CYBERIA Is it a Viking-like longship scratched into stone in 800 B.C.? Or is it a sacred ferry taking Indian shamans to the spirit world, crudely chiselled as recently as 1400? Ancient carvings cut into a tree-shrouded marble slope a 45-minute drive northeast of Peterborough are stirring a modern controversy, triggered by an Alberta archeologist's new theory that the images may be the work of Scandinavians who came to southern Ontario nearly 3,000 years ago. Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand fear that self-determination could lead to secession. U.S. representatives refer to Native American groups as "domestic dependent nations" at a working group meeting in Geneva on the declaration. Police officers wandered among the tombstones of the 130-year-old cemetery on East O Street Thursday morning, brushing for fingerprints and looking for clues to the vandals who caused an estimated $250,000 damage, some time overnight. Construction of a $7.5 million sewage treatment plant here was halted after contractors dug up the remains of nearly 30 Indians and failed to notify the Lummi Indian Tribe. Officials admit the city of Blaine and its hired archaeologist violated an agreement with the tribe, the state and federal officials by not notifying the tribe of the find and continuing to work. The state's historic preservation officer, Allyson Brooks, wrote the Office of Rural Development, saying the actions may violate state law and clearly violated the terms of the agreement allowing construction to go forward. Amateur archaeologist Bill Livingston had spent hundreds of hours trying to glue a 19th-century bowl back together. The bowl, dating to about 1840 and recovered during an archaeological dig at Alexandria's historic Gadsby's Tavern, was so badly abraded he feared it was close to being lost forever. Less than a year later, Magid has started Alexandria's Adopt an Artifact program, and so far it is an unqualified success. In a little more than eight months, residents, volunteers and even a second-grade class at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Virginia have contributed more than $1,500 to restore 25 different pieces of Alexandria's history for inclusion in Historic Alexandria's several museums. Australia is sending a team of maritime archaeologists to the United States this week in search of Captain Cook's ship, the Endeavour, which is believed to be one of 13 ships on the seabed off Rhode Island. Archaeologists have discovered mass graves at Pensacola's second Spanish settlement, bearing witness to disease, battles and other violence that killed an estimated 2,500 people over a 21-year span. The fight pits Rendell against another Democratic ally, state Sen. Allyson Y. Schwartz. So far, Schwartz seems to have shown as much moxie as Fumo in thwarting City Hall. The project is in limbo, awaiting approval of the state Bureau of Historic Preservation. Schwartz is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, which sets policy for the bureau. The Kansas State Board of Education is expected to vote Wednesday on whether evolution should be left off a list of topics on statewide assessment tests in science for high school students. Kansas is one of a handful of states -- including Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Illinois, New Mexico and Nebraska -- where, in recent years, school boards have attempted to take evolution out of state science standards or to de-emphasize evolutionary concepts.