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New fresco with gladiators discovered in Pompeii

Oct. 11, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Archeologists excavating what may have been an ancient Roman drinking den in the ruined city of Pompeii said Friday they have unearthed a well-preserved wall painting of gladiators in action, complete with realistically gory wounds. The 3ft by 4.5ft fresco is located in the Regio V site, in the...

In Brazil, Amazon fires threaten millenary rock paintings

Oct. 6, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ancient rock paintings in Brazil's Monte Alegre park are being threatened by some of the fires burning in the Amazon region. The online news site G1 reports says the Para state environmental institute reported the fires broke out Saturday and continued Sunday. The park has several...

Israeli archaeologists claim to discover ancient city

Oct. 6, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

HARISH, Israel (AP) — Israel's Antiquities Authority on Sunday said that researchers have discovered the remains of a large, 5,000-year-old city that sheds new light on experts' understanding of the period. Calling it a "cosmopolitan and planned city," the authority said the early Bronze Age settlement...

Georgia's oldest city considers 1st archaeology ordinance

Sep. 29, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's oldest city are considering new protections for historic relics unearthed by development project. News outlets report officials in Savannah held a public meeting to discuss a possible archaeology ordinance. Savannah's downtown historic district has been protected...

Team to study historic inscriptions at New Mexico ruins

Sep. 29, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado historian is leading a team to survey inscriptions left by settlers and others on the ceilings of 900-year-old ruins in northwestern New Mexico. Fred Blackburn and his team will study the lengthy messages, or graffiti, left at the Aztec Ruins National Monument to gain insight...

Greek archaeologists uncover riches overlooked by robbers

Sep. 20, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists in northern Greece have explored more than 200 new graves in a vast ancient cemetery that was plundered in antiquity but still retained rich finds, including a gold mask and bronze helmets. In a statement Friday, the Culture Ministry said the most impressive finds came...

Correction: Bolivia-Tiwanaku Vessels story

Sep. 19, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

TIWANAKU, Bolivia (AP) — In a story Sept. 18 about pre-Hispanic artifacts found in Bolivia, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they were more than 400 years old. They were more than 1,400 years old. A corrected version of the story is below: Archaeologists in Bolivia find ancient Tiwanaku...

Alaska museum to hold native remains until returned to tribe

Sep. 6, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska museum has received dozens of ancestral human remains to hold until they can be returned to their native tribe, officials said. Alutiiq Museum has taken delivery of 38 ancestral human remains discovered near two bays southeast of Kodiak Island, The Kodiak Daily Mirror...

High waters bringing pieces of Lake Huron shipwrecks ashore

Sep. 3, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Rising water levels in the Great Lakes are bringing pieces of shipwrecks ashore along Michigan's Lake Huron shoreline. State Maritime Archaeologist Wayne Lusardi says sightings of wooden pieces of shipwrecks have been common in recent weeks along Thunder Bay in Alpena and other...

Grants go toward archaeological surveys at 3 Indiana parks

Sep. 2, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ball State University will lead archaeological surveys at three Indiana parks to locate possible prehistoric sites and homesteads from the early 1800s. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says those surveys are among 15 projects around the state sharing in about $450,000 in...