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January 2009 index:

3 January 2009
DNA tracks ancient Alaskan's descendants
An ancient mariner who died 10,000 years ago probably doesn't have any close relatives left in Alaska (USA). But some of them migrated south and their descendents can be found...
Ancient graves found accidentally in Turkey
Two ancient graves, dating back to the 7th century BCE, have been uncovered during construction of a cesspool at the house of Mehmet Çoban in the Damlıboğaz village of Muğla's...
Prehistoric artifacts unearthed in Oklahoma
Archaeologists recently unearthed about 16,000 stone artifacts at a site for a new Delaware County bridge (Oklahoma, USA), offering scientists clues to how a prehistoric culture lived, a scientist said....
Before corn, wild lilies were on ancient menu
Long before humans in North America grew corn and beans and wheat, they were harvesting and cooking the bulbs of lilies, wild onions and other plants, roasting them for days...
Macedonia archeologists uncover 4,000 year old writing
Uncovered are the first traces of the old Macedonian language in the country, says Dr. Dushko Aleksovski, paleolinguistics professor and honorary president of the World Rock Art Academy. "This is...
European Neanderthals had ginger hair and freckles
The gene known as MC1R suggests the Neanderthals had fair skin and even freckles like redheads. In a major breakthrough, Spanish scientists have discovered the blood group and two other...
Celtic village discovered in Poland
A 3rd to 2nd century BCE Celtic village was discovered four miles east of Krakow (Poland). Archaeologists from the Krakow Highway Exploration Team (Krakowski Zespol do Badan Autostrad) had been...
Traces of an ancient civilization found in Bulgaria
The archeological excavations at the prehistoric tomb in the village of Yunatsite, Pazardzhik district (Bulgaria), give pleasant surprises every year to specialists working there, the leader of the team of...
Ancient burial site uncovered in Dorset
More than a dozen skeletons thought to be thousands of years old, have been found by Oxford archaeologists working at an ancient burial site in Dorset (England). Excavations are taking...
Pollen grain study yields new picture of Ice Age
According to a new doctoral dissertation at Stockholm University in Sweden, based on analyses of deposits of pollen grains, it is possible that all of Sweden was virtually free of...
Competition led to Neanderthal extinction, study shows
In a recently conducted study, a multidisciplinary French-American research team reported that Neanderthal extinction was principally a result of competition with Cro-Magnon populations, rather than the consequences of climate change....
Iran's Burnt City yields ancient graves
The 12th phase of Burnt City archeological excavations in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province has yielded 12 ancient graves. A brick-walled quadrangular grave was found at the site, which is believed...
Prehistoric artifacts found in Arizona
A mysterious 'circle stone' is puzzling archaeologists who unearthed it with an ancient village in Arizona (USA). "You don't find little pieces of rock art like that very often," archaeologist...
Did a comet explode over North America 12,000 years ago?
Roughly 12,900 years ago, massive global cooling kicked in abruptly, along with the end of the line for some 35 different mammal species, including the mammoth, as well as the...
Prehistoric plaque may provide link with Stonehenge
Archaeological director Mike Emery believes new evidence shows a direct link between his dig south of Chester and Stonehenge. His team has uncovered a 4,500 year-old limestone plaque at the...
11 January 2009
Bulletin published on 4800-year-old artificial eye
All studies on the 4800-year-old artificial eye from the Burnt City (Iran) have been published in an English-Persian bulletin early last week. "The bulletin contains all comprehensive studies and analysis...
Archaeology project in Amesbury
While internationally-sponsored archaeological work at Stonehenge and Durrington Walls (Wiltshire, England) has seized the public interest, Amesbury's very own project has unobtrusively continued just a short distance away. For the...
Necklaces reveal early man's intelligence
The date when our ancestors first began to use ornaments has once again been under debate. While good evidence exists for the use of natural objects modified as jewellery almost...
More on Stonehenge as a 'giant concert venue'
Rupert Till, an expert in acoustics and music technology at Huddersfield University, West Yorkshire (England), believes the standing stones at Stonehenge had the ideal acoustics to amplify a 'repetitive trance...
The Penwith Moors saga
The moors of the Land's End district of Cornwall (England) are incredibly rich in archaeology. The ritual landscapes of Merry Maidens, Tregeseal and Nine Maidens are superb reminders of a...
Unusual stone formation discovered in Lake Michigan
Stones in a circular formation along with possible ancient carvings have been discovered deep below the surface of Lake Michigan (USA). According to BLDGBLOG, in 2007, Mark Holley, professor of...
Prehistoric stone tools discovered in India
A team of officials led by Director of Archaeology and Museums P. Channa Reddy discovered a great deal of stone tools from the Ketavaram rock art site (India). The team...
Migrants may have settled New World in two groups
Diversity ruled among the first American settlers. Within a relatively short time span, at least two groups of people trekked across a land bridge from Asia to Alaska and then...
Early Irish were just visiting
Ireland's first farmers settled the island later than some sites from Ulster have long suggested, but did so in a short period which may also have seen parallel migration into...
Indian team finds Megalithic Age burial ground
Archaeologists discovered a burial ground dating back to the Megalithic Age at Thazhuthala in Kollam district (India). Excavation by the Department of Archaeology at the site unearthed three chambers separated...
Istanbul's ancient past unearthed
Archaeologists in Istanbul (Turkey) have discovered a grave that proves the city is 6,000 years older than they previously thought. The skeletons of two adults and two children lie curled-up,...
20 January 2009
Neolithic site in Scotland will not hold up 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...
Time Team uncovers ancient artifacts in Northern Ireland
Cairncastle area (Northern Ireland) featured in an episode of Channel 4's Time Team following a dig carried out last year. News of that Time Team was heading to this area...
Ancient tombs near Dublin saved from development
The decision to move large parts of the proposed port infrastructure at Bremore, North Dublin, away from an area containing a cluster of Stone Age passage tombs is a vindication...
Archaeologists return to 8000-year-old site in Iran
A team of Iranian, Australian, and British archaeologists has recently begun the fifth season of excavation at the 8000-year-old site in Sorvan near Nurabad Mamasani in Fars Province (Iran). An...
Oldest known human brain from Old World found in Armenia
Scientists have uncovered in an Armenian cave what may be the oldest preserved human brain from an ancient society, which dates back to 6,000 years. The cave overlooks southeastern Armenia's...
Cavern 'disaster' in Britain
One of the most famous Stone Age monuments in Britain was transformed into a disaster zone as 100 emergency services personnel took part in a major cave collapse exercise. Police,...
Neanderthals lacked projectile weapons
A trio of new studies on prehistoric weapons suggests Neanderthals made sophisticated weapons and tools — possibly including the first sticky adhesive — but they lacked the projectile weapons possessed...
Axe heads kept at Cornwall museum
A collection of rare Bronze Age axe heads discovered in Cornwall (England) has gone on display in Truro after a campaign to keep the relics in the county. The 3,000-year-old...
Ancient tombs and artifacts recovered in Southern Italy
More than 120 findings dating back from 4th and 3rd century BCE have been recovered on the fields around San Severo (Foggia, Italy) by Guardia di Finanza (Revenue) officers who...
Early farmers bred different coloured animals for their own amusement
Early farmers may have genetically altered the coats of domestic animals for their own amusement, creating spots and stripes in the process, scientists believe. The results of their experiments can...
Colchester probably was a major settlement 2,000 years ago
Vital evidence has been discovered which could prove Colchester (Essex, England) was a major settlement more than 2,000 years ago. Experts from the Colchester Archaeological Trust have been digging at...
Ridgeway excavation film released
A short film showing the findings of an archaeological dig on the site of a planned £87m relief road in Dorset (England) has been released. More than a dozen skeletons,...
25 January 2009
Piecing together an ancient tale from Sri Lanka
The shark tooth ornament seems too small and delicate to have survived so many centuries unaltered. The two people who wore it lie beside it, their bones lie scattered, and...
Part of Nazca lines covered with clay and sand
Heavy rains have damaged part of one of Peru's top tourist destination, depositing clay and sand on mysterious figures etched in the desert sand by indigenous groups centuries ago, an...
Natural disasters doomed early civilization in South America
Nature turned against one of America's early civilizations 3,600 years ago, when researchers say earthquakes and floods, followed by blowing sand, drove away residents of an area that is now...
Ancient village found on U.S.-Mexico border
The construction of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in 2007 led to the find of a prehistoric village east of the San Pedro River. "The San Pedro is a...
'Hobbit' skull study: species not human
In a an analysis of the size, shape and asymmetry of the cranium of Homo floresiensis, Karen Baab, a researcher in the Department of Anatomical Scienes at Stony Brook University,...
Skara Brae sea wall set for work
Work to strengthen the foundations of the sea wall near the famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae in Orkney (Scotland) is about to begin. Waves have affected a section of...
Pacific people spread from Taiwan 5,200 years ago
New research into language evolution suggests most Pacific populations originated in Taiwan around 5,200 years ago. Scientists at The University of Auckland have used sospisticated computer analyses on vocabulary from...
Rare ancient Indian art found in Tennessee
Cory Holliday almost didn't see the stick figure painted on the sandstone. His first impression was that it was a clever fake. A cave specialist for the Tennessee chapter of...
Danube delta holds answers to 'Noah's flood' debate
Did a catastrophic flood of biblical proportions drown the shores of the Black Sea 9,500 years ago, wiping out early Neolithic settlements around its perimeter? A geologist with the Woods...
Chinese inscriptions 1000 years older than other previously found?
Professor Liu Fengjun, doctoral supervisor in art and archaeology at Shandong University (China), has declared his recent discovery of Changle bone inscriptions in Weifang city of the country's Shandong Province....
Prehistoric site found in Pakistan
An archaeological site dating back about 5,500 years and believed to be older than Mohenjodaro has been found in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. A team of 22 archaeologists found some...
31 January 2009
Canadian rock petroglyphs are rapidly vanishing
"It's a place for dreams," says Gary Manson, a spiritualist with the Snuneymuxw First Nations, as he walks towards the entrance of Petroglyph Provincial Park, a two-hectare chunk of land...
Ancient human remains discovered in Bali
The human remains discovered inside a sarcophagus that was excavated recently in Keramas village, Gianyar, may be the ancestors of today's Balinese, chief of the Bali Archeology Office Wayan Suantika...
Extensive project to document rock art of India
An extensive project to document rock art in several hundred sites in jungles, hills, caves and dolmens in 14 States of India is under way, courtesy the Indira Gandhi National...
Report due on prehistoric Scottish bones
A report on the discovery of prehistoric human remains on a beach at Uig on Lewis (Western Isles, Scotland) is to be submitted to government agency Historic Scotland. Two skeletons...
Nazca lines created by prayers walking?
The Nazca lines are huge, intricate geoglyphs, built directly into the ground of the Nazca Desert, in modern-day Peru. The arid stretch of land is 80 kilometers (50 miles) long,...
New dig hopes to reveal British cavern's secret
A team of archaeologists will survey Kents Cavern, Torquay (Devon, England), in advance of major excavations at Easter and in September. The digs aim to discover more about the Neanderthals...
Comet impact theory disproved
New data, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, disproves the recent theory that a large comet exploded over North America 12,900 years ago, causing a shock...
Earliest man-made cave houses in China
Archaeologists in China have unearthed the earliest man-made cave houses and privately-owned pottery workshops which date back 5,500 years. After four years of excavation, a row of 17 cave houses...
Historic Miami Circle shrouded from public view
The Miami Circle (Florida, USA), the 2,000-year-old remnant of the city's original inhabitants, has just been designated a National Historic Landmark, an honor that puts it on a select list...
New discoveries in Burnt City
The latest anthropological studies on the people of Iran's 5200-year-old Burnt City determined that they used their teeth as an extra hand. The studies were carried out on 52 skeletons...
Avebury skeleton's fate to be decided soon
Druids are calling for the remains of a three-year-old Neolithic child to be reburied at Avebury in Wiltshire (England), out of respect but archaeologists insist the skeleton should be kept...
Ancient burial cave found in Yemen
A local Yemenite stumbled upon the ancient remains of human bones and broken pottery in a tomb near his house in the Qrew area of Hadramout (Yemen). "The cave is...
Glacier man may have been attacked twice
New investigations by an LMU research team working together with a Bolzano colleague reconstructed the chronology of the injuries that Oetzi, the glacier man found in Italy in 1991 and...
A controversial Canadian Stonehenge
An academic maverick is challenging conventional wisdom on Canada's prehistory by claiming an archeological site in southern Alberta is really a vast, open-air sun temple with a precise 5,000-year-old calendar...
Tara Landscape for UNESCO Tentative List
Tara campaigners have submitted a form to the Department of the Environment asking that the Tara landscape (co. Meath, Ireland) be placed on the Tentative List of potential sites to...
Volunteers clear Bronze Age site in England
Volunteers from East Sussex (England) have been recruited to help preserve an important Bronze age archaeological site in Eastbourne by clearing vegetation. The raised timber platform was probably a small...
Hidden sites revealed off the English coast
Nearly a thousand new archeological sites have been discovered off the North East coast of England as part of an English Heritage-funded project. The survey, conducted by EH archaeologists along...
New insight on Silbury Hill
Silbury Hill (Wiltshire, England), the largest man-made mound in Europe, is 30-metres high and 160-metres wide. It is more than 4,000 years old (c 2,400-2,000 BCE), and its purpose has...
Prehistoric flint blades unearthed in Birmingham
Archaeologists in Birmingham (West Midlands, England) have discovered two stone flint blades which date back more than 9,000 years. A dig at Birmingham City University unearthed the amazing find, which...
German-Iranian team to study prehistoric site
The city divisions of the ancient site of Gohar-Tappeh in Iran's northern province of Mazandaran will be studied by a joint team of German and Iranian archaeologists in the near...
Ambitious bid to bring Scottish broch to life
Discovered only 13 years ago, the remarkably preserved ancient settlement at Old Scatness on Shetland (Scotland) forced experts to completely rewrite the history of Iron Age Britain. Old Scatness Broch,...

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