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Monday, September 22
September 22, 2008

The original bluestones at Stonehenge were erected in 2300 B.C., or 300 years later than previously thought. The new dates were obtained from samples taken during the first excavation at the site in 44 years.

A rare inscribed pot sherd was uncovered at the ruins of the San Ignacio church in the Philippines. Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi noted that the inhabitants of the islands wrote with an alphabet, but very few examples of their script have survived.  

Police in Belize arrested a man and recovered looted Maya artifacts from his home in Orange Walk Town.  

Scroll down to read about the two people arrested in Greece for trying to sell artifacts for 2.2 million euros.  

Quentin Hutchinson says he discovered the Chi-Rho amulet in an untouched, fourth-century Roman grave in Shepton Mallet, England, but his integrity was immediately called into question by those who thought the artifact was a modern hoax. “The truth is I wish I’d never found it, because it ruined by life,” he lamented.  

Trolley tracks from the turn of the century were revealed by construction workers in downtown Ventura, California. A horse-drawn trolley ran along the tracks between 1891 and 1908.  

Ground-penetrating radar and laser scanning are being used to search for the original Spanish Presidio in San Francisco, and nearby Mission Dolores.  

Underwater archaeologists are looking for traces of a French fleet of ships that sank during a hurricane near St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565. The expedition of hundreds of Huguenot troops had been led by Jean Ribault, who was sent by King Charles to supply a new colony near the mouth of the St. Johns River. Most of those who survived the storm were killed by Spanish soldiers.

The Associated Press has picked up the story of the Russian archaeologist who claims to have found Itil, the lost capital of the Khazars, on a junction of the Silk Road 800 miles south of Moscow. Khazar rulers converted to Judaism in the eighth or ninth century, but no Jewish religious artifacts have been uncovered at the site.   

A sleeping Buddha statue was reportedly discovered in a rock temple in a remote jungle in Sri Lanka.

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Friday, September 19
September 19, 2008

Artifacts from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were unearthed over the summer at Mt. Visocica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the medieval town of Visoki was located.  Businessman Semir Osmanagic has tried to convince many that the mountain was Europe’s first pyramid.

James Barrett, deputy director of Cambridge University’s McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, has suggested that the search for eligible women led to the Viking Age. “We need indeed to seek for an individual, social motivation behind the fact that a large number of young men chose to set out on extremely risky voyages in hopes of acquiring wealth and esteem in foreign lands,” agreed Soren Sindbaek of the University of Aarhus in Denmark.  

As many as 10,000 people may have lived at the site known as ancient Troy, according to Ernst Pernicka of the University of Tubingen.  

An amulet bearing Christian symbols that was uncovered by archaeologists in a fourth-century Roman grave in England in 1990 has been shown be a fake. Some think that the silver cross was planted by protesters who wanted to protect the site from development.  

Analysis of blood stains on Clovis points suggests that Paleoindians ate more rabbits than large game animals.  

The Associated Foreign Press has picked up the story on the discovery of Neolithic human skeletons in Malaysia.  

A long-forgotten piece of music written by Mozart was found in the archives of a library in western France.  

Visit some of the 2,000 pictographs at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site in Texas with The New York Times.  

The International Scientific Advisory Committee will meet next month in Alexandria to discuss plans for Egypt’s first offshore underwater museum.  

Hurricane Ike revealed a Civil War schooner that ran aground while trying to enter Mobile Bay, Alabama. “They need to get this thing inside before it falls apart or another storm comes along and sends it through those houses there like a bowling ball,” said archaeologist Glenn Forest.

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