France has returned to Egypt five artefacts from the Ptolemaic dynasty (300 BC) that were smuggled out of the country after the 2011 uprising, an Egyptian official said Wednesday.
"The team in charge of monitoring sales of artefacts identified five pieces dating from the Ptolemaic dynasty on Internet websites, two of which were being auctioned in the city of Toulouse," said Ali Ahmed, at the ministry of antiquities.
Three pieces are the head, torso and arms of a glass statue of a human stolen from where they were kept after their discovery by French archaeologists in 2010. Read more.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Mexican coin punctured with a small hole, nails from long-decayed wooden dwellings, and broken bits of plates and bottles are among thousands of artifacts unearthed from what archaeologists suspect were once slave quarters at the site of a planned highway project in Savannah.
A team hired to survey the site by the Georgia Department of Transportation spent three months excavating 20 acres of undeveloped woods tucked between a convenience store and apartments off busy Abercorn Extension on Savannah’s suburban south side. Archaeologist Rita Elliott said the project yielded a staggering 33,858 artifacts believed to date from about 1750 until after the Civil War. Read more.
In a climate-controlled storeroom, Suquamish Museum Director Janet Smoak unveils a dusty chunk of cedar.
The 2-foot-long shard is squared at one end, revealing the adz marks of the carver who shaped it. But it’s the other end, jagged with the blackened evidence of the burn that felled it, that makes the piece noteworthy.
The post once stood between 12 and 20 feet high and supported Old Man House, the winter home of Chief Seattle and the cultural epicenter of the Suquamish people. The burned edge brings to life one of the darkest periods of tribal history, when the longhouse was destroyed by the United States government around 1870. Read more.
More than 40,000 artifacts discovered at Muskrat Falls
For thousands of years, the Innu people have used the Muskrat Falls area for seasonal encampment. This is made evident by the approximately 40,000 Innu artifacts that have been found in the Muskrat Falls area over the past couple of years.
The artifacts range from 3,500 years old to 150 years old. During a presentation in Sheshatshiu on Nov. 19, Senior Archeologist Dr. Fred Schwarz showed some of the most impressive pieces found in the Muskrat Falls area. Read more.
US customs agents have seized a horde of “priceless” ancient Korean artifacts, brought to California by a US serviceman deployed in the Korean War six decades ago.
The nine seals of the Korean Empire and Joseon Dynasty were recovered in San Diego, after a local man approached a Washington-based antiques dealer seeking to have them valued.
The dealer alerted the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit in September, triggering a joint probe by US and South Korean authorities.
"The nine Korean seals recovered by HSI special agents are worth millions in the antiquities business, but they are priceless to South Korea," HSI’s Seoul attache Taekuk Cho said in a statement. Read more.
Sleman, Yogyakarta. An excavation team from Yogyakarta’s Heritage Conservation Agency believes a large temple lies buried in Sleman, Yogyakarta, after they discovered artifacts that indicate a site of religious significance.
Archeologists from the agency, known as BPCB, found 19 blocks of temple stones, an antefix, a rooftop ornament, a makara (a sea creature in Hindu mythology often portrayed on temple entrances), cauldrons and other relics traditionally associated with temples.
Experts have been intrigued by gold and silver pieces found with the cauldron. The pieces have tiny characters written on them that are still being analyzed. Read more.
Israel has returned a collection of 90 antiquities after discovering that the artifacts – presented for sale at auction - had been stolen, Egyptian authorities said on Monday.
The collection reportedly included clay vessels and vases, stelae and cultic figurines.
Antiquities theft is a huge problem for archaeologists. Not only are precious and irreplaceable remains of ancient cultures lost to science and humanity at large: often the timeline of digs are destroyed by robbers plowing through the layers with disregard for the historic record. Read more.
A Florida art dealer is facing heavy fines and possible prison time in connection with an ancient artifact smuggling case.
Francois B. Lorin, 74, of Winter Park, was hit with obstruction of justice charges after he forged documents in an attempt to legitimize an illegal shipment of ancient Chinese objects, federal authorizes allege.
The artifacts in question are hundreds, even thousands of years old. They include Neolithic amulets, a gold and silver inlaid container and a bronze mirror elaborately decorated with fish and birds, according to court documents. Read more.