Archaeologists discover ancient workshop in Egypt’s Sinai

Map of Ptolemaic Empire (shown in purple) circa 300 B.C., image sourced through Wikipedia and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient workshop used to build and repair ships that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (332 B.C.-30 B.C.) in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Indiana couple buys birthplace of Broadway legend Cole Porter

Cole Porter’s childhood home in Peru, Indiana. Photo: Lee Lewellen, courtesy Indiana Landmarks

PERU, Ind. (AP) – A Peru couple has purchased the birthplace of famous Broadway composer Cole Porter and will continue to run it as an inn after the property went up for sale last year.

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Plan seeks to designate Route 66 as National Historic Trail

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Image of Route 66 sign by SPUI, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail.

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Nathanial Currier’s lithograph titled ‘The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor’ depicts the Boston Tea Party protest in 1773. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Boston Tea Party participants honored with special markers

Nathanial Currier’s lithograph titled ‘The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor’ depicts the Boston Tea Party protest in 1773. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Nathanial Currier’s lithograph titled The Destruction of the Tea at Boston Harbor depicts the Boston Tea Party protest in 1773. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Tea Party’s 245th anniversary is next month, but until Tuesday, the gravesites of the colonists who participated in the protest that helped spark the American Revolution have never been noted with any sort of special marker.

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Blocks found in Egypt bear name of famed pharaoh’s builder

Pharoah Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Photo by Hajor, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic license

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt says archaeologists digging in Cairo have found two blocks of limestone with inscriptions belonging to an engineer who worked for Ramses II, one of the longest ruling pharaohs in antiquity.

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Greek authorities say lost ancient city of Tenea is located

The famous artifact from the area is a circa 560–550 B.C. statue, ‘Kouros of Tenea,’ found in 1846. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

ATHENS (AP) – Greece’s culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy.

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Ancient artifacts stolen 40 years ago in Alabama recovered

One of the artifacts stolen from Moundville Archaeological Park in 1980. Image courtesy of the University of Alabama Office of Archaeological Research

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The recent recovery of three Native American artifacts stolen nearly 40 years ago could be the thread that unravels the mystery of the greatest antiquities theft in this part of the world.

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Egypt’s newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues

Egyptian blue faience cat figurine dated to 1981−1802 B.C. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Image courtesy Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) – A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals and birds.

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Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 ‘rebel’ newspaper

This political cartoon (attributed to Benjamin Franklin) originally appeared during the French and Indian War, but was recycled to encourage the American colonies to join the Albany Plan for Union. From The Pennsylvania Gazette, May 9, 1754. Library of Congress image

BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) – A quick eye by Goodwill workers in southern New Jersey turned up framed pages from an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic “Unite or Die” snake design on the masthead.

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Syria reopens national museum closed 6 years by civil war

The gate of the Umayyad desert castle Qasr el-Heir al-Gharbi in the Damascus National Museum, Syria. Schumeru. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – Syrian officials, foreign archeologists and restoration specialists attended the reopening ceremony of the Syria’s National Museum in the heart of Damascus on Sunday, more than six years after the prominent institution was shut down and emptied as the country’s civil war encroached on the capital.

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