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explorator 6.37                                  january 11, 2004
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee,  Bill Kennedy, Donna Hurst, Adrian 
Murdoch, Bill Thayer, Dave Sowdon, Francis Deblauwe, Hernan 
Astudillo, John McMahon, Mark Morgan, Paul James Cowie, Richard
C. Griffiths, Rick A. Riedlinger, Robert Greaves, Susan Jaslow,
Tony Jackson, Jennifer Wees, MikeRuggeri, W. Richard Frahm, 
and Yonatan Nadelman for headses upses this week (as always 
hoping I have left no one out).


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AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA
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A 7000 b.p. settlement has been found on an island off the coast
of the UAE:

http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/international.cfm?id=19162004
http://www.breakingnews.ie/2004/01/06/story128326.html
http://tinyurl.com/26cyj (Khaleej Times)

Some buried megaliths belonging to the Avebury Circle have been
located:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_843553.html

The latest about restoration possibilities in Bam:

http://www.iht.com/articles/123741.htm

More finds from Saqqarah:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/672/he2.htm

They're finally reporting on what's been found in Athens during
all the Olympic construction:

http://tinyurl.com/33q9v (AP via Taipei Times)

A Roman anchor has been found in the Dead Sea:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=55923

Another Roman boat has been found intact ... this time in
Naples:

http://www3.cjad.com/content/cjad_news/article.asp?id=w010833A
http://tinyurl.com/yu4cp (IOL)
http://tinyurl.com/2cku8 (London Free Press)
http://tinyurl.com/2ezsa (La Repubblica ... photo)
more photos at http://tinyurl.com/ytbyu


Of course there's plenty of coverage of the excavation of what
what *thought* to be a Viking site in Scotland:

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/7626.html
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_853406.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/3379503.stm
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/08/1073437412216.html

Chinese archaeologists have found a couple of 3000 b.p.
oracle bones:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1019888.htm

A Western Han dynasty 'basement' has been found in China's
Shaanxi province:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-01/10/content_1269117.htm

A rather well-developed 4500 b.p. city is being excavated in
norther China:

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/00311171509.htm

Home renovations in Suffolk turned up an interesting/macabre
find:

http://tinyurl.com/2l69a (East Anglian Daily Times)
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THE AMERICAS
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Again, this really is a 'Siberian' story, but it is connected to
the peopling of the Americas ... this week it gets the John
Noble Wilford treatment:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/06/science/06SIBE.html

cf.: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/06/science/06MUMM.html
http://www.iht.com/articles/124077.htm
http://www.iht.com/articles/124078.htm

Technically a repeat (I think), but this is a good feature on
what those knotted Inca strings signified:

http://tinyurl.com/3y2yy (Science Daily)

A pre-Mayan inscription from Mexico is shedding light (maybe)
on earlier writing systems:

http://www.newswise.com/p/articles/view/502721/

Some interesting items have been found in a well at Jamestown:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3882224/
http://tinyurl.com/2ffv9 (AP via Yahoo)

The remains of a teenaged slave who died during the American
Revolution may have been found at Yorktown:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/7682195.htm

cf: http://tinyurl.com/3e9b3 (Daily Press)

They're trying to figure out how to manage archaeological 
resources in Canyon of Ancients National Monument:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3906404/

Here's some coverage of a dig at at Ute site in ... Utah:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3879269/
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The New York Times has a nice feature on Nasry Iskander, the
erstwhile head of research and conservation in Egyptian Museum's
Department of Antiquities:

http://tinyurl.com/2xlwh

Wanna buy a cave full of Magdalenian petroglyphs?

http://tinyurl.com/2s86s (Irish Independent)

A piece on the political side of archaeology, this time in
relation to Macedonia/FYROM:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3372117.stm

One of the spinoff effects of the looting of the Baghdad Museum
seems to be a boost in popularity of exhibitions featuring
Mesopotamian art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/06/arts/design/06ORIE.html

An interesting piece on the Savile collection of Roman coins
being cataloged etc.:

http://tinyurl.com/2h6c3 (Evening Post)

The opening of a museum devoted to the history of opium might
be of interest:

http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/index.cfm?id=23222004

Interesting piece on assorted aspects of conservation of
artifacts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/05/arts/design/05HOLO.html

A replica of an eighth-century Indonesian vessel is retracing
the path of an ancient trade route:

http://iafrica.com/news/sa/294504.htm

The Museum of London is being urged to rebury its thousands of
skeletal remains:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1116961,00.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/3371371.stm
http://tinyurl.com/yrs5b (Reuters)

The "Women in Hell" fresco from Coventry has been restored and
will soon be on display:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/3370279.stm

On the DNA front, apparently Explorator will continue for quite
a while:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/09/arts/design/09COTT.html

A pile of Faberge eggs are hitting the auction block:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/09/arts/design/09EGGS.html

An interesting feature on a collector of Imperial Chinese
clothing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/07/arts/design/07ROBE.html

Harvard is the latest recipient of a request to return 
antiquities (of a sort):

http://tinyurl.com/387wm (NYT)
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NEW ONLINE BOOKS
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G.C. Rothery, *The Amazons*:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/wmn/ama/index.htm

F.M. Bennett, *Religious Cults Associated with the Amazons*:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/wmn/rca/index.htm

Lysistrata (trans. J. Lindsay ... it rhymes):

http://tinyurl.com/2xz7d (UPenn)
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CRIME BEAT
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Items from the looting of Jiroft are hitting various markets:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11491

Looting the Afghan 'Pompeii':

http://washingtontimes.com/world/20040105-120034-9103r.htm

Some interesting ideas in this Reason piece on how to deal with
the problem of looting of sites:

http://reason.com/0401/cr.jl.found.shtml
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BOOK REVIEWS
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Assorted recent tomes on Shakespeare:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/11/books/review/11KERMODT.html

A pair of books on the Beecher sisters:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/11/books/review/11CHERNOT.html

Nicholas Thomas, *The Extraordinary Voyages of Captain James
Cook*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/11/books/review/11DORE2T.html

Thomas Cahill, *Sailing the Wine Dark Sea*:

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/living/7631178.htm

D. Kagan, *The Peloponnesian War* [extensive review]:

http://www.newyorker.com/critics/atlarge/?040112crat_atlarge

Michael Wood, *Road to Delphi*

http://tinyurl.com/2ef36 (Guardian)
http://tinyurl.com/ytmb9 (Telegraph)
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DON'T EAT THAT ELMER (A.K.A. CVM GRANO SALIS)
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EXHIBITIONS
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Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting of the
Middle Ages and the Renaissance:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/09/arts/design/09COTT.html
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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
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The latest in the Elgin Marbles saga:

http://tinyurl.com/2sn8b (Telegraph)
cf: http://tinyurl.com/3g3hy (Evening Standard)

Akropolis News in Classical Greek (it has returned!):
http://www.akwn.net/

Radio Finland's Nuntii Latini
[best accessed via rogueclassicism on Sundays]

Radio Bremen's Der Monatsrückblick - auf Latein 
http://www.radiobremen.de/online/latein/

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

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OBITUARIES
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Graham Rowley (archaeologist/explorer)

http://tinyurl.com/257ec (Telegraph)

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REPEATS
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Citadel in Hanoi

http://tinyurl.com/37zdv

Leper Remains from Jerusalem:

http://tinyurl.com/322t4
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3849407/

Paleolithic Figurines from Germany:

http://tinyurl.com/2jxzy (FAZ)

Saqqarah Tombs:

http://tinyurl.com/3gmal

Snails and Pottery:

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20040105/pottery.html

That Biblical Archaeology Thing Originally from the WP:

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/living/7674116.htm
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OTHER SOURCES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS
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About.com Ancient History (blog):
http://ancienthistory.about.com/

About.com Archaeology (blog):
http://archaeology.about.com/mbody.htm

Archaeologica:
http://www.archaeologica.org/NewsPage.htm

Archaeology Magazine's Newsbriefs:
http://www.archaeology.org/magazine.php?page=0305/newsbriefs/index

Bible and Interpretation Breaking News:
http://www.bibleinterp.com/news.htm

CBA Newsfeed:
http://www.britarch.ac.uk/newsfeed/index.html

CBA Archaeoblog:
http://www.britarch.ac.uk/archaeoblog/

Classics in Contemporary Culture (blog):
http://www.people.memphis.edu/~mhooker/ccc.html

Cronaca (blog):
http://www.cronaca.com/

Francis Deblauwe's 'Iraq War and Archaeology' site:
http://cctr.umkc.edu/user/fdeblauwe/iraq.html

Maritime Underwater Archaeological News:
http://www.munarchaeology.com/munarchaeology/news/main.htm

Megalithic Portal
http://www.megalithic.co.uk

Michael Ruggeri's Ancient America and Mesoamerica News:
http://community-2.webtv.net/Topiltzin-2091/AncientAmericaand

Mirabilis.ca (blog):
http://www.mirabilis.ca

Paleojudaica (blog):
http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com

Phluzein (blog):
http://www.binref.com/phluzein/

Stone Pages Archaeo News:
http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Texas A&M Anthropology News Site:
http://www.tamu.edu/anthropology/news.html

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