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      Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Daniel P. Diffendale
      Diana Wright, Donna Hurst, Duke Jason, Edward Rockstein,
      Rick Heli, Virginia Knight, Hernan Astudillo,Donna Hurst,
      Kurt Theis, Richard Price, John McMahon, Joseph Lauer,Randolph Bragg
      Mike Ruggeri,Sue Day,Joos Postma, Bob Heuman, Rochelle Altman,
      Murali Menon, Rick Pettigrew,Diana C. Briscoe and Ross W. Sargent
      for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one
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      EARLY HUMANS
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      Trying to explain homo floresiensis' tiny brain:

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100126220325.htm
      http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-38919.html
      http://www.physorg.com/news183808783.html


      Last of the Neanderthals: 37 000 b.p.?:

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100126220321.htm
      http://www.physorg.com/news183793078.html

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      AFRICA
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      Nice feature on San petroglyphs in Matobo National Park:

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704281204575003441739599812.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_LeadStoryNA

      A major cache of Anglo-Boer weaponry has brought a construction
      project in King William's Town to a halt:

      http://www.dispatch.co.za/article.aspx?id=375303

      BBC series on the Lost Kingdoms of Africa (access to videos
      limited):

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pv1m4
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      ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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      They're starting to hype DNA test results on Tut:

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/31/AR2010013100756.html

      Plans to restore the 'avenue of the sphinxes':

      http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=588&art_id=nw20100129010733701C521010
      http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=9649483

      Feature on Egyptian lifestyle:

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/features/lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous-egyptians-1878609.html

      Feature on the excavations at Tel Kabri:

      http://www.gwu.edu/explore/gwtoday/aroundtheworld/uncoveringanancientcivilization

      Overviewish thing on recent work in Syria:

      http://www.english.globalarabnetwork.com/201001304589/Travel/archaeological-findings-highlight-syria-role-in-human-civilization.html

      Feature on the political side of archaeology in Israel:

      http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1957350,00.html

      Brief feature on Ottoman Umm Qais:

      http://www.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidZAWYA20100129090301/Ottoman-era%20village%20reflects%20Jordan%27s%20layers%20of%20enduring%20history

      Lengthy feature on Lycia:

      http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-199728-116-digging-up-turkeys-past-tomb-raider-charles-fellows-in-lycia.html

      Feature on the oldest cylinder seal found on the Arabian peninsula:

      http://www.sas.upenn.edu/home/SASFrontiers/pittman2010.html

      Paul Sussman shares his views on his work:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jan/30/i-discovered-pharaoh-gold

      A lecture by Sara Orel:

      http://media.www.trumanindex.com/media/storage/paper607/news/2010/01/28/Trulife/Lecture.Reveals.History.Behind.Ancient.Egyptian.Pottery-3859280.shtml

      More on the Archaic Mark as forgery:

      http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Early-copy-of-the-Gospel-of-Mark-is-a-forgery%20/20134

      More on the Berenike Temple:

      http://www.projo.com/art/content/artsun-tomb-found_01-24-10_8NH5OSE_v7.1b8adb4.html

      More on Iraq's erasing Hebrew connections to Ezekiel's tomb:

      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1144711.html

      Review of David O'Connor, *Abydos*:

      http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/983/heritage.htm

      Egyptology News Blog:

      http://egyptology.blogspot.com/

      Egyptology Blog:

      http://www.egyptologyblog.co.uk/

      Dr Leen Ritmeyer's Blog:

      http://blog.ritmeyer.com/

      Paleojudaica:

      http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/

      Persepolis Fortification Archives:

      http://persepolistablets.blogspot.com/

      Archaeologist at Large:

      http://spaces.msn.com/members/ArchaeologyinEgypt/
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      ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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      The big news this week might be the discovery of what appears to be
      the source of the Aqua Traiana:

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/british-filmmakers-uncover-trajans-hidden-roman-aquaduct-1879540.html
      http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14287435
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/24/roman-aqua-traiana-film-makers
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/7067184/Two-thousand-year-old-Roman-aqueduct-discovered.html
      http://eternallycool.net/2010/01/source-of-trajans-aqueduct-discovered/
      http://www.wtxx.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-eu-italy-ancient-aqueduct,0,1833225.story
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8486518.stm
      http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60S4LK20100129
      http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/roman-aqueduct-emperor.html
      http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20100129/tod-oukoe-uk-italy-archaeologists-life-fdde6d8.html
      http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100129/sc_afp/italybritainarchaeologyaqueduct_20100129221346
      http://www.physorg.com/news184010018.html
      http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/01/28/world/AP-EU-Italy-Ancient-Aqueduct.html
      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/25/source-of-the-aqua-traiana-found/
      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/29/more-on-the-aqua-traiana/

      ... or the big news this week might be the discovery of what appears
      to be fragments of the Codex Gregorianus:

      http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1001/10012702
      http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News/Podcasts/Pages/lostromanlaw.aspx
      http://www.ucl.ac.uk/history2/volterra/texts/fla.htm
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100126220329.htm
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/28/gregorian-text-roman-law-found
      http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-01/ucl-lrl012610.php
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/cracking-the-codex-long-lost-roman-legal-document-discovered-1881769.html
      http://www.physorg.com/news183800845.html
      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/27/codex-gregorianus-found/

      The reopening of the Fitzwilliam's Greek and Roman collection is
      garnering some coverage:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8485654.stm
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/charlottehigginsblog/2010/jan/27/art-archaeology
      http://www.culture24.org.uk/history+%2526+heritage/art75434
      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/28/the-fitzwilliam-has-some-interesting-stuff/

      ... and especially interesting is a feature on a Roman Army Knife:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1247230/The-Roman-Army-Knife-Or-ingenuity-Swiss-beaten-1-800-years.html
      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/30/the-roman-swiss-army-knife/

      Interesting burial of an Asian found in a Roman context at Vagnari:

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/embassador-or-slave-east-asian-skeleton-discovered-in-vagnari-roman-cemetery-1879551.html
      http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/714884
      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/29/asian-burial-at-vagnari/

      Trying to figure out what to do with Guernsey's Roman shipwreck:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/guernsey/8482552.stm
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/guernsey/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8481000/8481475.stm
      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/28/guernseys-roman-shipwreck/P
      Not sure why, but that 'Vespasian's birthplace' find from last August
      is making the rounds again:

      http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/CultureAndMedia/?id=3.0.4244627106
      http://www.littleabout.com/news/63077,2000-year-birthplace-roman-emperor-vespasian.html
      http://news.oneindia.in/2010/01/28/2000year-old-birthplace-of-roman-emperor-vespasianfound.html
      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/30/vespasians-birthplace-redux/

      A Roman temple find during excavations in the chancel of a church
      in Spain:

      http://www.barcelonareporter.com/index.php?/news/comments/an_ancient_roman_temple_discovered_in_the_chancel_of_the_church_of_sant_fel/3101100247am

      Feature on Ulpiana:

      http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/life_and_style/25109/

      Interesting bit of Thracian gold on display for the first time:

      http://paper.standartnews.com/en/article.php?d=2010-01-29&article=32002

      Mary Beard will be chatting on Desert Island Discs some time today:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00q0dbx

      What the Iliad still tells us about war:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/30/iliad-war-charlotte-higgins

      How to be a gladiator:

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,583784,00.html

      Barbara Gold's Valentine's Day opinions are circulating again:

      http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-37669.html

      Medical case histories on Mount Olympus:

      http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2005/5/9stallard.html

      Palaeography is threatened at King's College:

      http://rogueclassicism.com/2010/01/28/cuts-at-kings-college-london/

      Feature on Auden's 'Shield of Achilles':

      http://pacificfreepress.com/news/1/5470-shield-of-achilles.html

      Review of Kagan's *Thucydides*:

      http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2010/jan/28/thucydides-a-flawed-analysis-of-flawed-history/

      Review of Zachary Mason, *Lost Books of the Odyssey*:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/books/28book.html


      Latest reviews from Scholia:

      http://www.classics.ukzn.ac.za/reviews/

      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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      Pondering the implications of evidence of a Neolithic amputation
      found in the environs of Paris:

      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article7000810.ece
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7072726/Stone-Age-amputee-proves-Neolithic-medics-more-advanced-than-previously-thought.html

      Remains of an Iron Age settlement in Kent:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/8488871.stm

      Another item from the Staffordshire Hoard has gone on display:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/staffordshire/8479047.stm

      Remains of a Viking settlement in Dublin:

      http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0127/1224263210796.html

      Recent finds from Veliko Tarnovo (a bit vague):

      http://www.balkantravellers.com/en/read/article/1714

      Feature on Eliseg's Pillar (Wales):

      http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/84291/historic-welsh-pillar-that-s-shrouded-in-mystery.aspx

      More on Mel Gibson's Viking project:

      http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/entertainment/6711747/mel-gibson-eyeing-viking-epic/
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/entertainment/6718397/gibson-to-make-viking-epic/

      Archaeology in Europe Blog:

      http://www.archaeology.eu.com/weblog/index.html
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      ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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      A high-ranking Han Dynasty burial from Shaanxi:

      http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/culture/2010-01/29/c_13156192.htm
      http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90782/90873/6883157.html

      An Iron Age (?) burial from Laos:

      http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/305145,iron-age-discovery-uncovers-prehistoric-burial-customs-in-laos.html

      A Warring States period tomb with some bamboo strips:

      http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-01/23/content_9365954.htm

      I thought they had done DNA tests on the remains of Cao Cao's tomb;
      maybe I missed something:

      http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90782/90873/6878182.html
      http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90782/90874/6879963.html
      http://www.physorg.com/news183726069.html

      Latest 'Great Wall' news:

      http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2010-01/29/content_9397217.htm
      http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90782/90873/6882691.html

      An Amman idol and assorted other items from construction sites
      near Mannargudi:

      http://www.deccanchronicle.com/chennai/amman-idol-copper-coins-unearthed-near-mannargudi-458

      Latest video on the Archaeology Channel is about India:

      http://www.archaeologychannel.org).

      Vietnam has reburied the mummified corpse of a Le Dynasty king
      which was accidentally dug up fifty years ago:

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100125/lf_afp/vietnamroyalsmummy_20100125172948
      http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Asia/Story/A1Story20100125-194364.html

      Nice Astronomy pic of the day of an annular eclipse over Myanmar:

      http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap100126.html

      More on evidence for a lost Spanish colony in the Solomons:

      http://www.solomonstarnews.com/viewpoint/private-view/2054-lost-spanish-colony-may-be-found

      More on humans and Australian megafauna:

      http://www.physorg.com/news183924703.html


      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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      Remains of a 700 b.p. village in Richmond:

      http://www.richmondregister.com/localnews/local_story_029201854.html

      An archaeologist has changed his mind about the origins of of
      the Oxford mound:

      http://www.whnt.com/news/sns-ap-al--indianmounddispute,0,7500104.story
      http://annistonstar.com/bookmark/5681193
      http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100128/NEWS02/1280325/1009/rss04

      Interesting feature on some finds from Hilton Head:

      http://www.npaper-wehaa.com/bluffton-today/2010/01/26/#?article=739277

      Lecture (video) all abaout Tammany Hall:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGVy702gf84&feature=player_profilepage

      Feature on the African Burial Ground in Manhattan:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/arts/design/27sankofa.html

      Review of a couple of books about executive power in the US:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/books/review/Isaacson-t.html

      More on caves and climate change in the Southwest:

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100120161243.htm
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      CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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      A tomb from Tonina (Mexico) may shed light on the Maya collapse:

      http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gHzRAPQqxE5hM1_7NrVtYaSpiNnQ
      http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100129/sc_afp/mexicoarchaeology
      http://www.whnt.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-lt-mexico-mayan-tomb,0,2410373.story
      http://www.canadaeast.com/rss/article/935713
      http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/ancient-tomb-could-explain-maya-collaspe.html
      http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i9HQiCmYdmSW0sqbvUjfCYY0Msog
      http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2010/01/26/index.php?section=cultura&article=a05n2cul
      http://dti.inah.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=39&Itemid=150
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012800587.html?sub=AR
      http://www.physorg.com/news183905797.html

      A big Mayan sculptured head from Guatemala:

      http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/26/huge-mayan-head-points-ancient-metropolis/
      http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,26637318-663,00.html?from=public_rss
      http://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/17577/valencian-archaeologists-find-mayan-figurehead-in-guatemala
      http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/huge-head-discovered-in-ancient-mayan-city-in-guatemala/story-e6frf7lf-1225823642795
      http://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/17577/valencian-archaeologists-find-mayan-figurehead-in-guatemala
      http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre60o5rc-us-guatemala-archeology/

      Followuppish stuff on that pre-Inca 'mythical' temple from Peru:

      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/01/photogalleries/100129-peru-temple-mythical-naylamp-pictures/?now=2010-01-29-00:01#025755_600x450.jpg(photos!)

      Plenty of cultural damage in Haiti:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/world/americas/24heritage.html?hp

      More Mochica/Lambayeque finds (semi-repeat):

      http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=35886 (shaman)
      http://enperublog.com/2010/01/23/tomb-of-800-year-old-shaman-discovered/

      Rains/flooding are stranding tourists at Machu Picchu:

      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/6723477/peru-mudslides-strand-2000-tourists/
      http://www.usforacle.com/rains-strand-2-000-tourists-at-machu-picchu-ruins-1.2149157
      http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/national_world&id=7240202&rss=rss-wabc-article-7240202
      http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N27200263.htm
      http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/6726511/peru-mudslides-strand-machu-picchu-tourists-5-dead/

      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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      I'm not sure whether we've mentioned this DNA story before, but
      the results seem to be putting Indo-Europeans in East Asia some
      2000 years b.p.:

      http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/55811/title/Skeleton_of_Western_man_found_in_ancient_Mongolian_tomb

      Nice feature on Shelley's Ozymandias:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2010/jan/28/percy-bysshe-shelley-poetry

      The man behind Coleridge's ancient mariner:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/31/man-behind-coleridges-ancient-mariner

      Interesting interviewish thing with Robert M. Edsel:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/business/26flier.html

      Celebrating Chekhov:

      http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/01/29/arts/entertainment-us-russia-chekhov-anniversary.html

      Britain's Academy of Sciences is 350 years old:

      http://www.physorg.com/news184127779.html

      The evolution of evolution:

      http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527441.500-horizontal-and-vertical-the-evolution-of-evolution.html?full=true

      Was the Mona Lisa a self portrait (this one's weird):

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100129/ap_on_re_eu/eu_leonardo_s_mysteries
      http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=35932
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/7069335/Leonardo-Da-Vincis-remains-to-be-exhumed-amid-Mona-Lisa-self-portrait-mystery.html
      http://www.physorg.com/news183667169.html


      A page from the Voynich Manuscript was Astronomy pic of the day:

      http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap100131.html

      The Two Ronnies take on archaeology:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFLOHu8Ozm8

      Not sure if we mentioned this Sherlock Holmes copyright thing:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/opinion/24sun4.html

      On rising and falling sea levels over the past 2500 years:

      http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-01/uoh-tsl012610.php
      http://www.physorg.com/news183723896.html


      Nice feature on an archaeology student's presentation at the AIA:

      http://www.physorg.com/news183740408.html

      Assorted Valentine's Day stuff of varying quality:

      http://www.gklife.com/arts-and-culture/why-was-valentines-day-invented250110
      http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/feature/a-tale-of-st-valentines-day_100309781.html
      http://www.pr-inside.com/happy-valentines-day-hotsaleoutlet-com-r1686126.htm

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      TOURISTY THINGS
      ================================================================
      Trebizond (not sure if this is really touristy or not):

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8488238.stm

      Aleppo:

      http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/travel/24next.html

      David's Tomb:

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3830412,00.html
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      BLOGS AND PODCASTS
      ================================================================
      About.com Archaeology:

      http://archaeology.about.com/

      Archaeology Briefs:

      http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

      Naked Archaeology Podcast:

      http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/archaeology/

      Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

      http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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      CRIME BEAT
      ================================================================
      Cyprus police busted a major smuggling ring:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8478886.stm
      http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2010886033_apeucyprusantiquitiestheft.html?syndication=rss
      http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/ancient-artifacts-theft-smuggling.html
      http://www.cyprusweekly.com.cy/main/92,1,283,0,5342-.aspx
      http://news.scotsman.com/world/Police-smash-ring-of-antiques.6012514.jp
      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a8FH1zUeQT6I
      http://www.canadaeast.com/rss/article/935718
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/25/AR2010012500429.html

      Italian police have sealed off a number of looted sites in Puglia:

      http://www.littleabout.com/news/62101,stolen-art-treasures-recovered-italy.html

      Semi-related to our purview ... interesting report that one of the
      9/11 hijackers tried to fund his flying lessons with antiquities
      from Afghanistan:

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100128/ts_ynews/ynews_ts1086

      Oped piece on protecting antiquities in India:

      http://beta.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article96475.ece

      Concerns for antiquities traffic and tourism in Nigeria:

      http://allafrica.com/stories/201001290733.html

      Tomb raiders bulldozed a site in Jiangsu:

      http://china.globaltimes.cn/society/2010-01/501682.html

      Germany has returned some items to Iraq:

      http://www.isria.com/pages/30_January_2010_5.php

      Latest update from the Utah case:

      http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14289840

      Looting Matters:

      http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/
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      NUMISMATICA
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      A coin from a long-known hoard from the UK turns out to be the
      oldest Roman coin in Britain:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/leicestershire/8487870.stm
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7101973/Oldest-Roman-coin-in-Britain-discovered-on-museum-shelf.html
      http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Roman-coin-oldest-Britain/article-1780460-detail/article.html
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1247092/Silver-coin-dating-211BC-oldest-piece-Roman-money-Britain.html

      Latest E-Sylum newsletter:

      http://www.coinbooks.org/club_nbs_esylum_v13n04.html

      Ancient Coin Collecting:

      http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

      Ancient Coins:

      http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/
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      EXHIBITIONS, AUCTIONS, AND MUSEUM-RELATED
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      1001 Inventions:

      http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/01/29/muslim.inventions/

      Rome After Raphael:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/arts/design/29raphael.html

      Eros: From Hesiod's Theogeny ... :

      http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/desire/the-joy-of-sex--an-ancient-guide-1879995.html

      The Author's Portrait:

      http://blog.seattlepi.com/bookpatrol/archives/192113.asp?from=blog_last3

      Master Drawings New York:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/arts/design/29masters.html

      Temples, Tombs and Tumis:

      http://www.umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum/Exhibits.html#Temple

      Mary Webb, Neglected Genius:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/arts/design/29antiques.html

      Vision of Dance:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/arts/26iht-diag.html

      Klencke Atlas:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/26/klencke-atlas-british-library-exhibition

      Tracing the sources of UPenn Museum's gold:

      http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/yb/140683559

      Nice price for a disputed daVinci:

      http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=35938

      More on Egypt's claims to Nefertiti:

      http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-01-26/egypt-relics-chief-pulls-in-revenue-as-he-fights-for-nefertiti.html

      ... and the Rosetta Stone:

      http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=7&id=19656

      ... and Egyptian antiquities laws:

      http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=7&id=19656

      The BM v Iran thing continues:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/jan/24/cyrus-cylinder-iran-museum-row

      ... with the BM apparently needing six months to study the 'new'
      fragments:

      http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=117211§ionid=351020105

      How museums bet on the Super Bowl:

      http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/super-bowl-wager-provokes-art-museum-trash-talk/

      Woman v Picasso ... Picasso loses:

      http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/woman-collides-with-a-picasso
      http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/01/24/arts/AP-US-Picasso-Damaged.html

      Pedestal collapse at the Met isn't a good thing:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/arts/design/01cnd-sculpture.html
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/09/arts/met-s-15th-century-adam-shatters-as-pedestal-collapses.html
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/arts/design/28statues.html

      ... leading, of course, to a feature on 'art catastrophes':

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/nyregion/27about.html

      Feature on the 'keeper of Moscow's architectural conscience':

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/arts/design/28appraisal.html

      The Huntington has acquired a pile of Charles Dickens' letters:

      http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=35899

      A couple's 'umbrella stand' has turned out to be a nicely-priced
      Chinese vase:

      http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100129/tuk-couple-s-umbrella-stand-is-lost-chin-45dbed5.html
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/dorset/8487181.stm

      Old Masters were fetching nice prices:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/30/arts/30iht-melik30.html

      More hype for the terracotta warriors coming to the ROM:

      http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/culture/2010-01/29/c_13155901.htm
      http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=35905
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      PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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      Lucretia:

      http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10028/1031412-388.stm?cmpid=entertainment.xml

      Feature on Chopin and Schumann:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/arts/music/24schumann.html

      Europa Galante:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/arts/music/26europa.html

      Le Poeme Harmonique:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/arts/music/26roundup.html

      As You Like It:

      http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/theater/reviews/27like.html
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      OBITUARIES
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      Birthe KjĂžlbye-Biddle
      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article7002095.ece
      Howard Zinn:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/us/29zinn.html

      Paul R Jones:

      http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/01/28/arts/AP-US-Obit-Art-Collector.html
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      http://www.thedigradio.com/

      Stone Pages Archaeology News:

      http://news.stonepages.com/

      Archaeologica Audio News:

      http://www.archaeologychannel.org/AudioNews.asp
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