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explorator 14.47 March 4, 2012

explorator 14.47 March 4, 2012
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EARLY HUMANS
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More on Otzi's genetics:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/the-tyrolean-iceman-cometh/article2360\
955/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/science/iceman-had-brown-eyes-and-hair-and-was\
-lactose-intolerant.html

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AFRICA
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Interesting feature about a slave burial ground on St Helena:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-archaeologists-unearth-slave-burial-ground.h\
tml

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/08/slave-mass-graves-st-helena-island
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2012/slave-burial-ground-exc\
avated-on-st-helena

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Archaeologists have discovered the name of a previously-unknown
17th dynasty pharaoh:

http://news.discovery.com/history/new-king-120307.html
http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/694016

We're starting to get hype for that Chinese dentists' plans to
send a robot into the Great pyramid (and Zahi Hawass is involved):

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/08/us-hongkong-dentist-egypt-idUSBRE82707\
K20120308

http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/bre82707k-us-hongkong-dentist-egypt/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2112027/Hong-Kong-dentist-help-ch\
eck-pharaohs-cavity-inside-Great-Pyramid.html


Feature on the folks illegally digging up antiquities in Egypt:

http://213.158.162.45/~egyptian/index.php?action=news&id=23395&title=Deluded%20d\
iggers%20defy%20death


The Penn Museum put up a nice video of Josef Wegner's talk abot
his work at Abydos this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEAij2KQimk&feature=uploademail

... and another Wegner was giving a talk about love in the ancient
world (along with Ralph Rosen):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh5vwzusf-o&feature=uploademail

Feature on Alexandria:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2012/1087/he2.htm

Nice feature on the Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palestinae
project:

http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=16117
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-ancient-graffiti-life-common.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120306131640.htm
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/1.417504
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/afot-au030612.php

There was a report this week that the Syrian army was attacking
Palmyra's Roman (Nabatean) ruins:

http://globalheritagefund.org/onthewire/blog/palmyras_ruins

A verdict in the James Ossuary case will be coming this week:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/biblical-archaeology-to\
pics/date-set-for-james-ossuary-verdict/?mqsc=E3066328

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The Getty returned some items to Greece:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=54098
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2017707764_apeugreecegettyan\
tiquities.html

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_GREECE_GETTY_ANTIQUITIES?SITE=AP&SECTI\
ON=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/09/4324381/las-getty-museum-returns-antiquities.ht\
ml

http://ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_09/03/2012_432138
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/j-paul-getty-museum-returns-5th-centu\
ry-bc-ancient-fragments-to-greece/2012/03/09/gIQAoAFE1R_story.html


A section of the Via Egnatia was uncovered in Thessaloniki:

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/discovery/ancient-road-unearthed-in-greece-\
1.1248617


I doubt anyone is surprised to hear that the Medici Venus once had
colour:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/9124246/Chemical-analysis-shows-Medici-Ve\
nus-was-once-far-gaudier.html


Feature on recent research about Alexander in Egypt:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2012/1087/he1.htm

A new (to me) podcast worth checking out ... this installment is
onthe Fasces:

http://www.ancientartpodcast.org/SCARABsolutions/Resources/Entries/2012/2/9_Epis\
ode_47__Roman_Fasces.html


Another piece on cutbacks in Greece and the threat to antiquities:

http://keranews.org/post/cutbacks-greeks-say-antiquities-are-risk

I think we had mention of this Ladino translation of the Iliad a
while ago:

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/holocaust-survivor-revives-jewish-dial\
ect-by-translating-greek-epic-1.417423


There was a report this week that the Syrian army was attacking
Palmyra's Roman (Nabatean) ruins:

http://globalheritagefund.org/onthewire/blog/palmyras_ruins
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/march-2012/article/syrian-army-attacks-palm\
yras-roman-ruins


Brief item on the Meduproject:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2012/03/09/greece-and-italy-join-forces-to-study-mar\
ine-antiquities/


Interesting feature on recreating Caerleon's Roman amphitheatre:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17231530

What Anne Carson is up to:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/books/72354-classicist-deliver-byrne-lecture

Interview with Madeline Miller:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/opinion/sunday/kristof-odysseus-lies-here.html

Some guy goes to Cephalonia, so he writes an OpEd on the Bittlestone
theory about Ithaca:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/opinion/sunday/kristof-odysseus-lies-here.html

Feature on walking tours of Roman sites in London:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/in-the-know/london-cultural-attractions/913\
3362/London-Roman-history-guide.html


Marking International Women's Day in the Colosseum:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lifeandtimes/romes-colosseum-reveals-secret-histo\
ry-of-women/503447

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IlKu3YWNgM

Review of Song of Achilles:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-song-of-achilles-by-madeli\
ne-miller/2011/12/12/gIQAW7satR_story.html


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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I think we've mention this Dover Bronze Age Boat project before:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2110578/Worlds-oldest-sea-going-b\
oat-sail-scientists-rebuild-Dover-Bronze-Age-Boat-ancient-tools-understand-peopl\
e-crossed-channel-1500BC.html?ITO=1490


A Bronze Age gold ring from Furness:

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/bronze-age-golden-ring-unearthed-in-furness-1.9313\
35?referrerPath=home


... while another Bronze Age ring was declared treasure:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-17289513

Latest CT scan treatment goes to Worsley Man:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-17300084
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2112499/Very-cold-case-2-000-year\
-old-murder-solved-CT-scan-reveals-Iron-Age-man-bludgeoned-strangled-beheaded-hu\
man-sacrifice.html


Scots and English universities are going to be talking Vikings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-17277318

A letter of Henry VIII was found at Dunham Massey:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-17258508

Hunting down some seventeenth century regicides:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16303861

Here's a followup to a story we reported some fifteen years ago (!)
... that warrior (with horse, sword, and shield) burial found on
the RAF Lakenheath site in 1997 is going to the Mildenhall Museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-17269289

Doing the DNA thing to find Basque roots:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120306181210.htm

Inn Stowe visitor centre reconstruction is complete:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-17312410

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Some 2000 (!) Buddha statues turn up in a dig in China's Hebei
province:

http://malaysiandigest.com/world/40915-thousands-of-buddha-statues-found-in-nort\
h-china.html


Big bucks expected for a Northern Song Dynasty bowl coming to
auction:

http://my.news.yahoo.com/ancient-chinese-bowl-auction-h-k-220531099.html

East Asian Archaeology:

http://eastasiablog.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/east-asian-archaeology-cultural-her\
itage-%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
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Digging up the Modern Greece:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/08/3078449/civil-war-shipwreck-yields-i\
ts.html

http://www.stripes.com/news/artifact-recoveries-on-civil-war-shipwreck-in-time-f\
or-anniversary-1.171094


Honours for William Kelso:

http://hamptonroads.com/node/632551

Tracking Hopewell people migration through dental clues:

http://ohio-archaeology.blogspot.com/2012/03/insights-into-hopewell-population.h\
tml


Not sure if this is a review of a book, an auction preview, or
what but it's all about William Scagel's knife making activities:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/arts/design/knives-of-william-scagel-storied-b\
lacksmith-for-sale.html


More on the facial reconstruction of USS Monitor folks:

http://news.discovery.com/history/uss-monitor-faces-reconstruction-120306.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/uss-monitor-faces-reconstruction-photos-120306\
.html
(photos)
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2012/03/02/this_week_in_the_civil_war\
/


Review of Natalie Dykstra, *Clover Adams*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/books/review/natalie-dykstras-biography-of-clo\
ver-adams.html


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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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On Maya women leaders:

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=202656
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242682-New-research-shows-ancient-Maya-women-w\
ere-powerful-leaders


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
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Feature on the use of LiDAR in archaeology:

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/03/indiana-jones-goes-geek-laser-mappin\
g-lidar-revolutionizes-archaeology.ars


Comparing human and gorilla genomes:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/07/us-gorilla-genome-sheds-new-light-huma\
n-idUSTRE8261VA20120307

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/wtsi-whw030512.php

... and I guess we'll mention what appears to be our earliest
ancestor (?):

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-human-worm-fossil-canada.html

The oldest film based on Dickens has been located:

http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/bre82800k-us-dickens-film/

Darwin is off the hook for 'deceiving' Alfred Wallace:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-darwin-wallace-mystery.html

They've mapped the full site of the Titanic:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-full-titanic-site-1st.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-17273596
http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-full-titanic-mapped-1st-time-174336818.html

... and supposedly the moon played a role in her demise:

http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre82519n-us-titanic-research-moon/
http://news.discovery.com/space/moon-titanic-120306.html
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-icebergs-accomplice-moon-titanic.html

An asteroid is now being blamed for the death of assorted megafauna
in the Americas:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/07/evidence_for_mammoth_asteroid/

... but both man and climate change are being blamed for megafauna
demise elsewhere:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-demise-large-animals-climate.html

Slideshow on the history of prosthetics:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16599006

Potentially useful: an aerial archaeology archive:

http://www.humanities.uwa.edu.au/research/cah/aerial-archaeology

Pondering the subject of Picasso's 'Woman Ironing':

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/arts/design/learning-the-identity-of-a-phantom\
-picasso-subject.html


More on the origins of blue eyes:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/02/do-blue-eyes-ste\
m-from-a-black-sea-resident-8000-years-ago/1#.T1PcwXmR4TY


Review of Kwasi Kwarteng, *Ghosts of Empire*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/books/review/ghosts-of-empire-by-kwasi-kwarten\
g.html


Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/
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BLOGS
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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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Another antiquities bust in Greece, this time in Athens (I think):

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/greek-police-arrest-suspected-smugglers-seize-treasures\
-031130190.html

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Art/2012/Mar-06/165624-44-arrested-in-greece\
-for-antiquities-trafficking.ashx

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/44-arrested-in-greece-1372361.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/9122719/Greek-police-arr\
est-44-over-illegal-antiquities-trafficking.html

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/external/search.hosted.ap.org/wireCoreTool/Search?t\
ype=Photo&output_format=PARA&query=Stolen+Antiquities&SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jgBT9mbqT9YsunwS5OfP0RXS1ZSA?d\
ocId=d8cdd9d39f054f1fab2700c7292ca58a


...this one in Chalcidiki seems to be another one:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/03/06/counting-of-looted-antiquities-comple\
te/


... or maybe it isn't (the coverage is confusing):

http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/1/53786

Police have recovered a number of paintings stolen from Rome forty
years ago:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/mar/09/stolen-paintings-rome-art-hei\
st


This link to a video was sent to me to draw attention to looting
by assorted gangs at El Hibbeh (and elsewhere) in Egypt:

http://www.alqaheraalyoum.net/videos/playvideo.php?vid=0164108b3

A pile of Lord Nelson's personal artifacts were stolen:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2110581/Plundered--37-800-worth-Lord-Nel\
son-s-personal-artefacts-stolen-Norwich-Castle.html


Some looted Cambodian artifacts were recovered from Sotheby's:

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Cambodians-Work-to-Recover-Priceless-An\
tiquities-141610743.html


More on Laurence O'Toole's stolen heart:

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/05/10582329-police-hunt-thief-who-s\
tole-ancient-heart-of-irish-saint-laurence-otoole


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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Big bucks for a year one silver shekel:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=54100
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g8WLHv6RbfBquZPiGEAP2NeYpJLg?\
docId=CNG.524e6f7b2b8480aa5a92b13164d02a18.111

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/for_just_one_shekel_LiM4EyaL42j7pRi\
DCmHGAN?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Manhattan


Today's issue of the e-Sylum (should be out later today):

http://www.coinbooks.com/club_nbs_esylum_v15n11.html

Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
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Picturing the Past: Imaging and Imagining the Ancient Middle
East:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-0308-museums-oriental-institu\
te-20120307,0,4621998.column


The Steins Collect:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/arts/design/the-steins-collect-matisse-and-pic\
asso-at-the-met.html?ref=design


Lux in Arcana:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2012/lux-in-arcana-the-vatic\
an-secret-archive-revealed


Islamic Art:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/arts/03iht-melikian03.html

Turkey is banning loans to US and British Museums:

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/308999/20120305/turkey-metropolitan-museum-met-b\
ritish-exhibition-ertu.htm


The Corning Museum of Glass has launched a new website:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=54026


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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Otello:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/arts/music/cecila-bartoli-in-otello-at-zurich-\
opera-house.html?ref=design


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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The New York Times reprised the obit of Howard Carter this week:

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0509.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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