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.
December 18, 2004 |
Archeologists unveiled Sunday the tomb of a member of a powerful family that governed a swath of western Egypt about 2,500 years ago, along with a dozen recently discovered mummies from Roman times. The mummies are among 400 to 500 found in what Egypt has dubbed the Valley of the Golden Mummies -- grounds where thousands were believed entombed.
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.
April 19, 1988 |
Officials confirmed Monday that an ancient Egyptian tomb was unearthed northeast of Cairo containing paintings and inscriptions in pristine condition, although they were made about 2,500 years ago. Archeologist Zahi Hawas of the government's Antiquities Department said the tomb was discovered at Heliopolis, which ancient Egyptians called On. It was the center of sun worship in ancient times.
September 8, 1991 |
His hands and waxen face lit by a ghostly glow against the black marble walls of his tomb, the goateed founder of the Soviet Union still lay in state on Saturday in his Red Square mausoleum, just as he has for the last 67 years. But outside, among the lines of visitors that police say have suddenly grown longer in the last two weeks, the word was out that Vladimir Ilyich Lenin's remaining days above ground are numbered.
November 9, 1987 |
Seven centuries before the birth of Christ, a city of farmers and fishermen flourished here on the shores of a volcanic lake about 50 miles north of Rome. Generations of townspeople burrowed into soft hillside rock to make tombs for their dead. The accidental discovery last summer of this ancient Etruscan necropolis is proving to be a textbook example of the triumph and trauma of modern archeology in a country where precious fragments of yesterday are often no farther than the backyard.