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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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