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June 2006 index:

4 June 2006
Prehistoric footprint found in China
A rare footprint of primitive man was recently found in Shangping Village, on southeast China's Jiangxi Province. This is another important discovery of prehistoric relics by local archaeologists following the...
Bronze Age skeleton found in the heart of Rome
Archeologists unearthed an intact 3,000-year-old Bronze Age skeleton in the heart of ancient Rome (Italy). Experts said the body was that of a woman and that she was probably the...
Ancient artifacts rekindle debate on 'Hobbits'
Scientists said that stone artifacts found with remains of ancient, tiny 'Hobbit'-like people on a remote Indonesian island are similar to much older island artifacts, offering new support for the...
Dig of an Iron Age hill fort in Bedfordshire
Excavations to try and unearth buried secrets of an Iron Age hill fort began at a Sandy nature reserve (Bedfordshire, England). Specialists spent last week carrying out excavation work at...
Art and archaeology of the moor on display
An exhibition linking art and archaeology opened at Dartmoor National Park Authority's High Moorland Centre in Princetown (Devon, England). The work on display has been produced as part of an...
Silbury Hill repair schedule announced
English Heritage recently announced the appointment of engineering contractor Skanska to take forward the next stage of repair work to Silbury Hill (Wiltshire, England). Skanska will now begin working with...
Ancient fig clue to first farming
Ancient figs found in an archaeological site in the Jordan Valley may represent one of the earliest forms of agriculture, scientists report. The discovery of ancient carbonised figs suggests that...
Bison slaughter site offers clues to prehistoric past
Buried deep below a shallow southeastern Alberta valley (Canada) lies evidence of a slaughter that took place 2,500 years ago. There a precious archeological dig is teaching University of Lethbridge...
Dig planned at ancient site in North Dakota
A site along Lake Sakakawea (North Dakota, USA) where American Indians camped and hunted ancient bison is to be excavated this summer by an archaeological team. The Beacon Island site,...
Ancient skeleton sits among art in France
A 27,000-year-old human skeleton laid out in a room decorated with ancient art was among the rare finds at a cave in western France whose subterranean art predates that of...
11 June 2006
Ancient stone tablets found in Turkey
Ancient stone tablets and seals unearthed during archaeological excavations at the Surtepe tumulus, in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa (Turkey), could shed light on other ancient structures discovered in the area....
Expedition seeks clues to lost Bronze Age culture
An underwater explorer who found the Titanic and a team of international scientists will soon survey waters off the Greek island of Crete for clues to a once-powerful Bronze Age-era...
Bosnian 'pyramid' created by nature, says archaeologist
A British archaeologist rejected claims that a hill in central Bosnia is a man-made structure that many local residents insist is a pyramid. Professor Anthony Harding, who is president of...
Nine Stones valdalised once again
The Nine Stones of Winterbourne Abbas (Dorset, England) have yet again been damaged with graffiti. An Heritage Action site inspector found a 3 foot high swastika on the large stone...
New battle looming over the Thornborough henges
Three months after quarry firm Tarmac was refused planning permission to expand its operations near Thornborough Henges, north of Ripon (North Yorkshire, England), the company has formally lodged an appeal...
English Heritage launches audio guides
English Heritage is set to launch audio and multimedia guide tours to visitors at 38 of its historic sites, including Stonehenge. The XP-classic players – supplied by audio and multi-media...
Dig reveals ancient sites in Ireland
Ancient Irish people were living in the Ashbourne and Finglas area (Co. Meath) up to 5,000 years ago, excavations carried out in preparation for the new M2 motorway and Ashbourne...
Irish archeology nears crisis point
The unprecedented boom in property development and road building in Ireland has unearthed thousands of archeological artefacts but most of them lie gathering dust in warehouses, hidden from public view....
12 June 2006
'New Routes to the Past' seminar in Ireland
The Archaeology Section of the National Roads Authority is pleased to announce its annual one-day seminar 'New Routes to the Past' which details archaeological discoveries on national road schemes throughout...
14 June 2006
Death in Wales: 4000–3000 BC
A new exhibition started last 8 June at the National Museum in Cardiff (Wales). Tinkinswood, Bryn yr Hen Bobl, Bryn Celli Ddu 'The Hill of Black Grove' and Pipton -...
Prehistoric tombs discovered in central Italy
A series of ancient tombs have been discovered in Italy's mountainous Abruzzo region. Some of the tombs have been dated to the Second Century BCE, when Rome was still trying...
Neolithic shrine unearthed in Prague
Archaeologists have uncovered a 6,200-6,500 year-old round shrine (rondel) from the Neolithic Age in Prague, archaeologist Milan Kucharik from the Museum of the Capital Prague said. The shrine served religious...
Ancient stone chimes discovered in China
Chinese archaeologists unearthed two good-sized stone chimes, an ancient musical instrument, dating back to the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th centuries BCE) in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The bigger of the...
Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle
Developers Shadow Tor Studios bring the eerie Cornish landscape to life in this haunting mystery adventure game for the PC, just released in Europe under the title 'Barrow Hill'. With...
Bristol University Archaeology courses
New courses on offer this coming Autumn term and into Spring 07 at Bristol's Archaeology & Anthropology Department: '10,000 Years in One Mile: the Archaeology and History of Brean Down'...
New glacier theory on Stonehenge
The debate over how the stones arrived at Stonehenge (Wiltshire, England) continues. A geology team has contradicted claims that bluestones were dug by Bronze Age man from a west Wales...
Basques were fishermen more than 8,000 years ago
The Basques that settled 8,300 years ago in the Jaizkibel Mountain near the Basque coast were skillful enough to go fishing two kilometres out to sea. Those ancient humans set...
Dental work in Mexico dates back 4,500 years
Researchers report that they found a 4,500-year-old burial in Mexico that had the oldest known example of dental work in the Americas. The upper front teeth of the remains had...
Road plans put Stonehenge status at risk
Stonehenge risks being stripped of its status as a world heritage site because of 'second-rate' government proposals to ease traffic congestion at the monument, the National Trust said. Sarah Staniforth,...
18 June 2006
Hemudu influences in prehistoric Philippines
The Hemudu excavation site in Hangzhou, China, accidentally discovered by construction workers in 1973 chronicles the early Neolithic past of China’s civilization. In the Philippines, the discovery of the Hemudu...
Oldest known frescoed tomb found in Italy
Archaeologists in Italy have identified the oldest known frescoed burial chamber in Europe after being led to the site by a 'tomb raider'. The robber, who is on trial for...
2,400-year-old tombs discovered in central China
Archaeologists in the central province of Hubei (China) have discovered 47 tombs that date back more than 2,400 years in Yunxian County. They have unearthed two of the largest where...
Grain shakes up beliefs on beginnings of agriculture
Bar-Ilan University researchers have found a cache of 120,000 wild oat and 260,000 wild barley grains at the Gilgal archaeological site near Jericho (Israel) that date back 11,000 years -...
Summer solstice at Maltese prehistoric sites
Heritage Malta will be allowing a limited group of people to experience the summer solstice from its Hagar Qim and Mnajdra prehistoric temples on the morning of Wednesday, 21 June....
Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2006
English Heritage is pleased to be providing Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. English Heritage has a duty of care to ensure public safety and are responsible...
Bryn Celli Ddu aligned to sun
An archaeologist has discovered that the passage into a burial mound on Anglesey (Wales) was built to catch the rising sun on the summer solstice. Steve Burrow said he was...
24 June 2006
Stone-age tools dug out of 'tiger hole'
An assortment of stone-age tools buried in a cave in the western coastal district of Maharashtra's Ratnagiri (India) has provided the first evidence of a cave shelter of human ancestors...
New centre proposed for Grimes Graves
Seventy five years after Grimes Graves, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border (England), was first opened to the public, English Heritage is set to bring the Neolithic flint mining site into the...
Front garden in Kent yields ancient tools
The Britons of 250,000 years ago were a good deal more sophisticated than they are sometimes given credit for, new archaeological evidence suggests. It comes in the form of giant...
Prehistoric pottery found at Scottish bridge site
Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe is the broadest range of elaborately decorated prehistoric pottery ever found in Scotland, at the site for the new Kincardine Bridge. The discovery shows...
'Bog men' on display in Dublin
Iron Age men found buried in peat bogs are on display at the National Museum in Dublin (Ireland). The 'Kingship & Sacrifice - An exhibition of bog bodies and related...
Illegal building on ancient Vietnamese site halted
The central Nghe An province (Vietnam) has ordered its Quynh Luu district authority to halt the illegal construction of a market at a millennia-old archeological site on Con Diep (Oyster...
Seminole to get a glance at last 12,000 years in the area
Mac Perry, author and archaeologist, says Paleo Indians roamed the Seminole area (Florida, USA) 12,000 years ago hunting for huge mastodons and giant ground sloths. Archaic Indians wove plant fiber...
'9,000 Years Along the St. George'
Harbour Mitchell III, archaeologists from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and volunteers from the Georges River Land Trust, will present an illustrated talk on the St. George River Basin on...
Stonehenge solstice draws 19,000
Thousands of dancing and drumming spectators cheered the summer solstice at Stonehenge as an orange sliver of sun rose over the Heel Stone on Wednesday morning. Cloudy skies, dense fog...
Bronze Age pyramidal tombs discovered in NE China
Chinese archaeologists have discovered a group of ancient tombs shaped like pyramids, dating back at least 3,000 years, in Jiaohe City of northeast China's Jilin Province. The tombs, covering an...
Orkney events for Archaeology Month 2006
Orkney's programme of events to celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month in September has been released. The events run throughout the month, starting on Saturday, September 2 at the Orkney Museum. Rising...
Study reveals 'oldest jewellery'
The earliest known pieces of jewellery made by modern humans have been identified by scientists. The three shell beads are between 90,000 and 100,000 years old, according to an international...
Massive archaeology projects for Caithness
Caithness (Scotland) will undergo more excavations and underwater explorations than any other region in Britain over the next few months, with projects looking at Neolithic and Bronze Age cairns, Iron...

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