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Oldest Human DNA - from the β€œPit of the Bones,” in Spain


Nice article on this at the link below. 400,000 years old the DNA (in Spain) has close links to later samples taken from Siberia.

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2013/12/oldest-human-dna-contains-clues-mysterious-species

Norway (Country)

Iron Age clothing uncovered in Norway


Melting ice in Norway has revealed an Iron Age tunic.
Amazing preservation.

Great photo on BBC web site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23849332

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Oldest North American Stone Art Discovered


Dated to between 10,200 and 14,800 years ago...

Some pictures at:

http://www.livescience.com/38865-oldest-petroglyphs-rock-art.html

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Neolithic stone discovered at Ness of Brodgar


"An intricately-inscribed stone described as potentially the finest example of Neolithic art found in the UK for several decades has been found in Orkney.

Archaeologists working at the Ness of Brodgar excavations made the discovery....."

BBC News Link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-23529871

Site Dig Link at
http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/

County Clare

6,000 year old Tsunami in Ireland?


Archeologists have uncovered evidence of pre-farming people living in the Burren more than 6,000 years ago β€” one of the oldest habitations ever unearthed in Ireland.

Radiocarbon dating of a shellfish midden on Fanore Beach in north Clare have revealed it to be at least 6,000 years old β€” hundreds of years older than the nearby Poulnabrone dolmen........

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/6000-year-old-settlement-poses-tsunami-mystery-193230.html

Cambridgeshire

Bronze Age Must Farm Site near Peteborough - Site Update


Nice update and article with some cracking photos of some of the finds

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2012/must-farm-bronze-age-site-the-finds

Newgrange (Passage Grave)

Search for 2nd Passage at Newgrange


Newgrange may have a second passage, and it too could be aligned with a solstice event.

Check out link below for more info:
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/search-on-for-a-second-passage-in-newgrange-2908492.html

Spain (Country)

Plans to open rock art caves at Altamira to the public?


Article at New Scientist covers the potential risk to the rock art paintings here if the caves are opened to the public to help local tourism.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21020-ancient-cave-paintings-threatened-by-tourist-plans.html

Lincolnshire and Humberside

2,000 year old salting site found at Willow Tree Fen


BBC report on a dig at Willow Tree Fen, near Bourne in Lincolnshire.

Nice video and more details at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-15168543

Mac

Forteviot (Henge)

Forteviot site - seat of a Celtic Cheiftan?


Very good article from the local paper on the dig at Forteviot.

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/Community/Heritage-and-History/article/16972/forteviot-dig-uncovering-new-story-of-scotland-s-past.html

Berkshire

Planned Iron Age town near Reading - BBC report


More "news teasers" from the BBC for Digging for Britain - but looks like the series will be worth watching.

This one covers a planned Iron Age settlement near Reading.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14555449

Beccles Causeway

BBC report on new Causeway near the Beccles Iron Age Causeway


"The site, excavated in June, may have been part of a route across the River Waveney and surrounding wetland at Geldeston in Norfolk..."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14503302

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Bright coloured decorations found on Iron Age interior walls


Archaeologists in Saxony Anhalt have discovered a 2,600 year old wall painted in bright patterns. It reveals that Iron Age houses were not the drab constructions they were once thought to be.

Full details - with photo at:

http://www.archaeologydaily.com/news/201108117054/Iron-Age-people-gave-interiors-of-dwellings-a-decorative-streak.html

Highland (Mainland)

Human remains found at Caithness Iron Age broch site


BBC News report of this find at Thrumster, near Wick.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-14154062

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Prehistoric islands built up from middens?


I know it's way out of the normal geographical focus of TMA but there's an interesting article on how Pre-historic midden dumps may have grown to become larger "islands" in the Florida everglades.

I wonder if they will find evidence of "Crannogs" as they dig down more?
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/03/prehistoric-garbage-piles-may-ha.html?ref=hp

Marden Henge (and Hatfield Barrow)

Marden Henge excavation uncovers 4,500yo "Ceremonial Building"


Article on the dig here at
http://www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/03/2011/marden-henge-excavations-opens-window-on-neolithic-ritual

Oxfordshire

Complete Neolithic Pot found in Didcot


Archaeologists working on a housing development in Oxfordshire claim to have found one of the oldest complete pots in the country (5,500 years old).

Nice photo at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-12698321

Nottinghamshire

Museum offers public chance to handle prehistoric axes


The Nottinghamshire public are being offered a rare opportunity to handle a 75,000-year-old axe and other ancient artefacts at a local museum.

The University of Nottingham Museum of Archaeology is putting on a Prehistory Day on 23 February 2011, in conjunction with the BBC's Hands On History.

Full details at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/nottingham/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_9398000/9398611.stm

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Researchers Map Out Ice Sheets Shrinking During Ice Age


A set of maps created by the University of Sheffield have illustrated, for the first time, how our last British ice sheet shrunk during the Ice Age.


Link below with some graphics
http://www.archnews.co.uk/featured/5322-researchers-map-out-ice-sheets-shrinking-during-ice-age.html

Sheffield Uni press release at:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/mediacentre/2011/1842-ice-sheet-age-melt-maps.html

More details and graphics at:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-ice-sheets-age.html

Norway (Country)

New rock art finds in Norway


Looks a lot different from UK rock art of the same period but interesting to compare these finds with what we see when out and about.

Given the site of these finds (west coast of Norway) and the period (late Iron Age) I can't believe there wasn't some form of cultural exchange across the North Sea to Shetland/Orkney?

http://www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/02/2011/norways-secret-petroglyphs
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Based in Cheshire but spend a lot of time in Northumberland I've always been interested in things Iron Age and earlier.

I now have the time to combine this interest with walking and taking photos so I hope to add content where I can.

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