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July 2004 index:
1 July 2004
- Remains of oldest inhabitant of Abu Dhabi found
- Remains of the earliest-known inhabitant of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) have been found on the western island of Marawah by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, as part...
3 July 2004
- Computer recreates ancient Kilmartin
- Researchers are hoping that a computer program will map all of Scotland and give a virtual impression of the landscape as far back as 15,000 years ago. The team, from...
- The Bronze Age Forum
- The Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton (Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BF, England) announced that "The Bronze Age Forum" will be held on 13th and 14th November 2004. The confirmed speakers...
- Twinning moves for two ancient villages
- Villagers in Avebury (England) have taken the first steps towards a possible formal twinning arrangement with a town in Malta. At a meeting attended by the High Commissioner for Malta,...
- Iron Age site has survived
- The routine two-week investigation by students from the University of Sheffield of an Iron Age site at Cannings Cross (Wiltshire, England), last excavated by celebrated archaeologist Maud Cunnington in 1911,...
- Prehistoric blades as cutting-edge find
- On a hillside by the Savannah River (South Carolina, USA) an archaeologist and a graduate student had reason to think they were in the presence of a breathtaking discovery. Or...
8 July 2004
- Late Bronze Age items found in Cyprus
- 26 bronze items were found buried in an earthenware jar in a rocky hill near the Galinoporni village, in the Karpass Peninsula (Cyprus). The items are 3200 years old, and...
9 July 2004
- Bronze Age neck rings reunited
- A Bronze Age necklace - said to be one of only five in the UK - is to be reunited with gold jewellery found nearby more than 40 years before....
- Fossil findings blur picture of art's birth
- For years archaeologists have clung to the idea that only truly modern humans were artists, and that our Neanderthal cousins spent their entire evolutionary lifetime as boorish philistines. But fresh...
- New twist in henges row
- A quarry firm at the centre of a bitter row with conservationists is staging a public exhibition to explain its controversial plans to extend operations next to an ancient site...
17 July 2004
- Vandals deface Ilkley Moor stones
- Mindless vandals have scrawled graffiti over one of Yorkshire's best loved beauty spots. Shocked walkers on Ilkley Moor (England) have discovered that ancient rocks have been defaced by louts. The...
- Ancient skeleton collection yields cancer clues
- Cancer incidence rates in the developed world are increasing each year and developing countries are also now showing an increased incidence of the disease. But how much were our ancestors...
- Iron Age Arab castle to be renovated
- UAE Department of Archaeology and Heritage will soon renovate Al Hail castle and palace, one of the oldest and most impressive historic monuments in the emirate, dating back to the...
- Volunteers wanted for Cairn project
- People are being invited to be among the first in 6,000 years to try their hand at building sections of what were the north Highland version of the Pyramids. Caithness...
- More cave art discovered at Creswell Crags
- A team of researchers led by the University of Sheffield and supported by English Heritage have found eighty 13,000-year-old carvings in limestone rock of Church Hole Cave, at Creswell Crags...
- Neolithic axe identified after 20 years
- A Stone Age axe has been uncovered - in a wardrobe. Dating from the Neolithic period, the 6,000-year-old axe is intact and in pristine condition. John O'Conner kept the tool...
- The Thornborough saga continues
- Yorkshire campaigners opposing the proposed planning application by Tarmac Northern to quarry close to Thornborough Henges in North Yorkshire (England), say the application contravenes the local council’s policy on quarrying...
- Artifacts unearthed in Minnesota Lake
- Pottery, arrowheads and other fragments of an ancient culture are being unearthed on the west shore of Mille Lacs Lake (Minnesota, USA), and they're painting a picture of what life...
- Archaeologists test Bronze Age boat replica
- Archaeologists retraced the footsteps of Bronze Age men in a unique experiment to test whether Hengistbury Head (Dorset, England) played a part in the creation of Stonehenge. They were investigating...
- The start of Irish megalithic tradition
- Archaeologists are finally in agreement that the Megalithic period in Ireland 'boomed' between the years 4200 BCE and 3500 BCE. The date controversy over the Irish Megalithic period - most...
22 July 2004
- Panorama Stone markings may be forged
- Ilkley's Panorama Stone (Yorkshire, England) is known around the world for its distinctive "ladder" motif, thought to be a of prehistoric origin. But the designs are more likely to have...
- 17,000-year old Prehistoric art found in Russia
- Archaeologists working in the Kursk region, 500 km south off Moscow (Russia), have found a relic of prehistoric art carved from mammoth’s tusk about 17,000 years ago. Natalya Ahmetgaleyeva, the...
- New wrangle over Kennewick bones
- The legal battle over the ancient bones of Kennewick Man has been won by the scientists, but they now face a new wrangle over access to the remains. The 9,300-year-old...
- Customs seize ancient artifacts from Dominican Republic
- A cache of pre-Columbian artifacts from the Dominican Republic has turned up at Miami International Airport (USA), launching an investigation into how the priceless --and illegal - pieces arrived. The...
- Bronze age traces found in forest
- Archaeologists have found what they believe is evidence of Bronze Age farming in the Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire, England). They have identified a series of earthworks which could be the...
- Early agriculture and dispersals into Europe
- A set of four papers due to be published in August will demonstrate the progress made in the study of European agricultural origins through the use of detailed regional analyses...
- Minoan graves in Hania suburb
- 50 Late Minoan graves have been discovered in Aghios Ioannis, a suburb of Hania (Crete), bringing the total of known Minoan graves in the Hania area to over 150. The...
- Bronze Age mine as tourist attraction?
- The ancient copper workings at Mynydd Parys and the old port of Amlwch on Anglesey (Wales) are to be the subject of a two pronged funding bid to develop the...
24 July 2004
- Prehistoric village rebuilt in Inner Mongolia
- A prehistoric village from the Hongshan culture has been rebuilt at Chifeng City in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to commemorate the naming of that Neolithic culture.. The village...
- Motorway threatens Hill of Tara
- The historic Hill of Tara, described as the "heart and soul" of Ireland, is about to take on a new aspect. Plans for a motorway which will pass within half...
- Ancient sanctuary found in Bulgaria
- An ancient sanctuary dated back to the Neolithic was discovered near the southern Bulgarian village of Kapitan Dimitrievo. A team of archeologists headed by professor Vassil Nikolov found the site...
- Archaeologist traces wine origin to Neolithic
- The first wine-tasting may have occurred when prehistoric humans slurped the juice of naturally fermented wild grapes from animal-skin pouches or crude wooden bowls. The idea of winemaking may have...
- Human sacrifice rarer than thought
- Bronze Age ritual human sacrifice may have been rarer than believed, according to a study of ancient DNA from bones in central Europe. German anthropologist Dr Susanne Hummel from the...
- Dig set to begin at Traprain Law
- Excavations are set to begin on Traprain Law, a hill near East Linton in East Lothian, which experts have described as one of the most important archaeological sites in Scotland....
- Court backs natural gas probe of Utah's Nine Mile Canyon
- A federal judge gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a company to search for natural gas near Utah's Nine Mile Canyon, renowned for its ancient rock art, ruling that the work...
- Skeletons traced back to the Iron Age
- Last summer six skeletons were unearthed on a disused garage site in Gargrave (Yorkshire, England). The site was being excavated by archaeologists who discovered two skeletons in July and four...
- 9,500-year-old bricks found in Gulf of Cambay
- In an underwater exploration in the Gulf of Cambay (India), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) scientists discovered almost 9,500-year-old bricks made of clay and straw. Archaeological experts of the...
26 July 2004
- Experts try to discover diet of 7,000 years ago in Iran
- Iranian archeologists plan to identify the food basket and diet of the people who lived in the historical site of Sialk over 7,000 years ago. Located at the edge of...
- Ancient Irish lake settlement found
- The remains of a crannóg-like settlement which has been dated to 7,200 years ago were found by Swedish archaeologist Dr Christina Fredengren, who is currently working close to Lough Kinale...
27 July 2004
- Bronze age knife found in Wales
- A North Wales housewife found a bronze age knife crafted 4,500 years ago while digging in her vegetable patch. Marylyn Sheldon knew she had discovered something special after unearthing the...
- Discovery rewrites Chinese vehicle history
- The discovery of 3,700-year-old chariot tracks has pushed back the appearance of vehicles in China by 200 years, the country's media has reported. "It advances the history of China's vehicle...
- Dig team baffled over tribe who abandoned Iron Age fort
- Archaeologists are investigating a 2200-year-old mystery surrounding one of Scotland's rare Iron Age clifftop forts. Excavations have revealed that the unusual fortification, 100ft up a cliff on the Galloway coast,...
- Ancient migration route of Iranian nomads discovered
- Following thorough anthropological and archeological studies in the northern Semnan Province, Iranian archeologists have concluded that over 3,000 years ago, an ethnic clan named Kharands had a migratory and nomadic...
- World's oldest earrings found in China
- Chinese archaeologists have discovered earrings they believe are the oldest found in the world. The jade earrings, which date to between 7500 and 8200 years ago, were unearthed at the...
- Inner Mongolia yields new discoveries
- More than 80 archeological experts are participating in an international conference in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to exchange the latest information on Hongshan, a prehistoric site. Relics excavated at...
- Archaeologists begin dig in East Dorset
- An ambitious project to uncover ancient archaeological remains dating back to the Bronze Age is due to start in east Dorset (England) next month. A team led by archaeologists from...
29 July 2004
- Nine Maidens stone circle restored
- One of West Cornwall's most famous stone circles might have to be re-named, following the re-positioning of fallen and leaning stones. The Nine Maidens stone circle at Ding Dong (Cornwall,...
31 July 2004
- Museum of prehistory opened in Dordogne
- France's Museum of Prehistory opened this month in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, in the Dordogne. The museum, 20 years in the planning, arguing and making, is a triumph. It is attracting more...
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