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September 2009 index:

5 September 2009
£150,000 for the Wiltshire Heritage Museum
Grants for construction and refurbishment work at 34 museums throughout the UK have been announced by culture minister Barbara Follett. The £4m grants include £150,000 for the Wiltshire Heritage Museum...
Iron Age remains uncovered at North Wales dig
An archaeological dig in North Wales has unearthed Iron Age remains thought to be about 3,000 years old. The excavation, by Bangor University's School of History and Denbighshire and Flintshire's...
Cavern dig in England uncovers 15,000-year-old weapon
Archaeologists digging at Kents Cavern (Devon England) have found a 15,000-year-old weapon carved from a reindeer antler. The rare sagaie, or javelin point, was crafted by a stone age inhabitant...
Scottish Bronze Age boat proves a handful for volunteers
The Bronze Age lived on at Loch Tay (Perthshire, Scotland), as a replica of a 3000-year-old logboat successfully completed its maiden voyage. A team of more than 30 volunteers worked...
Port threat to Irish passage tombs
An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, has warned that the proposed deepwater port at Bremore, north Co Dublin, could threaten an archaeological complex of passage tombs even older than...
Iron Age history day on North Yorks Moors
Visitors to the North York Moors National Park (England) can travel back in time to the Iron Age on a special themed weekend. The national park has several important Iron...
Europe's oldest axes discovered
Archaeologists have long been puzzled by a 1-million-year pause between when early humans started making sophisticated hand axes with two-faced blades in Africa 1.5 million years ago and when the...
3,700-year-old fortification uncovered in Israel
Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered the oldest example of massive fortifications ever found in Jerusalem. The Israel Antiquities Authority says the 3,700-year-old wall was built by the ancient Canaanites...
Europe's first farmers replaced their forerunners
Analysis of ancient DNA from skeletons suggests that Europe's first farmers were not the descendants of the people who settled the area after the retreat of the ice sheets. Instead,...
Dogs first tamed in China - To be food?
Wolves were domesticated no more than 16,300 years ago in southern China, a new genetic analysis suggests—and it's possible the canines were tamed to be livestock, not pets, the study...
Rock shelter yields rare proof of early Ohioans
More than 10,000 years ago, an ice-age hunter likely stopped to change a broken spear point beneath a rock overhang in what is now northwestern Coshocton County (Ohio, USA). A...
12 September 2009
Fairy tales have ancient origin
A study by anthropologists has explored the origins of folk tales and traced the relationship between varients of the stories recounted by cultures around the world. The researchers adopted techniques...
Ancient site in Guernsey could be fenced off
An ancient monument in Guernsey could be fenced off because of repeated anti-social behaviour. The Culture and Leisure Department has applied for planning permission to put up a fence around...
Destruction at archaeological sites following Dakar Rally
Irreversible damage to a number of important archaeological sites in Chile and Argentina has been caused by the Dakar Rally, an annual off-road automobile race held in South America for...
Cumbrian museum acquires Bronze Age treasure
A rare early Bronze Age find - the first of its type in the UK for 100 years - has been acquired by Tullie House Museum in Carlisle (Cumbria, England)....
Fossil find in Georgia challenges theories on early humans
The conventional view of human evolution and how early man colonised the world has been thrown into doubt by a series of stunning palaeontological discoveries suggesting that Africa was not...
Excavations report from Cyprus
The Cypriot Department of Antiquities announced the completion of the 2009 Prastion-Mesorotsos project that took place from 22 June to 30 July, and involved investigation of the stratified remains of...
Ancient Peruvian remains uncovered
A joint Japanese-Peruvian archeological mission has uncovered the remains of a pre-Incan woman sacrificed more than 2,000 years ago in the Andean nation. "The bones were discovered in a fetal...
Stone figurine unearthed at Çatalhöyük
A reclining man with a bushy beard and big nose is the latest to join a haul of stone figurines unearthed at the ancient site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey. The...
Giant stone-age axes found in African lake basin
A giant African lake basin is providing information about possible migration routes and hunting practices of early humans in the Mesolithic and Neolithic, between 150,000 and 10,000 years ago. Oxford...
Oldest-known fiber materials discovered in Georgia
A team of archaeologists and paleobiologists has discovered flax fibers that are more than 34,000 years old, making them the oldest fibers known to have been used by humans. The...
Also women were cave painters
Cave art seems always to have been thought of, for no especially good reason, as the work of men. Perhaps it is because much of the art lies in deep,...
Iron Age roundhouse unearthed at Scottish farm
Archaeologists have uncovered the floor and timber beams of a 2,000-year-old roundhouse in the heart of a Moray farm (scotland). Experts believe the structure unearthed at Dykeside Farm, Birnie, was...
Stonehenge visitor centre looks 'cheap and nasty'
Denton Corker Marshall's designs for a £25 million Stonehenge visitor centre have been compared to an 'immigration detention centre', just weeks before the planning application is due to be submitted....
19 September 2009
Archaeologists fight to get back Neolithic Indian artifacts
Archaeological findings dating back about 3,000 years discovered in the Kalady area (India) are in peril. The Neolithic findings have ended up in private custody, prompting the State Archaeology Department...
Caterthuns hillforts are part of a single entity
Visitors to two Iron Age monuments in Angus (Scotland) at the weekend had the rare opportunity of taking a guided walk of the sites. The tour of the Brown and...
British monuments part of an ancient navigational aid?
According to a new theory, prehistoric man found his way across England using a navigation system based on stone circles and other markers. The complex network of stones, hill forts...
Controversial motorway in Ireland is 90% complete
The controversial M3 motorway in Co Meath (Ireland), which has been the subject of several years of protests, is now almost 90 per cent complete, the National Roads Authority (NRA)...
Huge cult complex unearthed in Bulgaria
A team led by Bulgarian archaeologist Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov has uncovered an enormous cult complex at the ancient Thracian city of Perperikon in the Rhodope Mountains, 15 km northeast of...
Iron Age remains found at port site in Essex
Ancient remains have been unearthed as part of the £1.5billion port project in Stanford-le-Hope (Essex, England). A team of 40 archaeologists have discovered a salt extraction site dating back 2,000...
Excavation on Iron Age hilllort in Cheshire
Habitats and Hillforts team members have carried out an archaeological sample excavation on the Iron Age hill fort above Frodsham (Cheshire, England) known as Woodhouse Hill. The aim was to...
Rice existed 4,000 years ago in Yangtze basin
New findings indicate that farming in the Yangtze Basin (China) existed as early as 4,000 years ago. Excavation in the Xiezi Area of Hubei Province yielded a total of 402...
Orcadian carving may represent human eyes and eyebrows
A remote Neolithic burial mound on an Orkney island (Scotland) may contain carvings of human eyes and eyebrows, it has been revealed. The stone is inside the Holm of Papa...
4,500-year-old arrowhead found in Burren excavation
Archaeologists have discovered evidence of what could be the oldest habitation site in the Burren (County Clare, Ireland) dating back 4,500 years at Caherconnell. Director of the dig, Graham Hull...
Bronze Age festival at Maiden Castle
A Bronze Age house is to be built at Maiden Castle (Dorset, England) as part of a 'living history' weekend. Visitors will have their chance to try their hand at...
'Whicker Man' tomb to yield Bronze Age secrets
Human remains uncovered at a burial site in the Highlands of Scotland are extremely rare and could provide new information about Bronze Age life, experts say. The site was discovered...
Orkney dig gives clear picture of life in Neolithic Britain
Archaeologists working in Orkney (Scotland) have pieced together the most complete picture to date of life in Neolithic Britain. Excavation of a settlement on the island of Westray points to...
26 September 2009
Lectures by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Two lectures about prehistory will be held next October at the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. 'Keeping Up Appearances' by Ben Roberts, is about prehistoric jewellery in Britain and...
Digs show ancient Indians took refuge beneath rock overhangs
Jeff Dilyard squatted in a waist-deep pit beneath a rock overhang, contemplating a dark patch of sand he uncovered. Perhaps it's the remnants of a campfire an Indian hunting party...
The Loveland Stone Age Fair
The Loveland Stone Age Fair (Colorado, USA) next weekend celebrates its 75th anniversary, a number that pales in comparison with 13,200 years the age of its oldest artifacts. Everything on...
Dolmen with petroglyphs found in India
A big dolmen with four petroglyphs that portray men with tridents and a wheel with spokes has been found at Kollur, near Tirukoilur, 35 km from Villupuram in the Indian...
3,300-year-old site discovered in Sri Lanka
An archaeological site more than 3330 years old has been found in the Udaranchamadama area in Embilipitiya (Sri Lanka), by a group of local archaeologists. The site had been discovered...
Fridgehenge
Organic Milk Co-operative has unveiled its own monument in homage to the autumnal equinox. Fridgehenge was revealed at 5.53am on Tuesday 22 September at Encie Farm, Somerset (England), just off...
Human ancestors conflicted on monogamy
When it comes to love, we Homo sapiens are a peculiar breed: We thrill at the thought of torrid affairs while dreaming about the perfect someone with whom we can...
Scandinavians are descended from Stone Age immigrants
Today's Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the conclusion of the last Ice Age but, apparently, from a population that arrived later, concurrently with...
New archaeological sites discovered on Exmoor
More than 2,200 previously unknown archaeological sites have been discovered on Exmoor (England). And significant new information has been added to a further 800 sites, thanks to painstaking research over...
Prehistoric dugong worship site discovered in UAE
French archaeologists have discovered the oldest known place of worship dedicated to the dugong, or sea cow, on an island just north of Dubai. The sanctuary believed to date back...
Dayschool - Neolithic and Bronze Age Yorkshire: Recent Work
A day meeting to mark Terry Manby's contribution to Yorkshire Prehistoric Studies will be held at Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley (North Yorkshire, England). Organised and supported by the North York...
Scottish town puts its past on display
Some of the significant events in an Angus town's history, including its involvement in two wars, are being recalled to mark Scottish Archaeology Month. Montrose Museum has mounted a timeline...
Funding crisis could cost Flag Fen its future
A funding crisis has put the future of one Peterborough's major heritage attractions in jeopardy. Flag Fen Archaeology Park, one of Europe's most important Bronze Age sites, located in England,...
5,000-year-old Venus figure found in Turkey
A 5,000-year-old Venus figure has been found as part of an excavation being carried out in Çanakkale's Ezine district. The excavation began in the field three weeks ago in cooperation...

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