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Explorator 12.19

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explorator 12.19                                 August 30, 2009
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Donna Hurst, 'Duke Jason',
Edward Rockstein, Hernan Astudillo,John McMahon, Joseph Lauer,
Mata Kimasitayo, Mike Ruggeri, Kurt Theis, John Hall,
Richard C. Griffiths, Adrienne Mayor, Barbara Kraskian,
Bob Heuman, Sophie Cabot, 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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More on early humans using fire in the creation of tools:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/26/MNHK19AS41.DTL&type=science
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AFRICA
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A year or so ago (maybe more) we had a story about seashells as
jewellery in Moroccos ca. 80 000 years b.p. ... it appears that
more have been found (and this isn't a rerun as I initially
thought):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-08/esf-tas082609.php
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/08/28/Ancient-beads-discovered-in-Morocco/UPI-59711251487367/
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1744501/ancient_beads_discovered_in_morocco/index.html?source=r_science%20Twenty-five
http://www.physorg.com/news170584460.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Zahi Hawass on tracing Tut's lineage:

http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=7&id=17875

Egyptologists react to a claim on the exact date of the construction
of the Great Pyramid:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2009/962/fr2.htm

cf: http://www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-99887.html
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/health/dna-analysis-key-for-solving-mystery-of-king-tuts-origins_100238371.html

A followup to that Stanford CT scan of a mummy last week:

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090824/A_NEWS/908240308/-1/RSS02

Feature on Luxor:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2009/962/he1.htm

Skulls and other items from various periods from the Yumuktepe
tumulus in Turkey:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=104338&sectionid=3510208

Another Parthian site -- Kuh-e Khajeh -- is in danger of destruction:

http://www.cais-soas.com/news/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72:destruction-of-the-parthian-kuh-e-khajeh-is-on-the-increase&catid=34

Feature on Zoroastrianism:

http://www.iranian.com/main/node/78562

Feature on the "first Iranians":

http://www.iranian.com/main/node/77969

On reluctance to allow digging in Saudi Arabia:

http://www.newsday.com/digging-up-the-saudi-past-some-would-rather-not-1.1396398

cf. photos of sites mentioned in the above:

http://nabataea.net/medain.html

After a bit of controversy, excavation of a tomb purported to
belong to the 3rd century C.E. Rabbi Yehoshus ben Levi will
proceed:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251145116577&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

cf. pre-court-decision coverage:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/169927
http://lifeinisrael.blogspot.com/2009/08/living-with-our-history.html
http://lifeinisrael.blogspot.com/2009/08/keep-lid-on.html

Must reading: Robert Cargill on "Pseudo-Science and Sensationalist
Archaeology: An Exposť of Jimmy Barfield and the Copper Scroll
Project":

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/cargill2_08261.shtml

More on the Ilisu Dam (don't think there's anything new here):

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0826/p09s01-coop.html

More on the restoration of the Moses Ben Maimon Synagogue in
Cairo:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3765207,00.html

More on that Roman 'mansion' in the City of David:

http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2009/08/27/news/world/doc4a8edc47a429d250844258.txt
>

More on the World Archaeological Congress brouhaha:

http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/08/24/sports/doc4a8c39b83a0f4587683177.txt
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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One I've neglected to include for a couple of weeks now due to
misfiling ... archaeologists have found and are excavating remains
of Mithridates VI's palace at Phanagoria:

http://www.russia-ic.com/news/show/8721/
http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=309523&m=1

The big news of the week was the discovery of what is claimed to
be a large equestrian statue of Augustus somehow associated with
the Teutoburg disaster:

http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20090825-21467.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32581452/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-entertainment/ci_13215125
http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/827/2
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090827/sc_nm/us_germany_archaeology_1

... and there was a news conference on the find:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4603886,00.html?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf
http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20090827-21537.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE57Q4XU20090827

... and a feature on Arminius:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,644913,00.html

Peter Stothard's post on Chapman's Homer is worth a read:

http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2009/08/the-best-book-loan-in-literary-history.html

Receiving less widespread attention, but also of importance is the find of
an intaglio depicting Alexander the Great during the Tel Dor
excavations:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/08/26/Israeli-dig-finds-ancient-gemstone/UPI-17211251283463/
http://www.jewishmonmouth.org/page.aspx?id=205143
http://www.cjp.org/page.html?ArticleID=205143
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/133097

Also of interest is another burial found in the agora at Aigai:

http://www.courant.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-eu-greece-ancient-burial,0,7828033.story
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705326602/Discovery-of-ancient-burial-site-in-Greece-deepens-mystery.html?linkTrack=rss-5
http://www.3news.co.nz/Ancient-burial-site-discovered-in-northern-Greece-/tabid/209/articleID/118831/cat/61/Default.aspx?ArticleID=118831
http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2009/08/28/ancient_burial_site_discovered_in_northern_greece
http://www.3news.co.nz/Ancient-burial-site-discovered-in-northern-Greece-/tabid/209/articleID/118831/Default.aspx?ArticleID=118831
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009765020_apeugreeceancientburial.html?syndication=rss
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j90gd4jX6JB-oH0-Ev2k_MkJFZVAD9AC26CG0
>

The Guardian had a series of features on archaeology, two of which
were mostly on Vindolanda:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/audio/2009/aug/28/archaeology-vindolanda-roman-forts
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/aug/28/archaeology-romans-dig-hadrian-wall

... and one on the Roman foundations of Cambridge:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/aug/28/archaeology-cambridge-university-girton-roman

Interesting jewellery find from Eleutherna (Crete):

http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking+News/Tech+and+Science/Story/STIStory_422842.html

They're back digging at Caistor St Edmund:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/norfolk/8219620.stm
http://www.edp24.co.uk/content/edp24/news/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&tBrand=EDPOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=NOED25%20Aug%202009%2013%3A09%3A27%3A007

An update of sorts on that project to use ct scans to 'unwrap'
herculaneum papyri:

http://www.kypost.com/content/news/commonwealth/story/Researchers-Seek-To-Unravel-Ancient-Scrolls/_qSP1Lv3Z0-F2UqD5UMVzg.cspx

A report on the recent fires near Athens:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/24/world/europe/24greece.html

... and Marathon:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a6eSPxr7zhvg>

A recreation of Orpheus' lyre:

http://www.balkantravellers.com/en/read/article/1441

Some epigraphic material (and other items) from Peperikon:

http://www.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Emission_English/Theme_History_And_Religion/Material/270809_Perperikon.htm

Problems at the Blue Grotto:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6810516.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093

More on that Temple of Apollo find on Geronisos:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601120&sid=axRLVOI3zlyU

More on the aphrodite figurines from Susita:

http://www.littleabout.com/news/30134,archaeological-dig-reveals-1500-yr-figurines-greek-goddess-aphrodite.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
================================================================
Plans to investigate the lives of folks in Europe at the end of
the Ice Age:

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/local/localbrad/4561116.Ice_Age_probe_is_off_to_Italy/?ref=rss

Drinking milk is now thought to have started ca 7500 years b.p. in
Central Europe:

http://www.physorg.com/news170657572.html

Evidence of Corded Ware era violence from Germany:

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/46630/description/Exhuming_a_violent_event_
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WH6-4X0W4T8-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=67642a6f98b8f62bf177ae1a40ddea54

A 7th century ship from Sweden:

http://www.thelocal.se/21716/20090827/

Possible medical clues from a couple of 1000 years b.p. (or so)
skeletons from Ireland:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/irish-skeletons-could-unlock-medical-mysteries-14467092.html?r=RSS
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ancient-skeletons-could-help--solve-mystery-of-rare-disease-1867610.html


Dalis from a thrift shop?:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/arts/design/29dali.html

A 16th century amber cross from a Novgorod site:

http://www.russia-ic.com/news/show/8812/

Possible musical notes on one of the Stirling head:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/8222727.stm

Valencian tiles from Woking Palace:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/surrey/8215926.stm

Interesting implications from an iron ball and chain found on the
banks of the Thames:

http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE57P3WA20090826

Hype for an upcoming dig at a Moray site:

http://www.northern-scot.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/8766/Moray_archaeological_site_set_to_yield_its_secrets.html

... and for a dig at Holm Cultram Abbey:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/cumbria/8216884.stm

Another one from the Guardian ... on how metal detectorists are
'rewriting history':

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/aug/28/archaeology-amateur-rewriting-british-history

... and one on a dig in Hertfordshire:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/aug/28/archaeology-heritage

More on that Neolithic 'cathedral' from Orkney:

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1366015?UserKey=


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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A heating system from one of Russia's provinces confirms the site
to have been Korean:

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2005/08/25/2005082561008.html

A 2000 years b.p. burial from Mongolia:

http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/08/28/200908280007.asp

A project to document/preserve some 25 000 Tamil inscriptions:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/21780/tn-govt-documenting-25000-tamil.html

Not sure if we've mentioned this (Polynesian) ship/voyage recreation:

http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12290:epic-voyage&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

More on Chinese archaeology:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090820161131.htm
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NORTH AMERICA
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Documenting the Bernardo plantation (Texas):

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-plantation_23tex.ART.State.Edition1.4c09ed3.html

Civil war remains found in UT's 'Sorority Village':

http://www.ethiopianreview.com/articles/26828

A Clovis spearhead from Sahuarita:

http://sahuaritasun.com/articles/2009/08/22/news/32spear823.txt
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/health/13000-yr-old-spear-tip-sheds-light-on-ancient-americans-corrected_100238070.html

Native American artifacts from ca 800 - 100 A.D. found during
Cornell's field school on the Isles of Shoals:

http://www.physorg.com/news170617269.html

'Mysterious' mounds from Calhoun County:

http://www.annistonstar.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Sacred+sites+or+something+else-+Structures+not+unique+to+Oxford-+but+questions+remain+over+origins%20&id=3244334

Those bones from Avon did belong to a Native American woman:

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20090826/NEWS01/108250039/-1/RSSTOP

Another Walmart, another dispute ... this time with a Civil War
battlefield:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112076272

... and the followup:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112196352

Feature on protecting some Oregon pictographs:

http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090822/NEWS0107/908220383/0/NEWS01

Greening an historic house:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/greathomesanddestinations/28Away.html

Remnants of 'what-used-to-be' in Denver:

http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=121939
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_13203936

A steamer shipwreck has been found in Lake Ontario:

http://www.shipwreckworld.com/story/shipwreck-explorers-discover-1890s-steamer-in-lake-ontario-1.aspx

More on those remains from Alaska:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ieEsTqazAfE6j9w6l4_30FYN4khwD9AA1DLG1
http://newsminer.com/news/2009/aug/25/ancient-human-remains-discovered-kivalina/
http://www.ktuu.com/global/story.asp?s=10999487
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/national_world&id=6982003&rss=rss-kabc-article-6982003

More on Madison's White House through the eyes of a slave:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112182597

Review of Richard Slotkin, *No Quarter*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/books/review/Lewis-t.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A potentially-very-interesting cave system has been found on Easter
Island:

http://www.santiagotimes.cl/santiagotimes/index.php/2009070616624/news/cultural-news/experts-discover-six-kilometers-of-caves-in-easter-island.html

A tomb of a Mochica nobleman/warrior from Huaca Rajada:

http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/Noticia.aspx?id=mXbwp2bqXLo=

Interesting mid-16th century map painted by Mexican natives:

http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=32876
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=342240&CategoryId=12394>

Work continues at the El Corporo Archaeological Project:

http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=32935
http://dti.inah.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=39&Itemid=150

Digitally recreating the facade of San Agustin Convent (Mexico City):

http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=32961

Murals from Teotihuacan were 'intervened':

http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=32970

Looking to the past to farm in Bolivia:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8187866.stm
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
A 'lost' letter of Henry VII detailing William Weston's voyage
to the New World in 1499 (!) is being published:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8224206.stm
http://www.physorg.com/news170605684.html

I think we've had this 'coastal exploitation' story before:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112124572&ft=1&f=1007

Another one from the Guardian series mentioned supra ... a
beginner's guide to archaeology:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/aug/28/archaeology-beginners-guide

... which can be compared with another 'beginner's guide':

http://u.tv/News/Beginners-guide-to-archaeology/fdb69717-e04a-4c62-b2bf-36ea316d8bd3

Wikipedia is getting a bit more serious:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/technology/internet/25wikipedia.html

Interesting feature on pre-photoshop fake photos:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/weekinreview/23marsh.html?_r=1

Nice feature on Galileo:

http://www.thefloridacatholic.org/cns/2009_articles/20090825_cns_galileo.php

Feature on Sophie Tucker:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/arts/music/30rose.html

... and William Golding:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/30/william-golding-john-carey-review

Rating readings with Accelerated Reader:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/books/review/Straight-t.html

They're looking for Amundsen's plane:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/science/nature/8214237.stm

Freud's Adirondack vacation:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/opinion/29hoffman.html

More on the Indus Valley script and computers etc.:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32586171/ns/technology_and_science-science/

More on the suggestion that early civilizations altered global
climate:

http://www.gmagazine.com.au/news/1530/ancient-emissions-did-early-civilisations-alter-global-climate

... and suggestions that the Medieval Warm Period was as warm as
it is today:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090827131832.htm

More on laser-scanning heritage sites:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/08/scottish_laser_mt_rushmore_his.html

On the DNA front, they're isolating DNA from Linnaeus' collections:

http://www.physorg.com/news170592138.html

Review of Lyanda Haupt, *Crow Planet*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/books/review/Schillinger-t.html

Reviews of assorted non-fiction books of interest:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/books/review/Dizikes-t.html

Review of Rebecca Loncraine, *The Real Wizard of Oz*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/24/books/24maslin.html

Review of Kate Cambor, *Gilded Youth*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/books/review/Seymour-t.html
================================================================
DIG DIARIES/BLOGS
================================================================
[please send in suggestions! ]

Skagafjordur Archaeological Settlement Survey:

http://blogs.umb.edu/sass/

SHARP weblog (dig concluded):

http://ccgi.sedgeford.plus.com/blog/

Apollonia Arsuf (Israel):

http://apollonia-arsuf.blogspot.com/

Dhiban (Jordan):

http://dhiban.wordpress.com/

Whitehall Roman Villa (dig just concluded):

http://www.whitehallvilla.co.uk/

Mount Lykaion:

http://mountlykaion.wordpress.com/

Roman Binchester:

http://binchester.blogspot.com/

Gabii Project:

http://lapisgabinus.blogspot.com/

Tel Kabri:

http://digkabri.wordpress.com/2009-dig-blog/

Pyla-Koutsopetria (three blogs in one! twitter too!):

http://www.und.nodak.edu/instruct/wcaraher/PKAPBlogAggregator.html

Grand Pre:

http://grandpre2009.wordpress.com/

Norton Community Archaeological Group:

http://nortoncommarch.wordpress.com/

Tel Dan:

http://teldan.wordpress.com/

Hopkins in Egypt Today:

http://www.jhu.edu/egypttoday/index.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Hadrian's Wall:

http://www.philly.com/philly/travel/20090830_Where_Roman_legions_trod.html

Berlin:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f33f0f52-9361-11de-b146-00144feabdc0.html

Venice:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/travel/23explorer.html

Archaeotourism at Clunia (Spain):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/aug/29/spain-archaeology-dig-holiday

'Navajoland':

http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/travel/23native.html

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GENERAL MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
================================================================

================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
A Colorado man is the latest to be indicted in the Utah case:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_13207440?source=rss
http://www.durangoherald.com/sections/News/2009/08/27/Colo_man_indicted_in_looting_case/
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/20565970/detail.html
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20090826/NEWS/908269989/1058/RSS

... and a sort of state-of-the-case piece:

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2009/08/27/20090827looters.html

Iraqi authorities have recovered a stolen Picasso:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/iraqis-say-they-recover-a-stolen-picasso-from-soldier/

... but there are doubts about its authenticity:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/aug/27/picasso-naked-woman-kuwait-iraq

Tomb raiding has apparently started up again (?) in China:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-08/29/content_8631397.htm
http://english.eastday.com/e/0829/u1a4616467.html

More on pothunters hitting Beaubassin:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/08/26/nb-beaubassin-rcmp-546.html

Some commentary on that major coin bust in India last week:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/2009/08/7500-ancient-coins-seized-three.html
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
A Mughal emperor coin from the Kashmir:

http://www.kashmirwatch.com/showheadlines.php?subaction=showfull&id=1251090293&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1&var0news=value0news

A rare coin found during a firefighter charity drive in Florida:

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/orange_news/082509_rare_coin_found_in_fill_boot_drive

Feature on a coin collecting club in Arkansas:

http://www.baxterbulletin.com/article/20090829/NEWS01/908290351/1002
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Adventures in Modern Art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/arts/design/28williams.html

LaFarge glass:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/arts/design/28antiques.html

Nice feature on the Borghese collection:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/arts/29iht-melik29.html

The Harrogate (Viking) hoard has been restored and is going on
display at the British Museum:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8224000/8224173.stm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1209649/Viking-silver-treasure-hoard-worth-1m-unearthed-1-000-years.html
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23737363-details/British+Museum+buys+Viking+treasures/article.do
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/8224729.stm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/aug/27/viking-treasure-bought-for-nation


A nice price for some Derby and Chelsea porcelain:

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/whats-it-worth/2009/08/royal-ceramics-sell-for-record-amounts.html
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Vivaldi:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/arts/music/23gure.html

Midsummer Night's Dream:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/at-the-fringe-standing-for-shakespeare/

Twelfth Night:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/theater/reviews/29twelfth.html


Bach's Goldberg Variations:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/arts/music/30schw.html

The Ring sans the music:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/arts/music/30gure.html?_r=1

Pondering the fate of Stratford (Conn.)'s Shakespeare Theatre:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/nyregion/23theaterct.html

A review of National Geographic's 'Human Family Tree':

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/arts/television/29human.html

A 'lost' film about Confucius (from 1940) has resurfaced:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/arts/28iht-confucius.html

Review of a DVD set of (very) early French cinema:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/movies/homevideo/30kehr.html
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OBITUARIES
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James Lord:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/arts/design/28lord.html

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