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March 2007 index:

4 March 2007
Export bar placed on Neolithic 'Jadeite' axe-head
British Culture Minister, David Lammy, has placed a temporary export bar on a 'jadeite' Neolithic axe-head that once formed part of the collection of one of the fathers of British...
111 prehistoric artifacts unearthed in Bahrain
The joint Jordanian–Bahraini archeological mission found 111 pieces of articrafts in Sar archeological site in Bahrain. Head of the mission Hani Fleihat said that these pieces date back to 2300...
Early Europeans unable to stomach milk
The first direct evidence that early Europeans were unable to digest milk has been found by scientists at UCL (University College London) and Mainz University. The team showed that the...
Earliest horse figures of Anatolia
Horse figures painted on rock formations in Eski?ehir are the oldest in Anatolia (Turkey), according to new archaeological research. The research revealed that the first known horse figures date back to...
Ancient remains unearthed in Vanuatu
Archaeologists digging in Vanuatu (Melanesia) have unearthed an ancient cemetery containing the curiously headless skeletons of what are believed to be the earliest known ancestors of Pacific Islanders.The 3,000 year-old...
Iranian gardener stumbles on ancient pot
A large pot, which is thought to be a prehistoric artifact, was recently discovered accidentally by a gardener working on his patch near the 7500-year-old Sialk Tepe site in central...
Prehistoric solar observatory found in Peru
Archeologists from Yale and the University of Leicester have identified an ancient solar observatory at Chankillo, Peru as the oldest in the Americas with alignments covering the entire solar year....
Ancient olive oil factory discovered in Milas
An antique olive oil factory was discovered in the Milas village of Çakıralan in southwestern Turkey. Staff from Selçuk University initiated archeological digs after a search for coal uncovered tombs...
Prehistoric necropolis found in Greece
An unknown civilization around four lakes that lasted from 6000 BCE to 60 BCE has been uncovered in two important excavations of a Neolithic and an Iron Age settlement in...
5 March 2007
Builders discover 46 ancient tombs in Colombia
A group of construction workers stumbled upon 46 ancient tombs, between 1,500 and 2,500 years old while digging to build a new soccer stadium in Deportivo Cali in southwestern Colombia,...
10 March 2007
Unbrushed teeth reveal ancient diets
Ancient tartar-encrusted teeth may be a biological gold mine for scientists, thanks to a new technique for extracting food particles from teeth that once belonged to prehistoric humans. The method...
Prehistoric settlements discovered in Greece
Archaeologists in northern Greece revealed on that they have uncovered traces of prehistoric settlements, some dating back 8,000 years. The settlements were unearthed in a region surrounded by four lakes...
English and Irish may be closer than they think
Historians teach that the inhabitants of Britain and Ireland are mostly descended from different peoples: the Irish from the Celts and the English from the Anglo-Saxons who invaded from Northern...
Indus Valley civilization more varied and wider
"Indus Valley civilization was much more varied and wider than historians believed till date," said Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Management, Boston University, Mohammed Rafique Mughal. "Extensive exploration and excavation...
'Petrified lightning bolts' give peek into ancient climates
When lightning strikes sand or soil, it melts and fuses grains into features that some have called petrified lightning bolts. Their scientific name is fulgurites, after fulgur, the Latin word...
First-ever dwelling mound found in Germany
A 7,000-year-old dwelling mound has been found in Germany, causing a stir among archaeologists. It is the first find of its kind in Western Europe. By building and rebuilding on...
State archaeologist casts doubt on ancient find in Walker
The State archaeologist is casting doubt on claims that an archaeological dig in the northern Minnesota city of Walker (USA) has turned up ancient stone tools between 13,000 and 14,000...
Evidence of lime burial discovered in Iran
For the first time, traces of lime graves have been discovered in Jiroft, Kerman province (Iran), during archeological activities in the region. "A unique grave was discovered during the fifth...
Bronze Age settlement found in Wicklow
Archaeological excavations in advance of the construction of the Wicklow Port Access and Town Relief Roads have opened a fascinating window to the past. The council began its digs at...
Kuwaiti archaeologists unearth Bronze Age finds
Kuwaiti archaeologists wrapped up a successful excavation season in Sabiyah with new winds, skeletal remains, pieces of pottery and beads dating back to the Bronze Age, Sultan Duwaish, Superintending at...
Lost Roman settlement in Silbury's shadow
Mysterious Silbury Hill has yielded another surprise for archaeologists. The 5,000-year-old monument was the base for a large-scale Roman settlement archaeologists had no idea existed. The hill had already been...
12 March 2007
Bones offer clues to Neolithic massacre
Bones found at an English burial site suggest it once bore witness to a massacre happened 5,500 years ago. The remains of 14 people were discovered in the 1960s, but...
18 March 2007
Circles in Delaware Co. woods suggest pre-historic site
The Delaware County Office of Geographic Information System stumbled onto what scientists believe to be a well-preserved earthwork built by pre-historic, Woodland Indians. The site recently came to the attention...
Philistines, but less and less Philistine
In recent years, excavations in Israel established that the Philistines had fine pottery, handsome architecture and cosmopolitan tastes. If anything, they were more refined than the shepherds and farmers in...
Tree over ancient stone circle chopped down
A 200-year-old tree at the centre of worship by druids and witches has been chopped down to size after it became diseased. The 80ft beech at Winterbourne Abbas (England) has...
New tests add years to Scottish skull find
For more than a century the skull has lain in storage as part of the national museum collection. But now radiocarbon testing has established the remains - discovered in a...
Irish dolmen damaged by builders
It has been alleged that there were attempts to remove a dolmen at Grangebeg between Monasterevin and Kildare Town (Co Kildare, Ireland) recently. "The dolmen is under severe threat of...
29 ancient tombs found in Mexico
Mexican archaeologists found more than 100 bodies in 29 different pre-Hispanic tombs dating back about 2,000 years in Nayarit. Raúl Barrera, who leads the archaeological project for the National Institute...
Another 3000-year-old brazier discovered in Iran
Continuing archeological excavations in a 3000-year-old temple in the historic Qoli Darvish Hill in Qom (Iran) has led to the discovery of a fourth brazier. The brazier has a hole...
Iron Age settlement unearthed in England
Archaeologists have uncovered Iron Age secrets during a village dig. Cambridgeshire County Council's archaeological field unit (CAM ARC) visited Bassingbourn Village College (England), and gave residents the chance to learn...
Ancient mashed grapes found in Greece
Either the ancient Greeks loved grape juice, or they were making wine nearly 6,500 years ago, according to a new study that describes what could be the world's earliest evidence...
Italy discovers scents of Venus
Italian archaeologists have found the world's oldest perfumes on the island of Cyprus, mythical home of the love goddess Venus. The prehistoric scents are now on show at Rome's Capitoline...
Bronze Age treasures for museum
Bronze Age gold exhibits from between 1300 BCE and 1150 BCE are to go on display at Cirencester's Corinium Museum (England). The 59 pieces were found near Fairford, Gloucestershire, and...
Tracing back Malaysia's stone-age man in Lenggong
Peninsular Malaysia's oldest inhabitant, is residing in the new Lenggong Museum. Perak Man, found in 1991, is the only complete human skeleton found in Malaysia. The cave which was his...
International Megalithic Conference
Megalithic Conference Stone Age technology will be making a big comeback in northern New York (USA) this summer. Earthwood Building School, together with Plattsburgh State University's Department of Anthropology, will...
25 March 2007
A stone circle discovered through Google Earth?
Members of the German website Schottlandportal discovered with the help of Google Earth two interesting submerged structures near Loch Clickhimin, Shetland (Scotland). The most prominent of these structures may be...
Why aren't humans furry?
A prize-winning paper suggests that humans are hairless apes because Stone-Age mothers regarded furry babies as unattractive. Written by Judith Rich-Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption and No Two Alike,...
Heritage farming in Britain
The British Government this week put forward new plans for the protection of archaeological sites on agricultural lands. The heritage white paper suggests existing consents which allow sites to be...
Fundraising for archaeological report on Tara / M3
TaraWatch group started a fundraising towards the cost of generating a professional archaeological assessment of the M3 motorway at the Hill of Tara (Ireland). TaraWatch has opened a PayPal account...
Queens of the Stone Age
People think they understand exactly how prehistoric women lived, even though these notions often turn out to be more cartoon than reality. "The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of...
Living in an age of stone
The Rhind Lectures for 2007, organized by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the National Museum of Scotland, will be held in Edinburgh from 27th to 29th April. The...
30 March 2007
Neolithic settlement unearthed in Greece
A settlement dating back to the Neolithic period has been uncovered during an archaeological dig in the Ptolemais plain (Greece), in an area situated at an altitude of 700 metres,...

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