Woodworking

Neanderthal Woodworking

Archaeologists have studied a large number of pieces of wood found at a site named Schöningen13 in Germany.  Many of the wooden objects show signs of being deliberately split and shaped into wooden tools. There were no human bones at the site, but as the site is dated at 300,000 years it is claimed the […]

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Australia Continental Shelf

Drowned Aussie Land Supported Large Population

Drowned Aussie land supported large population, according to scientists who analysed high-resolution bathymetric data from a region of the continental shelf off the northwestern coast of Australia.  The region is part of an extensive continental shelf that connects mainland Australia to New Guinea and extends 500km towards the Indonesian island of Timor.  They found the […]

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Tar on Rock

Palaeolithic Pitch

A group of scientists in Germany have studied a type of black pitch named birch tar (sometimes called birch bark pitch), claimed to be the “oldest synthetic substance made by early humans”.  This substance has been found in Neanderthal sites and was used as an adhesive in tools and artefacts. It also has waterproofing and […]

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Buried Bones

Neolithic Violence from Changing Economics

An international team of scientists have compiled data from studies of human remains in 180 archaeological sites in Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, and Sweden, dated between around 8000 – 4000 years ago – believed to be the time when farming replaced hunter-gathering in Europe.  They found evidence of many head injuries from blunt […]

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Buried Bones

Gender Fluid Archaeology

When archaeologists find buried human skeletons in an excavation they are usually able to identify them as male or female according to their bone structure and DNA.  The Black Trowel Collective of American, a group identifying themselves as “anarchist archaeologists,” are now claiming that “archaeologists must centre the fluidity of gender in their archaeological practice”.  […]

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Lakeside Vegetation

Stone Tools Show Lush Green Arabia

Stone tools show lush green Arabia, according to Science (AAAS) News 1 September 2021 and Science Alert 2 September 2021 and Nature 1 September 2021, 10.1038/s41586-021-03863-y. An international team of researchers have studied two sites in the Nefud Desert in northern Saudi Arabia and found thousands of stone tools, along with many animal fossils. The […]

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Stone Tools

Undersea Aussie Aboriginal Artefacts

Undersea Aussie aboriginal artefacts found, according to reports in ABC News, The Conversation and James Cook University News 2 July 2020, and PLOS ONE 1 July 2020, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233912.  Archaeologists have found hundreds of stone tools and grinding stones at two sites on the seabed near the Dampier Archipelago, off the northwest coast of Western […]

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Stars Over Mountain

Caveman Astronomy

Caveman astronomy found, according to ScienceDaily 27 November 2018, and Athens Journal of History 2018, arXiv:1806.00046. Scientists at Universities of Edinburgh and Kent have studied cave art in multiple sites in Europe and Turkey and concluded “they all display the same method for recording dates based on precession of the equinoxes, with animal symbols representing […]

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Flatbread

Daily Bread Before Farming

Daily bread before farming, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 16 July 2018 and BBC News 17 July 2018, and PNAS 16 July 2018 doi: 10.1073/pnas.1801071115. A team of researchers from UK and Denmark have found charred remains in the fireplaces of an archaeological site known as Shubayqa 1, located in the […]

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Cave Art Spain

Neanderthals were Artists

Neanderthals were artists, according to reports in BBC News, Nature News, Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 22 February 2018, and Science doi: 10.1126/science.aap7778, 23 February 2018, and Science Advances DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar5255, 22 February 2018. Over the past few years scientists studying rock art and artefacts in several caves in Spain.  Some of it is just […]

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