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explorator 12.35-36

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david meadows <[log in to unmask]>

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explorator 12.35-36                            December 27, 2009
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Editor's note: 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
or html text but NEVER has attachments. Be suspicious of any
Explorator which arrives otherwise!!!
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================================================================
Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Donna Hurst, Rakesh Lallgie,
Edward Rockstein, Hernan Astudillo, John McMahon, Joseph Lauer,
Mata Kimasitayo, Mike Ruggeri, Diana Wright, Dorothy King, Trevor Watkins,
Kurt Theis, Rick Heli, and Ross W. Sargent,Bob Heuman, Don Buck,
for headses upses this week (as always  hoping I have left no one out).

n.b. ... as some folks might be aware (or have guessed)I've been
struggling to find internet access over the past couple of weeks
while on holidays; a promised connection didn't pan out and I
could only tap into 'wild' wireless for a couple minutes at a time.
As a result, I really couldn't do much, but I have managed to
do some ... this issue was the 'beginning' of a double issue
meant to go out last weekend, but didn't. So I'm sending this
one out to tide y'all over while I wade through the thousands
of emails/tweets that have accumulated in the meantime ... it's
obviously incomplete, alas, but we should be all caught up next
week (some of the following links may have expired)

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EARLY HUMANS
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The Ardi thing is labelled as one of the year's 'breakthroughs':

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-12/aaft-bo121109.php

A discovery of stone tools from a site in France dated 1.57 million
years b.p. point to the earliest 'colonization' of Europe by
hominids:

http://www.physorg.com/news180110953.html

Early humans were foraging for grains some 105 000 years b.p.:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/science/22obstarch.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091217141312.htm
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2009/12/17/12199006.html?cid=rssnewsweird%20news
http://www.physorg.com/news180282295.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 4000 b.p. lentil seed has sprouted:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=ancient-seed-came-into-leaf-2009-12-16

A couple of hundred sites have been found in Western Iran:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=113906&sectionid=351020105

Plenty of coverage of the discovery of a "Jesus era" house in
Nazareth:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8425094.stm
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2009/12/21/jesus-era-house-nazareth-israel/
http://uticadailynews.com/daily_photo/9588-overview-the-excavation-site-ancient-house-from-the-time-Jesus-Nazareth.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jtdzeesvOZB8jOp_RNPXmUKONtawD9CNNRKG3
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/12/22/world/worldwatch/entry6008886.shtml
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/12/21/nazareth.home/
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ruins-give-a-view-of-nazareth-as-jesus-might-have-seen-it/article1408393/
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Early+History+-+Archaeology/Residential_building_time_Jesus_Nazareth_21-Dec-2009.htm
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3823072,00.html
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/12/21/world/international-uk-israel-jesus.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-tc-nw-israeli-1221-1222dec22,0,1750950.story
http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR28B4T
http://www.antiquities.org.il/about_eng.asp?Modul_id=14


Not sure if this was in our previous issue, but there's much excitement
(again) over that 'first leper' find from a few years ago; most
of the coverage is focussing (in headlines at least) on the textile
of the corpse's shroud and are spinning it in relation to the shroud
of Turin:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/middle_east/8415377.stm

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091216-shroud-of-turin-jesus-jerusalem-leprosy.html
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1260894117527&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1236161/First-burial-shroud-carbon-dated-time-Christs-crucifixion-caves-near-Jerusalem.html
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Biblical+corpse+casts+doubt+Shroud+Turin/2349323/story.html
http://www.canada.com/news/world/Biblical+corpse+casts+doubt+Shroud+Turin/2349323/story.html

... but the real focus seems to be on leprosy/tuberculosis:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0008319
http://netnewsledger.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1138:lakehead-university-researcher-releases-paper-of-tomb-of-the-shroud&catid=36:technology-now&Itemid=85

cf:

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/272/1561/389.full.pdf+html?sid=e8b0cc93-5f5c-435c-a261-dfabd1844c84

Geza Vermes on Josephus on Jesus:

http://standpointmag.co.uk/jesus-in-the-eyes-of-josephus-features-jan-10-geza-vermes

Feature on the authors of the DSS:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Who-Wrote-the-Dead-Sea-Scrolls.html?c=y&page=1

An update on the Golb case:

http://robertcargill.com/2009/12/18/court-documents-say-norman-golb-may-have-been-involved-in-the-raphael-golb-dead-sea-scrolls-scandal/

Brian Rose talks of his visit to southern Iraq:

http://www.greenwichcitizen.com/localnews/ci_14068453


More on the Archaic Mark forgery:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091211203717.htm
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-phonymanuscript,0,6622834.story
http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/1942136,CST-NWS-fake16.article

More on Hasmonean rule in the Negev:

http://www.newspostonline.com/science/hasmonean-rule-reached-the-negev-in-israel-declare-archaeologists-2009121877889
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
================================================================
Much excitement over the discovery (maybe ...) or what appears
to be Cleopatra's mausoleum (no, not by someone from the Dominican,
but in a place that makes more sense ... in the harbour):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/dec/23/cleopatra-mausoleum-discovery-alexandria
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2009/978/eg8.htm
http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-17981.html

Early coverage seems to have focussed on the 'raising of the pylon',
which seems to be the same story:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/click/rss/1.0/-/2/hi/middle_east/8419746.stm
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hj2ISVgyh3V91TUO-c54GOrFidKgD9CL3KD00
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-12/18/content_12665728.htm
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/12/17/Temple-pillar-lifted-from-sea-in-Egypt/UPI-99951261098940/
http://www.ansamed.info/en/top/ME13.XAM18582.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BH39620091218
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/12/17/general-ml-egypt-sunken-treasures_7220727.html
http://news.scotsman.com/world/Pharaohs39-temple-tower-raised-from.5922597.jp
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/12/17/tech/main5991674.shtml
http://www.iol.co.za/widgets/rss_redirect.php?artid=nw20091217155932271C566532&setid=1&sectid=68&url=iol&vne=0&csect=Africa

They've completed he restoration of the Propylaea (didn't we have this
a month or so ago?):

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g37GIjhf82QOMSp5AQvp4FCHfXtgD9CNOBTG0
http://www.ana-mpa.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=8254457&maindocimg=8254381&service=144
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/292/2009/december/21/greeks-finish-propylaea-restoration-on-acropolis.html
http://www.heraldonline.com/wire/world/story/1822756.html
http://www.france24.com/en/node/4953620

On Thucydides as 'spin doctor':

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121359301
http://www.wbur.org/npr/121359301

More on that Catullus citation in a sexual harassment case in the UK:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121395860&ft=1&f=1004

Oh ... and they're claiming to have found Atlantis again ... this time
off the coast of Cuba:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/16/archaeologists-claim-they_n_394240.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1236651/Is-lost-city-Atlantis-Grainy-images-released-showing-city-like-structures-beneath-Caribbean-Sea.html

Review of Donald Kagan, *Thucydides*:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/23/AR2009122301931.html

Latest reviews from Scholia: http://www.classics.ukzn.ac.za/reviews/

Latest reviews from BMCR: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html
================================================================
EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
================================================================
Another Bronze Age burial from Skye:

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1536528?UserKey=

Exploring the feasting habits of the builders of Stonehenge:

http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/ancient-animal-bones-may-link-stonehenge-to-winter-solstice-feats.html
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history+%2526+heritage/archaeology/megaliths+and+prehistoric+archaeology/art74382
http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-16386.html
================================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================

Potentially interesting item on Mayan plumbing skills:

http://www.livescience.com/history/091223-mayan-water-pressure.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20091223/sc_livescience/ancientmayanslikelyhadfountainsandtoilets
http://www.mnn.com/technology/research-innovations/stories/ancient-mayans-masters-of-water-pressure


Latest video on the Archaeology Channel is on how the modern day
Maya are trying to preserve their culture:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org
================================================================
BLOGS AND PODCASTS
================================================================
Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Naked Archaeology Podcast:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Some high school students have uncovered the work of an ancient
counterfeiter:

http://cs.newhampshire.com/blogs/bedford_editor/archive/2009/12/22/Bedford-High-students-discover-possible-counterfeit-coins-from-Roman-Empire.aspx

Princeton has acquired a nice gold coin with an image of Jesus:

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/princeton-acquires-gold-coin-with-image-of-jesus-christ
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