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explorator 14.29                             November 6, 2011
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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
and NEVER has attachments. Be suspicious of any Explorator which
arrives otherwise!!!

Hopefully everyone enjoyed their extra hour of sleep ... if you're
in a part of the world that ponders the utility of Daylight Savings
Time this time of year ...
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, David Critchley,
Diana Wright, David Pettegrew,  Donna Hurst, Jennifer Cosham,
Edward Rockstein, Rick Heli, Hernan Astudillo, Michael Caputo,
Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer,
Mike Ruggeri, Richard Campbell, Richard C. Griffiths,
Bob Heuman, 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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Rethinking those footprints at Laetoli:

http://www.livescience.com/16894-human-ancestor-laetoli-footprints-family.html

Genetics suggest humans first left Africa by crossing into
Arabia (I think we had this a few months ago, no?):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15565654
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2057546/Early-humans-Africa-route-Arabia-Egypt.html

Meanwhile, based on dental evidence homo sapiens arrived in Europe earlier
than previously thought:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-homo-sapiens-europe-earlier-previously.html
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2011/11/humans-and-neanderthals-overlapped-longer-than-thought/
http://news.yahoo.com/look-fossils-yields-oldest-modern-europeans-180120611.html
http://www.abc.es/20111102/ciencia/abci-homo-sapiens-dientes-italia-201111021916.html

... I'm not certain how this Torquay spin fits into this (sorry, no coffee
yet):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/evolution/8864941/Earliest-known-European-died-in-Torquay.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2056732/Was-northern-Europes-human-resident-Torquay.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/nov/02/humans-torquay-ice-age

... although some coverage does seem to pull the two together:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15540464
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-evidence-earliest-modern-humans-europe.html
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/9340833.Getting_their_teeth_into_our_early_past/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/wuis-nef110111.php

... and we're still hearing about the interbreeding thing, but it seems to
involve even
more species (?):

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-10-genes-neanderthal-relatives-unusual.html
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/hominids/2011/11/modern-humans-once-mated-with-other-species/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/11/111101-humans-mating-denisovans-neanderthals-southeast-asia-science/
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-20128079/human-ancestors-mated-with-more-than-neanderthals/
http://www.livescience.com/16806-asian-ancestors-mated-denisovans.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/humans-mated-with-denisovan_n_1070221.html

... and the implications of Neanderthals' short legs:

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/hominids/2011/10/neanderthals-made-for-mountaineering/
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AFRICA
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The fall of Gaddafi in Egypt is causing excitement over potential
research now being possible in regards to the Garamantes:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/05/gaddafi-sahara-lost-civilisation-garamantes

Latest on efforts to repatriate remains from the Intrepid:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-intrepid-crew-tripoli-20111101,0,7522968.story

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A new theory for the stone circles known as Rujm al-Hiri:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=51583
http://www2.tbo.com/news/nation-world/2011/nov/06/menewso23-grisly-theory-for-holy-land-mystery-ar-300825/
http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/world/2011/11/ap-enterprise-grisly-theory-holy-land-mystery-1
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Lifestyle/2011/Nov-05/153204-pseudoscience-swirls-about-prehistoric-golan-site.ashx
http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2011/11/03/ap_enterprise_grisly_theory_for_holy_land_mystery/
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iAcqW4QL532VHXBh6d0p6PgYCn0g?docId=3a82d460d57c4e598c18e3de8bce3c8a

Latest CT scan of a mummy failed to discern a child mummy's sex:

http://www.livescience.com/16853-egyptian-mummy-hospital.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/science/gleaning-new-insights-from-mummies-no-dissecting-needed.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111102190010.htm
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-hospital-reveal-secrets-egyptian-mummy.html

Sites from various periods identified at a couple of sites in Al Gharbia and
Sharjah:

http://www.thenational.ae/thenational/news/uae-news/ancient-settlements-detected-at-dalma-island-and-al-khan

Egypt is allowing a mummy to stay at University College Cork:

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/egypt-says-mummy-can-stay-at-ucc-if-its-too-fragile-for-travel-2923081.html

Recreating Egyptian beer:

http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/11/03/drink-like-an-egyptian/

A Second Temple Miqveh from near Beit Shemesh (didn't we have this
a couple weeks ago?):

http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=244067
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=51465

An account of the Domuztepe Dig:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/category/archaeology/domuztepe-dig-2011/

The effects of UNESCO recognition of Palestine on archaeology:

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1082018
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10835&Itemid=49
http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=17935

Landminds interview with Chaim Cohen about Biblical Hebrew and other
matters:

http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/LM2011B/files/LM-011111a.mp3
http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/LM2011B/files/LM-011111b.mp3
http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/LM2011B/files/LM-011111c.mp3
http://www.foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/LM2011B/files/LM-011111d.mp3

Latest from Tel Burna:

http://telburna.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/more-test-pits-and-work-with-ibex-next-week/

Tel Jezreel now has an online presence:

http://www.jezreel-expedition.com/?mid=51768

A couple of videos from the Tel Shikmona dig:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE7UwJFH5xw&feature=share
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qx-t7QxWhw&feature=related

Hagia Sophia may once again become a mosque:

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/turkey/1951696.html

The Biography folks had a feature on Howard Carter:

http://www.biography.com/people/howard-carter-20683395

The Amarna Letters are now online:

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/september-2011/article/ancient-amarna-letters-of-egypt-now-online

The Knesset is still refusing to declassify their Temple Mount Report:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149312

An illegal Muslim burial on Temple Mount is also adding fuel to the fire:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149422

A plan to preserve the Dead Sea:

http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=243909

Interview with Mark Glickman about the Cairo Genizah:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/joe-nalven/2011/oct/30/mark-glickman-the-cairo-genizah/

Review of Alice Hoffman, *The Dovekeepers*:

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/05/141905655/a-tale-of-forgiveness-from-the-tragedy-of-masada
http://blog.theomnivore.co.uk/2011/10/31/sex-and-the-polis/

More on that Byzantine 'prayer box':

http://www.antiquities.org.il/article_Item_eng.asp?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=1877&module_id=#as
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/byzantine-era-christian-prayer-box-discovered-in-city-of-david-parking-lot-1.392864
http://www.thetandd.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/article_82e363ee-0663-11e1-9b1e-001cc4c03286.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/culture/2011-11/01/c_131222561.htm
http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/8510248-418/israeli-archaeologists-tiny-christian-relic-found-in-jerusalem.html
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/10/30/tiny-christian-relic-found-in-israel/?test=faces
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45095083/ns/technology_and_science-science/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-archaeologists-tiny-christian-relic-found-14845301

More on that mummy with prostate cancer:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2057026/Prostate-cancer-2-000-year-old-Egyptian-mummy.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/mummy-prostate-cancer-111101.html
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/ancient_gauze_of_death_Q3uLdzcF2Wnn2LpKMc60zL

More on the dig at Acre/Akko:

http://www.macon.com/2011/10/29/1763443/crusader-town-being-rediscovered.html

More on Arabian 'Nazca Lines':

http://www.thenational.ae/thenational/news/worldwide/middle-east/ancient-middle-eastern-stone-structures-revealed-by-google-earth

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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Did the Romans leave London because of the weather?:

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/11/05/did-the-romans-leave-london-because-of-the-miserable-british-weather/

Interesting ancient Roman DNA project in the works:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2011/11/ancient-roman-dna-project/

A dispute over putting a garbage dump near Hadrian's Villa:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/01/noble-defends-hadrian-villa-rome-rubbish

Finds from various periods at Kataliondas Kourvellos:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/excavations-at-kataliondas-kourvellos-reveal-neolithic-and-cyproclassical-p13412-69.htm

A Bronze Age 'baby bottle' turns up at a garage sale:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/5886762/Garage-sale-find-4000-years-old

Nice to know that NATO spared Libyan sites in its bombing runs:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=51579
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iWvxpg6d-B5mt5cIUirZculKDLqA?docId=525731c637024b16832fe161ef95c341
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/archaeologist-thanks-nato-for-bombing-raid-precision-in-libya-says-spared-ancient-roman-sites/2011/11/04/gIQA3VjimM_story.html
http://tripolipost.com/articledetail.asp?c=1&i=7241

What Kathleen Coleman is up to:

http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2012/nov/coleman-gladiators-110111.html

Nice feature on a Roman curse tablet:

http://archaeologicalmuseum.jhu.edu/the-collection/object-stories/a-roman-lead-curse-tablet/

A course compares Jay Z to Homer?:

http://www.thehoya.com/opinion/jay-z-not-a-21st-century-homer-1.2676070

Feature on the return of the Getty Aphrodite:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Goddess-Goes-Home.html

Interview with James Romm about his Alexander the Great tome:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2011/nov/02/death-alexander-great-and-war-crown-and-empire/

Review of Lise Lunge-Larsen, *Gifts from the Gods*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/books/review/gifts-from-the-gods-treasury-of-greek-mythology-review.html

Review of all those Iliad translations:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2011/11/englishing-the-iliad.html

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/
================================================================
EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
================================================================
Apparently Viking 'sunstones' aren't just a tale:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-viking-sunstone-myth.html
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/magic-viking-sunstone-just-natural-crystal-004406011.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8862471/Magical-Viking-stone-may-be-real.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15523520

Not sure of the date of his one ... a Viking settlement found in Temple Bar
(Ireland):

http://www.thejournal.ie/archaeologists-find-new-viking-site-in-temple-bar-131090-May2011/#slide-slideshow6

Not sure if we've had this Viking boat burial find from Ardnamurchan yet:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-15333852

A 14th century 24 hour clock turns up in a pile of pipe fittings:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=51491
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2056690/Scientific-instrument-shed-Britains-second-oldest--1396-valued-150-000.html

A metal detectorist finds a Tudory wedding ring:

http://www.burnleycitizen.co.uk/news/9336571.Brierfield_man_hits_gold_discovering_tudor_wedding_ring_worth___10_000/

Cuts to archaeology in Bulgaria:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=133540

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

================================================================
ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
================================================================
A 200 years b.p. mummy from Dong Nai (Viet Nam):

http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Culture_Art/2011/11/97927/

Plans to conserve the ruins of Vikramshila 'university':

http://www.calcuttanews.net/story/200662760/ht/After-1Eighth-century-Bihar-university-set-for-conservation

More on that Kubai Khan ship find:

http://www.historytoday.com/blog/2011/10/13th-century-mongolian-invasion-ship-discovered-under-japanese-seabed

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
================================================================
Plenty of coverage of this new evidence of a 'megadrought' in the 2nd
century
(although the 'Roman' connection is never made):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/uoa-usf110411.php
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-scientists-evidence-roman-period-megadrought.html

A First Nations burial at Cumberland Beach (Ontario) has brought a housing
development to a halt:

http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3357573

Fort Monroe is now a national monument:

http://www.npca.org/parks/fort-monroe.html

Virginia's top ten endangered artifacts:

http://vamuseums.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=dd1J4O0Idb4%3d&tabid=36

They're still looking for the Bonhomme Richard:

http://www.stripes.com/news/expedition-continues-search-for-220-year-old-shipwreck-1.159236

A Civil War photo collection is going on display:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/civil-war-diarists-photo-collection-to-go-on-view-in-south-carolina/

A jawbone found near the Kennewick Man site might renew the controversy:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2011/jawbone-find-near-kennewick-man-site-raises-potential-of-new-controversy

More on how far into the 'U.S.' deSoto went:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/11/111101-conquistador-america-de-soto-science-spanish-glass/
================================================================
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
================================================================
Plans to preserve Marcahuamachuco:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=51544

A Gulf Coast 'enclave' from Teotihuacan:

http://www.inah.gob.mx/index.php/boletines/2-actividades-academicas/5335-confirman-multietnicidad-de-la-ciudad-de-los-dioses

Latest coverage of the Mayan doomsday thing:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111103143255.htm

Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://web.mac.com/michaelruggeri

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
================================================================
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
================================================================
Now humans and climate both take the blame for megafauna extinction:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-humans-climate-contributed-extinctions-large.html
http://green.yahoo.com/news/livescience/20111104/sc_livescience/mammothmysterywhatkilledoffthewoollybeast.html
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-unravelling-ice-age-megafauna-extinctions.html

... but whoever wrote this article on it was clearly confused:

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112414031/study-finds-culprits-to-ice-age-mammal-extinctions/index.html

Pondering the plunderability of shipwrecks:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15031084

A major study of the history of malaria:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111102125650.htm

Dr Livingston's own men may have been involved in the Nyangwe massacre:

http://news.yahoo.com/newly-deciphered-diary-muddles-livingstone-legend-174422293.html

Feature on the acoustics of the Basilica San Marco:

https://files.nyu.edu/bbb259/public/braxtonboren/sanmarco.html#sanmarcoAnchor

Feature on Fibonacci:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8861723/Fibonacci-the-man-who-figured-out-flowers.html

Interesting study of evolution and colonization:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-evolution-human-colonizations.html

Our Stonepages friends who put out ArchaeoNews just published their 400th
issue
(congratulations!):

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

How the potato changed the world:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/How-the-Potato-Changed-the-World.html

A medieval art slideshow:

http://www.livescience.com/16794-photos-banganarti-medieval-upper-church.html

Review of Jonathan Lethem, *The Ecstasy of Influence*:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/books/la-ca-jonathan-lethem-20111106,0,2362857.story

Review of *Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/books/review/ambrose-bierce-the-man-and-his-demons.html

Review of Andy Borowitz, *The 50 Funniest American Writers*:

http://www.npr.org/2011/10/29/141693188/twain-hughes-among-funniest-american-writers

http://www.ancientdigger.com/
================================================================
TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Capuchin crypts:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/atlas-obscura/a-capuchin-crypt-full-of-_b_1066012.html

Ravenna:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/arts/28iht-rartravenna28.html
================================================================
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/================================================================
CRIME BEAT
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Egyptian police recovered a number of purloined artifacts:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/9/40/25317/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Stolen-ancient-Egyptian-artefacts-recovered.aspx

... and a smuggling attempt in Aswan was thwarted:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/9/40/25879/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Antiquities-smuggling-attempt-thwarted-in-Aswan.aspx

A London gallery returned some Jiroft items smuggled from Iran seven years
ago:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/208503.html

More on the theft of the Benghazi Treasure:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/10/30/treasure-benghazi-stolen-in-one-biggest-heists-in-archaeological-history/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15557403
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055283/Looters-Libya-seize-gold-known-The-Treasure-Benghazzi.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15582483

... some of it is turning up in markets in Libya, apparently:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Art/2011/Nov-03/152959-search-is-on-for-national-treasures-looted-in-the-wake-of-the-libyan-uprising.ashx

... or Egypt:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15517886

... cf:
http://phdiva.blogspot.com/2011/10/antiquities-missing-from-libya.html

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 17th century Chinese coin turns up in the Yukon:

http://news.discovery.com/history/chinese-coin-canada-yukon-111104.html
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/chinese-coin-found-yukon-first-nations-casino-mine
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/technology/Rare+coin+suggests+China+traded+with+Yukon+17th+century/5636468/story.html

Gold coins from the reign of Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Alexander were found
in Urvich:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=133577

Latest eSylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v14n45.html

... and the issue which will appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v14n46.html

Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/================================================================
EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
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Mummies of the World:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/11/06/2752398/mummies-inspire-respect-and-awe.html

Modern Antiquity:

http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/modern_antiquity/

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2011/11/1/mga-aphrodite-gods-love/


Degas' Dancers:

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/03/141905600/degas-dancers-behind-the-scenes-at-the-barre

Rembrandt in America:

http://www.ncnn.com/edit-news/7390-rembrandt-collection-opens-at-nc-museum-of-art

Transition to Christianity:

http://onassisusa.org/exhibition_transitions.php?m=3&h=3

From Klimt to Klee:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/arts/design/ronald-s-lauder-collection-at-neue-galerie-review.html

Staffordshire Hoard:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15534528
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-15496704

The Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Rome has a new director:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/9/40/25837/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-director-for-Egypts-antiquities-museum-in-Rome.aspx

Concerns for Aboriginal art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/arts/05iht-rartabor05.html

Oddities in collecting folk art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/arts/design/shenanigans-of-folk-art-collecting-art-nouveau-nudes.html


More on the Met's Islamic collection:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=51501
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/10/30/arts/design/20111030-met-islamic-wing.html
http://www.npr.org/2011/11/04/141987063/art-of-the-arab-lands-displays-a-global-heritage

Assorted Arts items of interest:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/arts/design/the-met-buys-a-hans-schaufelein-work.html


An update on the progress of the of the National Museum of Egyptian
Civilization:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2011/1071/he1.htm

Big bucks expected for a Ming-style moonflask vase:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-15554613

Didn't know about the labour dispute at Sotheby's:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/concerns-about-labor-dispute-prompt-increased-security-at-sothebys/

... while there is a mystery behind the sale of four Matisse sculptures:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/sothebys-sells-suite-of-four-matisse-back-sculptures/


... and general anxiousness for the upcoming 'auction season':

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/auction-season-starts-amid-financial-angst/

... perhaps unfounded:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/03/arts/design/sothebys-art-auction-totals-nearly-200-million.html

... then again, some items didn't sell at Christie's:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/arts/design/31-of-82-art-works-go-unsold-at-christies-auction.html

Reviews/hype/interviews related to Neil MacGregor's *History of the
World in 100 Objects*:

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/05/141996729/a-global-history-told-through-100-objects
http://www.guardian.co.uk/extra/2011/nov/03/history-of-the-world-in-100-objects?newsfeed=true
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/whether-humble-or-glorious-telling-stories-of-human-history-through-objects/

Review of *The Art Museum*:

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/03/141992336/the-art-museum-a-case-for-the-printed-book

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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Anonymous:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/nov/03/anonymous-shakespeare-reel-history

Love's Labour's Lost:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/theater/reviews/loves-labors-lost-at-public-theater-review.html

Goethe in Love:

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/04/141858424/goethe-in-love-sweetness-to-go-with-those-sorrows

Qaqal Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/arts/music/qawal-najmuddin-saifuddin-brothers-at-met-museum-review.html

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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OBITUARIES
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Allen Mandelbaum:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/arts/allen-mandelbaum-translator-of-divine-comedy-dies-at-85.html

Mary Hunt Kahlenberg:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/arts/mary-hunt-kahlenberg-native-textile-expert-dies-at-71.html
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HUMOUR
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Soup to Nutz explains BC and AD:

http://www.gocomics.com/soup-to-nutz/2011/11/01
http://www.gocomics.com/soup-to-nutz/2011/11/02

I think some of us knew there'd be something like this about Stonehenge
eventually:

http://wulffmorgenthaler.com/strip/2011/10/16/
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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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