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July 2014 index:

1 July 2014
Bronze Age bling: black stone, amber and shells
A 4,200-year-old necklace made of alternating black and white disc-shaped beads has helped British researchers devise a new method for the identification of shell species in archaeological artefacts. Mollusc shells...
Iron Age hillfort in Britain open to tourists
This summer, archaeologists are welcoming tourists to explore an ancient British hillfort full of prehistoric artifacts, as the researchers wrap up an excavation at the site. The fort, called Burrough...
Neanderthals may have had plants in their diet
Traces of 50,000-year-old poop found at a caveman campground in Spain suggest that Neanderthals may have had a healthy dose of plants in their diet, researchers say. The findings are...
18 July 2014
Meteorite fragment discovered in a 9,000-year-old hut
Archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology (IAE) PAS in Szczecin discovered a meteorite fragment inside the remains of a hut dating back more than 9,000 years in Bolków...
Ancient erotic graffiti found on Aegean island
Four years ago Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, began fieldwork on the Aegean island of Astypalaia (Greece). On that remote island he found a series of inscriptions...
Prehistoric circle dated to same Seahenge neighbour
A second prehistoric circle on a Norfolk beach (England) has been dated to the same summer more than 4,000 years ago as its famous neighbour, Seahenge. Archaeologists believe the two...
19 July 2014
Discoveries shed light on Mesolithic and Early Neolithic in Denmark
In 1999 the bones of several elk were excavated from Lundby bog, in the south of Denmark's largest island - Zealand. Archaeologists then dated some of the remains to between...
8,000-year-old skull found in Norway
Archaeologists in Norway have found what could be an 8,000 year old human skull containing traces of brain matter. The finding at a site in Stokke, Vestfold, was among a...
20 July 2014
Ancient log boats found in Irish lake
For up to 4,500 years, sunken dug-out canoes have been lying on the bottom of Lough Corrib in County Galway, in the far west of Ireland. The lake's shores and...
21 July 2014
Ritual burials of children by ancient Alpine lake dwellers
Since the 1920s, archaeologists have known that Bronze Age villages dotted Alpine lakes in Switzerland and Germany, however, it wasn't until the 1970s and 1980s that many of the sites...
Prehistoric 'bookkeeping' continued long after invention of writing
Recent excavations at Ziyaret Tepe - the site of the ancient city Tushan, a provincial capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, in what is now southeast Turkey - have uncovered a...
13,000-year-old Saharan remains - evidence of first race war?
French scientists working in collaboration with the British Museum have been examining the skeletons of dozens of persons, the majority of whom appear to have been killed by archers using...
25 July 2014
Ancient Scottish rock carving may be uncovered again
A precious rock carving that was found and then deliberately lost again, may be about to make a re-appearance in Central Scotland. The rock carving, known locally as the Cochno...

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