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4,000-Year-Old Floored Structure Found in Ohio

A team led by Brian Redmond of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is excavating a 4,000-year-old site in northeastern Ohio. So far, they have uncovered a three-inch-thick floor made from layers of yellow clay that was carried to the site.
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Giant Preceramic animal effigy mounds in South America?

Peru is famous for its geoglyphs but animal effigy mounds have not been reported in the Andes previously except for isolated cases (e.g. llamas in the Santa Valley; Wilson 1998). The mythical condor is well known over much of South America (Urton 1981; Arnold & Espejo Ayca 2006), condor images of rocks are common in the Andes (Sánchez Garrafa 1999) and condors have also been depicted in petroglyphs, for example in a petroglyph at Calyipuy dated to 1000 BC (Bueno Mendoza 2006). At Buena Vista, accepting that the carved stone pillar, one of a pair on a ridge, is a condor, this important symbol marks the equinoctial sunrise from a temple which hosts a number of astronomical viewing points (Benfer in press 2011; Benfer & Adkins 2008; Benfer et al. 2010 & 2011). The lower effigy mound at El Paraíso may represent a cayman or puma, and the two mounds from the Casma valley are interpreted as birds. The simplest explanation for these mounds is that they represent animals that mirror those in the Andean Zodiac, in the same manner as North American effigy mounds may be seen as representing animals of their respective constellations (Bernardini 2004). More fieldwork and investigation of ethnographic and ethnohistoric sources will be necessary to test this interpretation.

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Prehistoric burial mounds found in Forest

Amazing archaeological discoveries have been made in the New Forest.
Prehistoric burial mounds, a World War II practice bombing range and searchlight position have all been found between Burley and Godshill.
Airborne light detecting and ranging (lidar) has revealed the archaeological gems using lasers.

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Bahrain burial mounds

Demands to bulldoze historic burial mounds have been put on hold, giving heritage chiefs time to properly excavate the 4,000-year-old site.
Councillors have already secured a budget to build a new road, government homes and a public park for Buri village, which would have resulted in 62 burial mounds near Hamad Town being flattened.
However, they have agreed to delay development until teams of archaeologists properly excavate the area, which is a candidate for World Heritage Site status.

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Archaeologists seek to research, restore the 'Cavanaugh Mound'

Jessica Crawford travelled from Marks, Miss., to Fort Smith to look at a BIG pile of dirt.
It's an historic piece of ground, in fact, located behind the New Liberty Baptist Church in south Fort Smith and believed to be constructed by Native Americans (possibly Caddo Indian ancestors) between AD 1100 and 1300.

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Clay figures are missing link in history of Africa

Eighty ancient clay figures have been discovered by archaeologists at The Universities of Manchester and Ghana, showing that a sophisticated society - now forgotten - once existed in West Africa.
They are the latest - and most impressive - batch of the beautifully sculpted human and animal figures, between 1400 and 800 years old, unearthed from a series of mysterious mounds in a remote region of Northern Ghana.
Tim Insoll of the university, along with Ghana's Benjamin Kankpeyeng, led the project.

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A Jacksonville State University professor says an ancient American Indian site Oxford city officials agreed not to disturb has been destroyed, but he does not know by whom.
City officials say they have done nothing to harm the site.

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A 1,500-year-old sacred Indian mound in Oxford, Ala. has apparently been destroyed to make way for a new municipal sports complex. The site in question is near another Indian mound in Oxford that was threatened last year by construction of a Sam's Club warehouse store.
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The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville is hosting its annual winter solstice sunrise observation Sunday.
The event will be held at 7 a.m. at the reconstructed Woodhenge site at the mounds. Woodhenge is located about a half mile west of Monks Mound on Collinsville Road.

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Czech archaeologists uncover Europe's largest rondel enclosures
Czech archaeologists have uncovered four prehistoric rondel enclosures, two of which are the largest in Europe, within an unprecedented extensive research accompanying the construction of a motorway bypass of Kolin, central Bohemia, chief researcher Radka Sumberova told CTK today.
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