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July 2013 index:
7 July 2013
- Bronze Age fleet surface in a Cambridgeshire quarry
- A fleet of eight prehistoric boats, including one almost nine metres long, has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of Peterborough (England). The vessels, all deliberately sunk...
- Hopewell use of meteoric iron
- Among the exotic materials collected by the Hopewell and used by their artisans to craft ornaments of iconic beauty none are more exotic than the chunks of iron, alloyed with...
- Stone Age arrowheads and blades found in Israel
- Archaeological excavations which were conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Judean foothills near Eshta'ol, before laying a sewer line, have unearthed evidence that the area started attracting agricultural...
- 5,000-year-old Peruvian pyramid destroyed
- Archaeologists blame two building companies for destroying part of ancient pyramid in the Lima district of San Martin de Porres (Peru). The pyramid El Paraiso, located near the river Chillon,...
- Prehistoric pair buried with flowers
- Israeli archaeologists have unearthed 12,000-old Natufian society graves that are the oldest-ever proof that flowers were used for decorating graves. The Natufian society flourished between 15,000 and 11,600 years ago...
9 July 2013
- Stone Age innovation affected by climate
- Archaeological and genetic evidence suggests that modern humans originated in Africa during the Stone Age, between 30,000 and 280,000 years ago. The latest excavations in southern Africa have shown that...
- Snail trail reveals ancient human migration
- Geneticists from The University of Nottingham have used snails to uncover evidence of an ancient human migration from the Pyrenean region of France to Ireland. Doctor Angus Davison, Reader in...
- Farming in Iran 12,000 years ago
- Archaeologists digging in the foothills of Iran's Zagros Mountains have discovered the remains of a Stone Age farming community. The findings offer a rare snapshot of a time when humans...
10 July 2013
- Prehistoric flint mines discovered in Poland
- A chocolate flint mining site has been found in the Holy Cross Mountains by archaeologists from Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. The outcrop extends nearly 100 kilometres in a...
- Ancient rock art maps cosmological belief
- University of Tennessee anthropology professor Jan Simek and his colleagues propose that rock art in the southeast USA reflects a 3-dimensional universe central to the religion of the prehistoric Mississippian...
- Harappan-era site bigger and older than Mohenjo-daro?
- Research and findings by archaeologists suggest that a village in Haryana, in northwest India, may be on top of a rare archaeological site both larger and 500 years than Mohenjo-daro...
14 July 2013
- Mammoths may not have been hunted ony for food
- A study by archaeologists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, led by paleontologist Pavel Nikolskiy and archaeologist Vladimir Pitulko, may be shedding new light on the relationship between Man and...
- Protein analysis sheds new light on Oetzi
- When tissue samples are analysed, regardless of the antiquity of the body in question, DNA will always be the same, wherever in the body the samples are taken. The same...
- Vandals hit Maen Llia standing stone in Wales
- Vandals daubed Maen Llia standing stone in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales) with a smiley face. The 3.7m (12ft) stone is recognised as a site of national archaeological importance...
15 July 2013
- Painted bronze excavated from central China tombs
- A painted bronze pot has been unearthed from a cluster of tombs in central China's Hubei Province, marking the first discovery of painted bronze from a dynasty which existed about...
- The world's first calendar discovered in Scottish field
- Humans had a sophisticated calendrical system thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. The discovery is based on a detailed analysis of data from an archaeological...
17 July 2013
- 'New Stonehenge' tourist attraction proposed
- Plans have been unveiled for another Stonehenge to be built in Wiltshire (England) using different-coloured stones from around the world. New Stonehenge would include yurts for visitors to stay in,...
- Volunteers to map ancient hill forts
- Archaeologists are drafting a volunteer army to help map every ancient hill fort across Britain and Ireland, as part of a 4-year project to create an online atlas of around...
- Earliest Middle Palaeolithic stone tools in India
- Scientists investigating a site in the Thar Desert of northeastern India have uncovered stone artefacts that indicate the presence of humans - possibly modern humans - as much as 95,000...
18 July 2013
- Remains of pre-Ashokan shrines in Nepal
- New excavations within the Maya Devi Temple of Buddha's birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal, have revealed evidence of a series of shrines extending the history of the site to a much...
- 6,000 year old carved wooden post found in Wales
- A Stone Age wooden post that is thought to be one of the oldest artefacts of its kind in Europe has been unearthed at a wind farm site in south...
23 July 2013
- Manure used by Europe's first farmers 8,000 years ago
- It had always been assumed that manure wasn't used as a fertiliser until Iron Age and Roman times. However, a new research shows that enriched levels of nitrogen-15, a stable...
- Ice Age figurine's head found in Germany
- Researchers from the University of Tübingen have successfully re-attached the newly discovered head of a prehistoric mammoth-ivory figurine discovered in 1931. The head was found during renewed excavations at Vogelherd...
24 July 2013
- Could we have communicated with Neanderthals?
- A recent study has been lead by Dan Dediu, who is a senior investigator in the Languages and Genetics Department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, based in Nijmegen...
- Epigravettian remains found in France
- The Upper Paleolithic period in Europe lasted from 50,000 BCE to 10,000 BCE. In the latter stages of this period, between 17,000 and 10,000 BCE, a culture known as the...
28 July 2013
- Possible discovery of forerunner to Chinese language
- When an ancient symbol is found in isolation, it is classed as just that - a symbol. If a series of symbols are found in a row, adjacent to each...
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