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MANHATTAN — Archaeologists helping to excavate the World Trade Center site have uncovered a second piece of the more than 200-year-old ship that was discovered there last summer.

The find, made last Friday, came as workers began digging up the east side of the construction area, which once housed the World Trade Center complex.

"We were expecting there to be something there," said Michael Pappalardo, an archaeologist with engineering consultancy firm AKRF who was on hand for the unearthing. "But it was definitely exciting."

"Now no more of these remains are on the site," he added, explaining that the rest of the relevant area had already been excavated.

Archaeologists first noticed remnants of the ship — curved pieces of wood buried 25 feet below street level — last July and spent two weeks excavating the artifact, which turned out to be a 32-foot-long section of the boat’s hull. Read more.

A chance discovery of coins has led to the bigger find of a Roman town, further west than it was previously thought Romans had settled in England.

The town was found under fields a number of miles west of Exeter, Devon.

Nearly 100 Roman coins were initially uncovered there by two amateur archaeological enthusiasts.

It had been thought that fierce resistance from local tribes to Roman culture stopped the Romans from moving so far into the county.

Sam Moorhead, national finds adviser for Iron Age and Roman coins for the PAS at the British Museum, said it was one of the most significant Roman discoveries in the country for many decades. Read more.

Archaeologists in Kyrgyzstan have unearthed a massive statue of Buddha in the hills outside the capital Bishkek.

A team of archaeologists working in an excavation site at Krasnaya Rechka, 35km outside the capital, discovered a 1.5 metre high Buddha.

Archaeologists from the Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences, working with colleagues from the Russian Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, were digging in a series of fields which they believe cover the remains of a Buddhist monastery complex.

"This sculpture is as high as two humans. If we could straighten it out and put it vertically, its height would be about four metres. As it is sitting, it’s about one and a half to two metres (high)," said Valery Kolchenko, an archaeologist from the Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences. Read more.

New discoveries indicate humans settled Cameroon 5000 years ago

Archeologists say the findings mark a breakthrough that requires a rewriting of the history of Cameroon and the rest of Central Africa.  Artifacts from hundreds of archeological sites from southern Chad to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Cameroon have turned up several surprises.

The research was conducted between 1999 and 2004 as construction was underway on the underground petroleum pipeline. The pipeline is sponsored by the World Bank and runs from Chad to the port of Kribi, Cameroon.

Researchers say at first, they set out merely to deepen their archeological knowledge of the areas straddling the pipeline trench, which is more than 1000 kilometers long.  

But Professor Scott MacEachern says they found more.  According to MacEachern a specialist in African Archeology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, 472 archeological sites along the area in both Cameroon and Chad were found .some dating back to as long ago as 100,000 years. Read more.

CAIRO: Egyptian and French archaeologists have unearthed a 2,700-year-old stone gate belonging to Nubian King Shabaka while digging near Luxor’s Karnak temple, the ministry of antiquities said on Sunday.

The gate, which was found to be “in good condition,” once led to the room holding the king’s treasures, the ministry said.

"It is the first time an item of the 25th dynasty has been found in such good condition, and wasn’t ruined by the 26th dynasty," Mansur Boraik, the Egyptian head of the Franco-Egyptian Research Centre of the Temples of Karnak, told AFP.

The large stone door features colorful engravings that depict King Shabaka offering the goddess of truth, Maat, to the god Amun Raa, the chief deity.

"The Egyptian-French mission succeeded in making important discoveries from the 18th to the 25th dynasties," minister of state for antiquities Zahi Hawass said in a statement.

The mission also unearthed a stone wall surrounding the temple of Ptah, the chief god of the city of Memphis. His temple had been built on the site of an earlier Middle Kingdom temple, and restored by Shabaka. Read more.

WHEN Angus Metcalfe and his motorcycle plopped into a hollow on an eastern ridge on his family’s property out at Tubbul in the eighties he didn’t make much of it at the time.

Well, he makes more of his fall: “You know the grass was really long, I just didn’t see it - I don’t think I came off (the bike) – I handled it beautifully,” he said, laughing.

But what did materialize from his plunge has become a rare and highly significant discovery that adds another layer to Young’s already rich history of discovery, gold rushes and riots.

There is no doubt Angus and his family often wondered what the rock structure that surrounded the hollow was. Even the family’s long time employees Burt Smith and Jack McIntyre who’d worked on the property since the 30s and 40s were unable to shed light on the matter. Assumptions were that it was an old sheep dip.

But when Angus got wind of the fact an old bushrangers lookout had been discovered on a neighbouring property he and his wife, landscape architect Alex Dalglish, took another look.

“I hoped it was a bushrangers hideout,” Alex said, “but from the level of detail in the wall, particularly the corners, I knew it was something more.” Read more.

BINH THUAN — The museum of central Binh Thuan yesterday unearthed a 2,500 years old earring, the first of its kind ever to be found in the province, according to museum official.

Nguyen Xuan Ly, museum director, told the Viet Nam News that, although thousands of ceramic antiques from Sa Huynh Culture have been unearthed throughout the area, this was the first time such an earring has been found in the province.

Similar earrings have been discovered in other central provinces such as Quang Nam and Quang Ngai.

The earring, made from light blue glass and decorated with two animal heads, was found inside a buried ceramic jar together with various ceramic objects and working tools, made from stone and copper, at an archaeological site in Ham Thuan Bac District. Read more.

A lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in a private American collection and will be unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Gallery in London later this year, according to people close to the institution.

"Salvator Mundi"—a depiction of Christ with his right hand raised in blessing —has been authenticated by experts as the Leonardo painting that disappeared after being owned by Charles I and Charles II of England, according to these people. The last time an important Leonardo was discovered was a century ago.

The National Gallery, which plans a major exhibition on the Renaissance master this fall, declined to comment.

Salvator Mundi—an oil on wood panel measuring 26 inches by 18.5 inches—is a devotional work comparable in size and subject to Leonardo’s St. John the Baptist in the Louvre in Paris.

According to a person familiar with the painting’s history, restorers began work on Salvator Mundi in the hope that it might be by someone closely associated with Leonardo because of stylistic evidence. Leonardo’s hand was confirmed after the removal of layers of discolored varnish and overpaint applied by earlier restoration attempts. Read more.