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December 2017 index:

2 December 2017
Mystery surrounds 2,400 year old find in Ontario
In the province of Ontario (Canada), lies a city called Mississauga. In the distant past, before European settlers moved here, in fact nearly 2,400 years ago, Iroquois Indians were travelling...
Evidence grows that Neanderthals lived in a caring society
In 1957 a team of archaeologists working in the Shanidar caves in Iraqi Kurdistan, discovered the bones of a 50,000 year old Neanderthal, nicknamed Shanidar 1. Nothing extra remarkable in...
Bronze Age site in Palestine under serious threat
Archaeologists and activists are seriously concerned that a valuable Bronze Age site on the outskirts of Gaza City (Palestine) is under threat of destruction. The site was first identified in...
Rescue archaeology in England uncovers rare jewellery
As part of the Planning Approval for a proposed Eastern Bypass for Lincoln, in Eastern England, archaeologists from Network archaeology Ltd were called in to carry out rescue archaeology prior...
3 December 2017
Ancient textiles reveal differences in Mediterranean fabrics
One of the earliest human craft technologies and applied arts, is the production of textiles. The production of this material would represent one of the most important, time, resource, and...
Upper Paleolithic cave painting found in the Urals
The ancient image of a two-humped camel has been discovered in the Kapova cave (Southern Urals). With the dating of cave painting being estimated to between 14,500 and 37,7000 years...
4 December 2017
15.000-year-old statuette discovered in Croatia
During a research study of the Vlakno cave on the Dugi otok island (Croatia) archaeologists discovered an anthropomorphic statuette, estimated to be 15,000 years old, which was named Lili. The...
5 December 2017
Neolithic link between Cyprus and Lebanon
At the site of Prastio-Mesorotsos in the Paphos district (Cyrpus), a number of shallow pits were found many containing broken objects placed in a ritualistic manner, including stone vessels, human...
Jersey calls for return of ancient dolmen rebuilt in England
Dolmen stones discovered in 1785 near the Jersey capital Saint Helier were taken to the Oxfordshire estate of Jersey governor General Henry Seymour Conway three years later as a retirement...
Bronze Age elite forged iron weapons and jewelry from meteorites
How could people living during the Bronze Age pull off the difficult process of making iron? They didn't, concludes a new study; instead, they got the iron for the rare...
Prehistoric graves discovered in Norway
Archaeologists from Norwegian University of Science and Technology have unearthed Bronze Age graves ahead of planned road construction at Sandbrauta in Melhus municipality (Norway). "We don't often make a find...
Iron Age remains found during roadworks in Scotland
A possible Iron Age structure, tool and pottery pieces have been unearthed during roadworks in the Highlands of Scaotland. Archaeologists made the discoveries on the Crubenmore to Kincraig stretch of...
6 December 2017
Unique Iron Age artefacts reveal prehistoric feasting
Eleven cauldrons, an ancient sword, fine ring-headed dress pins, an involuted brooch, and a cast copper alloy object known as a 'horn-cap' are among unprecedented Iron Age finds by University...
7 December 2017
Neolithic women's arm bones stronger than today's elite female rowers
The study of ancient bones suggests agricultural work had a profound effect on the bodies of women living in central Europe between the early Neolithic and late Iron Age, from...
Adornments tell about culture of Paleolithic people
Sungir Upper Paleolithic site is about 200 kilometres east of Moscow, and dates to 29,000-31,000 years BP - one of the earliest records of Homo sapiens in Europe. Scientists began...
12 December 2017
Glimpse of Britain's Neolithic civilization
Around 140 kilometres west-southwest of London, midway between the monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury, an extraordinary Early Neolithic long barrow known as Cat's Brain was excavated this past summer by...
Unusual Bronze Age find in Suffolk
As part of the standard pre-construction archaeological investigations, before any major development in the UK, some remarkable finds have been made on a housing development near Bury St Edmunds in...
Oetzi the Iceman gets the big screen treatment
There can be no more famous a person in European archaeology than 'Oetzi the Iceman'. The remains of this 5,300 year old Alpine hunter have been at the centre of...
13 December 2017
Mapping Venezuelan rock art
Rock engravings located in Western Venezuela - including some of the largest recorded anywhere in the world - have been mapped in unprecedented detail by University College London (UCL) researchers....
Uncovering varied pathways to agriculture
Around 15,000 years ago, the Natufian culture appeared in what is today's Middle East. This culture, which straddled the border between nomadic and settled lifestyles, had diverse, complex origins. This...
New theory: Stonehenge was built as part of a fertility cult
Accortding to a new study, Stonehenge could have been built as part of a fertility cult, with the stones positioned to cast phallic shadows inside the monument during midsummer. Archaeologist...
Study shows how Neolithic weapons were made to kill with one strike
A weapon used by Neolithic people could kill with one blow, according to a new study which used forensic detection methods to recreate violence from the period. Experts created a...
18 December 2017
Clachtoll Broch being excavated in the Scottish Highlands
Archaeologists have been excavating an Iron Age house, known as a broch, in Assynt, in the north west Highlands (Scotland). There the experts discovered volcanic pumice stone and pottery of...
Oldest burial Fish Hooks show prehistoric women fished, too
Archaeologists recently found evidence that 12,000 years ago, at least some women were fishing, even though that was previously believed to be largely a man's activity. The scientists say the...
2,500-year-old cave paintings discovered on Indonesian island
A tiny Indonesian island, previously unexplored by archaeologists, is covered in cave paintings that date back more than 2,500 years, according to a new study. Researchers from the Australian National...
Bronze Age burials discovered near Loch Ness
Archaeologists say they are finding increasing evidence that a site near Loch Ness (Highlands, Scotland) was important for burials in the Bronze Age. A second 4,000-year-old grave has been located...
19 December 2017
Ancient tomb full of soup bowls discovered in China
A 3,100-year-old tomb containing bronze 'soup bowls' and other elaborately decorated food vessels has been discovered in Baoji, a city on China's Northern Silk Road, 1000 kilometres southwest of Beijing....
Climate change in ancient Indian civilisations
According to a new study, climate change could have played a major role in the development of ancient civilisations on the Indian subcontinent. Using high-resolution, precisely dated records of oxygen...
Rare Iron Age ring found in Jersey
Dated to between 200 BCE and 200 CE, a spiral copper ring found by a metal detectorist is the first of its type from Jersey, a small island located near...
Mysterious Stone Age rocks found on Danish island
Stones discovered on the Danish island of Bornholm are covered in motifs carved some 5,000 years ago. A large number of the approximately 300 stones and fragments are being called...
20 December 2017
Ancient settlement unearthed near Istanbul's oldest burial site
The metro excavation site located in Istanbul's Beşiktaş district, where 3,500-year-old cairn-type burials were discovered, is most likely home to an ancient settlement, according to the head of Istanbul's Archaeological...
5,000-year-old artefacts show rise of ancient Jericho
The city of Jericho was wealthy and well connected long before its walls came tumbling down in an attack that has been associated with a well-known passage in the Bible....
Early humans in the jungles of Borneo
A team excavating at Niah Caves in Malaysia recently uncovered stone tools, charred rocks, several human bones, marine oyster shells, and the remains of large mammals from various layers in...
New app to help preserve British and Irish rock art
Citizen scientists can help protect some of the world's most ancient rock art using a new mobile app designed by researchers at Newcastle University. Using the smartphone's GPS, the app...
21 December 2017
Prehistoric dogs on leashes depicted on Saudi Arabian rock art
At the edge of a bygone river in the Arabian Desert, a hunter stands watch with his 13 dogs, aiming his bow at a kill. Two of the dogs have...
Fire farming: secret to ancient life in the American Southwest?
Based on recent research, Alan Sullivan, archaeologist at the University of Cincinnati, has revealed the secret to how the ancient peoples of the Southwestern United States, ancestors of the modern...
Neolithic granary found in Eastern China
A huge pile of carbonized unhusked rice dating back 5,000 years was found at the Neolithic site of Liangzhu City in Eastern China's Zhejiang Province. The pile was about 60...

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