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April 2009 index:

8 April 2009
1500 BCE settlement unearthed in Guernsey
Evidence of a prehistoric settlement has been discovered in fields that could be used for an airport runway extension in Guernsey, in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy....
Prehistoric cave houses among China's top discoveries
A group of man-made cave houses dating back 5,500 years ranked top among the 10 most significant archaeological discoveries in China in 2008, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH)...
Neanderthal cannibalism? Maybe not
Scientists have long argued that Neanderthal remains from the site of Krapina in northern Croatia exhibit evidence of cannibalism. The fragmentary nature of the bones, along with cut marks on...
Archaeological sites threatened by climate change
Archaeological sites from the frozen steppes of Central Asia to the coast of Greenland are threatened by climate change. In the survey Sites in Peril for the Archaeological Institute of...
Hobbit brain was organized for complex intelligence
An analysis of the inner surface of an 18,000-year-old skull assigned to Homo floresiensis, a species also known as hobbits, indicates that this tiny individual possessed a brain blessed with...
8,000 year-old axe head discovered in Ireland
An 8000 year-old axe head has been found on Inch Island (Ireland) by the Derry and Donegal Archaeological Society. The discovery was made in the Baylet area of Inch Island...
Archaeologists search for clues of ancient Texans
Archeologists are slowly digging for buried treasure on the old Zilker Park rugby fields in Austin (Texas, USA) - and they are welcoming the public to join in. The treasure...
Huge 'foot-shaped' enclosures discovered in Jordan valley
"The 'foot' structures that we found in the Jordan valley are the first sites that the People of Israel built upon entering Canaan and they testify to the biblical concept...
The first cocktail arose in Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago
A particular archaic blend of wine, beer, apple juice and honey. This is the composition of a sort of Grog, as Patrick McGregor says, an archaic drink that has been...
Concern over planned windfarm near Callanish
Numerous prehistoric archaeological finds have been discovered around a proposed giant windfarm which the Scottish Government is said to be poised to approve. A new publication highlights the negative impact...
Bronze Age societies were based on social networks
Archaeologist Magnus Artursson at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, believes that societies during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age had a significantly more varied and complex structure than was previously...
Prehistoric Balochistan unveiled
'Ancient Balochistan - Unfolding the Past', a lecture by the Director of the joint German-Pakistani Archaeological Mission to Kalat, Dr Ute Franke, was held at the Goethe-Institute, Karachi (Pakistan). Dr...
Bloody Stone Age: war in the Neolithic
The perception that much of prehistory was relatively peaceful is changing. New research has identified evidence of violent assault in the Neolithic. Whilst many Neolithic burials have been excavated during...
Ancient artifacts found in Texas
When workers took a backhoe to a mound of earth in San Antonio (Texas, USA) a couple of months ago, out popped an archaic spearhead, turning what was supposed to...
Irish Police find stolen Bronze Age jewellery
Gardaí - the Irish Police - got much more than they expected when they recovered goods stolen in a burglary in Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Nestling in the haul - discovered...
14 April 2009
Earliest farm in Eastern U.S. grown for taste, not hunger?
Three thousand eight hundred years ago, long before U.S. plains rippled with vast rows of corn, Native Americans planted farms with hardy 'pioneer' crops, according to new evidence of the...
14,000-year-old settlement and hunting kit found in Scotland
Scotland's oldest settlement, dating back 14,000 years, was near Biggar, in South Lanarkshire, archaeologists say. The site may have been a camp used by hunters following migrating herds of reindeer...
African Pygmies descend from a unique population
All African Pygmies, inhabiting a large territory extending west-to-east along Central Africa, descend from a unique population who lived around 20,000 years ago, according to an international study led by...
Largest Harappan burial site found in India
A team of archaeologists from the Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute is back from Haryana (India) where they stumbled upon a record 70 Harappan graves at a site...
Huge ditch circle found at Tara
Scientists have unearthed what appears to be a mammoth wooden version of the famous Stonehenge monument at the Hill of Tara (Co Meath, Ireland). In a new RTE documentary, many...
21st century science used on prehistoric art
Last January, the Eastern Michigan University assistant professor Ruth Ann Armitage, her husband Dan Fraser, California archeologist Suzanne Baker and a team of others reached remote northern Nicaragua to date...
Nazca Lines to be protected from heavy rains
The National Institute of Culture (INC) of Peru is currently preparing a preservation project to prevent damaged caused by weather on the enigmatic Nazca Lines, (Ica region) reported Mario Olaechea,...
19 April 2009
Ancient rock painting discovered at Machu Picchu
Dr. Reinaldo (Dito) Morales Jr., assistant professor of art history at University of Central Arkansas, has confirmed a major discovery in the world of rock art: an ancient rock painting...
Three Neanderthal sub-groups confirmed
The Neanderthals inhabited a vast geographical area extending from Europe to western Asia and the Middle East 30,000 to 100,000 years ago. Now, a group of researchers are questioning whether...
Iranian archaeologists return to 7500-year-old site
A team of Iranian archaeologists began the second season of excavation at the northern mound of the 7500-year-old Sialk site near the central city of Kashan last week. The mound...
Bronze Age rubbish tip unearthed on a Scottish island
Evidence has been found of Bronze age activity on the Scottish island of Iona, following an archaeological dig there. A collection of bones, shells, pottery and tools were uncovered by...
Neolithic flute found in Mongolia
Traditional Chinese musical instruments are believed to have originated from the reign of Huangdi, or the Yellow Emperor, some two thousand years ago. But a recent discovery by the Chifeng...
3,000 year-old bracelet found in Northern Ireland
A County Tyrone (Northern Ireland) family could be in line for a reward after finding a rare Bronze Age gold bracelet on their land. Farmer Gary Sproule accidentally unearthed the...
Archaeological walk on Salisbury Plain
A walk led by Roy Canham to explore the archaeology of Salisbury Plain Training Area (Wiltshire, England) is organized for Saturday, 25 April, 2009 at 2 PM. It is a...
Well-preserved monumental temple discovered in Turkey
The discovery of a remarkably well-preserved monumental temple in Turkey - thought to be constructed during the time of King Solomon in the 10th/9th-centuries BCE - sheds light on the...
Quake unearths prehistoric dwellings in Italy
Last week's powerful earthquake in the central Italian Abruzzo regional capital L'Aquila has unearthed prehistoric dwellings there. Some of the vaulted caves measure up to five metres in height, according...
Ancient past highlighted in Angus trail
The connection between an ancient civilisation and an Angus estate (Scotland) is being highlighted with a new trail for tourists. The Dun estate, near Montrose, is best known for its...

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