Friday, November 30, 2007

November 30th News

Not too much in the news today.

New stories as of 6:00 AM:

Bill Aims To Protect Artifacts
Culture Minister Michalis Liapis yesterday unveiled a draft law which aims to curb a growing illegal trade in antiquities by intensifying patrols of archaeological sites and appointing a special prosecutor to handle certain cases...

Israel Claims Biblical Wall Found
Newsroom America
An Israeli archeaologist says he has discovered a Biblical wall mentioned in the Book of Nehemiah...

Battle To Keep Artefacts In Region May Head To Commons
The Northern Echo
THE battle to keep ancient Anglo Saxon artefacts in the region could be heading to the House of Commons...

Biblical Wall May Have Been Located
Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) — A wall mentioned in the Bible's Book of Nehemiah and long sought by archaeologists apparently has been found, an Israeli archaeologist says...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

November 29th News

A range of old and new stories today. Some of the continuations of older stories are new points of view and controversy.

New stories as of 8:07 AM:

Four Mosaics Returned To Syria Following Restoration In Italy
Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Culture Riad Naasan Agha participated in the ceremony held on Wednesday at Damascus National Museum on occasion of delivering four Syrian mosaics restored in Italy...

Ancient Roman Road Map Unveiled
BBC News
The Tabula Peutingeriana is one of the Austrian National Library's greatest treasures...

Greece Hopes Tougher Legislation Will Stop Illegal Trafficking In Antiquities
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The Greek government on Thursday revealed the details of a draft law it hopes will choke off the lucrative plundering of its antiquities...

Ex-Getty Curator Cleared

An Athens court on Tuesday acquitted a former curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles who had been charged with illegally acquiring an ancient Greek golden wreath in the early 1990s...

Greece Appeals Court Dismisses Case Against Former Getty Curator
[JURIST] A Greek appeals court Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against former Getty Museum [museum website] curator Marion True for her alleged involvement in the looting of an ancient gold wreath from Greece. The Los Angeles museum acquired the wreath in 1993, and Greek prosecutors brought charges against True alleging that the artifact had been illegally removed from the country...

Is Italy's Spectacular Find Authentic?
Spiegel Online
Italy has been rocked by soccer violence, the government is divided and the economy is sluggish. Now archaeologists have entered the scene to save the country's national pride. On a hill in the center of the nation's capital, they have allegedly found the sacred cave of the founders of Rome...,1518,520440,00.html

Roman Discoveries At London Olympic Site

China Daily
LONDON - Digs at the London Olympic site have unearthed evidence of Iron Age and Roman settlements, authorities said on Wednesday...

Pottery, Coin Found At Olympic Site

Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Roman pottery and a coin from the Iron Age have been found on the site of the aquatics center planned for the London 2012 Olympics...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November 28th News

The real November 28th this time. I can see that I wasn't paying attention when I typed in the date the other day. There's tons of news today, what with the Getty smuggling case and the discoveries in London.

New stories as of 6:33 AM:

Ancient Thracian Script Found In Plovdiv
Bulgaria is the land of the probably first letter script culture in the world - the one of Thracian- Besses, dated on XIII Century B.C...

'Ad Infinitum: A Biography Of Latin'
Los Angeles Times
I spent a bit of Sunday night helping my 14-year-old son study for an upcoming quiz in his Latin class...,0,2628515.story?coll=la-books-headlines
The article seems to be a cross between an editorial column and a book review. I couldn't easily find the information about the book however.

Greek Court Dismisses Case Against Ex-Curator
The New York Times
ATHENS, Nov. 27 — An appeals court here dismissed a criminal case on Tuesday against Marion True, a former curator for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles who had been accused of conspiring to acquire an ancient gold wreath that Greece says was looted from its soil...

Charges Are Dropped In Getty Case

Los Angeles Times
A Greek criminal court on Tuesday dismissed charges against former J. Paul Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True for her role in the purchase of an illegally excavated golden funerary wreath...,0,789009.story?coll=la-home-center
Why do so many papers file this in the 'entertainment' section?

Most Charges Dropped Against Curator
United Press International
ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A criminal court in Greece has dismissed the most serious charges against Marion True, the former U.S. museum curator accused of buying looted antiquities...

Ex-Curator Acquitted In Case Of Greek Relic
International Herald Tribune
ATHENS: A former curator for the J. Paul Getty Museum was acquitted Tuesday of conspiring to acquire an ancient funerary wreath that Greek officials say was illegally removed from Greece about 15 years ago, judicial officials said...

Court Dismisses Getty Curator Case
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek court on Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against a former curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles accused of illegally obtaining a golden ancient wreath...

Greek Court Throws Out Case Against Former Getty Museum Curator

International Herald Tribune
ATHENS, Greece: A Greek court on Tuesday threw out criminal charges against a former curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles accused of illegally obtaining an ancient gold wreath...

Case Against Former Getty Museum Curator Dropped In Greece - Summary
Athens - A Greek court on Tuesday decided to drop the case against a former curator of the Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Museum who was charged with antiquities smuggling. The entire case against former curator Marion True was thrown out of court because a 10-year statute of limitations in the US had expired since the stolen antiquities first came to light...

Former Curator Of Getty Museum On Trial for Antiquities Smuggling
Monsters And Critics
Athens - The former curator of Los Angeles' J Paul Getty Museum, Marion True, will go on trial for antiquities smuggling in Athens Tuesday...

Exclusive Pompeii Exhibition Unveiled At Melbourne Museum
Herald Sun
AN exclusive exhibition of the last dramatic hours of Pompeii is coming to Melbourne...,21985,22835733-2862,00.html

Russian Archaeologists Find Unique Mummies In Egypt

RIA Novosti
AL-FAYUM, November 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russian archaeologists have found well-preserved mummies in Egypt dating to the country's Ptolemaic era, the head of the Russian Academy of Science's Egyptology department announced on Tuesday...

Olympic Digs Yield Historic Finds

BBC News
Valuable archeological finds have been unearthed on two Olympics 2012 sites...

Earliest Chapters In Our National Story
Times Online
Three hundred years ago antiquaries were at the forefront of modernity. This odd paradox is captured in the Royal Academy’s exhibition marking the tercentenary of the Society of Antiquaries. The society is therefore the same age as Britain as a unitary state...

Four Adults Found On Roman Site

This Is Wiltshire
THE developer that owns the land in Staverton where Roman remains were discovered has revealed more details about the artefacts...

Roman Pottery And Coin Found At London's Olympic Park Site
International Herald Tribune
LONDON: Roman pottery and a coin from the Iron Age have been found on the site of the aquatics center planned for the London 2012 Olympic Games...

Archaeologists Find Roman Remains At Olympic Park
The discovery of fourth century pottery and a Roman coin on the 2012 site will not delay the construction programme...
The article has a number of very good photos of Roman coins.

Clearance Reveals Roman Skeleton
This Is Hampshire
THE skeleton of a man, which was uncovered in Wherwell, dates from the Roman period...

1st Century Pool Uncovered On Roman Dig Site
A team of archaeologists led by Barcelona Autonomous University professor, Josep Guitart, has unearthed a cold water Roman swimming pool dating from between AD 40-60 during the reigns of Emperors Claudio and Nero...

Greece Drops Charges Against Getty Curator Over Looted Golden Wreath
A Greek court has dropped criminal charges against a former Los Angeles art curator on trial for illegally obtaining an artifact...

Remains Of Ancient Synagogue With Unique Floor Mosaic Found In Galilee
Science Daily
ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2007) — Remains of an ancient synagogue from the Roman-Byzantine era have been revealed in excavations carried out in the Arbel National Park in the Galilee under the auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem...

Monday, November 26, 2007

November 28th News

Some older stories are still going strong today, and there are some new ones as well.

New stories as of 6:27 AM:

Bonkers About Boys
London Review Of Books
For those suffering from millennial panic about the current state of history – all those Postmodernists on the non-fiction bestseller lists, all those fact-deniers occupying important professorial chairs, all those poor students who know what Marie Antoinette had for breakfast but not how she died – classics departments all over the country are offering courses of therapy: Alexander the Great...

Archaeologists Identify 'Romulus and Remus Cave'

The cave in which Romulus and Remus were suckled by a she-wolf has been unearthed by archaeologists in Rome...

Satellite Maps Identify Over 100 Ancient Sites
Thaindian News
London, Nov 26 (ANI): Anthropologists have identified over 100 previously unknown ancient sites in Egypt using satellite images from their laboratory in Birmingham, UK...

Unique Synagogue From Roman-Byzantine Era Discovered In Galilee
During recent excavation held by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Arbel National Park in the Galilee, archaeologists have been puzzled with the mosaic floor found among the remains of the synagogue...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

November 25th News

It's a quiet Sunday after a busy week.

New stories as of 7:37 AM:

Rome And Jerusalem

"Rome and Jerusalem have existed for centuries in the Western imagination as opposite ideals of grandeur and sanctity," Martin Goodman writes in the beginning of his new book, a magnificent analysis of the interplay between the two cities and the value systems they epitomized...