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January 2007 index:

6 January 2007
Anthropologists identify rider at Burnt City
A team of Iranian and British anthropologists working on human remains discovered at the 5200-year-old Burnt City (Iran) have identified a male rider who they believe was a messenger in...
Iron Age relics unearthed in Gilan
Archeological excavations at the ancient Jamshid-Abad Tepe, northern Iran, resulted in the discovery of a number of graves and artifacts dated to the Iron Age. The discovered artifacts include bronze...
Missouri man reels in ancient fish hook
A man hunting for American Indian artifacts with his sons along a gravel bar on the Missouri River (USA) has uncovered an ancient fishhook that is making collectors envious. The...
Ancient footpath retraced using satellite technology
Satellite imagery meshed with video-game technology is allowing University of Colorado at Boulder and NASA researchers to virtually 'fly' along footpaths used by Central Americans 2,000 years ago on spiritual...
Thousands of feet are destroying Maeve's Cairn
The prominent stone mound on Knocknarea mountain is a well-known archaeological monument and a popular visitor attraction, as well as a famous Sligo (Ireland) landmark. Unfortunately this popularity may be...
Macedonian treasures looted
Deep in the south of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the looters move in broad daylight, trying to unearth historic treasures from a region that has become a paradise...
Neolithic hand axe found in Hampshire
A stone hand axe dating back to 3500 BC has been found in a field near Martyr Worthy (Hampshire, England). The object was found by metal detectorist and archaeology enthusiast...
Traces of 'humanity's first war' found in Syria
A German archaeologist says he has found relics of 'humanity's first war' in the northeast of Syria in the form of clay balls used as ammunition almost 6,000 years ago,...
Derbyshire's ancient past
Anyone interested in Derbyshire's ancient past should go along to the county's annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, January 13. The series of talks will include Dr John Barnatt, senior survey...
Earliest settlements in Taipei discovered
An Academia Sinica archaeologist said he has found the ruins of Taiwan's earliest settlement in Taipei. Liu Yi-chang dated the settlement around 2,500 years before Christ. Commissioned by the Taipei...
Ancient artifacts featured at exhibit in Iowa
Beginning this month, visitors can view relics at the Muscatine Art Center (Iowa, USA). Artifacts left behind thousands of years ago are being displayed Jan. 14-April 1. The history treasures...
East Anglian Prehistory conference
The Council for British Archaeology is organizing 'East Anglian Prehistory - Some Recent Research', a conference in memory of John Wymer. If you are interested in attending then please book...
Ancient tomb unearthed in Vietnam
Vietnamese and Chinese archaeologists have recently unearthed an ancient tomb at an archaeological site in Vinh Tuong district, northern Vinh Phuc province (Vietnam). The 1.7 metre-sepulchre was said to belong...
15 January 2007
Ancient Irish site on a new documentary series
One of Europe's biggest neolithic dolmens is among the hidden treasures uncovered in a new documentary series. Hidden Heritage is one of two series about Ireland's environment, sponsored jointly by...
Land protection near Tara still debated
Preparatory work for the new M3 motorway from Clonee to Kells in Co Meath (Ireland) was temporarily disrupted when Save Tara campaigners held a protest against the controversial road. A...
Cambridge conference focuses on prehistoric Malta
Heritage Malta senior curator Reuben Grima and curator Katya Stroud recently presented papers on Malta’s neolithic temples at an international conference held at Magdalen College in Cambridge. Prehistoric Malta was...
Excavations at the prehistoric site of Castanheiro do Vento
The site of Castanheiro do Vento (Northeastern Portugal) has a complex stone architecture and was built from the Chalcolithic to the Bronze Age. This kind of architecture is, in particular,...
Ancient 'warrior' found in permafrost
Russian archaeologists have uncovered the 2000-year-old remains of a warrior preserved intact in permafrost in the Altai mountains region. The warrior was blond had tattoos on his body. He was...
Prehistoric artefacts found in Orissa
Several artefacts belonging to the prehistoric ages have been discovered in Orissa during exploration by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The ASI combed around 85 villages as part of...
New signposts on the path of early human migration
An old South African skull and an ancient settlement along the Don River in Russia lend crucial support to the idea that modern humans spread from Africa across Eurasia only...
Stonehenge didn't stand alone, excavations show
Recent excavations of Salisbury Plain in southern England have revealed at least two other large stone formations close by the world-famous prehistoric monument. One of the megalithic finds is a...
Tools found in Minnesota may be 14,000 years old
Archaeologists have discovered stone tools atop a hill in Minnesota that may be 13,000 to 14,000 years old. From the rough stone tools, archaeologists are speculating that "we're looking at...
Secret of ancient cave revealed in TV series
A Morayshire (Scotland) cave was a place where, in order to show their grief, parents built the most macabre of memorials. The heads of their offspring, perished before their time,...
Seahenge ready to return to Norfolk
Norfolk's famous Bronze Age timber circle should finally be returning to the county in the next couple of months, ready to take pride of place in a flagship exhibition. A...
29 January 2007
Archaeologist digs up West Africa's past
A Swiss-led team of archaeologists has discovered pieces of the oldest African pottery in central Mali, dating back to at least 9,400 BCE. The sensational find by Geneva University's Eric...
Prehistoric well found in Apulia
Italian archaeologists have unearthed temples attesting to the strength of fertility rites in prehistoric Italy. The discoveries were made at a major site in Puglia (ancient Apulia) during a dig...
Experts explain significance of the Walker site
A team of archaeologists uncover what might be the oldest intact site of human activity on two continents, located near Walker (Minnesota, USA). Thor Olmanson is director of the Leech...
Ancient Olmec-influenced city discovered
A 2,500-year-old city influenced by the Olmecs – often referred to as the 'mother culture' of Mesoamerica – has been discovered hundreds of miles away from the Olmecs' Gulf coast...
Bronze Age dagger unearthed in England
A metal detecting enthusiast has unearthed a 3,600-year-old dagger from the depths of a South Lakeland field (England). The finder, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear others will descend...
'Hobbit' cave digs set to restart
Archaeologists who found the remains of human 'Hobbits' have gained permission to restart excavations at the cave where the specimens were found. Indonesian officials have blocked access to the cave...
Metallurgy in ancient India was advanced
Metallurgical engineer and former rector of the Banaras Hindu University Prof TR Anatharaman said that ancient India contributed a lot in the field of metallurgy. He delivered a lecture on...
Evidence of craniotomy in ancient China
The modern technology of craniotomy, a surgical operation which is performed on the brain through an incision in the skull, may have been in use in China nearly 3,000 years...
Bronze to Iron Age transition studied in Iran
The Archeology Research Center of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has started talks with the Archeology Department of the British Oxford University to study the chronology of Iran’s...
Action taken to save graffiti on Maltese megaliths
Heritage Malta has moved two unique megaliths at Tarxien Temples in a bid to save what could possibly be the oldest representations of sea-faring vessels ever found. The initiatives forms...

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