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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Diana Wright, Jennifer Cosham,
Edward Rockstein, Rick Heli, Hernan Astudillo, Bob Heumann, Kurt
Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, 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 HUMANS
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Evidence of Middle Paleolithic folk chowing down on elephants:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-inhabitants-madrid-ate-elephants-meat.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/f-sf-om042412.php

Early humans (specifically, homo erectus, it seems) were
more advanced than previously thought:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/323827

Somewhat rambling thing on the hominid family tree:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2135612/Meet-ancestors--mean-cousins.html

Again on climate change and evolution:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-climate-human-evolution.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Ramses III ‘slab’ was found at Karnak:

http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Story.aspx?sid=61473

A ‘facelift’ for the temple of Hathor on Philae:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/40238/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Philaes-Hathor-temple-gets-facelift-in-advance-of-.aspx

A pile of different scans on a mummy revealed he suffered from
a very painful disease:

http://news.discovery.com/history/mummy-disease-120427.html
http://www.livescience.com/19944-egyptian-mummy-rare-disease.html

They keep finding mikvehs (and are drawing conclusions) at Galilee’s
Cliffs of Arbel:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-researcher-mikvehs-show-that-galilee-cave-dwellers-were-likely-kohanim-1.426773

On pipelines and antiquities in Iraq:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17702153

A reconstruction of Herod’s tomb was dedicated:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/237901

LandMinds interview with Omer Sergey about lamelekh jug handles and
other things:
http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/page32/files/LM-27March12a1.mp3

Lengthy LandMinds interview with Aren Maier about Tel es-Safi-Gat:

http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/page32/files/LM-April2k12a.mp3
http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/page32/files/LM-April2k12b.mp3
http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/page32/files/LM-April2k12c.mp3
http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/page32/files/LM-April2k12d.mp3

… and the latest from the dig weblog:

http://gath.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/new-look-to-the-lab/

An interview with Eilat Mazar:

http://thejerusalemreport.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-key-to-davids-city/

Latest on the Mughrabi Bridge:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155093

Last week we were pondering Chinese surnames … now we’re pondering
Yiddish:

http://forward.com/articles/154965/from-esperanza-to-shprintze/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a temple in Messinia:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/04/24/ancient-temple-discovered-in-messinia/

A very complete Roman shipwreck from off the shore of Trapani:

http://news.discovery.com/history/roman-shipwreck-smuggling-120425.html

An erotic vase find from Bulgaria (in various attempts at translation,
it seems):

http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n276285
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/04/23/Ancient-erotic-vase-found-in-Bulgaria/UPI-46391335214710/
http://www.sofiaecho.com/2012/04/23/1813443_archaeology-greek-vase-depicting-erotic-scene-found-in-bulgarias-sozopol
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2012/04/22/erotic-greek-painted-vase-discovered-in-bulgaria/
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=138732

Resuming the search for a Laodicea temple (a bit of an awkward
description):

http://tehrantimes.com/arts-and-culture/97165-archaeologists-resume-search-for-laodicea-temple

Potential for a Roman suburb find in Northampton:

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/archaeological-dig-at-upton-could-find-remains-of-a-roman-suburb-1-3785282

Plans for Cirencester’s Roman amphitheatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-17839762

Another wall collapse at Pompeii:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9219470/Pompeii-wall-collapses-despite-new-conservation-initiative.html

Interesting oped on Ovid’s Metamorphoses in European art:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2012/apr/24/transformative-effect-ovid-metamorphoses-european-artists

Slideshow of the ‘first Olympic hotel’:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17841415

Latest Classics program in peril is at UPitt:

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/04/24/pittsburgh-suspends-graduate-admissions-three-programs

What Anne Carson is up to:

http://www.biconews.com/2012/04/24/anne-carsons-cassandra-float-can-bracko-a-provocative-exchange-between-modes-of-expression/

What Christopher Krebs is up to:

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/classics/cgi-bin/web/news/christopher-krebs-join-stanford-classics

What Greg Crane is up to:

http://www.idw-online.de/pages/de/news473187

Honours for Crawford Greenwalt:

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/04/26/archaeologist-crawford-greenewalt-to-receive-public-service-award-for-work-at-site-of-ancient-city-of-sardis/

Latest ‘why study Latin’ piece:

http://www.nouse.co.uk/2012/04/23/for-the-love-of-latin-2/

Nice video on Oxyrhychus: the city and its texts:

http://youtu.be/nS_FSkFwpIM

Those gladiators tried to return to the Colosseum:

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/04/26/Gladiators-attempt-Colosseum-return/UPI-19461335465329/

Not sure if we mentioned that Santorini is rumbling again:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-greek-isles-volcano-awakened.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47147123/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/332393/20120424/santorini-volcano-wakes-again-greek-isle-atlantis.htm

More on proposed Roman theme parks:

http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/dispatches/post/2012/04/faux-ancient-roman-theme-park-planned-in-%C3%83%C2%A2%C3%A2%E2%80%9A%C2%AC%C3%82%C2%A6-rome-/680185/1
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/ancient-rome-themed-for-today/story-e6frg6so-1226335583522

More on moles at Epiacum:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/apr/23/moles-roman-remains-epiacum-english-heritage-vindolanda

Review of Mary Beard, *All in a Don’s Day*:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/29/all-in-dons-day-mary-beard-review

… and a feature on her as well:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2012/apr/29/observer-profile-mary-beard

… and a clip from the second episode of *Meet the Romans*:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUiNHWDPgog&feature=uploademail

Review of Natalie Haynes, *The Ancient Guide to Modern Life*:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/29/ancient-guide-modern-life-review

Review of Madeline Miller, *Song of Achilles*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/books/review/the-song-of-achilles-by-madeline-miller.html
http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/the-song-of-achilles-fresh-take-on-homers-illiad

Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Not sure this is a recent find … the oldest musical instrument from
a cave in Germany (I think this is a few years old);

http://www.classical-music.com/news/world%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98oldest-musical-instrument%E2%80%99-found

Using DNA to track the spread of farming in Europe:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-genetic-agriculture-stone-age-europe.html
http://news.yahoo.com/study-ancient-migrants-spread-farming-europe-182928954.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17857641
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120426143850.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/aaft-nsc042012.php

Bones from a basement in Vienna are likely soldiers who fought
against Napoleon:

http://www.incyprus.com.cy/en-gb/world-news/4329/27301/bones-are-napoleonic

… and archaeologists are digging up remains from the Battle of Lutzen:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,830203,00.html

Reflecting on Nantes’ role in the slave trade:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,829447,00.html

Remains of a Victorian roundhouse and other railroad things
near York:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-17811588

The Cutty Sark returns:

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/cutty-sark-rises-again-50m-restoration-010311008.html

Hype for the International Congress of Medieval Studies:

http://www.wmich.edu/wmu/news/2012/04/081.html

Suggesting (sort of) a return to Anglo-Saxon style local government:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17822919

Plans to xray a bag found at a Dartmoor Moors burial site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-17817307
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/x-ray-may-reveal-bronze-age-secrets-022414331.html

… and it turned out to be full of beads:

http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/story-15943159-detail/story.html

Trying to keep the Silverdale Horde in a Lancashire museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-17822808

More on the Trefael Stone:

http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/9675561.Stone_me__Archaeologists__new_theory_on_ancient_north_Pembrokeshire_site/r/

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Students from FlindersU may have found a shipwreck off
Kangaroo Island:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-maritime-mystery.html

A couple hundred Qing/Ming dynasty forts in Shaanxi province:

http://www.tajikistannews.net/story/205193756
http://insidechina.onehotspots.com/shaanxi-zhenan-found-more-than-200-ancient-ming-and-qing-cottage/26787/

Something about the Great Wall in this one; kind of gets lost
in translation:

http://insidechina.onehotspots.com/jinan-found-large-scale-ancient-castle-which-cottage-or-ancient-troops-in-camp-xinmin/19812/

East Asian Archaeology:

http://eastasiablog.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/east-asian-archaeology-cultural-heritage-%E2%80%93-2052010/

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://www.nzarchaeology.org/netsubnews.htm
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NORTH AMERICA
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The Canadian military is going to explore the HMS Breadalbane:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/04/24/north-military-films-breadalbane-wreck.html

Plans to excavate the remains of what is believed to be the USS
Scorpion:

http://www.gazette.net/article/20120426/NEWS/704269763/1029/warship-excavation-planned-near-upper-marlboro&template=gazette

Possible remains of a military fort at the US Naval Academy firing
range:

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/04/ap-possible-remains-army-fort-found-naval-academy-annapolis-042512/

Recent finds from Monticello:

http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Archaeologists_Make_Discovery_Near_Monticello_149226435.html

Some burials (400-1000 years b.p.) found in the North West
Territories:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/04/25/north-paulatuk-park-graves.html

Not sure where Fort Ann’s Battle Hill is any more:

http://poststar.com/news/local/surveys-call-into-question-location-of-fighting-on-fort-ann/article_83fb7c70-918d-11e1-88f8-0019bb2963f4.html

A long lost figurine (maybe) show up in the mail:

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/state-and-regional/anonymous-delivery-may-be-long-lost-figurine/article_fd7f3972-29b2-5ab3-a54c-35e219b7e2f5.html

The discovery of native artifacts is interfering with the Genesis
solar
project:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-discovery-indian-artifacts-complicates-genesis..html

Review of Jonathan Sarna, *When General Grant Expelled the Jews*:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/22/RVIF1M54DS.DTL
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of human activity in Chile some 14 000 years b.p.:

http://www.santiagotimes.cl/chile/science-technology/23717-evidence-of-the-earliest-human-activity-found-in-chiles-south

An Aztec headress might return (temporarily) to Mexico from Austria:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17878130

Using DNA to track migrations in pre-Columbian Peru:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-forensic-science-pre-columbian-peru.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47145013/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/bc-fsu042012.php

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://web.mac.com/michaelruggeri

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Audio news from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews22apr12.mp3

Latest Ancient Art podcast is about dragons in various cultures:

http://www.ancientartpodcast.org/home/Ancient_Art_Podcast_-_Lucas_Livingston.html

Marking the Luddites’ bicentennial:

http://scienceblog.com/53237/rage-against-the-machine-luddite-movement-turns-200/

Using facial recognition software to identify folks in portraits:

http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/5453

Yale Center for British Art jumps on the Google Art Project bus:

http://news.yale.edu/2012/04/04/yale-center-british-art-partner-google-expanded-art-project

Interesting item on upside-down reading:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/04/26/151311708/the-delights-of-reading-upside-down

Suggestion that Shakespeare collaborated with Thomas Middleton
in ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-shakespeare-co-author-revealed.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17828729

On writing in various contexts:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/23/talking-with-your-fingers/

Latest African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter:

http://www.diaspora.uiuc.edu/news0312/news0312.html

More on measuring dirt/wear on medieval books to determine popularity:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-dirty-reveal-secret-people-mediaeval.html
Bouncy Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17777997

Smelly mummies (humour):

http://www.theonion.com/audio/archaeologists-report-recently-uncovered-tomb-sure,27930/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Rome:

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/04/26/uncover-romes-history-at-these-five-sites/
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BLOGS
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About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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CRIME BEAT
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The US returned some stolen items to Italy:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/04/27/US-returns-stolen-artwork-to-Italy/UPI-37391335550744/?spt=hs&or=tn
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/26/us-stolenart-italy-idUSBRE83P1GY20120426

… while Italy was found to have some ill-gotten art herself:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-italian-painting-20120424,0,4187454.story

Another theft of Chinese antiquities from a British Museum (this time,
the Fitzwilliam …
cf the Museums section):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9212037/Valuable-Chinese-art-stolen-from-Cambridge-University.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-17758686
http://chronicle.com/blogs/global/chinese-antiquities-are-stolen-from-cambridge-u-museum/32902?sid=gn&utm_source=gn&utm_medium=en

Similarly, but this one involves some choral music manuscripts (it
seems to
be part of the above … the list of what is being returned seems to
vary from article
to article):

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/apr/26/italian-antiquities-returned-from-ore-dealer/
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/04/ancient_italian_art_including.html

Bones from that underwater reservoir in the Yucatan (10 000 years
b.p.)
have been stolen:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21741-bones-of-ancient-american-stolen-from-underwater-cave.html

A mosaic in the Valley of Elah was vandalized:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4220742,00.html

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

Safe Corner:

http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest eSylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v15n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v15n18.html

Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
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Terracotta Warriors:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/arts/design/terracotta-warriors-at-discovery-times-square.html

Mummies of the World:

http://www2.tbo.com/entertainment/entertainment/2012/apr/27/fxnewso7-unwrapping-thousands-of-years-of-mysterie-ar-396629/

Fascinating Mummies:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sciencetoday/2012/0426/1224315190559.html

Children of the Plumed Serpent:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-plumed-serpent-review-20120427,0,5970690.story

Manet:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2012/04/27/Toledo-museum-to-be-sole-U-S-venue-for-Manet-exhibit-1.html

Interesting followup report on security at Athens’ National Museum:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_22/04/2012_438799

A pile of Chinese artifacts are coming to Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam
Museum:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/biggest-ever-collection-of-chinese-artefacts-set-to-arrive-in-britain-7685114.html

Check out our Twitter hashtage for more ancient exhibition reviews:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23classicalexhibit
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Hype for the International Meeting of Archaeological Movies of the
Mediterranean:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/04/28/greek-film-museum-to-present-archaeological-movies-of-the-world/

Check out our Twitter hashtag for Ancient Drama reviews:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23ancientdrama

.... and for Sword and Sandal flicks:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23swordandsandal
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PODCASTS
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The Book and the Spade:

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

Stone Pages Archaeology News:

http://news.stonepages.com/

Archaeologica Audio News:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/AudioNews.asp

Naked Archaeology Podcast:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/archaeology/
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