Archaeologists have tested a large storage jar dating back to Copper Age (early 4th millennium BC), found at Monte Kronio site, Agrigento, Italy. Chemical analysis of its residue has tested positive for organic traces characteristic for grapes and winemaking process.
Archaeologists carrying out excavations near Supraśl, North-West Poland discovered artefacts linked to the Bell Beaker culture that existed in the period of transformation from the Neolithic to the Bronze age. The discovery marks the farthest east site where artefacts of this culture have been discovered worldwide.
A twelfth cave once containing Dead Sea Scrolls has been identified by archaeologists in the area of Qumran, Israel. The cave contained no scrolls but a small scrap of parchment in a jar and a collection of at least seven storage jugs identical to those found in the other caves were found.
Pieces of pottery attributed to the Dalma culture were found during excavations at Nadali Beig Hill, Kermanshah Province of Iran. The monochromatic and painted pottery is dated to the 5th millennium BC.
Researchers discovered evidence for industrial pollution in Jordan that originated 7000 years ago due to early stages of developing metallurgy in the period of transition from Late Neolithic to Chalcolithic.
Archaeologists conducting excavations at a construction site of a speedway near Szczepanowice, southern Poland, discovered a well-preserved multiple burial. The grave contains the remains of four people and numerous artefacts of the Corded Ware culture, dated to the 3rd millennium BC.