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Our Views: A bone lady at her work

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Mary Manhein, known as "The Bone Lady" and director of the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services, speaks to a group on Saturday at the Zachary Branch Library in Zachary. Mary Manhein built at LSU the lab and team of forensic anthropologists that are consulted about real-life dramas; she is "the bone lady" who can bring back the faces of the dead.



Divers begin recovery of Civil War ironclad before deepening of channel

It will be raising up a link to the past: an ironclad that protected the city during the Civil War until the vessel met its undignified demise. For the next nine months, divers will be working to bring up the CSS Georgia, piece by rusted piece, from nearly 40 feet down in the Savannah River.



Franklin County to decide fate of antiquities found in Chambersburg

Coins and artifacts dating to the 1700s were found Wednesday at the Gass House on Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. Coins and artifacts dating to the 1700s were found Wednesday at the Gass House on Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg.



Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

In this photo provided by the Georgia Port Authority, divers prepare to descend onto the wreck site of the CSS Georgia near the channel of the Savannah River, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in Savannah, Ga. The recovery of the Confederate ironclad ship marks the beginning of the construction phase of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.



Data archaeology helps builders avoid buried treasure

IN 2010, when builders were excavating the site of the former World Trade Center in New York, they stumbled across something rather unusual: a large wooden boat, later dated to the 1700s. Hitting archaeological remains is a familiar problem for builders, because the land they are excavating has often been in use for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.



Not for the faint of hearties: Blackbeard's medical devices

Shiver me timbers: Archaeologists have unveiled some unnerving medical tools found amid the wreckage of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, a volunteer archaeologist on the project, recently presented what she and other researchers from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources discovered about the equipment at the Society for Historical Archaeology's annual meeting.



Easter Island Mystery Solved?

Mystery solved? Researchers claim that a new analysis of Easter Island , conducted recently by geographers and archaeologists, indicates that the collapse of the Rapa Nui culture began before their contact with Europeans in the early 1700's. What really happened on Easter Island and its population has been a long standing debate.



Face of Ancient Siberian Princess With Tattoos Replicated by Expert

A 2,500-year-old tattooed Siberian princess found mummified and preserved in permafrost 8,200 feet up in the Altai Mountains of East Central Asia is considered "one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century." She's known by experts as Princess Ukok, a name given to her after the high plateau on which her remains were discovered.



Morteza Ahmadi's last book "A Man Who Was Nothing" unveiled

TEHRAN The last book written by the recently- deceased actor and author of several books on the folk culture of Tehran, Morteza Ahamdi , was unveiled during a ceremony at the University of Tehran on Tuesday. Entitled "A Man Who Was Nothing", the book has been published by Qoqnus Publications, the Persian service of MNA reported on Wednesday.



Humans met Neanderthals on way out of Africa, skull suggests

Omry Barzilai of Israel's Antiquities Authority holds an ancient skull from around 55,000 years ago, fitting into the period when scientists had thought human migrants from Africa en route to Europe lived in the region. A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.



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