Al Wusta Phalanxes Document Humans Travel East of Africa Earlier

Earlier this year we learned about the Misliya maxilla which pushed our understanding of out of Africa by 50,000 years. Last week, the discovery of a 87,000-year-old human intermediate phalanx (Al Wusta-1 (AW-1)) from the Nefud desert in Saudi Arabia was published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. The importance of both discoveries show that modern humans existed outside Africa... 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 →

The Fate of Arabian Archaeology

I stumbled upon this news piece in The Times regarding archaeology in Saudia Arabia. I wanted to share it with you all because of last week's discussion of handaxes from the neighboring UAE. The article describes how archaeologists have been using Google Earth to survey for sites and have identified possibly 2,000 or so potential... Continue Reading →

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