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June 2017 index:

6 June 2017
Changes in prehstoric tool production linked to 'musical' ties
The University of East Anglia has recently carried relating to stone tool production and found that the evolution of this production type activates the same receptors in the brain as...
Earliest evidence of aboriginal occupation discovered in Australia
Recent evidence from Western Australia has pushed back the original occupation of the Indigenous occupation to more than 50,000 years ago. The research was carried out by the University of...
Tool sharpens focus on network in ancient Middle East
A stone tool discovered in Syria some 80 years ago is helping archaeologists gain a greater understanding of networks in the Stone Age. The stone itself is small enough to...
Ochre use in Ethiopian cave persisted over thousands of years
Ochre was used by the inhabitants of the Porc-Epic cave - in Ethiopia, two kilometers south of the town Dire Dawa - for at least 4,500 according to a recent...
Siberian island provides earliest evidence for dog breeding
9,000 years ago, the hunter-gatherers of the Zhokov Island survived frigid temperatures in animal-skin tents, some 500 kilometres north of Russian mainland. These people successfully hunted large numbers of polar...
13 June 2017
Prehistoric site uncovered around a Shrewsbury church
An archaeological dig around a Shrewsbury church (Shropshire, England) has revealed it is the earliest known sacred site that is still in use in Britain today - dating back 4,050...
Stirling's lost Iron Age roundhouse rediscovered?
Archaeologists believe they have found part of the remains of an Iron Age roundhouse, known as a broch, in Stirling (Scotland). It was first discovered and described by a local...
Prehistoric henge uncovered in Warwickshire
A prehistoric henge, dating back almost 6,000 years, has been uncovered on farmland in Warwickshire (England). The site, in Newbold-on-Stour, is earmarked for a housing development. A geophysical survey led...
Clava Cairns site in Scotland vandalised
One of Scotland's ancient burial sites has been vandalised. Stones have been dislodged and graffiti written on a rock at the 4,000-year-old Clava Cairns near Culloden in the Highlands. The...
14 June 2017
Prehistoric site discovered off California coast
A crew working on a rehabilitation project of the historic Main Ranch House on Santa Rosa Island have discovered an ancient Native American site beneath the building. Santa Rosa is...
West Kennet timber circles older than previously thought
New dates for two massive circular wooden enclosures built at West Kennet, close to Avebury (Wiltshire, England), show they predate the first stones erected at nearby Stonehenge by about 800...
Neolithic tomb in Wales stars in new CGI film
Work has been completed on an innovative film that will bring to life one of the most evocative archaeological sites in Britain. Bryon Celli Ddu is a 5,000-year-old passage grave...
15 June 2017
Bamboo raft to explore 30,000-year-old sea route
A traditional bamboo raft was recently launched in Taimali in Taitung County, Taiwan, as part of a Taiwan-Japan project to explore a sea route between Taiwan and Okinawa which may...
Bones in Israel rewrite Neanderthal history
Previously known only from cave sites, the recent discovery from about 60,000 years ago of Neanderthal remains and material culture at an open-air site at Ein Kashish, on the banks...
16 June 2017
13,000-year-old arrowhead discovered in Massachusetts
Archaeologists from Northampton discovered what they believe to be the oldest artefact ever found within Massachusetts (USA). Investigations have focused on how this artefact could provide information for a broader...
Scientists solve prehistoric bison hunt mystery
In the summer of 2002 archaeologists excavated an area of Bear Creek in Stanton County (Kansas, USA), who uncovered a mystery buried within the grey soil. They uncovered a thick...
Oldest human-made object from South America discovered
A small, ancient, and rectangular copper mask was found in the southern Andes in Argentina, and dated to be about 3,000 years old. According to archaeologists, it has been determined...

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