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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.
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.
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.
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