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April 23, 1989 | MIMI MANN, Associated Press
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 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
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 | CLAIRE ROBEY, Robey is a free-lance writer who lives in Oxnard.
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 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
July 13, 1995
In less than nine months, The Pyramid has become an emblem for Cal State Long Beach. The $22-million athletic center's stark Egyptian lines and striking metal roof looms over the campus like a blue beacon. But student athletes have a problem that Tutankhamen never had. This Pyramid leaks, and nobody's quite sure how to stop it. "We have a unique product here to say the least," said Scott Charmack, associate vice president for facilities management.
Scientists have uncovered what may be the largest underground tomb ever found in Egypt's fabled Valley of the Kings--a mausoleum in which may lie buried 50 sons of Ramses II, the red-haired Pharaoh of Exodus who ruled Egypt at the zenith of its power more than 3,000 years ago. "We were the first people inside parts of the tomb in 3,000 years," said Kent R. Weeks, an Eygptologist at American University in Cairo who made the find public Monday.
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