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explorator 8.34

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explorator 8.34                                December 18, 2005
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Bill Kennedy, Adrian Murdoch, Dave
Sowdon, David Critchley, Donna Hurst, Dorothy King,'Duke Jason',
Edward Rockstein,Hernan Astudillo,Jason McLaren, John Hall,
John McMahon, John McChesney-Young, Joseph Lauer, Kim Dammers,
Mata Kimasitayo,Maureen Fant, Michael Oberndorf, Richard C.
Griffiths, Bob Heuman, Rochelle Altman, Rick Pettigrew, Tim Parkin,
Mike Ruggeri, W. Richard Frahm, and Yonatan Nadelman for headses
upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HUMANS
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Humans in Suffolk/Northern Europe 700,000 b.p.?:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1930694,00.html
http://tinyurl.com/bycy4 (Telegraph)
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10466325/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4526264.stm
http://tinyurl.com/85psb (AFP via Yahoo)
http://tinyurl.com/85fan (SciAm)
http://tinyurl.com/9u895 (CBC)
http://www.agencia.fapesp.br/boletim_dentro.php?id=4771 (Portuguese)
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AFRICA
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What to do with Aksum?:

http://tinyurl.com/c9ck8 (WPost)
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Evidence of a major battle (and other things) at Tel Hamoukar:

http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/05/051216.hamoukar.shtml
http://tinyurl.com/8uokb (NYT)
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10499209/
http://tinyurl.com/e4jss (UPI)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/12/051216092426.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051217/ap_on_sc/ancient_civilization
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-warfare16.html

Assorted finds from Marib (Yemen):

http://www.yobserver.com/news_8902.php

The latest video up at the Archaeology Channel is entitled
Herod: The Builder King:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/

... and, coincidentally, there's a reviewish sort of thing
about a book about Herod too:

http://tinyurl.com/8f8q4 (Register-Herald)

An ancient temple and brazier from Darvish Tepe in Qom:

http://www.chn.ir/en/news/?id=6035&section=2

The archaeological potential of the Kurdish autonomous region:

http://tinyurl.com/7ndrn (RFE)

Sassanid-era staircase from Gour:

http://tinyurl.com/8xsfa (Iranmania)

... and Sassanid pillars too:

http://tinyurl.com/8gh5f (Iranmania)

Nice followup piece to that discovery of a church in a
prison at Megiddo:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/658484.html

... and one on those anchors found in the Dead Sea:

http://tinyurl.com/952yc (JPost)

Not sure there's anything new in this article by Zahi Hawass
on sending a robot into the Great Pyramid again:

http://tinyurl.com/bjl8z

Egyptian antiquities fetched record prices at Christie's
recent auction:

http://tinyurl.com/bcgx6 (Daily Star)
http://tinyurl.com/9os2u (ME Times)
http://news-antique.com/?id=700&keys=antiquity-egyptian-christies

Feature on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (ancient and modern):

http://tinyurl.com/dsxum (Hindu)

Egyptology News Blog:

http://egyptology.blogspot.com/

Egyptology Blog:

http://www.egyptologyblog.co.uk/

Archaeologist at Large:

http://spaces.msn.com/members/ArchaeologyinEgypt/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Seems to be a water problem in the Forum area of Rome ... they're
now going to close down the Domus Aurea, possibly for two
years:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4522008.stm
http://tinyurl.com/ad5ej (AFP via Yahoo)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/13/arts/13arts.html (fifth item)
http://www.corriere.com/viewstory.php?storyid=46335 (Italian)
http://tinyurl.com/d28t9 (ANSA)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200512/s1529690.htm

A 1st century Roman mosaic from Lucca:

http://tinyurl.com/ah52r (adnkronos ... Italian)
http://lanazione.quotidiano.net/chan/lucca:5394360:/2005/12/12:
(la Nazione ... Italian)

Evidence of Roman women's presence in Roman forts:

http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1529248.htm
http://abc.net.au/science/news/ancient/AncientRepublish_1529248.htm

I think this is a repeat, but some guys have found a chunk of
pottery in the River Tees (no pun intended ... surely) which
apparently depicts a g-string-clad Gladiator (looks more like
a Speedo to me):

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20051212/gladiator_arc.html

Something strange/fishy about this find of a Roman amphora at
Arezzo:

http://tinyurl.com/84obe (Aresso Notizie ... Italian)

Nice article on finds from Pyrgos over the last few dig seasons:

http://tinyurl.com/cyagb (Cyprus Weekly)

New home for that famous equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius:

http://tinyurl.com/8dek6 (ANSA)

Nice followup piece to that discovery of a church in a
prison at Megiddo:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/658484.html

The latest video up at the Archaeology Channel is entitled
Herod: The Builder King:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/

... and, coincidentally, there's a reviewish sort of thing
about a book about Herod too:

http://tinyurl.com/8f8q4 (Register-Herald)

... and one on those anchors found in the Dead Sea:

http://tinyurl.com/952yc (JPost)

Feature on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (ancient and modern):

http://tinyurl.com/dsxum (Hindu)

Interesting curriculum at Highland Latin School:

http://tinyurl.com/ccsav (Courier Journal)

Review of Peter Heather, *The Fall of the Roman Empire*:

http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,12084,1668466,00.html

Review of Robin Lane Fox, *The Classical World*:

http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,12084,1668465,00.html

Review of Victor Davis Hanson's latest:

http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/5776581.html

A review (in the Globe and Mail no less!) of Adam Beresford's
translation of the Protagoras and Meno:

http://tinyurl.com/7wa75

Recent reviews from BMCR:

http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/recent.html

Recent reviews from Scholia:

http://www.classics.und.ac.za/reviews/2006.htm

Visit our blog:

http://www.atrium-media.com/rogueclassicism
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A metal detectorist has found a missing chunk of an Iron Age
torc in the British Museum:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1922526,00.html

The Dutch government has recovered a pile of Dutch East India
Company bullion from a shipwreck:

http://tinyurl.com/75xyw (Age)

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

http://www.archaeology.eu.com/weblog/index.html
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Possible evidence of 20 000 b.p. necklaces from China:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/14/content_3921748.htm

Real estate developers in New Zealand destroyed some Iwi dwelling
remains recently:

http://indymedia.org.nz/feature/display/40069/index.php

They've located the time capsule of Kamehameha V ... but left it
in place:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/12/11/hawaii.king.ap/index.html

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://www.nzarchaeology.org/netsubnews.htm
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NORTH AMERICA
================================================================
An 11 000 b.p. site at Fort Drum:

http://tinyurl.com/arl3w (News 10)

Searching for evidence of the Calusa people on Captiva Island:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/stories/2005/12/051212captiva.shtml
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/13384264.htm
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/12/12/State/Scientists_excavate_C.shtml

Nice profile of UNLV archaeologist Alan Simmons:

http://tinyurl.com/dj26l (Sun)

Nice outcome to a skull-on-EBay story:

http://tinyurl.com/au858 (Daily Press)

Funding to preserve a site in Illinois:

http://www.prairie-advocate-news.com/12-14-05/funds12_14.html

A refresher on some theories (good and bad) on the peopling of
the Americas:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2002/columbus.shtml
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Plenty of excitement over the discovery of a Mayan 'Sistine
Chapel':

http://tinyurl.com/75kgt (NG)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/14/arts/design/14maya.html (photo)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4526872.stm
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10452176/
http://www.startribune.com/stories/722/5780138.html
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5053413
http://www.physorg.com/news9065.html
http://tinyurl.com/893mj (Age)

... and the archaeologists who are involved:

http://www.newsroom.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/display.cgi?id=1207
http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2005/12.15/03-maya.html

... and since we haven't seen this term for a while, I guess
we should draw attention to the clumsy nature of the discovery:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1667500,00.html

A brief item by John Noble Wilford on those Mexican footprints:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/13/science/13find.html

Skulls from Brazil have affinities with Australian-Melanesian
peoples:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10441210/
http://tinyurl.com/9f4mr (NG)
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,178715,00.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/13/science/13obox.htm (2nd item)
http://www.agencia.fapesp.br/boletim_dentro.php?id=4756 (Portuguese)

How bottle gourds from Africa made their way to South and
Central America:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-12/hu-ahb121305.php
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
There's some historical stuff in this piece about narwhals:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/13/science/13narw.html

Celebrating the birthday of the Armenian alphabet:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/13/nyregion/13ink.htm

The latest examination of the Mona Lisa's smile suggests she's
83% happy:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10484224/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4530650.stm
http://www.physorg.com/news9101.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051216/ap_on_sc/mona_lisa_s_smile

Narni is hoping to cash in on the Chronicles of Narnia:

http://tinyurl.com/76vqn (Standard)

Comparanda, ancient and modern, for posting of prayers in public:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,542-1934042,00.html

A Guido Reni fresco which had been painted over has been
restored:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/4531430.stm

Preserving historic buildings:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/12/051207105247.htm

On the origins of assorted expressions:

http://www.news-miner.com/Stories/0,1413,113~7244~3164109,00.html

One for the linguists out there ... trying to come up with a
standard symbol for a labial-dental flap:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5059863

... and some historical stuff in an NPR piece on bloodless
bullfights:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5059869

On Hannukah and Christmas:

http://www.theeagle.com/stories/121705/faith_20051217027.php

Evidence of typhus and trench fever in remains of Napoleonic
soldiers:

http://www.physorg.com/news9118.html

Review of Leo Damrosch's book on Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2005/1213/p14s01-bogn.html

Harper Collins is going to set up its own web-searchable
digital library:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/13/books/13harp.html

An almost-touristy thing (but mostly a followup to the Amalia
Library fire) about Weimar:

http://tinyurl.com/ca42y (NYT)

Studying ... over and over ... the Ariaal people:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/18/international/africa/18tribe.html
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Ostia:

http://tinyurl.com/cc2x3 (Times Leader)
================================================================
GENERAL MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
================================================================
Archaeology (Jan./Feb. 2006):

http://www.archaeology.org/curiss/index.html

The Digger (November 2005 ... full text):

http://www.bajr.org/DiggerMagazine/Latest/index.html

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeoblog:

http://archaeoblog.blogspot.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/
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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
The Museum Case continues ... first comes a really good (if
somewhat late) background piece:

http://tinyurl.com/bnup4 (Telegraph)

... while most of the coverage this week focussed on some
letters written by Marion True:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/17/arts/design/17gett.html
http://tinyurl.com/857qf (Mercury)
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3530928.html

... but there was also a very nice piece on the scale of tomb
raiding in Italy:

http://tinyurl.com/cvkhd (Reuters)

A somewhat different role for antiquities in a criminal matter:

http://tinyurl.com/d2pba (Science Daily)
http://tinyurl.com/ddndv (UPI)

On a related matter, last week we had an article about collector
Shelby White, which spawned this letter by Dorothy King to the
NYT (but which doesn't seem to have made it into the paper):

http://phdiva.blogspot.com/2005/12/new-york-times-and-collecting.html
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
E Tomlinson Fort Memorial Library catalogue:

http://coinbooks.org/fortlibrary/

A pile of "ancient" coins from Orissa (somewhat confusing, this
one):

http://www.newkerala.com/news.php?action=fullnews&id=66978
================================================================
EXHIBITIONS AND MUSEUM-RELATED
================================================================
Body snatchers legacy to medicine:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4509648.stm

Legendary Coins and Currency:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/13367137.htm

Tut opens in Florida:

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/nation/13413824.htm
http://tinyurl.com/8vxw6 (Journal)

... with the usual controversy:

http://tinyurl.com/7zrur (Sun Sentinel)
http://tinyurl.com/85mrv (Times Leader)

New stuff on display in Sofia:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=56499

The Met's Perseus is returning to the spotlight after a lengthy
cleaning:

http://travel2.nytimes.com/2005/12/16/arts/design/16voge.html
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Antigone:

http://tinyurl.com/anbju (Daily News Tribune)

Revenger's Tragedy:

http://tinyurl.com/7agdf (NYT)
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ON THE WEB
================================================================
Stoic Works:

http://www.wku.edu/~jan.garrett/stoa/stoaclas.htm

Interesting animated gif demostrating the evolution of our
alphabet:

http://janpeters.net/pics/stuff/alphabet.gif

Nice companion website to the upcoming PBS program 'The Mummy
Who Would Be King':

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/mummy/
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OBITUARIES
================================================================
Yehuda Feliks:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=94591

Hayim Tadmor:

http://biblical-studies.blogspot.com/2005/12/sad-news.html

Mary Littauer:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/18/nyregion/17littauer.html

Louana M. Lackey:

http://tinyurl.com/7z9j8 (Sun)
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DON'T EAT THAT ELMER (A.K.A. CVM GRANO SALIS)
================================================================
Not really news, but folks might be interested in this Macleans
article all about Anatoli Fomenko's calendrical theories:

http://tinyurl.com/976qd
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PODCASTS
================================================================
Stone Pages Archaeology News:

http://news.stonepages.com/

Archaeologica Audio News:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/AudioNews.asp
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