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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...

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....

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...

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...

This undated image provided by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico shows a sandal (Catalogue No. 2009.46.1) excavated decades ago from the Guadalupe Mountains. Researchers will be taking a new look at numerous perishable artifacts that include sandals and baskets to learn more about the people who once inhabited the region. (Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, The University of New Mexico via AP)

Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

Dec. 2, 2019 6:11 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago. Depending on what they uncover, officials...

In this June 14, 2019 photo provided by Fabio Esteban Amador, Puerto Rican students of the Center for Advanced Studies for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and their professor Isabel Rivera-Collazo, kneeling, study the impact that Hurricane Maria had on coastal archaeological resources and ecology in Manati, Puerto Rico. The group of U.S.-based scientists are rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coastline that date back a couple thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s history they say is still being discovered. (Fabio Esteban Amador via AP)

Scientists race to document Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage

Dec. 2, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being...