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August 2012 index:

5 August 2012
First evidence of Palaeolithic art
The history of ceramic art and pottery has had a new chapter added. It had been widely believed by historians, who had studied early ceramics, that the technologies needed had...
7 August 2012
Sitting down all day might not make you fat!
A surprising new study into a comparison of the metabolic rates of modern humans and ancient hunter gatherers has recently been published in the July Edition of PLoS ONE (Public...
13 August 2012
Ancient sites studied from the air in Denmark
Since 2009 archaeologists have been using small aircraft to map nine areas in Denmark that are of particular interest to archaeologists and historians. The project is called 'The past as...
Extraordinary human sculpture unearthed in Turkey
A beautiful and colossal human sculpture is one of the latest cultural treasures unearthed by an international team at the Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP) excavation site in southeastern Turkey. A...
Earliest 'matches' identified?
Researchers from Israel say that mysterious clay and stone artefacts from Neolithic times could be the earliest known 'matches'. Although the cylindrical objects have been known about for some time,...
15 August 2012
Climate change shaped ancient burial rituals
A relatively wet climatic period may have triggered the development 7000 years ago of complex culture in hunter-gatherer communities in the Atacama Desert, including the earliest known examples of ritual...
Doubts about hybridisation between humans and Neanderthals
In the last two years, a number of studies have suggested that modern humans and Neanderthals had at some point interbred. Genetic evidence shows that on average Eurasians and Neanderthals...
Human evolution in Europe more complex than previously thought
A team of scientists maintain that advances in analytical techniques and genetic applications are up-ending long-held, simplistic views about European human evolutionary history. Recent findings and analyses are indicating that...
16 August 2012
Flying Lasers reveal ancient buried structures
Archaeology is being revolutionised by remote-scanning techniques that use airborne lasers to detect otherwise invisible ground features. This 'light detection and ranging' technology, known as LIDAR, helps scientists record differences...
Modern culture emerged in Africa 40,000 years ago
The emergence of clearly recognisable modern culture in our prehistoric past, as reflected by the observable cultural characteristics of modern hunter-gatherer groups, has long eluded scientists and been a subject...
Neolithic man: the first lumberjack?
Dr Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilisations has demonstrated a direct connection between the development of an agricultural society and the development...
21 August 2012
Mysteries of a Neolithic 'Death Pit' revealed
A new book has been published entitled 'Death and Dying in Neolithic Near East'. In it the author, Dr Karina Croucher, concludes that Neolithic man was not the female bashing...
24 August 2012
The enduring story of Silchester
Since the 13th Century the history of Silchester (Hampshire, England) has captured the imagination of generations and another chapter in its fascinating story has now been written. It has long...
29 August 2012
Earliest British depiction of a boat discovered
Britain's Bronze Age is constantly being re-assessed as archaeologists and historians find new evidence of its richness and complexity. Now the boundaries of what we know about this increasingly sophisticated...
Third figurine found in Orcadian dig
A third hand-carved figurine has been unearthed during ongoing excavations at the Links of Noltland, Westray (Orkney, Scotland), cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs Fiona Hyslop announced last August...

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