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October 2009 index:

3 October 2009
Network of 3,000-year-old canals discovered in Arizona
The discovery of a prehistoric irrigation system in the Marana desert (Arizona, USA) is giving archaeologists a deeper glimpse into one of the first groups of people to farm in...
Mesolithic village found off the coast of the Isle of Wight
A Stone Age settlement under The Solent - the stretch of sea separating the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England - is in danger of being lost forever....
Chilean family finds millennia-old human bones in yard
A Chilean family who was removing the soil from the yard of their home where they were planning to do some construction got a big surprise when they found four...
Neolithic axehead found near Norwich
Amateur archaeologist David Soanes found an eight-inch long Neolithic axehead, dating from around 4,000 BCE using his metal detector near Norwich (Norfolk, England). Mr Soanes has pledged to give it...
Completion of the Choirokoitia digs for 2009
The Department of Antiquities of the Ministry of Communications and Works announces the completion of the archaeological excavations at the Neolithic site of Choirokoitia (Cyprus). Excavations were carried out in...
Prehistoric axe head unearthed in India
A stone axe head dating back to the Neolithic age has been unearthed from Mampallikunnam, near Chathannur, in Kollam district (India). The axe was discovered by local people in a...
Japan's oldest stone tools found
Twenty stone tools believed to be the oldest discovered in Japan have been excavated from a mid-Paleolithic period geological layer, dating back 120,000 years, at an archeological site in Izumo,...
Remains of world's oldest human brain found in Armenia
An Armenian-American-Irish archeological expedition claims to have found the remains of the worlds oldest human brain, estimated to be over 5,000 years old. The discovery was made recently in a...
Visitors littering Burren with mini-dolmens
The 5,000-year-old Poulnabrone dolmen is an impressive sight, one of the most recognisable megalithic tombs in Ireland and a highlight of any trip to the world-famous Burren. It is understandable...
Japan's Jomon sculptures are still a mystery
Dogu are the most remarkable products of Japan's Jomon Period, a Neolithic era before the advent of rice cultivation, when the Japanese archipelago supported higher population densities than any other...
Traces of a stone circle discovered near Stonehenge
Archaeologists may have discovered Stonehenge's little sister - just a mile from the famous monument. The traces of a prehistoric stone circle, discovered in secret over the summer, are one...
11 October 2009
Burial vault unearthed in Macedonia
A royal burial vault was discovered by archaeologists in the area of Pavla chuka, between the villages of Bonche and Podmol near the town of Prilep in southern Macedonia. The...
Walk with the ancients in Ohio
Following nearly the same route that might have been taken thousands of years ago by American Indians, about 30 people set out to trek nearly 70 miles from Chillicothe to...
Who came first, Indians or Europeans?
Geneticists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad (India) released a study last week which suggested that the Indian population has its origin in migrants from Africa...
Survey of Paleoindian artifacts in Montana
The tools that Montana's early peoples (USA) left behind hold invaluable clues to piecing together the state's early history. Archeologists say Montana is brimming with these clues but they're hard...
Céide Fields: an extensive Neolithic site in Ireland
It took 40 years, but Seamas Caulfield finally solved the puzzle of his father's peat bog, and in the process unearthed a 5,000-year-old Stone Age village. Schoolteacher Patrick Caulfield was...
Bronze Age box unearthed in Austria
Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,000-year-old wooden box used in central Europe's biggest copper-mining operation at the Mitterberg mountain in Salzburg's Pongau region (Austria). They said the box from the Middle...
Additional details on 'Bluestonehenge'
As we reported last week, 33-foot-wide (10-meter-wide) 'Bluestonehenge' was discovered just over a mile (1.6 km) from the original Stonehenge near Salisbury (England). The 5,000-year-old ceremonial site is thought to...
6,000-year-old axe found in Ireland
A rare archaeological find, dating back 6,000 years has been made in South Kilkenny (Ireland). A Neolithic axe head was found in Ballygorey, Mooncoin last week by a man out...
World Monuments Fund's list of threatened sites
Several cultural heritage sites are threatened by neglect or overdevelopment, a preservationist group said. The World Monuments Fund's watch list for 2010 includes 93 sites in 47 countries. "The 2010...
Cave paintings more than 20,000 years old found in Spain
A group of archaeologists working in the Astigarraga cave in Deba (Basque Country, Spain) have uncovered the oldest cave paintings discovered in the region to date. Dating back between 20,000...
Frieze dated from 5,000 years ago found in Peru
A frieze that would have been sculpted 5,000 years ago, was found at Vichama archaeological complex, some 120km to the north of Lima (Peru), according to archaeologists of the Caral-Supe...
Gault Site findings undermine Clovis First theory
The Gault Site is about 70 acres in a valley between Florence and Salado, about an hour from Waco (Texas, USA). It remains unknown to many Central Texans, though it's...
5000-year-old tombs under study in Malta
Studies are underway on two tombs believed to be 5000 years old, which have been discovered in an excavation site in Kercem, Gozo (Malta). The tombs were unearthed during extension...
Russian dolmen rescued and mysterious disk uncovered
The rescue operation of the Kolikho dolmen (located in the Tuapse region on the Black Sea coast, Russia) has been completed successfully. The dolmen was found by accident after the...
17 October 2009
Neolithic axe unearthed in India
A stone axe dating back to the Neolithic age has been unearthed during an exploration by the state archaeology department near Edakkal caves in Kerala (India), throwing light into the...
Tribe wants Ohio mound protected from wind farm
An Indian tribe says plans to build a commercial wind farm in western Ohio (USA) pose a threat to an ancient burial mound and the state should put a barrier...
The mysteries of La Hougue Bie site in Jersey
The 6,000 year-old burial site at La Hougue Bie in Jersey (a British Crown Dependency off the coast of Normandy, France), is one of the best preserved remnants of the...
Archaeologist recreates ancient brews
Patrick McGovern, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, had just emerged from the ancient burial chamber in one of the most extensively excavated archaeological sites in China when a...
Edmonton archeological dig uncovers ancient campsite
An archeologist has discovered in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) an intact 2,000- year-old campsite with enough detail to even guess at the recipe the ancient people used for their soup. The...
A 200,000-year-old cut of meat
New archaeological evidence of meat-cutting skills in ancient times is being scruinized by scientists at Tel Aviv University and the University of Arizona. Their research is providing new clues about...
Bronze Age arrowhead discovered in England
A keen historian is delighted to have discovered a rare Bronze Age arrowhead in Rutland (England). Charles Haworth was out dog walking in Langham when he came across the piece...
Ancient settlements unearthed in Sri Lanka
Archaeological excavations in Sri Lanka have unearthed remains of ancient human settlements in Vadamarachchi East area, Archaeology Director General, Dr. Senarath Dissanayake said. "We have found evidence of three ancient...
Prehistoric burial site unearthed in Suffolk
A Bronze Age burial site has been unearthed by archaeologists excavating the former home of a Suffolk (England) rugby club. The two fields which served as the home of Sudbury...
World's oldest submerged town dates back 5,000 years
Archaeologists surveying the world's oldest submerged town have found ceramics dating back to the Final Neolithic. Their discovery suggests that Pavlopetri, off the southern Laconia coast of Greece, was occupied...
27 October 2009
Orkney Venus to face the public
The earliest human figure to be found in Scotland is to go on temporary display at Edinburgh Castle (Scotland). The Orkney Venus, which was discovered a few weeks ago, is...
Lady of Pacopampa: A woman born to rule
After three years of work in the town of Pacopampa (Peru), a team of archaeologists led by Yuji Seki have found the outlines of an ancient temple that would have...
German archaeologists excavate 4,000-year-old skeletons
Archaeologists in Germany have made a number of sensational finds along a railway line under construction in eastern Germany - Bronze Age treasures, burial sites and evidence of settlements dating...
Stone tools found in Iowa might date to 1500 BCE
Jackson County officials uncovered prehistoric artifacts during an archaeological study last week near County Road E-17 east of Andrew (Iowa, USA). Officials found stone tools and other prehistoric items thought...
Scottish stone circles feature in exhibition
Ancient stone monuments around the Aberdeenshire countryside (Scotland) are the focus of a new photography exhibition. Dramatic black and white images depicting some of the region's stone circles have gone...
Prehistoric Clovis site discovered in Mexico
Scientists have discovered a site containing the most extensive evidence seen so far in Mexico for the Clovis culture. The find extends the range of America's oldest identifiable culture, which...
Prehistoric ceremonial site discovered in Devon
A series of ancient monuments dating back millennia has been discovered on a remote moor in Devon (England). The remains were found after water levels were lowered at the old...
Iron Age artefacts and human remains found in Yorkshire
Ancient human remains have been unearthed during an archaeological dig at the Caythorpe Gas Storage site between Rudston and Boynton (East Yorkshire, England). Five human burials have been recovered by...
Oldest known granaries predate agriculture
A new study describes recent excavations in Jordan that reveal evidence of the world's oldest know granaries. Anthropologists consider food storage to be a vital component in the economic and...
Tara Symposium
Following the publication by Wordwell of reports on Seán P. Ó Ríordáin's excavations at the Mound of the Hostages (Muiris O'Sullivan 2005) and Rath of the Synods (Eoin Grogan 2008),...
Comets didn't wipe out early Americans?
According to a new study, a comet impact didn't set off a 1,300-year cold snap that wiped out most life in North America about 12,900 years ago. Though no one...
Paleolithic remains unearthed in Korea
More than 14,000 findings and remains dating back to the Paleolithic Age have been unearthed in the Chongphadae Cavern, Hwangju County, North Hwanghae Province (Northwestern Korea) by archaeologists of Kim...

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