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explorator 5.50

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explorator 5.50                                 April 13, 2003
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Editor's note: Depending on your mail software, some urls may
wrap (especially those from the Telegraph) which will require
you to rebuild the url at your end; if you get a 'file not
found', check to see if the url wrapped on you. 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,  Bill Kennedy, Donna Hurst, Michael Oberndorf,
Chris Renaud, Hernan Astudillo, Mike Ruggeri, Louis A. Okin, Yonatan
Nadelman, Eleftheria Mantzouka, John McMahon, Leanne Archer,
W. Richard Frahm, Jennifer Wees, Dave Sowdon, and Karl Wittwer
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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The major news of the week, of course, is that the Baghdad Museum
was looted this week ... here's various coverage:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2942449.stm
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=396743
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=540&e=8&u=/ap/20030412/ap_on_re_mi_ea/war_plundered_treasures_7
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=570&ncid=753&e=4&u=/nm/20030412/sc_nm/iraq_baghdad_museum_dc
http://www.tercera.cl/lt/Articulo/0,4293,3255_5702_28456846,00.html (spanish)
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=34591&section=NEWS&subsection=NEWS&year=2003&month=4&day=13
http://www.msnbc.com/news/899588.asp

.. and the museum in Mosul:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,935267,00.html

.. and Basra (mentioned only in passing):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52059-2003Apr7.html

.. somewhat disturbing is the last paragraphs of this one:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/10/international/worldspecial/10BABY.html

.. and similarly disturbing are the implications of the information
in this one:

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/08/wur08.xml

Perhaps even more disturbing is the following tidbit, which appeared
*before* the museums were a target:

http://www.sundayherald.com/32895

.. and this one (guess who isn't a signatory to the Hague Convention?):

http://www.athensnews.gr/athweb/nathens.print_unique?e=C&f=13008&m=A11&aa=2&eidos=S

.. as mentioned before, a good place to monitor this sort of thing
is Francis Deblauwe's site:

http://cctr.umkc.edu/user/fdeblauwe/iraq.html

Al-Ahram has a couple of good items -- somewhat late -- on the threat
(the last one is by Zahi Hawass):

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/633/hr1.htm
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/633/hr2.htm
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/633/hr3.htm

Back to regular Exploratorish things ... it seems our ancestors
were rather more cannibalistic than previously thought:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/898430.asp
http://autofeed.msn.co.in/pandoraV15/output/A0A01EB7-972F-4586-9324-2D9AD5DF2039.asp
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2937187.stm
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993615
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/04/030411071024.htm
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0410_030410_cannibal.html
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=570&ncid=753&e=6&u=/nm/20030410/sc_nm/health_madcow_dc

A 5000 b.p. dagger has been fished out of a German lake:

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=31&art_id=qw1049821560130B265&set_id=1
http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,,2-13-1443_1344852,00.html

Tombs in County Meath betray a prehistoric knowledge of solstices and
equinoxes:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2928043.stm

They're trying to straighten some of the Avebury stones:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_768525.html
http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/08/nave08.xml

Theories about the site of Moses' Mt. Sinai are in the press again:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/898379.asp
http://www.naplesnews.com/03/04/neapolitan/d931763a.htm

Some digs apparently are still going on in the Middle East:

http://www.gulfnews.com/Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=84042

Archaeological evidence of a sacrifice supports ancient claims that
Siena was (re)founded by the Romans:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-642214,00.html

Analysis of samples from Tel Rehov apparently provides evidence for
a united monarchy in the tenth century B.C./B.C.E.:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull%26cid=1049942359997

The Time Team folks are excavating a Roman Villa:

http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/Content/news/story.asp?datetime=11+Apr+2003+11%3A24&tbrand=ESTOnline&tCategory=News&category=News&brand=ESTOnline&itemid=IPED11+Apr+2003+07%3A24%3A46%3A450

A portrait bust of Plato languishing in a basement at UCBerkeley is
now considered authentic:

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2003/04/09_plato.shtml
http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125~1486~1316148,00.html
http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1319146,00html

The British Museum made public the discovery of a huge hoard (got it
right that time!) of Iron Age coins along with a gilded silver Roman
helmet:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,931888,00.html
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=395096
http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/08/ncoin08.xml
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=42629&command=displayContent&sourceNode=42628&contentPK=5049931

Assorted items found by metal detectorists and others in Norfolk:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/content/News/story.asp?datetime=11+Apr+2003+06%3A16&tbrand=EDPOnline&tCategory=NEWS&category=News&brand=EDPOnline&itemid=NOED10+Apr+2003+18%3A18%3A30%3A943
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THE AMERICAS
================================================================
Archaeologists are trying to shed light on what really happened
to Jane McCrea:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--janemccreamystery0409apr09,0,1531751.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

.. and who is buried in Mead's tomb?:

http://www.lowellsun.com/Stories/0,1413,105~4746~1310272,00.html
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ALSO OF INTEREST
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Toolmaking appears not to be the sole preserve of the male of our
species:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/04/030407080401.htm

Is it the mummy of Ramses I or not?:

http://www.archaeology.org/cgi-bin/ads_1.pl?iframe

Outdoor life has a piece on how Oetzi and the Amesbury Archer
hunted:

http://www.outdoorlife.com/outdoor/newsandfacts/snapshots/article/0,13285,441818,00.html

The New York Times has a touristy thing on Seville:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/06/travel/06wdseville.html

Apparently the Middle Ages were rather warmer than today:

http://www.portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/06/nclim06.xml

The latest stop in the 'return the Partheonon/Elgin marbles to
Greece' tour:

http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TRAVEL/04/10/wkd.acropolis.appeal.ap/
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--acropolisappeal0406apr06,0,5975507.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=DFFF43B3-4584-4C87-98A4F9A06D1E2D45

.. and Canada has joined the list of countries urging their return:

http://www.canada.com/montreal/news/story.asp?id=42D4FC00-2326-41F2-B9A2-D564C438A67A

The Harford Farm horde needs funding:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/norfolk/2930287.stm

.. as do the mosaics at Brading Roman Villa:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-637360,00.html

If only other metal detectorists had this woman's attitude:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/devon/2929951.stm

A committee is wrestling with the problem of what should be done
with human remains in museums:

http://www.butterfliesandwheels.com/articleprint.php?num=15

The manuscript for Beethoven's Ninth is up for auction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/07/arts/music/07MANU.html

Going through old papers has cast some doubt on British claims to
have discovered Neptune:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2936663.stm
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MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
================================================================
Social History of Medicine 16.1 (abstracts available):

http://www3.oup.co.uk/sochis/hdb/Volume_16/Issue_01/

A new issue of The Digger is available:

http://www.archaeo.freeserve.co.uk/THE%20DIGGER/The%20Digger28/index.html

Nature has a feature on the aqueduct at Aspendos:

http://www.nature.com/nsu/030407/030407-3.html
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ON THE WEB
================================================================
The New York Public Library's online picture collection is worth
a look (check out the folders ... nice pix of native Americans
in various periods):

http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/browse.cfm

Saw this on the ANE list ... the Center for International Studies
at the University of Chicago is sponsoring a lecture series on
the Middle East and putting the talks up on the web in .ram format.
Among the talks are a pair by McGuire Gibson and Fred Donner on
"Iraq Before Saddam Hussein":

http://internationalstudies.uchicago.edu/events.html

A pile of old maps of Japan have been put online ... definitely worth
a look:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/10/technology/circuits/10mapp.html
http://www.davidrumsey.com/japan/
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NEW ONLINE BOOKS
================================================================
Daniel Wilson, *The Lost Atlantis and Other Ethnographic Studies*:

http://www.canadiana.org/cgi-bin/ECO/mtq?doc=41556

*Aristotle on the Art of Poetry* (Bywater trans.):

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=6763
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CRIME BEAT
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Police have recovered some frescoes stolen from Pompeii, but they
are very damaged:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/896872.asp
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-2541920,00.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/09/international/europe/09BRIE2.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/08/international/europe/08POMP.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Italy-Stolen-Frescoes.html
http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F04%2F09%2Fwfresc09.xml (nice pic)
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AT ABOUT.COM
================================================================
Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill has a piece on the age of emperors
at accession:

http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl/bl_ageataccession.htm

Archaeology Guide Kris Hirst continues her series on the history
of archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/cs/18th19thcentury/a/history2.htm
================================================================
BOOK REVIEWS
================================================================
T. Scanlon, *Eros and Greek Athletics*:

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/this_week/story.asp?story_id=25875
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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Antony and Cleopatra (New York):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/10/arts/music/10ANTO.html

Women of Lockerbie:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/10/arts/theater/10WOME.html
================================================================
DON'T EAT THAT ELMER (A.K.A. CUM GRANO SALIS)
================================================================
Since the Pravda links from last week were so popular (8^)) ... here's one
I left out ... it includes ancient Egyptian accounts of UFO's:

http://english.pravda.ru/society/2003/04/05/45663.html

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EXHIBITIONS
================================================================
The Bull in the Mediterranean World: Myth and Legends (Athens):

http://www.athensnews.gr/athweb/nathens.prnt_article?e=C&f=13008&t=04&m=A39&aa=1

Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity (Brooklyn):

http://www.msnbc.com/news/898920.asp
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/11/arts/design/11GLUE.html

The Mysterious Bog People (Quebec):

http://www.dallasnews.com/travel/mexcc/stories/041303dntrabog.9b25.html

The Horse and Rider (Moscow):

http://www.tmtmetropolis.ru/metropolis/stories/2003/04/11/102.html

The Way of the Samurai:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/07/arts/07ARTS.html (nice pic upper right; scroll down for article)
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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
================================================================
This year's Runciman Lecture was on "What Have the Spartans Done
For Us?":

http://www.athensnews.gr/athweb/nathens.prnt_article?e=C&f=13007&t=04&m=A40&aa=1

Perfess'r Harris:

http://www.realchangenews.org/issue/current/classics/classics_corner.html

Not sure what to read into this one ... the petition protesting
the closure of Classics at Queen's (Belfast) apparently ranks behind
a tuck shop robbery but ahead of a dog poop problem:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=396474

ClassCon (and ClassMisspelling) in a panel discussion on war
reparations:

http://www.chronicle.duke.edu/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/04/08/3e92b6e626fe0

Peter Jones:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-04-12&id=3000

Dot Wordsworth:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-04-12&id=2998

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
================================================================
Leon Levy (Philanthropist):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/08/obituaries/08LEVY.html
http://www.forbes.com/2003/04/07/cz_rl_0407levy.html

George Cornell (Benefactor):

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-loccornell09040903apr09,0,2634172.story?coll=orl-news-headlines
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REPEATS
================================================================
Dancing Satyr:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/02/arts/02ARTS.html (scroll down)
http://www.athensnews.gr/athweb/nathens.prnt_article?e=C&f=13008&t=04&m=A40&aa=1
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EXPLORATOR is a weekly newsletter representing the fruits of
the labours of 'media research division' of The Atrium. Various
on-line news and magazine sources are scoured for news of the
ancient world (broadly construed: practically anything relating
to archaeology or history  prior to about 1700 or so is fair
game) and every Sunday they are delivered to your mailbox free of
charge!
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Useful Addresses
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