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-
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/roman-wall-painting-discovered-in-london-419891

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:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/02/03/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:

http://www.apollo-magazine.com/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:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/02/04/project-being-launched-to-protect-kyrenia-shipwreck/

Bi-communal Kyrenia shipwreck protection project

… and a Mazotos shipwreck update:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/02/07/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:

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/how-the-ancient-greeks-contributed-to-martin-luther-king-jr-s-fight-against-racism/
http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2016/02/03/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:

http://3dprint.com/116934/gladiators-in-britain/

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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