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explorator 14.15                                  July 31, 2011
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Peter Ramsden, David Critchley,
Diana Wright,Donna Hurst, Jennifer Cosham, Edward Rockstein,
Hernan Astudillo, Kurt Theis, Tim Parkin,John McMahon, Barnea Selavan,
Joseph Lauer, Michael T. Stulac, Mata Kimasitayo, David Perlmutter,
Mike Ruggeri, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths, Jennifer Cosham,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always
hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HUMANS
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This week we are being told that humans 'crowded out' Neanderthals in
Europe:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=49462
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-strength.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110728144928.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uoc-sin072711.php
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-human-neanderthal-20110729,0,6450193.story
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/jul/28/neanderthals-demise-modern-human-invasion
http://www.canada.com/technology/Humans+have+crowded+Neanderthals+study+says/5178634/story.html
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/261770/Revealed-How-mass-migration-destroyed-the-first-Europeans
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43931691/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://news.yahoo.com/modern-humans-crowded-europes-neanderthals-194133635.html

... but the interbreeding theory is still kicking around:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/07/18/science-neanderthal-human-interbreeding.html

... and early humans may have exploited lava flows for fire purposes:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/07/24/2107805/wwu-researcher-says-early-humans.html

On early grandparents:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-grandparents-success-human.html
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/2084815/the_role_of_grandparents_in_ancient_civilization/index.html

More on when human-like walking began:

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/07/31/jun04.asp
http://earthsky.org/human-world/our-ancestors-walked-upright-two-million-years-earlier-than-thought
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Suggestion that a mystery object from and Egyptian tomb might be the first
protractor:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20748-egyptian-tomb-mystery-may-be-worlds-first-protractor.html

On the "serious weaponry" wielded by ancient Egyptian royalty:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/25/ancient-egyptian-royalty-wielded-serious-weapons/
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/25/scitech/main20082924.shtml

Pondering why Tell Qarqur seemed to thrive when other places were
struggling:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43945216/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://www.livescience.com/15267-ancient-city-mysteriously-survived-mideast-civilization-collapse.html

A 3000 years b.p. altar from Tel Tzafit:

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/3-000-year-old-altar-uncovered-at-philistine-site-suggests-cultural-links-to-jews-1.375305

The tomb of St Philip has apparently been identified:

http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/75127/
http://www.cathnewsphil.com/2011/07/28/tomb-of-st-philip-the-apostle-found-in-turkey/
http://www.ilmessaggero.it/articolo.php?id=157662&sez=HOME_SPETTACOLO&ssez=VETRINA
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/27/tomb-st-philip-apostle-discovered-in-turkey/

A 3D trip through the pyramid of Khufu:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14334046

Bronze Age burials from Terqa:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2011/07/tough-times-reported-for-ancient-warrior/1


A 3000 years b.p. stone altar from Tel Tzafit (Gat):

http://www.foundationstone.org/ (with links to audio)
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/3-000-year-old-altar-uncovered-at-philistine-site-suggests-cultural-links-to-jews-1.375305
http://www1.biu.ac.il/indexE.php?id=33&pt=20&pid=117&level=2&cPath=33&type=1&news=1471

... see also Aren Maeir's blog posts on same:

http://gath.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/the-news-is-out-a-large-stone-altar-in-area-d/
http://gath.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/the-altar-is-out-and-a-possible-inscription/
http://gath.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/removing-the-altar-from-area-d/
http://gath.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/short-clip-explaining-about-the-altar/
http://gath.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/inscription/

A 2800 years b.p. lion statue from Tell Tayinat:

http://www.unreportedheritagenews.com/2011/07/2800-year-old-lion-statue-discovered-at.html

Some backtracking on those lead codices:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-middle-east-14251461

Turkish archaeologists have taken over excavating at Xanthos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=xanthos-excavations-turned-over-to-turkish-archaeologists-2011-07-26

A Dead Sea Scroll was a 'precursor' to the Jewish calendar:

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=7274
https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/api/datastream?publicationPid=uk-ac-man-scw:128116&datastreamId=FULL-TEXT.PDF

... perhaps you want to adopt your own DSS:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020595/

Op Eddish thing on conservation efforts to raise awareness of sites:

http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=230962

I'm really not sure what Zahi Hawass' employment situation is anymore:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/worldwide/middle-east/egypts-own-indiana-jones-zahi-hawas-is-pushed-from-power

The clash between politics and archaeology continues in Jerusalem:

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/knesset-legislation-gives-right-wing-group-control-over-city-of-david-park-1.375645
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/government-move-would-cement-rightist-group-s-control-of-jerusalem-national-park-1.375546

More on that bell from Jerusalem's Old City:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=49345
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Early+History+-+Archaeology/Gold_bell_excavations_Jerusalem_24-Jul-2011.htm
http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/2000_Year_Old_Bell_20110727.shtml
http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/22/tiny-2000-year-old-golden-bell-found-in-jerusalem.html
http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_18542433
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/9907921/ancient-bell-found-in-jerusalem-sewer/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/5336971/Ancient-bell-found-in-Jerusalem-Old-City-sewer
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/In-Jerusalem-a-2-000-year-old-bell-rings-again-1567355.php
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/07/24/3088678/in-jerusalem-a-peal-from-the-past

... and if you want to hear it ring:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjx9tP3yTRI
http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=53224

More on that Syriac question mark:

http://blogs.forward.com/the-shmooze/140323/
http://www.dailyindia.com/show/452666.php

More on Tell Balata:

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=230833
http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/07/23/159004.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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Big news this week appears to be the discover of a mosaic of Apollo
on the Oppian:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=49468
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-europe-14356604 (video)
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/29/3803443/dig-through-ancient-rome-finds.html
http://www.newsday.com/news/dig-through-ancient-rome-finds-mosaic-1.3061085
http://www.thespec.com/news/world/article/571133--dig-under-ancient-roman-baths-reveals-apollo-in-the-altogether
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g53qM-SnVhZQVGe7JcDWp5D_Awmw?docId=CNG.6b44e7e4e2bbd63a32abdf8eea663c41.501
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Dig-through-ancient-Rome-finds-mosaic-1639883.php
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/8671524/Dig-under-ancient-Trajans-Baths-in-Rome-turns-up-mosaic-depicting-a-nude-Apollo.html
http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2011/07/29/une-mosaique-representant-apollon-decouverte-pres-du-colisee_1554282_3246.html

Those possible 'gladiator' remains from York/Driffield Terrace are
going on display:

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/gladiator_ideas_do_battle_in_public_arena_1_3626377
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-14324813

Plenty of press coverage for the Ancient Lives crowdsourcing project to
transcribe
Oxyrhynchus papyri:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-grant-combines-astrophysics-archeology-decipher.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/papyrus-fragments-crowdsource-110727.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/8663385/Ancient-papyri-frankly-theyre-still-all-Greek-to-me.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/07/29/calling-all-egyptology-geeks-help-decipher-ancient-papyri/
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07/28/7189930-help-scientists-decipher-lost-gospel
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/26/volunteers-wanted-to-transcribe-lost-gospels-online/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-14289685
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018848/Oxford-University-appeals-help-transcribing-200-000-ancient-Greek-letters.html?ITO=1490
http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/blog/7124483/no-ordinary-book-learning.thtml
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harrymount/100055048/what-to-do-in-the-school-holidays-number-one-discover-a-rare-greek-papyrus/
http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2011/110726.html

An Etruscan 'holy site' near Viterbo:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/07/26/Bronze-Age-holy-site-studied-in-Italy/UPI-25271311697633/

A Roman villa from Bedford:

http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/Historic-find-dates-back-to-the-Romans-29072011.htm

Remains of a Roman village from Corby:

http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/local/corby/ancient_artefacts_unearthed_at_site_1_2903595

A chariot relief from Mugla:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=relief-shows-chariot-race-in-ancient-times-2011-07-27

Suggestion that a theme park next to Pompeii might be a good idea:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/today/hi/today/newsid_9548000/9548526.stm

... more on the reasoning:

Feature on Viminacium:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sasa-milosevic/viminacium-a-new-life-of-_b_911556.html

Wroxeter's 'roman style' villa is getting a lot of vistors:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-14284407

Review of Richard Miles, *Carthage Must Be Destroyed*:

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=14181005
http://www.denverpost.com/rss/ci_18570942?source=rss
http://abc.net.au/rn/bydesign/stories/2011/3279400.htm (interview)

Review of Vicky Alvear Schecter, *Cleopatra's Moon*:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/books/la-ca-vicky-schecter-20110731,0,3182643.story

More on concerns for Hadrian's villa:

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/europe/news/article_1654098.php/Roman-emperor-s-villa-decays-for-lack-of-funds

More on that 1600 years b.p. burial from Northamptonshire:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/1-600-year-old-human-remains-unearthed/H1-Article1-725445.aspx

Latest reviews from Scholia:

http://www.classics.ukzn.ac.za/reviews/

Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Possibly the UK's oldest rock art  (from Wales):

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-archaeologists-chance-discovery-britain-earliest.html
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/07/25/Cave-art-could-be-Britains-oldest/UPI-79031311632355/
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2011/7812.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-14272126

I couldn't find any English coverage of this incredibly unique tomb
find from Bosnia-Herzegovina:

http://www.ilmeridiano.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4818:sensazionale-scoperta-archeologica-in-bosnia-erzegovina-una-tipologia-di-tomba-mai-vista-prima-&catid=114:cultura&Itemid=540

Finds from various periods (mostly Neolithic?) from southern Bulgaria:

http://www.sofiaecho.com/2011/07/28/1130455_new-archaelogical-discovery-illuminates-practices-from-the-copper-age

Possibly medieval skeletons found prior to flood defence work in Kempsey:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-14329903

A Saxon logboat has gone on display in Portsmouth:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-14288357

A skull from the UK's 'oldest cemetery' is one display in Bridgwater:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-14332346

Plans for Peperikon:

http://paper.standartnews.com/en/article.php?d=2011-07-29&article=36885

Medieval armour was a bit of a hindrance, apparently:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110719194352.htm

They're looking for Miguel de Cervantes' bones:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jul/25/cervantes-bones-madrid-convent-search

More on that Mesolithic rest stop:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=49326

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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An ancient battlefield canteen from Shanxi:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/ancient-battlefield-canteen-found-china-115035140.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-07/24/c_131005498.htm

A possible 2000 years b.p. burial from Vientiane:

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Asia/Story/A1Story20110731-291950.html

On the antiquity of the Korean surname 'Kim':

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-common-korean-surname-tale-nationhood.html

East Asian Archaeology:

http://eastasiablog.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/east-asian-archaeology-cultural-heritage-%E2%80%93-2052010/

Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog:

http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://www.nzarchaeology.org/netsubnews.htm
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NORTH AMERICA
================================================================
They're back digging at Fort William Henry:

http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2011/07/29/archaeology_team_returns_to_historic_ny_fort_site/
http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_18581696

Remains of a 19th century village beneath Central Park:

http://news.columbia.edu/columbia-archeologist-unearths-19th-century-village-beneath-central-park

A somewhat hidden 'dig-and-lab' blog of students working on an 18th century
Inuit excavation
near Cartwright, Labrador:

http://www.mun.ca/labmetis/lisablog/

Using GIS to map out Civil War sites:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/arts/geographic-information-systems-help-scholars-see-history.html

They're going to look for lost graves at the Uncle Tom's Cabin site in
southern Ontario:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2011/07/28/wdr-uncle-toms-cabin-graves-probed.html

The oldest pizza joint in the US:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/a-pizzeria-from-jersey-now-claims-to-be-the-nations-oldest/

Review of James Grant, *Mr Speaker*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/books/review/mr-speaker-biography-of-thomas-reed-by-james-grant-book-review.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
A 2800 years B.C. Olmec relief from Chalcatzingo (Mexico):

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/191174.html
http://www.inah.gob.mx/index.php/boletines/14-hallazgos/5149-descubren-relieve-olmeca-con-imagen-de-felinos
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=410713&CategoryId=13003

They've exhumed Simon Bolivar and are not sure what he died of:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14286902
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2011/07/25/remains-bolivar-are-authentic-venezuela-says/

On developing theories about war and the emergence of states from
evidence in the Titcaca basin:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110725162529.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uoc--wiw072511.php
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43885035/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://www.livescience.com/15215-devastating-fire-war-destroyed-ancient-peruvian-society.html
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-war-good-civilization-archaeology-peru.html

The site of Tancama is now open to the public:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/index.php/boletines/7-zonas-arqueologicas/5158-abre-tancama-en-el-corazon-de-la-sierra-gorda

More on Machu Picchu centennial celebrations:

http://news.yahoo.com/machu-picchu-celebrates-discovery-centennial-191500820.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/24/scitech/main20082680.shtm
http://news.yahoo.com/machu-picchus-place-archaeology-173300418.html

More on that 'sacrificer's tomb' from Peru:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/07/100728-ancient-human-sacrifice-peru-tomb-executioner-science/

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://web.mac.com/michaelruggeri

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
Feature on Virginias Rare Book School:

http://www.therecord.com/opinion/columns/article/571053--virginia-s-rare-book-school-attracts-the-world-s-bibliophiles

What Robert Ballard is up to:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/articles/2011/07/28/titanic_explorer_details_new_deep_sea_journey
http://www.newser.com/article/d9ooufio1/titanic-oceanographer-on-new-exploration-for-artifacts-from-antiquity-geologic-discoveries.html
http://www.theday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011110729524

Humans living at higher latitudes have larger skulls:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14279729

On the various factors that can affect tree ring records:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/w-stw072511.php

A collection of Arabic medical manuscripts is going online:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-historic-arabic-medical-manuscripts-online.html

Interesting APOD of abandoned kilns in Nevada under the Milky Way:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110725.html

Ben Franklin's off the hook for an invasive species importation:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-genetic-evidence-ben-franklin-video.html

A bit out of our period, but the history of Black Swan records is
interesting:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/nyregion/answers-to-questions-about-new-york.html

Another potential 'lost DaVinci' going through the authentication process
(sort of):

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,777266,00.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Ephesus:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/travel/a/-/more/9926741/ephesus-ahead-of-its-time/

Delphi:

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/travel/article478927.ece

Austrian castles:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20110722-castle-hunting-in-austria-ten-of-the-best
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BLOGS
================================================================
About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/

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CRIME BEAT
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Not sure where to put this one ... a man has returned a Second Temple
ossuary after realizing that
it was just that:

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/man-returns-stolen-second-temple-ossuary-1.375255

I think we mentioned this case of an historian being charged with document
theft:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/us/29brfs-HISTORIANISI_BRF.html

A collection of 300+ year-old silver has been stolen from a Derbyshire
church:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-14345369

An art dealer has been charged with smuggling ivory:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/art-dealer-charged-with-smuggling-ivory-into-u-s/

Columbian authorities recovered a pile of artifacts destined for the black
market:

http://www.emol.com/noticias/magazine/2011/07/25/494398/colombia-rescata-seis-mil-piezas-arqueologicas-de-culturas-milenarias.html

More on what we're learning from that big mummy smuggling bust:

http://www.livescience.com/15234-ny-mummy-smugglers-reveal-vast-antiquities-black-market.html
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/ny-mummy-smugglers-reveal-vast-antiquities-black-market-120804314.html
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/27/mummy-smugglers-reveal-vast-antiquities-black-market/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43915215/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

Safe Corner:

http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/
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NUMISMATICA
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A large Roman hoard from Montgomery:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-14307381

An award for a Roman coin press find:

http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/local-news/award_winning_treasure_found_in_wing_was_used_by_roman_criminals_1_2889061

Latest eSylum newsletter:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v14n30.html

... but a new one should be out later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v14n31.html

Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Link:

http://www.coinlink.com/News/
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EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
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Teotihuacan:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=49370

Gandhara Art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/arts/design/asia-society-show-on-buddhist-art-from-pakistan-is-to-open.html

Charles Eastlake's Collection:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/jul/24/national-gallerys-pioneering-collector-exhibition

Great American Hall of Wonders:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/arts/design/smithsonian-art-museums-american-hall-of-wonders-review.html
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/07/27/arts/design/Smithsonian-American-Art-.html(slideshow)

Old Javanese Gold:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/nyregion/a-new-look-at-yale-at-old-javanese-gold-review.html

Frans Hals:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/arts/design/frans-hals-at-metropolitan-museum-review.html

Medieval Illuminations:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/30/arts/30iht-melikian30.html


The National Museum is set to reopen after renovations:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-14313739

The Textile Museum is moving to GWU:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/textile-museum-to-move-to-george-washington-university/

The Yorkshire Museum just acquired a very nice Viking/Anglo Saxon ring:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/sapphire-ring-belonged-to-anglosaxon-or-viking-royalty-2328242.html

The Tudor House Museum in Southampton has been 'saved':

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-14043007

Maybe the Or-O'Keefe Museum of Art wasn't such a good idea:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/us/28ohr.html

The Met is returning 19 artifacts to Egypt:

http://af.reuters.com/article/egyptNews/idAFL6E7IU02K20110730
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/481703
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g2ZcsiTo7DRpJMBAfGvHQXLnwOzg?docId=52de17a177c74f2785bb0521090c2414
http://bikyamasr.com/wordpress/?p=37932

Germany is returning the Hattusas sphinx to Turkey:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Art/2011/Jul-30/In-isolated-case-Germany-returns-3500-year-old-sphinx-to-Turkey.ashx
http://www.canoe.ca/Travel/News/2011/07/28/18481796-reuters.html?cid=rsstravelnews
http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFLDE76R1E020110728
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/07/28/feature-03
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=hattusa-sphinx-returing-to-anatolia-2011-07-26

The Staffordshire Hoard is on tour:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-14353261
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-14301534

Some medals associated with Captain Bligh are coming to auction:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8659234/Rare-Captain-Bligh-medals-to-be-auctioned-in-Australia.html

Big bucks for a 200 year-old bottle of Chateau d'Yquem:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/8662962/Worlds-most-expensive-white-wine-sold-for-75000.html

Review of *Chasing Aphrodite*:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/chasing-aphrodite/2011/06/08/gIQA5vTafI_story.html

Check out our Twitter hashtage for more ancient exhibition reviews:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23classicalexhibit
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Unmythable:

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/9168708.Unmythable__Temple_Theatre__The_Ashmolean_Museum__Oxford/

Medea (Epidauros):

http://www.athensnews.gr/issue/13453/45299

Winter's Tale:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/theater/reviews/the-winters-tale-at-park-avenue-armory-review.html

Silver Tassie:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/theater/world-war-i-reverberates-in-silver-tassie-and-war-horse.html

A Doll's House:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/theater/reviews/a-dolls-house-at-williamstown-theater-festival-review.html

Assorted London productions of interest:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/arts/27iht-lon27.html?ref=arts

Check out our Twitter hashtag for Ancient Drama reviews:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23ancientdrama

... and for Sword and Sandal flicks:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23swordandsandal
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ON THE WEB
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ANE placemarks for Google Earth:

http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/2011/07/ane-placemarks-for-google-earth.html
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OBITUARIES
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Simon Price:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/books-obituaries/8666537/Simon-Price.html
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PODCASTS
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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

Naked Archaeology Podcast:

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