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April 2012 index:
11 April 2012
- Iron Age hillfort in Wiltshire to undergo major repairs
- Major repairs are to begin on a 2,000-year-old Iron Age hill fort in Wiltshire (England), damaged by off-road biking. Roddenbury Hillfort, on the Longleat Estate near Warminster, has been 'significantly...
- Prehistoric monolith may be astronomically aligned
- Researchers at the Nottingham Trent University have gathered new evidence that a 4000-year-old monolith was aligned to be an astronomical marker. The 2.2 meter high monument, located at a ridge...
- Ancient skeleton found in Taiwan linked to Polynesia
- A human skeleton formally buried almost 8000 years ago on a small strategic island off China's coast is creating excitement that it may represent a direct line to New Zealand's...
12 April 2012
- Survey in Scotland reveals cluster of ancient cairns
- Seven massive Neolithic cairns and 300 new Bronze and Iron Age sites have been found in Caithness following the first large-scale survey of its kind to be undertaken in Scotland....
- Woolly mammoth carcass may have been cut into by humans
- The discovery of a well-preserved juvenile woolly mammoth suggests that ancient humans 'stole' mammoths from hunting lions. Bernard Buigues of the Mammuthus organisation acquired the frozen mammoth from tusk hunters...
- Western Europe's 'earliest string instrument' found in Scotland
- The small burnt and broken piece of carved wood was found during an excavation in a cave on the Isle of Skye. Archaeologists say it is likely to be part...
- Urn burial site discovered in southern India
- A vast urn-burial site has been found at Mandapam, about 14 kilometres from Kancheepuram (Tamil Nadu, India), and dated to 1,800 to 1,500 BCE - 3,800 to 3,500 years before...
13 April 2012
- Palaeolithic rock art at risk in Egypt
- In 2007, one of the most important recent archaeological discoveries in Egypt was made in Wadi Abu Subeira, near Aswan: A team led by Adel Kelany of the Supreme Council...
- Ancient buildings and fields found on Welsh island
- A team of archaeologists have found remains of prehistoric buildings and fields on Skomer Island - a nature reserve off the Pembrokeshire coast of southwest Wales - finding buried ditches...
17 April 2012
- Is this the first evidence of fire?
- Deep in a cave on the edge of the Kalahari Desert (South Africa) researchers have found what could possibly be the earliest record of fire found so far. The cave...
- Extinction of Australian megafauna explained
- The story of an incoming population obliterating the indigenous population is not a new one. New studies in Australia have confirmed that the original incoming first Australians, over 40,000 years...
19 April 2012
- Ancient cairns found in Scotland on wind farm area
- In the far north of Scotland, in Caithness, wind is in abundance. So it is not surprising that a survey of Neolithic horned cairns has been sponsored, to the tune...
- Prehistoric animal remains discovered in Irish cave
- Excavations at a cave near Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare (Ireland) have led archaeologist Dr Marion Dowd, of the School of Science, Institute of Technology, Sligo, to speculate that a piece of...
- Modern technology helps identify ancient Peruvian mounds
- Anthropology professor emeritus Robert Benfer, of the University of Missouri (USA), has been using Google Earth images to help him confirm his discovery of ancient, gigantic animal shaped mounds. The...
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