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September 2004 index:

1 September 2004
Artefacts from Mellor archaeological dig on display
A perfectly-preserved 4,000-year-old flint dagger unearthed at the dig in Mellor, Stockport (England), is being hailed as one of the most significant finds of its type in the region. The...
Public plunder of Jiroft artifacts resumes
In a public frenzy to unearth lucrative 5,000-year-old artifacts, Jiroft residents (Iran) are plowing their yards and gardens, reminiscent of nasty scenes last seen three years ago. The historical site...
Neolithic homes unearthed in Northern Ireland
A cemetery of eight early Bronze Age ring ditch barrow cremation burials, dating to 1800 BC, have been excavated and recorded, following three months of work by 12 archaeologists, is...
Bronze Age settlement found on Vaux site
A missing link in Sunderland's history (Scotland) has been unearthed with the discovery of a 2,000-year-old settlement on the former Vaux Brewery site. Archaeologists have described the finds of the...
Early Orcadians built homes up to 10,000 years ago
They were the first people to live in Scotland, nomads who left little trace of their day-to-day lives. But the first evidence that early man built homes as far north...
Archaeologists speak out over threat to Thornborough Henges
Plans to expand a quarry near an ancient monument have been likened to dropping Stonehenge into the River Avon. The comment comes from archaeologists backing protestors fighting the expansion of...
2 September 2004
Plans to save Guernsey dig remain blocked
An archaeological site in Guernsey (Channel Islands, UK) could be lost because of a row between the owner and the Environment Department. Remains dating from 4000 to 2000 BCE are...
8 September 2004
4000 year old longhouse found in Norway
Archaeology students working on a summer dig at Alta, Finnmark county in the far north of Norway have uncovered the foundations of an ancient longhouse. Believed to be 4000 years...
Tomb discovered at Giza
Archaeologists using radar have discovered a previously unknown tomb near Egypt's ancient pyramids at Giza. After locating the tomb, the archaeologists dug to a depth of 10 metres where they...
Cheddar Man museum to open in 2005
The village of Cheddar in Somerset, south-west England, could soon be home to the world's first museum of cannibalism. The museum is being built at the former home of Richard...
The Megalithic European is published
Julian Cope, the rock star-turned-champion of prehistoric sites, has launched his second book about ancient sites. Following on from the success of The Modern Antiquarian, The Megalithic European, which will...
The first Americans may have been Australian
Anthropologists believe the original inhabitants of American may have actually come from Australia. The ancestors of today's native Americans came over the land bridge from Siberia and believe they were...
Prehistoric settlement found in Channel Islands
Archaeologists working on Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands off the west coast of France, have uncovered evidence of a prehistoric settlement at Fort Richmond. Local archaeology officer Dr Heather...
Ancient artefacts on show in Leicestershire
Artefacts uncovered by archaeologists at a former gravel pit in Leicestershire, England, are to go on show in an exhibition at Charnwood Museum Eight years ago a team from the...
Possible white horse found in Cambridgeshire
Evidence has been found in Cambridgeshire. England, for a possible Bronze Age white horse similar to that at Uffington. Aerial photos of a field at Whittlesford show what appears to...
Archaeological sites under threat from Irish road-building
County councillors in County Meath, Ireland, have agreed to consut archaeologists over plans to build the controversial M3 motorway. The proposed road would pass close to the historic Hill of...
12 September 2004
Kilmartin House Museum saved from closure
One of Scotland's most important museums has been saved from closure by a £100,000 investment package. Frank McAveety, the culture minister, helped broker the deal which will save Kilmartin House...
Ancient Orcadian forest confirmed at Otterswick
A scientist from Scottish Natural Heritage has confirmed the existence of the 6,500-year-old forest in Otterswick (Sanday, Orkney Islands, Scotland) and pinpointed its location. The 50-acre prehistoric forest on the...
Ceramic balls used by ancient hunters found in China
Four ceramic balls unearthed in northeast China are believed to be weapons of ancient hunters some 3,000 years ago. Chinese archeologists discovered four such balls, 2-4 centimeters in diameter, in...
Divers find ancient skeleton in Mexico
Divers making probes through underwater caves near the Caribbean coast have discovered what appears to be one of oldest human skeletons in the Americas, archaeologists announced at the "Early Man...
Genetic studies hint at origins of 'Celtic' nations
Celtic nations like Ireland and Scotland have more in common with the Portuguese and Spanish than with 'Celts' — the name commonly used for a group of people from ancient...
Cairns protection scheme rejected in Exmoor
A plan to cover 3,000-year-old cairns on Exmoor (England) with fabric to help protect them has been rejected. The National Trust applied for planning permission for the scheme on Dunkery...
20 September 2004
Ancient pot with horse-taming picture discovered
Archaeologists in the northwestern province of Gansu (China) discovered a 3,000-year-old pot with a design showing a scene of horse-pasturing in Minqin County recently. The painted design shows a man...
5,700-year-old smokehouse found in Canada
A group of archaeology students working with the Sto:lo expected to find some artifacts at the site near Agassiz (Canada) this summer. But they ended up finding something bigger, and...
Bronze Age sauna may sink plans for tourism
The remains of a sauna used by Bronze Age people living in the Birmingham area (England) is set to scupper a multi-million pound marina project for the city. The "hot...
Jiroft a Business Hub 5,000 Years Ago
New archeological and art studies on insignias unearthed in the Iranian ancient site of Jiroft shows that the southern area used to be the most important business nucleus of Persia...
Archaeologists find earlier evidence of life in Pertshire glen
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence 'potentially of national significance' in a remote Perthshire glen (Scotland). Carbon dating of material from Bunrannoch, has revealed activity there during the Dark Ages in structures...
Stonehenge centre plans unveiled
Plans for a £67.5m visitors' centre, which will help rejuvenate facilities at Stonehenge, have been unveiled. The proposals, submitted by English Heritage, are for a single-storey building two miles from...
The world's oldest dam
The first dam in history is clearly a major engineering achievement. But it is also something of a disaster story. Dating back some 4000 years ago, and estimated to have...
'Extinct' horses back in the wild
Three rare horses classified as extinct in the wild have been set free to help protect an Iron Age settlement. The Przewalski horses will roam around a 12-acre paddock in...
Ancient site unearthed in Rajasthan
Remnants of an approximately three-millennium-old human settlement have been unearthed from archaeological excavations in southern Rajasthan (India). Excavations at the Ahar-Banas (3000-1500 BCE) site of Gilund in Chitoregarg district revealed...
Neolithic site found near Stamford
Thousands of years of history were uncovered when excavations started in a village near Stamford (England) last week. Archaeologists spent three days carving trenches out of the landscape to uncover...
21 September 2004
5,700-year-old house found at bypass site
The archaeological ghost of a house a thousand years older than the earliest Egyptian pyramid have been discovered in Co Cork (Ireland). Evidence of the dwelling, which has been carbon-dated...
22 September 2004
Concerns over climbing on ancient rock carvings
Experts have voiced their concerns about the future of prehistoric rock carvings on a boulder being used by climbers in the north of England. Copt Howe, a large rock near...
Henges quarry plans delayed
Quarry firm Tarmac Northern Ltd wants to open up a new area of extraction at its sand and gravel plant close to the Thornborough Henges (England). These proposals have been...
25 September 2004
Avebury wins Wiltshire heritage poll
The unique landscape at Avebury (England) and its world-famous standing stones have been named as the people's choice as their favourite part of the county’s heritage. North Meadow, Cricklade, in...
Ancient fort excavated in Dorset
The first excavation of a well-known pre-historic monument has shown it to be much older than previously thought. The archaeological dig at Badbury Rings near Wimborne in Dorset (England) has...
Bronze Age funeral experiment staged in Scotland
The Archaeolink prehistory park at Oyne (Scotland) recreated a Bronze Age funeral, cremating the body of a pig in a bizarre but significant Scottish Archaeology Month experiment. Archaeolink staff teamed...
Bronze Age bands uncovered by metal detector fan
A last-minute decision not to discard scraps of wire uncovered with a metal detector has landed Shaun Raynsford with a prize he could only dream of. For the pieces of...
Reward offered to solve riddle of ancient cliff tombs
Management of a famous Taoist mountain in east China's Jiangxi Province has offered to pay 400,000 yuan (US$48,000) to anyone who can give a convincing explanation of how tombs were...
26 September 2004
Bulgaria boasts 'world's oldest' sanctuary
An ancient sanctuary unearthed in Bulgaria is probably one of the oldest temples in the world. In the words of Georgi Kitov, head of the archeological expedition, the temple dates...
29 September 2004
Man charged with ancient rock art vandalism
A 22-year-old resident of Huntington, Emery County (Utah, USA), has been charged with vandalizing a rock art panel in Buckhorn Draw, San Rafael Swell, a site whose ancient pictures may...
Airborne survey of ancient Irish sites
One of Ireland’s most noted archaeological landscapes has yielded new secrets to an innovative airborne survey. Using aerial lasers and computer imaging, an Anglo-Irish team has found an even richer...
7000-year-old relics discovered at Narges Tappeh in Iran
Some traces of ancient architecture, pottery and a dozen other monuments and relics have been discovered by Iranian archaeologists at the ancient site of Narges Tappeh near an airport currently...
Ancient Indian camp unearthed in Alabama
State archaeologists have discovered a Native American campground near Palmerdale in north Jefferson County (Alabama, USA) along the route of the proposed northern beltline. The site dates from 8000 BCE...
Bronze Age artefacts found in Scottish sea stacks
Archaeologists have discovered ancient remains and buildings in some of the most inaccessible areas in Scotland. Members of the Severe Terrain Archaeological Campaign (Stac, funded by the Western Isles Council,...
6,000-year-old intact tomb found in France
A French-English team of archaologists have discovered a 6,000-year-old tomb in France. Human bones and ceramic pottery were found inside the tomb. The discovery may help better understanding of Neolithic social structures, according to the...

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