An island off the coast of Abu Dhabi where dozens of pre-historic settlements were found last year could be opened up to the public as part of a heritage trail.
An archaeological survey conducted last November on Gagha, a small uninhabited island off the coast of Al Gharbia, by scientists from the UK's University of Southampton, found more than 40 sites that indicate settlements dating back to neolithic times.
Peter Sheehan, historic buildings manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, said excavation work was ongoing.
SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- The government said Sunday it will build a dike-like movable dam in front of a set of prehistoric engravings in the southeastern city of Ulsan to preserve them from being eroded by flood water.
The paper describes the background and some preliminary results of the author’s project of the same name, funded by the European Research Council. It outlines the different elements of the cultural evolution research programme, from theory-building to understanding the past, and explains why demography is central to both the programme and the project. The specific objectives of the project are then described, revolving around the reconstruction of regional demographic patterns in the European Neolithic and assessing the extent to which cultural, social and economic changes are related to them as causes or consequences. Demographic patterns in the British and southern Scandinavian Neolithic show evidence of major fluctuations that seem to be related to changes in other domains, such as monument building. Background
The fertile plains of central and western Macedonia are of key importance for early Greek prehistory, and Nea Nikomedeia, dated to the end of the seventh millennium BC, has long been considered one of the earliest farming settlements in Europe. In recent years, surveys carried out along the periodically exposed shores of the artificial lake of Polyphitos, and rescue excavations imposed by large-scale public works in the region, have revealed over 30 Early Neolithic sites. They offer a welcome opportunity to examine the material remains, cultural preferences and origins of early farming groups moving from the south-east into Europe
Understanding the prehistoric narrative of a region requires good dating, and in recent years good dating has moved increasingly from models drawn from types of artefacts to a framework provided by radiocarbon sequences. This in turn is bringing a change in the way events are described: from broad cultural histories to a network of local sequences. In this case study, the authors apply this rethinking to the Copper Age in a key region of Europe, the Great Hungarian Plain in the Carpathian Basin. They replace the traditional Early and Middle Copper Age, defined by pottery types, with an 800-year sequence in which six cemetery and settlement sites experience different trajectories of use, and the pottery types make intermittent and often contemporary appearances. In this new chronology based on radiocarbon, the variations in pottery use must have some other explanation.
Systematic field exploration in Tennessee has located a wealth of new rock art—some deep in caves, some in the open air. The authors show that these have a different repertoire and use of colour, and a different distribution in the landscape—the open sites up high and the caves down low. The landscape has been reorganised on cosmological terms by the pre-Columbian societies. This research offers an exemplary rationale for reading rock art beyond the image and the site.
The Ubaid period in south-west Asia constitutes a key period of social and political change anticipating the emergence of complex societies in the following millennium. Well-preserved archaeobotanical assemblages have enormous potential to document these changes at both the site and individual household levels. The conflagration that consumed Structure 4 at the Ubaid settlement of Kenan Tepe in south-eastern Turkey provides a case study through the analysis of almost 70 000 charred macrobotanical remains. The results suggest that labour may have been pooled between households to process emmer wheat to spikelet stage after harvesting. Final processing was conducted on the roof of the house by members of the individual household as need arose. The pooling of resources may reflect the intensification of production and the emergence of elites during the Ubaid period in this region.
After decoding the Iceman's genetic make-up, a research team has now made another major breakthrough in mummy research: Using just a pinhead-sized sample of brain tissue from the world-famous glacier corpse, the team was able to extract and analyze...
Depuis le début du mois de mai et jusqu’à la fin du mois de juin, d’importantes fouilles archéologiques sont en cours à Vaucelles, commune située aux portes de Bayeux. Elles se déroulent en amont d’un aménagement foncier. Autrement dit : la construction d’un nouveau quartier, d’ores et déjà baptisé éco-quartier. Quatre hectares seront consacrés à des logements et deux autres à un parc d’activité économique. Six archéologues de l’Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (Inrap) ratissent inlassablement les quatre hectares de terrain à des endroits bien stratégiques. « On travaille sur une surface d’environ 1,5 ha », explique Hubert Lepaumier, archéologue.
Verona, 25 giugno 2013 Università di Verona, Via San Francesco 22, aula T4
11,00 R. Maggi, presentazione del volume di Daniela Cocchi Genick, Le potenzialità informative delle ceramiche nell’analisi storica. Le forme vascolari dell’età del rame dell’Italia settentrionale
11,15 R. Maggi, N. Campana, M. Pearce, Cronologia mineraria: il caso della Liguria
11,35 P. Aurino, S. Padovan, M. Venturino Gambari, Riflessioni sull’età del Rame in Piemonte
11,50 R. Poggiani Keller, M. Baioni, L’età del Rame in Lombardia: un breve quadro di sintesi
12,10 E. Mottes, F. Nicolis, L’età del Rame in Trentino: nuovi dati
12,30 A. Facchin, G. Leonardi, Variabilità e inquadramento cronologico degli aspetti funerari del Veneto dell’età del rame
12,50 P. Visentini, Nuove date dal sito fortificato di Meduno (PN)
13,05 Saluto del Direttore del Dipartimento Prof. G. Romagnani e pausa
14,10 M. Bernabò Brea, M. Miari, Cronologia dell’età del rame in Emilia Romagna: i dati disponibili
14,30 M. Aspesi, V. Leonini, N. Negroni Catacchio, L. Sarti, N. Volante, La cronologia dell’età del rame nell’Italia centrale tirrenica. Stato dell’arte e nuove datazioni
14,50 A.P. Anzidei, G. Carboni, L’Eneolitico del Lazio centro-meridionale: una puntualizzazione sullo sviluppo e la durata di alcuni aspetti culturali sulla base delle più recenti datazioni radiometriche
15,10 A. Cazzella, G. Pignocchi, M. Silvestrini, La cronologia eneolitica delle Marche
15,30 A. Pessina, G. Radi, L’età del rame in Abruzzo
15,50 A.M. Tunzi, N. Gasperi, F. Martino, D. Bubba, M. Lopez De Armentia, La necropoli eneolitica ad incinerazione di Giardinetto (Foggia)
16,10 F. Radina, L’età del rame nella Puglia centrale; E. Ingravallo, G. Aprile, I. Tiberi, Recenti datazioni dalla necropoli di Salve (Lecce)
16,30 P. Aurino, Il tempo del Gaudo: prime riflessioni cronologiche sull’evoluzione della facies
16,50 M. Pacciarelli, La periodizzazione dell’Eneolitico calabrese: stato delle conoscenze e problemi aperti
17,10 E. Giannitrapani, N. Gullì, L. Maniscalco, N. Martinelli, S. Tusa, L’età del rame in Sicilia: nuovo quadro sulle datazioni assolute
17,30 M.G. Melis, Problemi di cronologia insulare. La Sardegna tra il IV e il III millennio BC
17,50 M. Cultraro, Il mondo egeo-balcanico nel IV millennio a.C.: cronologia assoluta e gruppi culturali
dal 21 Giugno al 21 Luglio - Una mostra dedicata a due quadri di civiltà, il Neolitico e la prima Età dei Metalli, presentati attraverso una ricca selezione di materiali e reperti provenienti da vari siti archeologici della Puglia settentrionale,...
The shift from foraging to farming is a defining moment in human history. Unsurprisingly, it is also one of the most scrutinised archaeological processes, from Childe's 'Neolithic revolution' to the recent contribution of genetics. In the European case, most of the literature revolves around evaluation of the respective role of local foragers and of incoming Neolithic farmers. Despite several theoretical and empirical limitations, the debate remains mostly set in these terms. Alternatively, approaches that consider what is spread, and how, are starting to cast fresh light on this transition.
Large curvilinear enclosures are now established as a principal instrument of human activity in Central Europe from the Neolithic into the Bronze Age (Antiquity, passim). Here the authors introduce us to examples from southern Iberia and make the case that they should be regarded as part of the same continent-wide phenomenon.
Intriguing wooden objects, excavated (mostly unstratigraphically) from peat bogs in the Trans-Urals region of Russia, are here dated by AMS and found to belong to the Aeneolithic and Bronze Age. In spite of a long sojourn in museums, and conservation with various chemicals, the dates obtained were consistent and reliable.
The oldest and most widespread collection of prehistoric cave and rock art in the United States has been found in and around Tennessee, according to a new paper in the journal Antiquity that documents the art.