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explorator 4.21                              september 23, 2001
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Thanks to Alastair Millar, Michael Ruggieri, Karl Wittwer, Arthur
Shippee, Patrick Rourke, Michael Stowe, and Bill Kennedy for
headses upses this week (a.a.h.i.h.l.n.o.o.)

n.b. for potential headses upses: in terms of 'cutoff', Explorator
only deals with hominids; dinosaurs are not within our purview
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AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA
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What might be the world's oldest village has been discovered in
a dried out region of the Sea of Galilee:

http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/09/23/stifgnmid03001.html

The Egyptian State Information Service has a brief item on life
in the Wadi Sura 4000 years ago:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html4/o200921m.htm

... and the discovery of an Old Kingdom temple at Kom al Hesn:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html4/o200921n.htm

... and the start of another survey in a different part of
Alexandria's harbour:

http://www.uk.sis.gov.eg/online/html4/o170921l.htm

MSNBC (and others)has a good report on the archaeological dispute
associated with the Marawani Mosque/Solomon's Stables in Jerusalem:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/626620.asp
http://www.bergen.com/morenews/archeol1720010917.htm

This really should be a followup, since it's been reported in
these 'pages' several times before, but the Sunday Times has a
report on the dig which is excavating the Queen of Sheba's
former realm:

http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/09/16/stirevnws03004.html

The New York Times has a nice piece on archaeology in Azerbaijan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/19/international/asia/19AZER.html

China Daily reports on the more recent efforts in regards to Qin's
tomb:

http://www1.chinadaily.com.cn/news/cn/2001-09-17/33624.html

cf. a current online feature on the tomb at National Geographic:

http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/data/2001/10/01/html/ft_20011001.3.h
tml

Excavations in Stirling Castle have revealed the graves of
ten people, including a knight who died in a tournament:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_401289.html
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-2001323055,00.html

According to the Guardian, the sword of St. Galgano, which might
have given rise to the tale of Excalibur, is as old as it was
claimed it was:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4258097,00.html

Japan Times reports on recent discoveries in Osaka prefecture:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20010922b6.htm

The New York Times has a piece on the 'wall of Genghis Khan':

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/21/international/asia/21WALL.html

Those of us who get asked about all the differences between B.C.
and B.C.E. will appreciate a mistake between B.C. and B.E.:

http://dailynews.netscape.com/mynsnews/story.tmpl?table=n&cat=50900&id=20010
9200724000262854

In the wake of the tragic events of September 11, there is at
least one article circulating on targeting of famous buildings
in other periods:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010920/ts/attack_landmarks_dc_2.html
http://news.excite.com/news/r/010920/09/news-attack-landmarks-dc

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THE AMERICAS
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The LA Times has a report on a dig off the Ventura County coast
which is finding evidence of the Nicolena people:

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-000075756sep21.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2
Dscience

Some morons have vandalized pictographs near Salt Lake City:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010922/us/rock_art_destroyed_1.html

Archaeologists have found traces of an old French settlement in
Peoria:

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-french19.html

NASA data is apparently going to be used to find further evidence
of the Lewis and Clark exhibition:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010920/sc/nasa_lewis_and_clark_1.html
http://www.newsday.com/news/science/wire/sns-ap-nasa-lewis-and-clark0920sep1
9.story?coll=sns%2Dap%2Dscience%2Dheadlines

A brief item in Scientific American posits an 850 B.C. crossing
of the Atlantic by Polynesian peoples:

http://www.sciam.com/news/091801/2.html

The Sunday Times has a feature on the tombs of Sipan:

http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/09/16/stifgname02001.html

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There's a new issue of Ancient Egypt magazine out, with online
content continuing the "Nine Measures of Magic" series which
began in the previous issue (among other things):

http://www.ancientegyptmagazine.com/issue08.htm

The New Yorker has a brief item on the Cleopatra exhibition at
the British Museum, with links to follow up on:

http://www.newyorker.com/ON-LINE_ONLY/ARCHIVES/?010507on_onlineonly02

Jewish Magazine has an article on tombs in Jerusalem:

http://www.jewishmag.com/47mag/jerusalemtombs/jerusalemtombs.htm

Il Sussidiario has an archaeological magazine supplement (it seems)
and the most recent version has a good article (in Italian) summarizing
the various sites that have been proposed for Atlantis and giving
some idea of actual research that has been done:

http://www.sussidiario.it/archeologia/magazine/republik/atlantide.shtml

This seems to be the appropriate location for these more 'newsy'
items: also on the Atlantis front, New Scientist has a report on a sea level
study which might shed light on the origins of the tale:

http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991320
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1554000/1554594.stm

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ON THE WEB
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I can't remember whether I mentioned this one before, but I came
across it again this week. It's called the "Virtual Mummy" and is
an online 'unwrapping' of a 2,300 year-old-mummy:

http://www.uke.uni-hamburg.de/institute/imdm/idv/forschung/mumie/index.en.ht
ml

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ON  THE ARCHAEOLOGY CHANNEL
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The Archaeology Channel has a new three part video up on the
Aztecs, Maya, and Inca:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/

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AT ABOUT.COM
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Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill's latest is on the Twelve Tables:

http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa091101a.htm

Latin Guide Janet Burns' latest is a review of Wm. Harris *An
Intelligent Person's Guide to the Latin Language*:

http://latin.about.com/library/weekly/aa090801b.htm


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REVIEWS
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The Guardian has a review of Sole and Valbelle *The Rosetta Stone:
The Story of the Decoding of Hieroglyphics*:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4261895,00.html

The Independent has a review of Hugh Thompson *The White Rock*
(archaeology in Peru):

http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=95169

The Times has a review of C. Woodward *In Ruins*:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,70-2001323579,00.html

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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
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The Duke Chronicle has an item on what's been done at Duke since
an external review of the Classical Studies department last year:

http://news.excite.com/news/uw/010920/university-152

The auction of the DAI has been "blocked":

http://www.ekathimerini.com/news/content.asp?id=100082

... and reparations are going to be sought by another village:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/news/content.asp?id=100376

Here's how the exiled king of Afghanistan spends his days:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4261706,00.html

Peter Jones in the Spectator:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2001
-09-22&id=1122

Radio Finland's Nuntii Latini
http://www.yle.fi/fbc/latini/trans.html

U.S. Weather in Latin:
http://latin.wunderground.com/

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FOLLOWUPS
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Early caring hominids:

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/science/09/11/science.social.reut/index.html

Jason at Dimini:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/0109/17/world/world22.html

Khufu cult:

http://news.24.com/News24/Technology/Science_Nature/0,1113,2-13-46_1078239,0
0.html

Medieval Swiss earthquake:

http://www.sciam.com/news/091901/2.html

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