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April 2015 index:

1 April 2015
Unearthing an Iron Age Sanctuary in the Mediterranean
In the summer of 2015 a team of archaeologists will begin excavation of a cyclopean sanctuary on the western Mediterranean island of Menorca - a monumental type of building exclusive...
Excavation of an ancient Indian mound along Tennessee River
Hunter Johnson and Travis Rael have been excavating around the now-closed Florence Indian Mound Museum (Alabama, USA) in anticipation of a new facility being built later this year. They work...
2 April 2015
The mysterious rock formations in the Gobi Desert
Around 200 mysterious stone structures have mystified experts since they were discovered in the Gobi Desert in 2003. Known as the 'strange stone circles' by locals in Turpan, the formations...
Neolithic Italian farmers defleshed their dead
About 7000 years ago in Italy, early farmers practiced a burial ritual known as defleshing. When people died, villagers stripped their bones bare, pulled them apart, and mingled them with...
3 April 2015
Skeletons and jewellery found in Iron Age square barrows
Archaeologists say dozens of square barrows found in East Yorkshire (England) contained the skeletons and goods of people from the Arras Culture, living in the region in the Middle Iron...
New carvings show up on Mauxi's rock in India
Two more engravings of wild bulls on basalt rock have come to light in the Zarme tributary of River Mhadei at Mauxi, Sattari (Konkan, West India). On March 28, members...
Ancient tomb unearthed in Tuscany
Archaeologists investigating a potential building site near Volterra (Tuscany, Italy) discovered a tomb dating from pre-Etruscan times. Volterra Mayor Marco Buselli said "It is a remarkable discovery that opens new...
11 April 2015
Ancient stone tools found in Utah desert
Researchers exploring the desert flats west of Salt Lake City (northern Utah - USA) have uncovered more than a thousand ancient tools, such as spear points, a type of rectangular...
Northern Europeans slow to adopt farming in the Neolithic
According to a team of researchers, northern Europeans in the Neolithic period initially rejected the practice of farming, which was otherwise spreading throughout the continent. "This discovery goes beyond farming,"...
Megalithic cist burial unearthed in India
A megalithic cist burial was found in Khammam (India) in front of SR&BGNR Government Degree and P G College by workers while they were digging a pit as part of...
Iron Age finds in Buckinghamshire
Archaeologists evaluating a field in Cheddington (Buckinghamshire, England) have unearthed over 60 shards of Iron Age pottery. Planning permission has already been granted for the site at Great Seabrook Farm...
12 April 2015
How Europeans evolved white skin
A new study shows that pale skin, as well as other traits such as tallness and the ability to digest milk as adults, arrived relatively recently in much of Europe....
Are Neanderthal bone flutes the work of Ice Age hyenas?
A study published in Royal Society Open Science says the so-called 'Neanderthal bone flutes', often said to be the oldest musical instruments, are simply the bones of cave bear cubs...
Two decorated menhirs discovered in Val Venosta
Archaeologists have officially announced the discovery of a couple of stelae-statues - antropomorphic standing stones - in Val Venosta, a valley in the western part of South Tyrol, Italy. The...
16 April 2015
Altamura Man yields oldest Neanderthal DNA sample
A team of researchers has confirmed that Altamura Man was a Neanderthal, and revealed that the bones are 128,000 to 187,000 years old. Altamura Man was discovered in 1993 in...
18 April 2015
New instrument dates ancient skeleton
At 3.67 million years, the skeleton named 'Little Foot' is among the oldest hominid skeletons dated. The rare, nearly complete skeleton of Australopithecus was first discovered 21 years ago in...
Prehistoric sites on Ireland's largest island
A little west of a Neolithic court tomb on Slievemore Mountain, Achill - the largest island off the northwest coast of County Mayo, Ireland, around 100 kilometres northwest of Galway...
Britain's oldest human cremation found in Essex
Archaeologists say a section of burnt bone, discovered during preparations for a new pipeline in Essex (England) and dated to the Mesolithic period, come from the oldest human cremation in...
29 April 2015
Dental remains point to Proto-Aurignacian culture
Dental remains from two different sites in Italy suggest that modern humans were responsible for the Proto-Aurignacian culture, artifacts of which are associated with the arrival of Homo sapiens, or...
Megalithic burial site discovered in India
An early Iron Age megalithic burial site dated to black and red ware period (12th - 9th century BCE) was excavated at Vadamalakunda in the of Krishnagiri-Andhra Pradesh border (India)....
Ancient Sharjahan site found
Stone axes, scrapers and awls thought to date back hundreds of thousands of years have been unearthed at a newly discovered archaeological site in Al Dhaid, the central district of...

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