Friday, November 16, 2007

BAR Highlights: 11/16/07

More recent archaeological news from Biblical Archaeology Review:

The Shadow of Your Smile
New York Times science writer John Noble Wilford, prompted by the first public viewing of King Tut’s face, reflects on our need to see the faces of the ancients.

Gender Issues
A conference in memory of scholar Tikva Frymer-Kensky focused on women in the Bible.

Spot the Pot
Researchers at Idaho State University are developing ways of utilizing artificial intelligence techniques to help identify artifacts.

Another Endangered Site in Iraq
Archaeologists warn that a proposed police barracks in the ancient city of Samarra will endanger antiquities in the area.

Cargo DNA
Researchers have been able to analyze bits of DNA scraped off containers salvaged from a 2,400-year-old shipwreck to reveal the cargo’s contents.

Stone Age Artifacts Returned
About 100 Neolithic items, stolen from a private collection in Greece in 1985, have been returned to their owner, who has donated them to the state.

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