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September 2007 index:

4 September 2007
Hilltop fort from 1200 BCE uncovered in Ireland
Archaeologists from University College Cork have uncovered the oldest hilltop fort in Ireland on a ridge near Innishannon overlooking huge tracts of County Cork and believe that it was the first...
Cerne Abbas giant daubed by 'vigilante'
Residents living close to the Cerne Abbas Giant (a 55 metre naked figure carved into the chalk hillside in Dorset, England) are angry with campaigners after the famous landmark was...
Prehistoric artefacts found in Vietnam
Recent excavations at the Vinh Yen relic site in Van Thanh commune, southern Khanh Hoa province (Vietnam), have revealed numerous artefacts that prove the site was a ceramic workshop dating...
Oetzi may have died from head trauma, not arrow
Researchers studying Oetzi, the 5,000-year-old mummy found frozen in the Italian Alps, have come up with a new theory for how he died, saying he died from head trauma, not...
Journey into the Neolithic in Kilmartin Glen
Half Life is a sound-and-art installation that aims to 'reveal the dark but inspiring mindset of Scotland's Neolithic inhabitants.' While the Glasgow-based environmental art charity NVA is reluctant to give...
Iron Age sword discovered again in Germany
An Iron Age sword which was stolen from a Cambridgeshire (England) museum 13 years ago has been returned after it was spotted at an auction in Germany. The weapon was...
New court challenge on Tara
The Campaign to Save Tara announced details of a legal challenge to the proposed M3 Motorway through the Tara/Skryne Valley in Co. Meath (Ireland). At the launch of the legal...
Origins of urbanization challenged by new research
Ancient cities arose not by decree from a centralized political power, as was previously widely believed, but as the outgrowth of decisions made by smaller groups or individuals, according to...
Heritage will not halt road over Rotherwas Ribbon
Advisors from English Heritage have decided they are happy with Herefordshire Council's plans to continue building the road over the Rotherwas Ribbon Bronze Age site. Scientific advisors from the organisation...
Henge extension discovered in West Yorkshire
Archaeologists investigating the site of a housing development in West Yorkshire (England) believe they have found an extension of the renowned Ferrybridge Henge, a partially lost prehistoric ceremonial monument dating...
Wanapum leader protects ancient petroglyphs
Wanapum leader Rex Buck Jr. studies the basalt cliffs above the Columbia River (USA) where his ancestors tucked their stories in shadows and caves. While Buck is not a regular...
16 September 2007
Skara Brae site graffiti removed
Experts have successfully removed all traces of graffiti which had been daubed onto the ancient Skara Brae settlement on Orkney (Scotland). The vandalism, including the words 'Scouse Celts', was found...
Prehistoric find located in Swiss lake
Archaeologists have discovered traces of Switzerland’s oldest known building, but it will never draw tourists: it lies underwater in the middle of a lake. Since it was made of wood...
Bronze Age workshop in Ireland
Rathwood (Co. Carlow, Ireland) held a Bronze Age workshop' recently in collaboration with Umha Aois, an experimental group of artists and archaeologists who attempt to rediscover, through research and experimentation,...
Iron Age settlement found during building work at school
Evidence of an Iron Age settlement has been found at a Hampshire school (England). A routine inspection at Kings Worthy Primary School, near Winchester, uncovered evidence prior to the start...
Canadian caves reveal thousands of years of history
While scrambling around on Huxley Island (British Columbia, Canada) doing an archeological survey in August, grad student Jenny Storey made an exciting discovery - a new cave under the roots...
Ancient scots mummified their dead
The ancient Egyptians were not the only ones to mummify their dead, according to a study in this month's Antiquity Journal that claims prehistoric Scottish people created mummies too. The...
Hedgehogs on menu for ancient Brits
A meal of hedgehog or stinging nettle sounds like a recipe for the world's worst mouth ulcer. However, these were once the ingredients of choice in Britain. The country's 10...
Sydney's history goes back 30,000 years
A cache of charcoal, stone tools and artefacts unearthed to make way for a high-rise apartment block has been found to be 30,000 years old, more than doubling the accepted...
Treasure of Bronze Age Buchan
Archaeological treasures unearthed in the north-east of Scotland have gone on display. The collection of artefacts, dating back to the Bronze Age, is the subject of a new exhibition at...
Bronze age settlement found in Malta
A series of tombs and silos, probably dating back to the Bronze Age and early Roman period, have been discovered on the site set to become the new US Embassy,...
17 September 2007
Vandals target Rollright Stones again
Conservationists are considering using CCTV to protect the Rollright Stones (Oxordshire, England) following the latest vandal attack. Police said a symbol, which is believed to be a pagan swastika, was...
23 September 2007
Bronze Age burial site unearthed at British quarry
Archaeologists excavating a site at at Pode Hole Quarry near Peterborough (England), have discovered a significant Bronze Age burial site. With scientists already having discovered a 3,500-year-old man's skeleton at the...
Ancient Chinese sites threatened by water project
An ambitious water diversion project in China risks submerging cultural relics up to 4000 years old, despite efforts by heritage officials to rescue them. With just three years left before...
Stone circle being excavated in South Yorkshire
An archaeological dig to try to uncover the secret surrounding the 'Stonehenge of the North' got under way in Cadeby (South Yorkshire, England) this week. Entitled the 'Cadeby Henge Project',...
4,000-year-old copper hoard discovered in India
Archaeologists have discovered a copper hoard believed to be nearly 4,000-years-old near a village in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya district (India), raising hopes of its radiocarbon dating and understanding the culture...
Court battles loom in fight to save Tara Hill
Campaigners are preparing to take their battle to stop the extension of a motorway near Tara Hill (Co. Meath, Ireland) to courts in Strasbourg and Dublin next month. The World...
3000-year-old graves discovered in Iran
A team of archaeologists has recently discovered 24 graves dating back 3000 years during salvage excavations at the Galabar Dam reservoir in Zanjan Province, central northwest Iran. The graves have...
10,000 Scottish sites at risk from climate change
More than 10,000 of the most important ancient and historical sites around Scotland's coastline are at risk of being destroyed by the storms and rising sea levels that will come...
29 September 2007
A bursting comet to blame for Ice Age extinctions?
What caused the extinction of mammoths and the decline of Stone Age people about 13,000 years ago remains hotly debated. Overhunting by Paleoindians, climate change and disease lead the list...
More about the Neolithic baby found near Peterborough
Archaeologists have unearthed the tiny skeleton of a 3,500-year-old baby at a quarry near Peterborough (England). The discovery was made close to the centre of a Bronze Age burial mound...
Ice age Australians sheltered in caves
Ice age Aboriginal Australians protected themselves from bitterly cold winds by flocking to caves in one of the most inhospitable parts of the continent, says an archaeologist. Ian Gilligan, a...
Florida State may buy ancient burial ground
At one point this year, Manatee County officials (Florida, USA) were considering a purchase of Pillsbury Temple Mound to ensure the site's preservation. Now they're trying to save the site,...
Archaeological find rewrites Tasmania's history
A recently discovered cave, in Tasmania's remote south-west World Heritage Area (Australia), yields clues to early human occupation. For a long time everyone thought that the Franklin River valley was...
Rotherwas Ribbon campaigners question Council decision
Campaigners fighting to preserve the Rotherwas Ribbon (England) say they will be taking the 'issue further' after they claimed a council scrutiny committee decision to endorse a plan to build...
Iranian reservoir conceals archaeological goldmine
A team of archaeologists has recently identified 100 ancient sites at the Seimareh Dam reservoir in western Iran's Ilam Province. The sites have been identified as belonging to a whole...
Stone Age rice farms found in China
Stone Age Chinese people began cultivating rice more than 7,700 years ago by burning trees in coastal marshes and building dams to hold back seawater, converting the marshes to rice...
Beltany Heritage Conference: all about Tara
The archaeologist appointed to monitor developments at the proposed route of the M3 motorway through Tara, Dr Conor Newman, will be the main speaker at the upcoming Beltany Heritage Conference...
Bronze Age pits discovered in Scotland
Bronze Age pits have been unearthed in Scotland - they may shed fresh light on life on the banks of the Forth 4000 years ago. Archaeologists carrying out a routine...

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