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July 2013 index:

7 July 2013
Bronze Age fleet surface in a Cambridgeshire quarry
A fleet of eight prehistoric boats, including one almost nine metres long, has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of Peterborough (England). The vessels, all deliberately sunk...
Hopewell use of meteoric iron
Among the exotic materials collected by the Hopewell and used by their artisans to craft ornaments of iconic beauty none are more exotic than the chunks of iron, alloyed with...
Stone Age arrowheads and blades found in Israel
Archaeological excavations which were conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Judean foothills near Eshta'ol, before laying a sewer line, have unearthed evidence that the area started attracting agricultural...
5,000-year-old Peruvian pyramid destroyed
Archaeologists blame two building companies for destroying part of ancient pyramid in the Lima district of San Martin de Porres (Peru). The pyramid El Paraiso, located near the river Chillon,...
Prehistoric pair buried with flowers
Israeli archaeologists have unearthed 12,000-old Natufian society graves that are the oldest-ever proof that flowers were used for decorating graves. The Natufian society flourished between 15,000 and 11,600 years ago...
9 July 2013
Stone Age innovation affected by climate
Archaeological and genetic evidence suggests that modern humans originated in Africa during the Stone Age, between 30,000 and 280,000 years ago. The latest excavations in southern Africa have shown that...
Snail trail reveals ancient human migration
Geneticists from The University of Nottingham have used snails to uncover evidence of an ancient human migration from the Pyrenean region of France to Ireland. Doctor Angus Davison, Reader in...
Farming in Iran 12,000 years ago
Archaeologists digging in the foothills of Iran's Zagros Mountains have discovered the remains of a Stone Age farming community. The findings offer a rare snapshot of a time when humans...
10 July 2013
Prehistoric flint mines discovered in Poland
A chocolate flint mining site has been found in the Holy Cross Mountains by archaeologists from Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. The outcrop extends nearly 100 kilometres in a...
Ancient rock art maps cosmological belief
University of Tennessee anthropology professor Jan Simek and his colleagues propose that rock art in the southeast USA reflects a 3-dimensional universe central to the religion of the prehistoric Mississippian...
Harappan-era site bigger and older than Mohenjo-daro?
Research and findings by archaeologists suggest that a village in Haryana, in northwest India, may be on top of a rare archaeological site both larger and 500 years than Mohenjo-daro...
14 July 2013
Mammoths may not have been hunted ony for food
A study by archaeologists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, led by paleontologist Pavel Nikolskiy and archaeologist Vladimir Pitulko, may be shedding new light on the relationship between Man and...
Protein analysis sheds new light on Oetzi
When tissue samples are analysed, regardless of the antiquity of the body in question, DNA will always be the same, wherever in the body the samples are taken. The same...
Vandals hit Maen Llia standing stone in Wales
Vandals daubed Maen Llia standing stone in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales) with a smiley face. The 3.7m (12ft) stone is recognised as a site of national archaeological importance...
15 July 2013
Painted bronze excavated from central China tombs
A painted bronze pot has been unearthed from a cluster of tombs in central China's Hubei Province, marking the first discovery of painted bronze from a dynasty which existed about...
The world's first calendar discovered in Scottish field
Humans had a sophisticated calendrical system thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. The discovery is based on a detailed analysis of data from an archaeological...
17 July 2013
'New Stonehenge' tourist attraction proposed
Plans have been unveiled for another Stonehenge to be built in Wiltshire (England) using different-coloured stones from around the world. New Stonehenge would include yurts for visitors to stay in,...
Volunteers to map ancient hill forts
Archaeologists are drafting a volunteer army to help map every ancient hill fort across Britain and Ireland, as part of a 4-year project to create an online atlas of around...
Earliest Middle Palaeolithic stone tools in India
Scientists investigating a site in the Thar Desert of northeastern India have uncovered stone artefacts that indicate the presence of humans - possibly modern humans - as much as 95,000...
18 July 2013
Remains of pre-Ashokan shrines in Nepal
New excavations within the Maya Devi Temple of Buddha's birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal, have revealed evidence of a series of shrines extending the history of the site to a much...
6,000 year old carved wooden post found in Wales
A Stone Age wooden post that is thought to be one of the oldest artefacts of its kind in Europe has been unearthed at a wind farm site in south...
23 July 2013
Manure used by Europe's first farmers 8,000 years ago
It had always been assumed that manure wasn't used as a fertiliser until Iron Age and Roman times. However, a new research shows that enriched levels of nitrogen-15, a stable...
Ice Age figurine's head found in Germany
Researchers from the University of Tübingen have successfully re-attached the newly discovered head of a prehistoric mammoth-ivory figurine discovered in 1931. The head was found during renewed excavations at Vogelherd...
24 July 2013
Could we have communicated with Neanderthals?
A recent study has been lead by Dan Dediu, who is a senior investigator in the Languages and Genetics Department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, based in Nijmegen...
Epigravettian remains found in France
The Upper Paleolithic period in Europe lasted from 50,000 BCE to 10,000 BCE. In the latter stages of this period, between 17,000 and 10,000 BCE, a culture known as the...
28 July 2013
Possible discovery of forerunner to Chinese language
When an ancient symbol is found in isolation, it is classed as just that - a symbol. If a series of symbols are found in a row, adjacent to each...

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