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explorator 10.31                               November 25, 2007
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Bill Kennedy, Dave Sowdon,
Donna Hurst, 'Duke Jason',Edward Rockstein, Erica Stewart,
Floris Strijbos, Rick Heli, Hernan Astudillo, John McMahon,
Joseph Lauer, Karl Wittwer, Mata Kimasitayo, Joan Griffith,
Rochelle Altman, Richard C. Griffiths, Richard Campbell,
Ross W. Sargent, Bob Heuman, Susan Jaslow, Tim Parkin,
Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, W. Richard Frahm, and Yitzhak Sapir
for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no
one out).
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EARLY HUMANS
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Climate change is being blamed/credited for human
evolution:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/nov/19/climatechange.evolution
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 13th Dynasty sarcophagus:

http://tinyurl.com/2ql4e2 (SIS)

Interesting item on Egypt's number system:

http://tinyurl.com/2nsve3 (Times)

A Roman/Byzantine era synagoge find from Galilee:

http://www.physorg.com/news114866384.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071121100831.htm
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Science/2007/11/21/excavation_unearths_ancient_synagogue/5218/
http://in.news.yahoo.com/071122/139/6nk5p.html
http://www.newkerala.com/oct.php?action=fullnews&id=21450
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-11/thuo-roa112107.php
http://hunews.huji.ac.il/articles.asp?cat=6&artID=827

An inscription found on Khark Island may add some new words to
our knowledge of ancient Persian:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/071121/139/6nj8k.html
http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=157573
http://www.cais-soas.com/News/2007/November2007/20-11.htm

A sort of in-case-you-haven't-read-about-Temple-Mount-in-the
last-month piece:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/18/MNSFT3F39.DTL

This week's developments:

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=36841
http://www.thenewanatolian.com/tna-29631.html
http://har-habayt.org/whats.html

Latest buzz in the row between Germany and Egypt over the bust
of Nefertiti:

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hxPqqngFv10-uZajMSF2Fqs1pMUw
http://tinyurl.com/38r3yr

Byzantine remains from Tel Aviv:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3473515,00.html

An item on Biblical archaeology and Tell Megiddo:

http://www.physorg.com/news114794172.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071120142829.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-11/afot-dbh112007.php

Aren Maeir was talking about Biblical archaeology recently too:

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,5143,695230112,00.html

Rerun of that artificial eye story:

http://www.agi.it/world/news/200711211427-cro-ren0041-art.html

Egyptology News Blog:

http://egyptology.blogspot.com/

Egyptology Blog:

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

Dr Leen Ritmeyer's Blog:

http://blog.ritmeyer.com/

Paleojudaica:

http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/

Persepolis Fortification Archives:

http://persepolistablets.blogspot.com/

Archaeologist at Large:

http://spaces.msn.com/members/ArchaeologyinEgypt/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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At the beginning of the week, there was a flood of stories on
reannouncement of the supposed find of the Lupercal:

http://www.pr-inside.com/archaeologists-in-rome-unveil-grotto-linked-r310132.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071120/ap_on_re_eu/birth_of_rome_7
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jO8ePbIxuhDXO1o4UUCzMsVrGDmAD8T1G1CG1
http://en.rian.ru/culture/20071120/88847818.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7104330.stm
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2007-11-20-rome-grotto-romulus_N.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/21/world/europe/21rome.html
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/20/europe/rome.php
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/news/212664.php
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/20/AR2007112001872.html
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/world/11/21/1121rome.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2214553,00.html
http://roma.repubblica.it/dettaglio/Trovato-il-Lupercale-la-grotta-di-Romolo-e-Remo/1391168
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/CultureAndMedia/?id=1.0.1580810952
http://www.ccnmag.com/news.php?id=5846
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2909949.ece
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/11/071120-rome-grotto.html
http://www.thestar.com/article/278130
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/01/070126-rome-palatine_2.html
http://www.beniculturali.it/sala/dettaglio-comunicato.asp?nd=ss,cs&Id=2579
http://www.leggonline.it/vedinews.php?id=2254
http://www.barimia.info/modules/article/view.article.php?1685
http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3246,36-980878,0.html
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/11/20/birth.of.rome.ap/index.html

... and a story on how myth influences archaeology:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7107071.stm

... by the end of the week, we were beginning to see some skepticism:

http://in.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idINN2331072520071123
http://tinyurl.com/2wubce (Italian)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071123/od_nm/archaeology_cave_dc_2
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/24/world/europe/24briefs-CAVE.html
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=96472af4-be5c-4378-9783-99f38797c3e7

... a couple of nice photosets including more coverage from the Italian 
press:

http://www.repubblica.it/2006/08/gallerie/spettacoliecultura/grotta-romolo-e-remo/1.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/imperial_fora_of_rome/sets/72157603251450933/detail/

Hidden in the press conference was news that they're going to begin charging
to get into the Forum:

http://www.design-oggi.it/archives/0002624.html

Latest news from Allianoi:

http://www.huliq.com/42631/ancient-site-turkey-set-be-flooded

A Roman burial in Yorkshire:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/7107119.stm
http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=1840142007
http://tinyurl.com/3x96zy
http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/nwh_gfx_en/ART52125.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/11/23/nroman123.xml

... and another from Wiltshire:

http://tinyurl.com/2qewah

I think we had this Roman-era necropolis find in Syria already:

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=88835
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C11%5C19%5Cstory_19-11-2007_pg9_7
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7009222635

Nothing new in this one, but it's a nice piece on the Archimedes Palimpsest:

http://www.citypaper.com/columns/story.asp?id=14834

A proposal for mandatory Latin in Swiss schools:

http://tinyurl.com/36h2kl

Nice article on Lawrence Alma-Tadema (with a nice slide show):

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/22/arts/conway.php

Art Deco house update:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2891014.ece

Villas found at Zeugma are going to be protected by a roof:

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=88684

Review of Nicholas Ostler, *Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin*:

http://tinyurl.com/327mel

Review of Frederick Ahl's translation of the *Aeneid*:

http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/poetry/0,,2212422,00.html

More on those Roman remains in a Yorkshire garden:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/071119/139/6nfoc.html

More on that 'ancient salad dressing' story:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,310038,00.html

Recent reviews from BMCR:

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

Recent reviews from Scholia:

http://www.classics.und.ac.za/reviews/2007.htm

Visit our blog:

http://www.atrium-media.com/rogueclassicism

Blegen Library News:

http://blegen.blogspot.com/

Mediterranean Archaeology:

http://medarch.blogspot.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A freelance archaeologist has come across an Anglo Saxon
burial ground:

http://www.24dash.com/environment/29455.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/tees/7104498.stm

Cuts to the Portable Antiquities Scheme budget?

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/news/story/0,,2215506,00.html

... even with reports like this?:

http://in.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idINL2246877020071122
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a1BPzFcBS6p0&refer=muse
http://tinyurl.com/2nwxln

Interesting Virgin Mary statuette from the Czech Republic:

http://www.praguemonitor.com/en/217/czech_national_news/14910/

Video on a recent runestone find (scroll down):

http://politiken.dk/fotografier/

... I think this is the same story:

http://www.cphpost.dk/get/104461.html

A progress report on the restoration of the Cutty Sark:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7105813.stm

The Knights Templar (hmmmm) are going to Bulgaria:

Stonehenge tunnel plans are about to be scrapped:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/wiltshire/7103371.stm

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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Brief item on the discovery of some ancient wine from China:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/20/content_6265920.htm

On skeletal evidence from Vanuatu and the spread of gout:

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/071119/3/2gyq.html

Add the Buddha of Swat to the list of monuments destroyed by
Taliban sympathizers:

http://tinyurl.com/23ghq5

Jade jewellery is revealing trade routes in southeast Asia:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071119/sc_nm/jade_asia_dc
http://tinyurl.com/38zyw7
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2007/11/20/2095026.htm

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://www.nzarchaeology.org/netsubnews.htm
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NORTH AMERICA
================================================================
Nice item on what's been found in and around Fort Bragg:

http://tinyurl.com/3e5own

On history and football rivalries:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/23/sports/ncaafootball/23border.html
================================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
More on the Maya and large game decline:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071114200920.htm

More on early chocolate use:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-11/uop-tec111907.php
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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The Vatican archives on the Borgias are going digital:

http://tinyurl.com/32gzty (El Pais)

Following assorted Viking ships around:

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/nov/the-return-of-the-vikings

The 'other side' of those DNA tests:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/business/25dna.html

Archaeological vacations:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2007/nov/24/24d01israel/

Reviews of Peter Ackroyd, *The Fall of Troy*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/books/review/Leavitt2-t.html
http://www.mercurynews.com/books/ci_7498685?nclick_check=1
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/22/AR2007112201318.html

More coverage of "Noah's Flood" spurring on the spread of
agriculture (kind of strange how this one is being spun):

http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/25339
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411366/1452939
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10476849
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071118/ts_nm/farming_flood_dc_2
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-11/uoe-fk111507.php
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/11/071120-noah-flood.html

... and maybe a comet caused the flood:

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/nov/did-a-comet-cause-the-great-flood

... and clearly someone has too much time on their hands:

http://tinyurl.com/22umcy

The latest efforts to save the petroglyphs at Lascaux:

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/20/europe/EU-GEN-France-Cave-Drawings.php
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071121/ap_on_re_eu/france_cave_drawings;_ylt=ArI5XLXMYethbIPHLsq60oOs0NUE

The mystery of the House of Mirth:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/21/books/21wharton.html

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Lives of the Week:

http://www.oxforddnb.com/public/lotw/

Arts and Letters Daily:

http://aldaily.com/
================================================================
GENERAL MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
================================================================
About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeoblog:

http://archaeoblog.blogspot.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/
================================================================
CRIME BEAT
================================================================
Inside jobs in an Indonesian museum:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7107406.stm
http://www.mysinchew.com/node/3463
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/22/asia/AS-GEN-Indonesia-Museum-Thefts-1st-Ld-Writethru.php
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071123/lf_nm_life/indonesia_statues_dc_1

... and in the Greek Culture Ministry:

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/145740.html

Marion True's trial in Greece is coming up:

http://www.pr-inside.com/former-getty-curator-faces-antiquities-smuggling-r310474.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/arts/20arts.html

A call for the West to preserve Iraqi heritage:

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=88912

Swiss and Peruvian authorities have compiled a 'red list' of
Peruvian items most at risk of being purloined:

http://tinyurl.com/2svydq
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
The Moneta site has been recently updated:

http://www.cultura-net.com/moneta/content.htm

Mexican coins:

http://www.mexicancoinmagic.com/

Hobbyblog:

http://hobbyblog.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/
================================================================
EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
================================================================
La Mediteranee des Pheniciens:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a3WQ8n3TvSO4&refer=muse

Late Titian:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/arts/design/22titian.html

Ghiberti doors at the Met:

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/notebook/2007/11/26/071126gonb_GOAT_notebook_schjeldahl

Smithsonian fundraising:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/us/20smithsonian.html

The Detroit Institute of the Arts is the latest museum to be
refurbished:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/23/arts/design/23detr.html

The Baghdad Museum will be reopening soon:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article2937102.ece

An Italian court has ruled that the Getty Bronze does not have
to be returned:

http://tinyurl.com/2vg9ud (LAT)

... but the Getty did return a golden wreath to Greece:

http://www.pr-inside.com/golden-wreath-returned-to-northern-greece-r314724.htm
http://tinyurl.com/2tpd3t (ANA)

More coverage of the return of some antiquities to Italy by
Princeton:

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/10/30/ap4276958.html
http://tinyurl.com/3xupbw
http://www.pr-inside.com/italy-princeton-museum-reach-deal-to-r269218.htm

China is planning an underwater museum for an ancient shipwreck:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2604570.html

The latest on the Torlonia collection:

http://tinyurl.com/2ru6aq (La Repubblica)
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
================================================================
Women of Troy:

http://www.jconline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071122/ENT08/711220306
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The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm

Stone Pages Archaeology News:

http://news.stonepages.com/

Archaeologica Audio News:

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