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Asia & the Pacific
China Road workers in the municipality of Chongqing broke through to a group of eight tombs, one of which had well-preserved frescoes depicting horses, deer, birds, and women. Experts are puzzled because the tombs appear to date to the Ming Dynasty, while the frescoes resemble paintings from the earlier Tang Dynasty.
Easter Island Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Wishful thinking? A Finnish tourist knocked the earlobe off a Moai statue. Though the 26-year-old claims it was an accident, he was arrested, forced to pay a $17,000 fine, and barred from the island for three years. He escaped prison time, but Easter Island's angry mayor thought "an ear for an ear" would have been an appropriate punishment.
Spain Archaeologists have found the first European. A jawbone and teeth that date to more than a million years ago are the earliest evidence of hominin presence in Western Europe. The bone, which was found with stone tools and animal bones, suggests that the human occupation of Europe happened earlier and faster than previously thought.
New Mexico After receiving a tip that an amateur historian had displayed the naturally mummified remains of a black Civil War soldier in his home, federal archaeologists examined a cemetery near Fort Craig and determined that 20 graves had been looted. A low-profile excavation of the remote cemetery to preempt more looting turned up the remains of 67 people--mostly soldiers and children who may have been taken to the fort to receive medical care.