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July 2016 index:

1 July 2016
No game was too big to hunt for Stone Age man
A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University (Israel) have been conducting research into the consumption and possible hunting of prehistoric elephants by Palaeolithic dwellers. They studied evidence from sites...
Prehistoric tombs enhanced astronomical viewing?
Astronomers are exploring what might be described as the first astronomical observing tool, potentially used by prehistoric humans 6,000 years ago. They suggest that the long, narrow entrance passages to...
2 July 2016
Prehistoric grave in Bulgaria of man holding stone axe sceptre
A 6,500-year-old grave of a man holding in his hands a stone axe sceptre has been found by archaeologists excavating a recently discovered Copper Age necropolis in northeast Bulgaria. A...
4,000-year-old art gallery found in Siberia
Perfectly preserved images of humans, a bull, trees and birds - more than 20 petroglyphs found by accident years ago in a remote part of the Trans-Baikal region. Most intriguing...
Rocky future for Somalia's ancient cave art
Paintings at Laas Geel in the self-declared state of Somaliland retain their fresh brilliance some 5,000 years or more after Neolithic artists swirled red and white colour on the cliffs...
3 July 2016
New origins for farmed rice
The earliest evidence of domesticated rice has been found in China, and it's about 9,000 years old. Working with three researchers from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology...
6 July 2016
Neolithic livestock pens in Spain
Livestock enclosures dating back over 6,000 years to the Ancient Neolithic have previously been documented at other sites on Spain's Sierra de Cantabria, about 300 kilometres north-northeast of Madrid, and...
Sub-Saharan Africa's 4000-year legacy of migrations
Researchers from the University of Oxford have revealed that the genetic ancestries of many of sub-Saharan Africa's populations are the result of historical DNA mixing events within the last 4000...
7 July 2016
Evidence uncovered of a thriving community in the Gobi desert
The Gobi desert is a vast area of 1,295,000 square kilometres, spread across northern China and Mongolia. It is an inhospitable, barren area, home only to hardy nomadic tribes who...
New insight into the construction of Stonehenge
A recent discovery of a Y-shaped wooden sledge at a megalithic site in Japan has lead a team of students from the Institute of Archaeology at London University's University College...
Ancient campsite found in Canada
In an area of New Brunswick (Canada) the Canadian Department of Transportation had plans to construct a by-pass of Route 8 around the city of Fredericton, capital of the region....
16 July 2016
Human skeletons reveal ancient hunting techniques
800,000 years ago, a small hunting party enclosed on a herd of antelope, leaving only behind their footprints. These were recently discovered by anthropologists and determined to be 'multiple' individuals...
Prehistory of Palawan island explored
Since 2004, archaeologists from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) have been systematically excavation and processing human remains from Palawan Island. These remains have showed a heavy diversity in...
5,000-year-old figurine from Skara Brae rediscovered
A 5,000-year-old figurine, discovered in the 1860's was recently rediscovered in the Stromness Museum collections by Dr. David Clark. The figurine was found among artefacts from Skaill House donated to...
17 July 2016
Wine used in ceremonies 5000 years ago in Georgia
100 kilometers west from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, an expedition led by Elena Rova from Cà Foscari University of Venice and Iulon Gagoshidze from the Goergian National Museum Tbilisi...
Genomes reveal double invention of farming in Middle East
A study of 44 people from the Middle East show that two populations invented farming independently, then spreading it to Europe, Africa, and Asia. The results were published on the...
Ancient textiles shows importance of fashion to Bronze Age Britons
Excavations at Must Farm, 50 kilometres north-west of Cambridge, have unearthed the earliest examples of superfine textiles ever found in Britain - among the most finely-made Bronze Age fabrics ever...
22 July 2016
Aboriginal history revealed in caves
Located on the Salisbury Island, which lie 60km off the southern coast of Western Australia, are a series of caves, which contain Aboriginal artefacts and is patrolled by sharks. Besides...
23 July 2016
Early Pacific islanders may have used obsidian to make tattoos
Skin normally decays, leading to a lack of evidence of tattooing in ancient peoples. Some researchers have looked for the tools which might have been used, yet many are assumed...
Megalithic structures unearthed in northeastern India
Prehistoric megaliths and tools discovered in Meghalaya's Ri-Bhoi district, in the northeastern India state of Assam, indicate that the Khasi tribe, one of the major tribes in the state, had...
24 July 2016
Digs uncover buildings in Cyprus' 11,000-year-old village
Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of more than 20 round buildings between 3 and 6 metres in diameter at the site of Ayios Tychonas-Klimonas in Limassol, the earliest known village...
Homo erectus walked as we do
Recently discovered multiple assemblages of Homo erectus footprints in northern Kenya provide unique opportunities to understand our ancient ancestors. Using novel analytical techniques, researchers have demonstrated that the footprints preserve...
Holding hands for 5,000 years, a couple with jade rings and dagger
The grave of a couple believed to be from the Bronze Age Glazkov culture has been excavated in Siberia. "In the grave we found male and female skeletons, lying on...

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