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Explorator 6.5

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Jonathan Bateman <[log in to unmask]>

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Jonathan Bateman <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 2 Jun 2003 09:46:53 +0100

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From: David Meadows [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
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explorator 6.5                                      June 1, 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, Mitch Allen, Joseph Lauer, Hernan Astudillo,
Steve Rankin, Yonatan Nadelman, John McMahon, Leanne Archer, and
W. Richard Frahm, for headses upses this week (as always hoping 
I have left no one out)


... a very slow week!!!
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AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA
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A Norwegian schoolkid on a field trip has come across what might
be a Neolithic skull:

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article.jhtml?articleID=553537

A British fellow has discovered a brick from Ur ... in a cupboard:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/leicestershire/2948162.stm

Some first dynasty finds from Egypt:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o290523p.htm

An Italian archaeologist is convinced Anatolia is the 'cradle of
civilization' (you might have to scroll down on this one and click
a link ... strange url things going on here):

http://www.zaman.com/default.php?kn=2492

This should be a repeat, but since the original report was rather
short (and didn't have a photo, as this one does), here's a bit more
on that Etruscan Gold Book:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2939362.stm

A dig at Tiberias has uncovered a 12th century Crusader fortress:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=297623

They've finally decided to 'excavate' the Sussex:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/25/international/europe/25SUSS.html

A mass grave in South Africa is raising archaeological questions:

http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/general/0,1009,59531,00.html
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THE AMERICAS
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The donation of Nat Turner's skull to a proposed National Civil
Rights Hall of Fame is causing some controversy:

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsindex/26-ds5.htm

The New York Times has a piece on Concord, Mass. and its history:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/30/national/30HIST.html

Some 18th century 'brick clamps' were recently found in Maryland:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60432-2003May30.html
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ALSO OF INTEREST
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On the DNA front, the latest Y-Chromosome studies suggest the 
indigenous Celtic population of Britain survived rather more
generally than previously thought (not sure if that make sense
as I've written it, but I'm still waiting for coffee!):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/27/science/27BRIT.html
http://www.iht.com/articles/97790.html

... while humans may have migrated out of Africa only 70,000
years ago (according to DNA):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-05/su-sud052703.php

The Parthenon/Elgin Marbles are in the news again ... first, with
a scholar's suggestion that the British Museum has an arm in the
wrong place:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,963391,00.html

... and with Canada's prime minister apparently not aware of 
the Canadian Parliament's position on the matter:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030529.upm0529/BNStory/National/
http://www.museum-security.org/03/090.html#8

A nice followup to the 'endangered languages' story mentioned in
Explorator 6.3:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/27/science/27ESSA.html

In case you're thinking of starting up a historical renovation 
type project, you might want to read about the experience in
Gold Hill, N.C.:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/27/national/27GOLD.html

The aphrodisiac/fertility aspects of mead is in the news for 
some reason (rather different spins in the following):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2949742.stm
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe/05/30/britain.mead/index.html

The New York Times has a feature on the history of nationalism:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/31/arts/31NATI.html

The French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan has reopened
its library after two decades (scroll waaaaaaaaaaay down):

http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/may2003-daily/26-05-2003/main/update.shtml#33

An opinion piece trying to figure out what definition of empire
best suits the US these days:

http://www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/ArticleView.asp?accessible=yes&P_Article=11950
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MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
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Anistoriton 7 (2003):

http://users.hol.gr/~dilos/anistor/cover_en.htm (full text)

Antiquity 77 (June 2003):

http://antiquity.ac.uk/CurrentIssue/currentindex.html (TOCs)

Arion 10.3 (Winter 2003):

http://www.bu.edu/arion/  (TOCs ... some articles)

Bible Review (June 2003):

http://www.bib-arch.org/bswb_BR/indexBR.html

Leeds International Classical Studies:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/classics/lics/ (forthcoming articles available)
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ON THE WEB
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21st Century Magazine has an interesting piece suggesting the
Antikythera mechanism might have been used to determine longitude:

http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/articles/Spring03/Antikythera.html

The University of Notre Dame Libraries' Colonial Coin Collection:

http://www.coins.nd.edu/
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NEW ONLINE BOOKS
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E.A. Wallis Budge, *The Egyptian Heaven and Hell*:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ehh.htm
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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
An investigation is being launched into some purloined Buddhas
recently sold by Christies:

http://www.museum-security.org/03/090.html#2

Some stolen Civil War artifacts were recently recovered:

http://www.museum-security.org/03/090.html#4

Theft of artifacts from Afghanistan continues unabated apparently:

http://www.museum-security.org/03/087.html#5
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AT ABOUT.COM
================================================================
Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill's latest is a genealogy of Achilles:

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

Archaeology Guide Kris Hirst's latest is on Jeanne Moe's Project
Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/cs/publicarchaeology/a/pec2003.htm
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BOOK REVIEWS
================================================================
Matthew Battles, *Library: An Unquiet History* ("... the history
of libraries is the history of destruction of books"):

http://tinyurl.com/d68w

David Nye, *America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives 
of New Beginnings* (early American technology)

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/31/arts/31SHEL.html
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EXHIBITIONS
================================================================
The Met is closing its Islamic galleries for renovations:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/27/arts/design/27ISLA.html
cf.: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/27/arts/design/27SIDE.html

Legends of Our Times (N. American Indian):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/30/arts/design/30GLUE.html
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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
================================================================
First ... an announcement from a colleague:

Tela Latina is a new, joint project of the American Philological 
Association (APA) and the American Classical League (ACL). We are 
focused on bringing peer-review and the spirit of collaboration to 
Latin pedagogy web resources and invite YOU to share your views 
and concerns about the state of Latin Language teaching materials 
on the Internet by filling out a short online survey. The project 
team is keen to hear your thoughts. Those interested in volunteering 
their expertise are encouraged to check the appropriate box(es) 
on the online survey form, accessible from Monday afternoon 
June 2, 2003 at: 

http://lilt.ilstu.edu/drjclassics.

More on the influence of Strauss:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/717acusr.asp

Plenty of ClassCon at the Stratford Festival this year (sqweeee!):

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030529.wstra0529/BNStory/Entertainment/

The Boston Globe has a feature on Victor Davis Hanson:

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/145/focus/The_farmer+.shtml

Interesting how different news agencies all used the same
Classical reference (sort of) in regards to the end of Buffy the
Vampire Slayer:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/editor/story/0,12900,963826,00.html
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/sfl-libuffy-newsdaymay20,0,5616959.story?coll=sfla-entertainment-headlines

I wasn't sure how to classify this one, but it seems to be appropriate
here ... the NYTimes has a review of a CD set called "Images of Music:
A Cultural Heritage" which has a pile of thematically-related images
which somehow relate to music (e.g. Apollo and Orpheus):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/01/arts/music/01HIGH.html

Dr. Ink has 'ancient wisdom for hip writers':

http://www.poynter.org/templates/column_a/default.asp?id=1&aid=32711

Peter Jones:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-05-31&id=3160

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
================================================================
Antonio Ferrua (Jesuit Archaeologist):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/05/29/db2902.xml
http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/76852.htm
http://www.sunspot.net/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-obit-ferrua,0,3599198.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines
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REPEATS
================================================================
Pompeiian Frescoes via U. Warwick:

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20030526/roman3d.html

Stone Faces from Massachusetts:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_784886.html (with photo!)

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IRAQ
================================================================
An opinion piece suggesting that it wasn't a good idea for so 
many antiquities to be kept in Iraq anyway:

http://www.opinionjournal.com/la/?id=110003399

The conflicting reports over how much is missing continue:

http://metimes.com/2K3/issue2003-20/cultent/un_expert_to.htm

... as do claims much was hidden prior to the war:

http://www.gulfnews.com/Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=88993

The loss of so many items has given an extra boost, however, to
projects like the Cuneiform Digital Library:

http://www.calendarlive.com/printedition/calendar/cl-et-roug27may27,0,3938141.story?coll=cl%2Dcalendar

While they still argue over what is missing from museums, it is
is becoming increasingly clear that there is massive looting of
archaeological sites going on:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/27/international/worldspecial/27LOOT.html

... and it is obvious there is a market for such items:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/28/international/worldspecial/28BARG.html

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

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

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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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Useful Addresses
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teachers, etc., but please include this copyright notice. These 
links are not to be posted to any website by any means (whether
by direct posting or snagging from a usenet group or some other
email source) without my express written permission. I think it
is only right that I be made aware of public fora which are
making use of content gathered in Explorator. Thanks!
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