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    Archaeologists find six more bodies at Stonehenge
StonehengeArchaeologists who last year unearthed the remains of a Bronze Age archer at Stonehenge said Wednesday they have found six more bodies near the mysterious ring of ancient monoliths. The remains of four adults and two children were found about half a mile from that of the archer, dubbed ''The King of Stonehenge'' by Britain's tabloid press. Archaeologists said he came from Switzerland and may have been involved in building the monument.

  Dozens of women want Bronze Age hunter's babies
Dozens of women have asked to be made pregnant by a prehistoric iceman who died 5,000 years ago.
The body of "Otzi the Iceman" was discovered by hikers in 1991 as ice melted in the Schnalstal glacier, high in the Italian Alps. Alex Susanna, director of the Bozen Museum where his body is exhibited, says requests have been received by many women wanting to have Otzi's babies.

    Blow to Neanderthal breeding theory
"Neanderthal"Early modern humans and Neanderthals probably did not interbreed, according to evidence collected by Italian scientists. Researchers have long considered Neanderthals and the humans that lived in Europe 30,000 years ago as distinct species, even though they lived side by side. However, there is controversy over theories that Neanderthals made a contribution to the gene pool of people living today. This has been fuelled by a skeleton uncovered in Portugal that appears to show both Neanderthal and human features...


    Stonehenge 'King' Came from Central Europe
StonehengeThe construction of one of Britain's most famous ancient landmarks, the towering megaliths at Stonehenge in southern England, might have been supervised by the Swiss, or maybe even the Germans. Archaeologists studying the remains of a wealthy archer found in a 4,000-year-old grave exhumed near Stonehenge last year said Monday he was originally from the Alps region, probably modern-day Switzerland, Austria or Germany.

"He would have been a very important person in the Stonehenge area and it is fascinating to think that someone from abroad -- probably modern-day Switzerland -- could have played an important part in the construction of the site," said archaeologist Andrew Fitzpatrick in a statement. The so-called "Amesbury Archer" was found in a grave about three miles from the landmark, buried with 100 items, including gold earrings, copper knives and pottery.

Researchers hailed the find -- dating from about 2,300 B.C. and the oldest known grave in Britain -- as one of the richest early Bronze Age sites in Europe. He was dubbed "The King of Stonehenge" because of the lavish items found in his grave, including some of the earliest gold objects ever found in Britain.

    Prehistoric Britons' taste for milk
The oldest direct evidence for the existence of dairy farming has been discovered in the UK.

It is based on a chemical analysis of milk fat deposits left on pottery fragments found to be 6,500 years old.

    The Boudiccan rebellion and Boudicca - High Queen of the Iceni
"She was huge of frame, terrifying of aspect, and with a harsh voice. A great mass of bright red hair fell to her knees: she wore a twisted torc, and a tunic of many colours, over which was a thick mantle, fastened by a brooch. Now she grasped a spear, to strike fear into all who watched her." - Dio Cassius

    Scotland: Borders bridge may span gap in history
THE hunt is on to find traces of a bridge across the Tweed believed to have been commissioned by an Anglo-Saxon king 500 years before the first recorded Borders river crossings were built in the 12th century.
A Viking sword was found on the site.

    Ireland: Huge temple found under Hill of Tara
A HUGE temple, once surrounded by about 300 huge posts made from an entire oak forest, has been discovered directly beneath the Hill of Tara in Co Meath. Conor Newman, an archaeology lecturer at NUI Galway, said the discovery at the ancient site made sense of the positioning of other graves and monuments in the area.
- (forum)

    Stonehenge tunnel approved
Mr Darling said: "The World Heritage site at Stonehenge will be enhanced and protected by putting the existing road in a bored tunnel, which will improve safety and congestion." - (forum)

    Enthusiasts uncover Bronze Age treasure in Wales
Two enthusiasts with metal detectors have literally struck gold and their 3,000-year-old find has been formally named as treasure at an inquest in north Wales.
Pete Williams and Mike Sheen, both from Wrexham, came across a hoard of bronze and gold dating back to between 1,000 and 800 BC - and are now entitled to a share of its value. - (forum)


Does skull prove that the first Americans came from Europe? - (forum)
The most intriguing aspect of the skull is that it is long and narrow and typically Caucasian in appearance,
like the heads of white, western Europeans today...

The extreme age of Peñon woman suggests two scenarios. Either there was a much earlier migration of Caucasian-like people with long, narrow skulls across the Bering Strait and that these people were later replaced by a subsequent migration of Mongoloid people.

Alternatively, and more controversially, a group of Stone Age people from Europe made the perilous sea journey across the Atlantic Ocean many thousands of years before Columbus or the Vikings.

    UK: Fisherman finds Anglo-Saxon canoe off Suffolk coast
A dugout canoe that was nearly chopped into firewood has turned out to be the oldest boat found off the British coast. The 16ft vessel, carved from the trunk of an oak or elm tree, was used about 1,200 years ago by the Anglo-Saxons, possibly as a ferry close to the Suffolk coast where it was found. Archaeologists believe the boat, which was discovered when it was dredged from a depth of 40ft by a trawler close to Southwold, is the only example of its kind dating back to the Anglo-Saxon era. The vessel, which was probably fitted with stabilising outriggers, has spent the past four years submerged in a muddy lagoon at Covehithe, near Southwold, while conservationists worked on it.

  The Kensington Runestone was snubbed again.
Kensington Runestone Tthe Science Museum of Minnesota will be hosting a traveling Vikings exhibit with artifacts from the Smithsonian Institute. A replica of the Kensington Runestone will be included in the exhibit — in the "myths and distortions" display.
LuAnn Patton, director of the Runestone Museum, was disheartened to hear about where the stone would be placed. The geological testing, although just beginning, has already shown Olof Ohman could not have been a forger, she stated.
Ref: The Kensington Runestone homepage - Another website

    "Ancient iceman probably killed by his own people"
A man frozen in Alpine ice more than 5,000 years ago could have been shot with an arrow by one of his own people. The body of "Otzi the Iceman" was discovered by hikers as ice melted in the Schnalstal glacier, high in the Italian Alps. ...the guilty party lived south of the Alps and was probably one of Otzi's own people."

    Britain's earliest leprosy victim may have been found
A child who died 3,500 years ago may be Britain's earliest known victim of leprosy. "Most experts agree that the westward spread of the disease came from the Mediterranean where it is believed to have been introduced by the army of Alexander the Great on returning from India.


Remains of four woolly rhinos give new insight into Ice Age Scientists say the remains of four woolly rhinos found in a quarry in central England will provide important new clues about the Ice Age.


Dracula's abbey reveals site of Iron Age village
Archaeologists digging land adjoining Whitby Abbey have discovered a new and unexpected dimension to the site's colourful past. A part of the 150ft headland – on the brink of collapsing into the sea – has yielded evidence of a 2,000-year-old Iron Age domestic settlement, including the remains of a distinctive "round house", possibly dating from the first or second century BC.

  Face of original Londoner revealed
The face of a pre-historic British woman can be seen for the first time in over 5,000 years. The skeleton dates from the Stone Age - between 3,640 and 3,100BC. Shepperton Woman, named after the place in the west London suburbs where her grave was found, had her face rebuilt by medical artists.

  Norway: Archaeologists comb Stiklestad
One of Norway's most fabled historical spots - Stiklestad, where Olav the Holy fell in battle in 1030 - will be the site of an autumn dig by eager archaeologists. Mass warrior graves are one possible find.

  A UCLA team has apparently found the Iceland home of Snorri Thorfinnsson
the first person of European descent born in the New World.
Icelandic sagas from the 13th century tell the story of how Snorri's parents led the first Scandinavian group that attempted to settle in Vinland--on the Canadian coast--about AD 1000. - (VNN link)

  [Reader suggests] "Inform yourself about mDNA research, read "The Seven Daughters of Eve."
On page 320 of it, there is this: "Today about 1 per cent of native Americans are the direct descendants of Xenia."
If an mtDNA sample can be secured from Kennewick Man, Xenia just might have been his Clan Mother.
"The book's most complex and controversial find that the ancient European hunter-gatherers predominated over the farmers and not vice versa leads Sykes to another stunning conclusion: by chance, nearly all modern Europeans are descendants of one of seven "clan mothers" who lived at different times during the Ice Age."

  Iceman's final meal
The last two meals eaten by the 5,300-year-old iceman, dubbed Oetzi, have been revealed by scientists.
Analysis of the contents of the Stone Age human's intestines shows he probably dined on venison just before his death, having previously consumed cereals, plants, and ibex meat. 

  Did The Welsh Discover America?
A team of historians and researchers announced today that Radio Carbon dating evidence, and the discovery of ancient British style artefacts and innoscriptions in the American Midwest, provide the strongest indications yet" that British explorers, under the Prince Madoc ap Meurig, arrived in the country during the 6th Century and set up colonies there.

Evidence Britons Were In The US In The 6th Century
"It's proof of Prince Madoc in America circa 560," say leading British and US historians.

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Celtic Crosslink noticed 31 July 2002Crichtons Cross
       "The Ancient symbol of the Cross is not what you may think it is."

Look at the designs of this Celtic cross at Crichton Church near Roslyn Chapel, Edinburgh, Scotland.
You will see some of the obvious yet hidden messages of our ancient ancestors.

A new theory by our author shows that it was possible for St Brendan to have reached America
900 years before Columbus.

Neanderthal Britons ate mammoth steak, a remarkable archaeological discovery has shown. Excavations at a gravel pit near Lynford in Norfolk found evidence suggesting that, 50,000 years ago, mammoth meat was a substantial part of the diet of the now- extinct human species Homo neanderthal-ensis, popularly known as Neanderthal Man.

  Faces from the Ice Age
What could be the oldest lifelike drawings of human faces have been uncovered in a cave in southern France.
From the La Marche caves there are lions, bears, antelope, horses - and 155 lifelike human figures. These images of "real people" - male and female faces, people in robes, hats and boots - may date back 15,000 years. This was long before the rise of the great civilisations and a time when Europe was firmly in the grip of an Ice Age.


Reader suffering from DUPUYTREN'S CONTRACTURE takes solace in Viking ancestry
War axeDupuytren's contracture is a thickening of deep tissue (fascia) which passes from the palm into the fingers. Shortening of this tissue causes "bands" which pull the fingers into the palm. The cause of this is unknown but it tends to run in families and may indicate that you have Viking ancestry! The condition is progressive and the only treatment is surgery. If untreated, the fingers will be gradually pulled into the palm. (Editor note: comes from inherited permanent grasp on war axe.)


Britain: Bronze Age archer found buried in all his splendour - and gold earrings
Archaeologists have discovered what they say is the richest early Bronze Age burial site in Britain, not far from Stonehenge. The 4,000-year-old grave contains the remains of an archer and about 100 objects, including a pair of rare gold earrings. Wessex Archaeology, which uncovered the grave at Amesbury, Wiltshire, said it was astonished and very excited about the find. It said the site dates back to around 2,300BC, several hundred years earlier than many burial sites uncovered in the area.

Vikings who found their longboat up a smelly creek have placenames restored
More than 1,000 years since they last terrorised Britain, the Vikings are again likely to cause a few palpitations – this time among motorists. Visitors who find themselves heading for Leir-vik, which translates as Shit-creek, without a map may be excused a few Anglo-Saxon oaths of their own as they attempt to navigate their way to the island capital of Lerwick.

  The Working Celtic Cross By Crichton E M Miller
In 1997 Crichton Miller made an astounding discovery that will change our concepts of the historical and religious past forever. Crichton's background and life experiences play a fundamentally important part in this revelation; he is a qualified yachtsman and navigator with an interest in ancient history and religions.

Through the results of intensive research, Crichton proposes that our present system of beliefs and science was inherited from ancient mariners that sailed the oceans of the world in prehistory. He further proposes that the abrupt end of the last ice age, 12,500 years ago, was part of a cataclysm that destroyed of a large part of the flora and fauna of Earth. The most likely humans to survive this cataclysmic event were those who were at sea. - (reader link)

Rare glimpse of sixth-century Anglo-Saxon life found in New Forest
A small, perfectly preserved glass bowl dating from 1,400 years ago has been found among skeletons and spearheads at a newly discovered Anglo Saxon grave. The bowl was inside a ceremonial bucket.In a Frankish style, it is likely to have come from Germany and was discovered during a dig at a sixth-century cemetery in the New Forest, Hampshire.

  • Etruscan Ruins Show How Italian Ancients Lived ROME (Reuters) - The ruins of an Etruscan mining city abandoned almost 3,000 years ago are giving archaeologists an unprecedented look at one of Italy's first and most mysterious civilizations. Since stumbling across the ruins of a single stone dwelling in the early 1980s, archaeologists have found the region, on the shores of a lake in central Italy, was once the site of an Etruscan city in 700 BC and 600 BC.
  • UK: Amateur treasure hunter finds Bronze Age gold
    A solid gold cup used by Bronze Age shamans 3,600 years ago has been discovered by a treasure hunter in a wheat field in Kent. Cliff Bradshaw, 69, found the sacred vessel – the first of its type to be uncovered in Britain for almost two centuries – with a metal detector only 18in below the surface of Ringlemere Farm at Woodnesborough, near Sandwich.
    The chalice, which stands 4in high and is thought to be worth up to £50,000, might have a connection with the Holy Grail of Arthurian legend.
  • Iceman's final battle
    The famous Stone Age man known as Oetzi the Iceman could have died following violent hand-to-hand combat, research from Italy suggests. - (warning: gory photo of corpse - ed.)
  • 'Bronze Age Venice' Discovered in Italy - (temp link)
    — ROME (Reuters) - Italian archaeologists announced on Thursday the "extraordinary discovery" of a "Bronze Age Venice" in southern Italy full of canals and huts built on stilts that was wiped out by a flood 3,500 years ago. "There are many elements that make it unique," Professor Renato Peroni said at a news conference. "For one, it is the first finding of a swamp community, with the discovery of stilt houses and a drainage system." Some 700 people were thought to live in the "important river port village" between 1500 BC and 600 BC when a flood swept over the town. Studies indicate that the survivors likely founded the ancient Roman city of Pompeii a few kilometers away. Pottery, amber carvings and wooden beams from huts were just a few of the finds uncovered in the village.
  • Scientists find 'prehistoric Venice' on site of future sewage plant Dates from 1500 BC
  • Sutton Hoo helmetUK: Sutton Hoo treasures on show
    The National Trust's £5m project at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, displays priceless Anglo-Saxon treasures which were buried under a field for 1,300 years. Experts say Sutton Hoo - the burial ground of the Anglo-Saxon pagan kings of East Anglia - ranks in historical importance with Stonehenge.


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