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December 27, 2010 | By Amro Hassan and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A tour bus heading to an archaeological site in southern Egypt crashed Sunday, killing eight Americans, Egyptian and American officials said. At least 23 people were injured in the accident, Egyptian official sources said. U.S. officials said they were trying to confirm the number of injured and the extent of their wounds. The bus was carrying 37 American tourists near the southern city of Aswan when it slammed into a truck parked along the roadside, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency, or MENA, reported.
November 6, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer, who discovered the tomb of the Judean king Herod the Great and explored many other archaeological sites in Israel, including the famous site of Masada, died Oct. 28 after suffering a fall at the tomb site. He was 76. Netzer was speaking with colleagues at the site Oct. 24 when a wooden handrail gave way and he fell a total of about 20 feet, fracturing his skull and neck vertebrae. He was taken to Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, where he died.
July 26, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
U.S. and Guatemalan archaeologists have found an unusually well-preserved burial chamber that they believe is the tomb of the founder of a Maya dynasty, a find that promises new information about the empire's formative period. Archaeologist Stephen Houston of Brown University said the tomb was so tightly sealed that the team found remains of textiles, wood carvings and other organic objects that normally don't last in the humid tropics. Even after 1,600 years, the smell of decay was still present when the team broke through the walls of the tomb, Houston said.
June 28, 2010 | By Maria De Cristofaro, Special to The Times
Pope Benedict XVI lashed out Sunday at Belgian authorities investigating allegations of clerical sexual abuse, accusing police of using "surprising and deplorable methods" when they raided church offices, detained a group of bishops for several hours and drilled into the tombs of two former cardinals in a quest for evidence. The pope's statement also reaffirmed the Vatican's insistence on having a role in investigating abuses within the church, saying "such grave facts should be dealt with by civil and canonical authorities each respecting its own competence."
May 25, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
U.S. and Mexican archaeologists have discovered one of the oldest tombs in Mesoamerica, a burial chamber from at least 2,500 years ago in the state of Chiapas that contains the remains of what appears to be one of the first powerful rulers of the Zoque people. "There certainly isn't any tomb that is earlier … and this is the only one found at the very crest of a pyramid, which makes the find rather special," said archaeologist Bruce R. Bachand of Brigham Young University, one of the tomb's discoverers.
September 20, 2009 | Scarlet Cheng
The tomb raiders dug down 30 feet into Mawangdui -- a mound in Hunan, China, long known as a burial site for ancient nobility -- but they missed the mark. At some point they did find, and loot, the nearby tombs of her husband, the Marquis of Dai, and their son, but hers was the larger one, and more luxurious. That is because Lady Dai, as she is now known, outlived both of them and had more time to prepare for her trip to the afterlife. In 1972, more than 2,000 years after her death in 163 BC, Lady Dai was finally discovered.
April 18, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Archaeologists think they may be close to locating the graves of the doomed lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony in a temple on the Mediterranean Sea just west of Alexandria, Egypt. For years, researchers have been seeking the graves of the famed pair, celebrated in plays and movies, but all the leads have proved fruitless.
February 14, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
In Egypt, apparently even pyramids can be recycled. Archaeologists from the country's Supreme Council of Antiquities said this week that they had discovered a cache of 30 mummies dating from the country's 26th Dynasty in a tomb constructed during the 6th Dynasty nearly 2,000 years earlier.
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