Archaeologists have managed to get near-perfect notes out of a musical instrument that’s more than 17,000 years old.
It suggested that Homo sapiens were in China at least 20,000 years earlier than early modern humans had been previously believed to have left Africa and spread around the world. It also tantalizingly hinted at the possibility that a different group of early humans could have evolved separately in Asia.
Excavations in Stonehenge Landscape Reveals Neolithic Burials & Bronze Age Enclosure (HeritageDaily 02/07/21)
Archaeologists undertaking preliminary evaluations across the planned A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down Scheme sites have revealed Neolithic burials, a Bronze Age ’C’-shaped enclosure and ancient tools and pottery.
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Prehistoric bone etchings believed to be among oldest evidence of human use of symbols (Phys.org 02/04/21)
While scientists and historians have long surmised that etchings on stones and bones have been used as a form of symbolism dating back as early as the Middle Paleolithic period (250,000-45,000 BCE), findings to support that theory are extremely rare.
Rare 5,000-year-old crystal dagger is uncovered in Prehistoric Iberian megalithic (DailyMail 02/02/21)
Ancient tools that once belonged to prehistoric civilizations have been found all over the world, but a discovery in Spain is unlike those traditionally made of stone or flint.
A joint Egyptian-Dominican operation has announced the discovery of 16 burials in rock-cut tombs, at the Temple of Taposiris Magna, west of Alexandria, Egypt.
Sometime toward the end of the last ice age, a group of humans armed with stone-tipped spears stalked their prey in the bitter cold of northeastern Siberia, tracking bison and woolly mammoths across a vast, grassy landscape.
Elk teeth pendants may have been the jewelry of choice for at least one Stone Age group that lived 8,200 years ago.
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Early humans used prehistoric tool to chop bones, eat the marrow: Israeli study (Times of Israel 01/21/21)
Tel Aviv University researchers solve mystery of sharp-edged devices, found in many areas and known to have been in use for over 2 million years.
On the origins of money: Ancient European hoards full of standardized bronze objects (Eurekalert 01/20/21)
Early Bronze Age cultures traded in bronze objects of standardized weight.