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February 2013 index:

4 February 2013
Oldest stone hand axes unearthed
Scientists in Ethiopia have unearthed and dated some of the oldest stone hand axes, dating to 1.75 million years ago. The tools roughly coincide with the emergence of an ancient...
Clovis culture not wiped out by comet
Comet explosions in North America 13,000 years ago did not end the prehistoric human culture known as Clovis - the earliest well-established human culture in the North American continent, named...
5 February 2013
Guernsey Neolithic grave protection plan submitted
A Neolithic grave in Guernsey could be half-buried in soil and grassed-over to preserve it. Guernsey Museums and Art Galleries has asked for planning permission to conduct the work in...
6 February 2013
Native Americans built massive mound in less than 90 days
New research offers evidence that 'Mound A', one of the great earthen mounds at Poverty Point, Louisiana (USA), was constructed in less than 90 days. "Our findings go against what...
Californian rock carvings recovered after theft
A series of rock carvings that date back more than 3,500 years that were sheared off and taken from a sacred American Indian site in California's Sierra Nevada (USA) have...
Ancient rock art uncovered in the Scottish Highlands
The highest concentration of ancient rock art ever discovered in the Highlands has been found on hillside farmland in Ross-shire (Scotland). Bronze Age cupmarks carved into rocks up to 5,000...
18 February 2013
Rock art discovered off the coast of Papua
The 7th World archaeology Congress (WAC) has been held in Jordan, hosted by His Royal Highness Prince Al Hassan Bin Talal. One media release announced the findings of research that...
Ancient rock art under threat in Paraguay
The march of so-called civilisation has been having a devastating effect on the ancient rock art of the Amambay hills in Paraguay. For thousands of years incredible examples of rock...
19 February 2013
Intact dolmen found in Switzerland
A communal dolmen grave dating back to over 5,000 years, containing 30 bodies and Neolithic artefacts, has been found in the region of Bern, Switzerland. It represents the first intact...
Soup making in the Stone Age
Most sources state that soup making did not become commonplace until somewhere between 5,000 and 9,000 years ago. It now looks like waterproof and heatproof containers were invented much earlier...
A glimpse into 9,000 years of village life
Back in 1995, a hoard of 400 Roman coins was discovered west of Didcot in Oxfordshire (England), indicating the land had been lived on for centuries. When archaeologists began digging...
22 February 2013
Did overhunting lead to domestication?
A new study on the populations of wild cattle and pigs in the Levant Valley by Nimrod Marom of the University of Haifa, Israel, helps reshape our present understanding on...
Prehistoric origins of skin decoration
According to the prevailing view of most paleo-anthropologists and archaeologists, about 1.5 to 2 million years ago early humans evolved into nearly hairless primates, in order to more efficiently sweat...
Amazing find in Dartmoor Bronze Age grave
A rare discovery dating back 4,000 years has been described as the most significant find on Dartmoor (Devon, England), and has given archaeologists a glimpse into the lives of the...
23 February 2013
Earlier Neanderthal demise suggested
A international team led by study co-author Jesus Jorda, of the Spanish National University in Madrid, challenges the hypothesis that Neanderthals persisted in southern Iberia and were contemporary with modern...
Farming arrived in Europe with migrants
New data gleaned from the teeth of prehistoric farmers and the Mesolithic hunter-gatherers with whom they briefly overlapped shows that agriculture was introduced to Central Europe from the Near East...
24 February 2013
Piecing together the prehistory of the Himalayas
A team of archaeologists from the University of York are to discover, survey, and record mountain archaeology in the Nepalese Himalayas. The Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (HEART) will...
Most Upper Paleolithic human burials were simple
A new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows that the earliest human burial practices in Eurasia varied widely, with some graves lavish and ornate while the vast majority...
Conservation work of a Macedonian site is under way
Work on preserving the ancient observatory at Kokino, 30km from Kumanovo, in northern Macedonia, will finish this year, the National Museum in Kumanovo announced. "Works include the outer wall as...
28 February 2013
Prehistoric necropolis discovered in Romania
A team of archaeologists led by Professor Florin Drasovean made an impressive archaeological discovery in the the highway section Lugoj - Deva in Romania. The 50 tombs discovered in the...
Bronze Age boat to be launched in Cornwall
A unique project to recreate a 4000 year old boat will reach its dramatic conclusion on Wednesday 6 March as she is launched into the waters of Falmouth Harbour (Cornwall,...

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