The Hidden Life of Neolithic Women Seen Via Their Humeri

In this week's journal Science Advances, University of Cambridge researchers compared the bones of women. Their sample included Central European women living in the first 5,000 years (or about 7,400-7,000 years ago) of agriculture those those of typical college students and college athletes including those that row in crew.  As you know bone is a living... Continue Reading →

The Saudian Arabian Stonehedge Unveiled By Google Earth

In the November issue of Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, researchers examining the Saudi Arabian desert have found around 400 unreported stone structures likely built by nomadic tribes thousands of years ago. Most of them are clustered in Harrat Khaybar, a region in west-central Saudi Arabia known for its now-extinct volcanic domes. Neurologist Abdullah Al-Saeed, who now leads... Continue Reading →

First Australians Arrived 65,000 years ago at Madjedbebe

We have covered the ongoing discussion of the peopling of Australia, or Sahul rather, since 2008, based upon both archaeological and genetic information, of which a hallmark 2016 genomic study of 400 Papua New Guineans suggested that modern Homo sapiens may have arrived in the region as late as 120,000 years ago. This groundbreaking study contrasted many old-school population scientists and... Continue Reading →

Göbekli Tepe Skull Cult

The internet has been buzzing about a potential 11,500-12,000  year old skull cult from Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. Göbekli Tepe was just discovered several years ago. The site is decorated with pillars depicting carvings of headless humans, snakes, and scorpions. It is thought be world's oldest known Neolithic monumental religious complex. Yesterday, in  Science Advances German... Continue Reading →

The Caloric Disappointment Of Cannibalism

Cannibalism is not uncommon; almost every documented culture has done it. In the cave dwellings of Homo antecessor, the common ancestor of modern humans and Neanderthals, anthropologists have discovered defleshed, processed human bones dating back 600,000 years ago. And there's even evidence that is has been done as recently as documented ‘ritualised cannibal feasts’ among soldiers... Continue Reading →

A pair of 13,000-year-old incisors found contain the earliest known use of fillings – made out of bitumen, or asphalt/cement. This earliest example of dentistry we know to date. The teeth, two upper central incisors belonged to one person and were discovered at the Riparo Fredian site near Lucca in northern Italy. The results were... Continue Reading →

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