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“The Ten Commandments” Sphinx recovered in California

The body of a giant Sphinx built for the 1923 movie "The Ten Commandments" has been removed from the sand in Guadalupe, California. The film crew originally built the sphinxes' body parts in Los Angeles, and transported them about 165 miles (266 kilometers) to Guadalupe, where they assembled them into giant,

Loggers damage prehistoric village

Logging equipment is responsible for damaging a prehistoric Native American village in California. "We don't want to impact a cultural site. We're very concerned about that," Nelson said. A quick on-the-ground inspection of the area produced numerous obsidian chips and other American Indian artifacts, leading Nelson and Cal Fire officials to immediately

Four petroglyphs chipped out of cliffs and stolen

At least four ancient petroglyphs have been stolen from the cliffs at the Volcanic Tableland in California. The thieves also heavily damaged some of the other glyphs at the site. Federal authorities say at least four petroglyphs have been taken from the site. A fifth was defaced with deep saw cuts

Depression-era summer camp excavated

A summer camp which existed during the 1930s is being excavated by archaeologists in California. A brick fireplace and concrete slab are the most visible remains of what 70 years ago was a bustling summer camp in rugged terrain that now is Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The camp, which sits on the

Prehistoric child’s remains found in backyard

Two men in Chico, California have found the remains of a prehistoric Native American child between the ages of 2-4. The sex of the child has not been identified. The cause of death is unknown, but police said the remains showed no signs of trauma. Based on the discovery of stone artifacts

Ground-penetrating radar to find artifacts in California parking lot

Researchers are employing ground-penetrating radar to uncover artifacts that may lay beneath a parking lot in Ventura, California. Passers-by at the corner of Palm and Main streets in downtown Ventura would be hard-pressed today to visualize the area’s distinct past. But the barren slab of concrete and asphalt has housed a combination

Trove of animal fossils unearthed in California

Archaeologists have unearthed a veritable trove of animal fossils at a construction site in California. [Thx Christine!] Excavation at the site has so far revealed what may be California's oldest example of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon gracilis, a specimen more than a million years older than the Smilodon fatalis from

Civil War cannonball found in Hollywood home

A Civil War cannonball was been discovered in the basement of a Hollywood home when the owner was digging out some old pipes. The bomb squad, which was called in around 11 a.m., feared the ball was filled with unstable black powder. Goggin says he trusted his steady hands