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ISRAEL : Stone Age Figurines Discovered at Tel Motza near Jerusalem

ISRAEL : Stone Age Figurines Discovered at Tel Motza near Jerusalem | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
Stone Age figurines from the New Stone Age, about 9,500 year old, discovered in excavations at Tel-Motza near Jerusalem, point to the existence of a cultic belief in the region. Photos by Yael Yolovitch, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority.
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IRLANDE : Ancient Ireland: The Metal Working Ages

IRLANDE : Ancient Ireland: The Metal Working Ages | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
The National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology opened in 1890 and features displays of ancient Ireland from 7000 BCE. In Europe, prehistory (the period before written records) is generally denoted ...
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GB : Third 5,000-year-old figurine found on Orkney

GB : Third 5,000-year-old figurine found on Orkney | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
A third hand-carved figurine has been found during ongoing excavations in Orkney.

Archaeologists had previously unearthed two ancient figurines in 2009 and 2010 at the dig at Links of Noltland in Westray.

All three will go on display at the Westray Heritage Centre.

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AZERBAIJAN : Eneolithic artefacts discovered in Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN : Eneolithic artefacts discovered in Azerbaijan | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

The Archaeology and Ethnography Institute has discovered in the ancient village of Shahtakhti artifacts dating back to the Eneolithic age (fourth millennium BC), research officer Ghahraman Aghayev told Trend on Friday.

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KOREE : World's oldest boat remains found

An 8,000-year-old wooden boat, believed to be the oldest of its kind ever discovered in the world, has been unearthed in Uljin, 330 kilometers southeast of Seoul, a local research institute said Monday.

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ISRAEL : Researchers study Dead Sea climate past, finding dramatic results

ISRAEL : Researchers study Dead Sea climate past, finding dramatic results | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

“For scientists, however, the Dead Sea is a popular archive that provides a diachronic view of its climate past,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Litt from the Steinmann-Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Palaeontology at the University of Bonn.
Using drilling cores from riparian lake sediments, palaeontologists and meteorologists from the University of Bonn deduced the climate conditions of the past 10,000 years. This became possible because the Dead Sea level has sunk drastically over the past years, mostly because of increasing water withdrawals lowering the water supply.

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ISRAEL : Klimawechsel: Überraschend schnelle Wüstenbildung binnen Jahrzehnten

ISRAEL : Klimawechsel: Überraschend schnelle Wüstenbildung binnen Jahrzehnten | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
In den zurückliegenden 10.000 Jahren kam es in der Region des Toten Meeres aufgrund von Klimawechseln zu überraschend schneller Wüstenbildung binnen Jahrzehnten.
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FRANCE : À la recherche du temps perdu au dolmen de Luxé

FRANCE : À la recherche du temps perdu au dolmen de Luxé | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

Des fouilles ont lieu au domaine de la Pérotte près de Luxé. Un site archéologique néolithique que Vincent Ard et son équipe entendent préserver.

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TURQUIE : Güvercinkaya tumulus sheds light on Anatolian life

TURQUIE : Güvercinkaya tumulus sheds light on Anatolian life | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

The latest excavation at the 7,000 year old Güvercinkaya tumulus in Aksaray Province has discovered the fossilized remains of such animals as lions and panthers.

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GB : British researcher pitches for Achill-henge

GB : British researcher pitches for Achill-henge | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
Controversial Achill-henge’s potential as a site for experimental archaeological research is trumpeted...
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JAPON : Technology to the rescue for ancient Japanese culture

JAPON : Technology to the rescue for ancient Japanese culture | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

The vanished early agrarian settlements of East Asia interests Gary Crawford, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, though his search is focused on seeds and grains.

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ALGERIE : Le patrimoine archéologique exposé à la dégradation - Bordj Omar-Idriss (Illizi)

Des éléments du patrimoine archéologique, notamment des gravures et peintures rupestres, sont altérés et exposés à des actes de dégradation et de vandalisme dans la région de Bordj Omar-Idriss, dans la wilaya d’Illizi. Les peintures dans les cavernes de Tihihaout et les gravures sur les roches d’origine volcanique de Tinezrouft remontent à l’ère du néolithique ancien, selon des spécialistes en archéologie qui le considèrent, par conséquent, comme un legs culturel à sauvegarder et à préserver. La dégradation de ce patrimoine ancien et authentique est l’œuvre de l’homme, des touristes et visiteurs aussi bien nationaux qu’étrangers, et est aggravée par l’absence d’un cadre officiel pour sa préservation, soutiennent-ils. Les associations locales activant dans le domaine lancent un appel aux pouvoirs publics pour mettre un terme aux agissements des “ennemis” du patrimoine.

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PORTUGAL : Évora: Encontradas peças de marfim com 4.500 anos

PORTUGAL : Évora: Encontradas peças de marfim com 4.500 anos | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
Uma equipa de arqueólogos portugueses descobriu cerca de 20 estatuetas de marfim com, aproximadamente 4.500 anos, no Complexo Arqueológico dos Perdigões, perto de Reguengos de [...]...
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CORSE : Le Niolu dépoussière son patrimoine préhistorique

CORSE : Le Niolu dépoussière son patrimoine préhistorique | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
Depuis le début du mois, une quinzaine d’étudiants, dirigée par Ghjuvan-Filippu Antolini, fouille sur le site U Castellu di Sarravale, au-dessus du barrage de Calacuccia...
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GB : Orkney dig finds third figurine

GB : Orkney dig finds third figurine | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
A third 5,000-year-old hand-carved figurine is discovered during excavations on Orkney.
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ISRAEL : Archéologie : les plus anciennes allumettes au monde

ISRAEL : Archéologie : les plus anciennes allumettes au monde | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

D'après des chercheurs d'Israël, de mystérieux objets d'argile et de pierre du Néolithique pourraient être les plus anciennes allumettes à ce jour. Les rayures sur les "allumettes" ont conduit les chercheurs à penser qu'elles ont été utilisées pour démarrer des feux. Bien que ces objets cylindriques soient connus depuis un certain temps, ils avaient été interprétés, jusqu'à maintenant, comme des symboles phalliques cultuels. La nouvelle interprétation des chercheurs signifie que ceux-ci pourraient être la plus ancienne preuve sur la façon dont les feux étaient allumés. L'étude a été publiée dans la revue Plos One. Le journal rapporte que ces objets ont près de 8.000 ans.

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ITALIE : Archeologia: ricercatori Trento scoprono accampamento mesolitico su monte Tremalzo

Sul monte Tremalzo a 1.770 metri di quota, in Val di Ledro, nel Trentino, e' stato individuato dai ricercatori del Museo delle Scienze di Trento un...

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TURQUIE : Indo-European languages originated in Anatolia, research suggests

TURQUIE : Indo-European languages originated in Anatolia, research suggests | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
The Indo-European languages belong to one of the widest spread language families of the world. For the last two millenia, many of these languages have been written, and their history is relatively clear.
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GIBRALTAR : Annual dig at Gibraltar's Gorham’s Cave

GIBRALTAR : Annual dig at Gibraltar's Gorham’s Cave | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

The annual expert exploration of Gorham’s Cave is well under way, but the access to the potential World Heritage Site is an arduous daily trek for the volunteers, as it was for the local media when they were invited to see what was happening down there.

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SYRIE : Stone Age skull-smashers spark a cultural mystery

SYRIE : Stone Age skull-smashers spark a cultural mystery | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
A cache of Neolithic skulls unearthed in Syria had been exhumed, separated from their bodies, had their faces smashed in and been reburied. But why?
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PORTUGAL : ANTA DA PEDRA BRANCA (MELIDES) EM GRÂNDOLA PROJECTO DE ESTUDO E REABILITAÇÃO DA COLINA TUMULAR

PORTUGAL : ANTA DA PEDRA BRANCA (MELIDES) EM GRÂNDOLA PROJECTO DE ESTUDO E REABILITAÇÃO DA COLINA TUMULAR | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

O Museu de Arqueologia e Etnografia do Distrito de Setúbal (MAEDS) leva a efeito, em colaboração com a Câmara Municipal de Grândola, durante o mês de Agosto, escavações arqueológicas dirigidas por Joaquina Soares e Carlos Tavares da Silva, na mamoa do dólmen da Pedra Branca.

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PORTUGAL : 4,500-year-old ivory statuettes found in Portugal

PORTUGAL : 4,500-year-old ivory statuettes found in Portugal | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

About 20 ivory statuettes estimated to be around 4,500 years old have been discovered in an archaeological dig in eastern Portugal, a first in the country, archaeologist António Valério said this week.

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USA : Experts urge protection of Pitkin County archaeological site

A rural Pitkin County site where archaeological artifacts have spurred a land-use debate appears to contain remnants of stone tools and associated debris spanning more than 8,000 years of use, according to a consultant who viewed the site early this month.

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EUROPE : The Evolutionary History Of Humans In Europe

EUROPE : The Evolutionary History Of Humans In Europe | World Neolithic | Scoop.it

New analytical techniques are changing long-held, simplistic views about the evolutionary history of humans in Europe. The study, reported in the journal Trends in Genetics, found that many cultural, climatic, and demographic events have shaped genetic variation among modern-day European populations and that the variety of those mechanisms is more diverse than previously thought.

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EUROPE : LEMERCIER O. (in press, 2012) – Chapter 5. The Mediterranean France Beakers Transition, in FOKKENS H.., NICOLIS F. (Dir.), Background to Beakers. Inquiries into the regional cultural backg...

EUROPE : LEMERCIER O. (in press, 2012) – Chapter 5. The Mediterranean France Beakers Transition, in FOKKENS H.., NICOLIS F. (Dir.), Background to Beakers. Inquiries into the regional cultural backg... | World Neolithic | Scoop.it
In Mediterranean France, the end of the Neolithic is now well-known.
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