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April 2005 index:

1 April 2005
Are Irish travellers the remnant of a pre-Celtic culture?
Academics have suggested that Irish travellers may in fact be the descendants of a pre-Celtic culture in Ireland. Linguists, historians and anthropologists gathering for the world's first symposium on the...
Infrared photography reveals tattoos on mummies
Researchers restoring mummies at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg have been using infrared photography to reveal previously invisible tattoos. Three of the mummies were removed from the Pazyryk mounds...
Stonehenge landscape to be returned to original state
As part of the plans to improve the Stonehenge landscape in southern England, farmers are being given grants to return their intensive arable fields to traditional low-density pasture. Fields close...
Reports that Tara motorway plans have been approved
It's been reported that Ireland's Environment Minister Dick Roche has decided to allow the controversial M3 motorway through the Tara-Skryne valley to go ahead. Reports from Ireland said the minister...
2 April 2005
Chemists probe secrets in ancient textile dyes
Traveling along the ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang Province (China), two Boston University researchers found ancient fabrics Ė and hit upon a research adventure that combined chemistry, archaeology, anthropology, botany,...
Lottery grant awarded for Iron Age hill fort
Heritage Lottery Funding has been awarded to Penwith Council (Cornwall, England) for the restoration of the prehistoric Lescudjack Hillfort in Penzance, and acquisition of the site will now begin. The...
6 April 2005
Indian archaeologist sparks debate after unauthorised excavation
A professor of archaeology at the Jahangirnagar University in India is courting controversy following the unauthorised excavation of an archaeological site. Professor Sufi Mustafizur Rahman led the excavation of an...
Neutron activation analysis used on Olmec pottery
Archaeologists in America have used neutron activation analysis (NAA) to establish the origins of Olmec pottery found across Mesoamerica. Jeffrey Blomster of George Washington University, Hector Neff of Cal State-Long...
Iron Age settlement found in India
Archaeologists in India have found the Iron Age settlement associated with the Adichanallur burial site. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Chennai Circle, has located where the people who were...
Ancient Iranian cemetery looted
The ancient cemetery of Sarm Tepe, close to the central Iranian city of Qom, is regularly being looted by smugglers. Khosro Purbakhshandeh, the director of the archaeological team working on...
World's oldest 'pornographic figure' found in Germany
Archaeologists working on a dig in Saxony, Germany, have uncovered what is believed may be the world's 'oldest representation of a pornographic scene.' Dr Harald Stšuble of the Archaeological Institute...
Survey of ancient monuments in Wales
Archaeologists in Wales are undertaking a major survey of thousands of prehistoric sites. The project, which will involve several archaeological trusts, is being backed by Cadw, the organisation responsible for...
9 April 2005
Archeologists dig up Bronze Age casting centre
Archeologists claim to have found Viet Namís largest Bronze Age metallurgy centre, estimated to be 3,500 years old. The site, located at the Den Citadel in the northern province of...
Female population predominant in 5000-year-old Burnt City
Anthropological studies indicate that females constituted about sixty percent of the population of the 5000-year-old Burnt City, said Farzad Foruzanfar, director of a team of anthropologists working on the ancient...
Anger over stone circle burial plots
A Company offering burial plots at an ancient stone circle has provoked anger in a north-east Scottish community. Edinburgh-based Native Woodland hopes to attract buyers to the site at Cothiemuir...
Ancient campsite discovered in South Dakota
Discovery of a campsite used by ancient hunters in South Dakota (USA) has delayed work on a stretch of an Expressway for at least a year. The site, along a...
Earliest evidence of domestic herding in the Negev
Although layers of dung accumulated by herds of sheep and goat sheltering in the caves of the Near East have long been an annoyance for archaeologists working on the prehistoric...
Oldest Iranian stylus discovered
The oldest Iranian Stylus, dating to the Middle Elamite era, 1550-1000 BCE, which were used for inscribing mud tablets, has been discovered from Bondul Tepe, Fars province. Bondul Tepe is...
16 April 2005
A new Megalith Map
The Megalithic Portal, created by our friend Andy Burnham, announced the new Megalith Map: an interactive multi-country map of of megalithic and other prehistoric sites, covering the whole of Europe....
400 ancient rock art carvings found in Iran
More than 400 rock art carvings, picturing humans and animals, dating to the Achaemenid and Parthian era (2500 years to 2138 years ago) has been discovered in Sardouyeh, north of...
2,500-year-old urns and tombs found in Viet Nam
Archaeologists made a significant discovery after unearthing an array of urns and earth tombs from Binh Dong Commune of the Binh Son District in the central province of Quang Ngai...
Heritage Action fundraising CD: 'Earthworks'
'Earthworks' is a twelve track CD, released to raise funds for Heritage Action, a not-for-profit voluntary group. Heritage Action was formed in 2003 by 'ordinary people caring for extraordinary places',...
New rock art discoveries in Yorkshire
A recent survey of moorlands to the north of Ilkley in Yorkshire (England), has led to a number of previously undocumented archaeological sites being found. Particularly at Middleton Moor, where...
Tibetan Monks at Stonehenge
Tibetan monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Temple will be performing by the central stone circle of Stonehenge on Monday, 30th May at 8:00 pm. Traditional Tibetan instruments, including the longhorn,...
Scientists protest bill over Kennewick Man
Scientists hoping to study the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man are protesting legislation they say could block their efforts. They say a two-word amendment to a bill on American...
Prehistoric cave of Theopetra will soon open to visitors
Work is to begin on making the cave of Theopetra in Thessaly (Greece) accessible to visitors. The cave is a unique prehistoric site that was continuously inhabited from the Middle...
Search for lost ring leads to Bronze Age hoard
A quest for a missing wedding ring has helped uncover a collection of ancient treasures dating back up to 4,000 years. Thought to be from tombs on the island of...
Twyfelfontein, a nominee for World Heritage
Twyfelfontein is being prepared by the National Museum and National Archives of Namibia for nomination to the World Heritage List, which encourages the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and...
4000-year-old Cypriot copper mine for sale
A copper mine in Cyprus where the metal has been mined for some 4,000 years faces closure unless the Church o fCyprus can find a buyer. The Skouriotissa mine suspended...
24 April 2005
3,000-year-old finds in Temple Mount trash heap
Archaeologists sifting through piles of rubble discarded by Islamic officials from the Temple Mount have found rare artifacts dating to 3,000 years ago. The artifacts were found in the last...
Round barrow unearthed in Leeds
Last summer East Leeds History and Archaeology Society (ELHAS), worked on an archaeological dig in the grounds of Austhorpe Hall, near Crossgates (Leeds, England). Members were astonished at what they...
Prehistoric discovery at Pompei
Swedish archeologists have discovered a Stone Age settlement covered in ash under the ruins of the ancient city of Pompei (Italy), indicating that the volcano Vesuvius engulfed the area in...
The ancient shell rings of South Carolina
Fig Island looks like any of the thousands of tidal hummocks along the South Carolina coast (USA). But much of Fig Island was built by man, not nature. Three of...
Neolithic burial site unearthed in Slovak Republic
An ancient burial ground has been discovered at a building site near Levice city centre (Slovak Republic), where a new shopping centre will be built. MariŠn Samuel from the Archaeological...
High-tech to unveil ancient Chinese bronze culture
High-tech will be used to further explore a 3,000-year-old bronze culture at Xingan County in east China's Jiangxi Province. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Archaeological Institute of...
Remains at building site may be of ancient Indians
Archaeologists have found what they believe are the 5,000-year-old remains of two American Indians at a southern Jefferson County site (Kentucky, USA) planned for development. Bone fragments were unearthed last...
Historic Scotland's new scheduling campaign
Archaeologists are turning their attention to one of Scotland's most historically overlooked areas by scheduling scores of ancient and modern sites dating from 4000 BCE to the cold war era....
Ice Age rock art 'oldest in Britain'
A team of scientists from Bristol, The Open and Sheffield Universities have proved the engravings at Creswell Crags to be greater than 12,800 years old, making them Britain's oldest rock...
4,000-year-old arrowhead found in Cambridgeshire
An arrowhead thought to be 4,000 years old has been unearthed in Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire, England) The find has been unearthed on the excavation site at the rear of Walden House...
The Thornborough henges saga continues
An 'exclusion zone' could be created around the 5,500-year-old Thornborough Henges in North Yorkshire (England) in a bid to protect its archaeology. The eight-square mile area is one proposal revealed...
6000-year-old pottery workshop discovered in Iran
A team of archaeologists have discovered over 5000 pottery works and shards and a large pottery workshop at the 6000-year-old site of Toll-e Bondu in the southern Iranian province of...
Ancient jaw bone raises questions over early man
New research has revealed Britain's oldest fragment of modern human - a jaw bone unearthed in the Westcountry - is 6,000 years older than previously thought. Carbon dating had indicated...
30 April 2005
2500-year-old gold unearthed in Iran
Four pieces of gold with a combined weight of about three kilograms were unearthed beside one of the columns of the main hall of the Darius Palace at Bardak Siah...
Tall Neolithic man found in South China
Archaeologists in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south China, unearthed remains of a 180-centimeter tall man dating back more than 6,000 years. "Such a tall man would rarely have been seen...
Tests to recreate Bronze Age smelting techniques
Evidence for ancient metalworking is sparse, and now historians who recreated Bronze Age smelting techniques know why ó the clues naturally disappear. The finding explains why, despite the discovery of...
Bronze Age haul unearthed in Norfolk
A large haul of Bronze Age artefacts has been uncovered by a gardener in Norfolk, England The 145 items, dating from about 800 BCE, were found by Simon Francis as...
Ancient human remains found in Viet Nam
A set of human remains, believed to be of a primitive man dating back 10,000-15,000 years, has been found in Viet Nam's northern mountainous Tuyen Quang province. Dr. Trinh Nang...
Ancient communal cooking places found in Limerick
Ancient communal cooking places discovered during excavation work in Limerick (Ireland) may belong to the Bronze Age. Frank Coyne, managing director of the Corbally based company, Aegis Archaeology said the...
Scottish archaeological task force to save the past
A team of archaeologists is to arrive in Inverness (Highlands, Scotland) later this year in the hope of uncovering scores of ancient remains in need of legal protection. The visit...

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