February 20, 2008 |
ROME -- An ancient mosaic of a dark-haired boy and a fresco from Pompeii were among more than 400 looted archaeological treasures Italian police put on show Tuesday that had been recovered during a three-year hunt across Europe. The artifacts, including delicate Etruscan goblets and large Greek vases, were illegally dug up and spirited out of Italy decades ago, many of them assumed to be lost forever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 |
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.
May 1, 2004 |
Four dozen ancient Peruvian artifacts, including a blood-stained burial shroud used to wrap a mummy at least 1,200 years ago, were returned to the Peruvian Embassy on Friday by U.S. customs officials who had seized the smuggled goods. The textiles, jewelry, pottery and metal works were recovered during three investigations, including one in Alexandria, Va., involving a 74-year-old man who tried to sell items to a local antiquities dealer, who in turn called authorities, according to U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1998 |
An ambitious plan to curate, catalog and preserve thousands of fossils and historic artifacts discovered during the last 20 years of development in Orange County was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. The $420,000 program will be funded through a $300,000 federal grant, $70,000 from the agency that operates the county's toll roads and $50,000 from the county's harbors, beaches and parks department.
February 12, 1989 |
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 |
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.
December 22, 2013 |
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.
August 20, 2011 |
A Civil War prison in Georgia -- briefly the largest prison camp of the conflict -- continues to provide archaeologists with fresh artifacts, including the personal belongings of Union soldiers held there. Camp Lawton, in Millen, Ga., has been the site of an excavation by a team from Georgia Southern University since last year. This week, university officials announced the team had found a ring, a corps badge, keys to furniture and doors, suspender buckles and a pocket knife.
May 21, 2004 |
Federal prosecutors in the Four Corners states began a 90-day amnesty for people with illegally obtained ancient Indian artifacts, such as pots or stone tools. Looters or buyers of artifacts can return them by Aug. 18, "no questions asked," said U.S. Atty. David Iglesias of New Mexico. Federal prosecutors in Arizona, Colorado and Utah also are taking part in the amnesty.
November 28, 1998 |
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.