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February 1, 1992
Nachman Avigad, 86, an Israeli archeologist who helped excavate Masada and the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Avigad was a professor of archeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He retired in 1973. He was on the team that worked at Masada, the site overlooking the Dead Sea that was the last settlement to hold out against the Romans during the Jewish revolt. After a three-year siege, the defenders in AD 73 killed themselves rather than be taken prisoner.
April 21, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development have discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles' first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city. The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little Joe's restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre, that carried water from the Los Angeles River to the young city, its channels twisting and bending along a 90-mile network.
Excavation on the western tunnel of twin subway passages beneath North Hollywood began Monday, using modified equipment to prevent a repeat of the sinkage problems that have plagued the idled eastern side of the massive transit project. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said workers gingerly scooped out a small amount of earth with the new equipment, opting to move forward cautiously in loose, sandy soil prone to shifting and sliding.
March 14, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Seventy feet below Wilshire Boulevard, cater-corner from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's street-lamp installation, fresh air roaring from giant ventilation pipes dulled the sickly sweet smell of petroleum. Amid the clatter of jackhammers and the whine of a mini-excavator, paleontologist Kim Scott scouted the tarry muck for relics from a long-buried beach. She had plenty of choices. Major construction on the highly anticipated Westside subway extension won't begin until next year, but an exploratory shaft dug at the corner of Ogden Drive to assess soil conditions for future stations and tunnels has burped up a bonanza of prehistoric swag.
August 16, 1987 | JOE KAFKA, Associated Press
An ancient elephant graveyard on the outskirts of this Black Hills community has stirred scientists and the public, and excavations that began 13 years ago continue to turn up bones and tusks. The Mammoth Site, only 15% of which has been explored, is the largest known accumulation of remains of Columbian mammoths, a North American species. The bones are estimated to be more than 26,000 years old.
Underneath what was a parking lot until last month, archeologists have uncovered shards of opium pipes, ceramic dishes and ale bottles buried by residents of a Chinatown more than a century ago. Seven archeologists, who are winding up a 10-day excavation today on Ventura's Figueroa Street, are digging for trash pits several feet deep, hoping to fill gaps in the city's history.
April 1, 2011 | HECTOR TOBAR
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina dreamed for years of putting a cultural center and museum on the historic old plaza near Olvera Street downtown. If only she and the rest of the project's planners had taken as long to research the site. Last year, as the work got under way, a crew disturbed the eternal sleep of those buried in L.A.'s first Roman Catholic cemetery. In all, some 118 remains were dug up and carted away before community protests brought the digging to a halt in January.
November 17, 1990 | ERIK HAMILTON
Recent test digs at the McColl dump site show that aviation fuel waste could be removed without significant impact to the community, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report. Agency officials presented those findings to more than 100 neighbors of the dump site at a meeting this week.
September 26, 2009 | From Times Staff And Wire Reports
Archaeologists in the ancient city of Troy in Turkey have found the remains of a man and a woman believed to have died in 1,200 B.C., the time of the legendary war chronicled by Homer, a leading German professor said on Tuesday. Ernst Pernicka, a University of Tubingen professor who is leading excavations on the site in northwestern Turkey, said the bodies were found near a defense line within the city built in the late Bronze Age. The discovery could add to evidence that Troy's lower area was bigger in the late Bronze Age than previously thought, changing scholars' perceptions about the city of "The Iliad."
November 2, 1997
An article in the Oct. 10 edition of the Los Angeles Times mentions that archeologist Robert Dunn was refused permission by Ventura city officials to present his slides in front of the city's historic preservation committee. Our committee would like to set the record straight on this matter. It was in fact, the members of the committee that decided against having the slide presentation. Our reason for the cancellation was that we had met with Mr. Dunn previously and spent about 45 informative minutes with him. As it was hard for us to picture in our minds much of what he was talking about, we at that time asked him to return to give us a slide presentation.
February 6, 2014 | Alicia Banks
Martin Byhower has trekked across Chadwick School's Palos Verdes Peninsula campus for 30 years. Fossils scattered across the hilltop grounds often caught the eye of the seventh-grade life sciences teacher. Two years ago, he spotted one that particularly interested him. And on Wednesday, staff from the Natural History Museum excavated it and carefully loaded it onto the bed of a truck. Soon, researchers will begin cleaning it to learn more. This much is known: It appears to be the skull of a juvenile sperm whale, and it is 12 million to 15 million years old. Byhower contacted different groups to ask them to identify the fossil; he got a response from the county museum.
November 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A construction worker died Monday when an excavator he was driving onto a barge slipped off and fell into the Sacramento River, state officials said. The Sacramento Bee identified the man as 49-year-old Richard Wayne Alexander of Pittsburg. Alexander died after 1:30 p.m. when the excavator he was driving fell into about 15 feet of water, said Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins. The agency, which investigates possible workplace safety violations, will issue the findings of its review into the incident by April, he added.
November 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities were excavating a grave site Wednesday in unincorporated Victorville after finding multiple sets of human remains in a deserted area. A motorcyclist stumbled upon the first set of remains Monday morning in the desert area between Quarry Road and the 15 Freeway, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.  Coroner's officials confirmed the remains were human and returned with homicide investigators Tuesday to continue the investigation.  Now, "investigators believe they have located the remains of more than one person," the Sheriff's Department said, adding that it appears the remains have been there for some time.
October 26, 2013 | By David Zucchino
With each scrape of the Florida Panhandle soil by an excavator's metal claw, anthropologists are moving a step closer to unraveling a century of mystery over the fates of missing boys from an infamous reform school. Some of those sent to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys as "incorrigible" never returned. Those who survived have described decades of beatings, rapes - and possible murders - at the school in Marianna, Fla., from 1900 until it was shut down in 2011. A team of anthropologists is carefully digging on the school grounds in search of boys buried in unmarked graves.
September 29, 2013 | Erin Thompson
The conflict in Syria is destroying not only the lives of the Syrian people but their heritage - the world's heritage - as well. Syria is a treasure house of history. Damascus, Aleppo, Palmyra and almost 10,000 other archaeological sites there hold the remains of thousands of years of culture. Greeks, Romans, Persians, Christians and Muslims lived and fought in what is now Syria. As the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, explained at a recent UNESCO meeting, "Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, are so important for what we are, all of us, for all the things that make, have made, human civilization.
September 2, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
The men remember a manicured campus stained by the blood of teenage boys. They remember the explosion of the leather strap - 30 lashes, 50 lashes, more than 100 - and the bloody classroom chairs they scrubbed down later. For more than a century, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle town of Marianna took in damaged children and turned out shattered men. The state closed the school in 2011 after the U.S. Justice Department documented some of the abuse. But the sprawling campus may still be hiding horrors.
Archeology has taken massively to the streets of Athens, combing through the splendid Greek past in search of a more livable future for a now-ramshackle capital literally gasping for breath. The harvest is bountiful--and bittersweet. Construction of a $2.8-billion underground Metro for Athens is imposing a delicate and painful balance between the demands of modern urban life and the legacies of history. Metro excavations have opened archeological digs the size of 22 football fields along major streets in the heart of the city.
August 26, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Edwards Air Force Base officials have recommended that several World War II-era trenches be excavated to determine if they were used for storing chemical warfare materiel. The site currently "poses no health risk," said Robert Wood, chief of the Environmental Restoration Division at Edwards. "But complete excavation is the only way we will ever know the trenches' contents," he said The four trenches--9 feet deep, 15 feet wide and 150 feet long--are near a dormitory. Base spokesman Maj.
May 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A search for clues underground in a Glendora backyard has turned up no evidence in the mysterious disappearance of a woman 35 years ago, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Investigators wrapped up their excavation Thursday night in the case of 24-year-old Wendy Byron, who was last seen in Glendora on Aug. 26, 1978. Crews used bulldozers and shovels to dig an approximately 12-by-12-foot hole in one section of the backyard, where investigators reportedly used dogs and ground-penetrating radar to determine if anything was buried there.
March 24, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
TAGHAR, Afghanistan - In a rugged valley outside Kabul, where mud-walled villages blend into bare scrubland, a team of international mining experts and Afghan trainees set up camp over the winter to probe the region's mineral resources. Protected by armed guards, they spent three months drilling test holes into the snowcapped peaks, as curious goat- and sheepherders looked on. "We hit copper damn near everywhere," said Robert Miller, a Colorado-based mining executive recruited by the Pentagon to help advise Afghan authorities on how to develop the country's natural resources.
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