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Blow to multiple human species idea

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The earliest humans from two million years ago in Eurasia and Africa were all part of the same species, refuting suggestions that several distinct types were around at the same time, a study finds.


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When hunter met farmer - Past Horizons Archaeology News (press release)

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Jacek Kabaciński of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology PAS in Poznań and Prof.
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Deformed, Pointy Skull from Dark Ages Unearthed in France - LiveScience.com

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LiveScience.com Deformed, Pointy Skull from Dark Ages Unearthed in France LiveScience.com The Obernai region where the remains were found contains a river and rich, fertile soil, which has attracted people for thousands of years, Philippe Lefranc,...
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Hidden Ireland: Ready to meet Ireland's very first farmers? - thejournal.ie

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This small, horseshoe-shaped lake has been surrounded by human settlements and activity going back over 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic period.
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Hi tech explorers map Rome's ancient aqueduct

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Armed with laser rangefinders, GPS technology and remote control robots, a group of speleologists are completing the first ever mapping of the aqueducts of ancient Rome.
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Tree-Felling, Woodworking, and Changing Perceptions of the Landscape during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods in the Southern Levant

Tree-Felling, Woodworking, and Changing Perceptions of the Landscape during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods in the Southern Levant | Ancient History, Early Civilization | Scoop.it

Examination of 206 Neolithic and Chalcolithic bifaces from the southern Levant revealed that changes in form during the emergence of agropastoralism correlated with evolving land use practices, but new biface types also expressed altered social identities and perceptions of the environment. Nonfunctional groundstone pre-pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) bifaces seem to have served as social and status symbols, while flaked flint PPNA tranchet axes and chisels were used for carpentry rather than tree-felling. This pattern continued during the following early pre-pottery Neolithic B (EPPNB) period, but a new sharpening method, polishing, was used on a unique flint tranchet ax to strengthen its edge. By the MPPNB and LPPNB, heavier polished flint axes were used to clear forests for fields, grazing lands, wood fuel, and lumber. Sustainable forest management continued until the cumulative effects of tree-felling may have led to landscape degradation at the end of the PPNC. Adzes replace axes as heavy woodworking tools during the pottery Neolithic A (PNA) period, but by the PNB period, once again there are more carpentry tools than tree-felling bifaces. The trend is reversed again during the Chalcolithic, when the demand for fire wood, lumber, and cleared land seems to have increased during a time of emerging socioeconomic complexity.


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Dorian Q Fuller's comment, April 24, 2013 11:52 AM
Nice study of changing axes and axe use (from microwear) showing that tree-felling rises in the later PPNB. A nice correlation with when crops are fully domesticated, the crop package has become more complete and when, therefore we can really think in terms of agriculture, some 2000 years or more after the start of early cutlivation. (On the cultivation side of things, see the discussion by Asout & Fuller in Vegetation history and Archaeobotany last year: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00334-011-0332-0
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History uncovered during Marmaray tunnel construction - www.worldbulletin.net

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The ruins of Theodosius Port, historic vessels, and a neolithic strata were discovered under the Yenikapi subway station.
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Explore the Eerie on a Luxury Cruise in the Wake of the Vikings, Operated by ... - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)

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Ancient relics found in south China - Xinhua

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Ancient relics found in south China Xinhua A 120-square-meter cave was discovered some 10 meters above the water level, dating back to the period between the late Neolithic Age and Zhou Dynasty (about 1,100 BC - 771 BC) said Yang Qingping, research...
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New ISAW Exhibition Examines Geographic Knowledge in Ancient Greek and ... - Greek Reporter

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Knights of Malta - Jerusalem Post

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Malta has a long history and the ruins go back to the Neolithic period and earlier. Valletta is the capital and near it lie the pagan temples of Tarxien, dating to about 2200 BCE.
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Bamburgh archaeological dig unearths stunning prehistoric site - The Journal

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Bamburgh archaeological dig unearths stunning prehistoric site The Journal They uncovered a wooden paddle, sitting on a brushwood platform, which dates from around 6,500 years ago at the start of the Neolithic period - the time of the very first...
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Golden treasures from the time of Stonehenge – Archaeology News...

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Britain’s greatest treasures from the early Bronze Age period and Neolithic of Stonehenge are to be given a permanent display for the first time

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Roman Catacombs Reopened Triggering Debate on Ancient Women Priests ... - IBTimes.co.uk

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Barcelona University makes fascinating find in hidden cave - DigitalJournal.com

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DigitalJournal.com Barcelona University makes fascinating find in hidden cave DigitalJournal.com He added that the rites, which date from the early stages of the Middle Neolithic period, are the first of their kind to ever be seen on the Iberian...
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Cyprus archaeological dig reveals gradual architectural sophistication - Famagusta Gazette

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Famagusta Gazette Cyprus archaeological dig reveals gradual architectural sophistication Famagusta Gazette The archaeological excavation site of Prastio – Mesorotsos, in Pafos district, has revealed ancient remains from the Neolithic, Chalcolithic,...
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How a Canaanite goddess became the star of the Egyptian pantheon - Haaretz

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Nude goddesses and tree symbolism began appearing as early as the Neolithic period, some 12,000 years ago in the north of Israel.
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Archeologists Discover Artefact Revealing Life For Stone Age Geordies - Sky Tyne and Wear

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Archeologists Discover Artefact Revealing Life For Stone Age Geordies Sky Tyne and Wear The wooden paddle, found sitting on a brushwood platform built and used by the ancient Britons, dates back to the start of the Neolithic period - the time of...
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Significant North Uist finds to return to Hebrides - Scotland on Sunday

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Evidence from over 5,000 years, from the Neolithic to the 20th Century, has been discovered during the Udal Project in Grenitote, North Uist.
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Unearthed Hittite artifacts in Istanbul break new ground - Hurriyet Daily News

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“The Mesopotamian works of art date back to between the 17th and 15th centuries B.C., known as the dark era of Istanbul.
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In search of a lost world

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The ancient Mayan cities of Guatemala, hidden deep in rainforests full of colour and exotic noise, make Rome seem as if it was built in a day (The ancient Mayan cities of Guatemala, full of colour and exotic noise, make Rome seem as if it was built...
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Ancient Roman quarter discovered under Via del Tritone - Wanted in Rome

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Archaeologists in Rome have uncovered the remains of an ancient Roman neighbourhood during excavations along Via del Tritone, just off Via del Corso in the city centre.
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Neolithic settlements in Gayathripuzha river valley - The Hindu

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The Hindu Neolithic settlements in Gayathripuzha river valley The Hindu A large number of prehistoric posthole sites of pillared halls have been found in the valley of the Gayathripuzha, a left-bank tributary of the Bharathapuzha, suggesting that...

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Ancient settlement reveals details about Iron Age farming in the North - The Northern Echo

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The Northern Echo Ancient settlement reveals details about Iron Age farming in the North The Northern Echo He said the settlements contrasted with the Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual landscape of nearby Thornborough Henge and showed Iron Age...
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Archaeologists to reconstruct 5000 year old Stonehenge-like monument near ... - This is Cornwall

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There will also be educational and outreach events taking place throughout this period.
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