“Cracking the Maya Code” on NOVA, May 5th

The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script, carved on monuments, painted on pottery, and drawn in handmade bark-paper books. For centuries, scholars considered it too complex to ever understand until recently, when an ingenious series of breakthroughs finally cracked the code and unleashed a torrent of new insights into the Mayas’ turbulent past. NOVA presents the epic inside story of how the decoding was done in “Cracking the Maya Code.”
Professor Stephen Houston is among the researchers featured in this program, and was also on the program’s Advisory Board.
For more information, including a complete transcript of the program, visit pbs.org/nova/mayacode

Burt and Ernie and Searching for Cleopatra

It’s a full day of Egyptian archaeology in the media.
First, the New York Times featured Stacy Schiff’s Op-Ed piece on the imminent search for Cleopatra’s tomb “on an Egyptian hilltop west of Alexandria”: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/opinion/22schiff.html?th&emc=th
Then, in a featured video on Hulu.com, two of the denizens of Sesame Street ventured into a pyramid, where they discovered some interesting statues: http://www.hulu.com/watch/69061/sesame-street-bert-and-ernie-in-a-pyramid

7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

The deadline for paper proposals for the 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (7ICAANE), to be held in London, is now approaching. Paper proposals for London 7ICAANE should be submitted by the end of the month: 30th April 2009.
Papers for the Fieldwork session only may be submitted by 30th September 2009. The extended deadline is to allow for the inclusion of papers on fieldwork undertaken during the summer.
The organizing committee will look at all of the proposals in the beginning of May. Potential speakers will be informed after this as to whether their paper has been accepted. Please submit your paper proposals online at: http://7icaane.intrabench.com/?showBookEvent1&EVENTID=5030&TID=38

Butrint Training Field School 2009

Albanian Heritage Foundation organizes an annual archaeological field training school for students. The course involves extensive practical teaching.
Please find attached details of the AHF annual field training school for 2009. They are
currently recruiting overseas students; anybody with interest in attending the school should contact the address below:
Ms. Valbona Hysa,
Co-ordinator Training Excavation,
Butrint Training School
Albanian Heritage Foundation
Rr. Ismail Qemali, 12/1
Tel: +35542244935
Fax: +35542245025
Web: www.albanianheritage.net
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