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September 9, 1985 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
An archeological dig that temporarily disrupted the grading for a 34-acre Agoura Hills industrial park was completed Sunday, having turned up hundreds of artifacts from a campsite that apparently was used by Chumash Indians as a hunting base.
November 15, 2008 | Associated Press
A father and son from Northern California have pleaded not guilty to charges alleging that they illegally collected Indian artifacts in Nevada. Donald Parker, who is 69, and his 42-year-old son, Steven Parker, were arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. They are charged with conspiracy, possessing stolen federal property, interstate transportation and transporting artifacts taken from public lands. Assistant Federal Defender Lauren Day Cusick, representing Steven Parker, said she had no further information on the case and could not immediately comment.
February 17, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
Synthonics Technologies in Westlake Village has reached an agreement with the Smithsonian Institution and Centro Alameda, a San Antonio organization devoted to promoting Hispanic culture, to create 3-D digital replicas of historic artifacts that can be displayed or used for research.
March 26, 1995 | from Associated Press
Two gold artifacts stolen from a National Geographic Society museum were recovered from a local pawnshop Saturday, one day after they were taken and just hours after a $20,000 reward was offered for their return. Marc Epstein, an employee at Sam's Pawn Shop, said it was "really amazing" when a man entered the shop Saturday afternoon and asked to sell a 3-by-4-inch sculpture of a vulture for $100.
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.
May 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States has prepared a U.N. Security Council resolution asking nations to be on the alert for and to return any Iraqi relics looted from the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, diplomats said. The envoys had expected the measure to be introduced this week but said it might be delayed. Other diplomats said it could be combined with a larger resolution on lifting sanctions against Iraq. The museum was plundered over several days in April, after the fall of President Saddam Hussein.
March 20, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
Addressing a capacity crowd at a meeting of the Newport Conservancy this week, archeologists described vast amounts of historically rich artifacts buried around Newport Bay, including some dating back to 9000 BC. The speakers, archeologists and college anthropology teachers, told of research conducted during the mid-1970s determining that pottery pieces, human burial remains and other artifacts dating from 4000 to 9000 BC can be found in the Newport area.
January 11, 1988 | Compiled from Times staff and wire reports
Scientists at the National Bureau of Standards have come to the aid of archeologists and art historians seeking to determine the origins of ancient artifacts and art objects. The scientists have found that the ratios of different atomic types of lead--called lead isotopes--present in metal objects are a distinctive "signature" of the locality where such objects were made.
October 8, 1989 | KARA SWISHER, The Washington Post
The calls and letters to the Smithsonian Institution in recent weeks have been "like a flood," says spokeswoman Madeleine Jacobs, who ticks off the big and small media throughout the country that have covered the issue. "Even important topics like our divestment from South Africa didn't get this much attention." The deluge has come from the debate over what to do with the 35,000 American Indian remains and funerary objects held by the Smithsonian for more than a century.
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