July 6, 2004 |
An Imperial County man who admitted taking Indian artifacts from public lands has been fined $500 and placed on probation. William Stout, 63, of Winterhaven pleaded guilty to stealing pottery shards from an archeological site the federal Bureau of Land Management oversees. About 10,000 sites exist between San Diego and the Colorado River, but the exact location was not disclosed. He entered the plea in a U.S. Magistrates Court in San Diego on June 10.
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.
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.
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.
February 17, 1990 |
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.