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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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