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Gone in 9 minutes: How Celtic gold heist unfolded in Germany

Nov. 23, 2022 19:38 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Thieves who broke into a southern German museum and stole hundreds of ancient gold coins got in and out in nine minutes without raising the alarm, officials said Wednesday, in a further sign that the heist was the work of organized criminals. Police have launched an...

How cooking food and gathering for feasts made us human

Nov. 21, 2022 10:03 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re cooking a meal for Thanksgiving or just showing up to feast, you’re part of a long human history — one that's older than our own species. Some scientists estimate our early human cousins may have been using fire to cook their food almost 2 million...

Words on bronze hand may rewrite past of Basque language

Nov. 16, 2022 08:56 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The discovery of five words inscribed on a 2,000-year-old bronze hand may help rewrite the history of the Basque language, one of Europe's most mysterious tongues. Investigators in northern Spain said this week they discovered what they believe to be the...

Guatemala expat community roiled by relic smuggling charges

Nov. 15, 2022 17:32 PM EST

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — Two Americans, one a photographer and the other a connoisseur of Mayan folk art, are facing charges of smuggling pre-Hispanic artifacts in Guatemala Tuesday in a case that has roiled the normally tranquil tourist-magnet town of Antigua. Antigua, just...

Israel archaeologists find ancient comb with 'full sentence'

Nov. 09, 2022 08:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists have found an ancient comb dating back some 3,700 years ago and bearing what is likely the oldest known full sentence in Canaanite alphabetical script, according to an article published Wednesday. The inscription encourages people to comb...

University returning 1,500 artifacts to Oneida Indian Nation

Nov. 08, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Colgate University is returning to the Oneida Indian Nation more than 1,500 items once buried with ancestral remains — a collection of culturally significant items that includes pendants, pots, bells and turtle shell rattles, some dating back 400 years. The “funerary objects”...

Discovery of bronzes rewrites Italy's Etruscan-Roman history

Nov. 08, 2022 09:00 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities on Tuesday announced the extraordinary discovery of 2,000-year-old bronze statues in an ancient Tuscan thermal spring and said the find will “rewrite history” about the transition from the Etruscan civilization to the Roman Empire. The discovery,...

2,700-year-old rock carvings discovered in Iraq's Mosul

Oct. 28, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Archaeologists in northern Iraq last week unearthed 2,700-year-old rock carvings featuring war scenes and trees from the Assyrian Empire, an archaeologist said Wednesday. The carvings on marble slabs were discovered by a team of experts in Mosul, Iraq’s...

Swedes find 17th century sister vessel to famed Vasa warship

Oct. 25, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Marine archaeologists in Sweden say they have found the sister vessel of a famed 17th century warship that sank on its maiden voyage and is now on display in a popular Stockholm museum. The wreck of the royal warship Vasa was raised in 1961, remarkably well...

History found under the soil at state park in Columbia

Oct. 23, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia gets about 800,000 visitors every year, but park archaeologist Stacey Young said only a few are aware of the history beneath their feet. Sesqui, as many vistors call it, was established as a “whites-only” park by the...