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  • Suspect for FBI Raid on 91-Year-Old Indiana Artifact Collector Identified

    04/05/2014 1:23:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 79 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Who accused 91-Year-Old Donald Miller of what has been unclear.  Speculation involving his numerous technological achievements have run rampant as people simply did not believe that the government would send 50-100 FBI agents to check out the collection of artifacts that this former member of the Manhattan project had gathered over the last 80 years. But the unbelievable has become a bit more plausible  as more information has dribbled out.   Mr. Miller has not been charged with any crime, and maintains his innocence.   He claims that all his materials have been collected legally. Others have speculated that envious collectors...
  • Native American group believes remains among Rush Co. artifacts

    04/04/2014 5:59:28 PM PDT · by digger48 · 25 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 04, 2014 | Rich Van Wyk
    RUSH COUNTY - There are new reports about what investigators are discovering as they search collection of historical artifacts so huge it fills a Rush County home and several outbuildings. An organization representing Native Americans believe human remains are buried among thousands and thousands of artifacts collected by Donald Miller in the U.S. and around the world. The FBI investigation and massive effort to recover thousands of invaluable artifacts is being watched by the American Indian Movement. Until recently, its local chairman lived only a half-hour away from the Rush County site. "We are glad something like this has happened,"...
  • Thousands Of Artifacts Seized At 91-Year-Old Indiana Man's Home

    04/04/2014 11:05:00 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 53 replies
    NPR.com ^ | April 03, 201410:20 AM ET | by Mark Memmott
    Thousands Of Artifacts Seized At 91-Year-Old Indiana Man's Home Federal agents, art experts and museum curators descended on the home of a 91-year-old man in central Indiana on Wednesday to take control of a huge collection of artifacts from Native American, Russian, Chinese and other cultures. FBI Special Agent Robert Jones told reporters that the collection's cultural value "is immeasurable," reports RTV6 The Indy Channel.
  • FBI Raids 91-Year-Old Man's Artifact Collection

    04/04/2014 8:15:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies
    informationliberation.com ^ | 3 April, 2014 | NA
    100 agents make a man prove that he obtained his collection properly.WALDRON, IN — Around 100 FBI agents swarmed an elderly man’s house in rural Indiana.  The Federal government has set up a command post with trucks and military-style tents.  The feds showed up to sort through his lifetime collection of world artifacts that he had gathered over the course of his 91 years.   The agents claim they want to make sure he “acquired the items properly” — effectively making him prove his innocence — even though the man has not been accused of breaking any laws. Don Miller,...
  • Incredible skeletal remains of 'Catholic saints' dug up, still dripping in gems and jewellery

    09/06/2013 7:15:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 502 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 September 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe. Art historian Paul Koudounaris hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world's most secretive religious establishments. Incredibly, some of the skeletons, said to be the remains of early Christian martyrs, were even found hidden away in lock-ups and containers. They are now the subject of a new book, which sheds light on the forgotten ornamented relics for the first time. Thousands of skeletons were dug up from Roman catacombs in the 16th...
  • Africa is Archaeologically Rich

    08/24/2013 10:41:32 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 6 replies
    http://jandyongenesis.blogspot.com ^ | August 24, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    The oldest human artifacts have been found in Africa. Two regions in particular have yielded archaeological riches: Sudan and southern Africa. Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt, in places like Nuri and Bijrawiyah, though they are smaller and not as old. In the town of Sedeinga in northern Sudan, 35 small pyramids have been excavated in the past few years. Twin pyramids and a sphinx have also been found in Niger, suggesting a pyramid building culture that extending from the Nile to the Niger River Basin at a time when the Saharan was wetter. Other important artifacts of Sudan include...
  • African Coins Found In Australia: 1,000-Year-Old Discovery May Rewrite Country's History

    05/22/2013 8:07:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5-20-2013 | Zoe Mintz
    Australians may need to rewrite their history textbooks. A new archaeological expedition may prove that the continent may have been discovered earlier than previously thought. Ian McIntosh, professor of anthropology at Indiana University, says he plans on visiting the location where five African coins were found in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1944 that have proven to be 1,000 years old, AAP reports. “Multiple theses have been put forward by noted scholars, and the major goal is to piece together more of the puzzle. Is a shipwreck involved? Are there more coins? All options are on the table, but only the...
  • Stunning Byzantine Mosaic Uncovered in Israel

    05/13/2013 9:01:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    LiveScience ^ | May 13, 2013 | Jeanna Bryner
    Archaeologists have uncovered an "extraordinary" mosaic that would've been used as the floor of a public building during the Byzantine Period in what is today Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.
  • Famed Roman Shipwreck Could Be Two

    02/09/2013 4:57:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 5, 2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A dive to the undersea cliff where a famous Roman shipwreck rests has turned up either evidence that the wreck is enormous -- or a suggestion that, not one, but two sunken ships are resting off the Greek island of Antikythera... The Antikythera wreck is famed for the massive number of artifacts pulled from the site over the past century. First discovered in the early 1900s by local sponge divers, the wreck is most famous for the Antikythera mechanism, a complex bronze gear device used to calculate astronomical positions (and perhaps the timing of the Olympic games). Numerous bronze and...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • Museums on high alert for ancient Egyptian loot

    02/02/2011 2:51:34 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 2011 | Mohammed Abbas Mohammed Abbas
    LONDON (Reuters) – International museums are on high alert for looted Egyptian artifacts and some archaeologists have even offered to fly to the country to help safeguard its ancient treasures, museums said on Wednesday. Egypt has been rocked by an unprecedented nine days of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule, and fears are high for the country's priceless heritage after looters broke into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo last week...
  • Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt's Chaos (Zahi Hawass interview)

    01/30/2011 10:42:21 PM PST · by pillut48 · 45 replies
    NatGeo ^ | January 30, 2011 | David Braun
    Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, reports that several of the country's museums have been attacked by looters taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country. In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, looters stole jewelry from the museum shop and smashed a statue of Tutankhamun and other artifacts. In a Sinai store containing antiquities from the Port Said Museum, "a large group, armed with guns and a truck, entered the store, opened the boxes in the magazine and took the precious objects. Other groups attempted to enter the Coptic Museum, Royal Jewellery Museum, National...
  • Egypt Threatens Removal of Ancient Central Park Obelisk

    01/08/2011 3:58:28 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 44 replies
    livescience ^ | 06 January 2011 | Andrea Leontiou
    Since 1881, the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle has stood in New York's Central Park, but a letter from the secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities indicates that this may change if the monument is not taken better care of. Recently, Zahi Hawass, the aforementioned secretary general and archaeologist, wrote to the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to inform them that if steps are not taken to protect the obelisk, it would be removed. "I am glad that this monument has become such an integral part of New York City, but I am...
  • Senator: Artifacts held by Yale belong to Peru

    06/09/2010 9:35:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 56+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 9 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) -- Sen. Christopher Dodd says Inca artifacts removed from Machu Picchu nearly a century ago and held by Yale University belong to the people of Peru.....
  • Evangelists claim Noahs Ark Found

    04/27/2010 9:29:08 AM PDT · by marstegreg · 84 replies · 3,758+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 27, 2010 | Joe Kovacs
    This story contains much more information and additional photos than The Sun.
  • Noah's Ark found in Turkey

    04/27/2010 8:28:30 AM PDT · by evets · 267 replies · 7,497+ views
    THE SUN ^ | TODAY | STAFF REPORTER
    The remains of Noah's Ark have been discovered 13,000ft up a Turkish mountain, it has been claimed. A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say they have found wooden remains on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. They claim carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old — around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team, said: "It's not 100 per cent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it." He said the structure contained several compartments,...
  • King David Era Pottery Shard Supports Biblical Narrative

    01/08/2010 10:11:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,143+ views
    INN ^ | 1/8/10 | Avi Yellin
    (IsraelNN.com) A breakthrough in the research of the Hebrew Scriptures has shed new light on the period in which the Bible books of the Prophets were written. Professor Gershon Galil of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa has deciphered an inscription dating from the 10th century BCE (the period of King David’s reign) and has proven the inscription to be ancient Hebrew, thus making it the earliest known example of Hebrew writing. The significance of this breakthrough relates to the fact that at least some of the Biblical scriptures are now proven to have been composed...
  • From Ur's Royal Tombs

    12/30/2009 9:01:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 659+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | December 28, 2009 | Julia M. Klein
    Crammed into a single large gallery, the Penn Museum show -- filled with delicate cylinder seals and alabaster pots, and glittering strings of gold, carnelian and lapis lazuli beads -- is at once frustratingly old-fashioned and deliberately retro in its design. Musical selections from the expedition's record collection play in the background. The texts are well-written but long and somewhat dense. They are supplemented by archival and contemporary images of the site and computer terminals displaying the exhibition's Web site and other Web resources and offering visitors a chance to "live blog" about the show.
  • Near Army construction site in Germany, a trove of ancient Roman artifacts

    09/24/2009 10:15:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 828+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 24, 2009 | By Mark Patton
    WIESBADEN, Germany — A team of archaeology students and experts believe they have unearthed remnants of a Roman settlement from the second or third century near the construction site of an Army housing project, but the discovery isn’t expected to affect the project. The team, from nearby Mainz University, discovered a Roman coin, pieces of pottery, roof tiles, decorated bricks and 23 pieces of raw lead. The students also believe they have found the wall outlines of a building. "We think it’s from the first to third century after Christ," said Dr. Guntram Schwitalla, a district archaeologist in Hessen. "If...
  • EPA Says It Will Toss Artifacts from Historic 18th Century Fort into a Landfill

    08/18/2009 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,584+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 8/18/09 | Adam Brickley
    (CNSNews.com) – Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency restarted a controversial dredging project on the Hudson River, dredgers operated by the General Electric Company dislodged wooden beams that are the last remnants of one of the largest British forts in the American colonies. The EPA now says that the beams are contaminated with potential carcinogens known as PCBs and therefore must be buried in a landfill
  • Meth linked to western Colorado artifact raids

    06/19/2009 1:28:21 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 24 replies · 1,579+ views
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | June 18 | Gary Harmon
    Easy money, sleepless nights lure users, cultural expert says Western Colorado is far from immune to the looting such as that alleged by federal agents after the arrests last week of 24 people in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado. There’s a modern twist, however, to the looting that western Colorado and other officials have noted of late: methamphetamine. Law enforcement officials declined to elaborate on incidents in which they have noted the connection between looted sites and meth use, but archaeologists and law enforcement officials said they are aware of the connections. Looting and methamphetamine use have more in common...
  • Chinese pottery may be earliest discovered

    06/08/2009 6:15:20 PM PDT · by mnehring · 11 replies · 447+ views
    WASHINGTON – Bits of pottery discovered in a cave in southern China may be evidence of the earliest development of ceramics by ancient people. The find in Yuchanyan Cave dates to as much as 18,000 years ago, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Oldest known pottery found in China: 18,000 years old

    06/06/2009 2:05:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,683+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Chinese and Israeli archaeologists have discovered the oldest known pottery, remains of an 18,000-year-old cone-shaped vase excavated from a cave in southern China. The shards are about 1,000 years older than the previous record-holder, found in Japan. After flint tools, pottery is one of the oldest human-made materials, and tracing its development provides insight into the evolution of culture. The shards were discovered four years ago in Yuchanyan Cave in the Yangzi River basin by a team led by Elisabetto Boaretto of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. The cave shows signs of human occupation from about 21,000...
  • FBI Returns Medallions Plundered From 18th-Century Shipwreck

    06/05/2009 8:26:15 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 797+ views
    Art Info ^ | 6-3-09 | Mitchell Martin
    The problem with stolen art is that once you start to sell it, word gets out. When the art involved is a hundred or more bronze religious medallions, each worth perhaps $1,000, eventually somebody will notice, call the FBI, and there go the profits. Which is apparently what happened with a haul of bronze medallions that took a 237-year journey from Spain to Anguilla to Vermont and then back to the Caribbean. Shortly after midnight on June 8, 1772, the Spanish vessel El Buen Consejo smashed into Anguilla in the Leeward Islands, stranding passengers and crew on a voyage to...
  • Iraqi Army Commandos Recover Artifacts from Smugglers

    04/24/2009 6:39:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 265+ views
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Ministry of Defense held a ceremony to commemorate the recovery of 235 artifacts by Iraqi Army commandos from smugglers and the subsequent handover of the items to the Iraqi Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on April 16. Iraqi Minister of Defense Abd Al-Qadir said, “The Iraqi Army is putting extraordinary pressure on smuggling gangs, which steal Iraq’s history to finance terrorist operations.” “The recovery of the artifacts was a joyous occasion because they could not be replaced with money and represented 5,000 years of Iraqi history," The Minister added. Citizens in Abu El-Kahsib, Bab El-Tawael and El-Amir...
  • Alamo is new passion for Phil Collins

    03/03/2009 10:37:48 AM PST · by castle210 · 90 replies · 2,659+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/03/2009 | Scott Huddleston
    Singer Phil Collins said his life now revolves around the Alamo. Collins is in town, set to appear at local events commemorating the anniversary of the siege and battle of the Alamo. Though he's mulling the idea of recording a tribute cover album of 1960s songs, he said he's making the Alamo “my main thing” as a collector, history buff and possible author. “Basically, now I've stopped being Phil Collins the singer. This has become what I do,” he said Monday, standing beside a 13-foot-by-15-foot model of the 1836 Alamo compound that will open to the public this week. Collins,...
  • Frozen In Time... The Watch Which Shows The Moment Newlywed Titanic Passengers Fell Into Sea

    02/20/2009 10:50:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 1,413+ views
    Daily Mirror (U.K.) ^ | February 20, 2009
    Frozen in time... the watch which shows the moment newlywed Titanic passengers fell into sea and died By Richard Smith 21/02/2009 THIS [see PIC in URL] is the pocket watch which shows the moment a couple of newlywed Titanic passengers fell into the sea and died together. John Chapman, 37, was on honeymoon with new bride Lizzie, 29, when the liner struck an iceberg on April 15, 1912 and sank 35 minutes after they were pitched into the freezing Atlantic water. Lizzie died after refusing a place on a lifeboat because her beloved husband was not allowed to go with...
  • Huge Iron Age haul of coins found

    01/18/2009 6:47:45 AM PST · by csvset · 38 replies · 1,697+ views
    BBC ^ | 17 January 2009 | BBC
    One of the UK's largest hauls of Iron Age gold coins has been found in Suffolk. The 824 so-called staters were found in a broken pottery jar buried in a field near Wickham Market using a metal detector. Jude Plouviez, of the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, said the coins dated from 40BC to AD15. They are thought to have been minted by predecessors of the Iceni Queen Boudicca. Ms Plouviez said their value when in circulation had been estimated at a modern equivalent of between Ł500,000 and Ł1m, but they were likely to be worth less than that now....
  • Priceless Smuggled Treasure Found

    12/25/2008 2:06:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 1,137+ views
    BASRA — Iraqi Security Forces recently uncovered hundreds of historical artifacts during two raids in northern Basra. The 228 ancient artifacts included Sumerian and Babylonian sculpture, gold jewelry and other items from ancient Mesopotamia.“This is my favorite item,” said Iraqi Col. Ali Sabah, commander of the Basra Emergency Battalion that led the operation, holding a piece of gold jewelry. “It’s gold from the Babylon ages and about 6,000 years old. It doesn’t have a price.”“I’m very happy because this is my civilization’s heritage,” he said.The Basra Emergency Battalion led raid operated from tips that smugglers intended to remove the...
  • Efforts Underway to Preserve Iraq’s 'Cradle of Civilization'

    12/08/2008 3:29:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 352+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Josh LeCappelain, USA
    Dignitaries stop at the Ctesiphon Arch during a visit in late October. Efforts are underway to preserve it and other historical artifacts in Iraq. Photo by Multi-National Division - Center. CAMP VICTORY — Overshadowed by years of tyranny and armed conflict, the country of Iraq hides many signs of what it once was – the cradle of civilization. Sitting in varying states of decay, or even beneath layers of earth, historical locations and artifacts recall the significance that Iraq and her people have played on the history of all mankind. In the town that housed one of the Seven Ancient...
  • Cyrus cylinder's ancient bill of rights 'is just propaganda'

    07/16/2008 9:48:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 259+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/16/2008 | Harry de Quetteville
    A 2500 year old Persian treasure dubbed the world's 'first bill of human rights' has been branded a piece of shameless 'propaganda' by German historians. The Cyrus cylinder, which is held by the British Museum, is a legacy of Cyrus the Great - the Persian emperor famed for freeing the Jews of ancient Babylon after conquering the city in 539 BC. A copy of the cylinder, which is covered in cuneiform script supposed to detail the ancient charter of rights, also hangs next to the Security Council Chamber in the United Nations headquarters in New York, where it is held...
  • Looted artifacts returned to Iraq

    06/25/2008 5:22:56 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 203+ views
    CBC ^ | June 22, 2008 | Staff
    Jordan handed over nearly 2,500 stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in a ceremony in Amman on Sunday. The repatriation is latest step in recovering about 15,000 priceless artifacts that were smuggled out of the country by looters during the chaos following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and have been turning up at art auctions around the world. Many were taken from the national museum in Baghdad, and thousands more were looted from archeolgoical sites. At the ceremony, Maha Khatib, Jordan's minister of tourism, presented the pieces to her Iraqi counterpart, Mohammed Abbas Oreibi. Oreibi told reporters that the...
  • Ancient Stone Tools Found In South Carolina (Topper)

    06/19/2008 10:25:55 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 761+ views
    Atlanta Journal Consitiution ^ | 6-17-2008 | LIZ MITCHELL
    Ancient stone tools discovered in South Carolina Finds at Savannah River site could rewrite America's history By LIZ MITCHELL McClatchy NewspapersPublished on: 06/17/08 HILTON HEAD, S.C. — A local man has unearthed two ancient stone tools in an archaeological dig in Allendale County, S.C., a rare find that could provide more information about how early Americans lived. And if more evidence proves the artifact is a new type of tool and one archaeologists haven't found before, it could be named after Matthew Carey of Hilton Head Island. The 22-year-old University of South Carolina anthropology major volunteered at the Topper Site...
  • Officials fell trees inscribed by US soldiers who fought for France (WWII GI Memorial)

    06/12/2008 3:48:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 279+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | June 13, 2008 | Adam Sage
    Historic ‘name trees’ bore thousands of carvingsThe names “Thomas and Dorothy” were carved in the bark of one trunk. Another said “Bob and Carma”. Other trees were marked with soldiers’ home states - Iowa, Maine or Alabama - and several bore hearts and the names or initials of a wife or girlfriend. The beech trees of Saint Pierre de Varengeville-Duclair forest bore a poignant testimony to the D-Day landings for more than six decades. Thousands of American soldiers stationed there after the liberation of Normandy spent their spare hours with a knife or bayonet creating a lasting reminder of their...
  • Tse-Whit-Zen Artifacts Languish In Storage

    05/01/2008 1:42:41 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 156+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 5-1-2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Tse-whit-zen artifacts languish in storage By Jonathan MartinSeattle Times staff reporter An arrowhead created by a Lower Elwha Klallam tribal member. One of the Pacific Northwest's most astonishing archaeological finds in a generation has languished for more than a year, lingering on metal shelves in a Seattle warehouse, unseen by the public and unexamined by scientists. No one questions the discoveries — artifacts from a 2,700-year-old Native American village excavated from the Port Angeles waterfront amid great public interest — should be exhibited, analyzed and celebrated. But the 900 boxes of artifacts — such things as spindle whorls carved from...
  • Iraqi museum receives 701 artifacts stolen during looting

    04/27/2008 12:30:42 PM PDT · by MoonMullins · 3 replies · 195+ views
    BAGHDAD - The Iraqi National Museum is welcoming home 701 artifacts stolen during the looting after Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003. Syrian authorities turned over items ranging from golden necklaces to clay pots that were seized by traffickers in the neighboring country. The antiquities were displayed in a ceremony Sunday at the Baghdad museum. Iraqi officials say Syria is the first country to hand over a large quantity of stolen antiquities. They hope others will follow its lead as Iraq struggles to restore its rich cultural heritage after five years of war. Museums were pillaged of treasures in the chaos...
  • Gold necklace found is 'oldest in Americas'

    04/01/2008 1:00:00 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 341+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/1/2008 | Roger Highfield
    This elegant gold necklace looks as if it was only made yesterday. In fact the nine inch necklace is four thousand years old and marks the oldest known worked gold artifact ever uncovered in the Americas, also representing the earliest evidence of an elite emerging among the simple people who lived there. Is this gold necklace the first evidence of elite society in the Americas In short, it marks the very early steps towards the appearance of royalty in the region, along with politics and luxury. The nine bead necklace, found near Lake Titicaca in southern Peru, is described by...
  • Authorities Raid California Museums

    01/25/2008 3:29:47 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 145+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1-25-2008 | GREG RISLING
    Authorities Raid California Museums By GREG RISLING LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal agents raided several Southern California museums on Thursday in search of Southeast Asian antiquities believed to have been illegally obtained, smuggled into the U.S. and donated so collectors could claim fraudulent tax deductions. Agents also investigated American Indian artifacts at one museum. Search warrants were executed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Authorities said no arrests...
  • Tablets That May Reveal El Nino Secrets Are Feared Lost In Iraq

    06/08/2003 4:10:20 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 493+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-9-2003 | Ben Russell
    Tablets that may reveal El Nińo secrets are feared lost in Iraq By Ben Russell, Political Correspondent 09 June 2003 The secrets of El Nińo, one of the most mysterious and destructive weather systems, could be unlocked by hundreds of thousands of ancient clay tablets now feared lost or damaged in the chaos of Iraq. Researchers believe the tablets, written using a cuneiform text, one of the earliest types of writing, form the world's oldest records of climate change and could give vital clues to understanding El Nińo and global warming. Academics are demanding that ministers act to protect the...
  • Ark of the Covenant Discovered on Craigslist

    09/15/2007 8:15:06 AM PDT · by ensignsj · 4 replies · 378+ views
    The Holy Observer ^ | 9-15-07 | The Holy Observer
    RALEIGH - Harlan “Carolina” Jones was commissioned by Biblical Archeology Review in 1977 to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. Three decades of frustration could have been avoided had Craig Newmark, then a 24-year-old fratboy at Wofford College, hurried up and started his nifty Web site for classified ads—Craigslist.org. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited and all,” Jones said. “But I feel like a dang fool.” Jones was searching on Raleigh Craigslist for a new Husky toolbox for his pickup truck when he clicked on the following ad: “Funky storage box. Used. Free jar, stick and a couple of...
  • Muslims caught red-handed destroying Temple artifacts

    09/03/2007 8:31:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 1,615+ views
    WND ^ | September 2, 200 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Islamic authorities using heavy machinery to dig on the Temple Mount – Judaism's holiest site – have been caught red-handed destroying Temple-era antiquities and what's believed to be a section of an outer wall of the Second Jewish Temple.
  • A Minnesota Mystery: The Kensington Runestone

    08/25/2007 12:21:22 PM PDT · by BGHater · 77 replies · 2,308+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 18 Aug 2007 | Ben Tracy
    It's one of Minnesota's greatest mysteries. It's something that puts settlers in America well before Columbus. A Minnesota geologist thinks the controversial Kensington Runestone is the real thing and there is evidence that he says backs up the theory. The Kensington Runestone is a rock found near Alexandria a century ago. It's inscription speaking of Norwegians here in 1362. It begs the question. Were Vikings exploring our land more than 100 years before Columbus? Or is it just an elaborate hoax? New research shows that the stone is genuine and there's hidden code that may prove it. It contains carved...
  • OOPARTS (Out of Place Artifacts)

    08/01/2007 3:28:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 3,495+ views
    What If? ^ | Unknown
    Ooparts ? What are Ooparts? That stands for Out of Place Artifacts. Things that show up where they shouldn't, a piece of gold chain found in a coal seam, what appears to be a sparkplug embedded in rock that is thousands of years old and what appears to be a bullet hole in the skull of a mastodon. These things are ooparts. A Gold Thread Workmen quarrying stone near the River Tweed below Rutherford, Scotland in 1844, found a piece of gold thread embedded in the rock of the quarry eight feet below ground level. A small piece of the...
  • Artifacts Could Be From Early Galleon (Baja)

    02/27/2007 2:24:07 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 373+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-26-2007
    Artifacts could be from early galleon Mon Feb 26, 11:42 PM ET MEXICO CITY - Archeologists said Monday that porcelain plates and other artifacts found along the Baja California coast could be from the wreckage of a Spanish galleon that sailed between the Philippines and Mexico hundreds of years ago. Seals and other markings on some of the estimated 1,000 fragments of porcelain plates found at the site indicate they were made in China in the late 1500s, said archaeologist Luz Maria Mejia of the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The site, near the port of Ensenada about 50...
  • Mali relics recovered in France

    01/30/2007 1:55:42 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 759+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2007
    Some of the artefacts confiscated may be up to one million years old French customs officials say they have seized more than 650 ancient artefacts smuggled from Mali in one of the largest such finds at a Paris airport. Described as an "archaeological treasure", the objects were thought to be on their way to private US buyers. Experts say most of the items are from the Neolithic period, but some may be up to one million years old. The artefacts are thought to have been taken from archaeological sites on the edge of the Sahara desert. The 669 items...
  • Church's kneeler yields a trove of artifacts, some from 19th century

    01/25/2007 6:12:21 AM PST · by Cavalcabo · 3 replies · 393+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 1-25-07 | Ann Rodgers
    Shortly before Christmas, electrician Pio DiPofi pried open a 114-year-old box kneeler that ran for 200 feet along the balcony rail of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in the Strip District. In the hollow where he planned to run wiring for the church's ongoing renovation he saw dirt, soot and something more colorful. He reached in and carefully pulled out two very old holy cards -- images of Jesus and the saints that are often used in Catholic prayer. "When I looked at them, I was amazed," he said. Items found inside the 114-year-old box kneeler include a torn prayer card...
  • Railway Construction Unearths Ancient Artifacts In Germany

    01/22/2007 10:30:07 AM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 1,252+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 1-21-2007 | Colin Nickerson
    Railway construction unearths ancient artifacts in Germany By Colin Nickerson, Globe Staff | January 21, 2007 COLOGNE, Germany -- Genialinius Gennatus was one fine duck hunter. Alerts In the third century , he recorded his prowess in high Latin on a stone tablet that he dedicated to Jupiter. That and a hefty donation probably ensured that the tablet won display in the temple to the Roman god in the settlement then called Colonia. Five or six centuries later, Cologne's early Christians, perhaps offended by the tablet dedicated to a pantheist god, chucked it into the silting channel between the Rhine...
  • Missouri man reels in ancient fish hook

    01/03/2007 11:23:50 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 11 replies · 1,462+ views
    AP ^ | 02 Jan 2007 | AP
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - A man hunting for American Indian artifacts with his sons along a gravel bar on the Missouri River has uncovered an ancient fishhook that is making collectors envious. "The first thing I thought is, 'I hope this isn't metal,'" said Eric Henley, who found the hook last month near McBaine. "When I picked it up, there was a pretty good jump for joy and a couple of 'whoops' and yells. It's the cream of the crop." The hook is made of bone and covers his entire palm, making it much larger than most bone hooks. Joe Harl,...
  • Field Museum Scientists Solve Riddle Of Mysterious Faces On South Pacific Artifacts

    12/13/2006 3:34:03 PM PST · by blam · 42 replies · 884+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 12-12-2006
    Field Museum scientists solve riddle of mysterious faces on South Pacific artifactsDecipher their hidden meaning and religious significance John Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum, and Esther M. Schechter, a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum, have pieced together... CHICAGO—The strange faces drawn on the first pottery made in the South Pacific more than 3,000 years ago have always been a mystery to scientists. Now their riddle may have been solved by new research done by two Field Museum scientists to be published in the February 2007 issue of the Cambridge...
  • First Temple artifacts found in dirt removed from Temple Mount

    10/19/2006 7:29:17 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 98 replies · 2,380+ views
    www.haaretz.com ^ | 09:31 19/10/2006 | Nadav Shragai
    Last update - 09:31 19/10/2006 First Temple artifacts found in dirt removed from Temple Mount By Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondent The project of sifting layers of Temple Mount dirt has yielded thousands of new artifacts dating from the First Temple period to today. The dirt was removed in 1999 by the Islamic Religious Trust (Waqf) from the Solomon's Stables area to the Kidron Stream Valley. The sifting itself is taking place at Tzurim Valley National Park, at the foot of Mount Scopus, and being funded by the Ir David Foundation. Dr. Gabriel Barkai and Tzachi Zweig, the archaeologists directing the...