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From the Trenches Volume 61 Number 6, November/December 2008

News and Notes from the World of Archaeology

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The Walls of Mount Zion
Archaeologists in Jerusalem have unearthed remains of the city's southern wall.

Norwegian Wood
Excavations near Oslo harbor have revealed the remains of nine 17th-century ships.

Under Threat
Rising sea levels are damaging a series of artificial islands in Micronesia known as Nan Madol.

Off the Grid
Former New Mexico state archaeologist Glenna Dean's favorite overlooked spot is the Three Rivers petroglyph site.

World Roundup
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Recent discoveries around the globe

Books
Cave Art Appreciation

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The Revolution Will Be Civilized

Exhibitions
China's Model Soldiers

A Modest Venus
   A statue of the goddess Venus was recently unearthed in Macedonia at the Roman town of Scupi, a major religious and administrative center from the first century A.D. until an earthquake destroyed it in 518. Nearly six feet tall, the work is an example of a type known as the "Venus Pudentis," or "Shy Venus," for its demure pose.
   "We found her buried where the Roman bathhouse used to be," says Skopje City Museum archaeologist Marina Oncevska, who points out that a dolphin—one of the goddess's symbols—rests on the statue's leg. "She was sculpted to be seen by people relaxing in the water," says Oncevska. "We expect to find more statues like her as we continue our work here."
—Matthew Brunwasser

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