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February 2012 index:

3 February 2012
4,000-year-old artifact found in Connecticut
An ancient spearpoint was found at an excavation site in Connecticut (USA) during a Norwalk Community College-sponsored archaeology dig. Chelsea Dean, senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, took the Introduction...
Neanderthal mammoth hunters in Jersey?
Archaeologists are investigating the truth behind the story that Ice Age Neanderthals in Jersey would push mammoths off cliffs in St Brelade for food. About 30 years ago, evidence suggested...
Ancient jade tool baffles scientists
Some time ago, researchers discovered a 3,300-year-old on Emirau Island in the Bismark Archipelago (a group of islands off the coast of New Guinea). The 2-inch (5-centimeters) stone tool was...
Prehistoric stone row discovered in Wales
Sandy Gerrard, a former English Heritage designation officer for 20 years, reported the discovery of an ancient stone row on the site of a proposed wind farm in Wales. It...
Estonian students find Iron Age life smoky and cold
Five students in the small Baltic state of Estonia, who have abandoned modern conveniences for a week in a replica wooden hut built on the site of an ancient hill...
5 February 2012
Pottery from 1900 BCE discovered in India
Hallmark pottery dating back to 1900 BCE has been discovered during the recent excavations in Rupnagar (Punjab, India). The Archaeological Survey of India, which recently started excavating the site after...
Iron Age bracelet to stay in Yorkshire museum after appeal
A bracelet which was the first Iron Age gold jewellery ever found in the North of England will remain in the public realm after £25,000 has been raised to secure...
7 February 2012
Archaeologists excavate ancient Populonia
A team of archaeologists, students and volunteers will return again during the summer of 2012 to investigate the remains of a major Etruscan port city that straddles the Mediterranean coast...
Plan to protect Hill of Tara
A conservation plan has been commissioned for the State-owned lands on the Hill of Tara by the Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan. The minister, in...
Nomads and Networks: Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan
When one thinks of historic Kazakhstan, a vision of rough-riding, nomadic, gypsy-like people on horseback, traversing a vast, flat, steppe-like landscape, comes to mind. The ancient cultural and artistic achievements...
11 February 2012
First Neanderthal paintings on a Spanish cave?
According to new dating tests, a series of seals painted more than 42,000 years ago, located in the Cave of Nerja, in Málaga (Spain) are the first paintings ever made...
Rare Indus Valley seal discovered in Pakistan
Archaeologists have discovered a rare Indus Valley civilization-era seal in steatite dating back to 2,500-2,000 BCE from the Cholistan area of Punjab (Pakistan). The seal features the carved figure of...
Iron Age cremated bodies found in Warwickshire
Archaeologists digging in Cawston (Warwickshire, England) have described the discovery of the remains of two cremated bodies dating back some 2,000 years as a major find. Land on Calvestone Road...
A meteorite as a ritual offering for ancient Britons
A meteorite spanning about 1.6 feet (0.5m) across and weighing 205 pounds (93 kg) fell from space some 30,000 years ago in what is now Britain. And after much sleuthing,...
Burial cairn circles and settlement discovered in India
A team of archaeologists and historians has discovered remnants of Iron Age and Satavahana era (230 BCE - 220 CE) from Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, in Southeastern India. A...
13 February 2012
Conservation plan in place for Guernsey Neolithic site
As part of the final phase of the project to conserve a Neolithic gallery grave in Delancey Park (in Guernsey, a British Crown dependency located in the English Channel), archaeologist...
16 February 2012
Global migration - who came first?
150,000 years ago the majority of the human race lived in Africa. Then the great migration occurred with populations spreading out across the globe. When looking at a map of...
18 February 2012
Climate change - Holocene style
A lake in the north western region of Spain, known as the Principality of Asturias, is revealing data of climatic changes as far back as 12,000 years ago. Lake Enol...
19 February 2012
Callanish stones may stop wind farm
Governmental agency Historic Scotland says the proposed installation of two 67-metre high wind turbines on the island of Great Bernera, nearly 8 kilometres away from the famous Callanish Stones, a...
Are humans to blame for Africa's lost rainforests?
About 3000 years ago, Central Africa was a landscape in transition. Lush evergreen forests were gradually giving way to savannahs and grasslands, as the regional climate shifted toward drier, slightly...
Ancient goldmine discovered in Ethiopia
An ancient goldmine discovered on a hill on the Gheralta plateau in northern Ethiopia is said to be the treasure trove of Queen of Sheba, the biblical legend who traveled...
20 February 2012
Origins of human culture - Middle Stone Age South Africa
The Still Bay culture was one of the most advanced Middle Stone Age groups in Africa when it emerged some 78,000 years ago. Archaeologist Chris Henshilwood's excavations at Blombos Cave...
Solent's Stone Age village
Excavation work continues on an 8,000-year-old Mesolithic settlement under the surface of the Solent - the straight which separates the Isle of Wight from the south coast of England. At...
Haunting sounds at ancient Peruvian site
More than 3 millennia ago, people came to Chavin de Huantar, a village in a high valley in the Peruvian Andes, to hear the oracles speak - in the voice...
28 February 2012
Paleolithic settlement discovered in Jordan
Archaeologists working at the site of Kharaneh IV in eastern Jordan have announced the discovery of 20,000-year-old hut structures, the earliest yet found in the Kingdom. The finding suggests that...
Oldest rock carving of the Americas found in Brazil
A stick figure man with a giant phallus is the oldest rock carving found yet in the Americas, researchers say. Scientists discovered the ancient carving in a cave named Lapa...
The first evidence of abstract art on Stone Age peebles?
The world's oldest known engraved object may be an ochre pebble from Klasies River Cave in South Africa. The 100,000-year-old ochre pebble features what researchers believe are at least 23...

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