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<p>The skeleton of a man is seen at the archaeological site of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, March 27, 2010. Bruce R. Bachand of Brigham Young University in Utah, and fellow archaeologists discovered a tomb inside the remains of a pyramid and which may be 2,700 years old. Until this discovery, the oldest tomb in a pyramid in the region dates from between 200 and 700 AD. REUTERS/Bruce Bachand/Handout </p>

The skeleton of a man is seen at the archaeological site of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, March 27, 2010. Bruce R. Bachand of Brigham Young University in Utah, and fellow archaeologists discovered a tomb inside the remains of a pyramid and which may be...more

The skeleton of a man is seen at the archaeological site of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, March 27, 2010. Bruce R. Bachand of Brigham Young University in Utah, and fellow archaeologists discovered a tomb inside the remains of a pyramid and which may be 2,700 years old. Until this discovery, the oldest tomb in a pyramid in the region dates from between 200 and 700 AD. REUTERS/Bruce Bachand/Handout

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<p>Peruvian pre-Hispanic artifacts are seen during a presentation at the Foreign Ministry in Lima May 19, 2010. Peru's Foreign Ministry presented to the National Culture Institute 574 archaeological pieces recovered from Spain, the U.S. and Sweden. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares</p>

Peruvian pre-Hispanic artifacts are seen during a presentation at the Foreign Ministry in Lima May 19, 2010. Peru's Foreign Ministry presented to the National Culture Institute 574 archaeological pieces recovered from Spain, the U.S. and Sweden....more

Peruvian pre-Hispanic artifacts are seen during a presentation at the Foreign Ministry in Lima May 19, 2010. Peru's Foreign Ministry presented to the National Culture Institute 574 archaeological pieces recovered from Spain, the U.S. and Sweden. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>A view of the Joya de Ceren archaeological site, a human settlement dating from the classical period between 300 and 950 BC, in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. The site was preserved after it was buried by an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano. The Joya de Ceren museum displays some of the pieces found at the site also known as the "Pompeii of the Americas", which reopened its doors on May 18, the International Day of Museums. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez </p>

A view of the Joya de Ceren archaeological site, a human settlement dating from the classical period between 300 and 950 BC, in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. The site was preserved after it was buried...more

A view of the Joya de Ceren archaeological site, a human settlement dating from the classical period between 300 and 950 BC, in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. The site was preserved after it was buried by an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano. The Joya de Ceren museum displays some of the pieces found at the site also known as the "Pompeii of the Americas", which reopened its doors on May 18, the International Day of Museums. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez

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<p>Two confiscated Kouros statues are on display inside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens May 18, 2010. The two rare marble Kouros statues were confiscated from antiquities smugglers, who were arrested near Corinth on May 14. The statues date from the 6th century BC, and are most likely the work of the same sculptor and bear recent damage from agricultural machinery, the culture ministry said. REUTERS/John Kolesidis </p>

Two confiscated Kouros statues are on display inside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens May 18, 2010. The two rare marble Kouros statues were confiscated from antiquities smugglers, who were arrested near Corinth on May 14. The statues date...more

Two confiscated Kouros statues are on display inside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens May 18, 2010. The two rare marble Kouros statues were confiscated from antiquities smugglers, who were arrested near Corinth on May 14. The statues date from the 6th century BC, and are most likely the work of the same sculptor and bear recent damage from agricultural machinery, the culture ministry said. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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<p>View of a wall at the "Cave of the Beasts" is seen in Gilf al-Kebir some 550 miles (900 km) southwest of Cairo, near Egypt's south-west border with Libya and Sudan in this undated photograph. Archaeologists are studying prehistoric rock drawings discovered in a remote cave in 2002, including dancing figures and strange headless beasts, as they seek new clues about the rise of Egyptian civilisation. Rudolph Kuper, a German archaeologist, said the detail depicted in the "Cave of the Beasts" indicate the site is at least 8,000 years old, likely the work of hunter-gatherers whose descendants may have been among the early settlers of the then-swampy and inhospitable Nile Valley.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

View of a wall at the "Cave of the Beasts" is seen in Gilf al-Kebir some 550 miles (900 km) southwest of Cairo, near Egypt's south-west border with Libya and Sudan in this undated photograph. Archaeologists are studying prehistoric rock drawings...more

View of a wall at the "Cave of the Beasts" is seen in Gilf al-Kebir some 550 miles (900 km) southwest of Cairo, near Egypt's south-west border with Libya and Sudan in this undated photograph. Archaeologists are studying prehistoric rock drawings discovered in a remote cave in 2002, including dancing figures and strange headless beasts, as they seek new clues about the rise of Egyptian civilisation. Rudolph Kuper, a German archaeologist, said the detail depicted in the "Cave of the Beasts" indicate the site is at least 8,000 years old, likely the work of hunter-gatherers whose descendants may have been among the early settlers of the then-swampy and inhospitable Nile Valley. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Corn cob fossils from the Joya de Ceren archaelogical site are displayed at the new facilities of the Joya de Ceren museum in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. The museum displays some of the pieces found at the site also known as the "Pompeii of the Americas", which reopened its doors on May 18, the International Day of Museums. The site was preserved after it was buried by an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez </p>

Corn cob fossils from the Joya de Ceren archaelogical site are displayed at the new facilities of the Joya de Ceren museum in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. The museum displays some of the pieces found...more

Corn cob fossils from the Joya de Ceren archaelogical site are displayed at the new facilities of the Joya de Ceren museum in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. The museum displays some of the pieces found at the site also known as the "Pompeii of the Americas", which reopened its doors on May 18, the International Day of Museums. The site was preserved after it was buried by an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez

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<p>A duck fossil from the Joya de Ceren archaelogical site is displayed at the new facilities of the Joya de Ceren museum in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Luis Galdamez </p>

A duck fossil from the Joya de Ceren archaelogical site is displayed at the new facilities of the Joya de Ceren museum in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez

A duck fossil from the Joya de Ceren archaelogical site is displayed at the new facilities of the Joya de Ceren museum in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez

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<p>View of a wall at the "Cave of the Beasts" is seen in Gilf al-Kebir some 550 miles (900 km) southwest of Cairo, near Egypt's south-west border with Libya and Sudan, in this undated photograph.  REUTERS/Stringer (</p>

View of a wall at the "Cave of the Beasts" is seen in Gilf al-Kebir some 550 miles (900 km) southwest of Cairo, near Egypt's south-west border with Libya and Sudan, in this undated photograph. REUTERS/Stringer (

View of a wall at the "Cave of the Beasts" is seen in Gilf al-Kebir some 550 miles (900 km) southwest of Cairo, near Egypt's south-west border with Libya and Sudan, in this undated photograph. REUTERS/Stringer (

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<p>The skeleton of a woman is seen at the archaeological site of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bruce Bachand/HO </p>

The skeleton of a woman is seen at the archaeological site of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bruce Bachand/HO

The skeleton of a woman is seen at the archaeological site of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Bruce Bachand/HO

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<p>Two confiscated Kouros statues are on display inside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens May 18, 2010. REUTERS/John Kolesidis </p>

Two confiscated Kouros statues are on display inside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens May 18, 2010. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Two confiscated Kouros statues are on display inside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens May 18, 2010. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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<p>A view of the Joya de Ceren archaeological site, a human settlement dating from the classical period between 300 and 950 BC, in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez</p>

A view of the Joya de Ceren archaeological site, a human settlement dating from the classical period between 300 and 950 BC, in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez

A view of the Joya de Ceren archaeological site, a human settlement dating from the classical period between 300 and 950 BC, in San Juan Opico, some 43 km (27 miles) northeast of San Salvador, May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez

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<p>Workers from Israel's Antiquities Authority exhume remains at the site of ancient graves in the coastal town of Ashkelon May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

Workers from Israel's Antiquities Authority exhume remains at the site of ancient graves in the coastal town of Ashkelon May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Workers from Israel's Antiquities Authority exhume remains at the site of ancient graves in the coastal town of Ashkelon May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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