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explorator 15.05                                 May 20, 2012
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, David Critchley, Don Buck,
Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan,
Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri,Richard C. Griffiths, and Ross W. Sargent
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

... a slow week ...
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EARLY HUMANS
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Latest theory on why homo sapiens beat out neanderthalis is connected
to dog domestication:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/evolution/9269523/Dogs-helped-man-out-compete-with-Neanderthals.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/humanitys-best-friend-how-dogs-may-have-helped-humans-beat-the-neanderthals/257145/

More (tv hype) connected to Turkana boy:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/turkana-boy-richard-leakey-bones-of-turkana_n_1518517.html
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AFRICA
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Petroglyphs from Madagascar offer an insight into Dutch
trade in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-flinders-clues-early-dutch-postal.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A possible “mummy switcheroo”:

http://news.discovery.com/history/ankhpakhered-tomb-120515.html

The ancient Egyptians apparently observed a ‘variable star’:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-astronomers-ancient-egyptian-variable-star.html

Oil v. antiquities in Iraq:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jGW48aiDQ54fqdhrffMT4aqCmrng?docId=CNG.99be604c1b2b27392e949c6c4024b328.41
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/40466-iraq-battle-pits-oil-against-antiquities

A 1400 years b.p. olive press from Modi’in;

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/239888

Thoughts on that Qeiyafa ostracon:

http://asorblog.org/?p=2402

Feature/reviewish on the Aleppo Codex:

http://www.salon.com/2012/05/13/the_aleppo_codex_the_bizarre_history_of_a_precious_book/singleton/

Israel’s National Library has acquired the first Arabic translation of the
Babylonian
Talmud:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.430702

A cuneiform seminar:

http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/publications/news/201205/nelc-analyzing-cuneiform-communications.html

Feature on Turkey’s latest repatriation efforts:

http://www.economist.com/node/21555531

Review of *The Jesus Discovery*:

http://forward.com/articles/156373/jesus-father-husband-family-man/

More on the ongoing threat to antiquities in Egypt:

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/discovery/thieves-hunting-ancient-pharaonic-treasures-1.1296815
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Some lorica segmentata was/were found in Spain:

http://www.diariodeleon.es/noticias/cultura/descubren-un-tesoro-rsquo-de-armaduras-romanas-en-antigua-sede-del-ccan_690236.html

Socrates is going on trial again this week:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2012/05/17/Greece-philosopher-Socrates-back-the-dock_6884087.html
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/05/11/mock-socrates-trial-held-2500-years-later/

More hype for the amazing ORBIS site:

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/may/orbis-roman-empire-051512.html
http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/05/how-across-the-roman-empire-in-real-time-with-orbis/

They’re featuring the Discobolus at the Olympics:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9721000/9721860.stm

Mary Beard on the Discobolus:

http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2012/05/the-discobolus-gets-dressed-up.html

Neil Faulkner on the ancient Olympics:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303448404577410431487946516.html

Latest oped for repatriating the marbles:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/20/henry-porter-repatriate-parthenon-marbles

Interview with Stephen Greenblatt:

http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,15951963,00.html

The Brill Font may be of interest:

http://www.brill.nl/author-gateway/brill-fonts

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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Plenty of coverage (for reasons which will become clear) of what
was depicted on the earliest petroglyphs  at Abri Castanet (France):

http://news.discovery.com/history/early-wall-art-europe-120514.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/oldest-animal-drawings-120514.html(photos)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120514152952.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/nyu-ade051012.php
http://phys.org/news/2012-05-years-earliest-wall-art.html

… with some comparanda:

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/hominids/2012/05/the-top-four-candidates-for-europes-oldest-work-of-art/

… while some petroglyphs from Sweden and Russia are
being dubbed the Bronze Age Facebook:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Bronze-Age-Facebook-18052012.htm
http://news.discovery.com/history/bronze-age-facebook-120518.html

Possible evidence for a written language of the Iron Age Picts in Scotland:

http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-scotland-written-language.html

A cursing stone from Canna:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-18130259
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/rare-canna-stone-s-a-blessing-and-a-curse-1-2306186


Some metal detectorist finds from West Norfolk:

http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/latest-news/west-norfolk-three-treasure-finds-1-3843448

They’re finding interesting things in a Wakefield Cathedral dig:

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/tomb-team-dig-reveals-wakefield-cathedral-s-ancient-past-1-4559444

The Wenlock Jug was stolen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-18056773

… and a stone statue of a knight was stolen from a Ledbury church:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-18122457

Feature on the Canongate cannon ball:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/pictures/readers-pictures/the-explosive-history-of-canongate-s-cannonball-1-2305141

Some olive trees in Spain are old, but not as old as folks
thought they were:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-millennium-old-olive-trees-iberian-peninsula.html

The Festival of British Archaeology is just getting under way:

http://festival.britarch.ac.uk/


Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of early hominids at the Danjiangkou Reservoir:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-stone-artifacts-handaxes-danjiangkou-reservoir.html

… and three new Paleolithic sites in Liuhuaishan:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-paleolithic-liuhuaishan-site-bose-basin.html

They’ve created a Tamil Nadu Heritage Commission to deal with heritage
issues:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3419255.ece

… and in passing, we should note the revival of sculpture in the Bamiyan
Valley:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/16/stone-carvers-taliban-bamiyan

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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On the DNA front, they’re looking at the genetic links between assorted
circumarctic people to track migration to North America:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-scientists-illuminate-ancient-history-circumarctic.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120517193137.htm


A Fremont pit house is among the things being dug up during road work
in Nine Mile Canyon:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865556086/Road-work-in-Nine-Mile-Canyon-yields-new-archaeological-finds.html

Remains of a 500 years b.p. Native American village on the banks of the
Catawba River:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/05/18/3249679/500-year-old-indian-village-unearthed.html

Haven’t had a Walmart v. archaeology site thing for a while:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/us/alabama-slave-graves-are-a-walmarts-hidden-hurdle.html

Archaeologists think they’re close to finding remains of a 1662 chapel in
Newtowne Neck (Maryland):

http://www.somdnews.com/article/20120427/NEWS/704279739/1049/archaeology-team-following-clues-to-1662-chapel&template=southernMaryland


Searching for evidence of Empire’s (Michigan) early lumber industry:

http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.aspx?list=~\home\lists\search&id=755648#.T7jZclKwXPg

Fire destroyed an historic home in Virginia:

http://www.wcyb.com/news/31081377/detail.html

Pondering climate change and megafires:

http://blog.smu.edu/research/2012/05/15/ancient-tree-ring-records-from-the-southwest-u-s-suggest-todays-megafires-are-atypical/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
I’m not quite sure where to put this one about an historic ship find
in the Gulf of Mexico (mid 19th century?):

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=55462
http://www.livescience.com/20377-shipwreck-gulf-mexico.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/shipwreck-gulf-120517.html
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/18/200-year-old-shipwreck-found-in-gulf-mexico/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/17/19th-century-shipwreck-gulf-mexico-200-year-old_n_1525084.html
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/17/shipwreck-found-on-gulf-floor-while-thousands-watched/


Ecuador is seeking to recover a pile of Manteno artifacts from a
Washington museum:

http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/notitas-de-noticias/details/ecuador-looking-to-recover-antiquities-from-washington-museum/15890/
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/05/15/ecuador-finds-huge-trove-antiquities-at-washington-museum/

Feature on the Easter Island Statue project:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/16/easter-island-archaeology-project-digs-up-islands-secrets/

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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Archaeonews podcast 210:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/05/2012/archaeo-news-podcast-210

Archaeologica audio news:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews13may12.mp3


Censoring Erasmus:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47430304/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Is there a hidden Titian self portrait in the Martyrdom of St Lawrence?:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9272885/Is-Titian-self-portrait-hidden-in-The-Martyrdom-of-St-Lawrence.html

Dealing with sulphur and iron compounds in old shipwrecks:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-sulphur-iron-compounds-common-shipwrecks.html

On the utility of studying archaeology:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2012/05/20/archaeology-useless-not-in-educated-society.html
http://ohio-archaeology.blogspot.com/2012/05/retrieving-lost-stories-useful-or-not.html


Very interesting panoramic photo of the Sistine Chapel (you can move
around):

http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html

Not sure if we mentioned this ‘plant repropagation’ (32000 years b.p.!)
thing a few
months ago:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-20/32-000-year-old-plant-reborn-from-ancient-fruit-found-in-siberian-ice.html

The Victorinator looks like an interesting iPhone app:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-19th-century-iphone-app.html

Jason Ur talks about satellite archaeology:

http://wamc.org/post/dr-jason-ur-harvard-university-satellite-archaeology

Pondering assorted dictators in history:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17990615
Parenting lessons from assorted ancient cultures:

http://news.discovery.com/history/parenting-tips-ancient-world-120513.html

Latest (and presumably last) in the Odyssey Marine thing:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9265774/Treasure-hunters-have-Supreme-Court-appeal-dismissed.html

Dramatizing Caroline Herschel’s astonomical life:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/may/14/play-astronomer-caroline-herschel

More on Leonardo’s anatomy drawings:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/may/13/leonardo-da-vinci-anatomy-drawings

On the cultural history of ‘fat’:

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-today-loathing-fat-bodies-rooted.html

Doug’s latest review of archaeology blogs:

http://dougsarchaeology.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/thursday-throwdown-of-archaeology-blogs-to-look-at-vi/

Review(ish) of Emmet Scott, *Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited*:

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/05/18/how-islam-killed-greco-roman-civilization/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Sicily (Voyages to Antiquity):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2146862/History-cruises-Youll-dig-voyage-antiquity-cruise-thats-round-education.html

Izmir:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2146889/Six-things-Izmir-Turkey.html

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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/
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CRIME BEAT
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Vandals damaged some Roman stonework at a Scarborough castle:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/may/15/heritage-ukcrime-scarborough-castle-romans-vandalism-statue-belsen

Christian monuments are threatened in Iran, apparently:

http://www.mohabatnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4408:islamic-republic-destroys-historical-christian-monuments&catid=36:iranian-christians&Itemid=279

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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NUMISMATICA
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A major Roman hoard from the environs of Stoke-on-Trent is getting some
attention:

http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Hundreds-Roman-coins-Stoke-Trent-field/story-16128189-detail/story.html
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2012/05/16/roman-coins-haul-dug-up/

Some metal detectorists found some Roman siliquae:

http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/latest-news/methwold-find-of-rare-roman-coins-1-3843399

Nice feature on some decadrachms from Syracuse:

http://www.coinweek.com/news/featured-news/ngc-ancients-ancient-masterpieces-%E2%80%94-decadrachms-of-kimon-and-euainetos/

Latest issue of the e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v15n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v15n21.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
================================================================
The Bardo Museum in Tunis has reopened after renovations:

http://213.158.162.45/~egyptian/index.php?action=news&id=25159&title=Bardo%20museum%20reopens%20in%20Tunis%20after%20facelift

There’s a new director at the Smithsonian:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iNy-wS6_wf2nuBQhx3Wo-TeTcssg?docId=6d9befdfedb74aee897a136572c8bff2

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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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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OBITUARIES
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Peter Connolly:

http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/community/community-news/much-loved-historian-dies-1-3826414

Crawford Greenewalt Jr.:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/world/europe/crawford-greenewalt-jr-archaeologist-who-dug-at-sardis-dies-at-74.html
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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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