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November 2005 index:

2 November 2005
3000-year-old warrior still fighting at Gohar-Tappeh
A team of archaeologists working at the 3000-year-old site of Gohar-Tappeh in Iran's northern province of Mazandaran have recently unearthed a skeleton of a warrior buried in an attacking pose...
Bosnian explorer finds 'Europe's first pyramids'
Bosnian explorer Semir Osmanagic is convinced he has found Europe's first pyramids, which he states are a new "World Wonder" dating back to ancient times. "I was amazed when I...
Oldest dragon totem found
A 3,700-year-old antique in the shape of a dragon, made up of over 2,000 pieces of turquoise, is believed by many Chinese scholars as the oldest Chinese dragon totem. The...
Dig near Tucson uncovers ancient settlement
Archeologists are finding the people who lived in this area northwest of Tucson, Arizona (USA) three thousand years ago have more in common with us than we might think. One...
Greenhouse effect occurred 5,000 years ago
It is common sense nowadays that excessive carbon dioxide in the air caused by excessive lumbering leads to global greenhouse effects. But a team of archaeologists from China and the...
Polynesian cemetery unlocks ancient burial secrets
The first people to settle Polynesia went to surprising lengths to honour their dead. Remains from the oldest cemetery in the Pacific suggest the Lapita people buried their dead in...
6 November 2005
The British Commons Bill and archaeology
About 55% of common land in England is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and 43% of this is classified by English Nature as in poor or declining...
5,000-year-old necklace unearthed in China
Archeologists recently unearthed a dainty necklace at an archeological site dating back 4,000 to 5,000 years in central China's Henan Province. Unlike today's necklaces of gold or jewelry, or primitive...
Skeleton buried in fetal position discovered in Beijing
A Chinese archaeological team, jointly set up by School of Archaeology and Museum Studies of the Peking University and Beijing Research Institute of Cultural Relics, has discovered recently an early...
New archaeological work near Thornborough Henges
Fresh archaeological survey work under way at a proposed quarry site close to the ancient Thornborough Henges (North Yorkshire, England) has come in for criticism from heritage campaign group TimeWatch....
Large Neolithic settlement unearthed in Britain
Archaeologists have unearthed what is thought to be one of the largest Neolithic settlements in Britain, which was probably associated with a nearby series of nine prehistoric ritual centres. The...
Threats to prehistoric quarry in New Hampshire
Blasting and construction for a $28 million motorsports park has been cleared to proceed even though it will be located next to an area that archaeologists call one of the...
9 November 2005
Database to record Jomon artifacts is being compiled
They are an archaeologist's dream come true, and a telling glimpse into prehistoric life. But the ancient Sannai-Maruyama ruins are providing so many relics that researchers are having trouble storing...
13 November 2005
Ancient burial mounds unearthed in Armenia
Archaeologists have unearthed in Armenia burial mounds dating back to the third millennium BCE which they believe contain remains and trinkets from ancient Aryan nomads. Historian Hakob Simonian said that...
A solution to save Silbury Hill from disaster
Thousands of tourists who have viewed Silbury Hill (Wilthsire, England) over the last four and a half years, have probably been unaware of the crisis over its long term stability....
Rare pottery kiln discovered in Mongolia
Chinese archaeologists have discovered an ancient pottery kiln, dating back about 3,500 years, in Chifeng, a city in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. "This is the first time a...
Earliest known rendering of the Hebrew alphabet found
On the last day of his 2005 archaeological dig at Tel Zayit, about 50 kilometres south of Tel Aviv (Israel), Ronald Tappy was photographing his site, when a supervisor asked...
Saipan may be Pacific's oldest archaeological site
Sediment cores taken from Saipan's Lake Susupe in 2002 have yielded a continual record of plant pollen and other materials for the past 8,000 years that could make the island...
DNA shows first Europeans were hunters not farmers
The first farmers to arrive in Europe more than 7,000 years ago appear to have left behind a legacy of agriculture but no descendants, a study of ancient DNA has...
Pennsylvania hunters may use prehistoric weapon
An ancient weapon that struck fear in the hearts of Spanish conquistadors, and that some think was used to slay woolly mammoths in Florida, may soon be added to the...
19 November 2005
First stage of Castle Hill consultation ends
The first stage of the public consultation about the future of Castle Hill, in Huddersfield (U.K) has finished. Atkins Global, the company that has been tasked with investigating the public's...
Ancient Man's lost Secrets on test
Technology from the 21st century will be used to unlock the past to one of Yorkshire, England's most important archaeological finds from the Bronze Age. Gristhorpe Man, one of the...
Archaeologists rescuing relics for Three Gorges Dam
Following the unprecedented excavation of cultural relics of the Three Gorges Dam project, Chinese archaeologists are once again running against the clock to dig and relocate numerous treasures facing inundation...
20 November 2005
Grant helps to conserve ancient weapons cache
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council's museums service has won an award of £130,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the purchase and conservation of an ancient weapons cache....
Armenian archaeologists find Early Bronze Age settlement
Aram Kalantaryan, Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, announced that on the western slopes of Aragats, near the village of Tsakhkasar...
Secure long-term future for archaeological sites in Lincolnshire
Heritage groups are calling on the British Government to secure the long-term future of important archaeological sites in the Lincolnshire Wolds. English Heritage, The National Trust, Defra and organisations including...
Neolithic finds on display in Gloucestershire
Neolithic stone axe finds from the Forest created huge interest at a county conference held at Five Acres (Gloucestershire, England). The event, in the Royal Forest of Dean College theatre,...
Heritage roadshow to preserve Cornish prehistoric sites
A roving display takes to the road to highlight a major bid to help conserve and manage a significant area of landscape in South East Cornwall (England). Its aim is...
Countryside near Stonehenge may become a wildlife haven
A large tract of countryside near Stonehenge (Wilthsire, England) will soon become a wildlife haven to help reverse the decline of England's chalk grassland, a conservation charity said today. About...
Fire and the Archaeology of Fylingdales Moor, North Yorkshire
A seminar, sponsored by English Heritage: Fire and the Archaeology of Fylingdales Moor, North Yorkshire, will be held at the Whitby Museum, Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire on Thursday 1st...
First Harappan cemetery found in Uttar Pradesh
For thousands of years, the fields of Sinauli in western Uttar Pradesh (India) hid their secret well. But now its past is out in the open. Beyond the villageís brick...
Western world's oldest map found in Apulia
The oldest map of anywhere in the western world, dating from about 500 BCE, has been unearthed in southern Italy. Known as the Soleto Map, the depiction of Apulia, the...
'Exceptional find' of Iron Age warrior in Scotland
The remains of an Iron Age warrior have been found in Dunbar (East Lothian, Scotland) Ė only the third grave of its kind in Scotland. Archaeologists were called to the...
Team of archaeologists to explore Mazandaran caves
Scholars from Lyon and Toronto Universities have asked to carry out excavations in the ancient caves of Mazandaran province in Iran. Previous studies and excavations in the caves indicate that...
Human face has shrunk over the past 10,000 years
The human face is shrinking. Research into peopleís appearance over the past 10,000 years has found that our ancestorsí heads and faces were up to 30% larger than now. Changes...
26 November 2005
Japanese team return to Gilanís ancient sites
After a four-month hiatus, a team of Japanese experts, who had previously worked on the ancient sites of northern Iranís Gilan Province along with a number of Iranian archaeologists, has...
4,500-year-old fortune-telling instruments found in China
A Chinese archaeologist reported that a 4,500-year-old jade tortoise and an oblong jade article discovered in east China's Anhui Province were China's earliest fortune-telling instruments found so far. The two...
400 skeletons unearthed at an ancient cemetery in Iran
Head of the International Anthropological Team working at Shahr-e Soukhteh near the city of Zabol, Sistan-Baluchestan province Farzad Forouzanfar (Iran), said that this historical area is the world best archaeological...
Earliest evidence of seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean
Two ancient campsites on the coast of Cyprus, found this year by archaeologists, may be the earliest evidence of long-distance, open-water seafaring in the Mediterranean, undermining beliefs that ancient mariners...
Decoding the origin of Chinese civilization
An archaeological project is expected to outline the chronology in the prehistoric millennium from 4,500 years ago to 3,500 years ago to decode the origin of Chinese civilization. The government-backed...
Weather's role in early Irish building
Bad weather made ancient people huddle together in defensive settlements, according to a study of climate variation and fort building in Ireland over the past 9000 years. Chris Turney of...
27 November 2005
Rock art sites in Colorado
When people think of petroglyphs in the USA, they often think of Utah and New Mexico. In fact, a surprising amount of rock art exists in neighboring Garfield County (Colorado)....
Chile's prehistoric mummies possibly done in by arsenic
Living in the harsh desert of northern Chile's Pacific coast more than 7,000 years ago, the Chinchorro fishing tribe mysteriously began mummifying dead babies - removing internal organs, cleaning bones,...
Suffolk County to reinter ancient bones near Indian site
Suffolk County (New York, USA) plans to reinter bones and artifacts found in what's believed to be an American Indian burial site in Riverhead. County leaders talked to leaders of...
Ridgeway story in the spotlight
A vivid insight into prehistoric Dorset (England) is on offer as a new project promoting one of the county's most fascinating ancient landscapes gathers pace. The unique history and rich...
A rush to excavate ancient Iranian sites
Archaeologists from around the world have been rushing to excavate scores of newly identified ancient sites in southern Iran before the area is flooded by a new dam. Iran has...
28 November 2005
Durrington Walls: A Time Team Special
Time Team Special 28th Nov 9:00pm - 10:00pm GMT on Channel 4 TV (United Kingdom) The team has set itself a potentially huge task: to construct a full-size replica of...

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