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Index of Newsbriefs Volume 50 Number 4, July/August 1997

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Amphitheater Found Ruins of a Roman amphitheater were discovered in Nyon, Switzerland, on Lac Léman, during excavation for the construction of an apartment building.
Earliest Agriculture in the New World Dating of squash seeds from a cave in Oaxaca, Mexico, has confirmed that plant domestication in the Americas began some 10,000 years ago.
The French Built Stonehenge? A British scholar has claimed that Stonehenge, England's most famous prehistoric monument, was built by the French. Aubrey Burl, author of numerous books on prehistoric stone monuments, says that several design features and carvings on one of the stones show clear links to megalithic sites in Brittany.
Imperial Tombs Mapped Japanese archaeologists have been allowed to map two fifth-century imperial tombs in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, indicating a shift in policy by the Imperial Household Agency, which until now had prohibited all research at such sites.
World's Oldest Ship?? Divers have found timbers they believe to be remains of the world's oldest known ship off Hayling Island near Portsmouth, England. Radiocarbon dated to 6,431 years ago, the timbers were discovered in 30 feet of water by a team led by British sport diver Don Boullivant.
Roman Lioness in Scotland A Roman sculpture of a lioness has been found in the River Almond in Cramond, northwest of Edinburgh.
Short-lived Ship Remains of a late eighteenth-century vessel have been found at the construction site of a new ferry slip on the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Unearthing Soviet Massacres The graves of 25,700 Polish citizens massacred by the Soviets in April and May 1940 have been unearthed at three sites in western Russia, providing evidence for a genocide indictment the Polish government plans to pursue in the Polish General Court.
Umbrian Tombs An ancient necropolis with at least 36 burials was found during excavation for a building foundation in the Umbrian city of Terni, north of Rome.
Field Notes Taleban Won't Blow Up Bamiyan Buddha; Egypt Still Wants the Rosetta Stone; Rome's Wolf to be Restored; Twain Site Demolished; New Petén Site; Roman Finds in England

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