Cyprus’ lost citizens vanished during fighting that broke out in 1964, culminating in a Turkish invasion ten years later.
Archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd has excavated ancient sites in Egypt and Turkey. Her colleague Tom Garrison runs a dig site of Maya ruins in Guatemala.
On Saturday they descended into a trench outside the former Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood to explore some more recent history.
They were looking for the remains of a legendary racehorse.
Native Diver was a wild-eyed black colt so fast and so beloved that when he died in 1967, he was buried at his hometown track. An elaborate stone memorial marks the grave, a testament to a bygone era when horses and their owners were national celebrities, and when tens of thousands of fans packed the stands of Hollywood Park to cheer on their favorite steed.
The track closed in December after years of declining revenue. Its owners plan to tear it down and build an office and shopping complex. Richard Shapiro, the grandson of the man who bred and owned Native Diver, said he couldn’t bear the thought of buildings atop the horse’s grave.
Ballyadams Castle, Ireland
The oldest part of the present castle was built around the end of the 15th century possibly by Adam O’More on the site of a former Anglo-Norman stronghold. A large 17th century fortified house is attached to the east side of the 15th century remnants.
Ballyadams history is an exceptionally violent one. The town was captured by the Earl of Desmond in 1548 as revenge for the rebellion of Gilla Partick O’ Moore, Chief of Leix. During the rebellion the O’Mores and O’Connors burned the town and monastery of Athy. The castle was claimed by the Welshman John Bowen in 1551, a man renowned for his cruelty. Around 1700 the castle was granted to Katherine Bowen who had married Pierce Butler from Tipperary. The castle was attacked by insurgents in 1798 and the Butler family never returned.
The ruins are near the village of Ballylinan in County Laois.
Locals called it the “cemetery of the new blacks”, but in truth it wasn’t much of a cemetery. Devoid of headstones, wreaths or tearful mourners, this squalid harbourside burial ground was the final resting place for thousands of Africans shipped into slavery.
Sri Lankan family finds mass grave in garden
At least nine bodies found, as the UN considers censuring the Sri Lankan government over possible war crimes.
A Sri Lankan family has stumbled upon the remains of at least nine bodies buried in the garden of their home, police reported, the latest mass grave to be discovered in the country’s former war zone.
The family made the grisly find on Friday while clearing out their garden in the town of Puthukkudiyiruppu in the northern district of Mullaittivu, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said on Saturday.
"Remains of nine people had been found so far and the skeletal remains were taken for analysis by the judicial medical officer in the area," Rohana told reporters.
The discovery comes just days after officials raised the number of bodies found in December in an unmarked mass grave in the adjoining district of Mannar to 80.
It was the first grave uncovered in the ex-war zone since troops defeated Tamil rebels nearly five years ago following a decades-long conflict for a separate homeland for ethnic minority Tamils.
The final battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels were fought in the Mullaittivu district, which was a stronghold of the separatist fighters for over two decades.
The United Nations estimates the war between 1972 and 2009 in Sri Lanka claimed at least 100,000 lives.
Source: Al Jazeera
If you visit Stonehenge today, you’ll find that it’s roped off — keeping visitors from touching, or worse, taking bits of the nearly 5,000 year old monument. But the giant stone structure wasn’t always treated with such reverence.