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July 2005 index:

2 July 2005
6,000-year-old city discovered in China
This recently discovered ancient Chinese city covers approximately 80,000 square meters. Surrounded on it's Eastern, Western and Southern sides by Lakes, the city has a trench at it's Northern side...
Alaskan dig mystifies archaeologists
Last summer instructor Brian Wygal, from the University of Nevada, made two intriguing finds in the Trapper Creek area (Alaska, USA) while working with a Matanuska-Susitna Borough crew. The team...
3 July 2005
Ancient pit house unearthed in Arizona
Archaeologist Homer Thiel is working on the excavation of the remains of a pit house built 2,000 years ago in Arizona (USA), well before the time of the Hohokam, and...
9,000-year-old spear head found by Canadian hikers
The spot that a pair of Jasper residents (Alberta, Canada) chose for a hike recently could have been a hunting area for a pre-contact civilization more than 5,000 years ago....
Prehistoric Aboriginal site found in Queensland
Aborigines and archaeologists have excavated an ancient artefact site in north-western Queensland (Australia), which they believe may be one of the oldest ever discovered in this country. The site was...
Public meetings about Flag Fen's future
Peterborough City Council is to hold two public meetings aboutplans to build a renewable energy plant near the famous Flag Fen Bronze Age site located in England. Local residents and...
Ancient bronze drum found in Vietnam
An ancient bronze drum believed to date back to the Dong Son culture, which existed 2,000-2,500 years ago, has been discovered in the central province of Quang Tri, in Vietnam....
6000-year-old clay coupons discovered in southern Iran
A team of archaeologists recently discovered 6000-year-old clay coupons during excavations at Rahmatabad Tepe in the Marvdasht region of Fars Province, said on Saturday. "The archaeologists have unearthed 12 square-shaped...
8 July 2005
After 9,300 years, is Kennewick Man ready to 'talk'?
Nine years after his skeletal remains were found along the Colombia River (Washington State, USA), scientists who successfully sued for the rights to study his bones will begin analyses on...
9 July 2005
Prehistoric river samples dated
Weeks of excavation work in Pan, on the Isle Of Wight, came to an end and now tests to date samples are being carried out in America and Australia. The...
Iron Age tourist camp set to open
A new attraction which offers visitors the chance to experience life as an Iron Age villager opens this weekend. The Cinderbury settlement near Coleford in the Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire,...
Permission to challenge Tara Hill motorway plans
An environmental activist was granted permission in the Irish High Court to bring proceedings aimed at ensuring the re-routing of a proposed motorway away from the Hill of Tara (co....
Neolithic finds in Cabridgeshire
Evidence of Stone Age life from more than 4,000 years ago has been uncovered in a dig in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire (England). Prehistoric finds near Walden House on George Street include...
Excavation in Michigan yields prehistoric axe
A man thought he was simply digging a basement for the house he would eventually build in Bridgeport Township (Michigan, USA). But the hole Arthur A. Shaft opened up in...
Bulgaria excavates more Thracian mounds
Bulgaria's archaeological expedition TEMP is about to start new excavations in the Valley of Thracian Kings. The campaign is expected to start at 14 mounds, and the team is hoping...
Discovery may rewrite American prehistory
Researchers think they may have found footprints in southern Mexico that mark the oldest evidence for the presence of humans in the Americas. The impressions, preserved in volcanic ash along...
Replica TV Stonehenge in need of a new home
If you have a large garden and would like a full-size replica of Stonehenge to impress your neighbours and visitors then you need to speak to Marlborough archaeologist Mike Pitts....
Protesters claim quarry victory
Countryside campaigners are celebrating after British Government chiefs turned down proposals to increase quarrying near a historic site. Plans to extend Tearsall Quarry at Bonsall Moor (Derbyshire, England) – and...
15 July 2005
Timber circle discovered in Russia
In 2003, Russian Archaeologist Ilya Akhmedov made an amazing discovery: near the ancient village site of Spasskaya Luka, in the settlement of Staraya Ryazan he found an ancient wooden structure....
Oetzi's shoes were made for walking!
They are lined with hay, held together by a net of rough string, bulky, itchy and downright uncomfortable looking. But our "old" friend Oetzi the Iceman wore them, and when...
16 July 2005
The mysterious capital of Sanxingdui
As archaeologists work their way through parched, yellow earth, traditional views of Chinese history are being dealt shattering blows. Three thousand years ago a city in southwest China flourished. Jinsha...
Search is on for Knowes o' Trotty remains
The search is on for a quantity of cremated human remains, first uncovered in a Bronze Age burial cist in Harray (Orkney ISlands, Scotland) almost 150 years ago. In 1858,...
20 ancient Hohokam canals discovered
Archaeologists working at a proposed development site in Mesa say they have unearthed one of the largest integrated canal systems the Hohokam Indians ever built in the Phoenix area (Arizona,...
6,500-year-old walkway unearthed in England
UK's oldest-ever wooden structures have been unearthed deep in the West. The 6,500-year-old staves and poles were found by workmen digging holes on land at Walpole, near Bridgwater (Somerset, England),...
New finding disputes myth of early settlers in the Pacific
Archaeologists think they have unearthed the first human settlement on the South Pacific island of Fiji, a find believed to be about 3 000 years old. The archaeologists found 16...
21 July 2005
Ancient Irrigation System Discovered In UAE
Discovered entirely by accident, an ancient underground water channel system known as a "Falaj" has been unearthed beneath the courtyard of a house in Al Ain, near the Hili...
23 July 2005
Bronze Age treasure to return home in Wales
A priceless 4,000-year-old gold cape is to return to north-east Wales for the first time since it was discovered there in 1833. The Bronze Age Mold Cape, the largest gold...
8,000-year-old relics found in Mississippi
Archeologists have uncovered relics dating back thousands of years near the Mississippi 63 bypass construction project (USA). A total of three sites were excavated to reveal a wide variety of...
Ancient stone-coffin tombs discovered in Sichuan
Archaeologists discovered more than 20 ancient tombs with stone coffins dating back nearly 2,800 years ago in southwestern China's Sichuan province. The discovery of stone coffins, first of its kind...
Unusual Iron Age steles discovered in Iran
Over 500 stone steles bearing images of faces of men and women with no mouths were recently discovered at Shahr Yeri in Ardebil Province (Iran). Alireza Hojabri Nuri, the director...
Ancient brew based on 9,000-year-old Chinese recipe
Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware (USA) has brewed another ancient beer, this time replicating one made in China about 9,000 years ago. The recent brew is to be sold as...
Archaeology survey of Goss Moor
The British Highways Agency has highlighted a new road in Cornwall Ginny Clarke, Highways Agency Director for Safety, Strategy and Research, said: "The quality and rarity of these finds illustrate...
Meeting to decide quarrying by henges
Controversial plans to extend a quarry near the neolithic Thoprnborough henges (North Yorkshire, England) have been discussed by county councillors for the first time. Tarmac Limited wants to extend Nosterfield...
Pre-Incas kept detailed records
A sophisticated arrangement of knots and strings, found on the site of the oldest city in the Americas, indicates ancient Peruvians were skilled at conveying detailed information much earlier than...
Prehistoric artefacts unhearthed at Culzean Castle
Archaeologists working at Culzean Castle (South Ayrshire, Scotland) for The National Trust for Scotland have found traces of a 2000 year old wall and possible prehistoric artefacts including burnt bone...
3d laser scanning at Callanish complex
The Callanish Stones (Outer Hebrides, Scotland) have been recently measured using high resolution 3D laser scanning. The laser scanning was commissioned by Stewart and Emma Mitchell of the Callanish Blackhouse...
Plans for Stonehenge put on hold
The British Government has announced that the plans to rebuild the traffic and environment around Stonehenge - which included an ambitious and controversial tunnel under the site - are to...
Iron Age hill fort restored
Work has been completed to restore the area around the Uley Bury Iron Age hill fort. The DEFRA-backed project covers 38 acres on land above the village of Uley (Cotswolds,...
30 July 2005
Ancient stone-coffin tombs discovered in Tibet
Archaeologists discovered more than 20 ancient tombs with stone coffins dating back nearly 2,800 years ago in southwestern China's Sichuan province. The discovery of stone coffins, first of its kind...
Research programme at Stonehenge is needed
Scientists are demanding a full-scale research programme be launched to update our knowledge of Stonehenge and discover precisely who built it and its burial barrow graves. This is the key...
Ancient stone phallus unearthed in cave
A sculpted and polished phallus found in a German cave is among the earliest representations of male sexuality ever uncovered, researchers say. The 20cm-long, 3cm-wide stone object, which is dated...
Thracian treasure discovered in Bulgaria
Archaeologists have unearthed 2,400-year-old treasure in a Thracian tomb in eastern Bulgaria. Professor Daniela Agre, who led the team of 15 from the Bulgarian Archaeological Institute, said the finds provided...
2,200-year-old tombs unearthed in north China
Chinese archaeologists have discovered seven tombs, dating back up to 2,200 years, in north China's Shanxi Province. Located in the Xiguan village in Yuxian County, the tombs include five from...
Stonehenge plan stopped dead by council decision
English Heritage plans for a £57m visitor centre at Stonehenge, to replace the facilities damned as 'a national disgrace' 15 years ago, have been thrown into chaos after Salisbury district...
Beaker people’s bones analysed in Britain
They died 4000 years ago and, for as long as a century, some have been in the care of Aberdeen University. Now, the skeletons of 23 men and women have...
Update on the future of Silbury Hill
English Heritage has announced the latest stage in the process to repair and preserve Silbury Hill (Wiltshire, England), the largest Neolithic construction of its type in Europe, and part of...
Cairns to get protective covering
Bronze Age cairns on Exmoor (England) are to be wrapped in fabric to protect them from souvenir hunters. The ancient monuments on Dunkery Beacon in Somerset are thought to be...
Quarry plans threaten Nine Ladies stone circle
A mile-long human chain will be formed to protest at new plans for a Stanton Moor quarry (Derbyshire, England). Residents of Stanton-in-Peak were devastated to learn Matlock quarrying firm Stancliffe...
Tarmac offers land next to henges gift
Quarry firm Tarmac is offering to give 60 acres of land adjacent the ancient Thornborough Henges (North Yorkshire, England) to the nation. The company, currently in dispute with conservationists over...
Ancient earthworks in Jersey may stop shooting plan
A Jersey (Channel Islands) resident is objecting to a proposed extension to the Crabbé shooting range because he believes the suggested area is an important archaeological site. Peter Judge says...

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