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June 2014 index:

1 June 2014
Neanderthals were not inferior to modern humans
It has been a long held belief that Neanderthals were inferior to 'anatomically modern humans'. This inferiority led to their demise, decline and eventual extinction, but now it would appear...
An 'Atlantis' claim in the North Sea
The prehistoric Atlantis in question was an area of land in the North Sea, between the UK and Scandinavia, known as Doggerland. During the last Ice Age, when sea levels...
Evidence of pre-Clovis settlements found in Idaho
Evidence has been found in an Idaho Forest (USA), in an area known as Kelly Forks on the Clearwater River, of a 2,000 year period of continuous occupation dating back...
2 June 2014
Prehistoric hunting scenes unearthed in Spanish cave
A series of hunting scenes dating from 7,000 years ago have been found by archaeologists on the six-metre long wall of a small cave in the region of Vilafranca in...
Students discover 7,000-year-old mummy in Chile
A group of students discovered a 7,000-year-old mummy in northern Chile. The mummy was found in El Laucho beach at the foothills of Morro de Arica. The students were part...
Precious Bronze Age catch on a Siberian river
Nikolay Tarasov, a 53 year old fisherman, caught something very unusual on his net while fishing in a river near his home in Tisul, Kemerovo region. "My friend and I...
Stonehenge builders' homes re-created
Five Neolithic houses have been recreated at Stonehenge to reveal how the ancient monument's builders would have lived 4,500 years ago. The single-room, 5m (16ft) wide homes made of chalk...
3 June 2014
Traces of early use of fire found in Spain
Early humans who lived in the Cueva Negra (Black Cave) of southeastern Spain about 800,000 years ago used fire, resources, and tools in their environment, according to a report co-authored...
World's oldest trousers are Chinese
Two men whose remains were recently excavated from tombs in the Yanghai graveyard of western China's Tarim Basin were nomadic herders sometime between 3,300 and 3,000 years ago, making their...
Success of early modern humans due to dog domestication
Although mammoths had been hunted by humans and their relatives and ancestors for at least a million years, sites yielding stone tools and extraordinary numbers of dead mammoths - some...
4 June 2014
2,300-year-old false tooth found in France
Archaeologists believe an iron tooth implant may have been fitted to a young woman in northern France about 2,300 years ago to beautify her corpse. The new find replaced the...
Ancient standing stone at Hill of Tara vandalised
For the second time in two years, police are investigating vandalism to the Lia Fail, the 5,000-year-old standing stone on the top of the Hill of Tara, 40 kilometres northwest...
Archaeologists dig out 7800-year-old settlement in Bulgaria
Near the village of Mursalevo in southwestern Bulgaria, archaeologists are investigating the remains of a settlement estimated to date to the late Neolithic, about 5800 BCE, making it one of...
5 June 2014
Northern Irish Mesolithic settlement lost
A prehistoric settlement in Northern Ireland has been badly damaged without carrying out proper archaeological investigation. The Department of the Environment (DoE) said its planning department has launched an enforcement...
Bronze Age settlement discovered near Aberdeen
Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an Iron Age settlement on the grounds of a proposed road and car park near Aberdeen (Scotland). Remnants of timber roundhouses and historic smithing...
Vandals destroy prehistoric rock art in Libya
Vandals have destroyed prehistoric rock art in southern Libya, endangering a sprawling tableau of paintings and carvings classified by UNESCO as of 'outstanding universal value'. Located along Libya's southwestern tip...
6 June 2014
Ancient tomb on Dartmoor gives up its secrets
A Prehistoric tomb discovered on North Dartmoor (Devon, England) is slowly revealing its ancient secrets, as final analysis work on the artefacts found within nears completion. In August 2011, excavation...
3,000-year-old remains of an infant found in Ireland
Human remains, thought to be that of of a 3,000 year old baby, have been found during inaugural archaeological works at a Meath site reputed to be the birthplace of...
10 June 2014
DNA of first Near Eastern farmers sequenced
The mitochondrial DNA of the first Near Eastern farmers has been sequenced for the first time. Experts analysed samples from three sites in the birthplace of Neolithic agricultural practices -...
11 June 2014
Celestial and landscape interactions of megalithic sites in Scotland
New research by Dr Gail Higginbottom and her colleagues builds on the work of Clive Ruggles, Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the...
24 June 2014
45,000-year-old artefacts unearthed in Australia
An archeological dig has revealed artefacts of early human occupation in Australia. The discovery of the artefacts of animal bone and charcoal at the Ganga Maya Cave (meaning 'house on...
Melting Yukon ices reveals prehistoric treasures
Climate change is eating away at the edges of mountain ice patches in Yukon (Canada), revealing droppings left by caribou herds thousands of years ago - and tools lost by...
Ancient skull reveals secrets of Siberian society
Unlike most hunter-gatherer societies of the Bronze Age, the people of the Baikal region of modern Siberia (Russia) respected their dead with formal graves. One particular specimen was so unique...
Carwynnen Quoit rebuild completed
Work to rebuild a collapsed ancient Cornish monument has been completed on the day of the summer solstice. Carwynnen Quoit, or Giant's Quoit, a 5,000-year-old burial chamber near Troon (west...
29 June 2014
Mesolithic settlement found in north of England
Archaeologists were stunned to discover evidence of a Mesolithic settlement alongside the A1, which stretches 670 kilometres from London to Edinburgh, suggesting the route may have been in use for...
Anglesey Neolithic art given a modern makeover
For the past four years, Dr George Nash from the University of Bristol and Welsh Rock Art Organisation has led a team of archaeologists at Barclodiad y Gawres ('Apronful of...
Humans have been changing Chinese environment for 3,000 years
Research from Washington University in St Louis USA links increasingly deadly flooding along the Yellow River to man-made environmental degradation and related flood-mitigation efforts that began changing the river's natural...
30 June 2014
Scientists find 6,200-year-old parasite egg in ancient skeleton
In what is now northern Syria, researchers have found the earliest known evidence of infection with a parasitic worm that now afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide. Archaeologists who...
Archaeo-astronomy steps out from shadows of the past
A developing field of research that merges astronomical techniques with the study of ancient man-made features and the surrounding landscapes was highlighted at the recent National Astronomy Meeting in Portsmouth...
Ancient burial with chariots discovered in Caucasus
An ancient burial containing chariots, gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices has been discovered by archaeologists in the country of Georgia, in the south Caucasus. The burial site, which would've...

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