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Israel recovers looted ancient burial caskets

Police and antiquities inspectors have arrested a gang accused of looting ancient Jewish burial caskets from a cave in the Jerusalem area, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA)said on Monday. "They were caught while in possession of 11 decorated stone ossuaries -- ancient coffins -- that the Jewish population used for burial in the Second Temple period, 2,000 years ago," the IAA said in a statement. "Some of the ossuaries still contained the skeletal remains of the deceased," it said.

Israel recovers looted ancient burial caskets

Police and antiquities inspectors have arrested a gang accused of looting ancient Jewish burial caskets from a cave in the Jerusalem area, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA)said on Monday. "They were caught while in possession of 11 decorated stone ossuaries -- ancient coffins -- that the Jewish population used for burial in the Second Temple period, 2,000 years ago," the IAA said in a statement. "Some of the ossuaries still contained the skeletal remains of the deceased," it said.

California couple finds $10 million in buried treasure while walking dog

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A trove of rare Gold Rush-era coins unearthed in California last year by a couple as they walked their dog may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the United States, worth more than $10 million, a currency firm representing the pair said on Tuesday. The 1,400 gold pieces, dating to the mid- to late 1800s and still in nearly mint condition, were discovered buried in eight decaying metal cans on the couple's land last April, said coin expert David McCarthy of currency firm Kagin's.

California couple finds $10 million in buried treasure while walking dog

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A trove of rare Gold Rush-era coins unearthed in California last year by a couple as they walked their dog may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the United States, worth more than $10 million, a currency firm representing the pair said on Tuesday. The 1,400 gold pieces, dating to the mid- to late 1800s and still in nearly mint condition, were discovered buried in eight decaying metal cans on the couple's land last April, said coin expert David McCarthy of currency firm Kagin's.

Sarcophagus with 3,600-year-old mummy discovered in Egypt

Cairo, Feb 14 (EFE).- Spanish experts found a sarcophagus containing a 3,600-year-old mummy in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt's antiquities minister said. The discovery was made on the west bank of the Nile and dates back to the 17th dynasty (around 1600 B.C.), which governed Upper (southern) Egypt from what is now Luxor, Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement. The discovery was made while excavating the front patio of the tomb of Yehuti, who was supervisor of the storehouses of Queen Hatshepsut, who reigned from 1502 to 1482 B.C.

Sarcophagus with 3,600-year-old mummy discovered in Egypt

Cairo, Feb 14 (EFE).- Spanish experts found a sarcophagus containing a 3,600-year-old mummy in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt's antiquities minister said. The discovery was made on the west bank of the Nile and dates back to the 17th dynasty (around 1600 B.C.), which governed Upper (southern) Egypt from what is now Luxor, Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement. The discovery was made while excavating the front patio of the tomb of Yehuti, who was supervisor of the storehouses of Queen Hatshepsut, who reigned from 1502 to 1482 B.C.

Singapore museum mulls action against US gallery

A government-run Singapore museum said Thursday it was considering legal action against a prominent New York art gallery accused of selling stolen Asian artefacts. The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) said it was monitoring court proceedings against the gallery, Art of the Past, and was ready to return any items found to have been stolen. ACM said it had been alerted that two artefacts the museum had purchased may have been "sold illicitly" by the gallery.

Feature: Working at the Stonehenge: those who pass down the stories and myths of the megalithic monuments

By Xinhua Writers Bai Xu and Yin Gang SALISBURY, Britain, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The ancient stones stood silently on the grassland for thousands of years, with their myths attracting numerous visitors from around the globe. There are a group of people taking care of the Stonehenge, so that the myths could pass on. "It is interesting to see and talk with people from all over the world, with different faces and different beliefs," said Beatrice Carroll, one of the three supervisors at the site.

India diggers find artefacts after holy man's treasure tip

Indian archaeologists said Monday they have found artefacts in the ruins of a centuries-old fort where a Hindu holy man has said he dreamt that a hoard of gold was buried. Archaeologists began digging at the fort in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, three months after the seer told a junior government minister about his dream of a 1,000-tonne gold treasure. The dig in the impoverished village of Daudiakala created a media storm and drew large numbers of local residents, prompting barricades to be thrown up around the site.

Indian archaeologists start dig after seer dreams of gold

Archaeologists began excavating an abandoned palace in northern India on Friday after a popular Hindu holy man said he dreamt 1,000 tonnes of gold were buried underneath. The dig at the fort of Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh in Daudiakala village, Uttar Pradesh state, started after Swami Shobhan Sarkar relayed his vision of the treasure to a federal government minister three months ago.
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