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August 2013 index:

6 August 2013
3,500-year-old rock tombs unearthed in Turkey
Ancient rock tombs thought to date back to 3,500 years ago have been unearthed during an excavation being carried out by the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology in the Ortakent...
Early Bronze Age human skeleton discovered in Kent
A 3,500-year-old early Bronze Age man has been discovered near Hollingbourne (Kent, England). Archaeologists unearthed the man, believed to have been in his teens or early 20s, next to a...
Prehistoric flint tools found at Cornish site
The grounds surrounding a historic property in Cornwall (England) have been excavated during the past two weeks as part of a festival by the Council of British Archaeology. The National...
The ancient secrets of the Lesser Cyclades
In the barren landscapes and turquoise coves of Greece's Lesser Cyclades, a group of tiny, unspoilt islands hide the relics of an ancient past. It was here that the Cycladic...
8 August 2013
Tomb of ancient noblewoman discovered in Russia
Russian archaeologists found the intact burial chamber of a noblewoman from a tribe that roamed the Eurasian steppes 2,500 years ago. The burial site found near the village of Filippovka...
Carved ball found at the Ness of Brodgar dig
Archaeologists working at the Ness of Brodgar dig (Orkney, Scotland) have found a carved stone ball. The discovery was made by Molly Bond, a student from Willamette University. "While cleaning...
Evidence of human presence on Thames in 7,000 BCE
Rare evidence that humans lived on the River Thames (England) 9,000 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists working on the Crossrail project. A Mesolithic tool-making factory featuring 150 pieces...
10 August 2013
Neolithic 'halls of the dead' found in England
The remains of two large halls, both deliberately burnt down and their remains incorporated in two prehistoric burial mounds, have been discovered in Herefordshire (England). Likely to have been long...
Early civilisation off north west coast of Australia
Doctor Ingrid Ward of the University of Western Australia is confident there are amazing landscapes waiting to be discovered 20 kilometres off the north-west coastline, and 30 metres below sea...
Ice core data supports ancient space impact
New measurements made on Greenland ice cores suggest North America may have experienced a large cosmic impact about 12,900 years ago - a known abrupt climate transition previously linked to...
11 August 2013
Ancient campsite discovered along Minnesota River
A rare Archaic Period campsite has been discovered along the Minnesota River (USA). Artefacts were found 3 to 4 metres below the ground in an area mostly covered by peat,...
Neolithic engraved stone discovered in Scotland
Newly discovered engravings at the Ness of Brodgar on the Scottish island of Orkney are finer and more complex than previous examples of its Neolithic art. Described by site director...
Irish 'bog body' said to be world's oldest
The mummified remains of a body found in a Laois bog two years ago have been found to date back to 2000 BCE, making it the oldest "bog body" discovered...
12 August 2013
Project to protect Indian megalithic sites
The India State Archaeology Department will soon launch a mega project to identify and explore megalithic monuments lying scattered across the Country. The initiative is a run-up to a mission...
17 August 2013
Human presence in Cuba 10,000 years ago
An archaeological census performed by the Anthropology Institute within the Cuban Science, Technology and Environment Ministry has found that the human presence on the island hypothetically dates from between 8,000...
Set of 5000-year-old board game pieces discovered in Turkey
Small carved stones unearthed in a nearly 5,000-year-old burial could represent the earliest gaming tokens ever found, according to Turkish archaeologists who are excavating early Bronze Age graves. Found in...
World's oldest temple may have been built to worship Sirius
The world's oldest temple, Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, may have been built to worship the brighter star of the sky (excluding the Sun), Sirius. The 11,000-year-old site consists of...
Excavation and events at The Hurlers stone circle
For the first time in nearly 80 years archaeologists have the chance to carry out archaeolgical work on the Hurlers Stone Circle at Minions on Bodmin Moor (Cornwall, England). As...
21 August 2013
Ancient Egyptian brewery recreated in 3D
A three dimensional representation of a 5,500 year old brewery has been reconstructed by a PhD student from the Jagiellonian University Institute of Archaeology in Poland. 3D computer modelling is...
The elusive chalk carvings of Wanborough
Wanborough is a small village in Wiltshire (England), located close to the Roman Ermine Street and the current M4 Motorway. The Romans named the village Durocornovium but the current name...
Iron Age hill fort under threat in Shropshire
Of the many legends surrounding King Arthur, one of the least known is Oswestry's claim to be the birthplace of his wife Guinevere. Oswestry is located in the north of...
25 August 2013
Handaxe design reveals distinct Neanderthal cultures
A study by a postgraduate researcher at the University of Southampton has found that Neanderthals were more culturally complex than previously acknowledged. Two cultural traditions existed among Neanderthals living in...
Stone circle discovered in Ukraine
A team of archaeologists discovered an ancient burial ground with rich tombs and a stone circle during research in the Roman camp in the village Kartal - Orłówka in Ukraine....
Prehistoric Europeans spiced up their food
A recent study led by Hayley Saul of the University of York found that at least some of our prehistoric ancestors liked to spice up their food for a more...
27 August 2013
Excavation of a prehistoric settlement in Quebec
A Canadian archaeological team started its work at the Saunders Goose Pond settlement. The site was found last summer on Waskaganish territory in northern Quebec and it could could date...
Lough Gur Heritage Centre redeveloped
Lough Gur (County Limerick) is one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites. Humans have lived near Lough Gur since about 3000 BCE and there are numerous megalithic remains there, including...
28 August 2013
Prehistoric meteorite 'shrines' in Arizona may be linked
Two 12th-century CE settlements a hundred kilometres apart in Arizona (USA) have at least one trait in common: a hidden, hollow compartment that once held fragments of a 50,000-year-old meteorite....
3,000-year-old spice trade in Israel
Researchers analysing the contents of 27 flasks from 5 archaeological sites in Israel that date back around 3,000 years, have found that 10 of the flasks contain cinnamaldehyde, indicating that...
Dig reveals evidence of ancient tsunami
Excavations at Low Hauxley, near Druridge Bay in Northumberland (England), have unearthed material which experts say was deposited by the giant tidal wave which cut Britain off from the rest...
31 August 2013
3,000-year-old stone shields excavated in China
A set of stone shields believed to be used by nomads nearly 3,000 years ago has been excavated in the northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The shields -...
Early South Americans conquered the Atacama desert
The heart of the Atacama desert is the driest place on Earth, yet the first settlers of South America set up home there more than 12,000 years ago. Most of...

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