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Re: Archaeology


From: David Meadows (dmeadows_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 30 2003 - 05:56:10 PST

On Sun, 30 Mar 2003 08:25:52 -0500, Christine Besack wrote:
>Hi All,
>Here is an interesting link to Archeology Newstrove  Articles from
>newspapers around the world relating to archeology.nice current
>events tie in to the Arts.
>"All the current Archaeology news"
>Hope this helps,
>Christine Besack :)

Even better is my (free) weekly Explorator newsletter ... now heading into it's sixth year; here's today's issue:

explorator 5.48 March 30, 2003
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** there appears to be a major hub down or something this a.m. and
I can't connect to roughly half of the sources I usually connect to;
there's still enough here to keep you occupied for a while though 8^)
First it was 350,000 b.p. footprints in Italy, now it is a
350,000 b.p. burial in Spain which suggests (perhaps) capacity for
symbolic thought:

.. and Neanderthals, apparently, weren't as ham-fisted as previously
thought either:

The fungus which threatened the paintings at Lascaux has been
brought under control:

Nine swords dating back to ca. 3300 B.C./B.C.E. were recently found
in Turkey:

A brief item on the discovery of a 5000 B.P. mummy:

Egypt is now laying claim to be the source for Mother's Day:

The Shrine of the Book will shortly undergo renovations (scroll down):

Archaeologists in Iraq are trying to protect various archaeological
sites and objects:

More on the threat (is it my imagination or is this sort of thing getting
a *lot* more attention than it might have, say, in the world prior to
the Bamiyan Buddhas):,9959,920931,00.html

.. and we're thankfully reading of efforts to avoid damage:

.. but we're starting (alas) to hear of the damage:

We're also starting to get pieces like this in regards to archaeological
sites in Iraq:

.. and the AIA has issued an "Open Declaration":

[meanwhile, Britain's cultural heritage seems to be at even greater
risk ... cf.,3604,924470,00.html ]

Work has begun to fix that bulge in the Temple Mount wall:

Followup: the Museum of London has a nice feature on that Roman slave girl
receipt find:

A 'basic' look at Hadrian's Wall:

Here's the latest in the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles saga: (the UN is offering to help!)

The oldest written fragment of the Nibelungen tale has been found
in an Austrian monastery: (in German; small pic included)

The latest on the Ayodhya dig:

The Maori Rock Art project is nearing completion:,2106,2367321a8153,00.html

A nice piece on the perils (sort of) of restoring temples at Angkor
La Tercera has a piece (in Spanish) on some 5000 b.p. musical
instruments found at Caral (La Tercera now requires registration):,4293,3255_5726_25908378,00.html

A couple of hungry pooches in Chile dug up a 2500 B.P. mummy:

The Field Museum of Natural History is going to return a large
quantity of bones to the Haida people:

The Clovis people are apparently off the hook for hunting big game
to extinction:

A skeleton found at Jamestown and touted as the first murder of an
Englishman in the Americas may actually have been the victim of
'friendly fire':,0,2755621.story?coll=va-news

An 'Artifacts Roadshow' is going around Indiana:
We haven't had a facial reconstruction in a while, so here's the
latest: a Roman soldier who fell down a well (a.k.a. Trimontium

A pile of "doodles" done by Michelangelo while he was hiding from the
wrath of the Medicis are being restored:,11711,925016,00.html

Here's what the spear which killed Captain Cook reached at auction:

A feature on what's in Cornell University's Rare and Manuscript
Collections in the Kroch Library:

A piece on Chinese furniture:

The World Dracula Congress will meet in Romania, despite fears
arising from the current conflict:

.. also on the Dracula front:

Assorted structures in Britain are seeking funding for restoration:

.. while the Hugin Viking Ship's request has been approved:
Mark Elliott, "Biblical Archaeology and Its Interpretation: The
Sayce-Driver Controversy":
[I'm playing with some web monitoring software which might make
a regular section like this a possibility]

American Journal of Archaeology 107.1 (January 2003)
Michael Sedge, *The Lost Ships of Pisa*:

François Bizot, *The Gate* (archaeology etc. under Pol Pot):

Christopher Logue, *All Day Permanent Red: War Music Continued*
Asia Week (various New York sites):

Folks might be interested in the American School of Classical
Studies at Athens list of museum closures (seen on Aegeanet):

Dancing Satyr (Rome):
Classics students look at the Iliad in light of the current conflict:

.. and actually, it appears there is much interest in the Iliad
of late, and it's providing plenty of ClassCon in various contexts:

ClassCon in a piece on the rules of war:

Looks like we've got to do a bunch more outreach:

.. while NeoClassical seems to be still 'in':

Folks interested in Antigone-inspired drama might look into
The Island:

Classics professors who wonder about their rate of pay might want
to read the following:

More on the geographic accuracy of the Iliad (speaking of
the Iliad, check out the obituaries):

There's a new Latin Rite community in Wisconsin:

A few issues back we mentioned that some forensic pathologists were
'reopening the case file' on Julius Caesar's murder ... the
documentary aired and here's a good account:

cf. this review:,3604,925052,00.html

Akropolis News in Classical Greek:

Radio Finland's Nuntii Latini

Radio Bremen's Der Monatsrückblick - auf Latein

U.S. Weather in Latin:

Martha Hadzi (Art Historian):

G.S. Kirk (Classicist):,,60-621735,00.html
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