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April 1, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Almost three decades ago, as heavy rain threatened to breach the levees protecting the Sacramento area, the state parks department urgently dispatched workers to warehouses holding some of California's most important heirlooms - gold-mining tools, pioneer pottery, antique rifles. They were prepared to load the objects onto trucks and drive them to safety if disaster struck. As luck would have it, the levees held. But despite that scare, the state left much of its collection in those aging warehouses in the West Sacramento flood plain, where it has languished without adequate protection from heat and humidity.
February 12, 1989 | From Associated Press
Workers cleaning a heavily traveled tourist area of a fabled temple stumbled across an ancient hoard of statues of pharaohs and gods, a discovery that researchers called a potential gold mine of historical data. Officials said five statues so far have been dug up inside the famous Luxor Temple in the Nile River city of Luxor, about 450 miles south of Cairo.
July 14, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
Federal prosecutors have charged a southern Utah man with threatening to beat a confidential informant who was pivotal in a widespread investigation into the looting of Native American artifacts, authorities said Monday. Charles Denton Armstrong, 44, was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of retaliation against an informant. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
November 28, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Native American artifacts will go to auction at Sotheby's in New York City despite objections from Alaska's Aleut tribe, which says the objects are important cultural items. A wooden hat dating from the 16th or 17th century that was worn by hunters to attract sea mammals and a wooden burial mask from the 18th or 19th century are to be auctioned Wednesday, Sotheby's spokeswoman Emma Cunningham said.
December 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
They were two veteran emissaries for a Los Angeles-based philanthropy, tasked with staging a clandestine operation to rescue a series of Native American spiritual artifacts from public sale half a world away. This month, Annenberg Foundation staffers Allison Gister and Carol Laumen found themselves making anonymous telephone bids at a Paris auction to secure rarities considered sacred by the Hopi and San Carlos Apache tribes in Arizona, including exotic mask-like visages that had been lost - some say looted - over the last century.
February 17, 1990 | United Press International
A "deeply religious" man was charged Friday with keeping thousands of dollars worth of artifacts stolen from area churches in a "chapel" in his home where he apparently conducted his own services, police said. William Silva, 22, of Coventry surrendered at the town police station. Some of the items included vestments, gold-lined chalices, crucifixes, a bronzed coffin, mortuary equipment, church kneelers, Latin prayer plaques and a crimson skullcap.
October 20, 1987 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A valuable collection of Hollywood artifacts and memorabilia is wasting away behind bars at the former Lincoln Heights jail because the City of Los Angeles has been unable to find anyone to take care of it.
June 12, 2004 | From Reuters
Egypt is about to begin the painstaking task of cataloging and restoring about 90,000 Pharaonic artifacts and other items that have lain almost forgotten for decades after being dug from ruins. Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities, said work started about three weeks ago to move the artifacts from the basement of the country's main museum into storage elsewhere.
February 4, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Armed robbers stole at least 200 ancient Roman gold artifacts from a storehouse in the excavation site at Herculaneum, a popular tourist center. Police said two robbers climbed over the gates, tied up six guards and with the help of other robbers they let into the site, escaped with sacks full of gold bracelets, earrings and other trinkets dating from the 1st Century.
August 25, 2001 | Associated Press
Leather footwear and a walking stick believed to have been used by the prophet Muhammad drew thousands to an International Islamic Expo in this tiny sultanate. The showcase for artifacts and modern goods from Muslim nations was a rarity for Brunei, whose closest neighbors are southeast Asia's other predominantly Muslim lands, Malaysia and Indonesia. Items linked to Muhammad and his family were lent by a Pakistan mosque and private collections.
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