Archaeology Weekly Roundup

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Timbuktu’s world heritage site mosques are under attack by pickaxe-wielding Islamists. Ansar Dine vowed to destroy mosques if they contain shrines to Sufi saints.

A team of scientists led by Dr. Xiaohong Wu of Peking University has recently dated sediment layers containing pottery fragments in Xianrendong Cave in China and found them to be approximately 20,000 years old, predating the earliest known pottery dates by about 2,000 years, and predating the advent of agriculture by about 10,000 years.

Villagers of the West Bank village Battir are trying to have their ancient agricultural terraces added to the World Heritage List on an emergency basis in an attempt to convince Israel to reroute the security barrier it intends to build through the valley.

The icon of Rome’s foundation, a life-size bronze statue of a she-wolf with two human infants suckling her, is about 1,700 years younger than its city, Rome’s officials admitted.

Archaeologists have unearthed the foundation of what appears to have been a massive, ancient structure, possibly a bridge leading to an artificial island, in what is now southeast Wales.

A team of scientists, led by researcher Carles Lalueza-Fox from, has recovered part of the genome of two individuals that lived in the Mesolithic Period in Spain, 7000 years ago.

Pakistani officials say they are doing their best to save one of the most important archaeological sites in south Asia, Mohenjo Daro. But some experts fear the Bronze Age site could be lost unless radical steps are taken.

South Korea’s archaeological agency says it has unearthed evidence of East Asia’s oldest known farming site, a field with Neolithic remains which may be up to 5,600 years old.

Archaeologists excavating an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Cambridgeshire say the discovery of a woman buried with a cow is a “genuinely bizarre” find.

Beirut’s Minet al-Hosn construction site does not contain the remains of a Phoenician port as maintained by the Directorate General of Antiquities and the former Culture Minister, according to a new archaeological report obtained by The Daily Star.

University of Tübingen and South African researchers have revealed sophisticated design and technology developed by early humans to make bows and arrows.

When the Taliban blew the face off a towering, 1,500-year-old rock carving of Buddha in northwest Pakistan almost five years ago, it fell to an intrepid Italian archaeologist to work to restore it.

A hairpin belonging to 16th century French Queen Catherine de Medici has been discovered at a royal residence outside Paris. What has conservators scratching their heads is exactly where it was found: down a communal toilet.

Archaeologists in Guatemala have announced the discovery of a 1,300-year-old text that makes reference to the last date of the Mayan calendar, 21 December 2012.

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