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explorator 10.33 December 9, 2007
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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, Dexter Hoyos,
Diana Wright, Edward Rockstein, Hernan Astudillo, John McMahon,
John McChesney-Young, Joseph Lauer, Mata Kimasitayo,
Mike Ruggeri, Richard C. Griffiths, Bob Heuman, Rochelle Altman,
Ross W. Sargent, Susan Jaslow, Toke Lindegaard Knudsen,
and W. Richard Frahm, for headses upses this week (as always
hoping I have left no one out).

Happy Hannukah!
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EARLY HUMANS
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Evidence of tuberculosis in some homo erectus remains:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-12/uota-mac120407.php
http://www.physorg.com/news116230398.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071207091852.htm
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071207-tb-evolution.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7130760.stm
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/15709/1066/

A rerun/analysis of that Neanderthal find from back in
October:

http://tinyurl.com/2rw7vz (Dispatch)

More coverage of the fungus problem at Lascaux:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/world/europe/09cave.html
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AFRICA
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Evidence of Dogon and Bamama sacrifice:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071203091232.htm
http://tinyurl.com/34tjyt (New Scientist)
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Much coverage of the discovery of what is being identified as
the house of Helene of Adiabene:

http://tinyurl.com/3xjepo (AP)
http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/105751.html
http://tinyurl.com/2jh5aw (JPost)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22114603/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124482
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071206/ap_on_sc/israel_queen_s_house
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=931674
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i7NiFRxGJpEGQj58csK1kblhnTpw
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j5Xmggsj_n39zKXq5FW5iq4e7L0AD8TC6HFG0
http://tinyurl.com/2qggqv (video)

Overviewish thing on the French excavations at Karnak:

http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3244,36-985210@51-985333,0.html

An alabaster vase has been returned to Egypt:

http://www.dailystaregypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=10689

Somewhat vague coverage of an 18th century B.C./B.C.E. burial
site (or sites) near Damascus:

http://en.rian.ru/world/20071204/90849186.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071204/ap_on_re_mi_ea/syria_archaeology_1
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22097619/

Another mummy is getting the CT scan treatment:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-7138535,00.html

Rethinking Byzantine Judaism:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=930817

A call for the return of bits of the Aleppo Codex:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/930333.html

Interesting radio program on 'Biblical archaeology':

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/religionreport/stories/2007/2109263.htm

More on the Hittites' use of 'germ warfare':

http://tinyurl.com/2n6ohd (Telegraph)

More coverage of the 'baby in a jar' burial from Palmyra:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071203-AP-syria-antiquities.html

Review of Nina Burleigh, *Mirage: Napoleonís Scientists and the
Unveiling of Egypt.*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/books/review/Bouton-t.html

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/

Archaeologist at Large:

http://spaces.msn.com/members/ArchaeologyinEgypt/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A major find of bronze tableware (for want of a better word,
I guess) in London:

http://tinyurl.com/2dh4wh (Daily Mail)
http://tinyurl.com/39efue (Telegraph)
http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/news/story/0,,2223766,00.html
http://tinyurl.com/2p8oqw (Times)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22133252/
http://in.news.yahoo.com/071207/139/6o5x1.html

The English press got hold of the Herculaneum throne story this
week:

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=rare-ancient-wooden-thron
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,315246,00.html
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=33908&sectionid=3510212
http://africa.reuters.com/odd/news/usnL04138888.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071204/sc_nm/italy_throne_dc_1
http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSL0413888820071204
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3001613.ece
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7128553.stm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22104595/

Ancient Roman glue from Germany:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/071208/139/6o7ec.html
http://tinyurl.com/2joguq
http://tinyurl.com/3d552p
http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article3226417.ece

A Roman town site (Chester Farm) might be put up for sale to
protect it:

http://tinyurl.com/2rzm5b (ET)

They're going to be raising a Roman barge found at Cologne:

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/155522.html

Nice feature on the House of the Surgeon:

http://tinyurl.com/37cnog (Telegraph)
http://tinyurl.com/2urrjc (Italian coverage)

Investor's Business Daily has a feature on Schliemann:

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=21&issue=20071206

In case you missed it, here's Harry Mount's piece on Latin in the
New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/03/opinion/03mount.html
ttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/03/opinion/03mount-latin.html

... and some followup letters to the editor:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/05/opinion/l05latin.html

Review of Mary Beard, *The Roman Triumph*:

http://tinyurl.com/3955zd (Times)

Recent reviews from BMCR:

http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/recent.html

Recent reviews from Scholia:

http://www.classics.und.ac.za/reviews/2007.htm

Visit our blog:

http://www.atrium-media.com/rogueclassicism

Blegen Library News:

http://blegen.blogspot.com/

Mediterranean Archaeology:

http://medarch.blogspot.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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More evidence that Liverpool was a major Viking settlement:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2220798,00.html

As suspected a few weeks ago, the Stonehenge tunnel plan is
being scrapped:

http://tinyurl.com/3dty25 (Reuters)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22133602/
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/transport/article3231222.ece
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/wiltshire/7130666.stm

On ancient Irish breweries:

http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/magazine/15-12/ps_ale

A mystery (solved) on Greenland:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1128/p13s01-stgn.html

Searching for a Lascaux-like site in the UK:

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/visualart/story/0,,2222879,00.html

More coverage of those horse bones in a Yorkshire kiln:

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/article.php?aid=165448&aff=rss

Review of Kate Colquhoun, *Taste: The Story of Britain Through
Its Cooking*

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/books/review/Jack-t.htm

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

http://www.archaeology.eu.com/weblog/index.html
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
================================================================
A 2200 b.p. burial from China's Hubei province:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-12/07/content_6304093.htm
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90782/90874/6316695.html

A shell mound with a burial from Guangxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/english/culture/234465.htm

Excitement about the Liangzhu ruins:

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/6314224.html

Plans are afoot to excavate a horse and chariot in Viet Nam:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-12/07/content_7215171.htm

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://www.nzarchaeology.org/netsubnews.htm
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Evidence of an ancient Maya marketplace:

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/245945/
http://nn.byu.edu/story.cfm/66605
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/535748/?sc=rssn
http://tinyurl.com/37q2wf
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7620583

I don't think we've mentioned this ancient Maya 'death vase'
find yet:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071203-maya-vase.html

Possible evidence of pre-European fermentation of alcohol:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-12/dnl-des120507.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071205140118.htm
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/535910/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
Pondering Hannukah:

http://tinyurl.com/2k5grf (JPost)

Claims that Leonardo da Vinci was an Arab, based on his fingerprint
(hmmmmmmmmmmm):

http://tinyurl.com/2szvqc (Telegraph)

Interesting item on feuding:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/weekinreview/09goodnough.html

Strange happenings in Paris' Pantheon:

http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article3196264.ece

What is possibly Michelangelo's last sketch has been found:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7133116.stm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071206/ap_on_re_eu/vatican_michelangelo_found

Arguing about the authorship of "Night Before Christmas":

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Night-Before-Christmas.html

Feature on the underwater archaeology program at Indiana University:

http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=46646&comview=1

On electronic 'orality':

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/weekinreview/02wright.html

On absinthe's 'comeback':

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/05/dining/05absi.html

Mark Twain's "Is He Dead" isn't that bad, apparently:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/theater/09gree.html

Carbs apparently make us human:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/magazine/09starch.

More on the map that named America:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071203/us_nm/usa_map_dc

More coverage of that 'Noah's flood' story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/02/AR2007120201535.html

Review of Gregory Clark, *A Farewell to Alms*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/books/review/Friedman-t.html

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Lives of the Week:

http://www.oxforddnb.com/public/lotw/

Arts and Letters Daily:

http://aldaily.com/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Pompeii:

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2007/dec/03/hot-spot-frozen-time/
================================================================
GENERAL MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
================================================================
About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeoblog:

http://archaeoblog.blogspot.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/
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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Nice video report on the return of some purloined Sipan pieces
to Peru:

http://tinyurl.com/3xetat (NG)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2222675,00.html

A Greek barber had quite a few ancient coins of questionable
provenance:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2995087.ece
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071203/ap_on_re_eu/greece_ancient_coins_1
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/152403.html
http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Dec03/0,4670,GreeceAncientCoins,00.html

Brief item on the recovery of some items from Gravina:

http://tinyurl.com/2jklym (Italian)
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Hobbyblog:

http://hobbyblog.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/
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EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
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Painted With Words:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14987430

Peutinger Map:

http://www.expatica.com/actual/article.asp?subchannel_id=26&story_id=46542

Artisans and Kings:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1127/p18s02-hfks.html

Fordham is opening a museum for Greek, Roman, and Etruscan
Art:

http://www.nysun.com/article/67604

Fighting over ownership/possession of some Picassos:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/08/arts/design/08muse.html

The Portland Art Museum has acquired a Van Gogh:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16792247

The Met's 19th century galleries have reopened:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/07/arts/design/07euro.html

An amazing price for the Guennol Lionness:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7130337.stm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071206/ap_en_ot/ancient_lion_3
http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783375&keys=Sotheby-Guennol-Lioness
http://tinyurl.com/2subzs (AFP via Yahoo)

Big bucks too for a couple of pages of Mozart:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7127343.stm

Italy will be helping refurbish the Egyptian Museum in Cairo:

http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/CultureAndMedia/?id=1.0.1644018855

... and restoring some of the Dead Sea Scrolls:

http://tinyurl.com/2vx4gx

There's a new guy in charge of the Vatican museums:

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/152952.html

Latest coverage of the move of items to the new Acropolis Museum:

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gB-fyRS6c_HoRqeRw7NC4oCIskxA
================================================================
PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Cymbeline:

http://theater2.nytimes.com/2007/12/03/theater/reviews/03cymb.html
================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Richard Leigh (knights templar/freemason/da vinci code):

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/01/arts/01leigh.html

John Strugnell:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/us/09strugnell.html
http://tinyurl.com/35g7sq
http://tinyurl.com/3yguu5

H. Wiley Hitchcock:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/nyregion/09hitchcock0.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
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