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Archaeology Month is being marked across the north-east of Scotland over the coming weeks with events retracing the footsteps of the area's earliest inhabitants. On Saturday, September 13, and again on Sunday, September 21, Formartine rangers will be hosting a Timeline event giving local people a chance to see the tools used by early residents of the area. The talk will range from the Palaeolithic to Iron Ages, tracing the development of ancient settlements. On September 13, the venue will be Ellon library from 10.30am-11.45am. The event on September 21 will be held in the Beaton Hall, Methlick, from 2-4pm, with the help of Methlick Heritage Centre and Aberdeenshire Council's Museums on the Move team.
People are invited to take along local finds.
Formartine rangers will also be leading a Time Trek from 11am-4pm on Sunday, September 14. The outing will start at Newburgh bridge car park and take in ancient sites across Forvie Nature Reserve. Walkers will visit prehistoric locations and a lost mediaeval church, as well as hearing the story of the Wicked Priest of Forvie.
Places on all the events must be booked on 01358 726417 or 07786 021780.

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Woolly mammoths were once hunted in the hills and valleys of Brighton, an archaeological dig has found.
The excavations on playing fields at Woollards Field in Brighton are taking place before the land is developed to house the new East Sussex county records office.

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A new publication by The Geological Society of America illustrates the sedimentary record of meteorite impacts on Earth. Senior volume editor Kevin R. Evans of Missouri State University notes that "up until the 1960s, the geologic community largely regarded meteorite impacts as geologic sideshows and curiosities, and inherently controversial. Today, it is widely recognised that large impacts have played a pivotal role in the evolution of Earth's biota and sculpted the surface of the planet."

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A pensioner has discovered what he believes could be a flint arrowhead on Weymouth beach.
Retired Mansfield Town head groundsman Donald May, 66, is on holiday in Weymouth from his home in Nottinghamshire.
He said: "I had gone for a walk along the beach near the Pier Bandstand when I saw this small flint object."

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The remains of a woman have been laid to rest in a hidden location in the Yorkshire Dales about 1,900 years after she died.
She was returned in a special ceremony to the mysterious limestone cave where she was discovered by two Yorkshire divers more than a decade ago.

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Archaeologists are hoping to unearth evidence of what they believe to have been one of Bronze Age Britain's largest axe-making "factories".
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) said the axes, made from a distinctive type rock - known as picrite - had been found throughout the country.
A three-week survey at the 4,000-year-old site will start soon in Hyssington, near Welshpool, Powys.

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Recent analysis of 4,000-year-old pots recovered during an excavation of two graves at Upper Largie in Scotland, has provided exciting evidence linking prehistoric Scotland with the Netherlands.
The analysis of the pots was done by Alison Sheridan of National museums Scotland.

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Scholars from a Mid Wales university are to search for evidence of the long-lost parent language from which Welsh and the other surviving Celtic languages developed
Aberystwyth Universitys Department of Welsh, led by Professor Patrick Sims-Williams, has been awarded a 390,000 grant to carry out the work.
Research already carried out has found the ancient Celtic language is known from inscriptions in areas of the Continent where writing systems developed early, starting in north Italy and Switzerland about 2,500 years ago, and then in Spain and France.
However the study group has used ancient place-names in sources like Ptolemys Geography to prove that Celtic was spoken over a much wider area. More recently they have been searching for Celtic personal names in Roman inscriptions.

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Archaeologists have found hunting tools at the site of a new shopping centre in the ancient town of Bath in England, that extends the history of the city thousands of years further back.
The discoveries were made while a new sewer was being dug at the site.
According to a report in Western Daily Press, this discovery, consisting of flint tools found in alluvial deposits at the site, is the first evidence of human activity near the banks of the River Avon.

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Archaeologists working on the Highways Agency's M62 Junction 6 improvement scheme have uncovered 7,000-year-old evidence of Stone Age settlements at Huyton on Merseyside - the earliest signs of human activity ever discovered in the area.
Now the Highways Agency is inviting to people to see some of the rare finds that have been discovered, which include 2000-year-old Roman pottery. Open days will take place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 February.
The open days will take place between 12.00 and 18.00 on Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on the Saturday at the site office off Windy Arbour Lane. People will be able to find out about the work that has been undertaken at the site so far and about the Junction 6 improvement scheme itself.

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