Vandalism up at New Mexico’s Petroglyph National Monument

A petroglyph created by the ancestors of today’s Pueblo people. Puebloans have lived in the Rio Grande Valley since before 500 A.D. PETR/NPS photo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)  Vandalism at one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America appears to be on the rise as the area experiences a jump in visitors, officials said.

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Abolitionist Douglass’ walking stick added to South Carolina museum

Image courtesy of the South Carolina State Museum

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina State Museum is now home to a historical walking stick given to abolitionist Frederick Douglass when he visited Charleston in 1888.

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Sarcophagus dedicated to Romulus discovered in Roman forum

Romulus and his brother Remus from a 15th-century frieze, Certosa di Pavia

ROME (AP) – Archaeologists excavating the Roman Forum have discovered an underground shrine dedicated to Romulus, the founder of the ancient city.

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Chief Black Coal headdress returning to Northern Arapaho

1882 photograph of Chief Black Coal, an influential Arapaho chief who fought to retain peace between the Arapaho and The United States during the Great Sioux War of 1876

ARAPAHOE, Wyo. (AP) — The approximately 250 tribal and community members hadn’t simply come on a Saturday to enjoy a free feast and listen to tribal leaders speak: They wanted to see what sat behind a three-walled barrier.

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Egypt draws ire with artifacts’ move to busy Tahrir Square

Traffic congestion in Cairo contributes to a major pollution problem in the city. Photo by The Erica Chang, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s recent decision to transport ancient Pharaonic artifacts to a traffic circle in the congested heart of Cairo has fueled fresh controversy over the government’s handling of its archaeological heritage.

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Archaeologist’s finds return to Southern Illinois University

Historical markers at the Modoc Rock Shelter, located on the northeastern side of County Road 7 (Bluff Road) southeast of Prairie du Rocher in Randolph County, Illinois. The rock shelter is a major archaeological site and has accordingly been designated a National Historic Landmark. It is also part of the French Colonial Historic District, a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nyttend image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

CARBONDALE, Ill (AP) – Like many prolific people, Irvin Peithmann’s documents, writings, photographs and artifacts became dispersed over his career and after his death in 1981. But the amateur archaeologist’s work has found its way home to Southern Illinois at the perfect time.

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Collaboration key to assembling Native American photo trove

A photograph from an album of George W. Bretz photographs of Kiowa and Comanche Indians. Image courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Of the roughly 1,000 images of Native Americans from the 19th through the early 20th century, Eric Hemenway kept returning to one: a lone woman hoeing potatoes in a Michigan garden.

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Egyptian officials unveil new archaeological finds

The pink granite statue depicting Ramses II. Ministry of Antiquities image

CAIRO (AP) – Archaeologists in Egypt have unveiled two new artifacts from antiquity, a rare statue of one of the country’s most famous pharaohs and a diminutive ancient sphinx.

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Archaeologists in Greece unearth 3,500-year-old royal tombs

A Mycenaean domed tomb at the Palace of Nestor site, built ca. 1550-1500 B.C. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – American archaeologists have discovered two monumental royal tombs dating from about 3,500 years ago near a major Mycenaean-era palace in Greece’s southern Peloponnese region, the Greek culture ministry said Tuesday.

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Over 1,000 ancient relics recovered from Syrian museum

2007 photo of Museum of Raqqa in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) _ More than 1,000 ancient relics and mosaics were saved from Islamic State group militants when staff at the museum of the Syrian city of Raqqa managed to hide them underground and in storehouses, Syrian officials and experts said Thursday.

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