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February 2018 index:
2 February 2018
- Hill fort brambles to be removed for the first time since 1824
- Worlebury Hill Fort, an Iron Age site beside the Severn Estuary near Weston-super-Mare, 200 kilometres west of London, suffered from vandalism and was classified as being 'at risk' by Historic...
- Study shows Europe's forests halved over 6,000 years
- Farming practices during the Neolithic period initiated a gradual decline in European forests which accelerated towards the end of the Bronze Age and has largely continued until the present day....
- Discoveries beneath ancient Greek 'pyramid'
- More than 4,000 years ago, a naturally pyramid-shaped promontory now separated from the tiny Greek island of Keros, about 200 kilometres southeast of Athens, was shaped it into terraces and...
- Hoard of Bronze Age gold found in northwest England
- A hoard of Bronze Age gold is the subject of a treasure inquest. Following the discovery of several items by a metal detectorist, one of Cumbria's assistant coroners will rule...
11 February 2018
- Ancient history being remembered in a new Welsh school
- The area of South Wales previously known as West Glamorgan and now forming the administrative area of Neath Port Talbot, is rich in ancient archaeology and history. So it may...
- Early Scandinavians descended from Europeans and Russians
- There has been a long term discussion on the origins of the peoples of Scandinavia but now modern DNA research has put some facts behind the theories. A genetics research...
- Paleolithic finds in Arabian Gulf lead to massive investigation
- As is common in a lot of countries, archaeological investigations are carried out on major construction sites prior to any construction groundworks commencing, to see if there is anything of...
- Scottish Iron Age broch is full of mysteries
- In the remote Highland Region of Scotland, hidden inside a dense forest, lies the remains of an ancient broch, believed to be over 2,400 years old. Although it was first...
- Earliest tomb of a Scythian prince found in Siberia
- Swiss archaeologist Gino Caspari of Bern University discovered a circular structure on high-resolution satellite images of the Uyuk River valley in Siberia, and a test excavation has confirmed the structure...
18 February 2018
- Decapitated skull is likely evidence of Iron Age ritual sacrifice
- The head of a middle-aged woman who likely died more than 2,200 years ago during the Iron Age - and may have been decapitated as part of a prehistoric ritual...
- Iron Age underground chamber unearthed in the Outer Hebrides
- A 2,000-year-old underground chamber has been uncovered during work to build a house on the Isle of Lewis (Western Isles, Scotland). The Iron Age souterrain was revealed during the digging...
20 February 2018
- 8,000-year-old heads on stakes found in underwater grave
- The discovery of a burial containing 8,000-year-old human skulls, including two that still have pointed wooden stakes through them, has left archaeologists baffled, according to a new study from Sweden....
- Oldest Dutch artwork discovered in the North Sea
- The oldest Dutch work of art is a 13,500 year-old carved bison bone dredged up from the bottom of the North Sea, according to a study published in Antiquity magazine....
- Chilean whale hunts depicted in ancient rock art
- Using makeshift harpoons and rafts, a hunter spears a large whale. It would have been a welcome kill for hunter-gatherers living in one of the world's driest regions, Chile's Atacama...
21 February 2018
- Stonehenge architects' camp maybe found
- On army land at Larkhill close to Stonehenge, a team of archaeologists believe they may have discovered a site where some of the architects of Stonehenge gathered and camped. A...
- Australia chemical plants threaten 40,000-year-old rock art
- On a peninsula halfway up the coast of Western Australia are heaps of cubic boulders decorated with more than one million rock carvings, some thought to be 40,000 years old....
- Ancient society buried disabled children like kings
- About 34,000 years ago, a group of hunters and gatherers buried the dead bodies of two boys, roughly 10- and 12-years-old, head to head in a long slender grave filled...
- Giant handaxes and prehistoric Europeans
- An exceptionally high density of 'giant' handaxes has been uncovered at the Porto Maior site, in the Miño River basin of northwest Spain - the first such discovery outside Africa....
23 February 2018
- Cave Art in the Basque country
- The area from northern Spain to southern France has long been considered the richest spot for Palaeolithic cave art in the world. Around 150 cave art sites dating from 40,000...
- Wooden tools hint at Neanderthal fire use
- Archaeologists unearthed pieces of several wooden digging sticks from a plain at the foot of a low hill in Tuscany (Italy) where 171,000 years ago the shore of a lake...
- Footprints of prehistoric children tell a story
- Perceptions of childhood vary greatly with geography, culture and time. Fossil footprints present a record of childhood very different from that of life in Western society. Footprints preserved in the...
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