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Index of Newsbriefs Volume 49 Number 1, January/February 1996

Pharos Sculpture Recovered
A stone torso of a woman from the third-century B.C. Pharos of Alexandria, a lighthouse that was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, has been salvaged from the Mediterranean Sea.

La Salle Ship Sighted
A ship sailed by French explorer René Robert Cavelier de La Salle in his search for the mouth of the Mississippi River has been found in 12 feet of water off the Texas coast.

New Excavations in Rome
New digs in Rome include a massive excavation of the Forum Nervae, a 400-foot-long colonnaded plaza built by the emperor Domitian and dedicated by his successor, Nerva, in A.D. 97.

Calvert's Heirs Claim Schliemann Treasure
British and American heirs of Frank Calvert, the British field archaeologist and diplomat who preceded Heinrich Schliemann as excavator of Troy (see ARCHAEOLOGY, May/June 1995), plan to file a claim to a portion of Schliemann's Trojan treasures.

Mesopotamian Family Crypt
A 4,500-year-old cemetery containing some 150 tombs has been found at Tell es-Sweyhat on the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

Andean Icewoman
The frozen mummy of a 12- to 14-year-old Inka girl, most likely a sacrificial victim, has been found near the summit of a 20,700-foot-high mountain in southern Peru.

Herod's Temple Base Found
Foundation stones of Herod the Great's enormous temple in Caesarea, Israel, built 2,000 years ago as a display of his loyalty to Augustus, were recently uncovered by archaeologists from the University of Maryland and Israel's Haifa University.

Siberian Mummy Flap
A 2,500-year-old man found in Siberia's Altai Mountains has been moved to a Moscow lab for preservation, prompting Altai Republic officials to accuse Russian scholars of spiriting away a piece of their national heritage and to ban further Russian exploration.

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