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February 2006 index:
1 February 2006
- New flats may threaten Scottish standing stone
- An ancient standing stone may be set to share its field with thousands of building blocks. Developers plan to build 21 new flats near the site of the rural relic...
- Dog graves show ancient humans cared
- One of the most extensive surveys of the earliest known dog burials suggests humans domesticated canines much later than other studies show. The survey, which suggests domestication occurred between 13,000...
- Ancient stone houses uncovered by a bushfire in Australia
- A bushfire at Tyrendarra (Victoria, Australia) last month has unearthed some of the biggest Aboriginal stone houses ever seen in Gunditjmara land. Undocumented sites have been uncovered including a village...
3 February 2006
- Bronze Age burial site unearthed on Rathlin Island
- Human remains dating back almost 4,000 years have been uncovered on Rathlin Island off the County Antrim (Northern Ireland) coast. Senior archaeologists are investigating the remains of a man who...
4 February 2006
- Grant to share Lake District's archaeological wonders
- One of North England's richest archaeology areas – boasting over 6,500 sites – is being thrown open for widespread exploration, thanks to a £171,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund....
- Henges conservation plan comes under fire
- Groups campaigning to stop quarrying around Thornborough Henges (North Yorkshire, England) have slammed a recently published conservation plan. TimeWatch is disappointed with the proposed Thornborough Henges Conservation Plan announced last...
- Alpine ice man may have been sterile
- Oetzi, the prehistoric man frozen in a glacier for 5,300 years, could have been infertile, a new study suggests. Genetic research, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, also...
- Archaeology lectures at Sligo Institute
- A series of public archaeology lectures will be held at Institute of Technology Sligo (co. Sligo, Ireland), some of which are organised by the Sligo Field Club. Two of the...
- High Court decision day in M3-Tara case is 1st March
- Mr Justice Thomas Smyth of the Irish High Court will give his decision on the M3 motorway case on 1st March next, following a seven-day hearing. Campaigner Vincent Salafia is...
12 February 2006
- 3000-year-old prayer house discovered in Iran
- Discovery of a fire temple and prayer house with an urban architectural plan belonging to the Iron Age for the first time n Qoli-Darvish historical site near Qom as well...
- Thronborough henges saga is approaching its final chapter
- The application to increase quarrying operations near the Thornborough Henges Neolithic site in North Yorkshire (England) will be determined at a planning meeting of North Yorkshire County Council on February...
- Early chiefdoms offer clues to modern wealth, study says
- When human ancestors gave up a nomadic way of life to farm the land, they gathered in small communities where they could share some of their skills. These early societies,...
- Irish Bronze Age settlement will not halt road
- An ancient Bronze-Age settlement believed to be 4,000 years old has been uncovered in the direct path of the Carlow bypass (Ireland). The discovery was unearthed on a farm this...
- Stonehenge road debate prompts fresh bust-up
- Controversial improvements for the A303 past Stonehenge have already cost British taxpayers a cool £14.1m even though not so much as an inch of new road has been built. The...
- Bronze Age mourners used flowers
- The practice of placing floral tributes on graves may date back 4,000 years, research in west Wales suggests. Archaeologists have been examining a Bronze Age burial mound on the Black...
- Axe head excites experts
- Amateur archaeologists in Angus (Scotland) have stumbled across what is thought to be a burial ground dating back thousands of years. What they first believed to be a long-gone settlement,...
- Xi'an museum of the Neolithic to reopen
- The museum of the Banpo Ruins, the largest and best-preserved prehistoric settlement ever discovered in China, will reopen on April 1 after renovations, the curator has said. The protection hall...
19 February 2006
- Researcher seeks secrets of Kennewick Man
- Ground to the bone, the teeth of the famous fossil skeleton, Kennewick Man, look as if they've spent a lifetime gnashing rocks. But it's from these worn choppers that Thomas...
- French caver makes historic find
- An amateur French caver has discovered prehistoric cave art believed to date back 27,000 years - older than the famous Lascaux paintings. Gerard Jourdy, 63, said he found human and...
- Archeologists discover 6000-year-old burial ground in Israel
- Archeologists uncovered dozens of ancient tombs at a Highway 6 construction site near Kiryat Gat (Israel). The find yielded a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, including pottery, statues and jewelry...
- Stone Age artists are getting older
- Recent discoveries in Italy and Germany have pushed back the age of Stone Age art in Europe by several millennia. Cave painting from near Verona and carved animal figures from...
- Thornborough henges may mirror Orion's belt
- The Thornborough henges (North Yorkshire, England) have been recognised as being almost 1,000 years older than the pyramids of Giza. Researchers at Newcastle University have found the site is one...
- Ancient cave art full of teenage graffiti
- Many art historians and anthropologists believe Paleolithic cave wall art was done by accomplished shaman-artists, but mixed in with the finer paintings are graffiti-like scenes of sex and hunting. Using...
- Prehistoric engravings and tools discovered in India
- Archaeologists in Jharkhand's Basadera village (India) have discovered a huge stone engraved into the shape of tools, believed to have been used by prehistoric men. The findings have been termed...
- Expansion of Cahokia Mounds is just ahead
- The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is looking to expand the Cahokia Mounds State Historical Site (USA) by purchasing more of the original land that encompassed the ancient city. At the...
- Rock Art Weekend at the University of Bristol
- The Archaeology & Anthropology Department at the University of Bristol (England) is hosting two rock art symposia over one weekend in May. Saturday 6 May 2006 (10 AM - 8...
- Prehistoric caves discovered in Iran
- Archeological excavations in Qasr'e Shirin in Kermanshah Province (Iran) led to the discovery of 35 historical sites belonging to the Neolithic epoch (6500 BCE) and Chalcolithic period (5000-3000 BCE). Two...
- Greek hiker finds prehistoric pendant
- A Greek hiker found a 6,500-year-old gold pendant in a field and handed it over to authorities, an archaeologist reported. The flat, roughly ring-shaped prehistoric pendant probably had religious significance...
- Solemn reburial for ancient remains
- There's a little slice of Bell County, north of Belton (Texas, USA), that has a story to tell. The story is one of Indians, arrowheads, an amateur archaeologist, a tight-knit...
- Circle henge unearthed in Cornwall
- A circle henge has been uncovered by archaeologists in Cornwall (England). The 5,000 year-old site was discovered during work on the A30 bypass at Goss Moor, between Indian Queens and...
21 February 2006
- Thornborough henges quarry plans rejected
- Campaigners are rejoicing after controversial plans to extend a quarry near the Thornborough henges in North Yorkshire (England) were rejected by councillors. It is almost two years since Tarmac first...
26 February 2006
- Eagle deposits post-date tomb construction by 1,000 years
- Almost 641 sea-eagle bones, the remains of at least eight birds, were found inside the Isbister cairn and earned the South Ronaldsay site (Orkney Islands, Scotland) its nickname - The...
- Cahokia Mounds gets $837,800 for preservation
- The Cahokia Mounds State Historical Site (Illinois, USA) says it is inching closer to its goal of preserving one of the world's most precious archeological gardens. The site was awarded...
- First Americans may have been European
- The first humans to spread across North America may have been seal hunters from France and Spain. This runs counter to the long-held belief that the first human entry into...
- Ancient people may have followed 'Kelp Highway' to America
- Ancient humans from Asia may have entered the Americas following an ocean highway made of dense kelp. The new finding lends strength to the 'coastal migration theory,' whereby early maritime...
- Archaeologists in Jordan discover Bronze and Iron Age remains
- Archaeologists found a skeleton and other remains dating to the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Jordan Valley. A team from Jordan and Greece discovered the skeleton along with 'with...
- 8,000-year-old drill to make fire found in China
- Chinese archaeologists said that parts of an instrument to make fire, dating back to 8,000 years ago, have been found in east China's Zhejiang Province. The relics, made of bones...
- Neolithic henge found in Herefordshire
- A Neolithic henge has been discovered in rural Herefordshire (England). The discovery was made in Stapleton, and represents a 'first' for this southeastern county. The find was made by experts...
- 6,000-year old earthenware pieces unearthed in China
- Archaeological experts discovered a large number of earthenware pieces on a cliff by the side of Qishui River in Qixian county, Baoji of Shaanxi province. The discovered pieces and the...
- Prehistoric settlement may lie beneath peat in North Uist
- An ancient settlement may lie beneath peat at the site of a new road in North Uist (Western Isles, Scotland), it has emerged, prompting a team of archaeologists to carry...
- Radiocarbon review rewrites European prehistory
- The ancestors of modern man moved into and across Europe, ousting the Neanderthals, faster than previously thought, a new analysis of radiocarbon data shows. Rather than taking some 7,000 years...
- Worship of phoenix may have started 7,400 years ago in China
- New archaeological discoveries show that the worship of the phoenix by ancient Chinese can be dated back as early as 7,400 years ago in central China. A large amount of...
- Cambridgeshire dig reveals 2,000 years of history
- Thousands of years of history have been uncovered at a major archaeological dig in St Neots (Cambridgeshire, England). From Iron Age relics to medieval ground works a record of the...
- Exhibition: Spirits of the Stones
- A touring exhibition by Annabel Carey of batiks featuring stone circles in England, Scotland and Wales, which began at the Marischal Museum, Aberdeen in November 2003 reaches the Royal Cornwall...
- Now protect Thornborough henges for all time
- Campaigners are calling for more protection to ge given to the ancient site at Thornborough, north of Ripon (North Yorkshire, England), after quarry giant Tarmac announced it would challenge a...
- 3,000-year-old cliff painting found in SW China
- Chinese archaeologists have discovered a cliff painting dating back 3,000 years along the Jinsha River in southwestern Yunnan Province, an expert has confirmed. A team of three discovered the painting...
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