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March 2015 index:

3 March 2015
Ancient wheat points to Stone Age trade
Britons may have discovered a taste for bread thousands of years earlier than previously thought, conclude scientists who discovered that samples from a now-submerged prehistoric camp in southern England contained...
Hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart Neanderthals
According to a leading anthropologist, early dogs played a critical role in the modern human's takeover of Europe 40,000 years ago. "At that time, modern humans, Neanderthals and wolves were...
4 March 2015
The oldest Norwegian skeleton
The Stone Age skeleton found in Norway last summer could be as much as 8000 years old, archeologists now believe, making it by far the oldest ever discovered in the...
Traces of a new stone avenue found at Avebury
The traces of a new stone avenue has been located by photographic evidence at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury in Wiltshire (England). Previously, two other stone avenues known...
7 March 2015
Bronze Age treasure hoard on display in Wales
A gold penannular ring and three fragments of copper ingot dating from the Late Bronze Age of around 1000 BCE to 800 BCE, uncovered on Anglesey in North Wales in...
9 March 2015
Ancient skull reveals human diversity
A partial human skull found at a site in Kenya suggests early humans living in Africa were incredibly diverse. The 22,000-year-old skull is that of an anatomically modern human, but...
Prehistoric burial mound excavated in Poland
Researchers analysing the results of laser scanning from aircraft are able to virtually remove trees and other obstacles, and obtain terrain elevation data. This makes it possible to discover old...
13 March 2015
Bronze Age burial discovered in Kenilworth
Kenilworth is a small Warwickshire (UK) town famed in the 16th Century for its connections with Queen Elizabeth I and her frequent visits to Kenilworth Castle to see her favourite,...
Ancient stone tool uncovered in Oregon
Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at an ancient rock shelter in the desert of Oregon (USA) that could turn out to be older than any known site of human...
22 March 2015
11,000-year-old shaman's mysteries are unravelled
Some fascinating findings are coming out of a study by the Smithsonian Institution (USA) into the mysteries surrounding the practices and rituals of an 11,000 year old shaman. Shaman is...
Neanderthals crafted earliest jewellery from eagle talons
Neanderthals may have manipulated white-tailed eagle talons to make jewellery 130,000 years ago, before the appearance of modern human in Europe, according to a study published by David Frayer from...
Prehistoric stone tool site discovered in suburban Seattle
Archaeologists surveying the waterways of suburban Seattle (Washington, USA) have discovered an ancient tool-making site dating back more than 10,000 years. The find includes thousands of stone flakes, an array...
The demise of the Neanderthals wasn't triggered by a volcanic cataclysm
A new study by Benjamin A. Black and colleagues tests if the Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption in Italy 40,000 years ago contributed to the final extinction of the Neanderthals. The...
27 March 2015
Prehistoric rock art discovered in County Mayo
A rare sample of prehistoric rock art has been found on an ancient pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo (Ireland). The prehistoric engravings resemble that found in Lough...
Survey of a Neolithic henge in Northern Ireland
Archeologists are probing a Neolithic henge in the middle of Aghagallon which they believe dates back more than 4,500 years. The name of this small village in County Armagh (Northern...
30 March 2015
Late Mesolithic finds in the Scottish Borders
During the Scottish Lithic Scatters Project in the 1990s, an early prehistoric site was discovered by Chris Barrowman at Garvald Burn, near Dolphinton, in the Scottish Borders. Subsequent investigation yielded...
Prehistoric stone tools bear 500,000-year-old animal residue
Professor Ran Barkai and two graduate students from the Tel Aviv University Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures recently confirmed that stone tools found among elephant remains at...
31 March 2015
Saharan 'carpet of tools' earliest known man-made landscape
A new intensive survey of the Messak Settafet escarpment in southern Libya, a massive outcrop of sandstone in the middle of the Saharan desert, has shown that stone tools occur...
Bronze Age bones evidence of political divination
Coloured stones and dice-like knucklebones used for divination were found deep within the ruins of the fallen citadel of Gegharot, a hilltop fortress on the Tsaghkahovit Plain in central Armenia....

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