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August 2017 index:
5 August 2017
- Neolithic burial urn unearthed in West Yorkshire
- A 5,000 year old complete funeral urn has been excavated on housing development land in Silsden (West Yorkshire, England); the late Neolithic pot was dug up from the site of...
- Evidence of a skull cult found at Neolithic site in Turkey
- Archaeologists have made a remarkable find in a 12,000-year-old stone temple known as Göbekli Tepe, in southeastern Turkey, uncovering the remains of human skulls that were stripped of their flesh...
- Long barrow near Stonehenge to be excavated
- A Neolithic burial mound near Stonehenge could contain human remains more than 5,000 years old, experts say. The monument lies in Pewsey Vale, halfway between Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire,...
- Ancient funeral practices at Carrowkeel
- New insights into death rites of the ancient people of Ireland are being provided through studies led by a researcher at the Department of Anatomy at New Zealand's University of...
11 August 2017
- Avebury stone circle contains hidden square
- A square formation has been discovered within the Neolithic stone circle at Avebury, a village 130 kilometres west of London. Archaeologists believe the hidden stones, discovered using ground-penetrating radar, were...
- Invasion may have transformed India's Bronze Age
- New data confirm a long-held but controversial theory that Sanskrit, the ancient language of Northern India, emerged from an earlier language spoken by people in Central Asia, who may have...
- Ancient monuments may have been used for moonlit ceremonies
- A new investigation of the stone age rock art panel at Hendraburnick Quoit in Cornwall, southwest England, found nearly ten times the number of markings when viewed in moonlight or...
- Hundreds of stone tombs discovered in Jordan
- Hundreds of ancient stone tombs have been discovered in Jebel Qurma, south of Damascus, in a 'black desert' stretching across northeastern Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Many are covered by stone...
16 August 2017
- Ancient warrior, weapons drawn, wears stylish earrings
- The extraordinary find of a Bronze Age warrior buried between 2,700 and 2,900 years ago with dagger in one hand, a knife in the other, spiral earrings, and a bronze...
- Sound-reflecting rock shelters attracted ancient artists
- Researchers say that members of early farming communities in in the central Mediterranean preferred to paint images in rock shelters where sounds bounced off walls and into the surrounding countryside....
- 7,000-year-old figurine discovered in Poland
- A 7-centimetre fragment of a 7,000-year-old baked clay human figurine has been found by archaeologist Piotr Alagierski while on holiday, walking in a cultivated field in one of the villages...
- Excavation of a round mound in the Isle of Man
- Archaeologists glimpse Manx history A team of archaeologists, students, and local volunteers have for the past twelve months been investigating prehistoric mounds in fields south of Kirk Michael, a village...
17 August 2017
- Bones suggest cannibal ritual in ancient Britain
- Archaeological evidence suggests that most cannibalism in human history occurred for complex and varied reasons. Human bones found in Gough's Cave - a sizeable limestone cave in Cheddar Gorge in...
31 August 2017
- Nine Bronze Age tombs discovered in Eastern Romania
- In Cârlomăneşti, in Eastern Romania's Buzău county nine tombs that date back to the Bronze Age have recently been identified. The graves were identified by specialists from the Buzău county...
- Archaeologists track ancient wheat in Bronze Age box
- In a small wooden box, 2.650m (8.000 ft) above sea level in the Swiss Alps, archaeologists have uncovered new evidence that could help map the use and spread of ancient...
- The continuing story of Oetzi
- The mummified remains of a Chalcolithic man were first found in the Olztal Alps, between Austria and Italy, in September 1991. Since then the story of Oetzi the Iceman, as...
- British experts reconstruct Neolithic man's face
- There is a fascinating Department within the Liverpool John Moores University (UK) called 'Face Lab'. Scientists in the laboratory utilise a craniofacial computer system to re-create faces just using the...
- Were Denisovans an isolated part of our lineage?
- During the time of one of our ancient ancestors the Neanderthals there also lived a long extinct hominid known as Denisovan. Whilst very little is known about Denisovans we do...
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