ICYMI ~ The Classical World in the News: February 1-February 14, 2016

Excerpted from my Explorator Newsletter:

Evidence of silver mining near the Mycenean acropolis at Thorikos, some 5000 years b.p.:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160210110630.htm
http://phys.org/news/2016-02-years-silver-shores-aegean-sea.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/gu-s5y021016.php

Tracing the source of marble preserved underwater at Baia:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-manganese-source-submerged-roman-marble.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160210110802.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/f-sf-lam021016.php
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/discovering-the-source-of-marble-used-in-roman-buildings

Very interesting Roman fresco found in London:

http://www.mola.org.uk/blog/discovery-ornate-roman-fresco-revealed
http://artdaily.com/news/84809/Roman-fresco-hidden-beneath-the-streets-of-London-uncovered-by-archaeologists-

Rare Roman Wall Painting Discovered on London Construction Site

Remains of a major temple with a huge arcade at Colchester:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12150373/Remains-of-extraordinary-Roman-arcade-found-in-Colchester.html
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/extraordinary_roman_arcade_found_in_colchester_is_greatest_find_of_its_kind_1_4412792
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3440402/Enormous-Roman-arcade-Essex-magnificent-temple-400ft-long-arched-structure-largest-kind-UK.html
http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14265990.display/

Roman road found during Hadrian Wall car park construction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-35511868

A Roman canal system near the Dead Sea:

Roman-Era Canal System Unearthed Near Dead Sea


http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=31531

A Roman brooch with an interesting palindrome:

http://www.livescience.com/53663-ancient-roman-brooch-contains-lovely-palindrome.html

In case you missed the ‘ancient Greek laptop’ silliness:

http://www.livescience.com/53629-greek-statue-not-using-laptop.html
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/no-the-ancient-greeks-didnt-have-laptops-160205.htm
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/02/04/no-thats-not-a-laptop-on-an-ancient-greek-grave-marker/#1ec8c885348a

Feature on finds from Tuva (these seem to be Scythian):

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0212-focus-on-tuva-stunning-treasures-and-macabre-slaughter-in-siberias-prehistoric-valley-of-the-kings/

… while the ‘Ice Princess’ reburial didn’t work out:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/n0574-legal-bid-fails-to-rebury-remains-of-2500-year-old-tattooed-ice-princess/

Feature on the restored pyramid of Cestius:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/romes-lonely-pyramid-of-cestius-gets-a-new-lease-of-life
http://news.yahoo.com/2-000-old-rome-pyramid-getting-visibility-cleanup-175141163.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/2000-year-old-rome-pyramid-getting-visibility-after-cleanup/2016/02/03/317c7338-ca9f-11e5-b9ab-26591104bb19_story.html

Isotope analysis on a pile of 2000 years b.p. burials from Rome suggest there was a large immigrant population:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-clues-human-migration-imperial-rome.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160210165705.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/p-cah020516.php
http://www.livescience.com/53674-first-migrants-to-imperial-rome.html
http://www.livescience.com/53672-photos-migrants-to-ancient-rome.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3440906/Who-Rome-s-mystery-immigrants-Skeletons-ancient-cemetery-travelled-city-North-Africa-Alps-2-000-years-ago.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0211/Who-walked-the-roads-to-Rome-Isotopes-provide-clues
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0147585

… related:

http://phys.org/news/2016-02-humans-migrants.html

Studying the ‘life cycle’ of Roman pottery:

http://news.uark.edu/articles/33521/u-of-a-researchers-help-capture-lifecycle-of-roman-pottery

Plans to restore an important Temple of Augustus in Turkey:

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_ministry-launches-projects-to-restore-ancient-roman-temple_411378.html

Very interesting frescoes emerging from a church find in Cappadocia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historic-church-discovered-in-turkeys-nevsehir-could-change-history-of-orthodoxy.aspx?pageID=238&nID=94309&NewsCatID=375

Some ancient school lessons:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12152081/Ancient-Greek-manuscript-reveal-Roman-life-lessons.html
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/10/ancient-greek-manuscripts-reveal-life-lessons-from-the-roman-empire

Some Cheshire Roman hoards are on display:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-35560821

I think we mentioned this new mosaic:

‘This is the best of the Roman tradition’: A new mosaic unveiled in Israel

Nice feature on the Lazarus project:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/lazarus-project-the-scientists-who-are-deciphering-unreadable-ancient-texts

Concerns for Amphipolis:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/205895/article/ekathimerini/life/who-will-save–amphipolis

Conservation costs at Rome:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160202-the-colossal-cost-of-ancient-rome

A Kyrenia ship update:

Project being launched to protect Kyrenia shipwreck


http://in-cyprus.com/bi-communal-kyrenia-shipwreck-protection/

… and a Mazotos shipwreck update:

A wreck of historic importance

LiDAR locates some ‘lost’ Roman roads in the UK:

http://news.yahoo.com/lost-roads-ancient-rome-discovered-3d-laser-scanners-161559393.html
http://www.livescience.com/53681-roman-roads-discovered-lidar-maps.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3436936/Britain-s-lost-Roman-roads-discovered-2-000-years-Maps-reveal-new-key-route-used-conquer-Northern-England.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

On the Greeks and MLK Jr:

How the ancient Greeks contributed to Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against racism

‘Martin Luther King Jr. in dialogue with the ancient Greeks’

Plato is still high on college reading lists:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/03/what-ivy-league-students-are-reading-that-you-arent/

A tenure dispute of interest:

http://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/510662929-former-uic-greek-studies-professor-says-colleagues-torpedoed-tenure-application-demands-4-million

On Alexander the Great’s feeling about beards:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/03/off-with-their-beards/426873/

Pondering Homer:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/feb/09/can-homers-iliad-speak-across-the-centuries

The annual Super Bowl and Roman numeral opEds:

http://www.newsweek.com/super-bowl-50-nfl-423478
http://wbt.com/latin-teacher-not-happy-about-super-bowl-not-using-roman-numerals/
http://harrisondaily.com/opinion/david-holsted-thinking-xxiv-vii-ccclxv-about-roman-numerals/article_b33b88cc-c9fb-11e5-a6ab-cfe6edb7a8dc.html

Something about the Zeugma mosaics:

http://www.dailysabah.com/history/2016/02/09/anatolian-mosaics-to-be-presented-to-the-world

On Roman ‘half time’ shows:

http://www.livescience.com/53615-horrors-of-the-colosseum.html

What Nevzat Cevik is up to:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=94890&NewsCatID=375

What David Mulroy is up to:

http://wuwm.com/post/local-scholars-translation-aeschylus-agamemnon-makes-classic-more-accessible

More pondering of what ‘Classic’ should be/is:

http://dailyprincetonian.com/news/2016/02/thinking-about-names-and-classics/

More on York ‘gladiator’ DNA and related things:

Ancient Gladiators in Britain? 3D Technology Sheds Light on Legendary Fighters

More on Minoan shipwrecks:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-find-bronze-age-shipwreck-off-turkeys-southwest-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=94665&NewsCatID=375
http://news.az/articles/turkey/104823

Review of Whitmarsh, *Battling the Gods*:

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2016/02/who-were-first-atheists

Review of Beard, *SPQR*:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/spqr-review-mary-beard-explains-why-ancient-rome-still-matters-20160129-gmham3.html
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/europe-and-the-limits-of-the-roman-legacy/7148524

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The complete issue is available at: Explorator 18.41-42 ~ February 14, 2016 |
https://exploratornews.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/explorator-18-41-42-february-14-2016/

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