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EgyptA group of tomb robbers led archaeologists to the burials of several royal dentists, identified by two hieroglyphs--an eye over a tusk. The 4,200-year-old tomb, near Cairo, was not lavish and did not contain any remains, but it was protected by a curse that warned that violators would be eaten by a crocodile and a snake.
South KoreaThe long, sordid saga of Hwang Woo Suk, the geneticist who forged stem-cell research and now faces charges of embezzlement, keeps getting stranger. According to recent reports, he admitted in court that he attempted to use some of his ill-gotten funds to purchase frozen mammoth remains from Russian mobsters in an attempt to clone the extinct animals.
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FranceSergeant Alvin York became America's greatest World War I hero when he led an attack on a German machine gun nest in 1918, taking 132 prisoners with just a handful of soldiers. A research team led by a U.S. Army officer believes it has found the exact location of York's heroism, marked by 19 corroded Colt .45 cartridges.
TurkeyArchaeologist Muazzez Ilmiye Cig was cleared of charges of insulting Muslim sensibilities. The 92-year-old scholar wrote in 2005 that head-scarves were first worn 5,000 years ago as part of a Sumerian seduction ritual.
VaticanVisitors to the Holy See now have access to a recently found city of the dead. The necropolis, found three years ago during construction work, contains ash-filled urns and elaborate stone coffins dating to the first through the fourth century A.D. The finds include rare burials of middle-class tradespeople, including a letter carrier, a horse trainer, and a theatrical set designer.
MexicoIn 1978, utility workers uncovered the Templo Mayor, the remains of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, under Mexico City. Now, at the same site, archaeologists have found an altar depicting the angry rain god Tlaloc and an 11-foot monolith. The most significant Aztec finds in years, the artifacts may point the way to a yet undiscovered underground chamber.