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August 2004 index:

2 August 2004
Bronze Age potteries unearthed in Iran
Archeological excavation in 12 sites and one cemetery in the northwestern province of Ardebil (South Azerbaijan, Iran) has rendered some potteries ranging from the Neo Bronze Age to the Parthian...
3 August 2004
Iron Age hillfort for sale
A substantial part of the Wrekin, a hill crowned by an Iron Age hillfort in Shropshire, southern England, has been put up for sale with an asking price of GBP...
Stone tools found in Hudson River, New York
Underwater archaeologists have found over one hundred stone artefacts in New York State, USA. The tools including spears and an arrowhead, along with associated flakes, have been uncovered at Croton...
3,000 year-old artifacts found in southern Vietnam
Archaeologists have unearthed a number of stone and bone tools and earthenware vessels in the southern coastal province of Vung Tau (Vietnam) after 20 days of excavation. The findings include...
5 August 2004
Ancient tools discovered near Seattle
Stone tools have been unearthed by archaeologists working on a site north-east of Seattle, Washington state, USA. The tools were found during an environmental study prior to the building of...
Evidence of earliest bread found in Israel
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence in Israel that bread was being made at least 22,000 years ago. Although the earliest signs of the deliberate cultivation of wheat and barley in the...
Rare Rock Art defaced in Utah
Utah archeologists are fuming with the discovery that ancient art has been vandalized. The Buckhorn Pictograph in Emery County (U.S.A.) has been defaced with charcoal and chalk. The Bureau of...
4,000-year-old doll found in Pantelleria (Sicily)
A series of ancient children's toys have been found in Pantelleria, an island off the southern tip of Italy. The finds include the head of a small doll, about 3cm...
7 August 2004
Objections to quarrying at Thornborough henge complex
Heritage campaigners fighting to stop the destruction of the massive Thornborough henge complex this week delivered more than 600 written objections to the planning department of North Yorkshire County Council...
Hiker discovers ancient tomb in the UAE
A tomb dating to the Hafeet era (3,200 BC to 2,600 BCE) that may be the only well-preserved piece of construction from the period has been discovered by a British...
Sardinia stakes claim as cradle of wine
Dutch and Italian archaeologists digging in the fertile Sardara hills north of Sardinia's capital Cagliari said that they had discovered grape pips and sediment dating to 1,200 BCE. Sardinia, it...
Bronze Age temple discovered in Jordan
A 3,500 year old temple from the Late Bronze Age has been discovered at Tall al-Umayri just south of Amman (Jordan). The walls and cultic shrine of a temple dating...
13 August 2004
Neolithic sanctuary found in Bulgaria
Archaeologists working near the village of Kapitan Dimitrievo, southern Bulgaria, have uncovered an ancient sanctuary. The team, led by professor Vassil Nikolov, made their discovery at a depth of 1.8m...
The earliest nude in the history of British art?
Ice-age art discovered last year in caves at Creswell Crags, Derbyshire, England, may include the first representation of a nude figure in Britain. The image - carved 13,000 years ago...
Vandalised stone circle to be cleaned by vet
English Heritage are to attempt to clean the Rollright Stones, on the Oxfordshire-Warwickshire border in England, using a vet's high-tech ultrasound normally employed to remove plaque from animals' teeth. Around...
Rare Iron Age burial found at Minehowe
Archaeologists working at Minehowe in Orkney, Scotland, have uncovered a complete skeleton buried under the floor of an Iron Age metalworking workshop outside the site's circular ditch. The skeleton -...
New excavation started in Orkney
Archaeologists have begun looking at the history of human settlement around the Bay o' Skaill in Orkney, Scotland. The excavation - on the west of the Mainland, the largest island...
14 August 2004
Excavation at Shamal tomb to resume in November
Excavation at the Shamal tomb, the largest grave of the Umm Al Nar period to have been discovered so far in the United Arab Emirates, will resume after a seven-year...
Ancient Chinese pottery with plowing design unearthed
A 4,800-year-old piece of colored pottery bearing designs of plowing was recently unearthed at Lintao County in northwest China's Gansu Province. Chinese archaeologists believe the pottery, which is 30-cm-tall and...
Scientists wait to examine Kennewick Man
For a few days last week, the top forensic anthropologists in the United States thought they were finally going to get their chance to study Kennewick Man. The eight-year legal...
Excavation at 6000-year-old industrial city of Erisman
The third stage of archaeological excavations at the 6000-year old industrial city of Erisman (Iran) is scheduled to commence in September. Several experts from the German Archaeology Center and the...
Shanghai 2000 years older than previously thought
China's thriving and modern metropolis of Shanghai was first established nearly 6,000 years ago, about two millenniums earlier than previously estimated. Newly discovered artefacts in Shanghai's outskirts prove the first...
Student unearths a Bronze Age skull in England
Human remains have been found for the first time at a Bronze Age site in Peterborough (England) – by a student. The piece of a skull, which could date from...
Rare pottery find in Warwickshire
Extremely rare pottery from the Bronze Age has been unearthed by experts on land near Atherstone (Warwickshire, England) for the first time ever. The pieces of pottery have been dated...
Ireland named as latest Atlantis
A Swedish academic who believes Ireland is the ancient land of Atlantis flew into Dublin amid a storm of controversy about his theories. Dr Ulf Erlingsson went on a three-day...
Site reveals the Middle East's Iron Age secrets
A recent dig at tel Beit Shemesh (Israel) has found a iron workshop dating back to the Ninth Century BCE- the earliest known in the eastern Mediterranean. Iron was employed...
Carved figure may be linked to Seahenge
Archaeologists revealed that a carved wooden figure could shed new light on what a Bronze Age grave site may have looked like. Scientists have carbon-dated the relic, found at Dagenham...
16 August 2004
6,000-year-old site discovered in Iran
While excavating Sarvestan Palace, one of the most magnificent monuments of the Sassanid era (226-651 CE), Iranian archeologists have unearthed a vast archeological site south of Iran. Housing Iran’s oldest...
17 August 2004
Ancient relics unearthed in North Korea
Thousands of historical remains such as figures of bull images were found at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, in North Korea. Korea Land Corporation has conducted a joint excavation with North...
Hints of habitation on Potomac river banks as early as 14,000 BCE
The soybean field where Robert D. Wall, an anthropologist from Towson University, has been digging for more than a decade is yielding hints that someone camped there, on the banks...
Bronze Age round house unearthed on Exmoor
The silent earth of Exmoor (England) has given up some of its secrets in the form of a prehistoric home dating back 3,500 years. Members of the North Devon Archaeological...
Stonehenge tunnel faces tough road ahead
Conservation groups, the Highways Agency and white-robed druids -- a pagan order that celebrates Stonehenge as a centre of spiritualism -- are fighting over a 200 million pound proposal for...
20 August 2004
Unique items unearthed in burial mounds in Orenburg
Archaeologists have found household appliances and weapons of the Sarmat epoch (4th century BCE) in the area of the Filippovsky burial mounds in the Orenburg region (one of the former...
Prehistoric town found in Moroccan desert
The remains of a prehistoric town believed to date back 15,000 years and belong to an ancient Berber civilisation have been discovered in Western Sahara, Moroccan state media says. A...
Restoration of an Iron Age fort in Britain
A 2,500-year-old Iron Age fort is to be reclaimed from nature, thanks to a share of a £1.4 million lottery award. The 32-acre Uley Bury with its steep slopes on...
Neolithic knife could make a museum dream come true
A 5,000-year-old Neolithic blade uncovered in North Wales is the star attraction at an exhibition staged by a retired head teacher. The blade was discovered embedded in peat on the...
Prehistoric cave linked to John the Baptist
Archaeologists think they've found a cave where John the Baptist baptized many of his followers - basing their theory on thousands of shards from ritual jugs, a stone used for...
Ancient finds on display in Leicestershire
Gruesome discoveries which included 5,000-year-old skulls are to go on tour in Leicestershire (England). The grim finds were made by archaeologists during recent excavations of Watermead Country Park, near Syston....
24 August 2004
New archaeological sites discovered at Tara
Campaigners working to have the proposed M3 motorway re-routed away from the Tara-Skryne Valley (Ireland) claimed that they have discovered a 'significant' number of new archaeological sites through aerial reconnaissance....
25 August 2004
Prehistoric sewer system found in Turkey
The first toilet and sewer system of prehistoric period was found in an Urartian castle in Gurpinar town of eastern province of Van (Turkey). Istanbul University Eurasian Archaeology Institute Director...
8,000-year-old remains unearthed in Malaysia
The skeletal remains of a woman who lived about 8,000 years ago have been found at Gua Teluk Kelawar in Lenggong, Perak by a team of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)...
26 August 2004
Ancient Inuit graves discovered in Greenland
A team of archaeologists from Denmark, Greenland and Canada announced they made the first ever discovery of ancient Inuit, or Eskimo, burial sites in the far north of Greenland. The...
English Village and its prehistoric past
The Dartmoor village of Merrivale (England) features in a new booklet from the National Park Authority focussing on the most accessible archaeological site on the moor. 'Merrivale - An Archaeological...
28 August 2004
Achaemenid era city discovered near Bam
Several ancient artifacts, an ancient aqueduct system, and other signs of a city from the Achaemenid era (559-329 BCE) were discovered during the most recent stage of excavations in Baravat...
Reno trench site dig yields prehistoric items
A dig that's going on for the train trench through downtown Reno (Nevada, USA) has yielded a prehistoric site that may be as much as 4,000 years old. The site,...
Early Bronze Age city found in Israel
Israeli archeologists have uncovered a 5,000-year-old Canaanite city and a 2,000-year-old Jewish village from the Second Temple period alongside each other. The adjacent ancient sites, which were known to exist...
Iron Age houses on new Cornish school site
An iron Age settlement discovered on the site of the new Richard Lander School at Threemilestone (Cornwall, England) has yielded a number of finds including pottery wine vessels and 10...
Ancestors of Turks came to Anatolia around 2000 BCE
According to associated Prof. Semih Guneri, various archeological and cultural findings prove that Turks had come to Anatolia around 2000s BCE. Prof. Guneri and his team recently unearthed artifacts in...
3000-year-old bodies unearthed in Vanuatu
Headless bodies buried 3000 years ago at the oldest cemetery found in the Pacific Islands were set to reveal the secrets of the first humans to colonise Vanuatu, Fiji and...
30 August 2004
Ancient campground found in South Dakota
About 9,000 to 12,000 years ago, on the banks of a creek southeast of the Black Hills (South Dakota, USA), ancient hunters found themselves a good place to camp. "My...
Prehistoric settlement unearthed in Herefordshire
A previously unknown prehistoric settlement has been unearthed in Herefordshire (England). The area was discovered on the Arrow Valley floodplain below the ancient castle at Staunton-on-Arrow and dates back more...
31 August 2004
Archeologists unearth prehistoric artifacts in coastal Turkey
Excavations carried out since 1987 in the ancient city of Kelenderis in the Aydincik district of Mersin (a Southern Turkish city) turned up prehistoric artifacts for the first time this...

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