JHU team finds ancient
An ancient, untouched tomb of what may be royalty from one
of the world's first city-dwelling civilizations has been
discovered in Syria, containing human and animal remains,
gold and silver treasures and unbroken artifacts that had
not been disturbed for about 4,300 years.
The tomb was discovered by a team of
archaeologists from Johns Hopkins, working during the summer
in Umm el-Marra, what is believed to be the site of ancient
Tuba, one of Syria's first cities.
"This is one of the earliest urban
civilizations in the world," said Glenn Schwartz, leader of
the team and professor of Near Eastern studies in the
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. "Until recently,
historians and archaeologists have been primarily aware of
Mesopotamia as one of the very first urban societies, with
the first examples of writing; and of the Egyptian
civilization, which appears about the same time as
Mesopotamia or a bit later.
Tuning up language
Mick Jagger, although a cultural icon, is not someone you
would expect to be the focal point of an English class. The
lyrical gems "I can't get no satisfaction" and "If you start
me up, I'll never stop" are prose even he would likely admit
fall short of Wordsworth and Shakespeare. Yet down in a
basement of the University Baptist Church, just across North
Charles Street from the Homewood campus, pop and rock tunes
by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Shawn
Colvin are proving to be a handy medium for transplanted
foreign adults trying to learn the nuances and
idiosyncracies of the American vernacular.
Spinning the tracks are two Hopkins
undergraduates, Allegra Heinrichs and Philip Waddell,
friends who are volunteering their time to tutor adults in
the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. ESOL,
begun in 1996, is run by the United Way- affiliated Greater
Homewood Community Corporation and offers one-on-one
tutoring sessions and classroom instruction for foreign-born
adults seeking to improve their English at beginner,
intermediate and advanced levels.
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