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April 2013 index:

4 April 2013
Stone-Age skeletons unearthed in Sahara desert
Archaeologists have uncovered 20 Stone-Age skeletons in and around a rock shelter in Libya's Sahara desert. The skeletons date between 8,000 and 4,200 years ago. The team concluded that the...
Migration to Marianas longest ocean-crossing in history
The establishment of human settlements in the Marianas 3,500 years ago required long-distance migration, and may have involved the longest ocean-crossing in human history at that time. Dr Michael T...
Disputed finds in South America more than 22,000 years old
Stone tools unearthed at a Brazilian rock-shelter may date from at least 22,000 years ago, adding to evidence from nearby sites challenging the longstanding view of Clovis people as the...
5 April 2013
Holy Land farming began 5,000 years earlier than thought
For thousands of years, different groups of people have lived in the Negev desert, building stone walls and cities that survive to this day. The current thinking is that they...
Unearthing ancient Sweden
With over 25,000 Iron Age graveyards and burial mounds, 1,140 megalithic structures of all sizes, and about 2,500 large rune stones, Sweden is an archaeologist's paradise. Dr Martin Rundkvist studies...
Afterlife of early Neolithic houses in Poland
The transition to farming on the Polish Lowland, which is a part of the North European Plain, was a complex process lasting over a millennium. This is partly due to...
6 April 2013
Ancient artifact lost in plain sight
Occasionally a rare artifact can be hidden in plain sight, without its significance being realised. This is the case with a simple carved antler horn, belonging to the Natural History...
Bronze Age collection goes on display
The collection of a remarkable amateur archaeologist, the late William Lamplough, has now gone on public display, close to the area where they were first discovered, in Pickering, Yorkshire (UK)....
8 April 2013
Snowy landscape reveals Wales' ancient remains
Archaeologists have discovered ancient remains after they were 'brought back to life' by the snow covering the landscape in Wales. Settlements dating back 4,000 years were only found because just...
Trove of Neanderthal bones found in Greek cave
A trove of Neanderthal bones of children and adults, discovered in a cave in Greece hints the area may have been a key crossroad for ancient humans, researchers say. The...
Ancient Cornish monument threatened by cattle
Men-an-Tol, one of Cornwall's most famous archaeological landmarks, is being threatened by grazing cattle permitted by the Government's environment watchdog, campaigners have warned. The Bronze Age stone monument has stood...
12 April 2013
Fraggle Rock petroglyphs, West Yorkshire
At least 17 previously unrecorded petroglyphs were uncovered nearly two years ago on the northern edge of Rombald's Moor, in the north of England. The carvings were found after uncovering...
Climate change threatens Neolithic art
Rock art is one of the earliest forms of human artistic expression, emerging in some parts of the world more than 50,000 years ago. Thousands of Neolithic and Bronze Age...
Ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmenistan desert
Around 2000 BCE, Gonur-Tepe was the main settlement of the Margush or Margiana region, that was home to one of the most sophisticated yet little-known Bronze Age civilisations. The fortress...
15 April 2013
Early Bronze Age settlement on Greek island of Keros
The island of Keros is famous for the assemblage of fragmentary Cycladic marble figurines known as the Keros Hoard - a collection of artefacts purportedly found by looters at the...
4000-year-old artifacts found in Bhopal
Archaeologists are digging up 4000-year-old Copper Age stone tools and earthenware in a remote village on the banks of river Narmada, in the Harda district of Bhopal, in the central...
Art, bodies found in ancient Indonesian caves
Professor Truman Simanjuntak from the Jakarta-based National Research and Development Center for Archaeology is part of a group excavating Harimau ("Tiger") Cave in Sumatra, which has yielded "some very, very...
16 April 2013
Ancient structure discovered beneath sea of Galilee
A giant stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee - just south of the old city of Tiberias, in what is now Israel - was first...
Pottery reveals Ice Age hunter-gatherers' taste for fish
Hunter-gatherers living in glacial conditions produced pots for cooking fish, according to the findings of a pioneering new study led by the University of York, which reports the earliest direct...
20 April 2013
Iron Age artefacts found at Burrough Hill dig
The dig at Burrough Hill, near Melton Mowbray (Leicestershire, England), has uncovered one of the biggest collections of Iron Age metalwork found in the East Midlands. The finds include spears,...
Burrup Peninsula rock art among world's oldest
The Burrup Peninsula of Western Australia and surrounding Dampier Archipelago have the highest concentration of rock art in the world. The carvings include depictions of human-like figures, human faces and...
Stonehenge occupied 5,000 years earlier than thought
New archaeological evidence from Amesbury in Wiltshire (England) reveals traces of human settlement 3,000 years before Stonehenge was even built. The archaeological dig, a mile from the stones, has revealed...
22 April 2013
Oetzi needed a dentist
Oetzi is probably the most-studied Neolithic man in history. More than 5000 years ago, he was hit by an arrow and bled to death on a glacier in the Alps...
Iron Age graveyard discovered in France
In a muddy field between a motorway and a meander of the river Seine, southeast of Paris, French archaeologists have uncovered an Iron Age graveyard they believe will shed light...
24 April 2013
Flint-knapping can be child's work
Whereas arrowheads, axes and other tools receive a lot of attention, archaeologist Sigrid Alraek Dugstad concentrates on the debris and the unfinished and discarded products. In her article "Early child...
Bronze Age evidence in the Norfolk Broads
The complex Middle Bronze Age field system found at Ormesby St Michael in 2010 is not unique to the area, says Nick Gilmour. It was previously thought the systems had...

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