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 14, 2007 |
For centuries, human captives were brought hundreds of miles to be sacrificed at a pyramid in the oldest city in North America, just north of modern Mexico City, an archeologist says. DNA tests on more than 50 skeletons from the Pyramid of the Moon at the Teotihuacan ruins reveal they were from faraway Mayan, Pacific or Atlantic coastal cultures. The victims, many of them beheaded, were killed at different times from AD 50 to AD 500, to dedicate new stages of pyramid construction.
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.
December 7, 2006 |
THE creative team behind Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" did a lot of research on the once-magnificent Maya civilization of Mexico that, during a 1,000-year period, created huge cities, magnificent pyramids and a culturally and scientifically advanced society. But when it came time to re-create that universe, which disappeared 500 years ago, they allowed their imaginations to build upon historical fact.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.