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September 2005 index:

3 September 2005
3000-year-old baby skulls found in Iran
Two tiny skulls belonging to 3,000 year-old babies or possibly even fetuses, have been discovered in an excavation at one of Isfahan, Iranís provincial archaeological sites. While excavating Ashna Tepe...
Bronze Age dig in Dorset reveals ancient finds
Archaeologists who have been busy working on one of the UK's largest Bronze Age digs of this summer are set to reveal their discoveries. The team of about 100 people...
Bison in Illinois 1,700 years earlier than thought
According to scientists, bison bones found in Peoria County prove the animals were in Illinois about 1,700 years earlier than previously thought. Alan Harn, an archaeologist with Dickson Mounds Museum,...
New structure found at an ancient site in Ohio
Archaeologists say they have something new to study at Fort Ancient State Memorial, the site of 2,000-year-old earthworks. A circular structure about 200 feet in diameter was detected recently during...
4 September 2005
Balloons help spot ancient sites
Archaeologists are to take to the skies above north Wales in hot air balloons in an attempt to spot long-lost ancient sites. Balloonists preparing for the Llangollen Balloon Festival will...
Earliest millets discovered in Mongolia
Chinese archaeologists have recently found the world earliest millets, dated back to about 8,000 years ago, on the grassland in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. A large number of...
Reed-boat sailors to follow wake of ancient mariners
A team of archaeologists will set sail from Oman for India in a small boat made of reeds, steering by the stars and sun with nothing but the wind to...
Five-star award for Scottish Crannog
Scotland's unique cultural icon, the Crannog Centre at Kenmore (Perthshire), has been awarded the prestigious five-star grading from VisitScotland. The centre is the 55th visitor attraction in Scotland to receive...
Ancient painting discovered inside Gorhamís Cave
Archaeologists working deep inside Gorhamís Cave have (Gibraltar) discovered a rare prehistoric painting, that could be up to 13,000 years old, of a deer. To the untrained eye it looks...
5 September 2005
Ancient Sardinian tomb vandalised
A vandalic incursion has badly damaged the Emiciclo tomb, the most important monument at Sas Concas pre-nuragic necropolis (Sardinia, Italy). A 30x40 cm rock slab from one of the walls...
8 September 2005
Ancient rock art discovered at Teltown site
An exciting archaeological discovery has recently revealed rock art from about 2000 BCE. At one of Meath's most prominent sites, Teltown or Tailteann (Ireland), the discovery by archaeologist Professor George...
Rare Clovis point found in Utah
The pink stone point discovered last spring just lying on the ground, appears to be older than any artifact ever found on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (Utah, USA). Archaeologists...
Neolithic fishing boat unearthed in Korea
An excavation was made in the southern part of the Korean peninsula, where archaeologists unearthed a fishing boat believed to be the world's oldest, dating back to 6,000 BCE. A...
6000 year-old sites found in Connacht
Between 2000 and 2003 the route of the new Inner Relief Road, from Carraroe to Summerhill College, was subject to the biggest archaeological dig ever performed in Connacht (Ireland). The...
Stone age settlement discovered in Cornwall
Archaeologists face a race against time after the discovery of what are believed to be the remains of a stone age settlement on the A30 in Cornwall (England). The Highways...
Celtica attraction set to close in 2006
The prehistoric-themed visitor attraction Celtica in Machynlleth, Powys (mid-Wales) is under threat of closure unless £250,000 can be raised by December 2005. Powys County Council, which owns Celtica, has voted...
Ancient structure rises again at Durrington Walls
A film company is recreating one of the two timber structures found inside Durrington Walls (Wiltshire, England) some distance from the original site. The replica is to the original scale...
Rare Iron Age find on Skye
Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the first Iron Age burial on the Isle of Skye (Scotland). The skeleton from about the 1st millennium BCE is thought to be that of...
10 September 2005
Bronze Age boat replica capsized
International researchers attempting to sail 600 miles in a Bronze Age-style reed boat had to be rescued from the Arabian Sea after the vessel started to capsize. The eight-member crew,...
Avebury's future mapped out
A new management strategy setting out plans for the Avebury World Heritage site (Wiltshire, England) has been launched. It aims to protect the site for future generations and balance the...
11 September 2005
Prehistoric arrowheads found at Clifton Park dig
Archaeologists discovered several ancient artifacts dating to 6,000-4,000 BCE from an old farm that now is a construction site for the new Clifton Park-Halfmoon library (New York, USA). Five arrowheads...
16 September 2005
First cocktail 5000 years old
The first cocktail ever was made in Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago, using wine, beer, apple juice and honey. Patrick McGovern defined the mix as 'grog', an archaic drink in the...
Illinois site shows life of Archaic Period
More than 9,000 years ago, nomadic hunters in Southern Illinois (USA) were handy with an atlatl, a Stone Age throwing gadget that gave their spears fast-ball speed. And when dense...
Cornish sacred hill up for auction
Brown Gelly, the hill to the south of Dozmary Pool (Cornwall, England) goes up for auction on the 27th September. On the hill are several barrows plus Iron Age settlements....
Crew plans new Bronze Age journey
The crew of a reed boat which sank after leaving Oman en route for India say they plan another attempt to recreate the Bronze Age-era voyage. The 12-metre (40ft) sailboat...
Ancient drowned forest discovered in Scotland
Underwater archaeologists in Perthshire (Scotland) have made the incredible discovery of a drowned forest, thought to date from the Neolithic period some 5000 years ago. Stunned divers spotted the ancient...
17 September 2005
Spear point may be oldest Idaho human relic
The discovery of a carved obsidian spear point, believed to be 11,000 years old, was found last year just west of the Idaho-Montana border in the Beaverhead Mountains. If proved...
Bronze age town unearthed on Cycladic island
Greek archaeologists discovered the "well-preserved" remains of a large Bronze Age town. The culture ministry said the town dates from at least 1,900 BC on the Cycladic island of Andros....
Turkish military bulldozes 8,000-year-old site
Recent reports that the Turkish Cypriot armed forces have bulldozed away an 8,000-year-old Neolithic site at the of the Karpas peninsula to make way for a flag pole was confirmed...
Digs shed new light on Stonehenge mystery
Three weeks of excavations at Durrington Walls have shed new light on the mysteries of the Stonehenge World Heritage site. The dig, which started on August 21, was due to...
18 September 2005
Thornborough: planning application rejected
North Yorkshire planning officers' recommendation on quarrying near the 5,000-year-old Thornborough henges (England) has been published. They recommend that the planning committee reject Tarmac's to extend Nosterfield Quarry at Ladybridge...
Friends of Grampian Stones meeting
The Friends of Grampian Stones annual general meeting will be held at 2:30 on the 2nd of October, at the newly-restored Migvie Kirk at Tarland (Pictish stones, close to Tomnaverie...
Action planned to save ancient ditch
Walkers are threatening the ancient Shire Ditch, which runs along the Malvern Hills. The ditch is an important man-made archaeological feature, believed to date from the Bronze Age. Roughly following...
3000-year-old settlement found in Switzerland
A settlement believed to be nearly 3000 years old has been discovered near Roman tombs in northern Switzerland, archeologists said. The hamlet near Frick, in Argau district, dated from about...
Prehistoric Vietnamese findings likely to be published
The Culture and Information Service (CIS) of Central Highlands Kon Tum province (Vietnam) is seeking approval for publishing its archaeological findings on the Kon Tum prehistory age. The archaeological work...
Late Bronze Age castle discovered in Iran
A six-month excavation and archaeological research at the historical site located at Qaresu River bank in Rouin Dezq Village (Iran) resulted in the discovery of an ancient military castle. Head...
24 September 2005
Flint remains show the 'Stone Age' life
The exact location of flint found on the North Downs (England) is being plotted. A Stone Age settlement uncovered in the North Downs is being hailed as an important archaeological...
Trying on the past at the Loch Crannog Tay Center
For the first time in two millennia the Perthshire Hills were ringing with the sound of Celtic and Pictish weaponry as one of the area's most popular visitor attractions gave...
Rock Art Project looking for volunteers
Northumberland, U.K., has roughly 1200 examples of rock art scattered across the county. The Rock Art Project are looking to enroll volunteers to help record prehistoric carvings. Volunteers will take...
Archaeologist returns to Tomnaverie stone circle
Professor Richard Bradley of Reading University, the Archeologist who helped save an Aberdeenshire (Scotland) stone circle from destruction, returned to the site to discuss its historical importance. Professor Bradley was...
Scottish stacs inhabited since prehistoric times
Isle of Lewis, Scotland. A new archaeological survey of sea stacs off the Western Isles uncovered evidence suggesting that the rocky outposts were inhabited much earlier than previously thought. This...
25 September 2005
Archaeologists wrap up 2005 excavations in ancient Idalion
Excavations in the Lower City of the ancient city-kingdom of Idalion (Cyprus) this year brought to the surface workshops as early as the 13th century BCE, as well as limestone...
Cambodian archaeological sites being decimated
Tomb raiders are decimating Cambodia's archaeological sites, looting ancient and remote cemeteries to sell antiques to tourists, an independent watchdog warned as it prepares a campaign to educate potential buyers....
Evolutionary tools may unlock origins of ancient languages
The key to understanding how languages evolved may lie in their structure, not their vocabularies, a new report suggests. Findings published in the journal Science indicate that a linguistic technique...
27,000 year-old grave discovered in Austria
A more than 27,000 year-old grave with the bodies of two babies has been discovered near Krems in Lower Austria. Archaeologists of the Prehistoric Commission of the Austrian Academy of...
Thornborough henges quarry decision deferred
Campaigners must wait until next year to discover whether quarrying of another 2.2 million tonnes of sand and gravel is to be allowed near a Neolithic site regarded as the...
Tourist killed on Greek archaeological site
A British man died when a metal roof shielding an archaeological site on a Greek island collapsed. Richard Binnion, from Wrexham, North Wales, was crushed when the protective canopy on...
8,000-year-old dug out canoe on show in Italy
There is a star attraction at the International Conference of Experimental Archaeology which opened in Anguillara (Lazio, Italy). It's a dug out canoe built 8,000 years ago by primitive people...

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