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April 2006 index:

2 April 2006
Blueprint to save Iron Age hill fort
A conservation blueprint to safeguard the future of the historic Castle Hill site in Huddersfield (Yorkshire, England) has been unveiled. Castle Hill is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and has been...
Fate of Peavine petroglyphs to be decided
The fate of three boulders inscribed with ancient Indian rock art that were stolen from Peavine Mountain (Nevada, USA) is undecided after a court case involving the theft has ended....
CD-ROM: The Host of Henllys and The Defeat of Carn Alw
Pupils from Eglwyswrw School (Pembrokeshire, Wales) donned warrior cloaks at Castell Henllys Iron Age fort for the official launch of the CD-ROM, 'The Host of Henllys and The Defeat of...
Ancient mounds give glimpse into Indian mining operations
Last month, the Department of the Interior announced the designation of several National Historic Landmarks. Among them is the Silver Mound Archaeological District in Jackson, Wisconsin (USA). Contrary to its...
Arts project explores stone circles
The origins of the stone circles of the Eden Valley (East Cumbria, England) are to be explored thanks to a new arts project. Penrith Museum has been awarded a grant...
Music did help human ancestors survive
In Steven Mithen's imagination, the small band of Neanderthals gathered 50,000 years ago around the caves of Le Moustier, in what is now the Dordogne region of France, were butchering...
New interpretation board at Uley Bury
The reasons why Uley Bury, near Dursley (Gloucestershire, England) is such an important landmark have been set in stone. A new interpretation board explaining the history, archaeology, ecology and geology...
Origin of domestic horses probed through DNA
Chinese archaeologists are studying the DNA samples extracted from the bones of horses unearthed from ancient sites to probe the origin of domestic horses in China. It's still a mystery...
6 April 2006
The secrets of ancient Syrian settlements
For a time in 2003, it looked like archeological exploration in the Middle East might come to a halt. In the past year, University of Arkansas assistant professor Jesse Casana...
A call for 'Achievable Stonehenge'
Campaigners for early improvements to the surroundings of Stonehenge have expressed delight that a number of high profile organisations have now called for the same thing. "Everyone who has visited...
New group for discussion of Iron Age hill forts
A Yahoo! Group on the subject of Iron Age hill forts has been created, out of an interest in finding out more about their distribution, and to draw together general...
Prehistoric and Roman Coastal Saltmaking in Britain
One day conference about 'Prehistoric and Roman Coastal Saltmaking in Britain' will be held on Saturday 10th June 2006 at Boston Conference Centre, Skirbeck Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6AQ (England)....
Ploughing at Thornborough: a new problem?
TimeWatch have been contacted by locals at Thornborough (North Yorkshire, England) asking why the central henge has been quarried. During a recent talk, they were led to believe that the...
Prehistoric dentists
Italian researchers say they have found the world's oldest dentists - drilling away in Pakistan 9,000 years ago. The Neolithic precursors of today's dental experts "used tiny flint-tipped wooden drills...
Secrets of 'swamp girl' revealed in Germany
German scientists said a girl whose 2650-year-old skeleton was found in a swamp in the east of the country had lived a short life marked by famine. 'Moora', as the...
Iron Age settlement discovered in Yorkshire
An Iron Age settlement has been unearthed in the path of a village by-pass in East Yorkshire (England). Archaeologists have found the remains of an ancient round house, stones for...
9 April 2006
Ancient Chinese city reveal superb technology
In Lingjiatan, Hanshan County of Anhui Province in China, archaeologists have discovered a primitive site that was inhabited 5,000 years ago. Superb drilling technology and the world's earliest stone drill...
Traces of an unknown culture from 5000 BCE found in Texas
A study of ancient human remains and artifacts found in the Guadalupe River floodplain of south Victoria County (Texas, USA) shows that a relatively advanced people who had contacts with...
Ancient settlement found in Italy
Italian archaeologists Lorenzo and Stefania Quilici of Bologna and Naples universities believe they have found the ancient city of Amyclae. The large, massive-walled settlement dating from the VI to III...
Prehistoric sites discovered in western Iran
The team of archaeologists working at Sar-e Pol-e Zahab in Kermanshah Province (Iram) recently discovered forty more prehistoric and historic sites.The head of the team, Mahin Kermanjani, said that experts...
14 April 2006
Discovery of a huge Achaemenid building in Iran
Archeological excavations in area no. 73 of Bolaghi Gorge historical site (Iran) with the aim of finding cultural evidence from the fourth millennium BCE led to the discovery of the...
Engraved image discovered at 5000-year-old cemetery
A team of Iranian archaeologists recently discovered a pottery work bearing an engraved image of a naked man at the 5000-year-old Espidej cemetery. "The pottery work was made of...
New plans for Stonehenge centre
English Heritage has resubmitted plans for a 67m visitor centre at Stonehenge in Wiltshire (England). Salisbury District Council turned down the original application in July 2005 due to environmental concerns....
Bronze Age treasure trove unearthed in Northumberland
Gold rings dating back 3000 years to the Bronze Age were among a hoard of riches found near Haggerston Castle (Northumberland, England) by a man using a metal detector. A...
16 April 2006
Digging starts on 'Europe's first pyramids' in Bosnia
Excavation work started on what a Bosnian explorer claims to be Europe's first pyramids in an area north of Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina). A team of experts started digging at the site...
Neolithic boat replica to be launched in Scotland
A prehistory park in Scotland hope to launch a replica stone age boat to test whether theories on ancient design hold water. A 20ft craft, similar to those used by...
The pillage of Bengal's ancient history
The economy in this small, nondescript pocket of rural Bengal is booming. And not due to a miraculous leap in agricultural yield but the highly lucrative business of smuggling priceless...
23 April 2006
Prehistoric finds unearthed in Wyoming
A preliminary report on an archaeological dig says Hell's Half Acre, west of Casper (wyoming, USA), was home to prehistoric American Indians at least 1,200 years ago, and perhaps as...
Beheaded skeletons replay Chinese war history
Chinese archaeologists have unearthed some 30 beheaded skeletons dating back more than 2,000 years in central China's Henan Province. The skeletons were obviously warriors, the tallest of whom was at...
Ancient earthworks electronically rebuilt
Native American cultures that once flourished in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia constructed geometric and animal-shaped earth works. A few are still extant Serpent Mound in Adams County,...
3,000-year-old roundhouse found in Norfolk
Evidence of a roundhouse that could be up to 3,000 years old has been uncovered near the North Sea coast in Norfolk (England). The site in Lowestoft has revealed finds...
Dig finds 'evidence' of European pyramid
Researchers unearthed geometrically cut stone slabs that they said could form part of the sloping surface of what they believe is an ancient pyramid lying beneath a huge hill. Archaeologists...
Study of human migration over 60 000 years
A project investigating human migration over the last 60 000 years will be discussed at a conference in South Africa next month. The Genographic Project will take DNA samples from...
New giant picture found on Peru's Nazca plateau
A new giant picture on the Nazca Plateau in Peru, which is famous for giant patterns that can be seen from the air, has been discovered by a team of...
Graves of the Pacific's first seafarers revealed
Little is known about the Lapita peoples, the first settlers of the Western Pacific, other than their ubiquitous calling card: red pottery fragments with intricate designs. But in what's being...
Ancient mounds in Florida looted in search for gold
Under the supervision of cultural resource specialist Chuck Blanchard, five rangers spent a day restoring an Indian mound in Florida (USA), on which natives lived from about 500 BCE until...

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