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August 2014 index:

1 August 2014
Territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups defined by flint
Studies by the University of the Basque Country of flint remains found in Donostia-San Sebastian, northwest Spain, have determined the economic territory of the human groups that lived there for...
Archaeologists find bizarre burials in Iran
A 10-centimetre-long ruler with an accuracy of half a millimetre, an artificial eyeball, and an earthenware bowl bearing the world's oldest example of animation, are among many artefacts discovered in...
2 August 2014
Early Clovis hunting ground discovered in Mexico
Have you ever heard of a gomphothere? You would be forgiven if you haven't as this remarkable animal was about the same size and appearance as a modern elephant but...
Prehistoric henge found in Austria
Burgenland is located in the most easterly part of Austria and remains, even today, a very sparsely populated area. Until now it had been believed that the area was first...
Road improvements lead to finds in Philadelphia
In the course of upgrading a junction on the main American Interstate 95 highway in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) some interesting archaeology has been uncovered. Artefacts dating from such diverse periods...
Ancient astronomy in northern Peru
Archaeologists in Peru found what they believe is a stone altar containing petroglyphs dating to 3,500 to 4,000 years ago. Researchers say the engravings record star patterns and rain forecasts....
3 August 2014
Romanian cave holds some of oldest human footprints
Human footprints found in Romania's Ciur-Izbuc Cave represent the oldest such impressions in Europe, and perhaps the world, researchers say. About 400 footprints were first discovered in the cave in...
Earlier Stone Age artefacts found in South Africa
Excavations at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artefacts, including hand axes and other tools estimated to be...
6 August 2014
Spain tests limited visits to Altamira cave
The cave of Altamira in northern Spain contains some of the world's finest examples of Palaeolithic art - bisons, horses and mysterious signs painted and carved into the limestone as...
Schoolboy finds evidence of ancient conflict in Wales
Evidence of an ancient conflict has been discovered at Caerau hill fort, on the outskirts of the present day city of Cardiff, in southeast Wales. Volunteers from the CAER Heritage...
11 August 2014
Ancient fragment of ivory is missing piece of animal figurine
Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen have found a fragment of mammoth ivory belonging to a 40,000 year old animal figurine. The figurine depicting a lion was discovered during excavations...
Technology boom 50,000 years ago correlated with less testosterone
Modern humans appear in the fossil record about 200,000 years ago, but it was only about 50,000 years ago that we find widespread evidence of bone and antler tools, heat-treated...
Citizen archaeologists help rediscover British Bronze Age
The British Museum's Bronze Age Index - an illustrated card catalogue containing over 30,000 records of Bronze Age tools and weapons - complements the current Portable Antiquities Scheme Database of...
20 August 2014
Finland's love of milk dates back to the Stone Age
Evidence has been found to prove that animal domestication occurred in one of the earth's harshest environments much earlier than previously thought. A combined team from the Universities of Bristol...
Illegal landscaping threatens Bronze Age burial site
In Plymstock, a suburb of Plymouth (Devon, England), lies an ancient woodland, which is subject to a Protection Order, to prevent unauthorised felling of trees. Added to this, evidence has...
British schoolboy archaeologists make amazing discovery
It shows that you can never start a love of archaeology too early. On a site in Kirkhaugh, Northumberland (England) a local group with the lengthy title of the North...
22 August 2014
Complex Neolithic site unearthed in Kent
A Neolithic ditch which became a huge funerary monument when it was enlarged with an outer ring during the Bronze Age has been found on housing development grounds in Kent...
Remains of two bodies found in Bronze Age Scottish grave
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of at least two bodies in a Bronze Age burial cist under a pile of rocks known as Ricky's Cairn, located in a remote area...
23 August 2014
Earliest human burial site uncovered in Cyprus
Archaeologists have discovered what they believe could be one of the earliest documented formal human burials found on the island of Cyprus. The burial of an adult individual, probably a...
Stone tools point to diversity of traditions among early humans
The biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia shows marked differences in the...
27 August 2014
Humans were eating snails 30,000 years ago
Palaeolithic humans of present-day Spain were eating snails as much as 30,000 years ago - 10,000 years earlier than inhabitants of other Mediterranean regions, according to Javier Fernández-López de Pablo...
Oldest metal object found to date in Middle East
A copper awl, the oldest metal object found to date in the Middle East, was discovered during excavations at Tel Tsaf. The tool dates to the late 6th or early...
28 August 2014
Unique figurines found in Turkey
Excavations ongoing in the ancient city of Patara in the southern province of Antalya have revealed two figurines dating to approximately 3,000 and 7,000 BCE. According to reports, the stone...
30 August 2014
Neolithic oven discovered in Croatia
Prehistoric experts in Croatia have found a 6,500-year-old oven. It was unearthed in a ancient home during an archeological dig at a Neolithic site in Bapska, a village in eastern...
Famous Utah rock art may be much recent than was thought
Since the original Barrier Canyon rock art panel, known as the Great Gallery, was first discovered by scientists in Utah's Canyonlands National Park (USA), experts have debated how old the...
Stonehenge 'complete circle' evidence found
Evidence that the outer stone circle at Stonehenge was once complete has been found - parch marks in the grass, in an area that had not been watered, have revealed...

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