Mysterious Stone Age flint artefacts may be crude sculptures of human (New Scientist 07/07/20)

More than 100 distinctive flint artefacts from a Stone Age village in Jordan may be figurines of people used in funeral rituals, according to a team of archaeologists. However, other researchers aren’t convinced that the objects represent people at all. Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2248126-mysterious-stone-age-flint-artefacts-may-be-crude-sculptures-of-humans/#ixzz6RUxV9ShZ

Estimating the sex of the youngest individuals from Sima de los Huesos via dentition ( Phys.org 05/20/20)

Thanks to the analysis of 32 dental pieces using micro-computed tomography a team led by Cecilia García Campos, a researcher in the Dental Anthropology Group at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, has estimated the sex of at least 15 individuals from the population of Sima de los Huesos site in the…

Biological study of Tell es-Sin the Byzantine necropolis (HeritageDaily 05/05/20)

A study published in the journal Bioarcheology of the Near East reveals the characteristics of the population that was buried in the Tell es-Sin necropolis, a Byzantine site dated between the 5th and 7th centuries that is located in Syria, on the left bank from the Euphrates River.

We May Finally Know Why Early Humans Kept These Mysterious Stone Balls Around ( Science Alert 04/17/20)

Ancient archaeological sites across the Northern Hemisphere have been littered with a mystery. Where there were hominins, there too could often be found roughly rounded spheres of stone. Some have been dated back to over 2 million years ago, with marks suggesting that the balls had been deliberately shaped.

Researchers Track Spread of Dairy Production across Neolithic Atlantic Europe ( Sci_News 27/04/20)

In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, archaeologists analyzed the molecular remains of food preserved in 6,000-7,000-year-old pottery from 246 pottery sherds from 24 Neolithic sites situated between Portugal and Normandy as well as the Western Baltic.

The Spanish Project Djehuty finds the coffin and the mummy of a young woman who lived 3,600 years ago with her trousseau

Djehuty Project, a Spanish archaeological mission led by José Manuel Galán, of the CSIC, discovers a coffin with a female mummy of about 15 or 16 years old buried with two earrings, two rings and four necklaces, one of them of great value This 19th campaign of the project has also unearthed a small coffin…

A new fieldwork season in Eritrea, the Horn of Africa, provides new remains of giant mammals, plant trunks and artifacts older than one million years ago

These findings will help to understand the climate and ecology of the Early Pleistocene times in the Engel Ela-Ramud basin. The field season, carried out from February 16th to March 11th, was co-directed by Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro, ICREA Research Professor at IPHES This field work has been financed by the Palarq Foundation and the Spanish Ministry of…

Study Compares Parietal Lobes of Neanderthals and Modern Humans (Heritage Daily 04/06/20)

The Paleoneurobiology group at the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH), led by Emiliano Bruner, has just published a morphological analysis of the brain of Neanderthals and modern humans, the results of which suggest that the “Roundness” of our brain is due in part to the fact that the parietal lobes are, on…