


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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of coverage of (old) news that it’s unlikely that a snake killed
Cleopatra:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-snake-cleopatra.html
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/article/?id=15317
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-34594812
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/sciencetech/video-1223039/Why-Cleopatra-NOT-killed-snake-bite.html


A nice medusa head from Anitocheia ad Cragum:

http://www.livescience.com/52531-medusa-head-ancient-roman-outpost.html
http://www.livescience.com/52527-photos-antiochia-ruins.html
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/unl-excavation-trip-leads-to-discovery-of-ancient-medusa-head/article_af18486e-785e-11e5-950b-03ca053e8d4e.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3282787/Medusa-s-head-unearthed-Sculpture-mythical-monster-used-ward-evil-spirits-Roman-temple.html

Interesting fist-and-phallus items from an infant burial in Yorkshire:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/10/20/five-fist-and-phallus-pendants-found-in-grave-of-roman-infant-in-yorkshire/


Latest from Binchester:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/13877244.Now_the_real_work_begins/


An asklepion at Feneos:

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/excavation-reveals-Ancient-Greek-healing-temple-in-Feneos-Corinth

Latest on the Yenikapi shipwrecks:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-shipwrecks-found-in-istanbuls-yenikapi-shed-light-on-ancient-ship-production.aspx?pageID=238&nID=90256&NewsCatID=375


A followup of sorts to the search for lost Roman treasure from the sack of
Rome:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11945845/Italians-identify-five-locations-where-fabled-Roman-treasure-hoard-may-be-buried.html


Italy has restored and reopened a ramp which connected the imperial palace
to the forum:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-roman-ramp-restored-connects-palace-and-roman-forum/


DNA suggests the Minoans were of European stock:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22527821

Italy’s Latin revival:

http://www.politico.eu/article/italian-academy-latin-campus-rome-vivarium-novum/


Stealing from Pompeii apparently invokes a curse of some sort:

http://www.iol.co.za/travel/world/europe/returning-stolen-goods-to-pompeii-1.1932920


More on Pompeii not using funding fast enough:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/pompeii-restorers-dig-and/2216474.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3288423/Pompeii-restorers-dig-scrub-against-clock-EU-funding-deadline-looms.html


… while Italy still wants money for this sort of thing:

http://www.thelocal.it/20151020/italy-lovers-asked-to-help-save-crumbling-relics


Questioning the director of antiquities (I’m not sure what is going on
here):

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/10/25/antiquities-director-doth-protest-too-much/


Brock archaeologist solve a mystery:

http://www.brockpress.com/2015/10/mackenzie-chown-mystery-debunked/

Latest from Nemea:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/19/ancient-nemea-to-host-new-school-of-ancient-greek-athletics/

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/10/22/nemean-games-revival-to-become-modern-day-tradition-trailer/

What Martin Wells is up to:

http://heralddemocrat.com/news/schools/austin-college-teacher-students-share-excavation-experiences


What Stephen Greenblatt is up to:

http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2016/oct/ancient-manuscript-102215.html

Victor Nuovo ponders Plato:

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

Hadrian’s Wall … the Lego version:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lego-version-hadrians-wall-strives-authenticity-180956973/


Mary Beard’s top ten Romans:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/oct/23/10-best-ancient-romans-mary-beard


A new Asterix is coming out:

http://www.dw.com/en/new-asterix-comic-features-julian-assange-lookalike/a-18797256


Reviews of Beard, *SPQR*:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4a92b1d4-78c4-11e5-a95a-27d368e1ddf7.html

More on CT scans of Pompeii’s victims:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/pompeii-under-the-scanner---in-pictures

http://www.reuters.com/news/picture/frozen-lives-of-pompeii?articleId=USRTS54ZF

More on Dmitri Nakassis:

http://thevarsity.ca/2015/10/19/u-of-t-professor-dimitri-nakassis-wins-macarthur-genius-fellowship/


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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Digging an ‘Ice Age’ site at Newtown Linford:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Archaeologist-hunt-clues-Bradgate-Park-s-Ice-Age/story-28017942-detail/story.html


Neolithic and Bronze Age finds from Brignall:

http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/Articles/prehistoric-find-during-brignall-dig-stuns-archaeologists#sthash.gCW0XJDk.dpbs


Excavating a Neolithic cave site in Flintshire:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-34591021

A Bronze Age arrowhead frome Cowes:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-34573230

Latest finds from the Mesolithic dig at Skye:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-34604576

Plenty of coverage of a hiker finding a 1200 years b.p. Viking sword in
Norway:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/hiker-finds-1200-year-old-viking-sword-in-norway-a6705521.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/22/europe/viking-sword-norway/
http://theweek.com/speedreads/584618/hiker-discovers-1200yearold-viking-sword-norway
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/23/Hiker-finds-1200-year-old-Viking-sword-in-Norway/1001445610148/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3284415/1-200-year-old-Viking-sword-lying-road-Norway-s-good-condition-used-today.html


They’re located the Duke of Newcastle’s 18th century home:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art539672-floors-cellars-clumber-park-duke-of-newcastle-nottinghamshire-archaeologists


Plans to do something with Greyfriars:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-34606046

Pondering Cromwell’s death:

http://www.livescience.com/52569-oliver-cromwell-death-typhoid-fever.html

Wealthy types in Medieval Europe had to deal with lead issues apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-rich-middle-ages-unhealthy-life.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151020103824.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uosd-bri102015.php
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-poisoning-made-medieval-townspeople-sickly-180957021/


Revisiting an Anglo Saxon burial site at Guildford:

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/nostalgia/anglo-saxon-burial-site-guildford-10168337


Identifying a burial found at a Holywell Pub site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-34578488

Progress on the Apostolos Andreas monastery restoration:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/10/23/work-on-apostolos-andreas-to-be-completed-by-2017/


On Henry V’s secret chapel at Westminster Abbey:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34618445

More on Neolithic rickets:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/641656/?sc=c52

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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First dog domestication took place in Asia, apparently:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28361-first-domestication-of-dogs-took-place-in-asia-not-europe/

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1020/Where-did-humans-turn-wolves-into-domesticated-dogs
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34577200

Very interesting death masks from 5th century Siberian burials:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0170-haunting-new-find-of-death-masks-from-ancient-siberian-warrior-race/


Again with humans being responsible for megafauna extinction on Australia:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-early-humans-linked-ancient-australian.html

On deciphering the Indus Valley script:

http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-civilization-cracking-the-indus-script-1.18587


Female aboriginal hunters made use of dingoes, apparently:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-aboriginal-female-hunters-aided-dingoes.html

Another spin on illuminating the Taj Mahal:

http://www.pc-tablet.co.in/2015/10/23/16579/taj-mahal-illumination-heritage-experts-archaeologists-warn-monument-damaged-insects/

http://www.ptinews.com/news/6646888_Heritage-experts-say-no-to-illumination-of-Taj-Mahal.html


A 9th century inscription from Madurai:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Archaeologists-decipher-9th-century-inscription/articleshow/49461777.cms


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Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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The wreck of the SS Bay State has been found in Lake Ontario:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/20/us-new-york-shipwreck-idUSKCN0SE30H20151020

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/20/wreck-of-historic-steamship-that-sank-in-1862-storm-discovered-in-lake-ontario

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2015/10/21/Civil-War-era-steamship-wreck-found-in-Lake-Ontario/1501445442958/

http://www.toledoblade.com/Culture/2015/10/20/Shipwreck-hunters-find-wreck-of-steamer-lost-in-1862-storm.html

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/10/shipwreck_explorers_discover_1862_steamship_in_lake_ontario.html

They’re digging at the North Carolina state capitol grounds:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article41021562.html


… and at Boston Common:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/10/19/archaeological-dig-underway-at-boston-common/

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/10/19/city-conducting-archeological-dig-boston-common/lPjYtIheI4J3ZtxJz6RcDJ/story.html


The University of Utah destroyed some Civil War artifacts:

http://dailyutahchronicle.com/2015/10/22/u-destroys-civil-war-era-historical-artifacts-in-building-repairs/


On the influence of missionaries in early Ohio:

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


Rethinking Lafayette:

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/21/448932918/somewhat-united-brings-lafayette-down-from-his-pedestal?sc=17&f=1008


On some female anti-suffragettes:

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/22/450221328/american-women-who-were-anti-suffragettes


A Ulysses S. Grant (jr.) mansion is up for sale:

http://dc.curbed.com/archives/2015/10/ulysses-s-grant-victorian-mansion-logan-circle.php


Interesting 19th century kidnapping case:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/nyregion/a-notorious-19th-century-kidnapping-in-brooklyn.html


On the real Ichabod Crane:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/nyregion/who-was-the-real-ichabod-crane.html


On the first gossip column in the US:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/nyregion/americas-first-gossip-column-and-eating-on-subways-and-buses.html


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of a 5500 years b.p. culture in what is now Ecuador:

http://tass.ru/en/society/830559

Chan Chan remains from Peru:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-chan-chan-archaeological-remains-found-at-burial-platform-in-peru-580184.aspx


Interesting analysis of Maya arrowheads from Guatemala:

http://www.livescience.com/52516-bloody-arrowhead-reveals-maya-ceremony.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3283134/Ancient-arrowheads-reveal-gory-practices-Mayan-life-force-rituals-Ears-tongues-genitals-pierced-blood-fed-gods.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490


More interesting details from that Zultepec-Tecoaque site near Mexico City:

http://republicanherald.com/news/mexican-archaeological-site-yields-surprising-and-troubling-new-details-of-sacrifice-of-spaniards-in-16th-century-1.1961683

Low water levels contribute to a 16th century Mexican church emerging from
a reservoir:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-16th-century-church-emerges-mexico.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/19/450062360/a-church-emerges-after-centuries
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/10/19/400-year-old-church-emerges-reservoir/74214198/
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/1019/Out-of-the-depths-Ruins-of-16th-century-church-emerge-from-Mexican-reservoir

On human impact on animals in the Caribbean:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-fossils-reveal-humans-greater-threat.html

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A Bible with an interesting typo in the Ten Commandments is coming to
auction:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11946237/Bible-that-says-Thou-shalt-commit-adultery-goes-on-sale.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/22/rare-wicked-bible-encouraging-adultery-could-sell-for-15000/

A rabbi rescued the Sefer Torah from a burning synagogue:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/10/23/fire-engulfs-historic-new-jersey-synagogue/74488174/


On the popularity of the Gothic:

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/24/448977307/a-dark-and-stormy-night-why-we-love-the-gothic?sc=17&f=1008


Feature on the original Alice in Wonderland manuscript:

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/new-light-for-original-alice-in-wonderland-manuscript-20151024-gkhl6a.html


Feature on past mega Tsunamis:

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/traces-of-an-ancient-mega-tsunami/411970/


Out of our period, but folks might be interested in a 60 years b.p. food
stash from Greenland:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arctic-explorers-uncover-60-year-old-food-stash-180956936/?no-ist


The BBC is out first with some Hallowe’en-related stuff:

http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2015/10/watch-why-halloweens-really-british/


A possible lost Donatello (maybe he lost it on purpose):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/22/arts/design/statue-may-be-a-lost-work-by-donatello.html


On the history of Paisley:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151021-paisley-behind-rocks-favourite-fashion


The Heritage at Risk register:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34543747

Again we hear about Van Gogh’s fading sunflowers:

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-van-gogh-sunflowers-wilting.html

Interesting conservation issue:

http://news.yale.edu/2015/10/14/west-campus-art-preservation-lab-tackles-sticky-fossil-puzzle


‘Pop Sonnets’ is interesting:

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/17/446676686/pop-sonnets-finds-hidden-shakespeare-in-top-40-tunes


Interesting bookplates:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/arts/design/bookplates-for-famous-bookworms.html


Feature on daguerrotypes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/arts/design/new-light-on-old-photos.html

On Queen Victoria and biographies:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/queen-victoria-really-didnt-like-that-biography/


The UK has barred the export of a Rembrandt up for sale:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/britain-bars-export-of-a-rembrandt-hoping-to-find-an-in-country-buyer/


Darwin’s kids were doodling:

http://www.openculture.com/2015/10/charles-darwins-kids-draw-on-surviving-manuscript-pages-of-on-the-origin-of-species.html


Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander:

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2015/10/23/groundbreaking-greek-artifacts-exhibition-at-the-field-museum/


cf:
http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/were-the-greeks-a-hit-for-the-museum-of-history


Wayfinding:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2015/10/22/wayfinding-the-bridget-riley-art-foundation-and-central-saint-martins-at-the-british-museum/


Celts:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/celtic-links-pre-history-now-british-museum-show-111045537.html


Jacob Riis photos:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/arts/design/jacob-riis-photographs-still-revealing-new-yorks-other-half.html


Andrea del Sarto:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/arts/design/review-a-renaissance-painter-andrea-del-sarto-striving-for-perfection.html


On museums digitizing collections:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/science/putting-museums-samples-of-life-on-the-internet.html?emc=edit_au_20151019&nl=afternoonupdate&nlid=54147173&_r=1


Funding for the Worcester Art Museum:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/worcester-art-museum-receives-4-million-gift/


Egypt still has plans for an underwater museum:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/egypt-project-underwater-museum.html

http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/egypt-reviv3es-plans-underw8ater-alexa7ndria/


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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests yersina pestis was plaguing people as early as the Bronze Age
in Europe and Asia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/science/in-ancient-dna-evidence-of-plague-much-earlier-than-previously-known.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-plague-humans-didnt-flea-borne-ancient.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/cp-pih101515.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151022124532.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34603116
http://news.yahoo.com/plague-spreading-3-000-years-outbreaks-detected-160148809.html

http://www.nature.com/news/bronze-age-skeletons-were-earliest-plague-victims-1.18633

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-23/plague-pathogen-infected-bronze-age-europeans/6877022
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/641907/?sc=c52

On the Celtic origins of Icelanders:

http://thedockyards.com/the-celtic-origins-of-the-icelanders/

The Shround of Turin had some DNA analysis done on it:

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


Dienekes' Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On the impact of climate on agrarian cultures in Peru and Mexico:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2015/climate-impacted-on-agrarian-states-in-mexico-and-peru


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CRIME BEAT
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Italy and Lebanon are getting together to deal with antiquities smuggling:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Oct-21/319613-lebanon-italy-team-up-to-tackle-illegal-antiquities-trade.ashx

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2015/10/culture-crime-news-12-18-october-2015.html


conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A totem pole purloined by John Barrymore is returning to Alaska:

http://newsdaily.com/2015/10/alaska-tribe-to-get-back-totem-pole-taken-by-u-s-actor-in-1930s/


Singapore is returning an 11th century bronze to India:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34578307

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NUMISMATICA
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Interesting video on die cutting a Herodian coin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf4itWi6yv4

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v18n42.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

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

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Suffragette:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/movies/review-in-suffragette-feminist-insight-thats-about-more-than-the-vote.html

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/23/451149841/suffragette-strikes-a-blow-for-womens-history?sc=17&f=1008

In Gap of Time:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/books/review/the-gap-of-time-by-jeanette-winterson.html


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OBITUARIES
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Adam Zertal:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/339439

Rosalyn Baxandall:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/nyregion/rosalyn-baxandall-feminist-historian-and-activist-dies-at-76.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries


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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/2311-audio-news-from-archaeologica-1-oct-17-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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