Latest Neolithic Stories

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...

Ancient Temples Housed People, Not Gods: Archaeologist
2011-10-07 04:46:39

Ancient structures unearthed in Turkey and thought to be the world's oldest temples may not have been strictly religious buildings after all, but rather houses for people, not the gods, according to a report in the October issue of Current Anthropology. The new claims involve buildings uncovered at Göbekli Tepe, a hilltop sanctuary on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge in southeastern Turkey.  Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute first...

2011-08-25 14:08:58

  Saudi Arabian officials said archaeologists have begun excavating the site of a 9,000-year-old civilization, including horse fossils, suggesting people in the Arabian Peninsula domesticated horses in the ancient culture. HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), submitted the discovery to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah. Salman said the discovery at the al-Maqar site challenges the popular notion that...

2011-02-18 10:43:12

TAU describes how Jericho's 11,000-year-old "cosmic" tower came into being Discovered by archaeologists in 1952, a 28-foot-high stone tower discovered on the edge of the town of Jericho has puzzled scientists ever since. Now, eleven millennia after it was built, Tel Aviv University archaeologists at the ancient site Tel Jericho are revealing new facts about the world's first skyscraper." Recent computer-based research by doctoral student Roy Liran and Dr. Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University's...

2011-02-03 11:25:26

One of the most significant socioeconomic changes in the history of humanity took place around 10,000 years ago, when the Near East went from an economy based on hunting and gathering (Mesolithic) to another kind on agriculture (Neolithic). Farmers rapidly entered the Balkan Peninsula and then advanced gradually throughout the rest of Europe. Various theories have been proposed over recent years to explain this process, and now physicists from the University of Girona (UdG) have for the first...

2010-12-03 13:33:32

Agricultural "“ or Neolithic "“ economics replaced the Mesolithic social model of hunter-gathering in the Near East about 10,000 years ago. One of the most important socioeconomic changes in human history, this socioeconomic shift, known as the Neolithic transition, spread gradually across Europe until it slowed down when more northern latitudes were reached. Research published today, Friday, 3 December 2010, in New Journal of Physics (co-owned by the Institute of Physics and the...

2009-07-01 09:04:55

U.S. anthropologists say recent excavations in Jordan have provided evidence of the world's oldest known granaries. University of Notre Dame Associate Professor Ian Kuijt said the appearance of the granaries represents a critical evolutionary shift in the relationship between people and plant foods. Kuijt and Bill Finlayson, director of the Council for British Research in the Levant, describe recent excavations at Dhra' near the Dead Sea in Jordan that provide evidence of granaries that...

2009-06-24 13:25:00

Cyprus' top antiquities official reported Wednesday that archaeologists had discovered a 16-foot water well more than 10,500 years old, which contained a skeleton of a young woman at the bottom. Pavlos Flourentzos said scientists had unearthed the well last month at a construction site in the village of Kissonerga near Cyprus' southwestern coast. Once the well had dried up, it was seemingly used for trash, Flourentzos told the Associated Press.  In addition to the poorly preserved female...

2009-06-22 05:30:00

Israeli archeologists announced Sunday that the largest underground quarry in the Holy Land has been discovered and it dates back to the time of Jesus and contains Christian symbols that are etched into the walls. Adam Zertal, one of the archaeologists, said that the 4,000 square-meter cavern was buried 10 meters below a desert near the ancient West bank city of Jericho.  He said it is their assumption that it was dug about 2,000 years ago and was in use for about half a millennium....

2009-01-28 19:57:26

Chinese archaeologists say they've found ancient cave houses that may be the earliest made by man. A row of 17 cave houses was found on a cliff along along a river northwest China's Shaanxi province, Xinhua news service reported Wednesday. Scientists say the houses were built between 3,500 and 3,000 B.C. Wang Weilin, deputy director of the Shaanxi Archaeology Institute, said the cave houses appear to belong to a late Neolithic culture called Yangshao. Wang said archaeologists also found...

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