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explorator 6.11/6.12/6.13                          July 26, 2003
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee,  Bill Kennedy, Dave Sowdon, David Gressett,
Donna Hurst, Erik Otarola-Castillo, Glenn Meyer Hernan Astudillo, 
Jeroen van derVliet, John Hall, John Hill, John Isles, 
John McMahon, John McChesney-Young, Joseph I. Lauer, Karl Wittwer,  
Leanne Archer, Mata Kimasitayo, Maurice A. O'Sullivan, Mike Ruggeri, 
Paola E. Raffetta, Paul Cowie, Robert T. White, Stan Nadel, 
Steve Rankin, W. Richard Frahm, Yonatan Nadelman and Sally Winchester
for all the headses upses that were awaiting  my return (as always 
hoping I have left no one out) -- alas, not all of them survived 
(the news articles, that is), but they are a substantial 
contribution to this giant 'triple issue'.

As Billy Idol said "It's a nice day to ... start again."

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AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA
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This week Robert Ballard will head out on his next exploration of
the Black Sea (they're still playing up the 'Noah' angle):

http://tinyurl.com/i6nf ('interesting' headline)
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/07/21/tech/main564233.shtml
http://www.msnbc.com/news/940345.asp
http://www.msnbc.com/news/938234.asp
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,59651,00.html
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=24569 (no mention of Ballard!)

More hominid remains have been found at Atapuerca (I think this is
new):

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/07/21/tech/main564358.shtml

A settlement for Ptolemaic-era priests has been found some 200 km
south of Cairo:

http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s901864.htm

They've reassembled Hatshepsut's shrine:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html9/o100723.htm

Hype about the possible identification of Nefertiti (and, of course,
a related television program) continues:

http://icsouthlondon.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0300southwark/content_objectid=13205077_method=full_siteid=50100_headline=-Specialists-to-work-on-a-3-000-year-old-patient-name_page.html

At least one archaeologist has called for looters of sites in Iraq
to be shot:

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/07/09/wloot09.xml
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,994460,00.html

In a related story, we're still trying to figure out how much
is missing from the National Museum:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3054974.stm

Excavations of a synagoge at near Dir Aziz are causing at least one
scholar to do some rethinking of some ancient religious practices:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=321013

Journalists appear to be treating the latest 'religious inscription'
discovery with rather less fanfare than we've seen of late:

http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/935413.asp
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/07/06/here.lies.zachariah.ap/

cf. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=320531

Spectacular Roman mosaics have been found on Sicily:

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/07/10/wvilla10.xml

A dig at Whitehall Villa (UK) is shedding light on the Roman diet:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/northamptonshire/3080263.stm

Amateur archaeologists recently found a Roman fibula on Shetland:

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/07/12/nxbroch12.xml
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/11-7-19103-0-11-50.html

Recent finds from the 'occupied' parts of Cyprus apparently 
present problems of publication (scroll down to the last article
on the page ... this one's somewhat bizarre):

http://www.cyprusweekly.com.cy/local.htm#08

... while a Roman burial site was also unearthed elsewhere on
Cyprus:

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/July/23/news8.htm

Assorted digs are under way in Turkey:

http://www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=11563

A piece in the Malta Independent rivals the Egyptian government
news service for vagueness in its coverage of an archaeological
site:

http://www.independent.com.mt/daily/newsview.asp?id=19343

The earliest Iron Age cremation site ever found in Dorset:

http://www.stonehenge.uklinux.net/article.php?sid=2146411016

Excavation of the new terminal at Heathrow has turned up quite
a pile of items of archaeological interest:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_800431.html

Someone better call Mel Brooks ... a 25,000 year-old-man has
been found in China:

http://web.latercera.cl/lt/Articulo/0,5819,3255_5726_36805153,00.html (article in Spanish)
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_797870.html

A neolithic grotto burial has been found in Chinas Guangxi province:

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200307/24/print20030724_120920.html

Plans to widen the harbour at Portsmouth have spurred on the
search for the bow of the Mary Rose:

http://www.thenews.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=455&ArticleID=563069
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_802276.html

The search for the treasure of the Sussex is going to resume:

http://stacks.msnbc.com:80/news/937131.asp
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_798483.html

cf.: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-07/ns-mot071603.php

London's last "ancient" city gate will return to the city:

http://tinyurl.com/i6mx

Bridge construction threatens the UNESCO Heritage site at Hampi (India):

http://tinyurl.com/i6nz

A 300-year-old cemetery in South Africa is being excavated:

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=31&art_id=vn20030724062210294C410247&set_id=1

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THE AMERICAS
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Humans were already poking around the Amazon basin some 4000 years b.p.:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-07/idrp-hsa070703.php
http://www.scienceblog.com/community/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1806

Drought conditions in Arizona continue to reveal sites:

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=062882FB-9ADE-47F8-B38106B919624A4C

Those clumsy archaeologists are at it again ... this time stumbling
on a Zapotec site:

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/6256487.htm

The earliest known map to use the term "America" is on display:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/943113.asp
http://tinyurl.com/i6n8

Nice coverage of an Iowa State field school's excavation of a
bison processing site:

http://www.las.iastate.edu/newnews/nebraskafieldcamp.shtml
(good photos of archaeologists in action)

Claims of having found the site of Powhatan's village aren't
resting nicely with the traditional view of a certain town (wasn't
this a Simpsons episode?):

http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/virginia/dp-va--whereswerowocomo0719jul19,0,5727247.story?coll=dp-headlines-virginia

They're still digging around the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop:

http://stacks.msnbc.com:80/news/939837.asp

... and students are digging up RMC according to this report from
one of the more interestingly-named newspapers on the planet:

http://www.thewhig.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentID=38632&catname=Local+News

Another "bones of contention" case:

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2001731

Excavation/relocation of Reno's oldest cemetery is causing concerns
about anthrax:

http://www.krnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1349665&nav=8faOGktP
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ALSO OF INTEREST
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Anyone else have something they want to claim from the British Museum? 
Now Egypt wants the Rosetta stone back:

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=426976

Here's a nice piece on the political side of archaeology:

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/world/Primetime/archaeology030720.html

Microwave radar from satellites could help locate archaeological
sites:

http://tinyurl.com/gjds

A touristy sort of thing on Avebury:

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/atlanta_world/0703/08stonehenge.html

The latest on the DNA front has scientists postulating the 
peopling of the Americas as happening only 18,000 years ago (oh
oh):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/25/science/25HUMA.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3086777.stm

cf.: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2003/07/25/MN253509.DTL
http://www.post-gazette.com/healthscience/20030725humanssci1p1.asp

Also on the DNA front ... genetic 'fingerprinting' is going to 
be used to determine the origin of the parchment used to make the
Canterbury Gospels:

http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1002586,00.html

... and fulfilling the scholastic 'law of three', DNA is being used
to figure out where the Basques came from:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/07/09/state1415EDT0083.DTL

In our last issue we mentioned a study on the antiquity of the
Celtic language ... here's a scholarly response to that study:

http://linguistlist.org/issues/14/14-1876.html
cf. http://www.lefigaro.fr/cgi/edition/genimprime?cle=20030709.FIG0242 (article in French)

Lottery money in the UK is helping in efforts to keep a
Raphael at the National Gallery:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/24/arts/24ARTS.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11260

... and similar money is being sought to build a museum for those
recently-discovered petroglyphs:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3084155.stm

in case you missed the original:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,991116,00.html

... and lottery funds have already saved Brading Roman Villa's
mosaics:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/3090251.stm

Another Gutenberg Bible has been put online:

http://tinyurl.com/i6nb

English Heritage is seeking changes in laws to prevent further
damage to potential sites by farmers' ploughs:

http://tinyurl.com/i6mg
http://accessibility.english-heritage.org.uk/default.asp?WCI=NewsItem&WCE=324

There's a big brouhaha in France over opening up digs to "outside
competition":

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/23/arts/23ARTS.html

Well, we seem to have run out of sports for countries to claim
to have discovered, so now Britain claims to be the home of
lasagna (!):

http://tinyurl.com/i6ns

Moscow might soon be home to another 'leaning tower':

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/20/international/europe/20MOSC.html

Archaeology in Pakistan is now a provincial concern:

http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/jul2003-daily/14-07-2003/national/n2.htm

Venice continues to battle the waves:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3069305.stm

They're debating how best to clean David:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11259
http://www.iht.com/articles/102805.html

They're reenacting the Hundred Years' War in the Ukraine:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3093277.stm

Surely they're not serious ... a shopping and entertainment complex
at the Taj Mahal (to say nothing of the horrible puns one must 
resist):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3072011.stm

In case you've missed it ... the latest Lara Croft flick has her
searching for Pandora's Box:

http://www.reel.com/movie.asp?MID=137681&buy=open&Tab=reviews&CID=13#tabs
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/ledger/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-0/1058682610125180.xml (good headline)
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MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
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Transoxiana 6 (July 2003):

http://www.transoxiana.com.ar/  (full text)
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ON THE WEB
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Archaeology Magazine has three 'interactive digs' on the go, all
of which have recently updated info ... first we have the dig
on Mt. Vernon:

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

... then there's a new dig at Sagalassos (which looks very
interesting):

http://www.archaeology.org/interactive/sagalassos/index.html

... and last, but certainly not least, is the ongoing dig at
Pompeii:

http://www.archaeology.org/interactive/pompeii/index.html

The Mexican Mint has a nice feature on the coins used throughout
Mexico's history:

http://www.cmm.gob.mx/cmm/cmm_bastidores_i.htm
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NEW ONLINE BOOKS
================================================================
Eli Edward Burriss, *Taboo, Magic, Spirits: A Study of Primitive
Elements in Roman Religion*:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/tms/index.htm

Martin Mueller, *Children of Oedipus*:

http://www.stoa.org/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=2000.01.0007
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CRIME BEAT
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Oded Golan (the guy who brought the 'James Ossuary' to light) was
arrested this week:

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/204/nation/Israeli_held_in_suspected_forgery_of_artifacts+.shtml
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/23/international/middleeast/23BRIE3.html
http://www.canada.com/national/story.asp?id=C2B5D14E-EBFE-4014-B9B7-66AF9638191E

... and the reaction:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull%26cid=1059022251164

Frederick Schultz's appeal has been rejected:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11254
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AT ABOUT.COM
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Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill's latest is on the Roman military diet:

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

Archaeology Guide Kris Hirst has a fun feature based on a contest 
in the Annals of Improbable Research:

http://archaeology.about.com/cs/justforfun/a/taungair.htm
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BOOK REVIEWS
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Yosef Garfinkel, *Sha'ar Hagolan Neolithic Art in the Jordan Valley*:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=319366

Steve Mithen, *After the Ice: A global human history 20,000-5000 BC*:

http://www.newscientist.com/opinion/opbooks.jsp?id=ns24032
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PERFORMANCES
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Henry V:

http://www.newyorker.com/critics/theatre/?030728crth_theatre

Julius Caesar:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/23/international/middleeast/23BRIE3.html

Les Boreades:

http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/arts/music/classical/reviews/n_8828/
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EXHIBITIONS
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Elizabeth (I -- Greenwich):

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/23/arts/design/23ELIZ.html

Goltzius (Met):

http://www.newyorker.com/printable/?critics/030714craw_artworld
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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
================================================================
The Atlantic Monthly has an interview with Harold Bloom:

http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/interviews/int2003-07-16.htm

Interesting piece on Hans-Georg Gadamer:

http://chronicle.com/free/v49/i45/45a01401.htm

Folks might be interested in a review of some Titian exhibition catalogs:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/16511

ClassCon in an opinion piece about the governor of New Mexico (as
well as a plural that will make a classicist cringe):

http://www.abqtrib.com/archives/opinions03/072103_opinions_edsat.shtml

Art during Mussolini's time:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,996345,00.html

Classicist Patricia Johnson has received a prestigious teaching
award (scroll down):

http://www.townonline.com/wellesley/arts_lifestyle/arts_lifestyle/wt_eduwthonors07242003.htm

A classicist has some suggestions about the Gray Davis situation:

http://www.iht.com/articles/103842.html

For those of you keeping tabs on Mel Gibson's flick:

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/20030722.htm

Perfess'r Harris:

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

Peter Jones:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-07-26&id=3353

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
================================================================
Gerald Hawkins (Stonehenge Astronomer):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,1004737,00.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/26/obituaries/26HAWK.html

Pila Kikuchi (archaeologist):

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Jul/12/ln/ln49a.html
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REPEATS
================================================================
Gynecological Stonehenge:

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=3056319

Oldest Human Fossil (Ethiopia):

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/jul2003/foss-j25.shtml
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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/

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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