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Looters destroy mummies in Egyptian Museum
Cairo - Looters broke into the Egyptian Museum during anti-government protests late on Friday and destroyed two Pharaonic mummies, Egypt's top archaeologist told state television.
News from Cairo – ARCE Director Dr. Gerry Scott talks about the crisis and Egypt’s Antiquities
This morning Dr. Gerry Scott, director of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), gave a telephone interview from Cairo itself.Read the rest here.
Research uses space-age technology on 16th-century history
by Chris Arnot
Cutting-edge space science technology of the sort used to analyse moon rock is being applied to fragments of 16th-century tombs. Scientists from the Space Research Centre in Leicester are working with an art historian from the nearby university as well as academics from Oxford and Yale in a three-year project that hopes to shed new light on our understanding of the Tudor Reformation.Read the rest here.
Lincoln Pardon Altered to Change History: Big Pic
Talk about revisionist history. Thomas Lowry, a long-time Lincoln researcher from Woodbridge, Va., has confessed to altering the date on a pardon issued by President Abraham Lincoln, which is currently part of the permanent records collection of the U.S. National Archives.Read the rest here.
Bog bodies baffle scientists
By, USA TODAY
Scholars have long tried to make sense out of one of the oddities of the archaeological world —bodies pulled from ignominious burials in cold water bogs everywhere from Ireland to Russia.
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Caligula's tomb found after police arrest man trying to smuggle statue
by Tom Kington
The lost tomb of Caligula has been found, according to Italian police, after the arrest of a man trying to smuggle abroad a statue of the notorious Roman emperor recovered from the site.Read the rest here.
Tutankhamen's Tomb To Be Closed To Visitors
Time is running out to visit the tomb of Tutankhamen, as officials with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities have announced plans to close it to tourists by the end of the year.
Scientists trying to clone, resurrect extinct mammoth
Instead of Jurassic Park, try Pleistocene Park. A team of scientists from Japan, Russia and the United States hopes to clone a mammoth, a symbol of Earth’s ice age that ended 12,000 years ago, according to a report in Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun.
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Blackbeard's Sword, Found! Archaeologists Discover Pirate Treasure Off North Carolina Coast
It's likely Edward Teach didn't need much to scare his enemies. After all, the notorious pirate better known as Blackbeard boasted a thick mass of facial hair so intimidating that it got immortalized in history.Read the rest here.
Neanderthals and early modern humans had same lifespan
A new study by a Washington University in St. Louis suggests life expectancy was probably the same for early modern and late archaic humans and did not factor in the extinction of Neanderthals.
Did Famine Destroy ‘Camelot’?
South Cadbury Castle is well known for its suspected association with King Arthur as the site of his infamous castle, Camelot. Excavations have shown that the site was indeed strengthened in the period formally known as the Dark Ages, at the time of the legendary Arthur. However, there is one question that remains an enigma – why was the site abandoned?
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Dinosaur Graveyard Reveals Oldest T. Rex Relative: Dawn Runner
By Charles Q Choi
What may be the earliest known relative of T. rex and all meat-eating dinosaurs has been discovered.
Scientists discover 'oldest' winery in Armenian cave
by Brian Walker
(CNN) -- Forget France. It turns out, the real birthplace of wine may be in a cave in Armenia. An international research team says it has found the world's oldest winery in a paper published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Archaeological Science.Read the rest here.