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July 2012 index:

5 July 2012
Bio archaeology - unfamiliar term?
Is bio archaeology an unfamiliar term to you? Well, with advances in science this term is about to come into common use, as scientific answers are sought to unravel archaeological...
Sacred Irish monument vandalised
An ancient stone monument on the Hill of Tara in County Meath (Ireland), known as the Stone of Destiny, which legend tells would roar with joy when touched by the...
Another new theory on the reason behind the building of Stonehenge
The Stonehenge Riverside Project team, which has been working on the Stonehenge (UK) site for the last 10 years, believe that the eight monuments which comprise the Stonehenge complex, may...
14 July 2012
Ancient European hunter-gatherer groups were 'highly mobile'
Until about 8500 years ago, Europe was populated by nomadic hunter-gatherers who hunted, fished, and ate wild plants. Then, the farming way of life swept into the continent from its...
Bronze Age workshop found in Cyprus
A wide Bronze Age workshop complex was identified during the 2012 fieldwork season undertaken by the Italian Archaeological Mission Università degli Studi di Firenze, at the site of Erimi-Laonin tou...
Early humans settled in Arabia
Stone Age tools uncovered in Yemen point to humans leaving Africa and inhabiting Arabia perhaps as far back as 63,000 years ago, archaeologists report. "The expansion of modern humans out...
Two ancient bodies made from six people discovered in Scotland
Scientists have discovered that two 3,000-year-old Scottish 'bog bodies' are actually made from the remains of six people. According to new isotopic dating and DNA experiments, the mummies - a...
5,300-year-old Mongolian statue pieced together
Archaeologists of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have finished restoring a 5,300-year-old pottery statue from fragments unearthed in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The fragments of the pottery...
15 July 2012
Hidden Doggerland underworld uncovered in North Sea
Doggerland was an area between Northern Scotland, Denmark and the Channel Islands. It was believed to have been home to tens of thousands of people before it disappeared underwater. Now...
Archaeologists discover earliest Chinese wine
Liquid inside an ancient wine vessel unearthed in Shaanxi province is considered to be the earliest wine in China's history, archaeologists said. The wine vessel made of bronze was unearthed...
18 July 2012
The earliest known pottery found in China
A team of scientists has recently found sediment layers containing pottery fragments in Xianrendong Cave in China approximately 20,000 years old, predating the previously earliest known pottery by about 2,000 years,...
World's oldest purse studded with dog teeth?
The world's oldest purse may have been found in Germany. Excavators at a site near Leipzig uncovered more than a hundred dog teeth arranged close together in a grave dated...
Bronze Age grave unearthed in Kazakhstan
Murat Kalmenov, senior fellow, and Serik Ramazanov, deputy director, of the West Kazakhstan Centre of History and Archeology have found the grave of a young woman dating back to the...
19 July 2012
Oldest Neolithic bow discovered in Europe
The Neolithic site of La Draga, near the lake of Banyoles in northeast Spain, has yielded a complete bow dating between 5400 and 5200 BCE, corresponding to the earliest period...
Oregon cave finds shed new light on early Americans
Evidence has been found in the northwest USA that an early stone implement technology, known as 'Western Stemmed' projectile points, were manufactured at least 11,070 to 11,340 radiocarbon years ago,...
Bronze Age copper mining in Norway?
Copper mining has a long history in Norway, with mines being established from late 15th century CE onwards. But the industry might be a lot older - stretching all the...
25 July 2012
Syrian Stonehenge?
In the troubled land of Syria lies a Neolithic site which has been referred to as 'Syria's Stonehenge'. Out in the Syrian desert, approximately 80 kilometres north of Damascus, can...
26 July 2012
Triple migration populated the Americas
Modern advances in genetic engineering have allowed researchers to delve deeper and more accurately into the origins of the first migrations to populate the Americas. By having the ability to...
27 July 2012
Ancient burnt wheat discovered in Israel
Archeologists have discovered large jars filled with 3,300-year-old burnt wheat at the excavation sites of the Tel Hatzor National Park in the Upper Galilee. A team from the Hebrew University...
6,500-year-old Croatian hunting trophy
Archaeologists in Bapska, eastern Croatia have stumbled across 6,500 year old deer antlers. The hunting trophy was found hanging on the wall of prehistoric house along with valuable items of...
28 July 2012
New Iron Age discoveries made in Scotland
Rare finds of well-preserved ironworking hearths or furnaces have been uncovered at Beechwood (Inverness, Scotland), as well as evidence of activity stretching back to the Neolithic period. Examinations of Neolithic...
Turkish village holds clues to end of nomadic lifestyle
Boncuklu Hoyuk, a 10,000-year-old early village site in central Turkey, is one of the earliest village sites found from the period when hunter-gatherer societies began to leave their nomadic lifestyle...
29 July 2012
Neanderthals' dominant right arm caused by scraping
Colin Shaw of the University of Cambridge (UK): "The skeletal remains of Neanderthals suggests that they were doing something intense or repetitive, or both, that significantly impacted their lives. While...
Stone Age tools streamline modern manufacturing
Innovative research by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Bradford (UK) used laser microscopes to explore how stone tools were employed in prehistory. The analysis of stone...
Spanish Neanderthal cave cuisine
Remains of Neanderthals found in the El Sidron cave in the Asturias region of Northern Spain provide the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals ate a range of cooked plant foods,...

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