RepiTitiationes ~ 11/29/14

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/28/14

… a rather slow day …

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/27/14

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/26/14

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/25/14

Doing some catching up …

In Explorator 17.35

I’ve done this sporadically in the past and honestly don’t know why it isn’t a weekly thing, especially now that I’m generally swamped at school and have neglected the blogging in favour of tweeting of late … in any event, here are some items from my Explorator newsletter’s edition du jour which might be of interest (some of this has appeared on Twitter, but there are some items that haven’t):

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Interesting implications/suggestions from an oddly-decorated Egyptian coffin:

http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/ancient-egyptian-coffins-odd-art-hints-at-brain-drain-141212.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
http://www.livescience.com/49059-ancient-egyptian-coffin-odd-art.html

http://www.livescience.com/48984-ancient-egyptian-coffin-photos.html

Some antiquities smugglers were caught at Cairo’s airport:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/117451/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ottoman-coins,-Roman-map-of-Palestine-recovered-fr.aspx

An 1800 years b.p. Jewish inscription in a 19th century Muslim mausoleum:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.631190

In case you missed it last week, there’s a ton of coverage this week of the indictment of a ‘gang of six’ who were illegally excavating in the area where the DSS were found:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30366842
http://www.antiquities.org.il/Article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4088
http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/alleged-dead-sea-scrolls-looters-indicted-141209.htm
http://www.livescience.com/49046-dead-sea-scroll-looters-indicted.html
http://artdaily.com/news/74924/In-a-dramatic-operation-on-the-cliffs-of-the-Judean-Desert–Antiquities-robbers-caught-red-handed
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/07/369198542/6-arrested-for-looting-antiquities-from-israels-cave-of-the-skulls
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/311049
http://nhpr.org/post/6-arrested-looting-antiquities-israels-cave-skulls
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-Antiquities-Authority-accuses-gang-of-thieves-of-trying-to-plunder-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-383898
http://www.timesofisrael.com/six-busted-for-plundering-artifacts-from-dead-sea-cave/
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/53704-141207-6-arrested-on-suspicion-of-stealing-antiquities-such-as-dead-sea-scrolls
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-accuses-palestinians-looting-antiquities-27423966
http://www.omaha.com/news/world/israel-accuses-palestinians-of-looting-antiquities/article_3521dbfd-6c03-59e9-9d97-31eff9e23516.html
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/08/men-charged-with-stealing-israeli-artifacts-caught-red-handed-with-odd-ancient-tool/#038;%23038;%23038
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=21979
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/antiquity-thieves-caught-at-cave-of-skulls-searching-for-dead-sea-artefatcs

Drought reveals Ottoman structures in Lake Van:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/drought-in-lake-van-exposes-long-submerged-ottoman-structures.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75569&NewsCatID=340

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A late Bronze Age settlement and necropolis from Platamonas:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/13/after-amphipolis-new-ancient-burial-ground-found-in-platamonas/

Polish archaeologists believe they have found the ‘heart’ of Nea Paphos:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/190076,Polish-archaeologists-in-Cyprian-breakthrough

A pile of artifacts emerge from the British Ambassador in Rome’s garden:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11285587/Ancient-Roman-statues-emerge-from-British-ambassadors-garden-in-Rome.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2868864/Ancient-artifacts-buried-garden-Rome-s-British-embassy.html

Feature on the dig at Capitolias (Jordan):

http://www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/en/news/news,403058,polish-archaeologists-in-the-ancient-city-of-jupiter-capitolinus.html

Cyprus’ ‘Elgin Marbles’ is the Cesnola Collection:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2014/12/14/silence-over-looted-treasure/

Nice overviewish things on what was found at Elveden:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/how_the_a11_work_uncovered_secrets_of_norfolk_and_suffolk_s_past_1_3883579

Studying the role of water in the rise of the Roman empire:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141211090608.htm
http://theconversation.com/what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-us-they-left-a-water-warning-35339
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2014/water-and-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-roman-empire

Plenty of coverage of the Lego Acropolis getting into the Acropolis Museum:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30443933
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/14/lego-acropolis-exhibited-in-athens/
https://metro.co.uk/2014/12/12/lego-parthenon-is-proving-more-popular-with-tourists-than-the-real-thing-4984375/

Feature on the Meroe head of Augustus:

http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2014/12/11/the-mer%D3%A7e-head-of-augustus-statue-decapitation-as-political-propaganda/

cf.:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=75013
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/British-Museum-Displays-MEROE-HEAD-OF-AUGUSTUS-20141212

A Danubian horseman relief from Viminacium:

http://inserbia.info/today/2014/12/serbia-relief-of-danubian-horseman-found-in-viminacium/
http://www.b92.net//eng/news/society.php?yyyy=2014&mm=12&dd=12&nav_id=92558

Flood waters engulfed the Temple of Artemis at Vavrona:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/12/temple-of-artemis-in-vavrona-flooded/

Another feature on Heracleion:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1134068-real-life-atlantis-lost-ancient-egyptian-city-sunk-underwater-centuries-ago/

Suggestion that ‘slow compensation’ in Greece for antiquities finds isn’t a good thing:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite6_1_11/12/2014_545275

More hype for Antikythera shipwreck finds:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_09/12/2014_545247

Pink Floyd and the Pope are spurring a Latin comeback, apparently:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/latin-language-makes-comeback-thanks-pink-floyd-pope-n262201

Honours for Timothy Winters:

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/education/schools/2014/12/12/apsu-professor-timothy-winters-receives-prestigious-teaching-award/20321705/

Recognition for a Roman dig in Cumbria:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/roman-dig-in-cumbria-nominated-for-national-award-1.1180696

There’s a new PhD program at WashingtonU St Louis:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/12/new-classics-program-launched-washington-u-st-louis

Feature on Pompeiian graffiti:

http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/ancient-romans-of-pompeii-loved-street-art-too-195643

Feature on MU’s cast gallery:

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/181632/from-readers-mus-cast-gallery-provides-students-with-a-link-to-the-past/

Umbria wants to cash in on its archaeological heritage:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2014/12/12/umbria-opens-up-underground-treasures_ffdcd8bc-af6c-4786-89f0-ca12b1427123.html

… and everyone seems to have an opinion on the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/13/opinion/the-odyssey-of-the-greek-marbles.html
http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-british-museum-has-lost-its-marbles/16341
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4c18fd70-7fb8-11e4-b4f5-00144feabdc0.html
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=74966
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/europe/story/only-quarter-britons-think-uk-should-keep-elgin-marbles-poll-20141209
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_09/12/2014_545284
http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/letters/sharing-elgin-marbles-is-fair.114296511
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-british-museums-poor-judgment-on-display-1417978633
http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/9395122/german-history-is-uniquely-awful-thats-what-makes-it-so-engrossing/
http://gulftoday.ae/portal/a9356538-1342-4c9b-8c39-c132262ca350.aspx
http://rbth.com/international/2014/12/10/keeping_abreast_of_naked_news_42123.html
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/2014/12/08/Boris-Johnson-mocks-George-Clooney-s-call-to-return-Greek-Elgin-Marbles.html
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/letters/article4291453.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_12_08
http://www.euronews.com/2014/12/08/priceless-statue-loan-to-russia-by-britain-riles-greece/
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/British-Museums-loaning-of-Marbles-statue-to-Russia-an-affront
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11278604/Sending-Putin-the-Elgin-Marbles-is-barmy-but-its-what-makes-Britain-great.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/theodora-clarke/should-the-elgin-marbles-stay-british-museum_b_6280250.html
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/firstnightreviews/article4290623.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_12_07
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/07/squalid-saga-of-parthenon-marbles-loan-to-russia
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article.php?id=512695
http://eu.greekreporter.com/2014/12/07/british-museum-to-loan-more-parthenon-marbles/
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-backs-greek-fight-for-elgin-marbles.aspx?pageID=238&nid=75294&NewsCatID=375
http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/most-britons-dont-even-want-the-elgin-marbles-193795

… and the occupant speculation continues at Amphipolis:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/12/ancient-greek-tomb-still-hoards-its-secrets.html

More on those shackled Roman burials in France:

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/11657302.Key_archaeological_discovery_in_twin_city_Saintes/
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/12/08/at-ancient-burial-site-5-skeletons-found-bound-in-shackles/

More on recent Zeugma mosaic finds:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/mosaic-greece-zeugma-turkey-09122014/

More on Roman and Pictish coins (etc.) from an Aberdeenshire field:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-30316388

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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More Greek manuscripts online:

http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2014/12/an-early-holiday-present-forty-six-new-greek-manuscripts-online.html

Big bucks for Rosetti’s Venus Verticordia:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=74984

Pagan connections to Christmas:

http://theconversation.com/harking-back-the-ancient-pagan-festivities-in-our-christmas-rituals-34309

Review of Lepore, *Secret History of Wonder Woman*:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/books/review/jill-lepores-secret-history-of-wonder-woman.html

Review of Johnson, *Lives in Ruins*:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/book-review-lives-in-ruins-archaeology-and-human-life-by-marilyn-johnson/2014/12/11/e7b84f4e-74e4-11e4-bd1b-03009bd3e984_story.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Greeks:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/ancient-greece-two-ways/article22066682/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justine-frangouliargyris/the-greeks-agamemnon-to-a_b_6293778.html
http://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/local-arts/visual-arts-ancient-greek-treasures-at-pointe-a-calliere-museum
http://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/local-arts/what-youll-see-at-the-greeks-agamemnon-to-alexander-the-great
http://canada.greekreporter.com/2014/12/08/ancient-greece-exhibition-opens-in-canada/

Greece of Origins:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=74904

Thracian Gold:

http://www.bta.bg/en/c/DF/id/971737

In case you missed it among the Elgin Marbles thing, the Hermitage is celebrating its 250th anniversary:

http://rt.com/news/212255-hermitage-museum-anniversary-250/

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CRIME BEAT
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Germany wants to ‘crack down’ on antiquties theft:

http://www.dw.de/germany-to-crack-down-on-antiquity-theft/a-18124850

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2014/12/culture-crime-news-1-7-december-2014.html

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NUMISMATICA
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A Roman hoard from Shropshire has been declared treasure:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/12/11/the-claverley-hoard-roman-coins-found-in-shropshire-are-declared-treasure/
http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/12/12/shropshire-detectorists-delight-as-roman-coins-are-declared-to-be-treasure/

Hopes that another hoard will stay at the Aethelstan Museum:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/11657949.Almost___10_000_needed_to_bring_Roman_coins_back_to_Malmesbury_s_Athelstan_Museum/
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/county_news/11652910.__10k_appeal_to_bring_Roman_coin_hoard_back_to_Malmesbury/