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Index of Newsbriefs Volume 52 Number 3, May/June 1999

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Sunken Ships of Pisa Four Roman ships have been found in Pisa, Italy, by builders digging at one of the city's train stations.
Rare Roman Grave Found in London A late Roman stone sarcophagus with a lead coffin inside has been discovered in London.
Goethe Exhumed In 1970, Goethe's remains were taken secretly from his crypt in Weimar, East Germany, cleaned, treated with chemicals, then returned.
Borneo Cave Art Two groups of caves decorated with hand stencils have been discovered in northeastern Borneo.
Let's Not Be Too Hasty The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict has been sent to the Senate for ratification.
Bronze Age to New Age The attention of New Age cults to ancient megalithic tombs in southern Russia has spurred measures to protect the monuments.
Deep Probe at Çatal Excavation of the eastern mound at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, began this April.
Ancient Cooking and Sex The invention of cooking may have sparked the evolution of modern human social and sexual behavior.
Getty Returns Italian Artifacts The J. Paul Getty Museum has returned three antiquities to Italy after determining they were stolen.
Roman Shipwreck off Alexandria The cargo of a mid-first-century B.C. vessel off the coast of Alexandria has allowed researchers to reconstruct the ship's trade route.
Pacific Lizards or Red Herrings? New genetic data are calling into question long accepted views about the origins of Polynesians.
K-Man in the Lab The first round of study of Kennewick Man has been finished at the Burke Museum in Seattle.
Romans in China? Peasants in Gansu Province are being described by Chinese newspapers as blond-haired, blue-eyed descendants of Roman mercenaries.
Highest Dig Yields Inka Sacrifices The perfectly preserved bodies of two girls and a boy were found atop the Andean volcano Llullaillaco in northwestern Argentina.
Hoard Returned Some 1,661 coins illegally excavated in Turkey 15 years ago were returned after a decade-long legal battle.
Vegetarian Essenes? Twenty-eight dwellings on the edge of the Ein Gedi oasis in southern Israel may have been the home of a community of Essenes.
Khmer Site Looted During the past six months, hundreds of sculptures have been stolen from the Cambodian temple complex of Banteay Chhmar.
New Conservation Program The first graduate program in archaeological and ethnographic conservation in the U.S. has been established.
Egyptian Gold Rush A 2,900-year-old papyrus map has led a mining company to as much as $16 billion in untapped gold in Egypt's Eastern Desert.

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