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May 2009 index:

5 May 2009
10 weeks studying Seahenge
More than a decade since it was discovered on a Norfolk beach (England), a new course offers the opportunity to investigate some of the controversies surrounding Seahenge. It might not...
Skara Brae opened to public
Visitors to the Neolithic village of Skara Brae on Orkney (Scotland) will be offered a glimpse inside the ancient homes for the first time. The 5,000-year-old buildings can normally only...
Neanderthals babies didn't do the twist
Giving birth is more difficult - and dangerous - for modern humans than for any other primate. Not only do human mothers have to push out babies with unusually big...
Archaeologists planning for Iran's largest rescue excavation
The Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) is currently planning a rescue excavation project at the Seimareh Dam reservoir area in western Iran's Ilam Province. Forty areas in the region...
A link between ancient Wales and the Mediterranean?
Welsh people are needed for DNA tests to prove their distant ancestors moved from the Mediterranean to north west Wales as migrant workers 4,000 years ago. Participants will be asked...
Artifacts from 3700 BCE unearthed in Texas
UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) researchers are examining artifacts they recently discovered that date from 3700 BCE to 600 CE. The artifacts were discovered during a three-month dig at...
85,000-year-old villages found in UAE
New archaeological discoveries in Sharjah's Jebel Fayah (United Arab Emirates) showed that human settlements existed in the area over 85,000 years ago. Excavation work was carried out as part of...
Ancient Indus script may encode language
An ancient script that's defied generations of archaeologists has yielded some of its secrets to artificially intelligent computers. Computational analysis of symbols used 4,000 years ago by a long-lost Indus...
Researchers solve the mystery of Maltese tracks
The mystery of how 2ft deep tracks were cut into the rock of Malta has been a puzzle for years. Now Professor Derek Mottershead, of the university's geography department, has...
Vandal damage to cave paintings in Lybia
Some time around the middle of April, in an area of the Libyan Sahara on the Algerian frontier known as Tadrart Acacus, seven cave paintings from the Neolithic era, dating...
China's earliest known carving found
Chinese archaeologists say they have identified the country's earliest known carving - a deer antler sculpted into the shape of a bird - dating back 12,000 to 15,000 years. The...
DNA confirms Native Americans descended from a single group
For decades, researchers have been using a growing volume of genetic data to debate whether ancestors of Native Americans emigrated to the New World in one wave or successive waves,...
Archaeologist bemoans looting in Arkansas
Artifacts of prehistoric people who lived in Arkansas (USA) are being excavated by professionals who are trying to piece together more of the story of those who once lived here....
Bid to return ancient treasure to Anglesey
Ancient artefacts, more than 2,000 years old, should be brought back to Anglesey (Wales) claims an island politician. A large hoard of Iron Age materials were discovered in Llyn Cerrig...
Ancient Cornish tomb saved for the future
Caerwynnen Quoit - also known as the Giant's Frying Pan and Pendarves Quoit - look like little more than a pile of rubble today, and is situated in a field...
Major dig at earliest Scots site
A big archaeological dig is taking place at the site in South Lanarkshire where the earliest evidence of human beings in Scotland was found. The Biggar Archaeology Group is beginning...
Historians told of Neolithic finds in Northumberland
New Thoughts on Ancient Northumberland was the title of Paul Frodsham's lecture at Morpeth Antiquarian Society. Mr Frodsham was the Northumberland National Park archaeologist for 15 years until 2007. His...
Face of the first European reconstructed by scientists
Forensic artist Richard Neave used skull and jawbone fragments found in a cave to build the face of the first anatomically-modern human to live in Europe. It belonged to a...
10 May 2009
Archaeologists uncover ancient site in Maryland
County archaeologists searching for clues about Native American settlements in what became Anne Arundel County (Maryland, USA) have hit a trove of pottery, arrowheads and perhaps even the remnants of...
'Hobbit' foot like no other in human fossil record
An international team of paleoanthropologists, anatomists and archeologists have published the first scientific analysis of the foot of Homo floresiensis, the fossil found in Indonesia in 2003 and popularly referred...
Ancient artifact unearthed in Massachusetts
It's tough for Marshall Hayum to look like the swashbuckling movie archeologist Indiana Jones. After all, this youngster is just 5 years old. Yet it wasn't 'Indy,' but Marshall who...
Prehistoric spear tip found in Slovenia
Slovenian archeologists have found a wooden spear tip believed to be between 38,000 and 45,000 years old, in a river near the capital Ljubljana. "A spear tip made of wood...
World's oldest beads older than previously thought
A team of archaeologists has uncovered some of the world's earliest shell ornaments in a limestone cave in Eastern Morocco. The researchers have found 47 examples of Nassarius marine shells,...
Five-year plan for Maltese megalithic temples
Heritage Malta is asking for feedback to a draft management plan for the megalithic temples that outlines the conservation challenges and the objectives for the next five years. Among the...
Prehistoric cave found in southwest China
A group of construction workers have accidentally stumbled upon a prehistoric cave underneath a Buddhist temple in southwest China's Guizhou Province, archaeologists said. The stone structure, containing hundreds of mammal...
Mesolithic tool unearthed by 9-year-old schoolboy
Prehistoric flint tools were a surprise discovery at an archaeological dig run by TV presenter Julian Richards at a school in Shaftesbury (Dorset, England). Three trenches were dug in fields...
New visitor centre opens at Creswell Crags
It may have been around for millions of years, but Creswell Crags (on the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England) has often remained something of a mystery to generations of...
Prehistoric trans-Atlantic crossings: fact or fiction?
When German adventurer Dominque Görlitz set out from New York harbor in July of 2007 to prove that a voyage in a traditional Bolivian reed boat from New Jersey to...
Controversy over cleaning of ancient art in Utah
An archaeologist claims someone has been secretly cleaning a Utah tourist attraction. If so, the mysterious high-pressure washes may be damaging world-famous rock art in Nine Mile Canyon. A tourist-friendly...
Evidence of prehistoric humans in India
Clear evidence of the existence of prehistoric humans in Thanjavur region (India) has been identified in the archaeological excavations undertaken by Tamil University. The excavations carried out in the past...

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