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January 2008 index:

6 January 2008
France racing to save Lascaux cave paintings
The French government is taking emergency action to rescue the celebrated cave paintings of the Lascaux caverns from a fungus. Archeological experts have begun applying a fungicide to halt the...
Neanderthals stitched too little too late
Neanderthals probably froze to death in the last ice age because rapid climate change caught them by surprise without the tools needed to make warm clothes, finds new research. Ian...
Dwarf gene discovery: explanation for 'hobbit' species?
In a discovery that could help boost understanding of a rare type of dwarfism, researchers announced that they have found a genetic culprit for the condition. But in addition to...
The Rollrights damaged again
A Site Inspector for the Heritage Action group visited the Rollrights (Oxfordshire, England) on 29th December 2007. He reported that following the recent fire damage there, some follow-up damage and...
Ancient artifacts unearthed in Florida
Kristy Mickwee is part of a University of West Florida archaeology team surveying 168 acres of the Falling Waters State Park in Chipley (Florida, USA). During the past few weeks,...
13 January 2008
Storm over house plan for Avebury
Conservationists and locals all agree that that the dilapidated Bonds Garage, and the fleet of second hand vans that surrounds it, are an eyesore that does no credit to the...
Controversial scrub clearance at Old Sarum
Dog walkers at Old Sarum (Wiltshire, England) have begun a campaign to save a number of young trees from the chainsaw. They claim scrub clearance work ordered by English Heritage...
Study points to 500 BCE Kerala maritime activity
Kerala (southwestern India), may have had maritime contacts with far off lands as far back in time as 500 BCE or even earlier, archaeological studies now suggest. The Kerala Council...
Tongan site dated oldest in Polynesia
Using pottery shards, archaeologist David Burley says they have confirmed Nukuleka, just east of Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa, is Polynesia's birthplace. The confirmation comes as something of a blow for Samoa...
Ancient Miami circle will remain buried
Nine years ago, an array of people rose up to save the Miami Circle, a 2,000-year-old artifact that many embraced as America's own Stonehenge. But today, the Circle — a...
The Pleiades carved by prehistoric people in the Alps
Two groups of man-made cup markings carved on a pair of boulders found in the Italian Alps may represent the Pleiades star cluster, according to the archaeo-astronomer Guido Cossard. The...
19 January 2008
Pattanam dated to 1st millennium BCE
The radiocarbon analysis at the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, has put the antiquity of Pattanam (Kerala, India) to the first millennium BCE. What is more, the studies suggest that the...
Giant concentric stone circle unearthed in Italy
Last July excavations for the new Sant'Anna hospital in San Fermo della Battaglia, near Como (Italy), revealed a double concentric circle of ancient stones. Thought to date back to 3000...
Newly discovered ancient coffin destroyed in Yemen
The excavation operations at al-Asibia area of Ibb province (Yemen) have revealed a stone grave and bronze coffin in a marble-walled room dating back to the Himyarite period (850 BCE-525...
Prehistoric collection discovered after relic hunter's death
An unusual collection of over 3,000 archaeological items was discovered two years ago in a Prague apartment (Czech Republic) whose owner died in a fire. Archaeologists who have examined the...
Ancient Peruvians cultivated crops 10,000 years ago
Archaeologists have long thought that people in the Old World were planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting for a good 5,000 years before anyone in the New World did such things....
2,500-year-old sword excavated from Chinese tomb
Chinese archaeologists have discovered an elaborately-made sword, which they believe is 2,500 to 2,600 years old, in an ancient tomb in the eastern province of Jiangxi. "It is reckoned as...
Bronze Age site found in Cambridge
Archaeologists in Cambridge (England) have unearthed the first hard evidence that an area of the city was occupied during the Bronze Age. The remains were found during a dig at...
Recent findings and excavations in Çatalhöyük
Çatalhöyük Research Project Director Ian Hodder says goddess icons do not, contrary to assumptions, point to a matriarchal society in Çatalhöyük (Turkey). Findings in Çatalhöyük show that men and women...
Genetic study suggests Polynesians descended from East Asians
The ancestors of today's Polynesians and Micronesians were probably East Asians who quickly island-hopped through Near Oceania—what is now Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands—a new genetic study suggests....
Return of prehistoric human remains in Malaysia
Malaysian Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim will leave for England next week to secure the return of prehistoric Cha Cave (Gua Cha) human skeletons currently...

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