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July 2006 index:

1 July 2006
Unveiling the mysteries of prehistoric Denmark
For nearly 30 years, Wisconsin archaeologist T. Douglas Price has tramped the damp fields and coastal meadows of Denmark looking to put flesh on the bones of prehistory. In the...
Looters help team uncover 4,800-year-old ruins in Peru
Japanese researchers said they believe they have discovered - with the unintended help of looters - the ruins of a temple at least 4,800 years old that could be one...
A 30,000-year-old civilization on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau?
Chinese archaeologists claim that findings unearthed in the areas along the Qinghai-Tibet railway proved that human beings lived there at least 30,000 years ago. Archaeologists with the Qinghai Provincial Archaeological...
English quarry yields Iron Age relics
Archaeologists have found scores of Iron Age and Roman relics on a site in Northamptonshire (England) which is soon to be quarried. Pottery, animal bone, flint tools and evidence of...
Cash to build Iron Age roundhouse
A grant of nearly £28,000 has been awarded to a Wiltshire nature reserve to build an Iron Age roundhouse. The project, at Barbury Castle near Swindon (England), is part of...
Stonehenge visitor plan supported
English Heritage plans for a new Stonehenge visitor centre are being recommended for approval. Salisbury District Council had refused the original plans amid fears a train to ferry visitors to...
Rare prehistoric tools unearthed in Yorkshire
It's an ordinary suburban garden – with an apple tree, paving and borders. But its owner has uncovered an astonishing secret history that is delighting archaeologists and helping to paint...
5000-year-old settlement areas found in Bolaghi Gorge
The third season of archeological excavations in an Achaemenid village in Bolaghi Gorge (Iran) led to discovery of six residential areas belonging to the pre-historic to the late post-Achaemenid periods....
Replica of 3,300-year-old ship arrives in Turkish resort
A replica of the oldest known shipwreck, Uluburun II, built by the 360 Degree Historical Research Association in Urla, Izmir, arrived in Bodrum for display as part of activities marking the...
Did ancient Amazonians build a 'Stonehenge'?
A grouping of granite blocks along a grassy Amazon hilltop may be the vestiges of a centuries-old astronomical observatory - a find archaeologists say indicates early rain forest inhabitants were...
Hearing Date for Hill of Tara M3 case postponed
The setting of a hearing date in the Hill of Tara / M3 motorway case was postponed by the Irish Chief Justice, the Hon. Mr. Justice John Murray. He said...
8 July 2006
Keros enigma cracked
Archaeologists say they have discovered a 4,500-year-old ceremonial centre, the oldest ritual site in Greece. Excavations resumed for a few weeks this summer at Dhaskalio Kavos on the tiny island...
Rare Bronze Age axe unearthed in Orkney
Men working on a peat bank in Orphir have unearthed an 'outstanding' example of a late Bronze Age socketed axe – believed to be only the second found in Orkney...
Dam to drown 7000 years of Iranian history
The never-ending story of a historical site being damaged due to development projects and dam constructions seems to never let the minds of the people of Iran rest. This time,...
Tackling 10,000-year-old mystery in Colorado
10,000 years ago, a band of nomadic hunters stampeded 600 bison off the edge of a small cliff then speared and butchered the beasts before hauling off the meat. Or...
How role climate change plays in creating civilizations
One of archaeology's 'big questions' is explaining the origins of civilization. In anthropology, 'civilization' has a technical definition. To qualify as a civilization, a society must have all or most...
Ancient village in British Columbia threatened
Almost three millennia ago, a village at what is now Portage Park in View Royal (British Columbia, Canada) was thriving as part of a great trade network through the Pacific...
New book sheds light on ancient Çatalhöyük
British archaeologist Dr. Ian Hodder, who is supervising excavations at the 9,000-year-old Çatalhöyük site in Konya (Turkey), has published a book titled 'Çatalhöyük -- The Story of the Leopard,' featuring findings from...
Find in Minnesota may be thousands of years old
For the past year, archaeologists have been unearthing pieces of history underneath Fort Ridgely Historic District and state park (Minnesota, USA), where thousands of artifacts lie below the surface. Most...
Looters still ravaging ancient Arizona
Experts fear looting of ancient Native American burial sites in Arizona (USA) is on the rise, though Land Department investigator Brad Geeck said there are no hard statistics to track...
Study on pottery finds in the Basque Country
Researchers at the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV) studied pottery from the Neolithic to the XVI century, generally those artefacts found in...
Four 6,000-year-old human skeletons unearthed in Iran
Head of the archaeological group working on Qaleh Khan (Iran), Omran Garazhian, said that four human skeletons dating back to 4,400-4,700 BCE have been unearthed in the province. He said...
Iron Age Farm found under Somerset cattle market
Archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric farm in Somerset (England), under the site of a new dairy and cattle market. The farm, which included two houses, compounds and fields, dates back...
Over 60 standing stones unearthed in Brittany
About 60 standing stones, some of them nearly 2 metres tall, have been unearthed in Kerdruelland, near Belz (Morbihan, Brittany), a few kilometres from Carnac. The standing stones are lying...
13 July 2006
Dyffryn Lane Henge Project
The project, directed by Dr Alex Gibson, is being run jointly by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust and the Department of Archaeological Sciences of the University of Bradford and is being...
Dig by students reveals site may date back 10,000 years
The remains of at least one longhouse have been unearthed at a Schoharie Valley excavation site (New York state, USA) that professional archaeologists have called one of the most important...
Çatalhöyük excavations unveil very dawn of human civilization
A total of 130 houses have been unearthed to date during excavations at the 9,000-year-old site of Çatalhöyük in Konya's Çumra district (Turkey), excavation assistant team leader Shahina Farid has...
3,000-year-old pellets might be missiles, archaeologist says
A large number of pottery pellets have been discovered in the famous Yin Ruins in central China, and now an archaeologist said they might have been used as catapult missiles...
Excavation to find more about Thames Valley ancient people
An excavation on the town's earliest known settlement began as the Marlow Archaeological Society (MAS) attempted to find out more about our ancestors in the Thames Valley (Buckinghamshire, England). The...
Stonehenge visitor plan approved
Plans to build a new visitor centre, with its own rail link, at Stonehenge have been approved by councillors. English Heritage's original application was refused by Salisbury District Council amid...
Bronze Age ditch cleared in Wiltshire
Senior officials and military personnel from the Ministry of Defence in London spent a day on Salisbury Plain (Wiltshire, England) recently, working alongside staff and volunteers of various environmental groups,...
Archaeologists unearth major find in Lincoln
The earliest evidence of human activity in Lincoln (Lincolnshire, England), dating back to 4,500-6,500 BCE, has been discovered. Hundreds of pieces of flint were unearthed during the excavation of a...
16 July 2006
Bypass works uncover ancient site in Australia
Builders are now constructing the Dandenong Southern Bypass through an ancient Aboriginal site. The site in Dandenong South (Victoria, Australia) has had sand tested at 35,000 years old with artefacts...
English Heritage to reveal old aerial photos of Stonehenge
English Heritage is celebrating the centenary of the first aerial photographs of Stonehenge with a touring exhibition opening at the Neolithic site. Dozens of vintage and modern photographs will tell...
Bronze Age activities at Archaeolink
Hands-on history will be on offer to visitors at Aberdeenshire's (Scotland) prehistory park throughout next week as part of National Archaeology Week. "We will be offering the opportunity to try...
Tara protesters told to move
Protestors who have been camping on the Hill of Tara (Ireland) since the Summer Solstice on June 21, have been ordered to leave by the Office of Public Works (OPW),...
Sharpened quartz may be 5,000 years old
Chris Fountain had long suspected that, thousands of years ago, native Americans hunted and camped along the same eastern Greenwich (Conncticut, USA) shoreline where he grew up. Recently he unearthed...
22 July 2006
Stone circles of Senegambia added to the Unesco Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee sitting at its 30th session in Vilnius, Lithuania, has approved the inscription of the Stone Circles of the Senegambia in the World Heritage List. In recognizing...
Ancient metal relics recovered in Iran
The police department of Jiroft (Iran) succeeded in confiscating 41 metal relics belonging to the prehistoric and historic periods. The most ancient one is a Riton (a kind of goblet...
Archaeologists seek hints on 4000-year-old site in Tekirdağ
Archaeologists working on an ancient Thracian site in Tekirdağ (Turkey) said they have unveiled part of an ancient city named Heraion Teichos, which is thought to date back to 2000...
Suffolk timbers could be 4,000 year old causeway
Timbers unearthed during flood defence work on the Norfolk-Suffolk border (England) have been dated to between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, archaeologists have revealed. The very well preserved finds are...
New plan put in to quarry near henges
Revised plans for quarrying near Thornborough Henges (North Yorkshire, England) have been submitted by quarry firm, Tarmac. The company has already lodged an appeal against refusal of planning permission earlier...
Brownslade Barrow's secrets revealed
Archaeologists will take advantage of a summer lull in firing at the MOD's Castlemartin Range this August, to spend time unravelling the mysteries of Brownslade Barrow. The site, situated on...
Ancient humans 'followed rains'
Prehistoric humans roamed the world's largest desert for some 5,000 years, archaeologists have revealed. The Eastern Sahara of Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Chad was home to nomadic people who followed...
Sun brings archaeologists to Ireland
Due to the recent spell of good weather in Ireland, a small excavation site just outside Rooskey (Co Leitrim) has been occupied by a large group of archaeologists. The archaeological...
23 July 2006
Archaeologists will comb the Mendips for hidden treasures
A team of archaeologists will begin a four year hunt for hidden treasures on the Mendip Hills (Somerset, England) soon. A dozen English Heritage specialists will use the latest aerial...
Pipeline going to Armenia is destroying 3000 year old city
Diggings related to construction of a gas pipeline from Iran to Armenia has partially destroyed remains of the oldest city called 'Dragon Stone' (Azhdaha Dashi) in East Azerbaijan province of...
28 July 2006
Fight for Stonehenge takes to the air
A hot-air balloon flew over Salisbury Plain on a trip that marked one of the country's strangest scientific breakthroughs: the 100th anniversary of the first aerial photograph of Stonehenge. The...
Iron Age settlement found in Exeter
Details of the archaeological discoveries made at the construction site for a new Exeter (England) school have been unveiled. The excavation, which took place last summer, was on the proposed...
Broch replica demolished by archaeologists
Archaeologists and volunteers spent more than two years constructing a 10m tall replica of an Iron Age stone-built tower - only to demolish it. The project, run in a quarry...
Ancient village unearthed in Mississippi
Archaeologists believe they have uncovered evidence of an ancient village, possibly dating back to the time of Christ, that once thrived along the shores of this Gulf Coast community (Mississippi,...
30 July 2006
Gamelands stone circle for sale
Between the villages of Orton and Raisebeck in Cumbria (England) lies Gamelands stone circle. Classified as an embanked stone circle, it is oval shaped (44.5 x 37.5 metres) and consists...
Bronze Age log boat under excavation in Scotland
Archaeologists in Perthshire (Scotland) will attempt to raise a Bronze Age boat from below the River Tay next month after undertaking excavation work. The 3,000-year-old log boat was found by...

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