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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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