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Monday, November 5
by Jessica E. Saraceni
November 5, 2012

A tomb dating to 2500 B.C. has been found in the Abu Sir region of Egypt by a team from the Charles University of Prague. Four limestone pillars in the antechamber of the tomb are inscribed with hieroglyphics that identify the occupant as Princess Shert Nebti. A corridor leads to four other tombs.

Some 30 unmarked graves  have been found during a survey of an area outside the walls of a cemetery at the University of Virginia. The graves may belong to servants from the early days of the school. “They would have not been the prestigious leaders or would have not have been white, they would have been probably more impoverished,” said Gertrude Fraser from the anthropology department. There are no plans to exhume the remains.

A Virginia resident called in the bomb squad to help him remove from his home a Civil War-era cannonball and a mortar shell  he’d collected. “The ones they’re taking away came from around Petersburg. If you haven’t done anything to it, it’s dry powder—and it’s highly explosive. I’d rather have somebody handle it that knows what they’re doing,” he said.

Archaeologists have unearthed religious artifacts and statues dating to the ninth and tenth centuries from a mound in a village in the state of Jharkhand in western India. Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism  were all represented by the objects. Some of the antiquities were kept by the Archaeological Survey of India, but most of them have been kept by the villagers, who reportedly refused to hand them over to the authorities.

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