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November 2014 index:

2 November 2014
Clues about prehistoric residents of the Rocky Mountains
This past summer, Matt Stirn, Rebecca Sgouros, and a crew of volunteers made two expeditions on the west slope of the Teton Range, a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains...
Palaeolithic settlements discovered in the Nefud Desert
The Nefud Desert is an oval depression in the northern Arabian Peninsula, known for its red sand, sudden violent winds, and large crescent-shaped dunes. It is 290 kilometres long, 225...
Earliest human genome ever analysed
Scientists have reconstructed the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago - by far the oldest ever obtained from modern humans. The research provides new clues to the...
3 November 2014
Surprising discovery at Ness of Brodgar
A giant-sized Neolithic Era cow found as archaeologists excavated at the famous Ness of Brodgar site in Orkney (Scotland). "It is so big that there was an immediate need for...
Neolithic village found underwater in Poland
Under the surface of a lake in Northern Poland, known as lake Gil Wiekli, archaeologists have found evidence of what could prove to be the first Stone Age settlement found...
4 November 2014
Bronze Age find in Outer Hebrides dig
A significant Bronze Age pottery find has been made during an archaeological dig on the east side of Lewis (Outer Hebrides, Scotland). Pieces believed to date from between 1500 and...
Ancient Danish burial sites plundered
Grave robbers have dug up and plundered four ancient burial sites in Mangehøje north of Grindsted near Billund in Jutland (Denmark). It is believed the sites date back to some...
6 November 2014
Bog material reveals 11,500 years of Scottish history
Peat from a bog near Edinburgh contains 11,500-year-old vegetation and glimpses of the impact made by humans on the landscape from as far back as the Neolithic period. Ravelrig bog...
Small clue to Neolithic Cham flint traders
Weighing a few grammes and only 25 millimetres long, a tiny flint scraper discovered by an amateur archaeologist on the Schlogen loop of the Danube in Upper Austria tells a...
10 November 2014
Highest altitude Ice Age settlement discovered
At two sites high in the southern Peruvian Andes, scientists have discovered remains that suggest human settlement about 12,000 years ago. More than 4,000 meters above sea level, they are...
Ancient art and architecture influenced by sound
During a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in October, Steven J. Waller of Rock Art Acoustics described how prehistoric people may have interpreted sound phenomena as supernatural occurrences:...
Huge Jordanian stone circles baffle archaeologists
Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters in diameter. The similarity seems "too close to...
25 November 2014
Double infant burial discovered in Alaska
A decorated grave discovered in Alaska holds the remains of two infants dating back 11,500 years, the youngest Ice Age humans yet found in the Western Hemisphere, archaeologists say. Interred...
Stone Age board game found in India
Thavasimuthu, and Indian archaeologists, is claiming that a series of holes carved in a rock at Pannamparai village could be the prehistoric version of a traditional 'mancala' board game known...
Possible Paleolithic site in Northeastern China
Chinese archeologists have recently discovered an ancient human occupation site in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province. Animal skeletons were first discovered at a quarry in Luotuoshan Mountain last December, by...
Experiment to build a partial replica of Stonehenge
Twenty years ago a life-size replica of the three largest stones at Stonehenge were made for a television documentary, Secrets of Lost Empires - Stonehenge. The three stones weighing more...
28 November 2014
4,000-year-old razor unearthed in Siberia
A rudimentary razor blade used by men 4,000 years ago has been unearthed on the site of an ancient settlement in Siberia. Vyacheslav Molodin, the deputy head of the Siberian...
Bronze Age dagger recovered in Norfolk
A Middle Bronze Age ceremonial dagger ploughed up twelve years ago in a field in East Rudham, Norfolk, in the east of England, was used for years as a doorstop...
29 November 2014
Climate change not to blame for collapse of Bronze Age
Archaeologists and environmental scientists from the University of Bradford, University of Leeds, University College Cork, and Queen's University Belfast have shown that changes in Late Bronze Age climate occurred after...
Archaeologists race against time to explore Neanderthal site
University of Southampton archaeologists are working to save important Palaeolithic remains at a rare Neanderthal site, before they are lost to the forces of nature. The Baker's Hole site, at...

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