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At the site, known as Z-Basin, on the north shore of Lake Qaroun, an archaeological and geological team from University College of Los Angeles (UCLA) and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) stumbled upon what is believed to be the most complete Neolithic settlement ever found in Fayoum. This discovery was made when the team was surveying the site to study fluctuations in the lake level which caused artefacts to be either covered with metres of sediment or dramatically displaced by erosion.

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Ruins recently discovered in southern Peru could be the ancient "lost city" of Paititi, according to claims that are drawing serious but cautious response from experts.
The presumptive lost city, described in written records as a stone settlement adorned with gold statues, has long been a grail for explorersas well as a lure for local tourism businesses.

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Binchester was the largest Roman fort in County Durham. A small part has been excavated and is open to view and to visit. However, most of the fort and the remains of the nearby civilian settlement still lie buried in the surrounding fields.

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The Fort was built during the 1st century A.D to protect the point where Dere Street crossed the River Wear. The location was at the site of a Brigantes settlement.

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Latitude: 5440'36.22"N, Longitude; 140'30.88"W

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Historians have discovered a 25-ft high mound spread over 100 acres at Kondapur in Medak district which they presume to be a Buddhist stupa with myriad segments throwing light on the Buddhist link of the present Telangana region.
The Archaeological Survey of India has decided to excavate the site-dating to 200 BC- 200 AD -from April. If a stupa is unearthed as hoped by the ASI, this will be the first Buddhist site in Telangana, firmly establishing the belief among historians that this region too was part of the Satavahana empire that extended into present Maharashtra and that Kondapur, indeed, was a city that had a direct connection with Paithan.

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Latitude: 1740'0.00"N, Longitude: 7940'60.00"E

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Chinese archaeologists have dug up what is believed to be a 4300-year-old city that could be the capital of China's oldest dynasty, state press said today.
The ancient city was believed to be part of the Liangzhu culture dated back to neolithic times between 4000 and 5300 years ago, the China Daily said.
The ruins are in eastern China's Zhejiang province, with archaeologists so far uncovering pottery shards and other relics within city walls up to 6m thick.

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The tiny tunnel in the wall beckons to visitors, giving no hint of what lies beyond the time-worn stone fortification.
But step through this tunnel, and you'll find yourself at the edge of Tulum -- a city of Mayan ruins that silently pays tribute to an ancient civilization that even today remains mysterious.
About AD 250, the Mayan culture began its ascent in Mexico and Central America, becoming one of the greatest civilizations in the Western Hemisphere. The Maya built about 40 elaborate cities, filled with ornate temples, monumental architecture and sophisticated art.

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A team of archaeologists have unearthed the remnants of a centuries-old village near Gisborne.
They believe the small Cooks Cove village may have been established by Maori as early as the 14th century.
Earth ovens, prehistoric food remains, tools and post holes from a whare were found by the archaeologists, from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the University of Otago.

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The first evidence of a Bronze Age settlement in Dewsbury has been uncovered at a sewage works in Earlsheaton.
The dig, which is being carried out at the Mitchell Laithes water treatment works on Headland Lane, has uncovered a possible burial ground, called a barrow, and items thought to date back to Roman times.
One item archaeologists uncovered was a pot thought to contain human ashes, which is believed to be about 3,500 years old.
The dig is being carried out by archaeological company Northern Archaeological Associates.

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After its Neolithic and Bronze Age inhabitants moved out, the prehistoric village of the Links of Noltland lay untouched until 1978, when the Orkney site (Scotland) was first excavated. The archaeological remains were then reburied under sand dunes, to be inhabited only by burrowing rabbits, their closest neighbours a colony of seals on the beach.
Now visitors are being invited to Noltland, on the island of Westray, to take a rare tour of the buildings, which have undergone an emergency excavation after being exposed by strong winds. The open days, on the weekend of November 3 and 4 2007, will reveal a large, two-roomed subterranean building whose walls survives to head height, dating to Neolithic times, and the remains of later Bronze Age buildings currently being excavated to salvage important remnants.

"This is an extremely rare opportunity for people to view these unique Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement remains which are of the greatest importance to understanding this period of history in Orkney" - Peter Yeoman, Senior Archaeologist at Historic Scotland.

Archaeologists will give free guided tours of the fascinating site during the weekend, which is much larger than the better known prehistoric settlement at Skara Brae. Artefacts including bone tools and steatite (soapstone) vessel shards will also be on show.
The open days run from 10am to 3pm; booking is not necessary and the event is free of charge. The Links are on the west coast of Westray, behind Grobust Bay. Orkney Ferries run from Kirkwall, tel: 01856 872044, email: info@orkneyferries.co.uk.

Source: Caroline Lewis/24 Hour Museum

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Cuban archaeologists have discovered a remarkable aboriginal site at Punta Macao, on Guanabo beach in eastern Havana, which contains ceramics and pottery objects, according to a report given at the 2nd International Archaeology Seminar that recently took place in the islands capital, attended by delegates from 200 countries.

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