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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 16, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 7,500-year-old, stone carving of a tiny bear discovered by a group of archeology students from Cypress Community College could become the state's first official artifact. A bill authored by Sen. Ralph C. Dills (D-Gardena) would make the designation official, and honor the contributions of native peoples. It has passed the Legislature and awaits the governor's signature. The bear was discovered six years ago near Carlsbad in northern San Diego County by students of Archeology Prof.
NEWS
March 2, 1992 | ANDREW STINY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The discovery of a large cache of early Indian artifacts in a storage locker in northwestern New Mexico has delighted archeological experts who say the find is rare because the Anasazi items are in exceptional condition. But the discovery is a matter of concern to federal investigators who believe that the items may have been looted from federal or Indian lands. U.S. and local authorities were led to the storage locker in Bloomfield, N.M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1988
The government of Peru won a court order Friday delaying the return of 80 seized pre-Columbian artifacts to their owners, contending that the items were stolen from Peru and should be returned to that country. Los Angeles U.S. District Judge Harry Hupp issued a temporary restraining order forcing the U.S. Customs Service to retain possession of the artifacts for up to one week, until another judge can decide the matter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1991
Three pieces of pre-Columbian artifacts stolen from a La Jolla museum last year have been recovered and a man trying to sell them was arrested, police said Monday. Shelby Fletcher, 38, who told police he is a self-employed writer, was taken into custody at an airport hotel in Los Angeles on Friday in an undercover sting operation. Detective Bill Martin said Fletcher contacted a Los Angeles art dealer in late November, offering to sell two pieces of pre-Columbian relics for $250,000 each.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1998
Chicken bones, a medicine bottle and an Anheuser-Busch beer bottle all believed to be more than 100 years old were among the artifacts discovered during excavation of the site where the new Los Angeles Roman Catholic cathedral is to be built, an archeologist said Tuesday. "This is really neat," said Donn Grenda, an architect who accompanies construction crews on the site bounded by Hill and Temple streets, Grand Avenue and the Hollywood Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1986 | PATRICK MCDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
U.S.-bound Mexican artifacts seized at the border here last week are not part of the loot from the sensational Christmas-morning robbery at the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, officials said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1994 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For most of the past decade, thousands of Native American artifacts recovered from the Lost Village of Encino, one of the costliest archeological excavations in state history, have been sitting in an Orange County warehouse, freed of the earth after centuries, but collecting dust in obscurity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1989 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
In a show of force and moral resolve, U.S. Customs officers on Friday delivered a load of Peruvian artifacts valued at $1 million to Los Angeles International Airport for return to Peru. Six large crates containing 123 ceramic, stone, fiber and metal objects were to be flown Friday night to Lima and received by Alan Garcia, president of Peru. All the objects were seized March 30, 1988, in customs raids on eight Southern California dealers and collectors.
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