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Billionaire's looted art still on display at Israel Museum

Jan. 07, 2022 01:10 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — One of the Israel Museum’s biggest patrons, American billionaire Michael Steinhardt, approached the flagship Israeli art institution in 2007 with an artifact he had recently bought: a 2,200-year-old Greek text carved into limestone. But shortly after it went on...

Possible relics of lost WWII US bomber, crew found in Italy

Dec. 23, 2021 15:50 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — An archaeological dig in Sicily has uncovered traces of a lost World War II American heavy bomber shot down in 1943, and possible human remains that could lead to identification of five airmen whose bodies were never recovered. The six-week dig that ended this week...

SC slave badge named among the world’s top 2021 discoveries

Dec. 13, 2021 00:14 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A small yet profound object tied to slavery and unearthed by a team of researchers and students at the College of Charleston this spring has been named one of the top discoveries of the year by Archaeology Magazine. Found on the site of a 19th-century...

Norwegian archaeologists find late Iron Age longhouses

Dec. 06, 2021 05:48 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian archaeologists said Monday they have found a cluster of longhouses, including one of the largest in Scandinavia, using ground-penetrating radar in the southeastern part of the country — in an area that researchers believe was a central place in the...

Richard III archaeologists strike again with Roman mosaic

Nov. 25, 2021 11:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester in central England certainly appear to have the golden touch. Nearly a decade on from uncovering the remains of King Richard III under a car park near Leicester Cathedral, the university's...

Indian tribes seek return of remains, artifacts from Alabama

Nov. 19, 2021 18:16 PM EST

Seven tribes are asking an Alabama university to return the remains of nearly 6,000 people excavated over the years from what once was one of the largest Native American settlements in North America. The Oklahoma-based Muscogee Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and five...

Augmented reality project brings Olympics birthplace to life

Nov. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — What would it be like to walk around the ancient religious sanctuary of Olympia when the Olympic Games were held? An unusual partnership between Microsoft and Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sport is offering visitors the answer, launching an...

Pompeii dig yields rare window on daily life of enslaved

Nov. 06, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Archeologists in Pompeii excavating a villa amid the ruins of the 79 A.D. volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient city have discovered a cramped dormitory and storage room that offers “a very rare insight into the daily life of slaves,” officials said Saturday. ...