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Israeli scuba diver discovers ancient Crusader sword

Oct. 19, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli scuba diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country's Mediterranean coast that experts say dates back to the Crusaders. Israel's Antiquities Authority said Monday the man was on a weekend dive in northern Israel when he spotted a trove...

Protestors disrupt flame lighting for Beijing Winter Games

Oct. 18, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA. Greece (AP) — Three activists protesting human rights abuses in China sneaked into the archaeological site where the flame lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was being held Monday and ran toward the newly lit torch holding a Tibetan flag and a banner...

Tribes ask Univ. of Alabama to return Moundville artifacts

Oct. 17, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Seven tribes are asking the University of Alabama to return 5,892 human remains and the artifacts buried with them at Moundville, an archaeological park in Alabama and a major center of Native American culture from 1020 to 1650. “The evidence...

Old Vermont graveyard to be moved because of erosion

Oct. 11, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

After erosion washed away some graves at an old Vermont cemetery near a river bank, the remains of two Revolutionary War soldiers and others buried there will be moved to a new resting place. Revolutionary War soldier Josiah Clark, who fought at the 1775 Battle of Bunker...

Israeli archaeologists discover ancient winemaking complex

Oct. 11, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

YAVNE, Israel (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Monday said they have unearthed a massive ancient winemaking complex dating back some 1,500 years. The complex, discovered in the central town of Yavne, includes five wine presses, warehouses, kilns for producing clay...

Remnants of Black church uncovered in Colonial Williamsburg

Oct. 07, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The brick foundation of one of the nation's oldest Black churches has been unearthed at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum in Virginia that continues to reckon with its past storytelling about the country's origins and the role of Black Americans. ...

Guided tour offers rare look at great house at Aztec Ruins

Oct. 05, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Retired archaeologist Jeff Wharton used maps to explain the size of Aztec North, an unexcavated great house at Aztec Ruins National Monument, during a guided tour of a part of the park normally closed to the public. “We’re standing at right about...

2,700-year-old toilet found in Jerusalem was a rare luxury

Oct. 05, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists have found a rare ancient toilet in Jerusalem dating back more than 2,700 years, when private bathrooms were a luxury in the holy city, authorities said Tuesday. The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the smooth, carved limestone...

Archaeologists search NC site for clues of Black history

Oct. 04, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Freedom Park, a celebration of the African American experience, will be built on the block between two seats of statewide power: the Executive Mansion and the Legislative Building in downtown Raleigh. That’s the future of the land....

Veterans at Revolutionary battlefield dig find camaraderie

Sep. 23, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) — Military veterans who carefully dug and sifted through clumps of dirt this month at a Revolutionary War battlefield in New York did more than uncover artifacts fired from muskets and cannons. The meticulous field work gave the veterans — some...