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News and Notes from the World of Archaeology
Desert SolitaireThe U.S. Department of Defense is distributing decks of playing cards with archaeological messages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Herod's Tomb Discovered?Israeli archaeologists say they have discovered the tomb of King Herod the Great.
The Met's New Temple
A New Human
Trowel TalesThe history of archaeologist Kathleen Deagan's trusty trowel
It's Good to be the
Thanks to advances in translating Maya hieroglyphs, the names of royals such as Water Sun Shark and Bird Jaguar are an endless source of amusement for us tamely monikered modern-day folks.
Below are the results of our online poll, which gave readers the chance to vote for their favorite Maya royal name. Sadly, staff favorites Knot-Eye Jaguar, Turtle Tooth, and Curl Snout wound up at the bottom of the list. (Frankly, we were a little surprised that the lamely named 18 Rabbit was runner-up.) And the winner is...
Smoking Squirrel - 24%
The Rest of the Royals:
18 Rabbit - 15%
Lady Six Sky - 13%
Moon Skull - 12%
Dark Sun - 11%
Smoke Monkey - 10%
Knot-Eye Jaguar - 9%
Turtle Tooth - 4%
Curl Snout - 2%
World RoundupRecent discoveries around the globe
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Magic FluteballThe only Neolithic flutist on the planet studies a 6,000-year-old spherical flute found in Macedonia.
DestinationFrancis McManamon, National Park Service chief archaeologist, on his favorite site in the U.S. park system
The Face That Launched an International IncidentEgyptian authorities would like to borrow Queen Nefertiti's bust from Berlin's Egyptian Museum.