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explorator 14.50-51                                April 8, 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, A Landraeu
Diana Wright, Donna Hurst, Edward Rockstein, Rick Heli, Laval Hunsucker,
Hernan Astudillo, Kurt Theis, Wendy van Duivenvoorde,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, 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).

Thanks to all for your patience in regards to not getting an
issue last week -- I came under a major virus (of the computer
variety) attack while 'on the road' and felt it better to shut
down than continue. My computer is (in theory) clean now, so
we present to you a double issue. I don't think any of the links
which would have been in last week's issue have expired yet, but
it's always a possiblity.

... and a special thanks to all the well-wishers who passed along
notes during these travails ...

... and last, but not least, Happy Passover and/or Happy Easter if
you are celebrating/have celebrated same this weekend.


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EARLY HUMANS
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Lucy had cousins in the neighbourhood it seems:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/120328-lucy-fossil-foot-science-australopithecus-trees-evolution/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/29/new_homninin_found/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17533826
http://www.tgdaily.com/general-sciences-features/62392-new-hominid-discovered-living-alongside-lucy
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/hominids/2012/04/new-hominid-fossil-foot-belonged-to-lucys-neighbor/
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/science/african-foot-fossil-indicates-another-hominin-species-lived-with-lucy.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2121975/Unearthed-fossilised-foot-reveals-previously-unknown-human-species-lived-half-million-years-ago.html
http://news.yahoo.com/foot-shows-prehuman-walked-same-time-lucy-172512927.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/cmon-dof032812.php
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-lucy-cousins-discovery-foot-fossil.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/mar/28/fossil-foot-walking-climbing-trees?newsfeed=true
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46882487/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Hominids may have been using fire a million years ago:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1157081--human-ancestors-may-have-used-fire-a-million-years-ago
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/04/cooking-the-1-million-year-old-technology/255455/
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/hominids/2012/04/the-earliest-example-of-hominid-fire/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0403/Were-early-humans-cooking-their-food-a-million-years-ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17598738
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/02/scientists-clue-human-evolution-question
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-fire-20120403,0,5516323.story
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-04-human-ancestors-million-years-archaeologist.html
http://news.yahoo.com/study-ancestors-used-fire-million-years-ago-190741815.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/03/humans_using_fire_a_million_years_ago/
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304023504577319923936483222.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read

Interesting well-preserved woolly mammath carcass from Siberia shows both
animal predation and human use:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-mammoth-siberia-early-lions.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17525070
http://news.discovery.com/animals/woolly-mammoth-yuka-120404.html

How (why?) homo sapiens became so successful, evolution-wise:

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/06/150123937/how-homo-sapiens-became-masters-of-the-planet

Feature on Piltdown Man:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/history-of-geology/2012/04/01/strange-skull-rewrites-history-of-man/

More on Neanderthals being almost extinct in Europe by the
time humans arrived:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2122832/European-Neanderthals-extinct-long-humans-showed-according-DNA-evidence.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/neanderthals-died-out-humans-120329.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46894761/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/243543-Neanderthals-Were-Dying-Out-Before-Humans-Arrived
http://phys.org/news/2012-03-european-neandertals-extinct-humans.html

More on the location of Peking Man:

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/7768484.html
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AFRICA
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The annual concern for heritage in Timbuktu:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17596831
http://www.elpais.com/iphone/index.php?module=iphone&page=elp_iph_visornoticias&idNoticia=20120403elpnepint_15.Tes

Suggestion that Europeans headed to Africa to weather out
the Ice Ages:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-genetic-unravels-ancient-links-african.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2120940/Early-humans-moved-Europe-Africa-long-recorded-history-claims-new-genetic-study.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A pink granite sarcophagus from Egypt:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Arts/Mar/16/Rare-pink-granite-sarcophagus-uncovered-in-Egypt.ashx#axzz1qWMxEwz3

Plans to dig at Tel Achziv:

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/march-2012/article/archaeologists-excavate-ancient-phoenician-port-city

El Hibeh continues to be an area of concern:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/37656/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Facebook-page-to-save-ancient-Egypts-ElHibeh-site.aspx

A mummy in Albany will be getting the CT Scan thing:

http://www.benningtonbanner.com/local/ci_20304588/scans-may-reveal-albany-mummies-rsquo-secrets
http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2012/04/01/news/doc4f7795f610359162125808.txt

... and one from a Cornish museum got the treatment:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-17513748

UNESCO is worried about Syrian antiquities:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/unesco-chief-appeals-for-safeguarding-rich-cultural-heritage-in-violence-marred-syria/2012/03/30/gIQAUVZnlS_story.html
http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/03/syrian-ancient-sites-under-threat.html

... and apparently for good reason:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Art/2012/Apr-06/169378-experts-sound-alarm-over-syria-archaeological-treasures.ashx

Cyprus and Israel are working on a database for archaeology:

http://www.financialmirror.com/news-details.php?nid=26059
http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-and-israel-to-cooperate-in-forming-database-for-archaeology-p14999-69.htm

Interesting Lod Mosaic followup:

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/1.422037


Politics and the City of David excavations:

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/in-jerusalem-s-city-of-david-excavation-politics-is-never-absent-1.421448

cf: http://www.jpost.com/Travel/AroundIsrael/Article.aspx?id=264005

... and this week:

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=264714
http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=263430

Studying ancient Egyptian cotton:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402093938.htm
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-04-ancient-egyptian-cotton-unveils-secrets.html

An unusually massive bit of coverage for the recovery of a pair of Egyptian
coffin lids in Israel:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/ahead-of-passover-israel-authorities-seize-remains-of-ancient-egypt-coffin-1.422344
http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=264615
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/154454
http://www.antiquities.org.il/about_eng.asp?Modul_id=14
http://www.timesofisrael.com/smuggled-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagi-found-in-jerusalem-old-city-shop/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/38408/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Two-ancient-Egyptian-sarcophagus-covers-seized-in-.aspx
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j5ErOZWBrpgQxrcSfrWMHoDlDFOg?docId=489cb8d248e248b095fd38ffaf98fb90

... and there was a recovery of Egyptian antiquities in Belgium as well:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2012/1092/eg3.htm
http://bikyamasr.com/64658/egypt-restores-80-relics-from-belgium-following-court-ruling/

Ronny Reich talks about the Oded Golan thing:

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/faking-it-1.421463


Another interviewish thing with Oded Golan:

http://www.express.co.uk/features/view/313400/Why-I-believe-this-box-contains-Jesus-s-brother%20?%3E

... and I can't remember if I mentioned this one:

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/israeli-antiquities-collector-talks-about-his-trial-and-his-acquittal-1.421645

Pondering ownership of Nefertiti and the Rosetta Stone:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2012/1092/he1.htm

Pondering haggadah differences:

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/1.421627

... and a feature on the Wolf Haggadah:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=3690

Zahi Hawass is facing more charges:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/38308/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Indiana-Jones-faces-charges.aspx
http://www.galleristny.com/2012/04/zahi-hawass-former-antiquities-minister-faces-charges-in-egypt/


Hype for that upcoming Tabor/Jacobovici Talpiot tomb thing:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/exploring-tombs-in-jerusalem/2012/04/05/gIQAunhQyS_gallery.html
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/04/04/3092550/jerusalem-archeological-find-is-first-reference-to-resurrection

... which sparked this:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/aprilweb-only/archaeology-jesus-tomb.html

Moses was apparently a Muslim:

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=6716

Review of Elaine Pagels *Revelations*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/books/review/revelations-by-elaine-pagels.html
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/31/four-big-myths-about-the-book-of-revelation/comment-page-116/
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)
================================================================
The Romans had celebrity recruiters for their army, apparently:

http://news.discovery.com/history/roman-martial-arts-celeb-120330.html
http://www.livescience.com/19354-martial-artist-recruited-ancient-roman-army.html

A sanctuary of Asklepios:

http://www.asianage.com/newsmakers/greeks-find-remains-healing-sanctuary-492

A Hellenistic/Roman cemetery from Thessaloniki:

http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/1/54479

The first floor of the Stoa of Attalos has opened to the public:

http://ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_26/03/2012_434797

A big Juno is revealed in Boston:

http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/04/06/mfa-unveils-juno-largest-classical-statue/ecUJoLdfu88UVjhMt9Pc6L/story.html

Ten best emperors?:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/06/john-mullan-ten-best-emperors

Some Roman-era finds from Sozopol:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=138127

A Kore turned up in a goat pen in Greece:

http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=54454
http://www.thestate.com/2012/03/28/2211416/greek-police-recovers-ancient.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/28/greek-statue-found-goat-pen
http://www.newser.com/article/d9tpim7g2/ancient-greek-statue-recovered-from-goat-pen-near-athens-2-suspected-looters-arrested.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jJM24t6royfFsAKkXkNxzBXx9NSA?docId=CNG.0bd36df6ab57c7f3f39750504c09e57e.a21

... and later turned out to be a forgery:

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2012/04/03/seized_ancient_greek_statue_declared_a_forgery/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_03/04/2012_436280
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17596144


Rome doesn't want those faux gladiators messing with tourists,
it seems:

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/30/149674933/rome-drives-away-photogenic-gladiators
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/03/disappearing-gladiator-rome-colosseum.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/gladiators-colosseum-120404.html

... that was last week; this week, the gladiators turned to protest:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/world/6709428/Scorned-gladiators-climb-Colosseum
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/04/07/3541242/angry-gladiators-climb-colosseum.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/10184132
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/roman-gladiators-climb-colosseum-to-protest-crackdown-on-unauthorized-posing-with-tourists/2012/04/07/gIQAWFag1S_story.html

Archaeology is Greece's 'Achilles heel' right now, it seems:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_05/04/2012_436567
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Art/2012/Apr-07/169494-archaeology-a-burden-on-debt-stricken-greece.ashx
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/04/06/12/amid-debt-crisis-archaeology-becomes-greeces-achilles-heel

... and Pompeii is getting an infusion of cash:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17634115

... and Italy has plans for other sites:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/world/europe/italy-unveils-plan-to-preserve-sites-and-prevent-interference-by-organized-crime-at-pompeii.html

Feature on sword and sandal flicks:

http://news.moviefone.com/jason-apuzzo/hail-caesar-whats-good-ba_b_1401721.html

... in a similar vein:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/9174269/Top-12-films-based-on-classical-mythology.html

Mary Beard's day:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Business/Working-day/Mary-Beard-03042012.htm

... and she was playing with the Sortes Vergilianae:

http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2012/03/sortes-virgilianae.html

Are the Elgin Marbles special?:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/apr/02/are-the-parthenon-marbles-so-special

... while Stephen Fry advocates for their return:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/apr/01/stephen-fry-elgin-marbles-greece

The charioteer of Mozia is coming to London:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Divinely-beautiful-Greek-charioteer-comes-to-London/26280

Interview with Madeline Miller:

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/styled-to-a-t-madeline-miller/

What Robert Woolverton is up to:

http://nems360.com/pages/full_story/push?article-April+Fools%E2%80%99+Day+-+Pranking+tradition+goes+back+centuries+-seriously-%20&id=18074410&instance=secondary_stories_left_column

Latest Ancient Art podcast is on te Apollo Sauroktonos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAZ775lu07g&context=C4ccd205ADvjVQa1PpcFMZ8lWdC9ErSOGYvOs9lS54d0y5E-bifvU=

Dalhousie's version of the Pythian Games:

http://www.dal.ca/news/2012/03/20/a-classical-experience-at-the-pythian-games.html

Review of Jennifer T. Roberts, *Herodotus*:

http://www.tnr.com/book/review/herodotus-very-short-introduction-jennifer-roberts

Review of *Song of Achilles*:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504367_162-57406364-504367/the-song-of-achilles-by-madeline-miller/
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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The bones of folks who sank with the Mary Rose are being examined:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17536851

Finds dating back to the 12th century from a housing development site
in Eynsham:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/9631914.Village_history_revealed_in_dig/

Bones discovered a few years ago at a St John's College site might
belong to Viking raiders rather than massacred Danes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-17595823

Summer wasn't the best time to be a Tudor, apparently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17601616

A Bronze Age gold torq from a Northern Ireland bog:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1154300--treasure-hunter-finds-ancient-gold-jewellery-in-bog-in-northern-ireland
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17561882

Possible remains of western Europe's oldest stringed
instrument from a cave on Skye:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-17537147
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/243534-Archaeologists-astounded-by-musical-instrument-find-in-Skye-cave

Feature on assorted finds from assorted periods in Koln:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,824797,00.html

Bronze Age artifacts from Wiltshire are going on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-17553249

Theory (not new, surely) that Gardom Edge monolith was some sort of
calendrical device:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-evidence-stacks-monolith-gardom-edge.html
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/neolithic-monolith-sundial/
http://www.space.com/15050-ancient-monolith-astronomical-marker.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/monolith-astronomy-120327.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1

Concerns for a collection of Wellington memorabilia:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/artsales/9168992/Battle-to-save-Wellington-legacy.html

Funds for Lincoln Castle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-17541084

Some 18th century bone telescopes from Amsterdam:

http://news.yahoo.com/18th-century-bone-telescopes-discovered-amsterdam-222407366.html

A possible Saxon church find:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/05/york-minster-archaeology-saxon-finds

Beer and bling in Iron Age Europe:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120319163710.htm

I think we mentioned the recovery of these Byzantine frescoes from Cyprus:

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/byzantine-frescoes/stolen-frescoes-unveiled-their-new-home/20120328

Hype for a television program about the merits of various antiquities
found in the UK:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/26/tv-show-most-important-archaeological-find

France and Bulgaria are working together at Sozopol:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=137865

Review(ish) of Richard Davies, *Wooden Churches - Travelling in the Russian
North*:

http://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/alexander-mozhayev/tragedy-of-russias-abandoned-wooden-churches

Review of Peter McPhee, *Robespierre*:

http://www.tnr.com/book/review/robespierre-revolutionary-life-peter-mcphee
Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
================================================================
'Stone Age' remains on Taiwan may help understand the peopling
of the Pacific:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-04-taiwan-pacific-settlers.html
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/taiwan-may-throw-light-pacific-settlers-051712139.html

On the DNA front, Afghans are apparently genetically unique:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-afghans-unique-genetic-heritage-dna.html

Searching for Black Jack:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/13261039/in-search-of-pirate-black-jack/

Remains of a 12th century shipwreck off Indonesia:

http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/80111/french-archaeologist-discover-12th-century-shipwreck

Feature on Pitcairn Island:

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/03/30/pitcairn-islands-expedition-remnants-of-a-lost-civilization/

Buddhist antiquities from Peruvaje:

http://www.bellevision.com/belle/index.php?action=topnews&type=3711

Controversy over a Khmer statue at Sotheby's:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-cambodia-antiquities-20120406,0,7358592.story
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/sothebys-retains-custody-of-cambodian-statue/
http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-cambodian-antiquity-20120405,0,1254428.story
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/arts/design/ancient-cambodian-statue-is-seized-from-sothebys.html

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
================================================================
Rethinking the casualty count in the Civil War:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17604991

A 19th century shipwreck in Lake Michigan near Grand Haven:

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120406/METRO/204060420/1361/Shipwreck-group-says-it-found-19th-century-schooner-near-Grand-Haven
http://www.npr.org/local/stories/Michigan-Radio/150143600
http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/ottawa_county/shipwreck-found-near-grand-haven
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/shipwreck-group-says-it-found-a-19th-century-schooner-350-feet-down-in-western-michigan/2012/04/06/gIQAuLZ1zS_story.html

Feature on three centuries of scandal in New York City:

http://nymag.com/news/features/scandals/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Very old animal mounds from Peru:

http://www.livescience.com/19372-animal-mounds-peru-nazca.html
http://www.antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/benfer329/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/article00239.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/uom-ram032912.php
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-rare-animal-shaped-mounds-peru.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120329112209.htm

Burials from Cholula with artifacts from various periods:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/index.php/boletines/247-historia/5800-hallan-entierro-multiple-en-cholula-de-hace-800-anos

A Moche altar from Peru:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2012/04/04/1500-year-old-altar-for-human-sacrifices-found-in-peru/
http://elcomercio.pe/peru/1396516/noticia-descubren-altar-sacrificios-humanos-cultura-moche

Scientists have confirmed the source of Maya Blue (didn't we hear of
this a while ago?):

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-04-discovery-evidence-pre-columbian-sources-maya.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/fm-dot040212.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2012/maya-blue-source-confirmed

Penn Museum posted a video of Loa Traxler's talk on Maya human
sacrifice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGWZY8Q8bA8&feature=uploademail

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
================================================================
Audio news from the Archaeology Channel:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews25mar12.mp3  (last
week's)
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/MP3/audnews1apr12.mp3

A call for 'standards' when determining whether bones are marked by tools
or animals:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-analytical-standards-pliocene-bones.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/iu-asn040412.php

More on that Napoleon theme park:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17397172

Newton's life as a KML thing (never seen one of these myself):

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/26/sir_isaac_newtown_kml/

'Interesting' eighteenth century map of northern Europe:

http://io9.com/5899754/a-1793-map-of-england-firing-a-tsunami-of-poop-at-revolutionary-france

Medieval warming was global, according to the latest study:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/23/warm_period_little_ice_age_global/

The genetics of Van Gogh's sunflowers:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-scientists-reveal-genetic-mutation-depicted.html
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/sunflower-mutants-van-gogh/

The Louvre revealed its restoration of DaVinci's St Anne:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9172975/Louvre-uncovers-restoration-of-Leonardo-da-Vincis-last-work-Saint-Anne.html
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/controversial-leonardo-restoration-to-be-unveiled-in-major-louvre-show/

Pondering Botticelli's Birth of Venus:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2012/mar/28/botticelli-birth-of-venus-ancient-religion

A study for Cezanne's Card Players series has turned up:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/arts/design/a-card-player-a-cezanne-watercolor-for-sale-by-christies.html


They've confirmed Rembrandt's Old Rabbi is one of a pair:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/mar/28/rembrandt-old-rabbi-painting-authenticated

If it's Easter, there has to be something on the Shroud in the news:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2121149/New-Turin-Shroud-theory-claims-Christ-did-NOT-rise-dead.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/shroud-of-turin-thomas-de-wesselow-birth-of-christianity_n_1405565.html
http://www.livescience.com/19522-shroud-turin-spread-christianity.html

... but rather new to the season is the Vatican and Israel arguing over he
site of the
Last Supper:

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/05/150016572/vatican-israel-spar-over-disputed-last-supper-site

The story of English in a hundred words (reviewish):

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/02/149849559/linguist-tells-the-story-of-english-in-100-words

Pondering Macchiavelli (two parts):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/mar/26/machiavelli-prince-power-good-evil
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/apr/02/machiavelli-humanism-history-prince

Did lead poisoning kill Handel?:

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/303958

Interesting study of Bedouin animal sacrifice rituals:

http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/bedouin-animal-sacrifice-rituals-provide-clues-to-archaeological-remains-133733.htm

All cattle can be traced back -- dna wise -- to a herd in Iran some 10 500
years b.p.:

http://phys.org/news/2012-03-dna-cattle-small-herd-domesticated.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/ucl-dtc032712.php


On why temperature affects the taste of things for us humans:

http://www.livescience.com/19288-room-temperature-coffee-taste.html

Rethinking the Neolithic Revolution:

http://phys.org/news/2012-03-foraging-farming-year-revolution.html

High tech photography may have revealed Shakespeare's signature:

http://news.discovery.com/history/shakespeare-signature-tech-120403.html
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/04/50-megapixel-digital-imaging-system-uncovers-shakespeare-signature.ars

Feature on execution in the Ottoman Empire:

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/history/2012/03/the-ottoman-empires-life-death-race/

The Earths' wobble may have ended the last Ice Age:

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/05/150000446/shake-it-off-earth-s-wobble-may-have-ended-ice-age


Feature on finding sites with Google Earth:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2012/googling-the-past-how-i-uncovered-prehistoric-remains-from-my-office

... which seems related to this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17436400

Ten 'most sacred' spots:

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/04/08/10-most-sacred-spots-on-earth/

The National Archives found some Nazi loot:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/national-archives-announces-discovery-of-nazi-looted-art-volumes/

Review of Paul B. Israel et al (eds.), *The Papers of Thomas A. Edison*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/books/review/the-seventh-volume-of-thomas-edisons-papers.html

Review of Tom Holland, *In the Shadow of the Sword*:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/historybookreviews/9174113/In-the-Shadow-of-the-Sword-by-Tom-Holland-review.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/30/fall-roman-empire-rise-islam
http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/blog/7765973/interview-tom-hollandon-the-origins-of-islam.thtml

Review of Kathryn Harrison, *Enchantments*:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/25/RVTP1NNMT6.DTL

Review of Jennifer duBois, *A Partial History of Lost Causes* (fiction):

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/25/RV131N66H2.DTL

http://www.ancientdigger.com/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Semi-touristy thing on Empuries:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2012/03/29/empuries-the-ancient-greek-town-of-spain/

Turkey:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/mar/23/turkey-unusual-tourist-sights
================================================================
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/
================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
A Belgian art dealer convicted of smuggling has died while under
house arrest in Beijing:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/belgian-man-convicted-of-art-smuggling-dies-in-beijing-while-under-house-arrest/2012/03/30/gIQAHLvlkS_story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17561107

Major theft of some Chinese artifacts from Durham University's
Oriental Museum:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/04/07/international/i024255D32.DTL&tsp=1
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/british-police-say-chinese-artifacts-worth-32-million-stolen-from-uk-museum/2012/04/07/gIQAYSYM1S_story.html

China and Mexico are cooperating in regards to dealing with smuggling:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=488759&CategoryId=14091

A purloined sarcophagus from Turkey turns up in Switzerland:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/swiss-customs-seize-roman-sarcophagus-stolen-from-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=16998&NewsCatID=375

Vandalism at Priddy Circles:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-17614600

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

Safe Corner:

http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Roman coins from Ripley:

http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Treasure-hunter-uncovers-coins-Ripley-dating/story-15703408-detail/story.html

Roman coins from Bath:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-17480016
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/27/hoard-roman-coins-found-in-england/

Celtic hoard from Switzerland:

http://bazonline.ch/basel/gemeinden/Archaeologen-finden-Schatz-in-Fuellinsdorf/story/24533898(Germany)

Latest eSylums:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v15n13.html (Mar 25)
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v15n14.html (April 1)
http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v15n15.html (later today)

Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
================================================================
I think every local paper mentioned something about Google's Art Project, so
it's easier just to link to the project itself:

http://www.googleartproject.com/

Egyptian Antiquities at Dartmouth:

http://thedartmouth.com/2012/04/02/arts/egypt

Utopian Impulse:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/arts/design/r-buckminster-fullers-comeback-at-a-san-francisco-museum.html

Colorful Realm:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/arts/design/colorful-realm-works-by-ito-jakuchu-at-national-gallery.html

Faux Real:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/prolific-forger-gets-an-exhibition-with-his-name-attached/

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love:

http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=54445
http://usa.greekreporter.com/2012/04/01/aphrodite-and-the-gods-of-love-exhibition-at-the-getty-villa-museum/
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/03/art-review-aphrodite-and-the-gods-of-love-at-the-getty-villa.html

Rembrandt at Work:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/arts/design/rembrandt-at-work-at-metropolitan-museum.html

Nuestra Senora de Begona:

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/30825272/detail.html

Zucker Holy Land Travel Manuscript (can't decide where to put this one):

http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/zucker/
http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/zucker/intro.cfm
http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/zucker/pages/index_zucker.cfm?so_id=18004&pageposition=1&level=3&rotate=0(online
version)

8000 years b.p. footprints:

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-276108-8000-year-old-footprints-to-be-displayed-at-istanbul-museum.html
http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/zucker/mapplan.cfm (maps)

Turkey's asking a number of US museums to return things they believed
were illegally excavated:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-turkey-antiquities-20120331,0,4673943.story
http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2012/04/02/turkey-targeting-return-of-antiquities-in-cleveland-museum-of-arts-collection
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/turkey-steps-up-demands-for-antiquities-in-u-s-museums/

A judge has ruled the SLAM can keep its mummy mask:

http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=54592

Major stamp collection coming to auction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/nyregion/frelinghuysen-familys-rare-stamp-collection-goes-to-auction.html

Drouot art sale:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/31/arts/31iht-melikian31.html

Check out our Twitter hashtage for more ancient exhibition reviews:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23classicalexhibit
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
New season of Game of Thrones:

http://tv.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/arts/television/game-of-thrones-on-hbo.html

Deidamia:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/arts/28iht-loomis28.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
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OBITUARIES
================================================================
Ross Kilpatrick:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/from-vergil-to-winnie-the-pooh-ross-kilpatrick-had-wide-ranging-interests/article2381034/

Hilton Kramer:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/arts/design/hilton-kramer-critic-who-championed-modernism-dies-at-84.html
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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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