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This photo released Thursday Jan. 23, 2020 by Herculaneum press office in Naples, southern Italy, shows a fragment of brain material of a victim incinerated by the ancient blast of Mount Vesuvius, and turned into glass. Officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said this is the first time that the phenomenon has been verified from a volcanic eruption. (Herculaneum press office via AP)

Mount Vesuvius blast turned ancient victim's brain to glass

Jan. 23, 2020 9:12 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an incinerated victim's brain material into glass, the first time scientists have verified the phenomenon from a volcanic blast, officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said Thursday. Archaeologists rarely recover human brain tissue, and when they...

National Park Service, Tribe investigating site desecration

Jan. 17, 2020 6:10 PM EST

NEWHALEM, Wash. (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating the desecration of an archaeological site in the North Cascades National Park Service Complex, and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe is hoping to bring those responsible to justice. The Skagit Valley Herald reports evidence of digging was found...

Historic park working to unearth items from colonial period

Jan. 11, 2020 12:02 AM EST

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A map from 1742 hangs on the wall of the ranger station at the Colonial Dorchester Historic Site, serving as a constant reminder of the bustling land that jutted up to the Ashley River over 250 years ago. Before the turn of the 18th century, people from inland settlements came...

FILE -- In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, a flag is waved by anti-government protesters as they demonstrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's recent decision to transport ancient Pharaonic artifacts to Tahriri Square, the epicenter of Egypt's so-called Arab Spring uprising in 2011, has fueled fresh controversy over the government's handling of its archaeological heritage. Archaeologists and heritage experts fear vehicle exhaust will damage the ram-headed sphinxes and an obelisk, currently en route to their new home in Tahrir Square. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, File)

Egypt draws ire with artifacts' move to busy Tahrir Square

Dec. 31, 2019 10:38 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's recent decision to transport ancient Pharaonic artifacts to a traffic circle in the congested heart of Cairo has fueled fresh controversy over the government's handling of its archaeological heritage. Cairo has some of the worst air pollution in the world, according to recent studies....

Southern Illinois archaeologist’s finds return to SIU

Dec. 28, 2019 1:01 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill (AP) — Like many prolific people, Irvin Peithmann’s documents, writings, photographs and artifacts became dispersed over his career and after his death in 1981. But the amateur archaeologist’s work has found its way home to Southern Illinois at the perfect time. Peithmann...

In this 29, Dec, 2015 photo is seen an ancient roman road in a subway under construction at the port city of Thessaloniki, Greece. Greece's Central Archaeological Council ruled on Thursday Dec. 19, 2019, that this section of an ancient Roman road in the northern city of Thessaloniki should be removed to make way for construction of the city's long-delayed subway, in a controversial case that has led to outrage among some experts. (Fani Tripsani /Eurokinissi via AP)

Greece: Advisory body votes to move antiquities for subway

Dec. 19, 2019 12:24 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Central Archaeological Council ruled Thursday that a section of an ancient Roman road in the northern city of Thessaloniki should be removed to make way for construction of the city’s long-delayed subway. After a marathon 19-hour overnight session, the...

Activists: Likely slave cemetery should scrap $9.4B project

Dec. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana should reject a planned $9.4 billion plastics complex because at least one slave cemetery is on the grounds and others may be on recently purchased property that remains unstudied, activists say. “I am concerned about the legacy of our ancestors,” said Sharon...

In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, photo, Scott Hammerstedt with the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey speaks about findings in Oaklawn Cemetery during a public oversight committee meeting in Tulsa, Okla., to announce initial results of the search for mass graves related to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Search finds possible graves of Tulsa Race Massacre victims

Dec. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Scientists surveying a cemetery and a homeless camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma, found pits holding possible remains of black residents killed nearly 100 years ago in a race massacre, investigators have revealed. In a report presented Monday night to the 1921 Race Massacre Graves Investigation...

In this undated photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, a golden seal ring is shown from a 3,500-year-old tomb discovered near the southwestern Greek town of Pylos. The ministry said American archaeologists have discovered two monumental royal tombs dating 3,500 years back, near a large Bronze Age palace that featured in Homer's Odyssey. Recovered grave goods included a golden seal ring and a golden Egyptian amulet. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)

Archaeologists in Greece find 3,500-year-old royal tombs

Dec. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — American archaeologists have discovered two monumental royal tombs dating from about 3,500 years ago near a major Mycenaean-era palace in Greece's southern Peloponnese region, the Greek culture ministry said Tuesday. A ministry statement said the dome-shaped roofs of both tombs near...

Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to vote on Mayan Train project

Dec. 13, 2019 2:00 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Residents of 84 municipalities in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are scheduled to vote this weekend on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's ambitious Mayan Train project. Already in the works for a year, the project's future is in the hands of the people who would be most...