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March 2014 index:

1 March 2014
Move to reunite Mungo Man with his Lady
The 43,000-year-old Mungo Man, whose discovery in the far west of New South Wales in 1974 dramatically up-ended the dominant view of Australia's history, could finally be heading home 40...
Bronze Age skeleton removed from school playground
The 4000-year-old remains of the skeleton of a small Bronze Age man were recently removed from his grave a metre beneath the playground of Victoria Primary School in Newhaven, Edinburgh...
4 March 2014
Development danger to Iron Age hillfort
An interesting battle is in progress in North Shropshire (England) between local residents and their elected Town Council. The contention centres around a proposed housing development abutting two Scheduled Monuments....
5 March 2014
Ancient stone decorated on two sides found in Scotland
A rare example of prehistoric rock art has been uncovered in the Scottish Highlands. Archaeologists made the discovery while moving a boulder decorated with ancient cup and ring marks to...
Neolithic bones discovered in Irish cave
Human skeletal remains of a child and an adult dating to the Neolithic period have been recovered from a tiny cave on Knocknarea (co Sligo, Ireland). Radiocarbon dating has shown...
6 March 2014
Firefighter's persistence leads to Paleolithic find
A retired firefighter, aged 88, has had his persistence rewarded. Ron Settle was a firefighter in Guildford (UK) over 40 years ago. In his spare time, when he had previously...
Iron Age Scandinavian settlement uncovered
As is common practice in most European countries, an archaeological evaluation and investigation is made on any land that is to be developed or built on. Such was the case...
Cup marked stone discovered in Wales
Prehistoric rock art which could be more than 4,000 years old has been discovered in the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range in Wales. The Bronze Age discovery was made late...
8 March 2014
Human ancestors at West Asian site deemed two species
The description of a new skull from the Dmanisi site (Republic of Georgia) concludes that the site hosted not one but two Homo species, one living around 1.8 million years...
10 March 2014
World's oldest cheese found in China
The Chinese cheese dates back as early as 1615 BCE, and owes its conservation to the extraordinary conditions at Small River Cemetery Number 5, in northwestern China. First documented by...
Ancient Los Angeles driven by its wetlands
Much of what is now Los Angeles, in southern California, was once a teeming wetland. A landmark survey going back 8,000 years has found that human settlement in the region...
Altamira cave paintings opened to the public
The vast cavern complex in the Cantabria region of northern Spain is covered in paintings of animals dated to between 14,000 and 20,000 years ago. For the past 12 years,...
15 March 2014
Climate change is the cause of decline in Indus Valley
Wikipedia defines Palaeoclimatology as "the study of changes in climate taken on the scale of the entire history of Earth". Studies of data stored within rocks, sediments, tree rings, ice...
The Ice Age occupants of a long submerged land bridge
25,000 years ago a strip of land, known as the Bering Land Bridge, linked the continents of Asia and North America across what is now known as the Bering Straits....
16 March 2014
Sound and prehistoric art in caves
Significant evidence exists for the importance of organised sound in prehistory. Research in this area has progressed for over 30 years, as within the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)...
Striking find in Dartmoor Bronze age grave
Some 4,000 years ago a young woman's cremated bones was carefully wrapped in a fur along with her most valuable possessions, packed into a basket, and carried up to one...
21 March 2014
Valdals hit Nine Ladies stone circle
A Bronze Age stone circle in England ago has been vandalised. Residents living near the Nine Ladies stone circle near Stanton Moor in the Peak District found the stones had...
Storms expose prehistoric human remains on Cornish beach
Efforts are under way to identify ancient human remains found on a Cornish beach (England). Archaeologists believe the bones, exposed by storms in a cliff at Harlyn bay near Padstow,...
24 March 2014
Bronze Age firepit discovered in north-east Wales
British amateur archaeologists made the staggering discovery of the remains of a Bronze Age firepit, thought to be almost 4,500- years-old, on the flanks of Moel Arthur, near Cilcain (Wales)....
3,000-year-old pottery kilns unearthed in Poland
Archaeologists discovered the remains of a Lusatian culture settlement during studies in Motylewo near Gorzów Wielkopolski. Valuable discovery are two pottery kilns containing vessels, whose age is estimated at about...
Iron Age woman's footless body found in Wiltshire
A skeleton of an Iron Age woman with her feet chopped off has been discovered in a field in Wiltshire (England). The remains were found along the A303, near West...
31 March 2014
Ancient pollen reveals how humans shaped forests
A new study of pollen samples from tropical forests in southeast Asia suggests humans have shaped these landscapes for thousands of years, finding signs of imported seeds, plants cultivated for...
Recent research on prehistoric buildings near Liverpool
Eighteen months ago, archaeologists found traces of two substantial buildings measuring between 4m and 6m across on a low sandy promontory in the valley of the River Alt, at Lunt,...
Unveiling the secrets of Dutch 'Celtic fields'
Archaeological excavations have finally answered questions regarding the age and development of prehistoric fields enclosed by earthen ridges, known in the Netherlands as 'Celtic fields'. Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence, a...

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