Researchers Uncovered a 5,000-Year-Old Crystal Dagger Buried in Spain (mymodernmet.com 08/24/20)

Archeologists have discovered many tools left behind by prehistoric civilizations. Most of these are made of stone, but in Spain, researchers have found incredible weapons made of rock crystal. Dating back to at least 3000 BCE, these weapons include an incredible crystal dagger that would have taken enormous skill to carve.

Early evidence of fire in south-western Europe: the Acheulean site of Gruta da Aroeira (Torres Novas, Portugal) (Nature 07/21/20)

The site of Gruta da Aroeira (Torres Novas, Portugal), with evidence of human occupancy dating to ca. 400 ka (Marine Isotope Stage 11), is one of the very few Middle Pleistocene localities to have provided a fossil hominin cranium associated with Acheulean bifaces in a cave context.

The settlement of Europe could be the result of several imigration waves by a single population (Phys.org07/04/20)

The Dental Anthropology Group of the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), in collaboration with the paleoanthropologist Amélie Vialet of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) in Paris, has just published a detailed external and internal study of the molars in the mandible from the French site of Montmaurin-La Niche in the Journal…

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.