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May 2006 index:

1 May 2006
Kennewick Man may revolutionalize North American history
Dr. Hugh Berryman, a forensic anthropologist at Middle Tennessee State University, was one of only 11 experts from across the United States to scrutinize the bones of Kennewick Man, a...
Missed rock carvings found at Barclodiad y Gawres
Deep in the dark heart of a passage grave on Anglesey (Wales), archaeologists have discovered a decorated slab carved 4,500 years ago for the dead and their guardians, missed when...
4,000-year-old temple found in Peru
The Temple of the Fox lay covered by dirt and sand for 4,000 years in the barren hills of Buena Vista, Peru, before it was unearthed in June 2004 by...
Cloud of scholarly dust rises over ancient footprints claim
Are the footprints of surprisingly ancient Americans preserved in 40,000-year-old volcanic ash in southern Mexico? In December, an article in the journal Science cast a cloud of doubt over that...
New archaeological discoveries in Maroc
Moroccan archaeologists working since beginning April on the Zemmour Plateau in Khemisset province have brought to light in the Ifri n'Amer ou Moussa caves remains of structures, graves and objects...
New website for threats to world heritage
World Heritage Alert (www.worldheritagealert.org) is a newly launched website that highlights threats to the worlds heritage places, and hopes to promote awareness and action from the public to defend these...
Prehistoric cremation urn unearthed at school site dig
Several important finds have been made at an archaeological dig on the site of the proposed new school in Lockerbie (Scotland). It was decided to survey the area after information...
6,500 year old settlement uncovered in Israel
A 6,500 year old farming village has been uncovered in an archeological excavation in the fields of Moshav Menuha near Kiryat Gat (Israel). The dig, which is being carried out...
Scotland's oldest murder mystery
A body found in Orkney (Scotland) was likely to have been a murder victim dating back as far as 2,000 years, it has emerged. The skeleton of the man, who...
'7000-Year-Old sleepin' beauty' discovered in Bolaghi Gorge
Archeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge site (Iran) led to discovery of the skeleton of a young girl dating back to 7000 years ago, who apparently died in her sleep due...
The Bosnia-Atlantis connection
The story about the world's oldest and largest pyramid found in Bosnia has swept the media. Too bad that it is not a credible story at all. In fact, according...
Late Bronze Age in Aegean a century older
Radiocarbon dating pushes some events in the middle of the second millennium BCE 100 years back into the past, possibly revising history in the Aegean Sea area near Greece and...
Neolithic village remains unearthed in East China
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a Neolithic village covering an area of 20,000 square meters in East China's Anhui Province. Archaeologists have found a large number of clay urns,...
21 May 2006
Mexican monolith may cast new light on Mesoamerica
A carved monolith unearthed in Mexico may show that the Olmec civilization, one of the oldest in the Americas, was more widespread than thought or that another culture thrived alongside...
Proposals to recreate Stonehenge
An ambitious project to recreate Stonehenge as it would have looked 4,000 years ago is being planned. Fragments of only three circles remain, but quarry firm Preseli Bluestone wants to...
Andeans used astronomy to determine agricultural calendar
Archeologists working high in the Peruvian Andes have discovered the oldest known celestial observatory in the Americas — a 4,200-year-old structure marking the summer and winter solstices. The observatory was...
Brutal lives of Neolithic Britons
A survey of British skulls from the early part of Neolithic, shows societies then were more violent than was supposed. Early Neolithic Britons had a one in 20 chance of...
Discovery confirms wine-making on Santorini
The excavation at Akrotiri on Thera (modern-day Santorini, Greece) has given more information about viticulture in the Cyclades in the Bronze Age. Thanks to modern methods and techniques, archaeologists have...
'Brazilian Stonehenge' discovered
Brazilian archaeologists have found an ancient stone structure in a remote corner of the Amazon that may cast new light on the region's past. The site, thought to be an...
4,500 year-old bricks found in India
Huge bricks belonging to the ancient Indian Kushan Dynasty have been found near the famous Kurukshetra battlefield, around which the Indian epic, Mahabharata, involving a fatricidal conflict between the Pandavas...
Investigation into disappearance of ancient people in Siberia
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced an investment of $2.5 million in a research project that will investigate the link between climate change, human genetics...
Egyptian geologist backs Bosnian pyramid claim
An Egyptian geologist said that a hill in central Bosnia appeared to be a primitive human-made pyramid of uncertain age. Geologist Aly Abd Barakat was sent by Egypt's government to...
Bronze Age body at silver celebration
Plans to display Wincanton's 'oldest resident' at an anniversary celebration may have to be scrapped. Wincanton Museum (Somerset, England) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and preparations are underway to...
The impact of a volcanic eruption to prehistoric Scotland
Mount Hekla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. It was known to islanders as the "Gateway to Hell" - with good reason. When it erupted in 1159 BCE the...
'Hobbit humans' discovery dismissed
Professor Mike Morwood, of the University of New England, in Armidale, Australia, stunned the science world when he and his team announced the discovery of 18,000-year-old remains of the diminutive...
Iron Age fort unearthed in Wiltshire
A dig near Malmesbury town walls (Wiltshire, England) has uncovered a substantial stone-fronted defensive rampart and a deep ditch which could date to the Iron Age. Archaeologists believe the prehistoric...
30 May 2006
Tasmanian rock art under wraps
The discovery of the largest gathering of Aboriginal rock art ever recorded in Tasmania is being kept secret. The ancient artwork has been described by an interstate rock art expert...
Delay in excavation to Iranian prehistoric site
Nearly one month has passed since the accidental discovery and later identification of Gilvan ancient site, northern Iran. However, emergency excavations to save this prehistoric site have not started yet,...
Ancient Chinese city reveals life in desert 2,200 years ago
Chinese and French archaeologists claim to have discovered the ruins of an ancient city which disappeared in the desert in Northwest China more than 2,200 years ago. The ancient city,...
Shift from hunting to farming due to flooding?
One of the most vexing problems in archaeology is explaining the shift from societies that made their living by hunting and gathering to those that made their living by growing...
Race against time for archaeologists in East Yorkshire
Archaeologists face a race against time to excavate ancient sites found along the path of a 32-mile pipeline in East Yorkshire (England). So much has been uncovered on the route...
2006 Rock Art Meeting
The 2006 Rock Art Meeting (RAM'06) is sheduled for Sunday 4th of June 2006 in Wooler, Northumberland (England). Everybody is welcome to take part in this meeting: bring cameras, children, wellies, lunch...
Ancient chariot goes on display
A 2,500-year-old chariot found during the construction of a motorway near Pontefract (West Yorkshire, England) is on display at the town's museum. The chariot was unearthed at an Iron Age...
White Horse stone threatened again by phone mast
Mobile phone company Orange have applied to erect an 8m tall double mobile phone mast about 100m from the White Horse stone in Medway, Kent (England). The White Stone is...
Motorway is threatening an ancient stone circle in Spain
The prehistoric stone circle of Moruela (A Coruna, Spain) is seriously threatened by the construction of a motorway. Local protesters are trying to stop its destruction, but roadworks have already...
Saudis hope stones mystery will appeal to tourists
Nobody really knows why the 50 groups of about five pillars each are clustered at Rajajil, on the edge of the Nafud desert in northwestern Saudi Arabia. Local legend says...

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