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Explorator 6.8

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Thanks to Arthur Shippee,  Bill Kennedy, Dave Sowdon, Karl Wittwer,
Bill Gebhardt, Howard Webb, W. Richard Frahm, Donna Hurst, Joseph
Lauer, Yonatan Nadelman, Susan Jaslow, Christine Renaud, Laura
Goldberg, Maurice O'Sullivan, Paul Cowie, Hernan Astudillo,  John
McChesney-Young, Joseph Nicholas, Judy Underwood, John McMahon
and Leanne Archer for headses upses this week (as always hoping 
I have left no one out).

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AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA
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I didn't realize there was a controversy about "Neandertal face
length" ... but apparently there is:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/06/030617081047.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-06/wuis-nfl061303.php

What might be the first cave paintings ever found in Britain turned
up in Derbyshire:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,977904,00.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2994130.stm  (photo)

Some 12 000 B.P. (maybe) flint tools have also been found on
the blessed isle:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/norfolk/2994828.stm

There's going to be a new museum near the pyramids:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/642/he1.htm

The tomb of Akhenaten's scribe has been found:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11172

A number of Egyptian items recently went to auction:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/643/eg10.htm

The numbers are back up in the thousands in regards to items
stolen from the Baghdad Museum (the first three are all the
same article):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17897-2003Jun20.html
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/6143848.htm
http://www.sunspot.net/cgi-bin/ultbb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=18;t=030792
http://electroniciraq.net/news/895.shtml

A recent survey of sites in Iraq suggests extensive looting is going
on, especially in the south:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11154
http://www.cp.org/english/online/full/science/030611/g061114A.html
http://www.metimes.com/2K3/issue2003-24/cultent/looting_of_iraqs.htm

There's still controversy over what *really* happened in Iraq's
museums:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,980042,00.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,980273,00.html

Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a staff revolt in progress at
the Baghdad museum:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,979012,00.html

In case you missed it, the Israel Antiquities Authority has (finally)
declared the James Ossuary to be a hoax/fake/inauthentic:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=305643 
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/international.cfm?id=673032003
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030617.wossu0617/BNStory/Entertainment/
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/science/06/18/jesus.box/ (good photos)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/18/international/middleeast/18CND-ISRA.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/19/international/middleeast/19ISRA.html
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Israel-Jesus-Inscription.html
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=2949428
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/06/0618_030618_jesusbox.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0619/p07s01-wome.html
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/scitech/GoodMorningAmerica/jamesossuary030619.html (deals with the politics involved)
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/124/51.0.html (interesting final 'graph)
http://www.msnbc.com/news/928121.asp (somewhat useless photo)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=570&ncid=753&e=4&u=/nm/20030618/sc_nm/religion_israel_jesus_dc
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3000040.stm
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/PrinterFull&cid=1055816813268

cf. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/PrinterFull&cid=1055729931122

... and the Jehoash Inscription too:

http://www.archaeology.org/magazine.php?page=online/features/ossuary/index

[on both, see Rochelle Altman's article below as well]

The latest in the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles saga:

http://www.greece.gr/CULTURE/CulturalHeritage/marbles_conference.stm

Last week we had a satellite photo of the Valley of the Kings ... this
week it's Rome (you can almost make out the Seven Hills):

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=15316

Here's a report on the third season of excavations at Sussita
(I think I missed this one before):

http://www.bibleinterp.com/excavations/Hippos_2002.htm

Ever wonder how they flooded the Colosseum for naumachiae? Someone
thinks he's figured it out:

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/18-6-19103-0-9-34.html

A fourth century Roman villa has been found during a pre-highway-
construction survey near Nottingham:

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=66056&command=displayContent&sourceNode=65583&contentPK=6092192

A shortage of funds is preventing the undoing of years of vandalism
by the Taliban:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,980214,00.html

Now we're getting yet another report from Ayodhya:

http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?ID=IEH20030621131834&Title=Top+Stories&rLink=154

... or are we?:

http://www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en29449&F_catID=&f_type=source


Some 2000 b.p. rice wine has been found in China:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3010170.stm
http://www.timesdispatch.com/frontpage/MGBWPG998HD.html
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=588&art_id=qw1056181504126B255&set_id=1

Evidence of China's diverse origins has been found in the Three Gorges
area:

http://english.eastday.com/epublish/gb/paper1/938/class000100004/hwz142857.htm

The Japanese government is helping to fund the restoration of some
Easter Island heads:

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/newse/20030619wo61.htm

A while ago we heard of a schoolboy in Norway finding a neolithic
skull; now another one has found a Viking ring:

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article.jhtml?articleID=562079
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THE AMERICAS
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The New Yorker has a complementary online piece to a magazine article
by H.L. Gates jr. on his discovery of a manuscript of a fictionalized
slave narrative sort of thing:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/content/?020218on_onlineonly03
http://www.newyorker.com/online/content/?020218on_onlineonly05

The Library of Congress has acquired the funds to purchase 'America's
birth certificate':

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/19/national/19MAP.html

The Liberty Bell is on the move:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/19/technology/circuits/19bell.html

Who is buried in the iron coffin?:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11096-2003Jun18.html (photo, sort of)

The New York Times has a piece on Federal style architecture in
New York:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/20/arts/design/20DUNL.html
================================================================
ALSO OF INTEREST
================================================================
Well ... if it's the solstice there must be plenty of goings-on
going on at Stonehenge:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/929517.asp
http://www.maconareaonline.com/news.asp?id=3092

... and now Chaco Canyon is getting publicity too:

http://www.daily-times.com/Stories/0,1413,129%257E6572%257E1470622,00.html

A bacterium (probably a lot of it, though) has been used to restore
a fresco near Pisa:

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20030616/bacteriaart.html

A new kind of ground-penetrating radar device is being fiddled with in
Miami:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/6142893.htm

An Italian scholar believes the story of 'Excalibur' originated
(of course) in Italy:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2999894.stm

... while another scholar believes he knows how the Shroud of
Turin was created:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,975225,00.html

... and another thinks Robin Hood never existed:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/3001010.stm

... and another believes Oetzi's footwear was better suited for
mountain walking than modern hiking boots:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_792377.html

On the DNA front, it appears the Anglo-Saxons didn't leave much
of a mark on Britain:

http://www.nature.com/nsu/030616/030616-15.html

Here's a bit of pre-500th birthday-for-the-statue-of-David hype:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/06/20/bamike18.xml

Time Team's 'Big Dig' is stirring up controversy:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv_and_radio/story/0,3604,978167,00.html
http://www.artdaily.com/links.asp?idl=28&id=20

Looks like Lara Croft may have someone who shares her interests:

http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030620.gtwillrockjune20/BNStory/AtPlay/

Some 250-year-old mummies are providing insight into tuberculosis:

http://www.canada.com/health/story.html?id=4B7CAC20-3781-48DB-8FF6-01630C6F7BA6

Just in case you're wondering what the state of things is in pre-
Olympics Athens:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/17/sports/othersports/17olympics.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/18/sports/othersports/18vecsey.html

cf.:  http://www.athensnews.gr/athweb/nathens.print_unique?e=C&f=13017&m=A38&aa=1&eidos=S

Scottish Life Magazine has a back issue with a nice feature on 
Rosslyn Chapel (for all you Knights Templar fans):

http://www.scottishlifemagazine.com/1998_2/features/rosslyn_chapel.shtml

The Atlantic Monthly has an article about how we're all descended
from Charlemagne, genealogically/mathematically speaking:

http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2002/05/olson.htm

I don't normally include this sort of thing (so please don't deluge
me with similar items!) but it looks interesting ... it's a CD called
"1000 Years of Popular Music":

http://www.richardthompson-music.com/catch_of_the_day.asp?id=117

Meanwhile, James Oestreich discusses assorted 14th century music
pieces:

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/arts/albumshowcase.html  (realplayer)
================================================================
MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
================================================================
Archaeology 56.4 (July/August 2003):

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

A recent issue of Time has a nice piece on those Ethiopian skulls:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030623-458776,00.html
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ON THE WEB
================================================================
Rochelle Altman, *Updates on the Ossuary of Ya'acob bar Yosef and 
the Temple Tablet*

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

Steven Grosby, *A Gôy by Any Other Name -- The Problem of Nationality 
in Antiquity": 

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

The American Numismatic Society has a preliminary online accompaniment
to its exhibition "Drachmas, Doubloons, and Dollars: The History
of Money":

http://www.amnumsoc.org/frbny.html
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NEW ONLINE BOOKS
================================================================
Thomas G. Rosenmeyer,*Senecan Drama and Stoic Cosmology*:

http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft7489p15r/

Nathan Rosenstein, *Imperatores Victi: Military Defeat and 
Aristocractic Competition in the Middle and Late Republic*:

http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft967nb61p/

Richard Payne Knight, *A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus*:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/sex/dwp/index.htm
or http://www.sacredspiral.com/Database/phallus/priapus.html

Christine Perkel, *The Poet's Truth: A Study of the Poet in 
Virgil's Georgics*:

http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft88700889/
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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Egypt is cracking down on antiquities theft even more:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o160623h.htm

A securities official in China has been charged with antiquities
theft:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=535&ncid=535&e=7&u=/ap/20030619/ap_on_re_as/china_relics_theft
================================================================
AT ABOUT.COM
================================================================
Ling Ouyang, "The Use of the Tribunate for Reforms":

http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl/uc_ouyang2a.htm (nice photo of the Curia)

Archaeology Guide Kris Hirst continues her health and safety discussion:

http://archaeology.about.com/cs/fieldlabgear/a/safety.htm
================================================================
BOOK REVIEWS
================================================================
E. Thomas, * JOHN PAUL JONES: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American 
Navy*

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/books/review/22PHILBRT.html

E. Vincent, *NELSON :  Love & Fame*

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/books/review/22SPURLIT.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/books/chapters/0622-1st-vincent.html (1st chapter)

================================================================
PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Pericles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/18/arts/theater/18PERI.html

Legend of Suriyothai (movie):

http://movies2.nytimes.com/2003/06/20/movies/20LEGE.html

The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci (yes, it is a performance):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/arts/theater/22SMIT.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/arts/theater/22EXCE.html
================================================================
DON'T EAT THAT ELMER (A.K.A. CVM GRANO SALIS)
================================================================
The wheel of an Egyptian chariot has supposedly been found in
the Red Sea, providing evidence of ... well, you know (interesting
coincidence of names in this one):

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33168

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EXHIBITIONS
================================================================
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/15/arts/design/15COTT.html

Dead Sea Scrolls (Montreal):

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20030614/RVSCRO/

St. Peter and the Vatican:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/arts/design/22GOLD.html
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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
================================================================
Vulcan has returned to Birmingham:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/19/national/19VULC.html

There's ClassCon in this thing dealing with someone named Bulger
(about whom I am ill-informed but assume our friends south of the
49th are not):

http://www.globe.com/dailyglobe2/173/metro/Bulger_spins_a_tall_tale+.shtml

Those darned asteroids ... now they're being blamed/credited for
Constantine's conversion:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_791768.html

ClassConn in a piece on a horrible crime:

http://www.freelancestar.com/News/FLS/2003/062003/06222003/1013769

A UKansas prof just received a research grant to work at
Caesarea Maritima:

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=8464337&BRD=1425&PAG=461&dept_id=154733&rfi=6

Gossip/hype about TNT's forthcoming "Caesar":

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/story/91578p-83240c.html

Valerie Giscard D'Estaing (I think) quoted Thucydides this week
(I wonder what he said):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/eu/story/0,7369,982127,00.html

Vance Watrous has received a nice award:

http://www.buffalo.edu/reporter/vol34/vol34n30/articles/ChancellorAwards.html

VDH watch ... a review of Paul Johnson's *Napoleon*:

http://www.claremont.org/writings/crb/summer2003/hanson.html

More on Alexander the not-so-Great:

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20030619-044013-4199r.htm (scroll down)

Peter Jones:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-06-21&id=3240

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/

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OBITUARIES
================================================================

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REPEATS
================================================================
Chines Coffin Opening:

http://www.itechnology.co.za/index.php?click_id=588&art_id=qw1055499662424W253&set_id=1

Nefertiti's Bust and Body:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5377-2003Jun17.html
http://start.earthlink.net/newsarticle?cat=3&aid=618050909_5305_lead_story
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/21/arts/design/21BUST.html
http://entertainment.townnews.com/ap.inn?file=apnews52152-05

Nefertiti's Mummy:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o190623.htm

Ramses I's Mummy Returning:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o190623l.htm

Warka Vase Returned:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11155

Warka Vase Damaged:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=676&ncid=676&e=2&u=/usatoday/20030618/ts_usatoday/5252448
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2003-06-17-vase-usat_x.htm (photo)
================================================================
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/

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

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

Maritime Underwater Archaeological News:

http://www.munarchaeology.com/munarchaeology/news/main.htm

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

Paleojudaica (blog):

http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com

Stone Pages Archaeo News:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Texas A&M Anthropology News Site:

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

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