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August 2010 index:

2 August 2010
Road driven over Van tumulus in Turkey
A road requested by local people in the eastern Turkish city of Van has been laid over a protected burial tumulus dating back 3000 years to the Urartu period. The...
Genetic map of Oetzi the Iceman completed
In 1996, a 5,000 year-old crime scene was discovered in the Italian Alps. The mummy of a 46 year-old man who had been shot with arrows emerged from a melting...
Worshipper figurine found in Lebanon
Archaeologists working at the College site in Sidon (Lebanon), have discovered the city's oldest statue of a person at worship, as well as pictures of gods. The figure wears a...
Neolithic tombs discovered in Russia
4,000 year old remnants from the Neolithic have been discovered near Shagara Lake, Klepikov District of the Ryazan Region (Russia). Excavation of the site is ongoing. There could have been...
Donkey ancestors helped pastoral peoples survive desert life
The National Science Foundation (USA) has been funding investigations into the history of animal domestication in North Africa. Evidence has been found of the domestication of donkeys from as long...
Interior design (Neolithic style) found in Orkney
A 5,000 year old ceremonial building in Orkney (Scotland) has revealed a unique treasure. Two stone slabs bearing red, yellow and orange pigment are the first evidence of painted walls...
Marden Henge: the builder's yard for Stonehenge?
The last party-goers seem to have cleared up very carefully after the final celebration at Marden Henge (Wilthsire, England), approximately 4,500 years ago. All left-overs from the feast - the...
12 August 2010
Prehistoric cave paintings found in Dominican Republic
A Dominican man discovered in the northern town of Monteclaro a cave with petroglyphs and other examples of prehistoric cave art. The cavern has 61 petroglyphs and two bas-relief sculptures,...
New finds hint at Fort Ancient's purpose
The origin of a timber circle surrounded by the earthen mounds of Fort Ancient (Ohio, USA) is a mystery to archaeologists slowly unearthing its remains, but the site has yielded...
3,500-year-old bronze bracelet found in Israel
A bronze bracelet was discovered in archaeological excavations in Ramat Razim, near Safed in northern Israel. The first known village from Late Bronze period in all of northern part of...
67,000-year-old human bone unearthed in Philippines
Archaeologists have found a foot bone that could prove the Philippines was first settled by humans 67,000 years ago, thousands of years earlier than previously thought. The foot bone -...
Neolithic stonework with a pattern found on Orkney
Archaeologists revealed that they have discovered the first evidence in the UK of stonework painted with a pattern, suggesting Neolithic people enjoyed decorating. It comes a week after the researchers,...
Scientists give Gristhorpe Man a face and voice
A team of academics claims to have solved the mystery of what is believed to be Britain's best-preserved early Bronze Age skeleton. The remains of Gristhorpe Man have been examined...
Britain's prehistoric funerals
You might never have heard of Irthlingborough, in Northamptonshire (England), but an excavation there revealed some pretty spectacular archaeology: a round burial mound with cremations buried in the sides. Below...
Gene map to give insight into 5,200-year-old Oetzi
Scientist recently finished sequencing the genome of Oetzi, a Neolithic mummy found in the Italian Alps in 1991. Oetzi's genome was sequenced using a sample taken previously from his hip...
12 years after discovery, public to get Miami Circle access
If all goes according to plan, the public will have limited access to the Miami Circle (Florida, USA) site by the end of the year. Construction on the park at...
Rock art recording at Ilkley Moor
Work is underway to compile the first comprehensive record of ancient monuments on Ilkley Moor (West Yorkshire, England). Archaeologists have started a three-year project to photograph rock carvings across Rombalds...
Bronze Age settlement unearthed in Huntingdonshire
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient settlement in west Huntingdonshire (England). Evidence of the 3,000-year-old site came to light as a result of a routine dig before four new homes are...
Unlocking the mysteries of an ancient Welsh burial site
Archaeologists at the University of Chester have started an excavation to unlock the mysteries of an ancient and iconic Welsh burial site. Alongside fellow specialists from Bangor University, a team...
A possible Bronze Age settlement unearthed in Donegal
Work on the Donegal GAA Centre of Excellence at Convoy (Ireland) could be subjected to delays after the discovery of possible Bronze Age artefacts during excavation work last week. Traces...
Neanderthal's sleeping chamber discovered in Spain
Anthropologists have unearthed the remains of an apparent Neanderthal cave sleeping chamber, complete with a hearth and nearby grass beds that might have once been covered with animal fur. Neanderthals...
18 August 2010
New excavations at Ikiztepe, Turkey
The next round of excavations have started at the Ikiztepe site, in a district of the city of Samsun, in northern Turkey, on the shores of the Black Sea. Excavations...
Pleistocene Art of the World Congress 2010
A major palaeoart congress will be held from 6 to 11 September 2010 in the heartland of the Franco-Cantabrian cave art traditions, at Tarascon-sur-Ariège and Foix, France. The congress will...
Looting and neglect threaten Nigerian monoliths
The Cross River State of Nigeria holds a piece of the history of humanity that may soon disappear. Over 300 upright stones placed more than 4000 years ago are being...
Prehistoric grave found in the Netherlands
Alkmaar is a market town of about 92,000 people located approximately 40 km north-west of Amsterdam in the province of Noord Holland, the Netherlands. The town, a tourist favourite, got...
Oldest house in UK found in Yorkshire
An archaeological team from the Universities of York and Manchester have discovered the oldest house in Britain at a site called Star Carr, near Scarborough (North Yorkshire, England). The house...
Ancient utensils made of human bones
An ancient Mexican civilization used human bones to make buttons, combs, needles, spatulas, and dozens of other everyday utensils, archeologists say. The discovery comes from a new analysis of 5,000...
New excavation begun at Eddisbury Hill
The Habitats and Hillforts Project has begun a second dig at Eddisbury Hill (Cheshire, northern England), an Iron Age Hillfort previously studied in 1938. Archaelogists hope to re-excavate some of...
Two ancient Irish ring-forts destroyed
The Irish Department of the Environment has launched an investigation into the complete destruction of two ancient ring-forts. Senior archaeologists from its National Monuments section are liaising with gardaĆ­ in...
Iron age megalithic structures found in India
Archaeologist D. Dayalanat announced recently the discovery of more than 500 megalithic structures at Sengalur village in Tamil Nadu, India. Believed to be dating back to about 500-300 BCE, Iron...
English Heritage field trip to Silbury Hill
A field trip to the English Heritage archaeological excavation near Silbury Hill, Wiltshire and the Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury (England) will be held next wednesday 1 September 2010 from 10.30am...
Rock-art recording in the Italian Alps
An international team led by Professor Angelo Fossati of the Catholic University of Brescia and the Footsteps of Man Archaeological Society have been involved in the search for new prehistoric...
23 August 2010
Yorkshire's oldest citizen returns home after 21 years
An Iron-Age clay 'goddess' figure has come home to East Yorkshire (England) after inadvertently spending 21 years in the British Museum. The figure was originally discovered at North Cave during...
Ancestral human cannibals in Spain
Evidence from a cave site in the Atapuerca Mountains (Spain) suggests that early human ancestors may have been regular cannibals who viewed their fellows as a viable dietary option. A...
Megalithic monuments were built within short periods of time
Was tomb building a fad during the Mesolithic? Radiocarbon dating of stone implements and organic material found in the mounded burial sites in France, Scandinavia, and Iberia indicates that construction...
Construction vehicles threaten ancient Turkish settlement
After a man was killed by a falling rock at the ancient city of Hasankeyf (southeastern Turkey), the subsequent investigation has revealed that construction vehicles working in the area have...
Iron Age burial sites found in India
Hundreds of Iron Age megalithic burial sites at Sengalur village have been unearthed in the Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu. Discovered by Archeological Survey of India (ASI), the sites consist...
Many prehistoric sites uncovered in Syria
A settlement dating back to the Neolithic was discovered at Belaas Mountain located to the southeast of Hama Province, central Syria. Head of Hama Antiquities Department Abdul Qader Farzat said...
Endangered archaeology in Pakistan
In addition to the huge humanitarian problems currently been experienced in Pakistan, there is increasing concern for some of the country's most important archaeological sites. Two of the major sites...
Mitochondrial DNA links to common female ancestor
A study published by a group from Rice University (USA) in 'Theoretical Population Biology' proposes that a woman who lived in Africa approximately 200,000 years ago was the last common...
Neolithic oar found in South Korea
Archaeologists working at a site called Changnyeong, 240 kilometres south of Seoul (South Korea) have found what is believed to be a very well preserved oar, in mud land, which...
Ancient Orcadian sites scanned in 3D
Some of the most famous prehistoric sites on Orkney (Scotland) are being scanned through advanced 3D laser devices to record extremely faint details. The team from Glasgow School of Art...
Ancient sea cave on Skye occupied for a long time
A cave thought to have been occupied by people in prehistory is still being lived in - a new hearth and stacks of wood cut for kindling were found in...
4,000-year-old skeleton to be re-interred in Scotland
A 4,000-year-old skeleton, known as the Queen of the Inch, is to be re-interred in the tiny island of Inchmarnock, at the northern end of the Sound of Bute on...
5000 ancient stone statues discovered in China
Archaeologists have discovered a large group of ancient stone statues at the worship site of Guizai Mountain near Hunan province (China). These statues are far more numerous and much older...
Prehistoric artifacts discovered on a spring in Florida
Archaeologists with the University of Miami and The Florida Aquarium have found a series of artifacts in a silt-covered ledge located at the bottom of an isolated North Port spring...
A modern Bronze Age axe sculpture
On a modern roundabout in Salisbury (Wilthsire, England) you can see what looks like a huge Bronze Age axe. Well, it is a huge Bronze Age axe rising from a...

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