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July 2015 index:

2 July 2015
Was this the first recorded murder?
In a remote part of Northern Spain, at an archaeological site known as Sima de los Huesos (literal translation - Pit of Bones), a team of researchers have found what...
Excavation begins at England's Marden Henge
Archaeologists are embarking on a three-year series of excavations in the Vale of Pewsey, between the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury - a little explored archaeological region of international...
6 July 2015
Chalcolithic flint workshop found in Bulgaria
An immense flint tool workshop dating to the Late Chalcolithic has been discovered by Bulgarian archaeologists during excavations of a settlement mound near the town of Kamenovo, in Northeast Bulgaria....
Digging a prehistoric hillfort in Wales
Archaeologists have returned to the sprawling Cardiff site where a series of discoveries were made in 2014, revealing that the hillfort was occupied from the Stone Age through the Roman...
South Africans using milk-based paint 49,000 years ago
A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa has discovered a milk and ochre based paint dating to 49,000 years...
7 July 2015
New Australopithecus relatives found, or are they a new species?
There was quite a stir in anthropological circles when, in 1974, a new species was found in the Afar region of Ethiopia. The specimen was nicknamed Lucy and was dated...
Early European modern human had close Neanderthal ancestor
Researchers analysing DNA from a 37,000 to 42,000-year-old human jaw bone say that the early modern human to whom it belonged - the oldest known modern human in Europe -...
Evidence of man-made pollution in ancient times
Study of dental calculus on 400,000-year-old teeth provides direct evidence of what early Palaeolithic people ate and the quality of the air they breathed inside Qesem Cave, near Tel Aviv...
15 July 2015
Chinese Bronze Age cemetery raises questions over sacrificial links
The Gansu Province of China is a sprawling province ranging from central to northwest areas, covering an area of over 400,000 square kilometres, and it is known for having a...
Bronze Age food discovered at prehistoric settlement
Evidence of the lives of prosperous people in Bronze Age Britain could lie under the soil of a 1,100-square metre site destroyed in a fire 3,000 years ago, say archaeologists...
Footprints in Canada may be oldest in North America
Tracks left along an ancient shore by a man, a woman, and a child on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia may be the oldest known human...
24 July 2015
New geoglyphs found in Peru
Anthropologists at Yamagata University have discovered 24 examples of the mysterious Nazca Lines in the arid region of southern Peru. The team began investigating the northern slopes of the urban...
Norwegian iron helped build Iron Age Europe
Iron production started about 3500 years ago in Asia Minor. In Norway, people have been producing iron for at least 2300 years. Arne Espelund, a professor emeritus and a mining...
Oldest dentistry found in 14,000-year-old tooth
An international study led by Stefano Benazzi, a palaeo-anthropologist at the University of Bologna, reveals that infected tooth belonging to a man about 25 years of age who lived in...
27 July 2015
Bronze Age gold spirals discovered in Denmark
Archaeologists have uncovered a trove of some 2,000 gold spirals dating from between 900 and 700 BCE. The spirals were recovered from a site that had been excavated before, when...
4,000-year-old structure found in Ohio
A team led by Brian Redmond of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is excavating a 4,000-year-old site in northeastern Ohio. So far, they have uncovered a 75-millimetre-thick floor made...

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