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Field Notes Volume 50 Number 1, January/February 1997

Souvaltzi's Permit Revoked The Egyptian government has revoked the excavation permit of Liani Souvaltzi, a Greek archaeologist who claimed in 1995 to have discovered the tomb of Alexander the Great in the Siwa Oasis west of Cairo (see ARCHAEOLOGY, May/June 1995). It was her second claim to have found the tomb.
Antinous Statue Found The head and torso belonging to a colossal statue of Antinous, Hadrian's companion who was deified by the emperor after he drowned in the Nile in A.D. 130, have been found at Loukou, Greece, in the villa of Herodes Atticus, a wealthy Athenian who served in the Roman Senate.
Madrid Palace Bulldozed Two surviving facades of Madrid's first royal palace, built under Habsburg monarchs in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, have been bulldozed to facilitate a traffic-improvement project in the city's Plaza de Oriente.
Sardis Head Find A marble head more than four feet tall has been unearthed in the third-century B.C. Temple of Artemis at Sardis, Turkey. Preliminary assessment suggests the portrait depicts the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 161-180) or his son, Commodus (180-192).
Irish Megalithic Art Inscribed concentric circles and spirals have been found on surfaces of stones lining the passageway leading to the main burial chamber in the megalithic tomb at Knowth, Ireland. The inscriptions, thought to be more than 7,000 years old, have been hailed as the finest examples of megalithic art in Europe.

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