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January 2004 index:

1 January 2004
Bronze Age artefacts found in Oman
A team taking part in archaeological excavations in the wilayat of Bausher (Sultanate of Oman) has announced that artefacts dating to the third and second millennia BCE were uncovered in...
Prehistoric Vietnamese sites discovered
In Viet Nam's capital city, Ha Noi, archaeologists have found traces of ancient Vietnamese people from 3,500 to 4,000 years ago at the Co Loa citadel in the Ha Noi...
Ancient jade figurine unearthed in Chinese tomb
Archeologists in northeast China's Liaoning Province have unearthed a jade figurine and a phoenix from an ancient grave that probably belonged to a wizard who lived more than 5,000 years...
Residents near Stonehenge accuse heritage planners
Residents living on the edge of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site have accused heritage bosses of placing more importance on life 4,000 years ago than the quality of life of...
Politicians accused of ignoring Guernsey’s archaeology sites
Politicians have been accused of virtually ignoring Guernsey’s (British Channel Islands) world-important archaeology sites. Jason Monaghan, of La Societe Guernesiaise’s archaeology section, said that mechanisms to check and protect sites...
2 January 2004
Ramblers protest at tor
Ramblers have held a mass trespass on one of Dartmoor's most popular landmarks to protest over its closure. As we reported last December, Vixen Tor at Merrivale (Cornwall, England) was...
Ancient remains saved in Somerset
A site in Burnham (Somerset, England) which is home to archaeological remains thought to be thousands of years old has been saved. Owners of the land, between Alstone Road and...
6000-year-old bones found in Indiana
Ancient human remains possibly dating back to 4,000 BCE have been unearthed in Greendale, Indiana (USA). Workers were digging when they saw the bones, that archaeologists have since taken to...
Humans learned to live in the Arctic earlier
Stone-age people lived in the lands north of the Arctic Circle before the peak of the last Ice Age - much earlier than had been thought, suggests new findings. The...
3 January 2004
Harappa civilisation 1000 years older than thought
Presenting his research paper on "Regional Cultures and Chronologies of the Indus Civilisation in New Perspectives from Harappa" at the International Conference on Archaeology of Pakistan at the Shah Abdul...
4 January 2004
Britain's oldest chariot unearthed near Edinburgh
Archaeologists working on the remains of a chariot found near Edinburgh, Scotland, have dated it to 400BCE, some 200 years older than the next oldest British chariot. The chariot was...
10 January 2004
Ancient ironworks dug out in England
Leominster's biggest-ever archaeological excavation uncovered important clues about the Herefordsire (England) town's long history. The dig, covering half an acre of a development site, revealed that Leominster was a hive...
House decoration lime used by prehistoric Chinese people
White lime used by prehistoric humans 5,000 years ago to bedeck their houses and their handprints on thewalls were discovered in the Yuchi Temple prehistoric site in east China's Anhui...
Iron Age find at business park
Experts have uncovered evidence of Iron Age houses and pottery dating from around 100 BCE at a major Tyneside (England) development. Artefacts, described as being of significant archaeological interest, have...
Prehistoric cave for sale
A retired farmer in the Dordogne region (southwest France) is selling his prehistoric cave adorned with drawings for just one million euros ($1.3m). "I'm 76 years old and I can't...
Ancient oracle bones unearthed in China
Chinese archaeologists have discovered two oracle bones, including one inscribed with the most number of characters ever in a single find, in northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The team of archaeologists...
7,000-year-old houses found in the Gulf
A block of stone houses dating back to 7,000 years have been found on an island off the coast of the United Arab Emirates - 60 miles west of capital...
Badgers endanger British prehistoric sites
Burrowing badgers are actually causing havoc on Salisbury Plain (Wiltshire, England) as their tunnelling activities threaten to destroy hundreds of ancient burial sites. The decline of hunting badgers for food...
Walker finds Neolithic axe in Yorkshire
An eagle-eyed walker's stroll in English countryside has turned up a piece of history going back at least 3000 years. Michael Lowsley was on one of his regular walks through...
Dig finds in Kansas could be thousands of years old
Discarded mussel shells and charcoal chunks uncovered this fall by scientists working near Dexter’s Grouse Creek (Kansas, U.S.A.) could prove to be thousands of years old, according to a state...
Monumentality in Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain
The School of History and Archaeology at Cardiff University is hosting a day school on monumentality in later Neolithic and early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland, to be held on...
11 January 2004
4,500-year old city excavated in China
Archaeologists in Northwest China's Shaanxi province have unearthed the ruins of an ancient well-developed city dating back 4,500 years on a mountain in Jiaxian county. The ancient city consists of...
17 January 2004
Bronze Age discovery in Croatia
A team of experts from the University of Birmingham has discovered a major archaeological site in a riverbed in Croatia. Items recovered from the river include more than 90 swords,...
Peat bog reveals mining pollution through the ages
Scientists have reconstructed the environmental history of a Celtic mining town by digging through a peat bog near Dijon in France in search of lead residues and pollen grains. Their...
Melting ice in Canada reveals ancient hunting artifacts
Archeologists working in the Yukon's (Canada) melting snow fields say they've found some of the oldest evidence of human habitation in the territory. Last year's warm summer further melted the...
Archeologists baffled by ancient bamboo slips
Archeologists declared they found no written records on over 1,000 ancient bamboo slips which recently unearthed in Jiuliandun Tombs in central China's Hubei Province. The archeologists said this is the...
Bronze Age axe too heavy to use
A Bronze Age axe head unearthed in a Lincolnshire (England) field is baffling archaeologists - because they think it is too heavy to use. Made of stone, the axe head...
Ancient monuments regain their Orcadian names
Historic Scotland are to start referring to two of Orkney's best known monuments by their rightful Orcadian names. The government agency are to stop using the name "Ring of Brogar"...
White horse loses 'panda' markings
Black coverings put on parts of an English white horse landmark to advertise a car have been torn down by a protester. A restoration group allowed panda markings to be...
Why did Iron Age man go off fish?
Fragments of femur excavated from an Iron Age burial site in east Yorkshire (England) have been analyzed by the department of archaeological sciences at Bradford University. For scientists, bones such...
Tourists declared "no threat" to Maeshowe
Increasing visitor numbers is not having a detrimental effect on one of Orkney's (Scotland) top visitor attractions, according to initial findings. State-of-the-art technology was brought in by Historic Scotland scientists...
18 January 2004
Iron Age village unearthed in England
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an Iron Age hill village dating back to around 800 BCE. They have discovered a series of roundhouses, burials sites and an array of...
20 January 2004
2,800 years old tomb discovered in Cyprus
An ancient tomb 2,800 year old, dating back to the Geometric Period, was discovered in Rizokarpasso village, on the island of Cyprus. The tomb was discovered in the pine forest...
A new home for Israel's Antiquities Collections
The Beit Shemesh warehouse near Jerusalem is the new home of Israel's National Antiquities Collections, housing close to 1 million artifacts unearthed in excavations in Israel since its founding in...
Excavations reveal 7,000 year-old Harappan sites
Gandi Umar Khan, around 55 km west of Dera Ismail Khan (Pakistan), is one the most important archaeological site of the Indus Valley civilization. The site is spread over an...
23 January 2004
A holiday to the Iron Age
Holidaymakers will be able to spend a week living in the Iron Age at a new tourist attraction being planned in the Forest of Dean (England). Tourists will give up...
Orcadian ancient sites face quarry threat
Residents living close to an island quarry fear its planned expansion could affect internationally renowned archaeological sites. Orkney Islands Council (Scotland) will consider a planning application to extend the islands’...
24 January 2004
Ancient American Indian settlement unearthed
The discovery of a possible American Indian settlement as much as 7,500 years old has halted work on a new water treatment plant in Norwell, Massachusetts (U.S.A.). Workers have found...
Mystery shrouds ancient petroglyphs in North Carolina
Judaculla Rock is more boulder than rock; shaped something like a giant fan, it is relatively flat on one side. But on this rock are markings, scribbling and dribbling, spidery...
30 January 2004
Neolithic earthenware uncovered in China
Two farmers in the northwestern China province of Shaanxi have uncovered two earthen jars in white and brownish red that according tho the experts are at least 5,000 years old....
Vestiges of the ancient Vietnam discovered
Archaeologists from the National Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities' Archaeological Institute have discovered vestiges of the ancient Viet in the Giong Noi archaeological site in Ben Tre province after...
Axe found in England could be 500.000-year-old
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, stones were washed down to East Anglia with a vast river that cut through the middle of England. But what the experts are puzzling...
Migdale Hoard returned to the Highlands
The Migdale Hoard has been returned to the Highlands of Scotland for an exhibition at Inverness Museum. A priceless collection of Bronze Age jewellery - including a bronze axe head,...
31 January 2004
Excavations of a prehistoric Iranian settlement
Last year, excavations began at Toll-e-Bashi: a prehistoric settlement in the Marv Dasht Plain northwest of Persepolis (Iran). At almost eight hectares in size, Toll-e-Bashi was assumed to be one...
Ancient earring found in Yorkshire
A gold earring found buried under a few inches of soil in a ploughed field in East Yorkshire (England) could be more than 3,000 years old. A metal detector enthusiast,...
A great deal of finds for Scottish archaeologists
Last year turned out to be a bumper year of excitement for the Biggar Museum archaeologists (Lanarkshire, Scotland). Tam Ward, the project leader, said: "Every now and then, we get...
Makeover for prehistoric British cave
Britain's oldest home is having a £600,000 makeover to bring it into the spotlight as one of Torquay's world class history sites and all-weather leisure attractions. Kents Cavern (Devo, England),...
Exhibitions at Marischal Museum in Aberdeen
'Carved Stone Balls - a Prehistoric Mystery' is a new exhibition at Marischal Museum (Aberdeen, Scotland) that explores a prehistoric mystery with the help of local children from Woodside School...
Iron Age South African settlement found
Archaeologists in KwaZulu-Natal have unearthed human bones which they believe provide evidence of South Africa's first permanent agricultural community. The two arm bones, a leg bone and a shoulder blade...

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