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Italy (Country)

Tribal Etruscan tombs discovered at Tarquinia

At least 27 tombs were recently discovered at Tarquinia, approximately 50 miles north of Rome. Some of these tombs date to at least as early as 700 BC. These pre-Roman recoveries also include frescoes and animal burials.... Read the full story in the Scotsman News.

Rotherwas Ribbon

Ancient serrated Bronze Age blade found near Rotherwas Ribbon

A flint blade dating circa 4000 years Before Present was found during roadworks in Herefordshire. This discovery is very near to the Rotherwas Ribbon, an ancient trackway constructed in the Bronze Age from fire fractured rock. The find amplifies the importance of the Rotherwas Ribbon site, which is presently being buried under a new road by the Herefordshire Council....Read the full story by BBC News

Peloponnese (Region)

Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae

Archaeologist David Mason has developed a new theory of the basis for siting Agamemnon's tomb, based on topographical features and road layouts in the vicinity of the tholos tombs at Mycenae. Read the full article in Current

Bremore (Passage Grave)

New port site threatens Bremore passage graves

Even though the Bremore monuments have been the subject of a protective order for decades, discussion of a new deepwater port site at Bremore poses a threat to their preservation. The port proposal is entering into the planning process... Read the full story in the Meath Chronicle.


Discovery of 4000 year old pots in Kilmartin area linked to Lower Rhine

National Museums Scotland has connected finds in Argyll with early international-style Beakers of the type found around the lower Rhine; furthermore, these rare pots exhibit a strange hybrid of styles that suggest Irish and Yorkshire influences. Read the full article by Richard Moss.....

Hill of Cruester, Bressay (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Archaeologists work to conserve mound at Cruister

In a rare undertaking, archaeologists are planning to disassemble a portion of this site dating to about 2000 BC. Much of the stonework is threatened by coastal erosion so that salvaging and reconstruction of certain ruins is proposed for this burnt mound site. At stake is the preservation of one of the world's oldest prehistoric stone water heaters. ....Read the full story by Gavin Morgan in The Shetland News.

Lismullin (Timber Circle)

Ancient Tomb Art Found in Path of Irish Highway

The latest excavations at Lismullin revealed part of a large stone monument, or megalith, decorated with engravings dating to the Late Stone Age or about 4000 BC. Unearthed 50 meters from the temple, the megalith manifests a series of zigzags, concentric circles, and arcs. Archaeologist Mary Deevy asserted this megalith was likely a "curbstone from a passage tomb". Read the full story by James Owen in National Geographic News.

Midshiels Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Historian's race to preserve [Midshiels] site

Historian Alan Brydon has been instrumental in protecting the Midshiels site which dates back to approximately 2000 BC. Midshiels, which comprises a standing stone and an ancient burial mound, were under threat due to ScottishPower's renewal of power lines and poles in the area. Due to Brydon's quick response a compromise has been reached on the power line geometrics, which is expected to result in sparing or minimising impacts to Midshiels....Read the complete Dec. 20, 2007 news article in the Hawick News by Graham Ford.


Archaeologists Find Mysterious Neolithic Structure in Orkney

A new structure has been discovered beneath beach sands on Westray in the Orkney Islands at the Links of Noltland. This Neolithic find is constructed with dressed stone and was clearly intended to look impressive from the outside. Dating to approximately 2000 BC, the building is quite different from most Bronze Age structures in this region......Read the full article by Caroline Lewis.
Physicist with a strong interest in archaeology. Most of professional work has been in the environmental sciences.

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