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August 2007 index:

7 August 2007
Comet theory may explain disappearance of ancient people in N.America
A theory put forth by a group of 25 geo-scientists suggests that a massive comet exploded over Canada, possibly wiping out both beast and man around 12,900 years ago, and...
San Fulgencio's excavations of Iberian temple
On 9th July this year archaeological excavations were implemented in San Fulgencio on the early Iberian settlement of 'La Escuera' located close to camino del Convenio on urbanisation La Marina. The...
Rock art found in Scotland
An open day was held at the Ormaig rock art site looking over Loch Craignish (Argyll, Scotland) to display the work of the recent excavation project. The project is a...
Bronze Age skeleton dug up in an English quarry
Archaeologists believe they may have unearthed a Bronze Age cemetery near Peterborough (East of England) after digging up the remains of a 3,500 year-old skeleton. Experts who made the find...
Ancient site found off the Isle of Wight coast
Excavations of an underwater Stone Age archaeological settlement dating back 8000 years have taken place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Maritime archaeologists from the Hampshire and Wight Trust for...
Two-week project to safeguard Rotherwas Ribbon
Herefordshire Council is implementing its plans to preserve the Rotherwas Ribbon archaeological find (England) and protect it for future generations. A full council meeting confirmed that work on the Rotherwas Relief...
Beyond Mesopotamia: a new view of human civilization
A radically expanded view of the origin of civilization, extending far beyond Mesopotamia, is reported by journalist Andrew Lawler in the latest issue of the journal Science. Mesopotamia is widely...
Archaeology under the stars in Italy
The Council of Corato, Puglia Imperiale Turismo, the APT (local tourist board) and the Archaeoclub of Italy, section of Corato - Bari, are organizing an event called 'Archeologia sotto le...
Prehistoric frescos discovered in Algeria
An important archaeological discovery has been made recently in the region of Batna (east of Algeria) which consists in prehistoric frescos that date back to some 3500 years. Local experts...
5600-year-old tinder device unearthed in China
What was the secret to keeping the fires burning thousands of years ago? An archaeological discovery in Luoyang, in central China's Hunan province offers one clue. The discovery was made...
Large group of rock art discovered in Perthshire
Archaeologists have discovered a large group of ancient rock art in Perthshire (Scotland), which they hope will shed more light on the area’s prehistoric inhabitants. A team working on National...
Ancient Vietnamese drums being illegally excavated
In the past four months, 50 bronze drums have been unearthed and transported illegally out Krong Nang district in Dak Lak province (Vietnam), said doctor Tran Quy Thinh from the...
Protest at M3/Tara ends peacefully
Protests held against the excavation of a prehistoric site on the route of the M3 motorway (co. Meath, Ireland) passed off peacefully. The Lismullen site was declared a national monument...
Vandals destroy 8,000-year-old artwork in Spain
Vandals have destroyed cave paintings dating back thousands of years with graffiti. Fluorescent yellow paint was sprayed over carvings, thought to be around 8,000 years old, inside the Cova de...
12 August 2007
Neolithic cemetery found in Syria
A Syrian-Japanese archaeological team uncovered recently a 9 000-year-old cemetery in north-east Syria. The cemetery, found at Ein al-Karkh site in Idlib province, 330km north of the capital Damascus, represents "ancient...
Tara group vows legal action over burial site dig
Legal action will be taken to stop the excavation of am Irish national monument site on the route of the controversial M3 motorway unless the Government orders all work to...
Fight on to save ancient settlement found underwater
A race against time is under way to try to save a Stone Age settlement found buried at the bottom of the sea in the Solent, off the coast of...
The lost city of Apollo: is it near Stonehenge?
A British archaeologist believes he has found the lost city of Apollo. Dennis Price, who shot to prominence after finding a missing altar stone from Stonehenge, is the man behind...
Prehistoric settlement unearthed in China
Archaeologists recently excavated prehistoric settlements dating back to early Neolithic (9,000 to 8,000 years ago) in the Peiligang Cultural layer of Tang Period at 13 kilometers south Xinzheng City, Henan...
Reworked Clovis point discovered in Virginia
Archaeologists working at Freedmen's Cemetery in Alexandria (Virginia, USA) have unearthed a stone tool believed to be about 13,000 years old. The artifact was discovered during a dig last week,...
Ancient Irish monuments may have been Bronze Age breweries
Two Galway Archaeologists have proposed a theory that one of the most common archaeological monuments in the Irish landscape may have been used for brewing a Bronze Age Beer. Billy...
The wonders of Côa River Valley
Outdoor drawings discovered in Foz Côa, a remote Portuguese valley, have changed the way experts think about prehistoric art. The whole area is securely fenced off from the outside world...
40,000-year-old site discovered in Australia
Archaeologists have discovered that an ancient occupation site in north-west Victoria (Australia) is much older than first thought. Tests on charcoal and stone fragments found in Box Gully, near Lake...
19 August 2007
Out of the Ordinary - Earth Mysteries Festival
The Earth Mysteries Festival (21st -23rd September 2007) will be a 3 days forum of discussion and discovery whilst camping in the Sussex Countryside (England) with some of the most...
The oldest beads in the world
The discovery of small perforated sea shells in the Cave of Pigeons in Taforalt, eastern Morocco, shows that the use of bead adornments in North Africa is older than previously...
2nd millennium BCE tomb found in Azerbaijan
The representatives of Archeology and Ethnography Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan found a tomb of a tribe leader during excavations in Plovdag area of Ordubad region, the...
Prehistoric site bulldozed in Iran
Bulldozers working for the Ammar Yasser construction project in Qom have entirely demolished the 6000-year-old Shad Qoli archaeological site in central Iran. "The license for excavation of the area was...
9,000-year-old artifacts found in Florida
After thousands of years underwater, a handful of North Port's (Florida, USA) history resurfaced in a Ziploc bag. Steve Koski, an archaeologist at Little Salt Spring Research Facility, was swimming...
Rare carving found at famous British cave
A mammoth carved on to a wall in Cheddar Caves (Somerset, England) 13,000 years ago is being hailed as one of the most significant examples of prehistoric art ever found...
Neolithic village unearthed in Orkney
The remains of a Neolithic settlement discovered in Orkney (Scotland) were hailed as potentially as important as the Skara Brae village on the islands. The 2.5 hectare site is believed...
Ancient UAE was an active trading hub
An expert panel of archaeologists from around the world claim the Arabian Peninsula – long thought to be a barren wasteland from around 5,000 BCE – was home to developed...
Miami Circle secured for now
A temporary fix to the crumbling seawall adjacent to the famed Miami Circle in Brickell (Florida, USA) is just about complete, says State Archeologist Ryan Wheeler — but circle supporters...
Biggest ancient water tank on the Balkans
Bulgarian archaeologists announced they have discovered the biggest ancient tank for storing water on the Balkans, etched into the rock sanctuary of Perperikon, near Kardzhali in southern Bulgaria. Archaeologist Nikolay...
Seahenge set for final resting place
The finishing touches are being put to the 4,000-year-old timbers of Seahenge at the county's Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse near Dereham before it is transported to its permanent home in...
Prehistoric stone bowl stolen from Canadian beach
A massive stone bowl believed to be between 4,000 and 6,000 years old has been stolen from a beach on Mayne Island (British Columbia, Canada), an area belonging to the...
Graffiti daubed at Skara Brae
Vandals have targetted the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae in Sandwick (Orkney, Scotland). House One at the site, one of the best preserved, was daubed with graffitti - possibly, going...
Volunteers needed to unearth Stonehenge's secrets
Young people are being offered a unique opportunity to get involved in one of Britain's most high profile archaeological projects. The Stonehenge Riverside Project aims to understand the purposes of...
26 August 2007
Bronze Age hide-out discovered in Albania
An archaeology team reports that the mountains of northern Albania, perhaps the most remote place left in Europe, have been a hide-out for a surprisingly long time. A leader of...
Student finds Neolithic chewing gum
A British archaeology student has discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum. Sarah Pickin, 23, found the lump of birch bark tar – complete with Neolithic tooth prints - while...
Were seafarers living in Canada 16,000 years ago?
In a Canadian archeological project that could revolutionize understanding of when and how humans first reached the New World, federal researchers in British Columbia have begun probing an underwater site...
Bronze Age excavations in Cyprus
Archaeological investigations in the past summer featured renewed excavations at the Bronze Age community of Politiko-Troullia, about 25 km southwest of Nicosia (Cyprus) in the copper-bearing foothills of the Troodos...
US expert says Lismullen must be preserved
Newly discovered 2000-year-old site at Lismullen, near Tara (Ireland), must be fully preserved because of their unique size and character, a US academic said. State archaeologists began excavation work on...
Ancient quid yields DNA
A few years ago, Steven LeBlanc, an archaeologist and collections manager at Harvard University's Peabody Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, realized he could extract ancient DNA from prehistoric quids - wads...
Fines for dumping waste near an ancient hillfort
A British landowner, one of his tenants and a local trader were ordered to pay £15,065 in fines and costs for illegally dumping huge amounts of waste on land designated...
Stonehenge building riddle tackled
What is known is the first stones - weighing about five tons - were brought at Stonehenge from Wales by water in about 2500 BCE. Some 200 years later, they...
Signs of a prehistoric garbage dump in a cave
A prehistoric Spanish hunting group that may have even had its own gang symbols appears to have drawn, hunted, crashed in a cave, eaten, recycled waste and moved on, suggests...
Prehistoric Greek water works found
Archaeologists excavating a sprawling prehistoric fortress in southern Greece have discovered a secret underground passage thought to have supplied the site with water in times of danger. The passage would...
Ancient sites may be hiding in Australian bays
Underwater caves in sheltered bays could house a wealth of untapped pre-European archaeological treasures, say Australian researchers. And people involved in coastal developments need to be more aware of the...
Paleolithic site traced in Iran
Iranian archeologists have succeeded in tracing evidence of human beings settlement dating back to Paleolithic epoch to Middle Stone Age (40,000-10,000 years ago) in Jam-o Riz city in Bushehr province....
Volunteers help protect prehistoric American mounds
The Missouri Mound Adoption Project (MO-MAP) founded recently in Chesterfield (USA) hopes to use a coalition of volunteers to protect Missouri's remaining prehistoric Native American mounds. "We may not be...
Iron Age finding in Scotland
Archaeologists excavating a historic site in Moray (Scotland) have unearthed an Iron Age pot within a trench where Roman coins were previously discovered. The annual Birnie Dig got under way...

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