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Explorator 6.4

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explorator 6.4                                      May 25, 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, Maurice O'Sullivan, Mike Ruggeri, John
Hall, W. Richard Frahm, John McMahon, Hernan Astudillo, Donna Hurst,
Bill Kennedy, Susan Jaslow, Jennifer K. Wees, Gene Barkley, Leanne
Archer, Yonatan Nadelman, Robert White, Isidoros, and Sally Winchester 
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

Editor's note: I noticed this week that a fair number of subscribers
have set their delivery options to "Daily Digest". Since there is
only one issue of Explorator and it is sent out early Sunday morning,
this really is unnecessary ... all it means is you'll get Explorator
much later than everyone else (digests are sent out Sunday evening,
I think)!

Happy Memorial Day to our friends south of the 49th parallel!
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AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA
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What might be the earliest human attempt at sculpture was found
in Morocco:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3047383.stm

A number of items were returned to Egypt this week:

http://metimes.com/2K3/issue2003-20/eg/ancient_pharaonic_relics.htm
http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o220523.htm

There's been a security upgrade at Giza:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o160523l.htm

The Temple of Edfu has been made more 'tourist friendly':

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o220523a.htm

The tomb of Amenhotep III will undergo emergency restoration:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o220523b.htm

Slovak archaeologists are investigating what their ancient forebears
dined upon (scroll down):

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?cl=12817

The University of Warwick has given Roman theatres a somewhat different
VR treatment:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/05/030521092430.htm

Wow ... maybe the legal system does work ... Greece's highest court
has ruled against government plans to build that ugly thing passing
for a museum on the Acropolis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/21/arts/21ARTS.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3041595.stm

... or maybe it doesn't (scroll down a bit):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/22/arts/22ARTS.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11093

There was a conference devoted to Nicopolis this week:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/news/content.asp?aid=21060

A bit of a teaser on the excavations at Halkan Bunar (Bulgaria):

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=22633

... which is probably related to the discovery (maybe) of a
Thracian temple of Dionysius:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_100008_24/05/2003_29992
http://cooltech.iafrica.com/features/238966.htm

An Etruscan gold book (?!?) has been donated to Bulgaria's
national museum (this sounds awfully suspicious on several 
levels):

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=22691

This is interesting ... archaeologists are using fingerprint evidence
to trace the work of a Roman potter:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/northamptonshire/3045753.stm

There's big plans afoot to excavate Roman Chester:

http://tinyurl.com/cli8
http://tinyurl.com/clib

An article (in the Times!) looks at ancient Rome's problems with flooding
and mentions in passing the possible location of the Temple of the Deified 
Augustus(!):

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,61-685904,00.html

The BBC has a feature on Hadrian's Wall:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2931730.stm

Big news this week (in the sense that it actually was mentioned 
on our local radio station) was the discovery of six more burials
near Stonehenge:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/22/international/europe/22STON.html
http://www.iht.com/articles/97243.html
http://www.msnbc.com/news/916976.asp
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/wiltshire/3047469.stm
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_783642.html
http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/press/eba_burials_21-05-03.html
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2003-05-21-stonehenge_x.htm
http://www.nandotimes.com/healthscience/story/894308p-6230695c.html
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/5912149.htm
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=588&art_id=iol1053695678141W253&set_id=1

... and the Telegraph has a piece on the Boxgrove site:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2003/05/22/ecfaxe21.xml

Latest on the Ayodhya dig:

http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/may/22ayo.htm

Japan's Yayoi period may have started some 500 years earlier than
previously thought:

http://www.asahi.com/english/national/K2003052100218.html

Most of the sites excavated by disgraced Japanese archaeologist
Shinichi Fujimura have been discredited:

http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=1&id=260991

The ancient mosque of Herat is being restored:

http://metimes.com/2K3/issue2003-21/cultent/herat_hones_ancient.htm

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THE AMERICAS
================================================================
A previously-unknown civilization may have been found in Nicaragua
(I'm not sure whether this is related to last week's Honduras
story):

http://www.brightsurf.com/news/may_03/EDU_news_051603_e.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3035113.stm
http://web.latercera.cl/lt/Articulo/0,4293,3255_5726_32610587,00.html (Spanish)

Ancient Inca agricultural techniques are making a comeback:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3047421.stm

Here's coverage of the excavation of a Fort Pitt blockhouse:

http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20030524blockhouse0524p5.asp

A Lake Woodland site is being excavated in Illinois:

http://www.muscatinejournal.com/display/inn_news/news2.txt

The New York Times has a piece on the Mountain Meadows Massacre:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/24/opinion/24DENT.html
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ALSO OF INTEREST
================================================================
This is really marginal, but folks might be interested in the next
appearance of 'The Turk' -- an eighteenth century chess playing
automaton:

http://rfeditor.tripod.com/turk0303.html

Marivaux's "Triumph of Love" has been given the TV treatment:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/18/arts/television/18EDEL.html

Was Sargent's "Madame X" actually a Monsieur (correcting the semi-
mixed metaphor in the original headline):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/18/arts/design/18DILI.html

... and a semi-related piece to cf.:

http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/arts/art/reviews/n_8685/

Books damaged by flooding in Prague -- including incunabula --
have been saved:

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/05/24/wxczek24.xml
http://www.neh.gov/news/humanities/2003-03/prague.html

A manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony annotated by the 
composer fetched a nice price at auction this week:

http://www.ajc.com/living/content/living/0503/22beethoven.html

Last week we were digging up Jesse James for DNA tests ... this 
week, it's Billy the Kid:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/917607.asp
================================================================
MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
================================================================
Archaeology 56.3 (May/June 2003):

http://www.archaeology.org/magazine.php?page=curiss/index

Archaeology Odyssey

http://www.bib-arch.org/bswb_AO/indexAO.html

Arethusa 36.2 (Spring 2003):

http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/arethusa/toc/are36.2.html (MUSE)

Biblical Archaeology Review (May/June 2003):

http://www.bib-arch.org/bswb_BAR/indexBAR.html

Mneomosyne 56.2 (March 2003):

http://ernesto.ingentaselect.com/vl=1201938/cl=65/nw=1/rpsv/cw/brill/00267074/v56n2/contp1-1.htm (TOCs + Abstracts)

Omnibus 45 (January 2003):

http://www.jact.org/currentissue.htm (TOCS)
================================================================
ON THE WEB
================================================================
In case you missed it (like I did) Archaeology Magazine's latest
'Interactive Dig' is the distillery at Mt. Vernon:

http://www.archaeology.org/interactive/mtvernon/

The AMICO library of museum images might be of interest:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/22/technology/circuits/22muse.html

... as might the Medici Archives Project:

http://www.medici.org/

Bruce Chilton, "The Missing Jesus: Rabbinic Judaism and the New 
Testament":

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/The_Missing_Jesus.htm

Jeff Blakely, "Davidic and Solomonic Bazaars, Barracks, Stables, 
Warehouses, Toll Stations, Tripartite Pillared Buildings, or 
Entrepôts ...Whatever: Beyond the Structures Themselves":

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/Davidic_and_Solomonic.htm
================================================================
AT ABOUT.COM
================================================================
Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill has a piece on various myths associated
with Hades:

http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aahades.htm

Archaeology Guide Kris Hirst's latest is on the Japanese city of
Nara:

http://archaeology.about.com/cs/asia/a/nara.htm
================================================================
BOOK REVIEWS
================================================================
Erica Jong, *Sappho's Leap*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/18/books/review/18CONNOLT.html

Christopher Logue, *All Day Permanent Red*:

http://slate.msn.com/id/2082824/
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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Cultural Olympiad things:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/22/arts/dance/22ARTE.html
================================================================
DON'T EAT THAT ELMER (A.K.A. CVM GRANO SALIS)
================================================================
Claims of the discovery of anchors from the Apostle Paul's shipwreck
have resulted in a lawsuit:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/119/42.0.html

These mysterious 'stone faces' keep popping up in various smaller
online newspapers ... I suspect this is the appropriate rubric
to file them under:

http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/local_regional/ap_stonefaces05252003.htm
================================================================
EXHIBITIONS
================================================================
Art of the First Cities:

http://washingtontimes.com/arts/20030523-083435-7845r.htm

"Art of the First Cities* has prompted a NYT editorial:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/24/opinion/24SAT4.html
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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
================================================================
ClassCon (sort of) in musings about postwar Iraq:

http://slate.msn.com/id/2082871/

... and in a piece on Izaak Walton's *Compleat Angler*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/24/opinion/24SAT4.html

More Bogdanosiana:

http://usinfo.state.gov/cgi-bin/washfile/display.pl?p=/products/washfile/latest&f=03052335.plt&t=/products/washfile/newsitem.shtml

Another Classicist involved in spelling bees:

http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/national/article/0,1406,KNS_350_1978477,00.html
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/145/learning/Ex_spelling_champion_earns_loquacious_role+.shtml

A nice piece on the student who will deliver Harvard's 
"Latin Oration" this year:

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/5941294.htm

Victor Davis Hanson's latest opinion piece:

http://www.chronwatch.com/featured/contentDisplay.asp?aid=2793

Kathryn Gutzwiller has a nice detail to add to her c.v.:

http://newsrecord.tuc.uc.edu/read.asp?ID=13362

What some of the younger set are doing:

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1464&dept_id=369559&newsid=8034534&PAG=461&rfi=9

An 1842 photo of the Temple of Olympian Zeus reached a record 
price at Christie's last week:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11092

A piece on travel in the ancient Roman world:

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20030520/5171576s.htm

So that's what the 'Allegory of the Cave' was all about:

http://www.latimes.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=la-sci-branes17may17002430&section=/printstory

Peter Jones:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-05-24&id=3131

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
================================================================
William H. Forsyth (Met Curator):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/21/obituaries/21FORS.html

John Hurst (Medieval Archaeologist):

http://www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/05/23/db2302.xml
================================================================
REPEATS
================================================================
Biblical Committees:

http://www.newyorker.com/printable/?critics/030526crbo_books

No Homo sapiens/Neanderthal Interbreeding:

http://www.sciencenews.org/20030517/fob1.asp

Vatican Latin Dictionary:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3030169.stm
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/20030516.htm

================================================================
IRAQ
================================================================
UNESCO (finally) sent a team over to ascertain what is and
isn't missing in Iraq:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2003-05/17/content_873647.htm

... and found roughly 1000 items are missing:

http://www.angolapress-angop.ao/noticia-e.asp?ID=180710

... or is it 2000 - 3000 pieces?:

http://www.iht.com/articles/97393.html

Much was apparently taken to Baghdad's central bank, which is now
under guard:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11095

Iraq's universities have also been looted:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/19/international/worldspecial/19BASR.html

We are now hearing of archaeological sites being looted as well:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/23/international/worldspecial/23LOOT.html
http://www.iht.com/articles/97285.html
http://www.iht.com/articles/97373.html

More gloom (all different):

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/639/re7.htm
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/features/20_05_03_b.asp
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2003/s861573.htm
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V5596.AP-Iraq-Plundering4.html
http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1441_A_876400_1_A,00.html
http://hnn.us/comments/12429.html

Francis Deblauwe's 'Iraq War and Archaeology' site:

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

================================================================
OTHER SOURCES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS
================================================================
Ancient World Web Breaking News Page:

http://julen.net/ancient/breaking.html

Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologica.org/NewsPage.htm

Archaeology Magazine's Newsbriefs:

http://www.archaeology.org/magazine.php?page=0305/newsbriefs/index

Bible and Interpretation Breaking News:

http://www.bibleinterp.com/news.htm

CBA Newsfeed:

http://www.britarch.ac.uk/newsfeed/index.html

CBA Archaeoblog:

http://www.britarch.ac.uk/archaeoblog/

Michael Ruggeri's Ancient America and Mesoamerica News:

http://community-2.webtv.net/@HH!35!F6!26C030D734B7/Topiltzin-2091/AncientAmericaand/

Mirabilis.ca (blog):

http://www.mirabilis.ca/archives/cat_history_archeology.html

Texas A&M Anthropology News Site:

http://www.tamu.edu/anthropology/news.html

================================================================
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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