The city of New York has paid Eric Garner’s family $5.9 million.

The family of Eric Garner accepted a settlement Monday from the city of New York, which agreed to pay $5.9 million in compensation to avoid a wrongful-death suit by the family after Garner’s death in Staten Island last July. The city’s settlement with the Garner family however, did nothing to diminish Officer Pantaleo’s career prospects.

Bulgarian dig finds 8000-year-old ‘double-storey’ houses

Bulgarian archaeologists say that they have found 60 houses from a Neolithic settlement, estimated to date back 8000 years, that were seven to eight metres high and that had streets between them.

The find was made near the village of Mursalevo, about 67km from Bulgarian capital Sofia, in the Kyustendil region in south-western Bulgaria by archaeologists working along the route of the Struma motorway being built to link Sofia to the Greek border.

According to archaeologists, the people who developed the settlement had a high level of culture, considering that it would have required strong social organisation to pre-plan the settlement.

Those who lived here are believed to have come from Anatolia (Asia Minor). Read more.

Police union boss Ed Mullins is furious over the Garner family’s $5.9 million settlement.

If a member of your family was choked to death by a New York City police officer, how much money would it take to compensate for your pain? It’s a difficult number to calculate, but according to Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins, $5.9 million is probably way more than you deserve.

Plymouth man finds 5,000-year-old settlement on Google Earth

A Plymouth treasure hunter has stunned archaeologists by locating an historic Bronze Age settlement using Google Earth.

Howard Jones shunned the usual methods of finding ancient communities and relied on the internet instead.

He trawled satellite images for the sort of terrain that would have offered food, water and shelter for a prehistoric settlement.

Howard used Google’s overheard mapping site to zoom in on fields and farmland before pinpointing a spot in the South Hams.

The former Royal Marine then sought permission from the local landowner before heading down there to scour for remains. Read more.

Archaeologists study the village of Scandinavian settlers in Suchań

Archaeologists from the University of Warsaw and the National Museum in Szczecin began the second season of excavations in Suchań, Western Pomerania. This is the place where settlers from Bornholm arrived 1500 years ago.

Excavations covered the central part of the settlement, in the region of the strongest anomalies geophysical surveys had shown. Therefore, archaeologists hope for discoveries in the form of ancient architecture - half-dugouts.

The site was found accidentally in 2006. The discoverer saw treasure on the surface in the form of bracteates - thin, single-sided coins, metal pendants and a ring. Read more.