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Stone arrows approximately 64,000 years old
Oldest evidence of arrows found
(Aug 26, 2010)

Researchers in South Africa have revealed the earliest direct evidence of human-made arrows. The scientists unearthed 64,000 year-old "stone points", which they say were probably arrow heads. Closer inspection of the ancient weapons revealed remnants of blood and bone that provided clues about how they were used.

Read more. Source: BBC

Oetze the Iceman
Oetzi the Iceman may have been buried, says team
(Aug 26, 2010)

Oetzi, the 5,000 year old "Iceman" found in the Italian Alps, may have been ceremonially buried, archaeologists claim. An autopsy showed that Oetzi had been murdered, dying of an arrow wound. While this is not disputed, a new study suggests that months after his death, Oetzi's corpse was carried to the high mountain pass where it was found.

Read more. Source: BBC

Part of an inscribed Pictish stone
Ancient language mystery deepens
(Aug 11, 2010)

A linguistic mystery has arisen surrounding symbol-inscribed stones in Scotland that predate the formation of the country itself. The stones are believed to have been carved by members of an ancient people known as the Picts, who thrived in what is now Scotland from the 4th to the 9th Centuries. These symbols, researchers say, are probably "words" rather than images.

Read more. Source: BBC

Great Pyramid
Robot to explore mysterious tunnels in Great Pyramid
(Aug 8, 2010)

For 4,500 years, the Great Pyramid at Giza has enthralled, fascinated and ultimately frustrated everyone who has attempted to penetrate its secrets. Now a robotics team from Leeds University, working with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, is preparing a machine which they hope will solve one of its enduring mysteries.

Read more. Source: The Independent

Newly found henge at Stonehenge
Archaeologists unearth Neolithic henge at Stonehenge
(Jul 22, 2010)

Archaeologists have discovered a second henge at Stonehenge, described as the most exciting find there in 50 years. The circular ditch surrounding a smaller circle of deep pits about a metre (3ft) wide has been unearthed at the world-famous site in Wiltshire. Archaeologists conducting a multi-million pound study believe timber posts were in the pits.

Read more. Source: BBC


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