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July 2007 index:

1 July 2007
Bosnian 'pyramid' loses funding
The Ministry of Culture of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to put an end to the funding of the project 'Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun.' Numerous politicans have given...
Roche approves resumption of work at Tara
The outgoing Irish Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche, has signed an order that will lead to a resumption of work on the M3 near Tara. Mr Roche has decided...
More ancient rock etchings found in Algeria
More Neolithic rock etchings have been in the Algerian desert, dating back from around 8,000 years ago and showing cattle herds. Local tour guide Hadj Brahim found about 40 images...
Summer solstice welcomed at Stonehenge
Druids, drummers, pagans and partygoers welcomed the sun as it rose above the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge on the longest day of the year — the summer solstice. About 24,000...
Florida scrambles to shore up the Miami Circle
Sections of the site containing the ancient Miami Circle (Florida, USA) are at risk of washing into the Miami River following the collapse of a long-deteriorating seawall. The mysterious 38-foot...
Earliest wooden figurines found in China
Recently, a Chinese archaeological team working in Hanchen City, Shaanxi Province, excavated an ancient tomb from the Zhou Dynasty (1046-221 BCE) and discovered many precious findings. Inside one chamber they...
Questioning the claims about the Nebra Star Disk
Archaeologists have revived the debate over whether a spectacular Bronze Age disc from Germany is one of the earliest known calendars. The Nebra disc is emblazoned with symbols of the...
Volunteers to dig a ring cairn in Cumbria
Archaeologists are hoping to unearth ancient treasures during excavations in a Cumbrian valley (England). Volunteers are needed to join two digs in the Duddon Valley in the south west of...
Huge Iron Age roundhouse found in Scotland
One of the biggest Iron Age roundhouses ever found in Scotland has been uncovered during an archaeological dig near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire. The 2,000-year-old stone building was found in the...
Dig at Scottish ruins uncovered by storm
Archaeologists are excavating the remains of houses believed to date back 2,000 years after they were uncovered by a ferocious storm. Charity Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion...
Stone circle unearthed in Shetland
A team of archaeologists from Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society (Bacas) has helped uncover an ancient stone circle in one of Britain's most remote locations. Members of the have taken...
Squashes show ancient farming in South America
Agriculture was taking root in South America almost as early as the first farmers were breaking ground in the Middle East, research indicates. Evidence that squash was being grown nearly...
Why the cat was 'tamed'
Combining the fields of genetics and archeology, scientists have found that cat domestication occurred near the beginning of human civilization, long before many previous archeological estimates. Published in the journal...
Ancient Scottish coastal settlement rebuilt
An ancient Shetland settlement at risk of crumbling into the sea has been rebuilt - despite fears that it will soon be eroded. The work on the burial site in...
6 July 2007
Bulldozers razed ancient Irish site near Tara
An ancient burial ground near the Hill of Tara (Ireland) - said to be more impressive than the national monument discovered in recent months - has been destroyed. Bulldozers razed...
9 July 2007
National Archaeology Weekend at Creswell Crags
For one weekend only (Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July), Creswell Crags is being turned in to a time machine, taking you through British prehistory, in a way that...
Green crystals found in 2,500-year-old Chinese tomb
Chinese archaeologists exploring a 2,500-year-old tomb in east China's Jiangxi province that contained 47 coffins in a remarkable state of preservation were stunned to discover several pieces of green crystal...
5000-year-old decoration unearthed in Bulgaria
A team of archaeologist of Bulgaria's National Historical Museum unearthed a 5000-year-old golden architectural ornamentation near the village of Dabene. While carrying out excavations of small prehistoric moulds, archaeologist Martin...
Australian ancient rock art to be heritage listed
Australian Federal Heritage Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that thousands of rare indigenous rock carvings on the Burrup Peninsula in north western Australia will be placed on the national heritage list....
Bronze Age serpentine mound found in England
Archaeologists have made a find in western England that thy hope will help illuminate the ritual life of Britain's Bronze Age inhabitants — a 60-meter (65-yard) serpentine mound paved with...
Ancient-style reed boat tackles Atlantic
A German biologist and amateur anthropologist is obsessed with ancient long-distance seafaring. Dominique Goerlitz and a crew of eight plan to set sail from New York in a prehistoric-style reed...
Irish Minister to review heritage protection
Irish Minister for the Environment John Gormley is to review how the State protects its national heritage and landscape following the controversy over the planned construction of the M3 motorway...
Thornborough Music Festival
The largest gathering of bands ever held in Yorkshire (England) is set to draw the crouds to Thornborough Music Festival in Grewelthorpe next weekend. The three day festival from 13...
Rotherwas Ribbon - A road will run through it?
It seems that despite the discovery in Herefordshire (England) of what has been described as a 4,000 year-old Bronze Age site which is unique in Europe, the local council are...
17 July 2007
Rotherwas Ribbon: controversy rages on
Campaigners fighting to preserve a 4,000-year-old archaeological find in Herefordshire (England) say they are facing a race against time. Experts have said the newly-uncovered Rotherwas Ribbon could be as important...
Prehistoric site unearthed in Durham City
Water works have uncovered the most significant archaeological site of ancient Britons in County Durham (North East England) dating back 5,000 years. Northumbrian Water are building a new drinking water...
Canadian students find ancient tool-making camp
Students at the University of Northern B.C. have discovered more than 200 prehistoric artifacts at a protected archeological site at Beaverley, about 30 km west of Prince George (British Columbia,...
Prehistoric Kingston
Kingston Museum (Greater London, England) is marking National Archaeology Week by offering people a chance to learn about prehistoric life. Prehistoric Kingston takes place on Saturday, July 21, from 10.30am...
Egypt's oldest known art is 15,000 years old
Rock face drawings and etchings recently rediscovered in southern Egypt are similar in age and style to the iconic Stone Age cave paintings in Lascaux, France, and Altamira, Spain, archaeologists...
No M3/Tara re-routing despite EU warning
Hundreds of people are set to mount protests in Dublin, London and New York today to demonstrate against the construction of the M3 motorway in the Tara-Skryne Valley. A protest...
Squirrels unearth ancient artifact in California
An amazing discovery has been unearthed in Placer County (California, USA). Amazing because of its historical significance, and amazing because of how it was found. Archaeologists did not carefully unearth...
Anniversary celebrations for Crannog Centre
Kenmore's award-winning Scottish Crannog Centre is going native in the countdown to its 10th anniversary celebrations. The occasion will be marked with a four-day extravaganza from July 19 to 22,...
Petroglyph site in Utah taking more damage
The popular Land Hill petroglyph site (Utah, USA) has been vandalized again. Federal officials are offering $500 for information leading to the identification of people involved in scratching "Bad Habits"...
Outrage as Irish dolmen is turned into 'baked potato'
An ancient Irish dolmen has been wrapped in tin foil and silver plastic - so that it now looks more like a Flash Gordon spaceship than a prehistoric monument. Labby...
22 July 2007
Dutch burial mounds to be excavated
The Dutch landscape is strewn with ancient burial mounds, but what are the stories behind them? Neolithic mounds are often 4000 to 5000 years old, they are visible to everyone...
Iron Age cemetery unearthed in Iran
Archeological excavations behind Kalpush Dam in Semnan province (Iran) led into discovery of a unique cemetery dating back to Iron Age (1350 to 550 BCE) with earthen graves. "The Iron...
Ancient mariner tools found in Cyprus
Archaeologists in Cyprus have discovered what they believe could be the oldest evidence yet that organized groups of ancient mariners were plying the east Mediterranean, possibly as far back as...
People arrested during Tara protests
Four men arrested over a protest at the construction site of the M3 motorway near the Hill of Tara in County Meath have been sent to prison. Three woman were...
Ancient relics in path of highway in Arizona
Ancient Native American artifacts likely are buried under the path of the proposed South Mountain Freeway (Arizona, USA), Phoenix's lead archaeologist and freeway planners agree. Construction crews won't be allowed...
Flag Fen: car vandals could bury major site
The future of a major archaeological site in Peterborough (Cambridgeshire, England) is hanging in the balance after yobs went on a wrecking spree. A car smashed through the gates of...
The mysterious Jinsha culture
The construction site in the western suburbs of Chengdu, in Sichuan Province (China), looked much like any other. It all started when a bulldozer driver heard a scraping sound as...
Funds scarce for Miami Circle seawall
One month after a section of the seawall protecting the ancient Miami Circle (Florida, USA) collapsed, legislators and an Indian shamen called for state funds to repair the damage and...
Vietnam discoveries may be three millennia old
Archaeologists have confirmed that artefacts found in Buon Rau village, Hoa Tien Commune, in Krong Pak (Dac Lac, Vietnam) are as much as 3,000 years old. Local farmers first unearthed...
Stonehenge world heritage status at risk?
The British government is set to reject a £500m road scheme which is seen as vital to preserving the status of Stonehenge as a World Heritage site. A tunnel more...
30 July 2007
Spiral motifs may reveal Çatalhöyük migration
Motifs discovered in the wall paintings may shed light on the migration routes of the people who lived in Çatalhöyük (Turkey), a 9,000-year old Neolithic site. The excavation is sponsored...
'Ribbon' protestors allowed to attend further meetings
An elderly couple arrested for their part in the Rotherwas Ribbon (England) prehistoric site protests have been given the all-clear to attend further council meetings. Mervyn and Virginia Morgan were...
Another 5000-year-old inscription discovered in Iran
The second ancient inscription which was carved on rock in Kaftarlou hill have been discovered in Akhtarabad region in Shahriyar plain located in Iranian western province of Kordestan. Due to...
Dig in Indiana yields prehistoric artifacts
After less than a week of excavations, an archaeological dig along the tree-filled banks of the Kankakee River in Porter County (Indiana, USA) produced artifacts dating back nearly 8,000 years....
Prehistoric timbers go on display
Iron-Age timbers which once formed part of a causeway across marshes in Suffolk (England) are to go on public display for the first time. Contractors working on the Environment Agency's...
Ancient Vietnamese bronze drum restored
Archeologists have patched up and identified ancient bronze drum pieces recently discovered in Krong Pach district in Dak Lak province (Vietnam) as part of a Heger Classification’s Type 1 drum....
Heavy rain damages ancient sites in Britain
Repair works on an ancient monument in Wiltshire (England) have been temporarily halted because of the recent heavy rain. Engineers and archaeologists have been working to stabilise Silbury Hill, believed...
Hill of Tara protest CD launched
Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam O Maonlai has released a song to rally campaigners opposed to the controversial M3 motorway route around the Hill of Tara (Ireland). The musician has turned...
Ancient Sami village unearthed in Norway
Archaologists have uncovered what they believe to be the remnants of a large 2000-year old Sami town near Tana on the border between Finland and Norway. So far, more than...
3000-year-old whalebone mask found in Alaska
Archaeologists working in Unalaska (Alaska, USA) have found the remains of a whalebone mask believed to be about 3,000 years old. The partial mask was discovered earlier this month while...
British Ice Age cave art site preserved
Work to protect and preserve an Ice Age site in Derbyshire (England) has been completed. The project at the Ice Age cave art centre at Creswell Crags was funded by...
Maltese stone circle threatened by development
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority’s Development Control Commission (MEPA) has been advised to grant permission to a private developer to build a two-storey house and swimming pool adjacent to...

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