December 25, 1987 |
Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl hopes grave-robbers will not plunder the objects of his newest project--Peruvian pyramids. He plans to investigate the ancient South American structures to find out where their builders came from. Tomb robbers, the bane of archeologists' lives, have already taken 95% of the gold treasures from one pyramid at Sipan, on Peru's northern coast. "It had been dug through by treasure-hunters. It looked like worm-eaten cheese," Heyerdahl said.
May 26, 1989 |
The largest, most expensive production of the opera "Aida" will have its U.S. premiere this summer on a football field, the International Opera Festival announced Thursday. The $7-million production will have a cast of more than 1,000 and use a 36,000-square-foot stage at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Performances are scheduled Aug. 24 and 26. "We believe it will be the largest opera production ever presented in this country," said Bruce Rossley, Boston's commissioner of arts and humanities.
November 24, 1995 |
A moderate aftershock rattled the Middle East on Thursday, and caretakers of the Great Pyramids at Giza discovered that the previous day's deadly quake has spread slight cracks in a 5,000-year-old burial chamber. The 20-second, magnitude-5.4 aftershock was centered south of the Israeli resort of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba, the same as the original quake Wednesday, Israel's Institute for Petroleum Research and Geophysics said.
May 27, 1999 |
Egyptian archeologists said they were finalizing restoration work on a funerary complex built near the great Giza pyramids 4,600 years ago ahead of opening it to the public. The tombs of the ambitious priest Kai, which are rich in artistry and details of daily life during the 4th dynasty, were found in March in a cemetery west of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. "This complex is unique because it is one of the most beautifully painted in the area.
April 23, 1989 |
After a year of scientific debate, archeologists still can't figure out how to keep the Sphinx from falling apart. It's been almost six months since workmen made emergency repairs and replaced a stone that fell Feb. 7, 1988, from the crouching lion's right shoulder. But the experts can't decide what to do next. "Scholars from Egypt and around the world have given us good advice, but not one has been able to come up with a sure way to save our wonderful Sphinx," said Sayed Tawfik, Egypt's top archeological official.
January 21, 1990 |
The landscape was seductive. Steamy. A green sea of Yucatan rain forest. Under an immense umbrella of quiet, pierced only by the occasional scream of a howler monkey, bougainvillea spread in unexpected shades of amethyst and coral. The road cut through dense foliage. A skinny, brown-skinned boy, eyes dark as obsidian, stood barefoot by the side of the road clutching an iguana as long as his arm. Farther on, two vaqueros appeared like an apparition, riding horseback, tanned chests naked above loose, white cotton pants.
May 15, 2004 |
It's not the first place you'd expect to run into an architect, a shrink, a poet and a nuclear physicist: 23 feet below ground, in a shadowy labyrinth of volcanic rock that once may have held the ashes of kings, the bodies of sacrificed children or an oracle whose cryptic pronouncements swayed the fate of 100,000 people. Then there's this imposing thought: Directly above you, held in place largely by its sheer brute mass, is several million tons of stone.
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December 21, 1987
An attempt to collect a sample of ancient air from a 4,600-year-old pit near the Great Pyramid of Giza has failed because the chamber's builders apparently did not seal it properly, two American scientists said. The limestone pit was constructed in the shadow of the pyramid built for Cheops, a Pharaoh who ruled Egypt about 4,600 years ago.