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explorator 5.46

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explorator 5.46                                    March 16, 2003
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Roger Pearse, Donna Hurst, Karl Wittwer,
Richard Heli, Lee Michaels, Mike Ruggeri, Yonatan Nadelman, 'doxy',
Bill Kennedy, Glenn Meyer, John McMahon, W. Richard Frahm,
Leanne Archer, Helena Jaeschke, James Thiele, Cronman mac Nessa,
Louis A. Okin, Donna Hurst, Michael Oberndorf, Hernan Astudillo,
John Hall, C.J. Feehan, Dave Sowdon, Bill Thayer, Christine Renaud,
'alesmonetos', Paul Cowie,
 and Sally Winchester for headses
upses this week (a.a.h.i.h.l.n.o.o.)

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AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA
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Plenty of coverage this week of the discovery of 350 000 B.P. human
footprints on the slopes of an extinct Italian volcano:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2844287.stm
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_759683.html
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_medical/story.jsp?story=386514
http://www.msnbc.com/news/884221.asp?0cv=CB20
http://www.nature.com/nsu/030310/030310-9.html
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/03/13/MN36786.DTL
http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/03/13/wfoot13.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/03/13/ixworld.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/13/international/europe/13BRIE4.html
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993497
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1047507719798_112///?hub=SciTech
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/03/0312_030312_firsttracks.html
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20030310/footprint.html

Prehistoric Britons practiced mummification, it seems:

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=387535

School construction threatens a Roman villa site in the UK:

http://www.mansfieldtoday.co.uk/fullstory.asp?storyid=10

A brief item on the discovery of a Roman burial on Cyprus:

http://www.hri.org/news/cyprus/tcpr/2003/03-03-11.tcpr.html#11

Excavations for a parking lot near the Vatican have turned up a
necropolis of Neronian date (er ... back when Explorator was just
starting, this "Vatican Car Park" was a big issue ... in any
event, the coverage is somewhat varied in these):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,911556,00.html
http://campaigns.f2.com.au/html.ng/cat=news&ctype=story&subcat=world&site=age&adspace=468x60
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/11/1047144978559.html
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_759593.html
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/international.cfm?id=298952003

cf. (from 1999/2000):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/546208.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/626321.stm

Al-Ahram has a feature on the excavation of a Roman settlement near
the Temple of Luxor:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/626/he2.htm

.. and one on Memphis:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/629/hr1.htm

A very nice Iron Age burial was found in Scotland:

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/11-3-19103-0-36-7.html

The San Francisco Chronicle has a feature on the debateable dates
for a 'serpent king' (India) sculpture in its collection:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/03/10/DD196756.DTL

The Ayodhya dig is starting to turn up artifacts (and controversy ...
there is a bit of variation in the following coverage):

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/02161402.htm
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=23771
http://www.mid-day.com/news/nation/2003/march/47510.htm
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_213322,0008.htm
http://www.centralchronicle.com/20030315/1503013.htm
http://news.sify.com/cgi-bin/sifynews/news/content/news_fullstory_v2.jsp?article_oid=12817400&page_no=1

Recent excavations are suggesting that Australian Aborigine society
was rather more sophisticated than previously thought:

http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2003/03/12/1047431096364.htm

Signs of a Saxon settlement have turned up in Norwich:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2850431.stm

The latest on the Welsh 'Mary Rose':

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/2850385.stm

A Napoleonic cannon was found beneath a Jaffa flea market:

http://tinyurl.com/7ki0

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THE AMERICAS
================================================================
Plenty of coverage this week on the connection between climate
change and the collapse of the Maya (I'm not positive, but this seems
to be somewhat different from previous coverage):

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=624&u=/ap/20030313/ap_on_sc/demise_of_the_maya_2&printer=1
http://www.msnbc.com/news/884939.asp
http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/science/03/14/demise.maya.ap/index.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2848977.stm
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993502

cf. (from January):  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-01/nofs-ccf012402.php

Not sure what to make of this one ... some guy (is he a professional
archaeologist?) is making connections between the Hopi and the Mogollon
peoples in New Mexico:

http://www.alamogordonews.com/Stories/0,1413,160%257E9602%257E1232544,00.html

The Salt Lake Tribune has a feature on Arizona's Salado people:

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Mar/03102003/utah/36807.asp

DNA and other evidence suggests the 'Carolina Dog' may be the Americas
most primitive dog:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/03/0311_030311_firstdog.html

Archaeologists are excavating the house where General Rosecrans
prepared troops for the assault on Chatanooga:

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20030311&Category=APN&ArtNo=303110551&Ref=AR
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ALSO OF INTEREST
================================================================
The Guardian has a very interesting piece on Gertrude Bell (there's
*got* to be a movie here somewhere):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,912266,00.html

On the DNA front, they're using the genetic history of the bacterium
that causes stomach ulcers to track human migrations:

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/09/1047144868643.html

The New York Times has an extended piece on the claimed Egyptian
invention of baseball:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/15/arts/15TANK.html
http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=115765&category=FRONTPG&newsdate=3/15/2003

A scholar is challenging the view that Michelangelo tried to
destroy the Pietà:

http://hnn.us/comments/9364.html

An interesting piece on a Rembrandt self portrait and why he painted
so many of them (scroll down a bit):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/14/arts/design/14INSI.html

Some lessons from the Crusades were in the news this week:

http://hnn.us/articles/865.html#reston3-14-03

A UK collection of petroglyphs will soon be available via the Internet:

http://www.arts.scotsman.com/headlines_specific.cfm?id=6882
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-03/uonu-pag031103.php


The BBC has put together a "Walking With Cavemen" series to air
very soon (cf. "Walking with Dinosaurs" etc.):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2840599.stm
================================================================
ON THE NEWSSTANDS
================================================================

================================================================
ON THE WEB
================================================================
The New York Times has a nice feature on a couple of websites put
up by Russian officials about 'trophy art' taken from the Nazis
during WWII:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/12/arts/design/12REST.html

.. the links on that page aren't very useful, but if you poke around
you can get to pages with descriptions (in English character sets) of
what's in particular museums.

A while back we mentioned the "Threat to world heritage in Iraq"
site ... it's been substantially updated with more threatened sites
and links:

http://users.ox.ac.uk/~wolf0126/

.. and this seems like a good place for the latest news pieces on the subject
as well:

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/scitech/World/iraq_antiquities030310.html
http://www.msnbc.com/news/885467.asp?0cv=KB10
http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2003/03/09/build/world/q-archeology.inc

.. and preparations to protect things in Baghdad:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/4034275

Fans of the history of medicine will enjoy the BIUM site (in French)
which features a pile of manuscripts of medical works, among other
things:

http://www.bium.univ-paris5.fr/histmed/


James Ossuary (nice summary):

http://user.tninet.se/~npt994z/james_ossuary_inscription.htm
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NEW ONLINE BOOKS
================================================================
A number of patristic works which aren't part of that big 39 volume
thing (e.g. Zosimus, Sidonius Apollinaris, Basil etc.) have been
put up at the excellent Tertullian site ... worth a look:

http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/

S.P. Scott (trans.) *THE CIVIL LAW Including
The Twelve Tables, The Institutes of Gaius, The Rules of
Ulpian, The Opinions of Paulus, The Enactments
of Justinian, and The Constitutions of Leo* [n.b. this includes
the Digest and Codex of Justinian; the translation is often
shakey, but useful]:

http://www.constitution.org/sps/sps.htm

Thomas de Quincey, *The Caesars*:

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=6672
================================================================
ON  THE ARCHAEOLOGY CHANNEL
================================================================
Etnias (people of the Amazon Rain Forest):

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/
================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
While folks were distracted by the Vatican Car Park thing, someone
cut the hand off a statue of St. Peter and purloined it:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=518&ncid=518&e=7&u=/ap/20030313/ap_on_re_eu/vatican_stolen_hand_2

A number of Roman artifacts (including the Apollo head possibly of
Phidian make mentioned above) were recently recovered in Rome:

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/03/13/wapolo13.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/03/13/ixworld.html

Tombs in China are being looted:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/03/13/international1329EST0665.DTL
================================================================
AT ABOUT.COM
================================================================
Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill's latest is a review of *The Shadow
Women* (historical fiction set in the time of Exodus)

http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/bookreviewssz/gr/shadowwomen.htm

Archaeology Guide Kris Hirst confesses to her love of movies with
an archaeological angle:

http://archaeology.about.com/library/weekly/aa112298.htm
================================================================
BOOK REVIEWS
================================================================

================================================================
PERFORMANCES
================================================================
The Odyssey (a rock music adaptation ...):

http://www.insidedenver.com/drmn/on_stage/article/0,1299,DRMN_53_1807443,00.html
================================================================
DON'T EAT THAT ELMER (A.K.A. CUM GRANO SALIS)
================================================================
================================================================
EXHIBITIONS
================================================================
A Stage for Dionysos (Dublin):

http://www.mpa.gr/article.html?doc_id=331777

In the Time of the Etruscans (Philadelphia):

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/5378600.htm

Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind and Spirit (New York):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/14/arts/design/14VIET.html

Picturing Natural History (New York):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/14/arts/design/14RUSS.html

A pile of exhibitions which make up the Cultural Olympiad:

http://www.greece.gr/CULTURE/Music/ycultural-1.stm
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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
================================================================
What to do with a Classics degree:

http://wildcat.arizona.edu/papers/96/108/04_1.html

The Times has a feature on Phidias:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-609237,00.html

.. and a head of Apollo attributed to him:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-609238,00.html

Teachers at all levels might get some ideas from 'Project Teach':

http://www.middletownpress.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=7389816&BRD=1645&PAG=461&dept_id=10856&rfi=6

Interesting how the Roman world has become the media's 'standard'
for examination of someone's military ambitions (this one is *not*
U.S. v. Iraq!):

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/abs_news_body.asp?section=Opinion&oid=18001

Here's someone who's a fan of Marcus Aurelius:

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/07/1046826533257.html

Proof, I suspect, of the existence of higher powers: that proposed
Aphrodite theme park on Cyprus has been scrapped:

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/March/13/index.html

In case you missed it, tube-stops in Newcastle and environs are
now boasting signs in Latin:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2847385.stm
http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,177128,00.html
http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100local/page.cfm?objectid=12734584&method=full&siteid=50081

USNews has a feature on Victor Davis Hanson:

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/030317/misc/17hanson.htm

Coverage of the JCL convention in California:

http://www.calmanac.com/thisweek/2003_03_12.classics.html
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5364357.htm

The New York Times has a feature on Jonathan Shay:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/11/health/psychology/11SHAY.html
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20954~1246591,00.html

There's a push on for restaurants near Hadrian's Wall to add
Roman items to their menus:

http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100local/page.cfm?objectid=12698732&method=full&siteid=50081

And there's ClassCon in a piece on 'food pioneers':

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/news/stories/20030316/localnews/1185355.html

Pankration is returning to the Olympics (er, didn't we used to
call this "Ultimate Fighting" and have to see it on pay-per-view?):

http://www.stgeorgesutherlandleader.com.au/read.asp?article=003n3033685.txt&s=news

So why did all those Greek gods live on Olympus?:

http://www.athensnews.gr/athweb/nathens.print_unique?e=C&f=13004&m=A22&aa=1&eidos=S

More on Lysistrata readings:

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/mar2003/lysi-m15.shtml
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june03/protest_03-12.html

A somewhat muddled account of a recent Parthenon/Elgin Marbles
Conference in Athens:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/news/civ__3412962KathiLev&xml/&aspKath/civ.asp?fdate=15/03/2003

Plenty of ClassCon in a piece by Gwynn Dyer on the American Empire:

http://www.ctnow.com/news/opinion/op_ed/hc-dyer0307.artmar07,0,6155989.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Doped

ClassCon in a history-of-science-as-revealed-in-art piece:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/15/arts/design/15LIGH.html

You're probably closer to Medusa right now than you think (I know
I am!):

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/134649672_btsoho10.html

Latin phrase of the day (scroll down):

http://www.theadvocate.com/stories/031403/smi_smiley001.shtml

Ancient Movie Gossip:

http://www.megastar.co.uk/ents/news/2003/03/06/sMEG01MTA0Njk1ODQ4Nzg.html

Etymologies:

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Mar/03162003/nation_w/38852.asp (xeriscape)
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=7388657&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=7563&rfi=6 (lacrymosa)
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1047797737100516.xml (in situ)
http://catholicnewworld.com/cnw/issue/coat_031603.html (a new bishop's motto)
http://www.cincypost.com/2003/03/15/chabots03-15-2003.html (chabot)

Peter Jones in the Spectator:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-03-15&id=2892

.. and Dot Wordsworth:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-03-15&id=2890

Akropolis News in Classical Greek:
http://www.akwn.net/

Radio Finland's Nuntii Latini
http://www.yle.fi/fbc/latini/trans.html

Radio Bremen's Der Monatsrückblick - auf Latein
http://www.radiobremen.de/online/latein/

U.S. Weather in Latin:
http://latin.wunderground.com/

================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Howard Fast (author of *Spartacus*):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-2476312,00.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/13/obituaries/13FAST.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23286-2003Mar13.html

Geoffrey Kirk (Classicist):

http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F03%2F13%2Fdb1302.xml
================================================================
REPEATS
================================================================
[editor's note: I've decided to rename this section ... it has
pretty much evolved itself into a 'repeats' section (as opposed to
a true 'followup' section) -- genuine followups will be reported
above as they have been for the past while]

Court-ordered Indian Temple Dig (nothing new):

http://www.msnbc.com/news/883707.asp
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/13/international/asia/13BRIE3.html (scroll down)

Kagan Gets National Humanities Medal:

http://www.yale.edu/opa/v31.n21/story2.html

Neanderthals and Humans Didn't Mix:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/11/science/social/11ESSA.html
http://www.betterhumans.com/News/news.aspx?articleID=2003-03-07-2

Northern Plantations (both audio pieces from NPR):

http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1192333
http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1192335

Oldest Wheel:

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20030310/wheel.html

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