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October 2007 index:

9 October 2007
Neanderthals roamed as far as Siberia
DNA extracted from skeletal remains has shown that Neanderthals roamed some 2000 kilometres further east than previously thought. Researchers say the genetic sequence of an adolescent Neanderthal found in southern...
Ancient Saharian shepherds were artists
"The creators of rock drawings in Dakhla were shepherds. They lived about 8 5,000 years ago" said Prof. Michał Kobusiewicz from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology at...
Irish Minister makes order to protect fort near Tara
Irish Minister for the Environment John Gormley has used his powers under the National Monuments Acts to make a temporary preservation order for Rath Lugh, a prehistoric promontory fort associated...
Ancient metal workshop found in Serbia
Serbian archaeologists found evidence of what could be the oldest metal workshop in all of Europe. According to National Museum archaeologist Dušan Šljivar, experts found a "copper chisel and stone...
Orkney find points to Scotland's earliest settlement
They may look like just a collection of broken stones, but the finds made in a field in Orkney might be evidence of the earliest settlement in Scotland. Two flint...
Boats to be built Bronze Age style
Underwater archaeologists in Perthshire (Scotland) are set to embark on a massively ambitious project to build a pair of huge logboats, similar to those created locally during the Bronze Age....
Rotherwas Ribbon protesters' charges dropped
The case against six people detained after protesting at a British council meeting has been discontinued. The six were arrested at a meeting of Hereford County Council in July when...
Suspected prehistoric burial found in Texas
Jon Lohse, an archaeologist with Texas State University's Center for Archaeological Studies says an extremely rare metal arrow point isn't the only thing that he has found near the proposed...
Learn how ancient people cooked
Clay pots. Stones with holes in the center. Large, open hearths with cast-iron pots. Pits filled with roasting game. Each of these cooking techniques will be part of an archaeology...
Discovery of a Neolithic village in Iran
Sounding works in order to delimit the area of Chough Tepe in Mazandaran province (Iran), has resulted in identifying architectural layers. Based on historical evidence, archeologists give the possibility that...
TV crew joins the dig of an Iron Age hill fort
County archaeologists have spent months digging the dirt at Credenhill Park Wood (Herefordshire, England). But they were given a helping hand by the Time Team TV crew, who spent a...
17 October 2007
Follow in 385,000-year-old human footsteps
Want to walk in the footsteps of the early humans? Tourists in Italy can do almost just that starting last weekend, after footpaths believed to have been left up to...
Ancient tomb of young lovers unearthed in Turkey
Archaeologists discovered the tomb of a young couple locked in an embrace during their work in Hakemi Use in the Bismil district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır (Turkey). Archaeologists...
Ancient human migrations in the Pacific Region
A new study by Kevin Pope of Geo Eco Arc Research and John Terrell of The Field Museum adds insight into the migration of anatomically modern humans out of Africa...
Monolith raises questions about ancient mexican culture
Deep in the Huastec jungle (Mexico) the enormous carved stone monolith stands, suspended over the pool of water where a team of archaeologists discovered it. A powerful woman stands at...
World's oldest wall painting unearthed in Syria
French archaeologists have discovered an 11,000-year-old wall painting underground in northern Syria which they believe is the oldest in the world. The 2 square-meter painting, in red, black and white,...
Archaeological website launch
A new website will be created to promote archaeological objects in Dumfries and Galloway region (Scotland) - thanks to a 40,000 cash injection. Under the Recognition Scheme funded by the...
Vandals target Long barrow in Lancashire
A 5,000 year old monument has been targeted by vandals in Lancashire (England). A prominent spiral-shaped design has been carved into the ancient Pike Stones - a long barrow burial...
BBC4 to unearth Silbury Hill's history
Coast presenter Neil Oliver will explore the interior of the largest man-made mound in Europe in a one-off documentary for BBC4. In Lion Television's Silbury Hill, the archaeologist will team...
Mysterious carved stone found at Whitby Abbey
Experts are studying a carved stone recently uncovered on Whitby Abbey Headland in North Yorkshire (England) to see if it represents the first Bronze Age artefact from the site. St...
Texan prehisoric site under threat
Michael Collins, an archaeological researcher at the University of Texas (USA), has spent the past 16 years studying artifacts from a patch of Williamson County to uncover a prehistoric society...
Searching for ancient shores in Michigan
Pulling her hand back through a pile of dirt, student Claire Kitzman forced sand through a sifting screen, revealing a tiny piece of chipped rock lodged between the bars of...
Prehistoric skull found at Malibu construction site
A human skull unearthed at a construction site in the Malibu (California, USA) has been officially declared a prehistoric Native American find, and the wheels have been put in motion...
21 October 2007
7,000 year-old statue discovered in Moravia
Czech Archaeologists have uncovered a part of a half-meter high statue of a woman nearly 7,000 years old in the country, which was called 'a find of the century'. Experts...
'National monuments' found on Irish hill
The campaign by the Irish Hill of Allen Action Group in relation to the quarrying of the hill by Roadstone took a new twist last week, with the claim that...
Remains unearthed on a Welsh burial mound
The Brownslade Barrow Project 2004-06, run by the South Pembrokeshire Ranges Recording Advisory Group (Wales), unearthed an archaeological monument on a Bronze Age burial mound. More than 1000 bone fragments,...
End of excavations at Galabar Dam
Archeological excavations behind Galabar dam in Zanjan province (Iran) wrapped up after four and half months continual effort in the region. Discovering of more than 30 graves and burial gifts...
Alaskan tribes to receive prehistoric remains
Human remains estimated to be more than 10,000 years old that were found in a cave in the Tongass National Forest (USA) rightfully belong to the southeast Alaska Tlingit tribes,...
28 October 2007
Artefacts from the Neoltihic uncovered in Syria
Along with the 11,000-year-old wall painting recently discovered in northern Syria, archaeologists have uncovered a series of startling artefacts. Carved stone tools, flints, seed-grinding implements and brick-grinding stones have been...
New ideas about migration from Asia to Americas
Do the ancestors of Native Americans derive from only a small number of 'founders' who trekked to the Americas via the Bering land bridge? How did their migration to the...
Ancient clay remedies are studied
U.S. scientists are investigating the efficacy of a French clay that was used for thousands of years to kill several kinds of disease-causing bacteria. "There are very compelling reports of...
Some Neanderthals were 'flame-haired'
Evidence from ancient DNA indicates that at least some of the Neanderthals who roamed Europe until around 30,000 years ago had fair skin and red hair. It has long been...
Unlocking the secrets of Silbury Hill
Archaeologists are unlocking the secrets of Silbury Hill, Europe's tallest man-made mound and one of Britain's greatest historical mysteries. Researchers have long been mystified as to why the giant prehistoric...
Save Pendarves Quoit
Pendarves Quoit, also known as Carwynnen Quoit, is a Bronze Age Burial Chamber located in West Cornwall (England). The site is in a collasped condition and stands on private setaside...
Follow in the footsteps of Iron Age woodsmen
Fancy weaving your way through ancient woodland where wolves and wildcats prowled, and Iron Age woodsmen tramped their way back to their hill fort? This is the new adventure that...
Rare chance to see Neolithic site in Orkney
After its Neolithic and Bronze Age inhabitants moved out, the prehistoric village of the Links of Noltland lay untouched until 1978, when the Orkney site (Scotland) was first excavated. The...
Farming from 6,000 years ago in Lincolnshire
Evidence of the farming methods of hunter-gatherers from more than 6,000 years ago have surfaced in Washingborough (Lincolnshire, England). Rare criss-crossed ploughing tracks were uncovered before the construction of new...

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