35,000 year old artifacts from Hope Downs, Australia

Afarensis shared with us a news that 35,000 year old artifacts were found from an iron ore mine site is seen at Hope Downs, Australia. I think this is a interesting find, but it is by no means the first time artifacts of this antiquity have been found in Australia, nor is it the oldest... Continue Reading →

The Oldest American Necklace from Jiskairumoko, Peru

Mark Aldenderfer, from the anthropology department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has just published a paper with several other authors which made the cover of the PNAS. The cover features a gold and turquoise necklace found from excavations of burials in Jiskairumoko, a site near Lake Titicaca in Peru. The significance of this... Continue Reading →

The Jade Trade

Somewhere in PNAS' list of upcoming publications will be a study on the jade trade, specifically an analysis of nephrite jade pieces dating back to 3000 B.C. from Asia. The study was lead by Hsiao-Chun Hung of the Australian National University. These guys sampled ear pendants spanning around 1,000 years. These earrings were from around... Continue Reading →

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