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June 2008 index:

28 June 2008
Burnt bones hint at Stonehenge story
Stonehenge may have been a burial ground for an ancient elite family, British researchers said. New radiocarbon dates of human remains excavated from the ancient stone monument in southwest England...
5000-year-old anthropomorphic figures found in Peru
A team of archaeologists headed by Ruth Shady has discovered a number of anthropomorphic figures believed to be some five thousand years old near the district of Vegueta in the...
Iron Age home unearthed in Northumberland
Opencast operations have revealed the remains of at least 50 Iron Age homes in Northumberland (England). The remnants of the roundhouses, in a two-hectare area enclosed by a ditch and...
Prehistoric mass grave found in Germany
Durham University-led researchers say that genetic evidence from 34 skeletons from a prehistoric mass grave in southwest Germany dating back to around 5000 BCE shows the deaths were the result...
Ancient stone tools discovered in South Carolina
Archaeologists have unearthed two ancient stone tools in an archaeological dig in Allendale County, (South Carolina, USA), a rare find that could provide more information about how early Americans lived....
4000-year-old tombs discovered in China
4000-year-old tombs have been discovered in Shanghai (China). Five tombs with skulls and human remains as well as pottery and animal bodies were excavated from the northwestern corner of an...
Neolithic camp found at a Welsh quarry
Archaeologists have begun excavating a quarry near Wrexham (North Wales) after evidence of a Neolithic settlement was uncovered. The exciting discovery was made at Tarmac's Borras Quarry, off Holt Road,...
7,000 years of mining traced in China
A new geochemical study makes light on 7,000 years of mining and metal use in central China and links these trends to fluctuations in airborne pollution during the Bronze Age...
Oldest wheat found in Çatalhöyük
A series of DNA analyses conducted on ancient wheat samples have led scientists to conclude that the oldest known wheat was grown in Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic settlement in southern Anatolia...
Thousands mark summer solstice at Stonehenge
Some 30,000 people celebrated the summer solstice as dawn broke at Stonehenge in Wiltshire (England). Druids, hippies and sun-worshippers were among those who gathered to watch the sun rise at...
Damaged dolmenoid cist burial found in India
A dolmenoid cist burial in a damaged condition relating to the megalithic age was spotted in a plot at Choozhiyampara near Vallikode in Palakkad district (Kerala, Southern India). The cist...
Group mulls future of ancient mound site in Ohio
Ohio Historical Society officials are considering the possible transfer of a 2,000-year-old American Indian earthworks site in central Ohio to the National Park Service because more money is needed to...
Britain's last Neanderthals more sophisticated than thought
An archaeological excavation at a site near Pulborough, West Sussex (England), has thrown remarkable new light on the life of northern Europe's last Neanderthals. It provides a snapshot of a...
Neolithic burial site unearthed on the Isle of Man
Neolithic remains which cast new light on the Isle of Man's earliest known inhabitants have been uncovered at the airport's new runway project. The 5,000-year-old artefacts were found by workers...
Paris is 3,000 years older than first thought
Paris has long been known to be a very old city but its history as a settlement has just been extended by more than 3,000 years. An archaeological dig moves...
Exciting find at an ancient Scottish homestead
Archaeologists and volunteers working at a Perthshire forest (Scotland) claim to have uncovered a 'very exciting' find. Excavations have revealed a stone entrance to the Black Spout enclosure, which workers...
5,000-year-old jewellery workshop uncovered in Cyprus
Archaeologists have uncovered was appears to have been a jewellery workshop during excavations at the 5,000-year old Souskiou-Laona settlement (Cyprus). According to the Antiquities Department, a dense concentration of the...
Archaeologists to demonstrate ancient brewing
Last summer two Irish archaeologists proposed a theory which made worldwide headlines. They suggested that one of the most common archaeological monuments in the Irish landscape may have been used...

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