At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2012/300-000-year-old-flint… … reports the discovery in Picardy of a site with five prehistoric levels ranging in date between 300,000 and 80,000 years ago, most of which belong to Neanderthals.
At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-18840754 … Inverness, it seems, was an important area for iron production, following the discovery of metal working hearths or furnaces. The discovery was made during ground preparations for a new campus complex for the University of the Highlands and Islands, and was formerly farm land. The finds date between 400 and 100BC.
At www.archaeology.org/1207/features/london_2012_olympic_park.html … is about the archaeology found at Stratford when building the new facilities for the Olympics. Some 10,000 artefacts were found, going back over 6000 years. In addition, boreholes going back to the start of the Holocene were taken. The same subject appears in the July issue of British Archaeology magazine.
Lastly, at www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/uoc-urr071612.php … recent excavations at the city of Tikal (Maya) have identified what are new engineering feats, such as a dam, reservoirs, sand filtration system, etc. Tikal had a population of around 60 to 80,000 people. Plazas, pavements, roadways, buildings, and canals are other features of Maya enterprise.