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June 2004 index:
3 June 2004
- From Oetzi to the planets
- Expert speakers will take part in a free public day on Monday July 12, held as part of the 7th International Conference on Ancient DNA and Associated Biomolecules at the...
- Minoan replica sets sail for Olympics
- A replica of a 3,500-year-old Bronze Age boat has set sail from Crete for Athens, where it will feature at the port of Piraeus during the Olympic torch relay, two...
5 June 2004
- Archaeologist's hunt for clues on the Hopewell people
- Wichita archaeologist Jim Dougherty is on a information hunt about the Hopewell people who lived from eastern Kansas into Illinois and Ohio (U.S.A.) from approximately 50 BCE to 500 CE....
- New research may uncover Byblos' Bronze Age port
- If archaeologist Ibrahim Noureddine is right, sunbathers at Byblos' beaches (Lebanon) may one day find themselves next to a Phoenician port. The underwater archaeologist is currently working on ancient ports,...
- Skull found in Derbyshire is 10,000-year-old
- Experts have been piecing together the life of a woman who died in Long Eaton (Derbyshire, England) - up to 10,000 years ago. Working with just a scratched skull dug...
- 3D laser scanning of the Wemyss caves
- A major project to excavate and record the Wemyss caves (Fife, Scotland) and their ancient carvings, has just begun. The joint project between Fife Council and Channel 4’s Time Team...
- Megalithic tradition is preserved in Indonesia
- Just an hour's flight from the Indonesian resort of Bali, Sumba is a forgotten, largely desiccated island, the only blemish on the clean jaw-line of the 5000km-long Indonesian archipelago as...
- Eighth season of excavations at the Burnt City
- The so-called Burnt City - considered one of the major centers of Bronze Age in eastern Iran - is set to undergo an eighth season of scientific explorations by Iranian...
- Ancient finds unearthed in China
- A farmer in the northwest China province of Shaanxi recently unearthed in his own courtyard a bronze cooking vessel that was believed to date back nearly 3,000 years. The find,...
11 June 2004
- 2500-year-old bronze blowpipes uncovered in China
- Archaeologists working in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China have uncovered a bronze blowpipe in the Yanghai Tombs at Turpan. "The function of the blowpipe is much like...
- 8,000 year-old spearheads found in Pennsylvania
- Builders working on an industrial estate close to the border between Bedford and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania, USA, have uncovered ancient tools and spearheads. Melissa Diamanti, the senior principal investigator for...
- Northern Ireland Archaeology Day
- Northern Ireland's Archaeology Day will take place on 21 June, the summer solstice. A wide variety of events will be run by many different organisations, in a project supported by...
- Satellite images 'show Atlantis' in Spain
- The fabled lost city of Atlantis might lie in a salt marsh region off Spain's southern coast, according to research reported online by the archaeology journal Antiquity. The study, not...
- New virtual tours of Stonehenge
- Stonehenge fans who cannot get to the famous stones themselves can now make a virtual trip to the historic site. An interactive microsite set up by English Heritage allows users...
- Ancient henges fight goes nationwide
- Campaigners working to protect the surroundings of scheduled ancient monuments from further quarrying near Bedale (Yorkshire, England) hope to spread their influence across the country. Local group the Friends of...
- Neolithic remains found at bypass site
- Vital clues into how ancient Britons lived thousands of years ago have been unearthed on a bypass site. Among the items uncovered along the A142 between Newmarket and Fordham (Cambridgeshire,...
12 June 2004
- Spiral ring reveals ancient complex machines
- Distinctive spiral patterns carved into a small jade ring show that China was using complex machines more than 2500 years ago, says a Harvard graduate student in physics. The ring...
14 June 2004
- Bronze Age necropolis on Cyprus is being bulldozed
- A fierce row has broken out between the Turkish Cypriot Department of Antiquities and Museums and a construction company over what the department claims is the “illegal destruction of a...
18 June 2004
- Preserving ancient remains in South Carolina
- Officials are seeking an environmental permit to construct a retaining wall that would protect a pile of shells and other possible artifacts from a creek's rising waters. The pile of...
- Ancient cemetery found in Syria
- A very ancient cemetery was unearthed in Gharieh town, some 40 km from the southern Syria city of Sweida, dating back to the Nabatean Period (400 BCE - 106 CE)....
- Dig confirms existence of Brodgar Neolithic village
- Last year's discovery of a structure half-way between the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness (Orkney, Scotland) gave the first hint that old conceptions about the area...
- Ulster's ancient heritage explored
- The DOE's Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland) has announced that Archaeology Days events will explore topics such as what happens on an archaeological dig and at the rebuilding of...
- Irish Monuments Bill a backward step for protection
- Speaking during the second stage debate on the National Monuments (Amendment) Bill 2004, Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan TD slammed the anti-heritage ethos...
- Rock 'face' mystery baffles experts
- Archaeologists have found a trio of extraordinary stone carvings while charting the phenomenon of prehistoric rock markings in Northumberland, close to the Scottish border in the United Kingdom. Records and...
- Prehistoric Metals as Treasure
- A day-school at the Student Union Auditorium, University of Sheffield (England), jointly hosted by YAS & Prehistoric Society, exploring the significance of recent prehistoric metalwork finds wil be held on...
- Bronze Age findings in Donegal
- Two 4,000-year-old Bronze Age burial bowls have been recovered intact from cist graves on a Donegal farm (Ireland). Also found on the site were the intact remains of a young...
21 June 2004
- Stonehenge: the Welsh connection
- As thousands were on their way to celebrate the summer solstice, scientists announced that three of the seven occupants of an Early Bronze Age burial close to Stonehenge (England) were...
22 June 2004
- Destruction of a Prehistoric fort in Ireland
- Heritage experts condemned the destruction of part of a 3,000-year-old Celtic fort in Co Kerry (Ireland). The 700 metres of earthen works that surrounded the ancient Dún Mór Fort on...
24 June 2004
- Short Course on Documenting and Presenting Rock Art
- Exceptional discoveries like the Côa Valley rock carvings have changed Portugal into one of the world's privileged nations for rock art. Rock art throughout the world is frequently a lost...
25 June 2004
- Chinese rituals date back to the Neolithic
- A recent study revealed prototypes of class and rituals already existed in north China in the Neolithic, at least 5,500 years ago. Experts say these prototypes may have helped Confucianism,...
- Bam earthquake yields archaeological gold
- Aerial photographs of the Iranian city of Bam, which was destroyed in an earthquake last year that killed more than 26,000 people, have revealed important new archaeological sites. One discovery...
- Thousands celebrate solstice at Stonehenge
- The longest day of the year - the summer solstice - was celebrated at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, by 19,000 people. A mix of druids and members of the general...
- Bronze Age axes found on Isle of Wight
- Bronze objects discovered by metal detectors in a field close to the historic town of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, southern England, have been identified as Bronze Age axes....
- Ancient Indian settlement found in Utah
- For more than 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept most outsiders off his land and the secret under wraps: a string of ancient Indian settlements so remarkably well-preserved that arrowheads...
- Long Man of Wilmington gets younger
- The Long Man of Wilmington, the famous chalk figure of a man cut into a hillside near Eastbourne, Sussex, in the south of England, may be much younger than previously...
- Bronze Age dagger unearthed in South Lakeland
- A metal detecting enthusiast has unearthed a 3,600-year-old dagger from the depths of a South Lakeland (England) field. The finder, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear others will descend...
- Ancient jewellery reveals village site
- Rare Iron Age jewellery has been found in the remains of an ancient Celtic settlement uncovered on a site earmarked for a motorcycle showroom in Yorkshire (England). Among the finds...
- 3,000-year-old axe found in harbour
- A 3,000-year-old bronze axe discovered by a diver off the Dorset (England) coastline has excited archaeologists. The artefact, recently found in Poole Harbour by diver Philip Butterworth, is believed to...
- Pony teams to save Prehistoric settlement
- Around 25 campaigners from the Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA) are using Dartmoor hill ponies to pull a roller to bruise bracken on Corndon Tor, Poundsgate on Dartmoor (England). The site...
- Urn burials in Tamil Nadu
- Urn burials in Tamil Nadu Six Neolithic burial urns have been discovered by farmers close to the village of Kuvalakarai in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu (India). The urns,...
- DNA from ancient hair
- An international team has announced the development of a method for extracting DNA from hair. Until now it was thought that the hair shaft without the root was of little...
- The seeds of farming
- Stone Age people in Israel collected the seeds of wild grasses some 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a paper presented at the latest Proceedings of the National...
27 June 2004
- Silbury Hill reclassified
- The guardians of Silbury Hill, a prehistoric man-made mound in Wiltshire (England) succeeded in their attempt to have it reclassified as a building rather than open countryside. Silbury Hill is...
- Prehistoric artifacts discovered in Virginia
- Prehistoric nomads once gathered and cooked on land in what is now Ashburn (Virginia, USA), on about two acres that will soon become part of a wastewater treatment plant. Archaeologists...
- Groups fight to preserve American Indian sites
- Mysterious petroglyphs etched in hundreds of volcanic boulders east of Reno (Nevada, USA) have survived the elements for centuries. Volunteers are now hoping the artifacts will survive the ravages of...
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