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May 2003 index:

7 May 2003
Farmer builds own burial chamber
A Devon farmer has realised his dream by building a replica of a Bronze Age burial chamber on his land. Gavin Dollard transported four huge pieces of granite from Dartmoor...
Largest prehistoric man-made cavern hidden in Wales?
The cavern is part of a Bronze Age copper mine complex which was first uncovered in 1987 at Great Orme's Head near Llandudno (Wales). Archaeologists excavating the 4,000-year-old site made...
Burial chamber found on the grounds of a multi-million home
Michael Flatley, dancer, performer and musician has become famous for his show "Lord of the Dance". And his new 6-euro-million home Castlehyde in Cork (Ireland) happened to be built just...
Oetzi: a 5300-year-old hi-tech warrior?
When hikers spotted a corpse poking from the Schnalstal glacier in the Austrian-Italian Alps in 1991, they thought they had found the body of a lost climber. Then researchers took...
Ancient community may have helped build Stonehenge
Archaeologists hoping to find the medieval town walls of Malmesbury (England) have discovered Stone Age flints and the remains of a massive Iron Age wall. According to a new report...
The wildcat's pile of stones
At the center of the megalithic site of Rujm al-Hiri in the Golan Heights (Israel), a burial area was added about one thousand years after its construction, according to Dr....
Mystery Neolithic wooden structures in Orkney
The only wooden prehistoric structures found so far in Orkney (Scotland) have intrigued archaeologists and could produce some of the earliest dates for the islands. The most exciting discovery was...
13 May 2003
Secure future for Iron Age site
A combination of local fundraising and grants has secured the preservation of Credenhill Iron Age Hill Fort near Hereford (England). The Hill Fort, dated to around 200 BCE, is one...
Ancient bronze drum found in Vietnam
A 2,000 year old bronze drum has been unearthed by a farmer in northern Vietnam. The 22 kg drum was discovered on April 29th by Pham Van Hien, a member...
Isle of Wight town dated back to Bronze Age
Evidence has been found dating the settlement of Isle of Wight town of Newport (United Kingdom) from the Bronze Age 4,500 years ago. Previously the earliest evidence indicated a Roman...
14 May 2003
Origin of New England stone face carvings debated
The origin of five flat-backed stone faces with sunken eye sockets and gaping mouths found in Sturbridge and Southbridge, Massachusetts (USA), and weighing between 6 and 25 pounds is currently...
Logo "defiles" Uffington White Horse
For more than 3,000 years, the Uffington White Horse, carved into an Oxfordshire (England) hillside by some dedicated and forgotten band of Bronze Age peoples, has been tended by the...
19 May 2003
2,500-year-old necropolis helps identify Celtic tribe
A 5th- to 4th-century BCE necropolis containing 40 tombs has been found along the banks of the Aisne River in the Picardie region of northern France. Given its similarity, in...
Decapitated bog-body believed to be centuries old
A decapitated body has been discovered in a bog in County Offaly (Republic of Ireland) by a farmer while digging a drain near his home. The body is remarkably well...
21 May 2003
Iron Age skull found in England
An Ancient skull thought to be that of an Iron Age man has been found in a field near Fiskerton, east of Lincoln (England), by 34-year-old Erik Grigg. Shocked by...
Prehistoric discoveries in China
Archeologist working at the Yuezhuang site dating back to the Neolithic Age in Jinan, east China's Shangdong Province, found a number of relics dated from the Neolithic Age (including a...
Teens deface petroglyphs in Utah cave
Two teenagers turned themselves in to police and admitted they had defaced ancient petroglyphs in Juke Box Cave, which is in the Wendover area of western Utah, near the Nevada...
Stonehenge lichen survey
The first ever comprehensive survey of rare lichens at Stonehenge (England) was completed on Friday 16th May. The results of the week long survey will indicate what species are growing...
Anti bypass group fight for historic site
A Devon (England) action group is fighting to preserve an historic site near Kingskerswell which is threatened by the construction of a new bypass. Test excavations at Aller Cross have...
23 May 2003
Scottish hillfort under threat
Kaimes hillfort, an important defensive site in West Lothian (Scotland), prominent in the local landscape, has already been substantially damaged by quarrying and landfill. Ramparts and house platforms are still...
Bronze Age burials unearthed near Stonehenge
The remains of four adults and two children were found by Archaeologists at a site in Amesbury, Wiltshire (England). It is about half-a-mile from that of the Amesbury Archer, the...
26 May 2003
What was on the menu seven millenia ago
A group of Slovak archaeologists aims to find out what the nation's forefathers ate 7,000 years ago as part of their research at a historical site in western Slovakia. Archaeologists...
Ancient Nicaraguan society found
A team of researchers have been working on the site at El Cascal de Flor de Pino, near the town of Kukra Hill for six years. The site, near the...

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