November 18, 2001 |
Archeologists have uncovered two tombs dating back more than 2,500 years in a part of Cairo where the ancient city of Heliopolis once stood, Egyptian antiquity authorities said. One of the limestone tombs contained a sarcophagus and 16 statuettes, said the chief state archeologist for the Cairo-Giza area, Zahi Hawass. The one tomb belonged to Waja-Hur, a builder. His name was engraved on the statuettes. The other tomb is to be opened today.
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March 4, 1999
The mummy of a priest and the skeleton of a grave robber were the chief findings in the televised opening of two Egyptian tombs Tuesday evening. The skeleton was found inside the pyramid of Queen Khamerernebty II but was clearly not the queen's, said archeologist Zahi Hawass. "The entrance and the chambers were unfinished and the queen was never buried here," he said after the show. The mummy was found in the Tomb of the Unknown, recently unearthed by Hawass.
October 5, 1996 |
Dale Sprosty raised his trumpet to his lips, closed his eyes and fulfilled a dream at Arlington National Cemetery by playing taps Friday at the tomb of unknown Civil War soldiers. Sprosty of Mount Pleasant, Mich., is the first civilian ever known to be allowed to play taps at either of the cemetery's two tombs for unknown soldiers, said John Metzler, superintendent of the cemetery, which is run by the Army.
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.
July 12, 1987 |
After 3,200 years, she still looks beautiful. Her shapely figure, delicate features and long black hair, depicted on the walls of her tomb in colors as fresh as if they had been painted yesterday, provide ample evidence of how she came to personify the elegance and sophistication of ancient Egypt.
October 17, 1989 |
The body of deposed Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos was laid to rest in a temporary mausoleum in a tree-lined memorial park in Honolulu at a service attended by more than 1,000 mourners. Imelda Marcos, clutching a rosary, sang "Ave Maria" and "Our Father" while her son, Ferdinand E. Marcos Jr., stood at the casket. Marcos' daughter, Irene Araneta, criticized Philippine President Corazon Aquino for refusing to allow Marcos to be buried in his homeland.
January 21, 1990 |
More than 2,500 police and National Guard troops brought their guns Saturday to the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the apostle of nonviolence, to protect five white supremacists demonstrating nearby. "The enemy is at the front door. They want us to hide under the bed," shouted Frankie Johnson, a 20-year-old Atlanta woman who was among 75 counterdemonstrators who showed up despite suggestions by civil rights groups that they ignore the white supremacists.
October 16, 1994 |
The descendants of President Ulysses S. Grant threatened Saturday to move the bodies of the Civil War hero and his wife out of Grant's Tomb unless the blighted site gets a multimillion-dollar renovation. The family, represented by the President's great-great-grandson, Ulysses Grant Dietz, delivered the same message to the National Park Service at a meeting Friday. The tomb, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, has become a magnet for the homeless, graffiti and drug use in recent years.
May 28, 1989 |
Archeologists have unearthed the gold-stuffed tomb of two women in what appears to be the richest discovery ever made at ancient Nimrud in northern Iraq. The 2,700-year-old tomb in the palace of King Ashurnasirpal II contained more than 55 pounds of gold jewelry, including diadems, necklaces, earrings, belts and anklets, the English-language Baghdad Observer reported. The official Iraqi News Agency, monitored in Cyprus, carried details of the newspaper report. Ashurnasirpal II was a ruthless but brilliant military leader who built the vast palace at Nimrud in the 9th Century B.C. Muzahem Mahmoud, the Iraqi archeologist who made the new discovery, said an inscribed stone tablet found in the 32-by-14-foot burial chamber identified one of the women as Yabaya of the Assyrian royal court, the newspaper reported.