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Index of Newsbriefs Volume 53 Number 4, July/August 2000

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Five-Star Inn with Great Art A highway-widening project a half-mile south of Pompeii inadvertently reopened excavations of an ancient luxury inn for business travelers.
Good News from Iraq The Iraq Museum in Baghdad, one of the Middle East's most important museums, has recently reopened its doors after being closed for a decade.
Sexy Skull Find A skull belonging to a female Paranthropus robustus has highlighted the differences between males and females within this early hominid species.
Rhodes' Colossal Contest Civil authorities on the island of Rhodes are planning a statue inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes to be erected in time for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Gold from the Bronze Age A gold mine in Dyfed, west Wales, one of the largest and most complex sources of ancient gold in Europe, could be much older than once thought.
Prehistoric Body Painting The discovery of pigment in an early Middle Stone Age deposit in Zambia suggests that early humans engaged in body painting rituals as early as 400,000 years ago.
Cahokia Joyride Authorities have launched a publicity blitz against joy riders in all-terrain vehicles who have been using Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site for recreational purposes.
Detroit, Next Exit The cyclical lowering of water levels in the Great Lakes has recently laid bare portions of one of the region's most important remnants of the War of 1812.
Sarcophagus Comes Home Italy's Guardia di Finanza has recovered a finely carved sarcophagus at a farm near Rome that was about to be illegally exported to Switzerland.
Caesars Big Dig One of the largest excavations ever undertaken in the eastern U.S. has revealed a long occupation on the lower Ohio River in Harrison County, Indiana.
Upscale Iron Age Village Archaeologists have uncovered a wealthy village dating from 200 B.C.-A.D. 800 on the southern tip of Shetland Island.
Domain Dispute Ancient Romans were the first makers of champagne, not the French, says viticulturist Mario Fregoni of Catholic University in Piacenza.
Beware of Dogs Facing West Recent excavations in Kazakhstan have produced the earliest evidence for many ritual practices that are seen in Bronze Age and Iron Age sites.
Protecting Panama Panama's Instituto Nacional de Cultura has received an $80,000 grant from American Express for emergency preservation work on the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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