The measure, couched as a ban on "errors," would have denied state and local funds to any public school district, zoo or museum that presented textbook material about evolution, radio-carbon dating
Some of the findings will be analyzed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and radio-carbon dating
methods performed at other universities, she said.
The grants will initially focus on funding new pieces of research such as architectural and geophysical surveys, which will detect any structures below the ground, and scientific tests such as radio-carbon dating
Initial radio-carbon dating
on the remains seem to suggest they could be 35,000 years old, meaning the fossil could date to the time when modern humans may have first encountered the Neanderthals in Western Europe.
The new study, by archaeologists from the University of Newcastle and the Australian National University in Canberra, used the latest radio-carbon dating
technology on the art, in South Africa's uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park.
The new techniques include accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), a quicker method of radio-carbon dating
, and `optically stimulated luminescence' (OSL), which estimates the time since materials were last exposed to sunlight.
of the bones revealed she had lived in the Iron Age, about 400BC, and her teeth and jaw indicated she was possibly in her 40s.
The complex, with pyramids and stone-paved plazas, has previously been dated to around 1600 BC, but new radio-carbon dating
of plant fibres has prompted the revised chronology of around 2600BC.
The new technique is similar to radio-carbon dating
, used for years to estimate the age of prehistoric objects.