Bryn celli Dhu on Anglesey, is a prehistoric mound situated in the middle of a farm field, suitably fenced off from livestock and with a couple of footpaths from the main road allowing visitors an easy route to the monument. What was described in archaeology literature as a carved stone has turned out to be a fossilised tree trunk - with the bark and broken top of the tree clearly visible. Gary Gilligan sent in the link to a you tube video - go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IubRw2ko69U and be prepared to be surprised.
At http://westerndigs.org/long-hidden-sites-discovered-in-the-southwest-may... ... the Apache tribes were thought to be relatively recent arrivals to Arizona and New Mexico but it looks like they were there for a long time according to archaeologists - at least as early as the 14th century. This is of course the beginning of the Little Ice Age (and the time of the Black Death in other parts of the world) so we might imagine they migrated into the region as a result of changing weather patterns.
Damerham is located between Cranbourne and Fordingbridge, on the Wiltshire uplands (the Downs) at the very edge of Cranbourne Chase - and not that far from the New Forest. As such, it is not surprising it has become the latest Neolithic complex to excite archaeologists. At http://phys.org/print304757967.html ... we have a piece on Damerham after a field survey prompted by aerial photography, which spotted crop marks - the field survey (on a recently ploughed field) was designed to see if there was any evidence of life - and tools and bits and pieces came to light.
I've just watched a Channel 4 TV documentary on the Hanging Gardens of Nineveh, Sunday 24th of November, in which an Oxford University researcher has matched a museum inscription of Sennacherib with a 100km long canal from the foothills of the Zagros mountains into the ancient metropolis of the Assyrians and the palace gardens. Seems authentic.
At http://phys.org/news/2013-11-ancient-giant-sloth-bones-humans.html ... a paper in 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences' concerns an investigation in Uruguay at a bone bed.
At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/uoc-asg112013.php ... a skeleton of an individual dated around 24,000 years ago, at the height of the Late Glacial Maximum (LGM) was found at a site it south central Siberia, known as Mal'ta. It belongs to the Upper Palaeothic and as such attracted the attention of geneticists, and they have published a paper in Nature. It claims the individual shows little genetic affinity with the modern population of central Siberia - which is not althogether surprising as the region has been awash with migrations over the last 5000 years.
At www.livescience.com/41143-city-found-under-canaanite-city.html ... archaeologists have unearthed a city beneath a Canaanite city - in Israel. This is how the story is presented, as if this was something unusual, a peculiar way to write about an archaeology discovery. What they mean to convey is that another city from a different era lay under the city of the Biblical period (9th and 8th centuries BC).The hidden remains are simply the Late Bronze period city of Gezer (and the geezer is Amenophis III, as an amulet of his was found in the new level).
At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2013/neanderthal-string-theory ... a Neanderthal occupation site in the Ardeche in France has shownthey used string to thread a knecklace of stones, teeth, and shells, or used as pendants.
A new articel in Quaternary Science Review claims twisted fibres were being used as early as 90,000 years ago in Europe. They also hunted large mammals (as recognised) and small prey such as fish, ducks, raptors, rabbits, roots and plants (leaves) and they made use of wood also as well as plant fibres.
At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25004282 ... research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science say they have found the specific outcrop of spotted dolerite from where most of the bluestones came from has been identifed. It is at Carn Goedog in the Preseli mountains. The rhyolites (another one of the bluestones) was sourced some 31km aw2ay at Craig Rhos y Felin. However, whether they were carried by ice to Wiltshire, or transported by humans is another question.