A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Smuggled Balkan Figurines?
Neolithic figurines from the Balkans are said to be reaching the United States via Western Europe. Perhaps illicitly dug and exported, more than 200 statues are in the possession of a midwestern dealer who plans to display and sell them.
U.S. Navy contractors digging a foundation for an addition to a building at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida have uncovered the oldest cemetery between Tallahassee and New Orleans. Its seven graves date to ca. 1699 and contain the remains of some of Pensacola's earliest Spanish settlers.
Southwestern Archaeology Fetes
This year marks the Santa Fe Trail's 175th anniversary, to be commemorated in New Mexico and four other states over a two-year period. Pamphlets with a list of activities may be requested from 800-733-6396 ext. C654. Meanwhile, March is Arizona Archaeology Month, with more than 80 site tours, exhibits, open houses, lectures, and programs designed for children. Contact Ann Howard, State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks, 602-542-7138.
Chinese Tomb Find
Three hundred eighty-four 2,000-year-old tombs containing bronze weapons and vessels and ceramic figurines have been discovered near Xianyang in China's Shaanxi Province. Excavations of the tombs, which date from the Warring States Period (476-221 B.C.) to the Qin Dynasty (ca. 221-206 B.C.), have yielded the earliest known equestrian figure found in China.