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Archaeo News  

February 2007 index:

1 February 2007
Stonehenge builders' houses found
British archaeologists have discovered the homes of the ancient people who built Stonehenge, a massive settlement near a river that will likely open an important new chapter in the study...
4 February 2007
Prehistoric Welsh site development fears
Experts and residents near an Anglesey archaeological site (Wales), earmarked for a hotel and commercial complex, claim it is in danger of being lost forever. Enterprise Minister Andrew Davies has...
Ancient Pakistani site vanishing bit by bit
The ravages of time, common lack of interest in preserving history plus traditional indifference of government bureaucracy have all but ensured that the 4,000-year-old ruins of Jhukarjodaro, 8km away from...
Archaeological site partially destroyed in New Mexico
Crews working on a waterline for a new high school on Albuquerque's west side (New Mexico, USA) have destroyed part of an archaeological site. A University of New Mexico archaeologist,...
Iron age settlement found in North Yorkshire
Ancient settlements from the Iron Age have been found by the side of a major road development in England. Archaeologists were called in to survey the A66 in North Yorkshire...
The anatomy of an Iron-Age murder
The discovery of 2,000 year old human remains at Lindow Peat Bog (Cheshire, England) more than 20 years ago sent shock waves through the Wilmslow community and sparked a murder...
Druids call for burial of ancient remains
Modern-day druids are demanding the re-burial of a child's skeleton displayed in the stone circle museum in Avebury (Wiltshire, England). The Council of British Druids backed up their request with...
The Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network
The Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network is a registered Trust that aims to protect and conserve the Cornish ancient heritage environment for everyone to enjoy and appreciate, forever. They faciliate...
Cotswolds people save Bronze Age gold
Bronze Age gold will remain in the Cotswolds (Gloucestershire, England) after residents raised 20,000 to buy it. The jewellery, dating back to 1150 BCE, was discovered by treasure hunter Steve...
Ancient footprints found on Welsh beach
A beachcomber claims he has found ancient human footprints dating back 8,000 years, embedded in an ancient Welsh peat bed. Steve Maitland Thomas was walking on Kenfig Beach, Porthcawl, with...
Bronze Age burial site unearthed in Wiltshire
It was just another day at work for digger operator Bob Gaunt until he spotted something which resembled part of a shattered chimney pot. But this was at Tidworth (Wiltshire,...
11 February 2007
People and Landscapes in Prehistoric North West Europe
Unquiet Lands: People and Landscapes in Prehistoric North West Europe, a joint meeting organised by the Prehistoric Society and Bournemouth University Archaeology and Historic Environment Group. For more than a...
Land project threatens ancient Antiguan settlement
Crews that began removing trees on privately owned property over the weekend risk damaging pottery and other artifacts at Indian Creek, one of the most valuable archaeological sites in the...
Forensic photography brings color back to ancient textiles
Archaeologists are now turning to forensic crime lab techniques to hunt for dyes, paint, and other decoration in prehistoric textiles. Although ancient fabrics can offer clues about prehistoric cultures, often...
Prehistoric skeletons found locked in eternal embrace
Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in a tender embrace and buried outside Mantua (Italy). Buried between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago, the prehistoric pair are...
Bronze Age remains saved from destruction
Remains dating from the Bronze Age have been saved from destruction by a quick-thinking excavator operator at Tidworth (Hampshire, England). Bob Gaunt works as part of the team constructing new...
Ten-year clean for Iron Age boat
A 2,000-year-old log boat discovered buried in mud is to be put on display after a 10-year restoration project. The Iron Age vessel was found in 1964 during dredging work...
19 February 2007
Britain's oldest earrings found
A metal detecting enthusiast is thought to have unearthed Britain's most ancient fashion accessory a 4,500-year-old pair of gold earrings. John Caluori found the 3cm-wide discs in a field...
Italy won't split up ancient 'lovers'
Italian scientists said they are determined to remove and preserve together the remains of a couple buried 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, their arms still wrapped around each other in...
Winds ravage Neolithic village in Chile
Deep within the wind-swept Atacama desert in northern Chile, the remnants of a forgotten civilisation rise from the sand. Where the sand has been stripped away, circular clay structures can...
Bronze Age study on both sides of the Channel
East Sussex County Council (England) has joined up with French heritage chiefs to teach children on both sides of the Channel about the Bronze Age. Twenty five volunteers are being...
Ancient tools show chimps had their own stone age
The first prehistoric evidence for a 'chimpanzee stone age' has been uncovered by archaeologists working in an African rainforest. Primitive stone hammers and anvils dating from 4,300 years ago were...
Anthropologists back Native American claims
The case of Kennewick Man dragged through the US courts for years before Judge John Jelderks found that he could not be defined Native American under the Native American Graves...
On the origin of the Etruscan civilisation
One of anthropology's most enduring mysteries - the origins of the ancient Etruscan civilisation - may finally have been solved, with a study of cattle. This culturally distinct and technologically...
American chili peppers from 6,000 years ago
Researchers report that across the Americas, chili peppers (Capsicum species) were cultivated and traded as early as 6,000 years ago - predating the invention of pottery in some areas of...
Revealing Urla's underwater treasures
The partially submerged Liman Tepe, a major Early Bronze Age harbor town located in İzmir's Urla district (Turkey), possesses the world's oldest breakwater, said archaeologist Professor Hayat Erkanal. Breakwaters, an...
Excavations on burial mounds in Kuwait
A team of Kuwaiti archaeologists excavating an archaeological site in Sabiyah discovered shards of pottery and two burial mounds all dating back to the Bronze Age, says Sultan Duwaish,...
20 February 2007
Missing Stonehenge stone discovered
A missing stone which could be an integral part of rituals at Stonehenge may have been discovered by a Welsh archaeologist. Dennis Price, who has done years of research on...
27 February 2007
Ancient temples unearthed in Bulgaria
Temples that archaeologists have unearthed in the eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria are about a thousand years older than the pyramids in Egypt and the Mesopotamian civilization, experts claim. Archaeologists...
Freeze 'condemned Neanderthals'
A sharp freeze could have dealt the killer blow that finished off our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals, according to a new study. The ancient humans are thought to have died...
Americas populated before the advent of Clovis people?
More accurate carbon dating proves Clovis points are younger than previously thought and therefore could not have accompanied the first Americans. The traditional story of the peopling of the New...
US developer preserves ancient archaeological site
They call it the 'wooden box site' - for no other reason than archaeologists found a wooden box sitting on a piece of land where ancient American Indian artifacts were...
Protest At Stonehenge
Once again Stonehenge is the focus for protest - this time three men dressed as cartoon characters Fred Flintstone scaled the ancient stones, with the help of a ladder. The...
Ancient metallurgical centre discovered in Bulgaria
Bulgarian archaeologists announced they have made a discovery in the Perperikon area, an ancient living region of Thracians. The archaeologists said last summer they discovered the missing link in Thracian's...
Unearthing UAE's hidden past
Recent discoveries and excavations have shown that the UAE lies on a treasure of archaeological and historical sites, which prove that man lived along coastal areas thousands of years ago....
Prehistoric Sicilian woman gets face
The face of a late Stone Age woman who lived in Sicily (Italy) has been reconstructed by a sculptor working with anthropologists at Palermo University. The skeleton of the woman,...

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