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Re: Raiding Native Sacred Places in a Defense Authorization: Everything Wrong with Congress

Archaeology: Flint tool disappeared with Hopewell culture

Woman Also Set Sail on Viking Voyages, Study Says.

The surprising origins of Europeans

Researchers discuss new theories on human migration revealed by sophisticated DNA tests

Locked Away for Years, Skeleton's Secrets Rewrite Prehistory of North America

People came to the New World thousands of years earlier 

 

 

and by different means of locomotion than expected, says the Sherlock Holmes of old bones.

 

 

 

 

World's Oldest Art Identified in Half-Million-Year-Old Zigzag

Our Homo erectus ancestors may have been smarter and more creative than we thought.

Scandinavians are the earliest Europeans

 

Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid

 Editorial note: NEARA members were contacted and     interviewed for this story.

Muslims discovered America before Columbus, claims Turkey’s Erdogan

Editorial note: NEARA Journal Volume 43 No1 Summer 2009 features an extensive article chronicaling early Arab sea exploration.

Archaeologists discover remains of Ice Age infants in Alaska


Children from lost civilisation 'helped build' geoglyph some 6,000 years ago

Boy gifts ancient Clovis point to Smithsonian

Noah Cordle donates the 14,000-year-old artifact to museum after finding it while boogie boarding on vacation in New Jersey; he thought it was a crab at first

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?

Although sound is invisible, evidence suggests its complex properties can easily lead to 'supernatural' auditory illusions that correspond to depictions in prehistoric cave art

Caption: Here are prehistoric paintings of hoofed animals in a cave with thunderous reverberations located in Bhimbetka, India.

Credit: S. Waller

We may not have pyramids, but stone structures do exist here

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Granite Geek: New Hampshire Archaeology Up To And (Maybe) Including America’s Stonehenge

40,000-Year-Old Rock Art in Indonesia Rewrites History Books

 New York Times Story Link

  BBC Story Link

     

 

 

 

High Tech Revelations About Stonehenge and Other Nearby Buried "Monuments"

 Editorial note: This is a follow-up for a story posted about a month ago.

The images included show the results from the below surface surveys that were condusted.

 

 

 

 

 

Carved in stone? 

Findings may offer clues about Newport Tower origin

The first South Americans: Extreme living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skull found last year in Saugerties, NY, was that of a Native American who lived who died more than 100 years ago.

Editorial note: The road referred to in the story, West Saugerites Rd, runs for about 4 miles north/south, along the base of the "Wall of the Manitou", at its south end, where Overlook Mountain and the Lewis Hollow site are located. As the story quotes, a burial ground "somewhere up there", would not be surprising. The Hammonasset Line also crosses West Saugerties Rd.

Did the Vikings Get a Bum Rap?

A Yale historian wants us to rethink the terrible tales about the Norse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Stone Age groups made similar toolmaking breakthroughs

A UCSB professor’s research examines 13,000-year-old nanodiamonds from multiple locations across three continents

 

Whose Hands Used this Grindstone Discovered in the Woods?
By Dave Anderson

 

 

 

 

The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets

He’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his story

Editorial Note: not only is the new information really big news, it concludes that the skull most closely resembles the Ainu of Japan who were descendants of the Jomon Culture that flourished 12,000 years ago, and were sea going and the first to  develop pottery in Japan.  Betty Meggers first proposed in 1956 that there was a cultural connection between Jomon and the pottery of Valdivia in Ecuador.  Recently geneticists have  published haplogroup studies that support this theory. Thanks to Ros Strong for this.

What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?

A new Smithsonian Channel show reveals groundbreaking research that may explain what really went on there

America, in the Beginning

Archaeologists continue their search for evidence of how the vast, once-uninhabited regions of the New World came to be populated

Fisherman Pulls Up Beastly Evidence of Early Americans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History Got it Wrong: Scientists Now Say Serpent Mound as Old as Aristotle

 

Archaeologists Discover One of the Oldest Known Clovis Hunting Sites in North America

Archaeo-astronomy steps out from shadows of the past

 

Suburban expansion threatens prehistoric sites near St. Louis

 

Man claims he carved rune stone markings in '64

Ancient Man Used “Super-Acoustics” to Alter Consciousness (... and speak with the dead?)

Older Than the Rolling Stones

 

Navy faces daunting task of counting desert petroglyphs

 

Bones May Be Remains of a Viking King of Ireland

Prehistoric Rock Art Defaced in Utah

Visitors to Nine Mile Canyon decided to leave more than footprints at the longest art gallery in the world

13,000-year-old teenager was early American

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Stone circles found on Virginia property

 

13,500-Year-Old Tool-Making Site Uncovered in Idaho Forest

 

Minneapolis Replaces Columbus Day

With Indigenous Peoples Day

 

Amesbury in Wiltshire confirmed as oldest UK settlement

Ancient Caribou Hunting Site Discovered Under Lake Huron

An acoustic image of the ancient caribou hunting site produced via a mosaic of scanning sonar images. (Light colored objects are stones that produce a strong acoustic signature while dark areas are acoustic shadows.)

 

NEW C-14 TECHNIQUE HELPS DATE AUSTRALIAN ROCK ART

Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains

 

4,500 Year Old Boat Among Viking Artifacts Hoard

Discovered in Galway

Archaeologists Return to Oklahoma’s Spiro Mounds

Discoveries Challenge Beliefs on Humans’ Arrival in the Americas

Video link click here

 

Ancient Migration Patterns to North America Are Hidden in Languages Spoken Today

Languages spoken in North America and Siberia are distantly related. What does that tell us about the first Americans?



Were the Irish Living in the Southeast Before Columbus Arrived?

 
 
 

Chicken DNA 'suggests Columbus was firstNew research on the DNA on ancient bones from domesticated chickens confirms Columbus beat Polynesians to South America, say researchers. But not all agree. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Language 'evolution' may shed light on human migration out-of-Beringia: Relationship between Siberian, North American languages

Evolutionary analysis applied to the relationship between North American and Central Siberian languages may indicate that people moved out from the Bering Land Bridge, with some migrating back to central Asia and others into North America. Article from Science Daily, full article from Plos One "Linguistic Phylogenies Support Back-Migration from Beringia to Asia"

Are Stonehenge's Boulders Actually Big Bells?

Some of the structure's 'bluestones' ring when struck with a hammer.
MAR 5 2014, 2:45 PM ET

Malta Archaeoacoustics Conference Update

Hypogeum preliminary: www.archaeoacoustics.org
 

 

"Lost" New England Revealed by High-Tech Archaeology

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Clovis Boy Genome Reveals That 80 Percent Of American Natives Are Direct Descendants


See also: Ancient Genome Stirs Ethics Debate.

Ancient Footprints Found In England Date Back 800,000 Years, Called Oldest Outside Africa (VIDEO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave These Southwest Ruins Alone

By DAVID ROBERTS
Published: December 22, 2012 

 

Stonehenge 'was a prehistoric centre for rock music': Stones sound like bells, drums, and gongs when played

  • Rocks make metallic and wooden sounds, in many different notes
  • Monoliths were moved by Stone Age man from Wales to Stonehenge
  • Researchers believe their musical make-up could be why they were moved
  • Uncovering New England’s Viking connections 

By Christopher KleinGLOBE CORRESPONDENT   NOVEMBER 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

DNA indicates Eurasian roots for Native Americans, new study says

The Letter published in Nature November 20, 2013 along with supplimental information may be downloaded at Nature/12736.

 

 

 

 

 

Did Humans Arrive in Americas 30,000 Years Ago?

Genetic study pushes back timeline for first significant human population expansion

This week in the advance access edition of the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution 

(Oxford University Press)

 

Hundreds of other mounds, some of them built in the form of snakes and turtles, were erected across the Mississippi River basin by a culture that predated the indigenous people encountered by the first Europeans to venture onto the North American plains.
 
Excavations in the Midwest have turned up evidence of a massive ancient fire that likely marked “the beginning of the end” for what was once America’s largest city, archaeologists say.
 
A Neolithic stone complex has been found on an island of Lake Pielinen in Northern Karelia. Similar sites have previously only been found in Ostrobothnian coastal areas. This is the first of its kind in inland Finland.

 

Terceira: Subaquatic pyramidal shaped structure found – Azores

An underwater pyramidal structure was identified at a depth of 40 meters of the coast of Terceira Island. The perfectly squared structure was sighted by a private yacht owner, Diocleciano Silva, during a recreational trip.

 

 

 

 

 

The Vikings Were Not the First Colonizers of the Faroe Islands

Aug. 20, 2013 — From Science Digest. The Faroe Islands were colonised much earlier than previously believed, and it wasn't by the Vikings, according to new research. New archaeological evidence places human colonisation in the 4th to 6th centuries AD, at least 300-500 years earlier than previously demonstrated. The research, directed by Dr Mike J Church from Durham University and Símun V Arge from the National Museum of the Faroe Islands as part of the multidisciplinary project "Heart of the Atlantic," is pubblished in the Quaternary Science Reviews.

Dating Oldest Known Petroglyphs in North America


Aug. 13, 2013 A new high-tech analysis led by a University of Colorado Boulder researcher shows the oldest known petroglyphs in North America, which are cut into several boulders in western Nevada, date to at least 10,500 years ago and perhaps even as far back as 14,800 years ago. More pictures on EarthSky.

 

Ice core data supports ancient space impact idea

Find helps scientists map waves of migration across the continents

Jul 29, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

World's Oldest Calendar Discovered in U.K.

A series of large pits were dug by Mesolithic people to track the cycle of the moon.

Roff Smith

for National Geographic

Published July 15, 2013

Archaeologists working in Scotland have uncovered what they believe to be the world's oldest lunar calendara  series of 12 large, specially shaped pits that were designed to mimic  the various phases of the moon. The pits aligned perfectly on the midwinter solstice in a way that would have helped the hunter-gathers of Mesolithic Britain keep accurate track of the passage of the seasons and the lunar cycle.

Digging for the truth at controversial megalithic  site

Date
July 27, 2013

As theories of its origin abound, what does future hold for Narragansett Rune Stone?

Cave Art Shows Prehistoric Southern Living: Photos

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Science vs. Pseudoscience

New North America Viking Voyage Discovered

  

 

 

NEW: DMT Found in the Pineal Gland of Live Rats

Network Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Jewish Lore

TEL AVIV — One scholar likened it to finding the orphaned socks for generations of a family. Another compared it to law-enforcement’s use of DNA databases and face-recognition software.

NY teacher delves into mystery of 'Indian Ovens'

38,000 Historical Maps to Explore at New Online Library

Ogham stones digitised for new database

Updated: Wednesday, 08 May 2013

Stunning Astronomical Alignment Found at Peru Pyramid

 

 
 
 

William F. Romain and Norman L. Davis

Narragansett Rune Stone Returned; To Be Tested

The stone was removed from the waters off Pojac Point last summer;  it is now in state custody following a joint investigation by the state Attorney General and DEM.

Follow the link below to a list of conferences and events of interest to NEARA Members

http://www.examiner.com/article/ancient-american-events-this-april-2013 

NEARA Speaks

NEARA members speaking this month.

April 6, 8:00 PM
Central Massachusetts Chapter, MAS Lecture
"Upton Beehive"
Cathy Taylor
Zion Lutheran Church,
41 Whitmarsh Avenue,
Worcester, Massachusetts
http://www.massarchaeology.org/events_centralchapter.htm
and
April 20, 9:30 PM-5:30 PM
Massachusetts Archaeological Society Annual Meeting
incl. “Stone Constructions of the Atlantic Seaboard of the US and Canada: A Preliminary Overview”
Dr. Curtiss Hoffman and Cory Fournier, Bridgewater State University

Posted 4-7-2013

TWO NEW PROGRAMS OFFERED BY UMASS, BOSTON

For more information Visit UMASS, Boston's Web Site www.umb.edu

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Posted Mar. 10th, 2013

Researchers say crystal found at bottom of English Channel may be a fabled sunstone

Early human burials varied widely but most were simple Click here for the full story 

Feb. 21st Press release from University of Colorado Denver 

Swiss dolmen reveals rituals of the Neolithic

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Posted Jan. 11, 2013
Of interest to NEARA members;

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Paleoamerican Odyssey

A Conference Focused on First Americans Archaeology

October 17-19, 2013
Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

logo Eastern States Archaeological Federation
80th Annual Meeting

Hosted by the
Maine Archaeological Society

October 31-November 3, 2013

Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks
200 Sable Oaks Dr.,
South Portland, Maine 04106

 POSTED Dec. 12, 2012

European America or American Europe?

Calculating the Probability of Pre-Columbian Contact

POSTED Dec. 05, 2012  

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Greenland's viking settlers gorged on seals

POSTED Nov. 15, 2012

 

Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

POSTED Oct. 22, 2012

New Stanford analysis provides fuller picture of human expansion from Africa

POSTED Oct. 22nd, 2012

Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada

Sharpeners may be smoking guns in quest for New World's second Viking site.

 

POSTED Oct. 19th, 2012

Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on

A conference in Cambridge this weekend will mark the 60th anniversary of the decipherment by Michael Ventris of Linear B, a script used for an early form of ancient Greek.  His stunning achievement pushed back the frontiers of knowledge about the ancient world.

POSTED Oct. 9th, 2012

Archaeologists find 9,000 years of human occupation at Vt.'s Chimney Point State Park

September 26, 2012

How to Retrace Early Human Migrations

 

Oct. 23rd, 2011

Archaeologist Claims 12,000-Year-Old Solstice Site in Clarke County

May 14, 2011

Comet Theory Comes Crashing to Earth

 

Tsunami-hit towns forgot warnings from ancestors

Modern sea walls failed to protect coastal towns from Japan’s destructive tsunami last month. But in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, a single centuries-old tablet saved the day.

High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants,’’ the stone slab reads. “Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.’’

It was advice the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi heeded, and their homes emerged unscathed from a disaster that flattened low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands along Japan’s northeastern shore.

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 Stone Formations May Be Native American Tribute To Winter Solstice Sunrise


   Pictures: "The Hammonasset Line'

Along The 'Hammonasset Line' Madison Resident Finding Stone Formations He Believes Native Americans Built Long Ago To Mark Winter Solstice Sunrise MADISON

By PETER MARTEKA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Hartford Courant

December 20, 2010

As the summer solstice approaches each June, a chunk of white rock in a manmade chamber on the edge of a reservoir here is illuminated by sunlight in the shape of a dagger.

In another part of town, a 7-acre parcel is filled with stone walls that align during the solstices with rocks in the shape of snakes, white quartz boulders, prayer seats and assorted cairns.

These stone displays are among the thousands discovered by Madison resident and retired engineer Tom Paul along what he calls the "Hammonasset Line." Paul believes the solar alignment runs from a Native American council rock on Long Island, across the Sound, through Madison and Killingworth, northwest through Waterbury and the Berkshires into the Catskills. He said he thinks many of the stone formations date back thousands of years and were constructed by Native Americans to mark the sunrise of winter solstice – when the Earth is farthest from the sun — and the sunset of summer solstice, when the Earth is closest to the sun.  

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 Multiple burials at Orkney Neolithic site

BBC December 2, 2010

 

A stone slab forms the roof of one of the chambers

Archaeologists have recovered remains from at least eight people after initial excavation at a Neolithic tomb site in Orkney discovered in October.

A narrow, stone-lined passageway leads to five chambers, two of which have been part-excavated so far.

Fragments of skull and hipbone have been unearthed, some carefully placed in gaps in the stones, suggesting the 5,000-year-old site is undisturbed.

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CNN International Explores the Secrets of Armenia’s Stonehenge

A stone circle located high in the highlands of Southern Armenia may in fact be the oldest stone observatory in the world, predating England’s Stonehenge. According to newly started excavations, the Armenian Stonehenge (Karahunj) has a history of 7500 years. It’s discovery has sparked a scientific debate in astronomical and astrological circles. Yerkir Media’s Gayane Avetisyan reports on the story for CNN World View.

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 More Proof That Vikings Were First to America

By Lisa Abend Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

Jack Heretik of the Knights of Columbus portrays the 15th century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus during a Columbus Day event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 2010

Jack Heretik of the Knights of Columbus portrays the 15th century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus during a Columbus Day event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 2010 (right)

Pity poor Leif Ericsson. The Viking explorer may well have been the first European to reach the Americas, but it is a certain Genoan sailor who gets all the glory. Thanks to evidence that has until now consisted only of bare archeological remains and a bunch of Icelandic legends, Ericsson has long been treated as a footnote in American history: no holiday, no state capitals named after him, no little ditty to remind you of the date of his voyage. But a group of Icelandic and Spanish scientists studying one mysterious genetic sequence — and one woman who's been dead 1,000 years — may soon change that.  

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 First Americans 'reached Europe five centuries before Columbus discoveries'

Scientists claim first Americans arrived long before Columbus bumped into an island in the Bahamas in 1492.

By Giles Tremlett,Madrid Tuesday 16 November 2010 17.43 GMT

Christopher Columbus did not introduce the first native Americans to Europe, according to new research. Picture: PoodlesRock/Corbis

When Christopher Columbus paraded his newly discovered American Indians through the streets of Spanish towns at the end of the 15th century, he was not in fact introducing the first native Americans to Europe, according to new research.

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 World's oldest Copper Age settlement found

Indo-Asian News Service
Belgrade, November 15, 2010

A "sensational" discovery of 75-century-old copper tools in Serbia is compelling scientists to reconsider existing theories about where and when man began using metal. Belgrade - axes, hammers, hooks and needles - were found interspersed with other artefacts from a settlement that burned down some 7000 years ago…

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Digger finds Neolithic tomb complex

Posted 31 October 2010

Excavations have exposed a complex rock cut chamber with skulls in it. Archaeologists on Orkney are investigating what is thought to be a 5,000-year-old tomb complex. A local man stumbled on the site while using a mechanical digger for landscaping. It appears to contain a central passageway and multiple chambers excavated from rock. There is a large neolithic burial complex nearby called The Tomb of the Eagles where over 300 bodies were found.

"Potentially these skeletons could tell us so much about Neolithic people," said Orkney Islands Council archaeologist Julie Gibson"

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Pseudoscience’s human cost exposed at Trottier Symposium

By William Raillant-Clark

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

James Randi demonstrates the effectiveness of a so-called "bomb-sniffing" device at the Trottier Symposium, "Confronting pseudoscience: a call to action." / Photo Owen Egan (left)

 

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house – not what you would typically expect at a symposium on science. This year’s Trottier Symposium was entitled “Confronting Pseudoscience: A Call to Action,” and it would not be out of order to conclude that many in the audience were surprised by the emotion on stage, and by extension, in the seats.

How very powerful it is to hear a researcher’s voice tremble as he describes the needless suffering and deaths of the victims of quackery. Many facts were presented at the event, but the most important was clearly that beyond the merchandising of lies, pseudoscience causes real human suffering every day.

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 Smithsonian does not dispute authenticity of archaeological find in Vero Beach

By Elliott Jones

 

VERO BEACH — The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has found no reason to dispute the authenticity of an one-of-a-kind archaeological discovery (pictured at right) that might help confirm a human presence here up to 13,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age.

In early 2009, local fossil collector James Kennedy cleaned off an old bone he found two years earlier and noticed some lines on it — lines that turned out to be a clear etching of a walking mammoth with tusks. Click here for full story

 Possible Geoglyphs Spotted in Peru

A huge network of earthworks, or geoglyphs, is visible in satellite imagery of a large area around Titicaca Lake, a researcher claims.

By Rossella Lorenzi
Thu Oct 14, 2010

A researcher used Google maps to spot what she claims are geoglyphs around Titicaca Lake in Peru. The area was heavily landscaped by Andean communities to improve agriculture. Some argue the shapes are just agricultural projects, not earthworks

An Italian researcher may have discovered a huge network of earthworks representing birds, snakes and other animals in Peru, according to a study published on the Cornell University physics website arXiv.

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, assistant professor at the department of physics of Turin's Polytechnic University, used Google satellite maps and AstroFracTool, an astronomical image-processing program which she developed, to investigate over 463 square miles of land around Peru's Titicaca Lake.

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Author explores legend of the Westford Knight

By Rachel R. Briere, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Updated: 09/22/2010 07:00:34 AM EDT

WESTFORD -- It's a modern-day knight's tale. For more than five decades, historians from near and far have been trying to uncover rock-solid evidence to validate the legend of the Westford knight.

Off Depot Street, a stone's throw from the Abbot School, is the epicenter of local folklore. A rock, with little prominence other than a chain, post fence and small plaque, could hold a story more significant than that other Bay State stone -- Plymouth Rock. And one Massachusetts native and author has begun a quest to make its presence known. Click here for full story.

 

Treasure hunter hopes new law clears path to gold
Province to replace old rules with Oak Island Act


By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau
Thu. Jul 15 - 4:54 AM

Dan Blankenship says he’s growing impatient waiting for a green light to resume exploration for buried treasure on Oak Island.

News the province plans to repeal the Treasure Trove Act and create an Oak Island Act is interesting at best, the 87-year-old said Wednesday.

 

He and his American partners applied two years ago for a licence to dig for treasure believed to be buried on Oak Island. And even though they’re paying "over $30,000 a year in taxes (on property), we can’t get a treasure trove licence," he said. He and his partners own about 78 per cent of Oak Island, including the money pit, the spot where treasure is said to be hidden. 

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 3,350-year-old fragment of text found

July 13th – Bloomburg News

 

Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University of Jerusalem held a fragment bearing an ancient form of writing (right).

(Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press)

JERUSALEM — A tiny clay fragment dating from the 14th century BC discovered outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls contains the oldest written document found in the city, researchers say.

The 3,350-year-old clay fragment was uncovered during sifting of fill excavated from beneath a 10th-century BC tower, dating from the period of King Solomon in an area near the southern wall of the Old City, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. Details of the find appear in the current Israel Exploration Journal.

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Skulls show New World was settled twice: study

JUNE 14th, 2010

http://www.physorg.com

Paleoanthropologists from Brazil, Chile and Germany compared the skulls of several dozen Paleoamericans, dating back to the early days of migration 11,000 years ago, with the more recent remains of more than 300 Amerindians.

"We found that the differences between Early and Late Native American groups match the predictions of a two-migration scenario far better than they do those of any other hypothesis," they said."

"In other words, these differences are so large that it is highly improbable that the earliest inhabitants of the New World were the direct ancestors of recent Native American populations."

Their landmark research found differences in the cranial morphology that could only be explained by the fact that the last common ancestor of the Early and Late Native American groups came from outside the continent.

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Who Were the First Americans? by STEPHEN FRIED

Archaeologist Dennis Jenkins displays cordage, netting, and basketry from the Paisley Caves in central Oregon.Parade

June 13, 2010

Who really discovered America? If you think the earliest Americans were Christopher Columbus and his crew, or even the Native Americans they met here, you’d be off by thousands of years. The debate over just how many years—and how people lived after arriving here—is one of the most important in ancient U.S. history. The hunt for “the American Adam,” says David Meltzer, a professor of prehistory at Southern Methodist University, is a “search for insight into how our species adapted to a truly new world.”Link to full article Click here

 

 

 

 

A 12,000-year-old find in Keene

By MELANIE PLENDA
Union Leader Correspondent
Thursday, Jun. 10, 2010

KEENE –Just beyond the grind of machinery and trucks working to build a state of the art middle school in Keene lays the remnants of the life that used to be there. Before machines, before planes and cars, before the first settlers from strange lands, people were here. They built fires and carved tools, had families, and most of all, existed. Link to article click here

Discoveries might reveal origins of Southeastern N.C.'s first inhabitants

Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 3:30 a.m.

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Zulu Discovery owner Jim Batey holds a piece of North Carolina black chert

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH |

A local captain and his crew have discovered a unique rock and nearby artifacts that might help reveal how the first people came to Southeastern North Carolina thousands of years ago.

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Zulu Discovery owner Jim Batey holds a piece of North Carolina black chert (left)

 

 

 

 

Markings of Vikings discovered in Lawrence?

April 26, 2010

By Mark E. Vogler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LAWRENCE — Al and Joyce Sunskis think they have proof the Vikings passed through Tower Hill six centuries ago.

They believe a rock that sets in the backyard of their Maurice Avenue home next to an ancient wellspring bears markings that may have been carved or chiseled by Norsemen who sailed up and down the Merrimack River.

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America's architectural heritage: Native American mortuary temples 

March 24th,  2010  

 

Archaeologists believe that many Native American cultures were obsessed with death and the hereafter.  The most obvious evidence is the abundance of burial mounds containing human remains with grave openings.  However, certain cultures not only built burial mounds, but also earthen complexes contain burial mounds, geometric patterns and mounds, which did not contain burials.  North of the Southern Highlands, these ceremonial complexes contain few or no houses.  This means that people traveled to these sites from distant villages in order build, worship, trade and socialize.  There is evidence that some cultures even brought the remains of their love ones to be treated with rituals or cremated. 

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Why and how did Native Americans build mounds?

March 7th,  2010

 

When English and Scottish settlers first arrived in what was to become the United States, they encountered literally thousands of abandoned earthen and shell mounds that seemed not to be associated with occupied Indian villages.

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Oxford Journal:  When Scholarship and Tribal Heritage Face Off Against Commerce  

March 12th, 2010

When Scholarship and Tribal Heritage Face Off Against Commerce

OXFORD, Ala. — Overlooking the Interstate and an outdoor shopping mall here stands a sad little hill, bald but for four bare trees and a scattering of stones.

That the stones are there is beyond argument. But everything else about them — whether somebody put them there, how long they have been there and what should be done with them — became a matter of fierce debate last summer and has continued to yield surprising twists into recent weeks.

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In the News Archive

POSTED Oct. 9th, 2012

Archaeologists find 9,000 years of human occupation at Vt.'s Chimney Point State Park

September 26, 2012 

How to Retrace Early Human Migrations

Archaeologist Claims 12,000-Year-Old Solstice Site in Clarke County

Oct. 23rd, 2011

Comet Theory Comes Crashing to Earth

May 14, 2011

Ohio and Kentucky both lay claim to Indian Head Rock

January 26, 2009

Thousand-year-old Burial Mounds Near Longview, Texas, under investigation

January 25, 2009

Backgrounder Web Article on the Carnac, France, Megalithic Stone Circle

January 23, 2009

Prehistoric Ceremonial Sites Many Thousands of Years Old Found in Finland

January 22, 2009

Prehistoric Rock Art (400-1000 years old) found in Tennessee Rock Shelter

January 22, 2009

New development in 9,500 year ago Black Sea flood study

January 22, 2009

New research into language evolution suggests most Pacific populations originated in Taiwan around 5,200 years ago

January 22, 2009

An analysis of bacteria in the guts of modern humans shows that two major migrations from Southeast Asia populated the islands of the Pacific

January 22, 2009

New Book Coming on Canada’s Stonehenge

January 17, 2009

Prehistoric Orkney Stone Circle to be featured on Scottish currency

January 16, 2009

Pre-Clovis evidence (13,500 years old) found at Gault site in Texas.

January 16, 2009

If you haven’t already seen them, check out these YouTube videos on Native American lithic sites here and here.

January 16, 2009

Rock art (5000 years old) found in Northumberland, England.

January 15, 2009

Remote Sensing Technology used to uncover undisturbed remains of a 1300 year old Ancestral Puebloan community near Las Vegas

January 9, 2009

Native American Sacred Stonework protected from airport development project at Turner Falls, MA. See also here, here, and here.

January 6, 2009

Acoustic properties of ancient sites being investigated (see another article here)

January 6, 2009

Analog in New Guinea may suggest some Ohio mounds were defensive works.

January 4, 2009

4,300-year-old tombs found in Egypt

December 22, 2008

Prehistoric grave mounds in Denmark exhibit astronomical alignments

December 19, 2008

New article on the ancient stone circle of Oshoro, Japan

December 14, 2008

Newport Tower Featured as U-Haul Truck Graphics

June 20, 2008

Ancient cave linked to early Christians in Jordan

June 11, 2008

Ancient laborer burial ground excavated near Rome

June 10, 2008

A Time Before New Hampshire & Vermont -- Workshop Offered This Summer

June 10, 2008

Ancient Greek grave found during subway work

June 9, 2008

Gathering of World Experts on the Possibility of Early Trans-Atlantic Contact

June 5, 2008

Egypt uncovers 'missing' pyramid of a pharaoh

June 5, 2008

Beringia: humans were here

May 17, 2008

Egyptians farming New World corn thousands of years before Columbus?

May 17, 2008

Remote Ontario Lake Reveals Mysterious Ancient Structure

March 5, 2008

Explore Oak Island Days 2008 will be held June 20 - 22

March 1, 2008

Ancient pyramid found in central Mexico City

December 28, 2007

First map to mention America goes on permanent display in US

December 13, 2007

Tamil Brahmi script in Egypt

December 3, 2007

Strange medallion found in Antigua, West Indies

November 13, 2007

Ancient temple and mural unearthed in Peru

November 11, 2007

Norwegian rune stone deciphered

October 5, 2007

Stone cairns in Nipsachuck Woods, RI, a complex issue for developers

August 15, 2007

Enigmatic Stone Holes of South Dakota

July 27, 2007

Incan bones found in Østfold, Norway

June 26, 2007

First Chickens in Americas Were Brought From Polynesia

June 5, 2007

Ancient Rhode Island Burial and Memorial Site Threatened

May 18, 2007

Stone cairns under investigation in Nipsachuck Woods, RI

April 15, 2007

Paper challenges 1491 Amazonian population theories

March 6, 2007

Gilbert Stuart birthplace displays “Leaching Stone”

March 3, 2007

Peruvian citadel from 400 BC is site of ancient solar observatory

(Connecticut researchers claim it is the oldest in the Americas. We need to invite them to a NEARA meeting and a tour of Mystery Hill.)

March 1, 2007

More Norse sites claimed to have been found in Newfoundland

February 28, 2007

New C14 dates restrict Clovis culture time window

February 22, 2007

Minnesota artifacts could date up to 15,000 BP.

February 14, 2007

5000-year-old skeletons discovered in an embrace

February 12, 2007

5,000 year old mounds under study in Louisiana

February 7, 2007

New research on navigation using birefringent crystals

February 7, 2007

Neolithic site found near England's Stonehenge

January 30, 2007

Deciphering of earliest Semitic text

January 23, 2007

Lecture explores Newport Tower's origins

January 23, 2007

A new study proposed for the Upton Chamber

January 21, 2007

Ancient Weapons Discovered in Syrian Ruins

January 16, 2007

Send the Westford "boat stone" to a lab for forensic investigation? (including video)

January 15, 2007

Stone Tools found in Minn. may be 14,000 years old

January 13, 2007

Maine Petroglyphs Under Study

January 7, 2007

13th century text hides words of Archimedes

December 26, 2006

Incised slabs from mounds in Tennessee making news

December 24, 2006

Religious Snake Carving in Botswana 70,000 Years Old

November 30, 2006

Antikythera Mechanism from c.100 BC was an Astronomical Computer

November 29, 2006

Ancient Roman Shipwreck Dazzles Archeologists

November 14, 2006

New edition of Ptolemy's second century AD "Geography"

September 30, 2006

Archaeological dig planned for Newport Tower vicinity starting October 15.

September 30, 2006

3000 year old inscription found in Mexico

September 14, 2006

In Memoriam: James W. Mavor, Jr.

August 30, 2006

Neolithic men in Greece had their own sheds

August 27, 2006

Vandalism damages 1500 year old Arctic petroglyphs.

August 26, 2006

Remains of Jacques Cartier settlement of 1541 unearthed.

August 22, 2006

No Chinese settlement on Cape Breton Island say archaeologists after visiting the claimed site

July 27, 2006

Town of Upton to vote on purchase of chamber site

July 14, 2006

New Astronomical Alignments Found

July 4, 2006

Archaeologists to investigate near Newport Tower

June 22, 2006

Origins of agriculture pushed back to 11,000 BP, and more widespread.

June 18, 2006

Solstice alignment found at Welsh Bryn Celli Dhu chamber

June 18, 2006

New Rock Art News BLOG — and an International Cupule Conference

June 17, 2006

Opportunity to visit Oak Island

June 14, 2006

Web site and book launch for claimed Chinese settlement in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

May 2, 2006

Stone celt found in southern India with Indus script on it.

May 1, 2006

Were North American mammoths and other mammals killed off by humans 12,000 years ago?

May 1, 2006

The eruption of Santorini now dated about a century earlier than previously thought.

April 28, 2006

Article scorns report of Bosnian pyramids. (also here)

April 27, 2006

Kennewick Man Skeletal Find May Revolutionize Continent's History

April 26, 2006

New treasure hunt may begin on Oak Island in a few months.

April 25, 2006

Personified disk unearthed at 4,000 year old temple in Peru

April 25, 2006

Archaeologist: people were at South Carolina's Topper site 50,000 BP. (also here and here)

April 24, 2006

Japanese researchers find new giant picture on Peru's Nazca Plateau (scroll down to the bottom)

April 20, 2006

Gloria Farley honored by Oklahoma State Senate

April 18, 2006

Three ancient pyramids discovered in Bosnia. (also here, here, here, here, and here)

April 14, 2006

Were Polynesians in California before Columbus?

April 6, 2006

Chinese exposition to celebrate the 600th Anniversary of Zheng He's voyages (1405-1433 AD)

April 5, 2006

Trove of Sumerian tablets found dating to 2700-2100 BC

March 28, 2006

Public presentation on research of ancient Chinese explorations

March 23, 2006

Who Were The First Americans?

March 13, 2006

Century-old Columbus mystery nearly solved

March 10, 2006

World's oldest ship timbers found in Egyptian desert

March 6, 2006

 Norumbega Reconsidered: Mawooshen and the Wawenoc Diaspora

March 2, 2006

"Kelp Highway" finding lends strength to the coastal  migration theory

February 19, 2006

Did first Americans come from Europe?

February 19, 2006

NASA, University Scientists Uncover Lost Maya Ruins -- From Space

February 15, 2006

Newly discovered French prehistoric cave art may be 27,000 years old

February 6, 2006

Vikings Filed Their Teeth, Skeleton Study Shows

February 3, 2006

Evidence of earliest African slaves brought to new world

January 31, 2006

Sunken Warship from 1694 sets off a new Mediterranean battle

January 28, 2006

Newfound Ancient Chinese map of America: a fake?
(also here — scroll down for English)

January 26, 2006

Neandertals were good hunters

January 25, 2006

New Information on Glozel

December 16, 2005

Ancient Humans Brought Bottle Gourds To The Americas From Asia

December 11, 2005

Stone tools found in southern England have been dated to 700,000 years ago (also here)

December 14, 2005

Did two distinct populations settle the Americas more than 12,000 years ago? (also here)

December 13, 2005

Australian Petroglyph Site Under Threat by Industrial Development

December 5, 2005

Flints give Cyprus oldest seafaring link in Med

November 22, 2005

Map of Southern Tip of Italy, 500 BC

November 18, 2005

Ancient Ohio Earthworks Used for Astronomical Observations of the Moon (also here)

October 29, 2005

Tiny chinless wonders threaten anthropology rift

October 11, 2005

Aboriginal petroforms under threat by land developers

September 26, 2005

Enthusiast uses Google to reveal Roman ruins

September 14, 2005

Ancient phallus unearthed in cave

July 25, 2005

Seafloor survey buoys Atlantis claim

July 22, 2005

Peruvian ‘writing’ system goes back 5,000 years

July 20, 2005

8,000-year-old relics found in Miss.

July 18, 2005

Claimed find of second Viking site in Newfoundland

July 11, 2005

After 9,300 years, Kennewick Man's exam begins

July 6, 2005

Footprints of 'First Americans'

July 7, 2005

Unexplained Underwater Stone Structure found in Ontario

July 2, 2005

Oak Island in the News (two items)

July 2, 2005

Did ancient Polynesians visit California?

June 20, 2005

Ruins found in Cape Breton claimed to be Chinese

June 7, 2005

Europe's Oldest Script Found in Bulgaria

May 18, 2005

'Original men' of Malaysia tell story of migration

May 13, 2005

Ancient Metalworking Sites Recreation

April 26, 2005

Genetic testing reveals awkward truth about Xingiang's famous mummies

April 19, 2005

Evidence of early urbanization in Turkey

April 18, 2005

Ancient Maya Entrepreneurs Made Salt

April 5, 2005

Owner of Upton Chamber property willing to sell to the town

April 3, 2005

Minas Basin "footprints" made by ancient fish?

March 29, 2005

Itinerant Irish may be remnants of pre-Celtic culture? (also here and here)

March 27, 2005

Bayers Lake mystery wall baffles archeology buffs

March 21, 2005

Ancient tombs found in Loubu desert, China

March 18, 2005

Archaeologist discovers ancient ships in a cave in Egypt

March 18, 2005

2100 year old skeleton found under Geneva cathedral

March 14, 2005

Chess piece of walrus ivory, late 11th or early 12th century, similar to 1841 find on Isle of Lewis

March 14, 2005

Novel Babylonian inscription discovered in Iran

March 14, 2005

A 2,400-year-old British warrior leader found buried in his chariot <

(also here)

March 10, 2005

Viking sagas read through the lens of climate change

March 9, 2005

Divers find Bronze Age artifacts off Devon coast

March 8, 2005

King Tut 'died from a broken leg'

March 8, 2005

700-year-old tunnels dug out on farm in Scotland

March 7, 2005

How prehistoric farmers saved us from new Ice Age

March 6, 2005

New Hominid Fossils Found in Ethiopia Predate "Lucy."

March 5, 2005

Ruins of 1,000-year-old palace discovered in Nepal

March 4, 2005

 

Egyptologists Uncover one of the Best-Preserved Mummies.

March 3, 2005

FSU anthropologist leads incredible journey through 'hobbit' brain

March 3, 2005

The High-Tech of Prehistory

March 3, 2005

Ancient Mesopotamian city built in desert for metallurgical industry

March 2, 2005

Found: first-ever complete example of an Iron Age kiln

March 2, 2005

Prehistoric artifact found in Scallop Drag (video)

March 1, 2005

Toys 7000 years old unearthed in Florida

February 18, 2005

Underwater arrowheads, tools dazzle Maritime historians

(also here, and video)

February 17, 2005

The Origin of Prehistoric Polynesians

February 2005

American Geological Institute Article on Kensington Rune Stone

January 2005

Rock Art Hints at Whaling Origins

April 21, 2004

Scientists Win New Battle Over Skeleton

April 20, 2004

UW Student Considers Mound a Key Archaic Site

April 18, 2004

Old Stones Reveal their Age

April 14, 2004

Review of "The Island at the Center of the World"

April 5, 2004

Astronomy Study Reveals Ancient Places of Healing

April 4, 2004

Teeth Unravel Anglo-Saxon Legacy

March 17, 2004

A Biological Dig for the Roots of Language

March 16, 2004

Scientists Discover Lost World

February 15, 2004

Kennewick Man Ruling - Politics or Science?

February 14, 2004

City Preserves Historic Tribal Observatory

January 26, 2004

7,500 Year Old Settlement Found in Norwell Mass

January 22, 2004

Big Chill Killed Off the Neanderthals

January 21, 2004

Canadian Finds Signs of Ancient Greek Battle

January 21, 2004

Archeologists Mistake 1940's Patio for Viking Village

January 8, 2004

Prehistoric Cave For Sale

January 5, 2004

New World Link to Arctic Find

January 2, 2004

SALU Moot Sheds New Light on Harappa Civilization

December 31, 2003

Treasure Hunter Solves Oak Island Puzzle?

December 29, 2003

Calusa Built Round Homes

December 23, 2003

Site Turns Up 1000's of Ancient Artifacts

December 21, 2003

Archeologist Finds Treasure of a Lifetime

December 14, 2003

10,000 Stolen Relics From American West Recovered

December 12, 2003

German "Stonehenge" Marks Oldest Observatory

December 8, 2003

Firefighters Find Unearth Ancient Indian Camp

December 6, 2003

Stone Age Research Center Opens in Indiana

December 5, 2003

What (and why) is Serpent Mound?

December 2, 2003

New Study Deems Vinland Map Authentic

November 24, 2003

Ancient Hearth Tests Carbon Dating

November 17, 2003

Etruscan Demons, Monsters Unearthed

November 5, 2003

Seed Study Breaths Life In Old Remains

November 3, 2003

Company Expansion Threatens Culture Site

November 2, 2003

Is This Where Jesus Bathed?

October 22, 2003

Amazonian Find Stuns Researchers

September 20, 2003

Mohicans Oversee Dig Into Their Past

September 15, 2003

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Tribes vs. Scientists in Court over Ancient Remains

September 11, 2003

Find Gives Insight Into Northeast 9,000 Years Ago

September 10, 2003

Baja Skulls Shake up American Ancestry

September 6, 2003

2,100 Year Old Fish Trap Found in Alaskan River

September 6, 2003

Lion Man takes Pride of Place as Oldest Statue

September 4, 2003

Past Centuries Emerge from Miami Parking lot

September 3, 2003

DNA Study to Settle Inuit/Viking Mingling Mystery

September 1, 2003

Stone Circle Found On Remote Scottish Island

August 28, 2003

Haffenreffer Seeks NEARA help w/Viking Weekend

August 25, 2003

Date of Early Human Site Debated

August 22, 2003

String, and Knot, Theory of Inca Writing

August 12, 2003

Archeologist Unearth German Stonehenge

August 8, 2003

New World Ancestors Lose 12,000 Years

July 25, 2003

Make Way for Duckies

July 18, 2003

Petroform Destroyed in the Name of Progress

July 10, 2003

Extinct Language Reveals Celtic Origins

July 2, 2003

A&M Method Challenges Cave Painting Claims

July 2, 2003

A Wellspring of Ancient Manuscripts

June 25, 2003

Early Heartland of Agriculture found in New Guinea

June 24, 2003

Orkney Discovery May be First Farm in Britain

June 20, 2003

Y Chromosomes Rewrite British History

June 19, 2003

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NEARA Seeks Assistant Webmaster

June 17, 2003

An Archeological Tour in the Upper Midwest

June 16, 2003

Archaeologists Unearth Britain's First Cave Pictures

June 15, 2003

In Ancient Skulls From Ethiopia, Familiar Faces

June 12, 2003

Stone Faces Found in Southbridge

May 11, 2003

Kaskaskia Illinois -to-French Dictionary

May 6, 2003

Doubt Cast on Age of Oldest Human Art

April 18, 2003

Ancient Drawing May Shed Light on Andean Religion

April 15, 2003

For Kon-Tiki Theory, Ray of Hope is Dashed

April 1, 2003

"King of Stonehenge" was a settler from the Alps

February 11, 2003

The Pinta, Santa Maria, and a Chinese Junk?

January 29, 2003

Black Sea Yields Ship from Greece in Glory Days

January 16, 2003

In the Wake of Zheng He

January 15, 2003

Making Waves Over Noah's Flood

January 14, 2003

Shroud Lifts on Unearthed Ancient Relics in Acton

January 5, 2003

An Ancient Link to Africa Lives on in Bay of Bengal

December 10, 2002

New Evidence of Early Form of Writing in Mexico

December 6, 2002

Skull Proves First Americans Came from Europe?

December 3, 2002

NEARA Fall Conference A Success!

November 16, 2002

Kennewick Man Court Decision

August 30, 2002

Standing Stones on Wild Hill Remain a Puzzle

February 2, 2002

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