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Irish Mesolithic site destroyed by construction

Road construction into a new housing development in norther island has lead to the destruction of a rare Mesolithic archaeological site. Local historian Peter Carr, who discovered the archaeological site in 1984, says it dates from the era of the first human settlement of Ireland, the early Mesolithic period 8,800-9,800 years

Soccer stadium construction destroys Turkish archaeological site

Historical ruins found at the ?nönü Stadium in Istanbul, which is currently set to be rebuilt, have been intentionally and illegally destroyed during demolition of the old stadium. Archaeologists made reports and took photos of the ruins and museum officials said destroying the archaeological site was illegal and the construction should

5,000-year-old pyramid destroyed in Peru

A 5,000-year-old pyramid has been destroyed by two construction companies in Lima, Peru. Archaeologist Frederic Engel said in a report that El Paraiso could have held between 1500 and 3000 inhabitants and required over 100,000 tons of rock to construct, which was taken from the hills surrounding the structure, and was

2,300-year-old Maya temple destroyed for road fill

Construction crews have demolished a 2,300-year-old Maya temple in Belize to use the stones in a road-building project. "It's a feeling of incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity … they were using this for road fill," Awe said. "It's like being punched in the stomach, it's just so

1,000-year-old minaret destroyed in Syria

A 1,000-year-old minaret, part of one of the 11th century Great Mosque in Aleppo, Syria, has been destroyed due to fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops. The state news agency Sana accused rebels of blowing up the 11th-Century minaret of the Umayyad Mosque. However, activists say the minaret was

Construction crew demolishes Bulgarian archaeological sites

A road construction company in Bulgaria is coming under fire for destroying a prehistoric settlement and medieval church. "We still don't know what happened, but the bulldozer had flattened the entire settlement mount and the west wall of the church," archeologist Milen Kamarev is quoted saying. The destroyed mount had been discovered

Toronto archaeological site to be plowed for new condos

A 19th century site that shows evidence of Toronto's railway boom is set to be demolished for the construction of new condominiums. The dig, adjacent to the Bathurst Street bridge south of Front Street, uncovered the foundations of part of a giant cruciform-shaped building that in the 1850s housed the steam

A thousand workers race to save Buddhist relics

A thousand workers are rushing to recover as many Buddhist artifacts as they can from the sites of ancient monasteries in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan before the site is destroyed by a copper mining company. The site, a former training camp of Osama bin Laden, has been leased to a Chinese mining