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December 2008 index:

6 December 2008
New insight on Great Smoky Mountains' first residents
Picture a small group of men and women, say 20 to 30 people, cautiously making their way through a dense forest along a small stream, searching for a place to...
Rare Bronze Age necklace found in England
A rare amber necklace believed to be about 4,000 years old has been uncovered in Greater Manchester (England). Archaeologists made the find while excavating a cist - a type of...
Dental plaque gives clue to diet of ancient Peruvians
Starch grains preserved on human teeth reveal that ancient Peruvians ate a variety of cultivated crops including squash, beans, peanuts and the fruit of cultivated pacay trees. This finding by...
Archaeologists rush to save Bronze Age sites in Iran
Five archaeological teams have been sent to East Azarbaijan to carry out rescue excavations at the reservoir of the Khoda-Afarin Dam, north of the country. "The research will be carried...
Iceman Oetzi's last supper
From the analysis of the intestinal contents of the 5,200-year-old Iceman from the Eastern Alps, Professor James Dickson from the University of Glasgow in the UK and his team have...
Russian site reveals 'extraordinary' Paleolithic artworks
Archaeologists in Russia have discovered an 'extraordinary' group of Stone Age artworks which appear to have been carefully buried in pits and covered with mammoth bones, researchers announced in a...
Oregonian cave yield evidence about prehistoric America
For some 85 years, homesteaders, pot hunters and archaeologists have been digging at Paisley Caves (Oregon, USA). Until now, they have found nothing conclusive - arrowheads, baskets, animal bones and...
Thera volcano catastrophe dated to 1613 BCE
Two olive branches buried by a Minoan-era eruption of the volcano on the island of Thera (modern-day Santorini, Greece) have enabled precise radiocarbon dating of the catastrophe to 1613 BCE,...
3,500-year-old spearhead found in Scotland
A 3,500 year old Bronze Age spearhead has been discovered in a stream in Dumfriesshire (Scotland). The ancient weapon-tip was found in the waters of the Mennock Pass, close to...
Clear views ahead for British Iron Age farm
Unsightly power lines that have been on the blot on the landscape of a beauty spot in Hampshire (England) are to be removed. A total of Ł150,000 is to be...
Treasures on Irish roadside
The Irish economic boom may be over, but its flurry of road building has uncovered a wealth of archaeological finds with lasting value. In particular, digs along proposed routes have...
14 December 2008
Grave of Kurgan warrior discovered in Iran
Iranian archaeological teams working at the reservoir area of the Khoda-Afarin Dam have recently discovered a burial site of a Kurgan warrior during their rescue excavations. A bull statuette, a...
Future of British hillfort under the spotlight
The future of Shropshire's landmark hill (England), including controversial plans for a huge opencast coal mine, will come under the spotlight at a public meeting. People will also have the...
Late Neanderthals and modern human contact in Spain
It is widely accepted that Upper Paleolithic early modern humans spread westward across Europe about 42,000 years ago, variably displacing and absorbing Neanderthal populations in the process. However, Middle Paleolithic,...
Archaeologists find piece of string dating back 8,000 years
The fibres were discovered in a flooded Stone Age settlement just off the coast of the Isle of Wight (Great Britain). The four-and-a-half inch long string was made from tough...
Which came first, monumental building projects or farming?
Göbekli Tepe is a hill-top Neolithic site in southeastern Turkey whose circles of huge decorated T-shaped stones are at least 5,000 years older than any other monumental structure ever found....
Submerged Neolithic villages may have inspired the flood of Noah
A deluge that swept the Land of Israel more than 7,000 years ago, submerging six Neolithic villages opposite the Carmel Mountains, may be the origin of the biblical flood of...
Neanderthals had a varied diet
Archaeology Professor Noreen Tuross sought to rehabilitate the image of Neanderthals as meat-eating brutes last week, presenting evidence that, though they almost certainly ate red meat, Neanderthal diets also consisted...
Dig turns up 10,000 years old flint flakes in Texas
Many, many years ago, the area now known as Zilker Park (Austin, Texas - USA) was a settlement for some of North America's early hunter-gatherers. As many as 10,000 years...
Prehistoric bronze hoard found off Greek beach
A hoard of 4,500-year-old copper weapons recovered off a northern beach is the largest of its kind ever found in Greece. A Culture Ministry statement says the discovery includes at...
Stone Age Japan
"The earliest known Jomon man," writes J. Edward Kidder Jr. in "The Cambridge History of Japan," "was uncovered in 1949. He stood rather tall for a Jomon person: about 163...
Neolithic settlement unearthed in Iran
An archaeological team working on the Kelar Tepe believes that they have found a Neolithic settlement on the prehistoric mound located in the Kelaradsht region in Iran's northern province of...
20 December 2008
Tools with handles even more ancient
In a gripping instance of Stone Age survival, Neanderthals used a tarlike substance to fasten sharpened stones to handles as early as 70,000 years ago, a new study suggests. Stone...
World's oldest portrait in peril
The world's oldest depiction of a human face could be threatened if Australian mining companies are permitted to build an explosives factory on the remote Burrup peninsula in the northwest...
Mystery shrouds ancient Japanese stone circle
In 1861 at Oshoro, southwestern Hokkaido (Japan), a party of herring fishermen, migrants from Honshu, were laying the foundation for a fishing port when they saw taking shape beneath their...
Prehistoric settlement uncovered in Somerset
An unknown prehistoric settlement has been revealed during archaeological work in East Taunton, Somerset (England). The dig was commissioned by Somerset County Council before construction begins on the Park and...
Farmer digs up ancient sanctuary in Italy
A farmer working his land south of Rome dug up hundreds of artifacts from a 2,600-year-old sanctuary, but ran afoul of police when he tried to sell the ancient hoard,...
Ancient Syrian necropolis unearthed
An Italian-led team of experts has uncovered a vast, ancient necropolis near the Syrian oasis of Palmyra. The team, headed by Daniele Morandi Bonacossi of Udine University, believes the burial...
Prehistoric cremation pit found on US island
The recent excavation of a prehistoric American Indian burial site on Ossabaw Island (Georgia, USA) revealed cremated remains, an unexpected find that offers a glimpse into ancient Indian culture. State...
Danish passage graves from an astronomical perspective
Passage graves are mysterious barrows from the Stone Age. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen indicates that the Stone Age graves' orientation in the...
Anthropologist concludes 'Hobbit' represents a new species
University of Minnesota anthropology professor Kieran McNulty (along with colleague Karen Baab of Stony Brook University in New York) has made an important contribution toward solving one of the greatest...
Relocated Dakar Rally could damage ancient sites
A top archaeologist fears that the upcoming Dakar Rally - relocated to Argentina and Chile because of security fears - could damage important archeological sites. "It will be an avalanche...
New row hits Stonehenge
A last-gasp attempt to build a world-class visitor centre at Stonehenge in time for the 2012 Olympics is in tatters because of a major row between the country's two leading...
Newgrange got new lease of light in 1960s 'rebuild'
Several leading Irish archaeologists have discovered that a controversial reconstruction of Newgrange passage tomb four decades ago led to the accidental detection of its key feature – the roof box....
27 December 2008
Neanderthals could have died out because their bodies overheated
Analysis of DNA obtained from Neanderthal remains has revealed key differences from modern humans that suggest their bodies produced excess heat. While in the cold climate of an ice age...
Acoustics unlock clues to Stonehenge, lecturer says
A British lecturer says he is slowly unravelling the truth behind Stonehenge by using an innovative approach. Dr Rupert Till, an expert in music technology and acoustics, is using cutting-edge...
Archaeologists unearth Iron Age settlement during dig in Somerset
The remains of a prehistoric Iron Age settlement have been discovered at a site in Somerset. Archaeologists found remnants of a farm and surrounding fields with evidence of human occupation,...
Research boost for Brú na Bóinne complex
A wide-ranging new research project has been devised with the aim of developing a multidisciplinary approach to the study of one of Ireland's major archaeological landscapes. The Brú na Bóinne...
4,000 year-old tombs found in Vietnam
Seven tombs dating back about 4,000 years have been found recently at the site to build the reservoir of the Son La hydroelectric-power plant in Chieng Bang commune, Quynh Nhai...
Burial mounds suspected in Wisconsin
Surveyors suspect there are ancient Native American burial mounds in the Marquette County village of Endeavor (Wisconsin, USA). Village leaders considered several development proposals for the site, but federal law...
Bronze Age burial unearthed in Cambridgeshire
March's most earliest settlers (Cambrisgeshire, England) possibly performed gruesome funeral rituals, according to exciting and rare evidence found by archaeologists excavating the town's new highway site. The finds, which date...
Frosty debate over bluestone mystery of Stonehenge
Long-standing theories that teams of ancient tribesmen hauled 80 giant bluestones from Pembrokeshire to build Stonehenge have been dismissed by a Welsh geology expert. It has often been claimed that...
Scottish Neolithic site threatened by planned bypass
Transport Scotland denied claims that the discovery of a Neolithic settlement would delay a long-awaited bypass on the A96. The Scottish Government body said the Fochabers bypass, estimated to cost...

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