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October 2010 index:

2 October 2010
Tregeseal Stone Circle damaged by cattle
Helen Mark of BBC Radio 4 was in Cornwall (England) recently to explore the reintroduction of cattle to grazing on the Penwith Moors, the intention of which is to improve...
Iron Age sites revealed from the air in Shropshire
Until the last 40 years historians and archaeologists believed that Iron Age ancestors in Shropshire (England) lived almost exclusively on high ground. Conventional wisdom held that the lowlands and river...
French president gains access to threatened cave art
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, treated themselves to a visit to the most secretive - and most threatened - art gallery in the world: the Lascaux...
Home of 'Ice Giants' thaws, shows ancient hunts in Norway
Climate change is exposing reindeer hunting gear used by the Vikings' ancestors faster than archaeologists can collect it from ice thawing at 1,850 meters (6,070 ft) above sea level in...
8,500 year old bodies found in Bursa, Turkey
Five bodies believed to be 8,500 years old have been unearthed at a burial mound in the Akçalar area of the Marmara province of Bursa, Turkey. The bodies, comprising of...
Reconstructing the Paleolithic diet
An interdisciplinary team of scientists has been assembled by the Unilever Corporation to study the diet of our early ancestors and determine how it might improve our health today. The...
100 new rock art sites found in Somaliland
A team of Somali archaeologists lead by Dr. Sada Mire from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (England), has found scores of previously unstudied rock paintings in the eastern...
Excavation of an Iron Age necropolis in central Spain
A team of archaeologists and archaeology students from the United States, Spain, Ireland and Britain recently worked on an archaeological dig to unearth an Iron Age/Celtic necropolis dating to the...
Ancient grinding stone discovered in India
Workers of the Tamil Nadu highways department unwittingly became excavators as they stumbled upon an ancient granite structure, possibly a lime crushing stone - while digging a trench for constructing...
Ancient seal found in Turkey
A seal, believed to date back to 6,200 BCE, has been discovered in Western Turkey. The site is located at the Yesilova Tumulus and excavations are being carried out by...
Tools found in Arabia and India may indicate earlier migration
Discoveries of stone tools in the Arabian Peninsula and India have been found far inland, indicating that humans may have travelled by land rather than by boat. The implements, mainly...
Did Neanderthals adapt and innovate?
A professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver (USA) thinks that the Neanderthal contribution to human culture and development has been underrated. Julien Riel-Salvatore has been studying Neanderthal...
Portal dolmen may lie hidden in South West Wales
Throughout western Britain there are a few lucky sites that have escaped the wandering eye of the antiquarian. One of these sites is the Trefael Stone, located north of the...
8 October 2010
Legend Rock petroglyphs dated to end of Pleistocene
In the arid plains of Wyoming (USA), early humans left their mark. Legend Rock, named by the Shoshone Indians who live nearby, towers 200 feet above the valley floor and...
Neolithic settlement unearthed in Hungary
The remains of a 7,000-year-old settlement have been unearthed in southwest Budapest's 22nd district by archaeologists of the Budapest History Museum. During the excavations the experts have discovered the foundations...
Irish fish trap may date back to Mesolithic
Archaeologists have discovered a complex series of weirs and dams to trap rare fish on Connemara's Errislannan peninsula (Ireland), and speculate that they may date back to the Mesolithic period....
Extraordinary settlement find in India
A large number of stone tools and weapons said dating back to more than 80,000 years ago were unearthed from a dry lake bed in Singadivakkam (Tamil Nadu, India). Located...
Prehistoric settlements on the Mississippi
A team of archeologists from the Science Museum of Minnesota uncovered more evidence this summer of prehistoric settlements at a park near Hastings (Minnesota, USA). "We know people were traveling...
7000-year-old village discovered in Bulgaria
A prehistoric home dated back 7000 years has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists at Telish in the central northern District of Pleven (Bulgaria). The team led by archaeologist...
Excavation begins on submerged Welsh villages
Ancient stone and willow walls can be found across Wales today. Dr. Andrew Peterson has begun to look for them off the coast of several Welsh towns. Peterson recently excavated...
Unique Bronze Age burial chamber excavated in Scotland
A 4000-year-old burial chamber in Perthshire has been described as Scotland's 'Valley of the Kings.' Excavation of the site at Forteviot began in earnest last year and has been regarded...
Prehistoric remains found in Jakarta
Two archeologists from Medan (North Sumatra) have found evidence that a village in the Central Aceh district of Indonesia had been inhabited by prehistoric humans. Ketut Wiradnyana and Lucas Partanda...
Battle to save the Louisiana State University mounds
The battle for the preservation of Louisiana State University mounds has been won by football fans for now. LSU administrators opted to remove ropes and poles which had been barricading...
Stonehenge 'boy with the necklace' was from the Mediterranean
In 2005, excavation for road construction 5 kilometers from Stonehenge unearthed the complete skeleton of a teenage boy. He was lying on his side and wore a unique necklace of...
No evidence for Clovis catastrophe, archaeologists say
A new study published in Current Anthropology challenges the controversial theory that the impact of an ancient comet devastated the Clovis people, one of the earliest known cultures to inhabit...
Prehistoric finds in Ontario
Archaeologists have discovered a series of ancient finds in Cayuga (Ontario, Canada). "One particularly interesting prehistoric find is a complete ceramic pot of a very small size, probably the result...
20 October 2010
Australian aborigines may have reached Americas first
Hundreds of skulls discovered in Central and South America exhibit features common today in Australian Aborigines. They date back to approximately 11,000 years BPE. If the heritage and dates were...
Prehistoric New Guinea settlers headed for the hills
Ancient artefacts unearthed in the highlands of Papua New Guinea provide some of the earliest evidence of human settlement of Sahul, the primordial landmass that once joined Papua New Guinea...
Pristine Stone Age settlement discovered in Norway
The discovery of a 'sealed' Stone Age house site from 3500 BCE has stirred great excitement among archaeologists from Norway's Museum of Cultural History at the University in Oslo. The...
9,000-year-old British Columbian site under threat
Since 1969, scientists have dug deep into earth of the Glenrose Cannery archeological site in North Delta (British Columbia, Canada), and discovered artifacts and other remains that confirm that ancient...
Ancient objects found in Azerbaijan
Archaeological digs of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Age settlements started in Yastytepe (Azerbaijan). Residuals of brown ware, cutting stones, mud signets, fragments of household utilities and ancient...
Significant Neolithic tomb found in a Scottish garden
Archeologists believe the tomb Mr Hamish Mowatt discovered under a boulder in the garden of a bistro in South Ronaldsay (Orkney, Scotland) could lead to new insights into Orkney's earliest...
Bronze Age Troy extended beyond the Citadel
Professor Ernst Pernicka and a team from the University of Tubingen (Germany) have discovered a rock-cut ditch, walls, roads and an ancient oven a kilometer beyond the hill fort at...
Ancient buried cities discovered in Russia
Twenty settlements, each laid out in the shape of a spiral have been uncovered along the Russian border with Kazakhstan. The cities date from approximately 4,000-3,500 years BCE, which would...
The origins of compassion
Traces of the world's first known disabled, elderly human have been found in Spain. The individual is thought to have been a male who received support from his group and...
Controversy over care of an ancient Armenian shoe
Armenian archeologists are worried about the future of the world's oldest (5,500-year-old) leather shoe, found in a cave in Armenia in 2008. It has not been fully examined yet; conservation...
Bronze Age civilization discovered in Russia
Researchers said that traces of a previously unknown Bronze Age civilization have been discovered in the peaks of Russia's Caucasus Mountains because of aerial photographs taken 40 years ago. "We...
Prehistoric cremation urn found in Scotland
An ancient cremation urn has been found by archaeologists surveying a site earmarked for a housing project. The team from Headland Archaeology believe the object uncovered at Fortrose (Highland, Scotland)...
Ancient wooden constructions found in the Czech Republic
Czech archaeologists have uncovered unique wooden constructions, part of a water reservoir connected with an ancient settlement at the Vladar Mountain in west Bohemia, Miloslav Chytracek, from the Archaeological Institute...
Excavations start at 5,000-year-old Irish dolmen
Archaeologists are to dig out a portal tomb in Northern Ireland for the first time in 50 years. The partial collapse of Tirnony Dolmen near Maghera has produced a rare...
30 October 2010
Prehistoric house discovered in Shetland
A previously unknown archaeological site has come to light in Shetland (Scotland) during work on a gas plant. As a result, a team of archaeologists has been excavating a prehistoric...
Carved stone investigations in West Yorkshire
A team of consultants have been selected to lead on the 'Prehistoric Carved Rocks' project on Rombalds Moor, the moorland between Ilkley and Keighley in West Yorkshire (England). In addition...
British burial law is threatening archaeological research
According to experts, the severe restrictions on scientists' freedom to study bones and skulls from ancient graves are putting archaeological research in Britain at risk. The growing dispute concerns controversial...
White Horse of Uffington: is it a dog?
It is one of Britain's most-loved ancient hill figures, leaping across the downland. Vets are now being urged to question whether the White Horse of Uffington was intended to be...
Discovery in Peru: ancient geoglyphs or just agricolture?
A huge network of geoglyphs, representing birds, snakes and other animals, is visible in satellite imagery of a large area around Titicaca Lake (Peru), a researcher claims. Amelia Carolina Sparavigna,...
Hidden landscapes of the Swedish Stone Age
Archaeologist Tony Axelsson of the Vastergotland Museum has suggested a new interpretation of the Neolithic landscape of the Falbygden area of Vastergotland, an area of southwestern Sweden known for its...
Bronze and Iron Age remains uncovered in Wales
Bronze and Iron Age remains have been unearthed at the site of a new bypass in Powys (Wales). Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) said a number of interesting finds had been...
Diet of early humans may have included ground flour
Starch grains from cattail, grasses and fern plants have been found on grinding stones dating to 28,000 years BCE. The stones have been found across Europe in locations ranging from...
Remains of youngest Neanderthal child found in Belgium
The lower jaw and teeth of a Neanderthal child who lived to be one and a half years old were found in the Spy Cave near Jemeppe-sur-Sambre in Belgium. This...
Restoration of 31 prehistoric sites on Dartmoor
A great deal of of prehistoric sites on Dartmoor (Devon, England) have been restored in a five-year project. As a result of the work, now 31 Bronze Age cairns have...
Bronze Age tomb found in Poland
Polish Archeologists recently reported the discovery of the tomb of a young prince dating back to 6,000 BCE near the A4 motorway. The scientists who were carrying out excavations on...
An ancient Swiss door
Archaeologists in Zurich have found a rare example of an ancient wooden door. Chief archaeologist Niels Bliecher announced that, according to tree ring dating, the door could date back to...
Neolithic necropolis under threat in Sardinia
Although rock-cut tombs are relatively common in Sardinia (Italy), the Tomba della scacchiera has an altogether unique carved and painted rock-art heritage and is now at the centre of controversy....

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