Scotsman Rising sea threatens Stone Age village Skara Brae Scotsman Unesco said the monuments “proclaim the triumphs of the human spirit in early ages and isolated places” and “stand as a visible symbol of the achievements of early peoples away...
Intriguing new results from a study undertaken by the Institute of Anthropology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) that has just been published in the journal Science, show indigenous Mesolithic hunter-gatherers and immigrant Neolithic farmers lived side-by-side for more than 2,000 years in Central Europe.
The Danish National Museum Runestone Project sheds light on the numerous rune stones found across the whole country through a series of good quality images and text on Wikipedia. Now, the project is also available in a new smartphone app. from the Cultural Agency of Denmark’s ancient monuments, which can be downloaded free.
he spires of Bagan have survived wars, earthquakes and centuries of tropical sun, but in recent years Myanmar's ancient capital has faced a distinctly modern threat -- scaffolding and cement.
The temples, some of which are around 1,000 years old, are one of the country's most treasured religious sites and a top attraction for foreign tourists flocking to the country as it emerges from decades of military rule.
While many have largely withstood the ravages of man and nature, haphazard renovation work has also seen new temples built on the foundations of crumbling structures, and experts say they bear little resemblance to the originals.
Archaeologists at Lund University have found what they describe as a moment frozen in time by a brutal massacre, leaving a fort untouched since the 5th century.
Excavation of the Iron Age Sandby borg – ringfort on Öland, an island off the southeastern coast of Sweden – has revealed a number of bodies, lying where they fell, in one case, it seems that a couple were cut down from behind as they ran through the house, another body lies in a doorway.
Archaeologists have recently published in the International Journal of Osteoarcheology, a full report on the discovery of early Holocene burials while excavating in the Ille cave, Palawan, Philippines, where the bones of one individual bear the marks of a complex de-fleshing ritual.
The island of Palawan, situated between Borneo to the south and the Philippine archipelago to the north and east, is important for its links with the Sundaic region of Southeast Asia. Many cave sites are known from the island, including Tabon Cave, which has the earliest recovered human remains in the Philippines (c. 45,000 years old).
Cremation burial as found. Ille cave site in the background. Images: V. Paz & H. Lewis
Ille is a solution cave and rockshelter at the base of a c. 75m-high karst tower near the village of New Ibajay, El Nido. The site comprises east and west rock-shelter mouths, opening onto a relatively flat platform of silt loam, in a setting of light woodland. In 1998 the National Museum of the Philippines began a long-term survey and excavation programme in the region, including Ille and other nearby caves and their surroundings.
SHAKEN, scorched and boiled in its own juices, this 4000-year-old human brain has been through a lot.
It may look like nothing more than a bit of burnt log, but it is one of the oldest brains ever found. Its discovery, and the story now being pieced together of its owner's last hours, offers the tantalising prospect that archaeological remains could harbour more ancient brain specimens than thought. If that's the case, it potentially opens the way to studying the health of the brain in prehistoric times.
Brain tissue is rich in enzymes that cause cells to break down rapidly after death, but this process can be halted if conditions are right. For instance, brain tissue has been found in the perfectly preserved body of an Inca child sacrificed 500 years ago. In this case, death occurred at the top of an Andean mountain where the body swiftly froze, preserving the brain.
When a team of archaeologists undertook fieldwork to stabilise and investigate a portion of La Cotte de St Brelade, a cave on Jersey’s south eastern coastline, they realised that a record of Neanderthal archaeology, long thought to be lost, was still preserved.
Berlin Museum Seeks Return of Ancient Gold Tablet ABC News A renowned Berlin antiquities museum is trying to get back an ancient gold tablet excavated from an Assyrian temple that a Holocaust survivor somehow obtained after World War II.
Archaeological excavations have been ongoing for eight years in the village of Oymaağaç of Vezirköprü district in the northern province of Samsun, aiming to unearth the holy Hittite city of Nerik. The head of the excavations, German archaeologist Associate Professor Rainer Czichon said that works in Oymaağaç had started in 2005 and this year’s excavations had now ended.
Czichon said that they had carried out surface survey during the first two years, and then started excavations. “Our goal is to prove that Oymaağaç is the holy city of the Hittite, which is Nerik. “We already know that this region is a Hittite settlement. We have found cuneiform tablets that will prove that this place is Nerik. There are scriptures about Nerik in four cuneiform tablets that we found this year. There is a part named ‘Tahanga’ in two of the tablets. Tahanga is a section in Nerik’s ‘god of air’ temple. This is a strong proof that Oymaağaç is Nerik. We are sure for 95 percent,” Czichon said.
As part of a larger pan-European study investigating the Bronze Age of Europe, an archaeologist from the University of Gothenburg has provided the first evidence of long distance travel by an individual – probably from southern Sweden – into the territory of the Únětice culture of Silesia.
The doctoral thesis confirms evidence based on bioarchaeological data.
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