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November 2006 index:

5 November 2006
Ancient tomb found in Cyprus
A royal tomb, the 11th in number, has been uncovered in Cyprus, in the Salamis area, close to the Park Hotel after excavations performed by the Antiquities and Museums Department....
Stone Age man was at sewage site in Berkshire
Ten thousand-year-old remains have been unearthed at a sewage works near Kintbury (Berkshire, England). The Stone Age flintwork, which dates back to 8000 BCE, has been found along with Bronze...
Did Neanderthals and modern humans get it together?
Archaeologists have identified fossils belonging to some of the earliest modern humans to settle in Europe. The research team has dated six bones, found in a cave in Romania, to...
Bronze Age settlement unearthed in Malta
Archaeological investigations have unearthed traces of a Bronze Age settlement and Roman remains at the historic Santa Margerita Cemetery, in Rabat (Malta), the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has disclosed. Having...
Archaeologists sweep British site for relics
Archaeologists have moved onto fields which could, in years to come, house the hundreds of homes proposed for the controversial Felpham and North Bersted Site Six site near Bognor in...
Ancient Mycenaean suit of armor due for conservation
The only complete example of a Mycenaean suit of armor ever found is to be sent for conservation work, 46 years since its discovery at Dendra in the Argolid, the...
Isfahan's prehistoric civilization to be studied
During the previous excavations in Kopandeh Tepe in Isfahan (Iran), archeologists succeeded in identifying a 6000-year-old civilization near Gav-e Khooni swamp. So far, archeological excavations near Zayandeh Rud River in...
Stonehenge 'lacks magic'
The Unesco World Heritage site Stonehenge is 'a destination in trouble', a new survey has found. The National Geographic Traveler magazine marked the site 56 out of 100 against criteria...
12 November 2006
Ancient anchorage found in Israel
A Netanya beach lifeguard who stumbled on an iron anchor while out for a swim has led marine archeologists to uncover the first evidence of an ancient anchorage for sailing...
Neolithic Indian rock carvings facing neglect
Ancient rock carvings inside a hill-top cave near Kalpetta (Kerala, India), believed to date back to the neolithic period, are facing ruin for want of proper attention by the government...
4,000-year-old cemetery uncovered in Jerusalem
Containers for ritual offerings, weapons and jewelry are among the finds uncovered after builders in Jerusalem's Bayit Vagan neighborhood (Israel) stumbled upon a 4,000-year-old Canaanite cemetery. The Israel Antiquities Authority...
Sacred landscape discovered in Oxfordshire
An archaeologist surveying Northmoor has accidentally discovered a sacred landscape' created in the Bronze Age. Robin Brunner-Ellis was amazed when he stumbled upon a pattern of features in the landscape...
Houses halted by prehistoric find in Scotland
Work at a £60 million housing development had to be suspended when a historic artefact was found on the site in Glasgow's East End (Scotland). Archaeologists were called in after...
Archeological site gives Taiwan's prehistoric insight
Until recently, little was known about the histories and cultures of Taipei's Austronesian aborigines and, in particular, about their relationships with the island's ancient inhabitants. Discovery of the Peinan site...
Burial mounds move housing in Oxfordshire
The discovery of 'nationally important' Bronze Age burial mounds on the edge of Bicester (Oxfordshire, England) has prompted a housing developer to change its plans. Archaeologists uncovered the two mounds...
Callanish not in line up as World Heritage Site
The Callanish Stones will not be considered as a World Heritage Site (WHS) before 2010, despite international reports they are more impressive than WHS Stonehenge. A recent survey of World...
Axe heads finder looks set for a windfall
Metal detective Stephen Barrass could be in line for a windfall after discovering two Bronze Age axe heads in a field near his home. Mr Barrass, a 41-year-old factory worker,...
Campaigners accuse council of agenda to destroy heritage
Controversy over Yorkshire's 'Stonehenge of the North' - the Thornborough Henges complex, has taken a new twist. Campaign group Heritage Action is accusing the county council of deliberately encouraging the...
Archaeologists unveil calendar of pre-Colombia cultures
The oldest and largest known Mexican moon calendar was shown to the public by archaeologists and authorities on Monday (November 6) at the ruins of Tamtoc in San Luis Potosi...
2,700-year-old bronze ware discovered in northwest China
Chinese archaeologists have unearthed more than 100 pieces of bronze ware dating back to 2,700 years ago in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The 103 bronze wares include weapons, chariots, wine...
Prehistoric carved stone back home on English moors
Museum officers have left no stone unturned to get a prehistoric rock back to its moorland home. The Heygate stone with its intricate carved cup and rings returned to Baildon...
20 November 2006
Ancient rock tombs discovered at Jiroft
Two tombs carved out of rock were recently discovered at the Qal’eh Kuchak mound by the team of archaeologists working at the Jiroft ancient site (Iran). The team began the...
Ancient remains in limbo in South Carolina
The remains of hundreds of ancient people once buried in South Carolina (USA) continue to be stored in archives across the state five years after their existence was made public...
Unprecedented burial of a dog in Gohar Tepe
Archeological excavations in Gohar Tepe, Iranian northern province of Mazandaran, led into discovery of the skeleton of a man belonging to the first millennium BC alongside a dog which was...
Ancient settlements unearthed in India
Recent Archaeological findings suggest 3rd Century BCE human settlements near the ancient Nalanda University (Bihar, India), a Gupta period structure built much later in the 4th-5th Century CE. A satellite survey...
Stonehenge 'No Place for the Dead'
A leading expert on Stonehenge based at Bournemouth University has breathed new life into the controversy surrounding the origins of Stonehenge. In his new book Stonehenge: The Biography of a...
Recent floods highlight theory on Maeshowe's ditch
A theory that the ditch surrounding Maeshowe was designed to be filled with water has come to the fore, following last month’s floods in Orkney (Scotland). Dr Colin Richards suggested...
Twins discovered buried under mammoth's bone
Researchers uncovered two burial sites in Austria that contain Stone Age newborns. At one site, two bodies that might be twins were buried together in red pigment. Researchers have unearthed...
The real prehistoric religion of Malta
Forget the goddess theory, which you hear every tourist guide trying to explain the huge statues at the National Museum of Archaeology or while touring Hagar Qim. That may not...
27 November 2006
Bronze Age Jerusalem
Near one of modern Jerusalem's most exclusive residential projects and largest shopping mall, an archeological dig is shedding light on the living, shopping and eating habits of the residents of...
Corruption alive in China 2800 years ago
Much has been made of the corruption that has tarnished the image of Chinese local government officials but it seems bribery among the country's authoritative ranks was in full swing...
Prehistoric tools donated to Welsh museum
A man with a metal detector who came across a hoard of prehistoric bronze tools and weapons has handed over his find to the National Museum Wales. Phil Smith came...
S.African rock art offers picture of harmony
In the caves of South Africa's Cederberg mountains, an ancient people left a legacy of rock art that could teach modern man a valuable lesson about living in harmony with...
Team finds more traces of lost Amazon civilization
A well-known Japanese archaeologist said a team he is leading has found further evidence of a little-known ancient civilization in the Bolivian Amazon. Katsuyoshi Sanematsu, a professor of anthropology at...
Sky disc of Nebra shines in Basel
The oldest representation of the cosmos – the sky disc of Nebra – has gone on show in Basel's history museum. Basel (Swiss) has a special place in the disc's...
Prehistoric remains disputed in Florida
A landowner is disputing claims by an archaeologist that ancient bones may be buried on his farm, which is slated for development. The ancient bones of Palm Beach County's (Florida,...
Ancient settlements discovered in Anatolia
Researchers working on the Archaeological Settlements in Turkey (TAY) project have discovered 120 previously unknown ancient settlement areas in various locations in eastern Anatolia, the project's manager said. Assistant Professor Alparslan...
Authenticity of Ilkley rock carvings challenged
Elaborate rock art which for years is believed to have been created by prehistoric Ilkley man (West Yorkshire, England) was probably only created about 170 years ago, it has been...
Excavations on the 14000-year-old island of Khark
A history of more than 5500 years of human settlement on the Persian Gulf Island of Khark (Southern Iran) which raised from the waters some 14 millennia ago has encouraged...

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