Alberta aboriginal rock etchings defaced with drill, power washer, acid
Historians are comparing it to the Taliban’s destruction of massive Buddhist statues in Afghanistan: Ancient aboriginal pictograms and petroglyphs on an Albertan rock formation have been systematically destroyed by cultural vandals using a rock drill, acid and a power washer.
The obliteration of the etchings on the Glenwood Erratic near Pincher Creek in southern Alberta was discovered last week, just as an historian was about to photograph and test the markings.
“The site is part of the earliest heritage of Canada,” said Michael Dawe, Curator of History at Red Deer Museum. “It looks like an ancient ceremonial/religious site at Glenwood, Alta., was deliberately destroyed. If true, this is a shocking and appalling incident.” (Photos: CHRIS DAVIS/PINCHER CREEK VOICE)
Richard III mystery solved after 500 years? Bones uncovered at suspected burial site
Archaeologists searching for the grave of King Richard III said Wednesday that they have found bones which are consistent with the 15th century monarch’s physical abnormality and of a man who died in battle.
A team from the University of Leicester said Wednesday the bones were beneath the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester, central England, where contemporary accounts say Richard was buried following his death in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
Richard Buckley, co-director of the university’s Archaeological Services, said the bones are a “prime candidate” to be Richard’s. The remains are now being examined and the team hopes that DNA can be recovered to aid identification. (AP Photo/University of Leicester; Reuters)
Scientists launch fresh expedition in search of U.S. pilot Amelia Earhart
Scientists on Tuesday announced a new phase in the search to resolve the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, saying fresh evidence from a remote Pacific island may hold clues to the fate of the renowned U.S. pilot who vanished in 1937 while attempting to circle the globe.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined scientists and aviation archaeologists to unveil the expedition, which will set out from Honolulu in July to probe underwater areas around the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati where they believe Earhart may have crashed 75 years ago.
“When she took off on that historic journey she carried the aspirations of our entire country with her,” Clinton said, calling Earhart one of the “fearless optimists” who defined 20th century America.
“Even if you do not find what you seek, there is great honour and possibility in the search itself,” Clinton said. (Photos: MCT/AFP/Getty Images)