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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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