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Archaeo News  

January 2010 index:

10 January 2010
Neolithic stonewares discovered in Tibet
A team of archaeologists has found stonewares from the Neolithic Age in southeastern Tibet. According to the Nyingchi Prefectural Bureau of Culture, Radio and Television, the stonewares were found in...
Australian crater located thanks to folklore and Google maps
Duane Hamacher, a doctoral candidate at Macquarie University, used ancient folklore from an Australian Aboriginal people and modern Google maps to locate a meteorite crater in central Australia. Hamacher investigates...
Method found to read 30,000-year-old DNA
Scientists have analysed DNA extracted from the remains of a 30,000-year-old European hunter-gatherer. Studying the DNA of long-dead humans can open up a window into the evolution of our species....
Ancient monument found on North York Moor
Archaeologists have discovered a monument in the North York Moors (England) which could date back more than 4,500 years to Neolithic times. Aerial surveyors from English Heritage flew two sorties...
Early human remains found in Vietnam
Vietnamese and French archaeologists have discovered a paleontological site dating back to more than 100,000 years ago in Da Den Cave in the northern province of Tuyen Quang (Vietnam). Quan...
Deal signed to protect ancient art in Utah canyon
An agreement signed is aimed at safeguarding thousands of prehistoric American Indian drawings and carvings from truckers' dust in a famed Utah canyon (USA) near where a Colorado company wants...
Brockdorff Circle report literally rewrites Maltese history
The long-awaited official report into the excavations of the Gozo Stone (aka Brockdorff) Circle in Xaghra - a unique underground prehistoric burial site near Ggantija temples - may have rewritten...
Archaeologists claim discovery of oldest Hebrew writing
A 3,000 year-old inscription discovered in the Elah valley has been deciphered, showing it to be the earliest known Hebrew writing, Israeli archaeologists said. The pottery shard with five lines...
Rare sheep killed at Flag Fen
Struggling heritage site Flag Fen has been hit with more woes after five of its rare sheep were killed. The deaths leave just five of the historic breed remaining at...
Ancient hominids may have been seafarers
Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homo species - perhaps Homo erectus - had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross...
Excavations at an Iron Age site in Suffolk
Archaeologists attempting to piece together the history of an Iron Age site on Beccles marshes (Suffolk, England) believe they are moving a step closer to drawing conclusions. A team of...
Neanderthal 'make-up' containers discovered
Newly discovered painted scallops and cockleshells in Spain are the first hard evidence that Neandertals made jewelry. These findings suggest humanity's closest extinct relatives might have been capable of symbolism,...
24 January 2010
Rock Art discovered on a Welsh boulder
Last November during the hawthorn tree removal at the chamber entrance in trench 14 of the Caer Alyn Archaeological and Heritage Project, a boulder that appeared to be decorated with...
8,000-year-old building discovered in Israel
Remains of a prehistoric building, the earliest ever discovered in the Tel Aviv region (Israel) and estimated to be between 7,800 and 8,400 years old, were recently discovered in an...
Neolithic and Iron Age remains found in East Yorkshire
A gas storage facility has been making some incredible discoveries after six months of archeological excavations in advance of construction work starting at the site. A team from Humber Field...
Gozo rock holds ancient wine presses
Centuries ago, come September, galleys would be rowed into Mġarr ix-Xini harbour (Malta) and loaded with amphorae filled with wine that had been pressed in the valley. Winemakers would fill...
Seahenge set to be complete
An iconic ancient monument uncovered by the tides on a Norfolk beach (England) will soon be complete for the first time in a decade. Scientists have been studying and preserving...
Stable climate and plant domestication linked
Sustainable farming and the introduction of new crops relies on a relatively stable climate, not dramatic conditions attributable to climate change. Basing their argument on evolutionary, ecological, genetic and agronomic...
Stanton Drew older than thought
Archaeologists have discovered the collection of prehistoric standing stones at Stanton Drew (Somerset, England) is older than originally thought. During geophysical surveys last summer, they found the outline of a...
3,000-year-old remains of a woman found in California
The skeletal remains of a Native American woman who likely lived more than 3,000 years ago were uncovered by trenching work at Carmel Valley Ranch (California, USA). Construction workers uncovered...
Design contest for Ġgantija Heritage Park
After a three-week viewing period at the Ministry for Gozo, the submissions for the design contest for enhancing the visitor experience in the Ġgantija Heritage Park World Heritage Site will...
Ancient arrowhead a 'chance find' at a Scottish school
Archaeologists have made what they described as a 'chance discovery' of a stone arrowhead in the garden of a ruined schoolhouse in Sutherland (Scotland). Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (Guard)...
Dispute over Iron Age hoard found in Wales
A geographical dispute about a priceless hoard of prehistoric treasure is going to start between North and South Wales. About 150 Iron Age artefacts were discovered in an Anglesey bog...
Search for an ancient settlement in Southern Spain
A team of researchers from Spain's Higher Council for Scientific Study (CSIC) are examining a marshy area of Andalusian parkland to find evidence of a 3,000-year-old settlement. They believe that...
Most British men are descended from ancient farmers
Most men in Britain are descended from the first farmers to migrate across Europe from the Near East 10,000 years ago, scientists say. Ancient farmers left their genetic mark on...
Iron Age treasure on display in Edinburgh
A hoard of Iron Age jewellery found by a treasure hunter in Stirlingshire (Scotland) has gone on display in Edinburgh. The four solid gold neck ornaments, or torcs, could be...
Iron Age adventures in England
Youngsters are preparing to be taken back to the Iron Age at an archaeology fun day this February half-term at the Ham Hill Country Park at Stoke-sub-Hamdon (South Somerset, England)....
Stonehenge visitor centre finally approved
In the latest chapter in the 20 year-long saga surrounding the English Heritage-backed project, Wiltshire County Council approved the practice's £20 million proposals for the Airman's Corner site 2.5km west...
Motorway bypass would run close to Newgrange
The ancient Brú na Bóinne site around Newgrange may lose its World Heritage status if the proposed M2 motorway goes ahead, it was claimed. The National Monuments Forum warned if...
Prehistoric burial customs uncovered in Laos
The discovery of Iron Age human bone fragments in Laos has shed new light on the region's prehistoric burial customs. A team of Lao and foreign archeologists found the fragments...
Zimbabwe's prehistoric paintings are a celebration of life
Inanke cave is one of hundreds painted by the San people (commonly called Bushmen) about 5,000 to 10,000 years ago and located in what is now Matobo National Park (Zimbabwe)....

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