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August 2008 index:

17 August 2008
Ancient cremated bones unearthed in Ireland
Archaeologists has unearthed cremated bones thought to date from around 3,500BC to 2,000 BCE during a dig near Lough Fea in Ireland. The find was unearthed when workers from Creagh...
Neolithic burial site discovered in Malaysia
A research team from the Centre For Archaeological Research Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the Sarawak Museum Department has discovered an ancient burial site, believed to be from the...
American Indian artifacts found in Maryland
While many today consider Potomac their home, in 3000 BCE, so did early Americans. Temporarily, at least. Archaeologists and volunteers this summer are excavating a prehistoric 'rock shelter' within the...
Rock Art marks transformations in Peruvian societies
Most rock paintings and rock carvings or petroglyphs were created by ancient and prehistoric societies. Archaeologists have long used them to gain clues to the way of life of such...
Stone Age milk use began 2,000 years earlier
Prehistoric humans consumed milk at least 8,500 years ago—up to 2,000 years earlier than previously thought — new discoveries of the the earliest known milk containers suggest. The find shows...
Prehistoric people cared deeply for their children
Contrary to popular belief, the people who roamed north Africa in prehistoric times cared deeply for their children, recent discoveries by a team of Moroccan and British archaeologists show. "For...
German scientists dig for their own Stonehenge
Archaeologists have discovered traces of a Bronze Age place of worship in Germany in what they say might be the country's answer to Stonehenge. Scientists from a university in Halle...
4,500-year-old artifacts found in South Carolina
Archaeologists have found artifacts dating back as far as 4,500 years at the site of what will become a new Bluffton elementary school, in South Carolina (USA). While doing preliminary...
Skeletons uncovered during tube excavations in Turkey
Human skeletons, which experts say could be more than 8,000 years old, were found in four prehistoric graves recently unearthed at the Marmaray tunnel excavation site in the Yenikapı district...
5000 years ago women in control of Burnt City
Recent studies of a team of archeologists have shown that 5000 years ago (3200 BCE) women had the economic control of the Burnt City, a Bronze Age urban settlement associated...
Grave robbers strike Bronze Age tomb in Sussex
Archaeologists excavating an enigmatic burial mound in Sussex (England) believe that grave robbers beat them to the prize of finding the remains of a Bronze Age chief. Racing against time...
Ancient cemetery found in the Sahara desert
Dinosaur hunters have stumbled across the largest and oldest Stone Age cemetery in the Sahara desert. Paleontologist Paul Sereno and his team were scouring the rocks between harsh dunefields in...
Three Neolithic skulls found in Galilee
Archaeologists have discovered three 9,000-year-old skulls at the Yiftah'el dig in the Lower Galilee, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced. Experts said the placement of the skulls confirms the worship of...
The Ancient Skies film project
Ancient Skies will be a 4k resolution 'FullDome' planetarium show that explores the relationship between ancient cultures and the night sky - principally the Megalithic of Northern Europe - and...
Ancient souterrain unearthed in an Irish garden
An ancient underground chamber which could date back 2,000 years has been unearthed near Clonmany in Inishowen (Co. Donegal, Ireland). Discovered by Clonmany man Sean Devlin, the previously unrecorded structure...
3,500-year-old remains unearthed in Cornwall
A 3,500-year-old Bronze Age skeleton, found beside a beach, could be a tribal chieftain, archaeologists believe. The discovery of the middle-aged man's remains and burial casket, or cisk, was made...
26 August 2008
Turkish Iron Age style back in fashion
Women in Turkey have been returning to 2,500-year-old fashions, as bracelets, earrings and other accessories styled after pieces in the Iron Age section of the Antalya Archeology Museum grow more...
Isle of Man unearths a prehistoric tragedy
Archaeologists may have unearthed evidence of a prehistoric tragedy at Isle of Man Airport. They are working on a theory that fire could have razed a Bronze Age village to...
Oetzi the Iceman dressed like a herdsman
A famous Neolithic Iceman is dressed in clothes made from sheep and cattle hair, a new study shows. The researchers say their findings support the idea that the Iceman was...
Bronze Age skeleton found In Cambridgeshire
A rare Bronze Age skeleton has been recovered at Wicken (Cambridgeshire, England). Archaeologists working next to the Francis Flower quarry discovered the skeleton almost intact, lying buried in a foetal...
Venus of Willendorf: 100th anniversary of her excavation
Plump and 25,000 years old, this lady remains a mystery even after 100 years in the limelight. The Venus of Willendorf, a small ochre-coloured figurine from the Paleolithic period, takes...
Carved stones found after a fire in North Yorkshire
A catastrophic fire which 'skinned' a precious moorland to its rocky bones has unexpectedly revealed some of the most important prehistoric archaeology found in Britain. The uncontrolled six-day blaze on...
Stonehenge investigations continue
Archaeologists from around United Kingdom are investigating Stonehenge and the surrounding areas in, and visitors are being invited to come along to see history brought to life. As part of...
Bronze ring unearthed in West Sussex
Artefacts not seen for about 3,000 years have been discovered at the site of a new hospice in West Durrington (West Sussex, England). Among the finds is an ancient bronze...
More quarrying near Thornbrorough henges set for go ahead
The final go-ahead is expected to be given next week for further quarrying close to the Neolithic Thornborough henges (North Yorkshire, England). On Tuesday members of the county council's planning...
Bronze Age building saved from erosion by sea
A Bronze Age structure thought to have been used as a sauna has been saved from destruction by the sea after a team of archaeologists moved the entire find to...
Alpine melt reveals ancient life
Melting alpine glaciers are revealing fascinating clues to Neolithic life in the high mountains. And the finds are also providing key indicators to climate change. Everyone knows the story of...
31 August 2008
Brodgar assumptions questioned
With the excavations on the Ness of Brodgar (Orkney, Scotland) drawing to a close this week, site director Nick Card feels its time for a major rethink about the landscape...
Ancient carved stone unearthed in Orkney
Following last year's trial excavation, a team of archaeologists are back in Eday (Orkney, Scotland) investigating the site of a Neolithic settlement at Green, on the south coast of the...
Prehistoric Pacific islanders grow in stature and controversy
People who inhabited Palau in western Micronesia nearly 3,000 years ago have achieved new and disputed heights. Contrary to an earlier report that these ancient islanders had unusually small bodies,...
Missouri cave paintings give ancient insight
About 20 years ago, two men exploring 'Picture Cave' (east-central Missouri, USA) found paintings on the rock walls and sent hand-drawn reproductions to archaeologists Jim Duncan and Carol Diaz-Granados. "These...
Chariot find at Iron Age settlement site
Archaeologists have uncovered a small - but vital - clue to the use of a chariot in Moray (Grampian, Scotland). The piece for a horse harness was found during the...
Prehistory project in West Yorkshire
A prehistoric moorland site overlooking Bingley (West Yorkshire, England) is to be investigated by a team of archaeologists and members of the local community. The project at Stanbury Hill, on...
Film inspired by Anglesey's prehistoric past
Songs From Stones, a film inspired by Anglesey's rich and varied prehistoric past, has been premiered at Beaumaris Castle (Isle of Anglesey, Wales). Commissioned by Cadw, the Welsh Assembly's historic...
3,000-year-old apiary discovered in Israel
The Bible refers to ancient Israel as the 'land flowing with milk and honey,' so it's fitting that one of its towns milked honey for all it was worth. Scientists...
A 20ft-high palisade hid Stonehenge 5,000 years ago
Tourists who complain about the fence put up around Stonehenge in the Seventies should spare a thought for their Neolithic ancestors... they couldn't even see the site because of a...

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