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Volcanic Rock Age Suggests Catalhoyuk Mural Could Be Based On Turkish Eruption
2014-01-09 09:36:28

Public Library of Science Volcanic rock dating suggests the painting of a Çatalhöyük mural may have overlapped with an eruption in Turkey according to results published January 8, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Axel Schmitt from the University of California Los Angeles and colleagues from other institutions. Scientists analyzed rocks from the nearby Hasan Dagi volcano in order to determine whether it was the volcano depicted in the mural from ~6600 BC in the...

Origins Of Farming In The Fertile Crescent
2013-07-06 05:04:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previously established theories have stated that Mesopotamia, or the "cradle of civilization," was the place where humans began to transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers. However, a new study from archeologists at the University of Tubingen in Germany indicates that prehistoric people living just outside Mesopotamia, but still within the Fertile Crescent, in modern-day Iran cultivated cereal grains between 12,000 and 9,800 years ago....

Farming Arrived In Stone Age Europe Via Near East Migrants
2013-02-12 12:25:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The seeds for the rise of Western civilization were planted when humans living in Europe began to adopt farming, a more efficient and reliable way to supply food, as opposed to hunting and gathering. A recent report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found farming technology was brought to the region by people who moved there from the Near East. "One of the big questions in European archaeology...

Archeologists Find Neolithic Hoard
2012-11-06 19:05:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As it turns out, humans have always been interested in the nicer things in life. Little trinkets, jewelry, pretty and interesting-looking rocks, all of these have been found in archeological digs. No matter the explicit purpose of these items, one thing seems universally true: They were simply nice to look at, a kind gesture from one person to another. Now, some Tübingen archeologists have found what they believe...

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2012-08-30 14:52:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two small figurines discovered near Jerusalem have been dated between 9,000 and 9,500 years ago and support the notion that religion and society played a significant role during the Stone Age. According to a press release by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the ram and wild bovine statuettes were found while the authority was excavating near Tel Motza prior to work on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, a few miles north of...

The Evolutionary History Of Humans In Europe
2012-08-15 13:28:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New analytical techniques are changing long-held, simplistic views about the evolutionary history of humans in Europe.  The study, reported in the journal Trends in Genetics, found that many cultural, climatic, and demographic events have shaped genetic variation among modern-day European populations and that the variety of those mechanisms is more diverse than previously thought. Recent advances in paleogenetics, or the study...

Was Neolithic Man The First Lumberjack?
2012-08-10 09:31:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Tel Aviv University reveals that the transition from hunting to agricultural societies parallels development of woodworking tools. Early man evolved from hunter-gather to farmer and agriculturalist during the Neolithic Age, from approximately 10,000 — 6,000 BCE. Neolithic man also began living in larger settlements with a variety of domesticated animals and plant life. This transition brought about significant...

Oldest Neolithic Bow Discovered In Europe At La Draga Neolithic Site In Banyoles
2012-06-29 11:39:45

Archaeological research carried out at the Neolithic site of La Draga, near the lake of Banyoles, has yielded the discovery of an item which is unique in the western Mediterranean and Europe. The item is a bow which appeared in a context dating from the period between 5400-5200 BCE, corresponding to the earliest period of settlement. It is a unique item given that it is the first bow to be found in tact at the site. According to its date, it can be considered chronologically the most ancient...

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2012-05-29 21:59:26

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com The age-old struggle between classes may be even older than we thought, according to a new study carried out by archaeologists from the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford. According to their research, hereditary inequality may have begun as early as 7,000 years ago in the Neolithic era. The archeologists found evidence showing farmers who were buried with tools were also buried in better land than those farmers without. The research was...

2012-04-16 21:48:21

The NSF-funded research will be presented at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn. University of Cincinnati research is revealing early farming in a former wetlands region that was largely cut off from Western researchers until recently. The UC collaboration with the Southern Albania Neolithic Archaeological Project (SANAP) will be presented April 20 at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). Susan Allen, a professor in the UC...