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A view of the ancient Roman Forum where archaeologists found an underground chamber containing a 1.4-meter (55-inch) wide sarcophagus and what appears to be an altar dating back to the 6th Century B.C., in Rome, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Archaeologists believe the underground shrine, who's finding was announced earlier this week, was dedicated to Romulus, the founder of the ancient city. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Roman Forum find could be shrine to Rome's founder, Romulus

Feb. 21, 2020 1:21 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian archaeologists unveiled to the press Friday an exciting new find from the Roman Forum, which they say could be the lost shrine dedicated some 2,600 years ago to Romulus, Rome's legendary founder and first king. Visually, the discovery first announced Tuesday is not very remarkable:...

Sarcophagus dedicated to Romulus discovered in Roman forum

Feb. 18, 2020 9:38 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Archaeologists excavating the Roman Forum have discovered an underground shrine dedicated to Romulus, the founder of the ancient city. The monument includes an underground chamber with a 1.4-meter (55-inch) high sarcophagus and what appears to be an altar. The sarcophagus dates from the 6th...

Archaeologists to map massive Charleston wall built in 1758

Feb. 9, 2020 1:53 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — College students are going to help archaeologists map the walls used to defend Charleston more than 250 years ago. Students from Clemson University and the College of Charleston will use ground penetrating radar in downtown Charleston's Marion Square to find exactly where the...

Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei shakes hands with Mexican Senate President Monica Fernandez Balboa after addressing the senate members in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

In Mexico, Guatemala president urges trade to slow migration

Feb. 6, 2020 4:45 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s new president urged Mexico on Thursday to boost commercial ties between the neighboring nations, arguing that creating more work opportunities is crucial for reducing migration northward toward the United States. Speaking at the Senate in Mexico City, Alejandro...

Wreckage of ship tied to Bermuda Triangle found off Florida

Jan. 31, 2020 1:05 PM EST

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have found the wreckage of a cargo steamship that became associated with the Bermuda Triangle when it disappeared in 1925 off the Atlantic Coast of Florida. The 250-foot (76-meters) SS Cotopaxi was sailing from Charleston, South Carolina, to Havana when it disappeared...

This photo provided by Egypt’s antiquities ministry , shows one of sarcophagi discovered in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, near the Nile Valley city of Minya.  Archeologists on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020,  unveiled 16 ancient Egyptian tombs filled with sarcophagi and other artifacts from a vast burial ground. Egypt’s antiquities ministry announced the discoveries in the village in central Egypt. The site boasts an array of previously excavated finds, including funerary buildings and catacombs filled with thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds.(Egypt’s antiquities ministry via AP)

Egyptian archaeologists unveil ancient tombs, artifacts

Jan. 30, 2020 1:36 PM EST

TUNA AL-GABAL, Egypt (AP) — Archaeologists on Thursday unveiled 16 ancient Egyptian tombs filled with sarcophagi and other artifacts from a vast burial ground. Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced the discoveries in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, near the Nile Valley city of Minya in central Egypt....

Three Jordanians charged for IS-inspired attack in court

Jan. 26, 2020 2:10 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Three Jordanian men appeared in court Sunday to face charges connected to the stabbing of eight people at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan in November in an attack allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group. The military judge presiding over the trial accused the...

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...