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 15, 2004 |
The fabled treasures of King Tut may return to the United States next June, the first time they have appeared in the United States since their widely heralded visit in 1978, according to Egyptian officials. The details of the tour have not been confirmed, but the exhibit would visit Los Angeles, Chicago and two other cities that have not been chosen, said Zahi Hawass, president of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.
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.
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.
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October 20, 1987 |
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.
February 4, 1990 |
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.
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August 25, 2001 |
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.