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August 2005 index:

3 August 2005
8000-year-old pirogue found in lake Bracciano
An 8,000 year-old pirogue was found in Lake Bracciano, in the area of the Neolithic village La Marmotta (about 40km north of Rome, Italy). "It's an exceptional example of ancient...
7 August 2005
Iron Age log boat begins year's drying out
An Iron Age log boat has begun a year of drying out after spending a decade buried in sugar. Archaeologists at the Poole, Dorset (England), Waterfront Museum say it is...
7000-year-old stone tools discovered in Iran
A team of archaeologists recently discovered some 7000-year-old stone tools in Kerman Province (Iran). Researchers say that the tools, which were unearthed at the historical site of Tall-e Atashin, located...
New analysis of pottery stirs Olmec trade controversy
Analysis of 3,000-year-old pottery shards from the ancient Olmec capital of San Lorenzo and other sites contradicts the notion among some researchers that the Olmec civilization was the "mother culture"...
Hundreds flock to dig Flag Fen
Organisers of an archaeological event were so surprised by the number of people who joined in the fun that they have vowed to make it an annual event. Almost 1,000...
IFRAO 'Global State of the Art' Congress
The International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences will have its XV world Congress in Lisbon (Portugal) in September 4th-9th 2006. The Congress is being organised by the various international...
Prehistoric artifacts unearthed in South Carolina
When Croatan Chief Ricky Bruner had timber cleared for his property this year, arrowheads fell from the roots. That’s when he knew he had discovered a piece of history. Bruner...
Ancient settlement spotted by airborne survey
Bretforton (Worcestershire, England) has become the focus for much interest from experts following a recent airborne survey of the village. For the area earmarked for the ten new homes has...
13 August 2005
Ancient skeleton found near Croatian premier's office
A human skeleton, believed to be about 2,800 years old, and numerous artefacts have been found by archaeologists during excavation works outside the office of the Croatian premier in Zagreb....
Smugglers lead to discovery of Iron Age site in Iran
Artifacts recently confiscated from smugglers by the Zanjan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department (ZCHTD) have led to the discovery of an Iron Age site near Anzar village in Iran’s Zanjan...
The Qingliang Temple Neolithic cemetery
A large number of Neolithic graves have been dug up in the Ruicheng County, North China's Shanxi Province. The finding was chosen as one of '10 archaeological discoveries in China'...
Ancient Labrys unearthed in Bulgaria
Bulgarian archeologists accidentally unearthed a bronze labrys, a double headed ritual axe, symbol of the King's authority in the history of the Thracian tribes. The labrys was found during rescue...
Prehistoric sites discovered in Greece
A Greek-Italian team of archaeologists has found Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic sites on the peaks of Mt Smolikas, on of the Pindus mountain range that runs down the middle of...
Tara Day
The people of Ireland are invited to visit the Hill of Tara on August 15th Tara Day, to express their opposition to the proposed twice-tolled Motorway through the Gabhra (TaraSkryne)...
Neolithic tools unearthed in Marseille
Remains from the Neolithic era (about 5600 BCE to 4000 BCE) have been found in the southern French port city of Marseille. Excavations near the city's railway station unearthed flints,...
The £600,000 plan to shore up Silbury Hill
Expert have come up with a plan to save ancient landmark Silbury Hill (Wilthsigre, England) from collapsing in on itself - but they need up to £600,000 to carry it...
Face of ancient Fiji shows Pacific's past
Pacific islanders were given the first realistic glimpse of what one of their ancestors looked like after researchers from Fiji and Japan were able to construct a representation of the...
Pig-raising in China dates back to 8,000 years ago
Researchers with Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IA, CASS) have recently found the traces of agriculture and livestock, which can be traced back to 8,000 years ago....
Swedish Iron Age burial ground discovered
Archaeologists digging near Strömnäsbruk in Småland (Sweden) have uncovered a burial ground with some twenty graves thought to date back to the Iron Age. "We didn't expect to find so...
19 August 2005
Ancient shards discovered in Persepolis sewage system
Archaeologists working at the Persepolis Complex have recently discovered 100 shards in the sewage system beneath Persepolis (Iran). The fragments were discovered during sediment removal operations. "The discovered items are...
Work resumes at Iron Age Crannog site
The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology or STUA, builders of the Scottish Crannog Centre at Kenmore, Loch Tay, has now resumed work at the early Iron Age site of Oakbank...
21 August 2005
Ongoing excavation at Castell Henllys
Pembrokeshire (Wales) is one of the 'dig destinations' for archaeology students this summer. Dozens of students from all over the world are working in the county at a number of...
Children sail through the Bronze Age
Youngsters from Aberdeen (Scotland) have been trying to build their own Bronze Age boat at an annual summer workshop for aspiring archaeologists. Members of the club YoungArchaeologists@Aberdeen took up the...
Prehistoric casting centre found in Vietnam
Excavations in Vinh Phuc Province (Vietnam) have revealed a 3,500-year-old bronze casting centre of Dong Son. The recent excavations of the Thanh Den site in Cu An Hamlet, conducted by...
Bronze Age key found in Austria
Archeologists believe they have found a key dating back to the late Bronze Age in southern Austria. The 16 inch long bronze key was only the third of its kind...
2,500-year-old artifacts found in West Kazakhstan
Unique archeological evidence dating back to IV-III centuries BCE is revealed nearby Oblavka village of Burlinskiy district, West Kazakhstan oblast. Oblast history and archeology centre specialists were working on a...
Bronze Age remains found in Leicestershire
Several finds have been unearthed during work to lay a £12 million gas pipeline in Leicestershire (England). Remains found have included a 23ft-deep stone well and pots dating from Bronze...
Thousands of golden ornaments unearthed in Bulgaria
Archeologists working a dig in central Bulgaria have unearthed some 15,000 miniature rings and other gold ornaments that date to the end of the third millennium BCE - a find...
Ice Age engravings found in Somerset
A series of rare engravings, believed to date from the Mesolithic period, 10,000 years ago, have been discovered in a cave in Somerset (England). The three abstract squares, thought to...
Ancient artefacts abound in Dubai
The discovery of ancient archaeological sites has transformed the simple agriculture city of Al Ain (Dubai) into an important centre of ancient history in the Arabian peninsula. A thriving civilisation...
Prehistoric dig in Colorado running out of time
Amid the weedy expanse that soon will become Parker's reservoir (Colorado, USA), Erik Gantt and his archaeological crew are fighting a battle against time. The group was invited to Douglas...
Campaigners unveil alternative route away from Tara
A new campaigning group - Tarawatch - has been formed. The group sees its role as articulating the opinion of the 70% of the Irish population who are against the...
24 August 2005
Thornborough campaign group rejects mitigation strategy
Campaigners seeking to protect the archaeology surrounding the three Thornborough Henges (North Yorkshire, England) have rejected Tarmac's last minute mitigation strategy for Ladybridge Farm, the latest quarry planned for the...
25 August 2005
Concerns about Silbury Hill restoration plans
Heritage Action, the group campaigning for the protection of threatened heritage sites, has challenged English Heritage’s plans for the future of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire (England). The largest prehistoric mound...
Ancient settlement discovered in Buckinghamshire
Archaeologists working ahead of contractors building the Linslade/Stoke Hammond bypass (Buckinghamshire, England) have uncovered the remains of an ancient settlement overlooking the town. The team of 10, led by Martin...
Figures up on last year at Carrowmore
The megalithic tombs in Carrowmore remain one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sligo and visitors to the site look set to be up on last year. From May to...
27 August 2005
Iron Age skeleton discovered in Iran
A team of archaeologists working at the Bistun site in the Kerman-shah Province in Iran recently announced that they have discovered a 3000-year-old skeleton. Ali Sajjadi, team leader, said that...
Stone Age site uncovered in the heart of Surrey
An excavation in East Surrey (England) has turned up flint tools and cooking pots from about 10,000 years ago. The area, which bears the remains of cooked meals, campfires and...
28 August 2005
Eathorne menhir stands again
On August 14, Eathorne menhir was re-erected in its original location. It is a slim granite Bronze Age standing stone, 2.4ms tall near Treverva close to Constantine in Cornwall (England)....
5000-year-old clay collection discovered in Iran
During the construction project for an irrigation structure in Rudbar of Kerman province (Iran), experts discovered some 40 objects dating to the third millennium BC. The objects, which are made...
New audio tour at the Rollrights
The Rollright Trust, guardians of the Rollright stones on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border (England) has just launched an innovative audio tour facility. From their website, you can download a sound file...
Ancient Egypt gems on Italian isle
A priceless set of ancient jewellery, probably from Egypt, is the latest archaeological jackpot experts have struck on Pantelleria, a southern Italian island. Excavations at the 16th-century BCE settlement of...
3000-year-old mummified body unearthed in India
A mummified body wearing copper bracelets, some pottery and other artefacts dating back to the Indus Valley civilisation (1,000 BCE), have been found at a village in Baghpat district where...
Prehistoric remains discovered in south Wales
Students from Lancashire discovered 5,000-year-old human remains on an archaeological dig in south Wales. The remains of seven humans were found in a large pit in the mouth of a...
Ancient spear point missing after fair show
A spear point that might be more than 12,000 years old has turned up missing after being part of an "artifact road show" by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources...
Better access at Duddo stone circle
A recent agreement allowing public access to the stone circle near the Northumbrian village of Duddo (England) has proved successful. On a recent visit Heritage Action site inspector Ian Hobson...
Dig near Kolkata to unearth pre-Mauryan history
Excavation of a new site near in the Indian state of West Bengal might unearth evidence of human habitation dating back to the 3rd century BCE. The state archaeology department...
Preservation work at Skara Brae
Julie Gibson, Orkney's county archaeologist, reckons the preservation work being done this summer on the neolithic house number seven at Skara Brae (Orkney, Scotland) has made present-day visitors appreciate the...
30 August 2005
Second rare burial unearthed at Minehowe
A second Iron Age burial has been found at the Minehowe (Orkney, Scotland) site. The latest find follows last year's discovery of a woman buried under the floor of a...
The Bagneux dolmen is for sale
The Bagneux Dolmen, at 23 metres (75 feet), is the longest in France and it was classified as a historic monument in the 19th century by Prosper Merimee, the playwright...

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