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explorator 14.36-37                             January 1, 2012
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Editor's note: Most urls should be active for at least eight
hours from the time of publication.

For your computer's protection, Explorator is sent in plain text
and NEVER has attachments. Be suspicious of any Explorator which
arrives otherwise!!!

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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, David Critchley,
Diana Wright,Edward Rockstein, Rick Heli, Hernan Astudillo,
Patrick Swan, David Perlmutter, Barbara Saylor Rogers,
Feral Boy, Ann Williams, Trevor Ogden, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer,
Mata Kimasitayo, Mike Ruggeri, Richard Campbell,
Richard C. Griffiths, Bob Heuman, and Ross W. Sargent for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy New Year ... here's a big double issue to keep you occupied
while you recover from last night's fesivities (or just enjoy the day)
...
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EARLY HUMANS
================================================================
Rethinking the 'one species' idea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16339313

Evidence that early humans lived by rivers and streams:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-couple-evidence-indicating-earliest-
humans.html

Was Sediba polygamous?:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2011/12/23/was-australo
pithecus-sediba-polygamous-paleontologist-answers-reader-questions-about
-new-early-human-fossils/

On hunger and evolution:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/did-hunger-drive-the-evolution
-of-homo-sapiens/

On the evolution of facial expressions:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-12-emotion.html

Smithsonian's top ten hominid finds of the year:

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/hominids/2011/12/top-10-hominid-discover
ies-of-2011/

A skull study may have implications for evolution studies:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-human-skull-evolutionary-headache.ht
ml

A roundup of 2011's human origins news:

http://www.livescience.com/17559-human-origins-2011-discoveries.html

Our brains are bigger than a Neanderthal's, apparently:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45656171/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Review(ish) of Wynn and Coolidge, *How to Think Like a Neandertal*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/books/how-to-think-like-a-neandertal-b
y-thomas-wynn-and-frederick-l-coolidge-review.html

More on Neanderthals building homes from mammoth bones:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-neanderthal-home-mammoth-bones-ukrai
ne.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8963177/Neanderthals-bui
lt-homes-with-mammoth-bones.html
================================================================
AFRICA
================================================================
Study on how human-started fires shaped Africa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16247844
================================================================
ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
================================================================
The biggest (and saddest) news of the past couple of weeks had to be
the burning of the Institute of Egypt:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52575
http://www.israeltoday.co.il/News/tabid/178/nid/23061/language/en-US/Def
ault.aspx
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2011/12/linstitut-degypte-in-memorium
http://213.158.162.45/~egyptian/index.php?action=news&id=22770&title=A%2
0black%20Saturday%20for%20Egypt
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/19/cairo-institute-burned-durin
g-clashes
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/29641.aspx
http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/9/43/29643/Heritage/Islamic/Ar
chaeological-committee-to-inspect-burnt-Geograph.aspx
http://chronicle.com/blogs/global/clashes-in-egypt-leave-historical-arch
ive-in-ruins/31704

... and there are already plans to restore it:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/9/43/30267/Heritage/Islamic/Ac
tion-taken-to-restore-Egypt-Scientific-Institute.aspx

... and there was a nice feature on the Description de l'Egypte which
was
the
focus of many of the 'destruction reports':

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2011/dec/22/nap
oleon-bonaparte-egypt-lost-scrolls

A couple of very old sites on Mount Ararat (that aren't Noah's Ark):

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52602

... and they're still wondering about Saudi Arabia's 'Stonehenge':

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/270529/20111221/saudi-arabia-s-stoneheng
e-mystery-remains-unsolved.htm

Oldest obsidian bracelet identified ... from Asikli Hoyuk:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-oldest-obsidian-bracelet-reveals-ama
zing.html

Possibly the oldest depiction of the Tower of Babel:

http://news.discovery.com/history/tower-of-babel-111227.html
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/19/ancient-texts-tell-tales-war-b
ar-tabs/(a
different spin)

Plenty of coverage for a clay "seal" (token, more likely) found in
Jerusalem's
Old City which confirms some ritual practices:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52644
http://www.antiquities.org.il/about_eng.asp?Modul_id=14
http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre7bo07o-us-israel-archaeology/
http://www.physorg.com/news244375537.html
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-ancient-jerusalem-linked-ritual.html
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/27/ancient-purity-seal-found-near
-jerusalem-temple/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2078950/Ancient-seal-Jeru
salems-second-temple.html
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Lifestyle/2011/Dec-27/157984-archaeo
logists-uncover-ancient-seal-in-jerusalems-old-city.ashx
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45791046/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-firs
t-artifact-confirming-written-record-of-temple-worship-1.403505
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/25/ancient-jewish-rituals-confirmed
-by-discovery-of-purity-seal-israeli-archaeologists-say/
http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=250844

... on the 'token' theory:

http://withmeagrepowers.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/a-currency-exchange-tok
en/

Jewish scrolls from a cave in Afghanistan?:

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=251657
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/228282
http://www.mako.co.il/news-israel/education/Article-1dda3f465509431017.h
tm

Some looted dishes were returned to Iraq:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/looted-dishes-used-in-art-p
roject-returned-to-iraq/

A somewhat different mummy DNA study:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-mummy-dna-differentiate-croc-species
.html

Tell Halaf has a web presence:

http://www.grabung-halaf.de/

Feature on Gohar Tepe:

http://www.payvand.com/news/11/dec/1288.html

The Avenue of Sphinxes will be opening to the public in a couple months:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/30048/Heritage/Ancient-Egyp
t/Avenue-of-sphinxes-to-open-to-public-in-March.aspx

A business park threatens the cite of Pasargadae:

http://www.payvand.com/news/11/dec/1314.html

Not sure where to put this 'love pipe' find:

http://news.discovery.com/history/love-pipe-unearthed-111230.html
http://www.antiquities.org.il/about_eng.asp?Modul_id=14

... or this item on indexing the Talmud:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/nyregion/an-index-for-the-talmud-after
-1500-years.html

Need some features on the Maccabees:

http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/on_the_trail_of_the_maccabee
s_20111222/
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/this-hannukah-take-a-tour-to-the-rea
l-graves-of-the-maccabees-1.402568

... and Channukah:

http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial_opinion/gary_rosenblatt/great_mir
acle_happened_where

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is dealing with budget problems:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/9/40/30376/Heritage/Ancient-Eg
ypt/Egypts-Ministry-of-Antiquities-tackles-budget-cris.aspx

Review of *The Dovekeepers*:

http://www.ahherald.com/columns-mainmenu-28/bookmarks/12235-review-the-d
ovekeepers

Egyptology News Blog:

http://egyptology.blogspot.com/

Egyptology Blog:

http://www.egyptologyblog.co.uk/

Dr Leen Ritmeyer's Blog:

http://blog.ritmeyer.com/

Paleojudaica:

http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/

Persepolis Fortification Archives:

http://persepolistablets.blogspot.com/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
================================================================
Concerns after bits apparently fell from the Colosseum:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-chunk-italy-colosseum.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52719
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16357141
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2079103/Heads-Ancient-plaster-fa
lls-Romes-2000-year-old-Colosseum-weeks-start-25-million-euro-renovation
.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/italy-denies-the-colosseum-is-crumbl
ing/2011/12/28/gIQAjHozMP_video.html
http://www.agi.it/english-version/italy/elenco-notizie/201112281254-cro-
ren1034-no_damage_to_colosseum_yesterday
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4023701/Romes-Colosseum-in-new
-fear.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-502927_162-57349383/italy-probes-report-that
-colosseum-stones-fall/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/27/colosseum-crumbling-claims-n
ews-agency?newsfeed=true
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/chunk-rock-drops-off-italys-colosseum-163640505
.html
http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/another-chunk-falls-off-colo
sseum-as-restoration-delay-drags-on-20111228-1pc1i.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45796675/ns/travel-destination_travel/
http://www.salon.com/2011/12/27/italy_probes_report_that_colosseum_stone
s_fall/

... but it's still open:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/8984407/Romes-Colosseum-rem
ains-open-despite-damage-reports.html

Meanwhile, another column fell down in Pompeii:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2011/12/22/visuali
zza_new.html_17444594.html
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/another-collapse-at-pompeii
-renews-fears-about-its-fate/

Meanwhile, a Japanese businessman is stepping in to restore the pyramid
of
Cestius:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/8983766/Japanese-
tycoon-steps-in-to-restore-dilapidated-treasure-in-Rome.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jAg7gkjrYhY6y4cE2WsR6
jcyDmwg?docId=CNG.d633df7f7c7c83bf498110bef8fd0f81.91
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/japanese-investor-restore-ancient-roman-pyramid
-174153677.html
http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/japanese-investor-to-restore-ancient-
roman-pyramid/story-e6frfq80-1226233075621

Nice coverage of the second 'dig' season at the Mazotos shipwreck site:

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/antiquities-department/hull-ancient-ship-reve
aled/20111224

Nice feature on a curse tablet aimed at a greengrocer:

http://www.livescience.com/17589-ancient-curse-translated-greengrocer.ht
ml
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/deciphered-ancient-tablet-reveals-curse-greengr
ocer-124509227.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57346451/curses-secret-of-ancient-im
precation-revealed/1,700

Attic vases influenced Cypriote pottery:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111220133608.htm

Wroxeter Roman Villa needs some maintenance, apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-16356368
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2011/repairing-wroxe
ters-roman-residence
cf:
http://www.cisionwire.com/english-heritage/r/roman-home-maintenance-at-w
roxeter,c9202532

... but it's a popular tourist attraction:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2011/12/28/wroxeter-roman-town-house-
drawing-in-the-crowds/

Chedworth's Roman mosaics are going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-16314704

Nice feature on the dig at Ulpia Traiana:

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/december-2011/article/large-roman-c
ity-uncovered-in-romania
http://presstv.com/detail/218212.html

Mary Beard was comparing Ghaddafi to Elagabalus:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/compelling-book-draws-comparison-between-elagab
alus-gaddafi-101227878.html

... she was also speaking to the New York Public Library about why folks
should
learn Classics:

http://www.nypl.org/audiovideo/mary-beard
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jan/12/do-classics-have-fu
ture/

A very interesting Vatican-associated Latin exam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1velGoTCTxg&feature=uploademail
http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/homepage/inquiries-and-interviews/d
etail/articolo/latino-latin-latin-10963/

What Verity Platt is up to:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Dec11/AncientLives.html
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-verity-platt-uncovering-ancient-arti
sts.html

An OBE for Paul Bidwell:

http://www.jarrowandhebburngazette.com/news/roman_expert_honoured_with_a
ward_1_4104790

Criticizing Ben Hur:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/dec/22/ben-hur-reel-history

An ancient Roman bathhouse find from Jerusalem's Old City:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Art/Nov/24/Ancient-Roman-bathhouse-f
ound-in-Jerusalems-Old-City.ashx

... which I think is different from this Byzantine one found in 'the
coastal hills of Judaea':

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150902
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/12/20/Ancient-bathhouse-unearthed-i
n-Israel/UPI-26191324402198/

That proposed landfill site near Hadrian's Villa is still getting press
attention:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500202_162-57349208/stink-raised-over-landfi
ll-at-ancient-rome-site/

A couple of smuggled Roman statues are heading back to Italy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16193942
http://www.salon.com/2011/12/14/us_company_sends_italian_statues_home/

The impending sale of a pile of Classical sculptures from Ince Blundell
Hall is
causing a bit of a brouhaha:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Historic+house+in+danger+of+losi
ng+its+marbles/25329
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/8985450/Eminent-art-enthusiasts-d
emand-protection-of-Roman-marble.html

Botanists don't have to use Latin any more:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-ave-atque-vale-botany-hail.html
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/culturing-science/2011/12/28/botanis
ts-finally-ditch-latin-and-paper-enter-21st-century/

Parthenon guards were/are on strike again:

http://ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_24/12/2011_419923

Review of *The Swerve*:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/23/the-swerve-stephen-greenblat
t-review

Review of Mitchell's *Iliad* translation:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/an-iliad-for-our-times/ar
ticle2282087/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_conte
nt=2282087

Review(ish) of Alice Oswald, *Memorial*:

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/12/30/michael-lista-on-poetry-the-ilia
d-laid-bare/

Latest reviews from Scholia:

http://www.classics.ukzn.ac.za/reviews/

Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
================================================================
EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
================================================================
Finds from various stone age periods on Cyprus:

http://www.incyprus.com.cy/en-gb/Cyprus/4170/24673/important-finds

A 25000 years b.c. 'pendant' from the Iberian peninsula:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-irikaitz-archaeological-site-host.ht
ml
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-12/ef-ias122711.php
http://www.basqueresearch.com/berria_irakurri.asp?Berri_Kod=3671&hizk=I

Not quite sure where to put this discovery of Apollonia's eastern gate
(and
other
things):

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=135231
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=132804

... or this Iron Age settlement site from Serbia:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/serbia/2011/12/20/visual
izza_new.html_16462479.html

Looking for Viking evidence in Sherwood Forest:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-16206589

A new suggestion for the battle site where St Edmund was killed by
Vikings:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-st-edmund-vikings-essex.html

Five medieval shipwrecks from Stockholm:

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/five-ancient-shipwrecks-found-central-stockholm
-171403067.html

Medieval artifacts from a site in Estonia:

http://news.err.ee/culture/c3d84f35-c4af-453c-b34a-79468c6e4042

They're (finally) closing the major road near Stonehenge:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-16352307

... and they've located/confirmed the exact source of the stone used to
make the pile:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/8964899/Scientists-locate-e
xact-source-of-Stonehenge-stone.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-16245746
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/europe/news/article.cfm
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-geologists-exact-source-stonehenge-s
tones.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2076050/Stonehenge-Has-my
stery-stones-origin-solved.html

A wall collapse at Stirling Castle is providing some dig opportunities:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-16195566

Flowers threaten he Belgrade fortress:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-heritage-site.html

Feature on Kents Cave:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-heritage-site.html

A call to bury the "Irish Giant" has been rejected:

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Royal-College-of-Surgeons-reject-bid-to
-bury-skeleton-of-Irish-giant-136253638.html
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-experts-urge-18th-century-irish-gian
t.html

Wikipedia is experimenting with a 'Monmouthpedia':

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-16359364

Some murals found at Chartres cathedral last year (did we know this?)
are being restored:

http://ceroart.revues.org/2200

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

================================================================
ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
================================================================
A 'megalithic era' burial urn from Idukki:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article2760861.ece

A pile of Chinese heritage sites have "disappeared":

http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-asia-china-16367488
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16367488

Plans to make that Mongol shipwreck site off Nagasaki an historic site:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111231a7.html

Funding to restore sites damaged by floods in Ayutthaya:

http://www.pattayamail.com/localnews/pols-business-leaders-raise-850-000
-baht-for-ayutthaya-ruins-restoration-9021

More on Asian dog origins:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-modern-dogs-asian-fusions-euro.html
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10096

East Asian Archaeology:

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

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://www.nzarchaeology.org/netsubnews.htm
================================================================
NORTH AMERICA
================================================================
On the beneficial effects of breastfeeding in 19th century Montreal:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111220133809.htm

Identifying an unknown Civil War soldier's ancestry:

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111223/WILLIAMSON10/312230023/Civil-
War-soldier-s-teeth-point-ancestry

A preservation-oriented purchase near Fort Edward:

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s2420086.shtml?cat=10114

Plans to look for the remains of the Griffin in Lake Michigan:

http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2011/dec/19/researchers-claim-enough-evide
nce-to-look-for-shipwreck-near-ne-wisconsin/
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/12/researchers_excavation_of_sh
ip.html
http://www.aikenstandard.com/Nation/1219-ap-Researchers--Excavation-of-s
hipwreck-warranted

Canada might purchase back Amundsen's 'Maud':

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-canada-amundsen-maud.html

Historians look at Congress:

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/27/144319863/congress-really-is-as-bad-as-you
-think-scholars-say

Ontario has apparently laid off its marine archaeologist:

http://www.cottagecountrynow.ca/news/article/1272093--ontario-lays-off-i
ts-marine-archeologist

Hmmm ... Maya in the US? (I don't think so):

http://www.examiner.com/architecture-design-in-national/massive-1-100-ye
ar-old-maya-site-discovered-georgia-s-mountains
================================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
A mass grave at a Sican site in Peru:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/12/111228-mass-sacrifice-be
er-headless-sican-pyramid-tomb-ancient-science/
http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-1204-Mass-pre-Inca-grave-found-in-Lamba
yeque-Peru/

DNA evidence for a paleolithic transatlantic migation?:

http://ohio-archaeology.blogspot.com/2011/12/rare-dna-variant-may-dispro
ve.html

More finds from the Dillard site (Colorado):

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/december-2011/article/excavation-pr
oviding-new-insights-to-the-rise-of-pueblos-of-the-american-southwest

Nice National Geographic piece on the 'golden chiefs' of Panama:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/01/nata-chiefs/williams-text
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/01/nata-chiefs/coventry-photograp
hy

Interesting study of slave remains in Rio:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/20/rio-cemetery-of-the-new-blac
ks-brazil

Simon Bolivar got a new coffin:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16236105

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://web.mac.com/michaelruggeri

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
================================================================
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica (dec 11th-17th):

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews18dec11.mp3

ArchaeoNews podcasts:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2011/archaeo-news-po
dcast-204(last
week)
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2011/archaeo-news-po
dcast-205(this
week)

OK two part podcast on some of the interesting historical finds of the
past
year:

http://podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/symhc/2011-12-26-symhc-un
earthed-part-1.mp3
http://podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/symhc/2011-12-28-symhc-un
earthed-part-2.mp3

The year came to an end with a declaration that the Shroud of Turin
isn't
fake:

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/discovery/turin-shroud-created-by-f
lash-of-supernatural-light-1.1202271
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-say-turin-shroud-is
-supernatural-6279512.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2077341/The-Turin-shroud-DOES-mi
raculous-powers--Whether-genuine-not.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/shroud-turin-t-a-fake-researche
rs-scientists-unable-replicate-cloth-christ-like-image-article-1.995661
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/shroud-of-turin-jesus-burial-cl
oth-authentic_n_1161363.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8966422/Italian-study-claims-Tu
rin-Shroud-is-Christs-authentic-burial-robe.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2076443/Could-Shroud-Turi
n-real-Scientists-try-recreate-iconic-image-using-UV-lasers.html

... and the Vatican weighed in too:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2080304/Vatican-says-Turi
n-Shroud-impossible-falsify--lending-weight-experiment-showed-blinding-f
lash.html
http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/homepage/inquiries-and-interviews/d
etail/articolo/sacra-sindone-holy-shroud-sabana-santa-10738/

... others weren't convinced:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100125247/the-turin-
shroud-is-fake-get-over-it/

Getting rather less attention was the latest 'Holy Grail' claim:

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/i-ve-cracked-mystery-of-the-holy-grail-1.9
77410

... and the solving of a 'yeti finger' mystery of long standing:

http://news.discovery.com/history/yeti-finger-mystery-solved-111229.html

The Vatican is also using NASA technology to preserve its library:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-star-images-vatican.html
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/vatican-uses-nasa-technology-preserve-ancient-t
omes-131205544.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-215_162-57346198/nasa-tech-helping-preserve-
vatican-holdings/

Italy's book hospital:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Travel-and-Tourism/2011/Dec-26/15792
0-a-human-touch-for-ancient-scripts-at-italys-book-hospital.ashx
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-human-ancient-scripts-italy-hospital
.html

The annual what-was-the-star-of-Bethlehem piece:

http://www.space.com/14036-christmas-star-bethlehem-comet-planet-theorie
s.html

... and we might as well have something about frankincense:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16270759

Forming plurals:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-s-plural-marker-foreign-import.html

Leonardo and the mathematics of trees:

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/26/144127874/the-wisdom-of-trees-leonardo-da-
vinci-knew-it

In other Leonardo news ... a major brouhaha over restoration of one of
his
works:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16353587

Very interesting feature on a man who risked a court martial
to save a Renaissance fresco in WWII:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16306893

Nice feature on incunabula:

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/books/RareBooks/gutenberg-printing-press-incun
able/incunabula.shtml

Malaria traced via DNA:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-12-malaria-parasite-african-slave-sou
th.html

Interesting series on Milton:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/nov/28/milton-paradi
se-lost-epic
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/dec/05/john-milton-e
pic-sacred-paradise-lost
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/dec/12/john-milton-p
aradise-lost-gods-ways
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/dec/19/john-milton-l
anguage-paradise-lost

Putting a somewhat positive spin on Herman Lundborg's 'eugenics' ideas:

http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2011/12/racist_eugenics_scholar
_makes.php

Figuring out what Elizabeth Barrett Browning's chronic illness was:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-12-elizabeth-barrett-browning-illness
-deciphered.html

Using optical techniques to recover 125 years b.p. sound recordings:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-team-high-tech-optical-technique-yea
r.html

Someone in Wales paid their tax bill with an Iron Age fire guard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-16252711

Back to blaming Columbus for bringing back  syphilis:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-skeletons-columbus-voyage-syphilis.h
tml
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-12/eu-spt122011.php

On how deafness shaped Beethoven's music:

http://news.discovery.com/history/beethoven-deaf-compose-affect-music-11
1222.html

Another feature on Oxford's multispectral imaging thing:

http://www.economist.com/node/21540390
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-12-deafness-beethoven-music.html


Review of Joseph Epstein, *Gossip*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/books/review/gossip-the-untrivial-purs
uit-by-joseph-epstein-book-review.html

Review of P.D. James, *Death Comes to Pemberly*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/books/death-comes-to-pemberley-by-p-d-
james-review.html

http://www.ancientdigger.com/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Ostia Antica:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/travel/in-ostia-antica-italy-clues-
to-past-glories.html
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2017062363_tritaly26.html

Will tourists return to Libya?:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16304439
================================================================
BLOGS
================================================================
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/

================================================================
GENERAL MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
================================================================
African Diaspora Newsletter (Dec. 2011):

http://www.diaspora.uiuc.edu/news1211/news1211.html

AJA 116.1:

http://www.ajaonline.org/toc/1161

================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Brief item on vandals destroying some First Temple artifacts at Afula:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/article_Item_ido.asp?sec_id=25&subj_id=240
&id=1888&module_id=#as
http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=250574
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4165627,00.html

Some Greek diggers were arrested in Bulgaria:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2011/12/19/4-greek-treasure-hunters-arrested
-in-bulgaria/

A 'relic hunter' was arrested while digging at Lake Travis:

http://dailytrib.com/all-other/12623-woman-is-charged-with-digging-at-in
dian-site/

I think we've had this 'Lava Treasure' story before:

http://www.newdesignworld.com/press/story/461288

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

Safe Corner:

http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Bonham's is going to be selling a major Greek coin collection:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52619

A pile of Roman coins found at a Somerset water treatment works
have been donated to a museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-16243681

Plenty of eSylums to catch up on:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v14n52.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v14n53.html

... and possibly:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v14n54.html


Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/================================================
================
EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
================================================================
A Day in Pompeii:

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/livingtravel/945058-224/frozen-in-time.ht
ml
http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/299771/the-last-days-of-pompeii

Vermeer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-16264461

Dura Europos:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/science/dura-europos-a-melting-pot-at-
the-intersection-of-empires.html

Drawings by Rembrandt:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/nyregion/rembrandt-drawings-on-display
-at-the-bruce-in-greenwich.html

Birds of America:

http://www.courant.com/news/education/hc-trinity-rare-book-audubon-1228-
20111227,0,7746877.story

Invention of the Savage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16277976
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16295827
DSS:

http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/arts/152207/biblical-scrolls-
bring-times-square-visitors-back-to-ancient-israel

The Greatest Grid:

http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/arts/153080/city-museum-explo
res-ins--outs-of-manhattan-s-200-year-old-grid

Dickens and London:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-19/dickens-s-london-bustled-with-c
rowded-pubs-bums-foul-odors-farah-nayeri.html

Tiffany paintings:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/nyregion/louis-comfort-tiffanys-painti
ngs-displayed-on-long-island.html

Renaissance Portraits:

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2011/the-renaissance-portr
ait-from-donatello-to-bellini
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/arts/design/renaissance-portrait-from-
donatello-to-bellini-review.html
http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/12/19/renaissance-portraits-
at-metropolitan-museum-photos.html

Money and Beauty:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/24/arts/24iht-strozzi24.html

Kindred Spirits:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/arts/design/kindred-spirits-at-peter-b
lum-gallery-in-soho.html

There's a permanent display of Cypriot antiquities in Stockholm:

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/archaeology/cypriot-antiquities-go-display-st
ockholm/20111219

The National Gallery of Scotland acquired a Turner:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16303603

... and it (the Gallery) was the subject of a feature too:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/17/arts/17iht-scotportrait17.html

Christmas at the Acropolis Museum:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2011/12/17/acropolis-museum-to-host-chri
stmas-events/

Feature on some of the shows at the Park Avenue Armory:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/arts/the-park-avenue-armory-indisputab
ly-big.html

Museums are lining up to get the Staffordshire Hoard:

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2011/12/28/american-museu
ms-queuing-up-to-show-staffordshire-hoard-97319-30020103/

Assorted arts items of interest:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/arts/design/anti-semitic-artifacts-new
-york-history-and-greek-coins.html

A 'Best of 2011' arts feature:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/12/18/arts/design/20111218-COTTER.
html

Check out our Twitter hashtage for more ancient exhibition reviews:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23classicalexhibit
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Stile Antico:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/arts/music/stile-antico-choir-at-corpu
s-christi-church-review.html

Messiah (different performances):

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/21/arts/music/oratorio-society-of-new-yor
ks-messiah-review.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/arts/music/trinity-wall-street-and-mus
ica-sacra-in-messiah-review.html
Early Music New York:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/arts/music/early-music-new-york-with-f
rederick-renz-review.html

Enchanted Island:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/arts/music/the-enchanted-island-a-baro
que-mash-up-at-the-met.html

Great Expectations:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16047263

Amadis de Gaule:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/21/arts/21iht-LOOMIS21.html?ref=arts

Albert Nobbs (movie):

http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/12/21/movies/albert-nobbs-movie-review.ht
ml

An overview of the past theatre season in London:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/arts/28iht-lon28.html

Review of Michael Broyles, *Beethoven in America*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/books/beethoven-in-america-by-michael-
broyles-review.html

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
================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Emmett L. Bennett:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/science/emmett-l-bennett-jr-dies-at-93
-helped-decipher-linear-b.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12001/1200675-115-0.stm?cmpid=healthscien
ce.xml

George Whitman:

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/15/paris_legendary_american_bookseller_dies
/
================================================================
HUMOUR
================================================================
Messing with the Cairo Museum:

http://www.creators.com/comics/strange-brew/85530.html
================================================================
PODCASTS
================================================================
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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