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  • DNA Shows Native Americans Have Origin in Western Eurasia

    11/06/2023 7:27:31 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | November 5, 2023 | Patricia Claus
    A recent DNA research on the bones of a boy who lived along the shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia shows... that Native Americans share much of their genetic material with Middle Easterners and Europeans...Published in the journal Nature, the study of the genome of the boy, who lived twenty-four thousand years ago, shows that fully one-third of his DNA was from West Eurasian peoples linked to the Middle East and Europe....The study... could help clear up some long-standing mysteries regarding... some genetic singularities.Co-author and ancient DNA specialist Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen states "these results were a...
  • Spanish Archaeologists Find Oldest Evidence of Man in Paraguay [ 5,000 years ]

    03/02/2009 4:28:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 262+ views
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | February 2009 | unattributed
    Spanish experts have found in Paraguay the oldest evidence of the presence of man dating back more than 5,000 years. The find was made during the course of an investigation being conducted into the heritage of the Pai Tavytera Indians. The remnants of ancient man's presence - which were not specified - were found in a hill known as Jasuka Venda by a team from the Altamira Museum, which is responsible for looking after the same-named cave containing the famous Upper Paleolithic cave paintings. The museum will present details of the Paraguay find at the International Congress on Cave Art...
  • Ancient human faces emerge in the Amazon after 2,000 years: Extreme drought unveils previously unknown petroglyphs on the Manaus Riverbed

    10/24/2023 3:02:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 24, 2023 | Sam Tonkin
    Ancient human faces believed to have been carved into rock up to 2,000 years ago have been revealed in the Amazon.The previously hidden petroglyphs were spotted on a riverbank after an extreme drought last week caused water levels to plummet to their lowest level in more than a century.Most of the engravings on the River Negro – a major tributary of the Amazon – are of facial expressions, some smiling and others looking grim.Several have been seen before but now there are a greater variety it should help to establish the origin of the carvings, experts say.'The engravings are prehistoric,...
  • Does This Amazon Rock Art Depict Extinct Ice Age Mammals?

    03/07/2022 7:03:07 PM PST · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06 March 2022 | Becky Ferreira
    The animals painted in ocher in Colombia may include giant ground sloths and other creatures that vanished from the Americas. But some researchers say the art has a more recent origin. At the end of the last ice age, South America was home to strange animals that have since vanished into extinction: giant ground sloths, elephant-like herbivores and an ancient lineage of horses. A new study suggests that we can see these lost creatures in enchanting ocher paintings made by ice age humans on a rocky outcrop in the Colombian Amazon. These dazzling rock art displays at Serranía de la...
  • Most cave art the work of teens, not shamans - A landmark study of Paleolithic art

    02/15/2006 8:52:37 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies · 1,060+ views
    University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology ^ | 10 February 2006 | Dale Guthrie and Marie Gilbert
    This ancient art was made during the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 to 35,000 years ago, and has typically been the purview of art historians and anthropologists, many of whom view Paleolithic art as done by accomplished shaman-artists... Using new forensic techniques on fossil handprints of the artists and examining thousands of images, "I found that all ages and both sexes were making art, not just the senior male shamans," Guthrie said. These included hundreds of prints made as ocher, manganese, or clay negatives and a few positive prints made with pigments or mud applied to hands that were then placed...
  • New dating of cave art reveals history of Puerto Rican people

    10/22/2023 9:34:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | October 17, 2023 | Sarah Derouin, Geological Society of America
    In Puerto Rican caves, there are three types of art: petroglyphs (carved into the rock), pyroglyphs (drawn from the burnt remnants of objects), and pictographs, or cave drawings. Acosta-Colon says these pictograph drawings are in organic black material, perfect for radiocarbon dating...The earliest pictographs of abstract, geometrical shapes were dated to ca. 700–400 BCE, coinciding with the Archaic Age...They found that more anthropological-type drawings—with simple shapes of human bodies—were drawn between 200 and 400 CE. "We have gaps of time and that's interesting because we don't know what happened," says Acosta-Colon...The research team also found more detailed human and animal...
  • Mysterious and Life-size camel carvings have been found in Saudi Arabian desert

    10/19/2023 9:06:31 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    The Neolithic period of northern Arabia is known in part from the monumental stone structures and accompanying cave art, as well as the remains of hearths indicating temporary settlement. But there is much we do not know about the character and timing of settlement before the spread of animal pastoralism (c. 6000 BC).Researchers have recently discovered new, enigmatic carvings that shed light on this ancient history.Five panels totaling nine large life-size specimens have so far been identified. The camels have frequently had other camels carved over them or had their features and proportions improved, which suggests the site was used...
  • Missing topographical elements of Paleolithic rock art revealed by stereoscopic imaging

    09/04/2023 8:34:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | August 24, 2023 | Justin Jackson
    Research led by Complutense University, Madrid, has discovered an array of ancient cave paintings hidden among previously described cave art...The researchers revisited La Pasiega cave's rock art using new digital stereoscopic recording methods and identified previously unnoticed animal figures within the cave art. Specifically, they discovered new depictions of horses, deer, and a large bovid (possibly an aurochs) that had not been recognized before.Some figures were previously considered incomplete as if the artist simply gave up on the rendering midway through. Through stereoscopic photography and a better understanding of how natural rock formations were incorporated into the artwork, these incomplete...
  • İnkaya Cave excavations in Türkiye’s western uncovers 86,000-year-old traces of human life

    08/25/2023 8:52:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Arkeonews ^ | 22 August 2023 | Leman Altuntaş
    İnkaya Cave, located within the borders of Bahadırlı village in the Çan district, was found during the Muğla and Çanakkale Provinces Survey conducted in 2016 under the direction of İsmail Özer, a lecturer at Ankara University, Department of Paleoanthropology...During the excavations carried out last year, the Middle Paleolithic period workshop part of the cave was unearthed... humans from the Middle Paleolithic Period resided in the region for extended periods due to the availability of flint raw material and water resources.“Evidence of the Paleolithic era in Çanakkale was previously limited. Through our research, it became evident that Çanakkale is actually one...
  • Missing 'body' of ice age animal carving finally found — but nobody knows what the animal is

    08/11/2023 1:09:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Live Science ^ | August 7, 2023 | Laura Geggel
    The long-lost 'body' of mysterious ice age animal carving was discovered in German cave, but archaeologists aren't sure if it's a cave lion or cave bear.Archaeologists in Germany have discovered the missing piece of an ice age carving deep in a cave. But the new addition of the ivory carving, originally thought to depict a horse, has actually complicated matters: Now, researchers aren't sure if it portrays a cave lion or a cave bear.Researchers previously found the head of the 35,000-year-old figurine in the cave Hohle Fels in the mountainous Swabian Jura region in the southern part of the country....
  • When Humans Discovered Time with Ben Bacon and Dr. Tony Freeth

    07/24/2023 8:58:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 25, 2023 | Event Horizon
    For over 150 years, researchers have been perplexed by the purpose and meaning behind the mysterious non-figurative signs found in over 400 caves, including renowned locations like Lascaux, Chauvet, and Altamira. However, utilizing a comprehensive database of images spanning the European Upper Palaeolithic, our guests present a groundbreaking theory on how three commonly occurring signs were actually units of communication.In this captivating discussion, we speak to Dr. Tony Freeth and Ben Bacon as they explain through extensive analysis, we propose that when these signs appear in close proximity to animal depictions, they serve as numerical representations of months. In fact,...
  • Memories of World War One soldiers kept alive by graffiti

    07/11/2023 4:42:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Euronews ^ | August 11, 2018 | Michael-Ross Fiorentino with Reuters
    A complex network of tunnels located near the northeastern French town of Braye-en-Laonnois, houses the memories of thousands of World War One soldiers who left their mark on the walls the Froidmont quarry.A maze-like network of tunnels can be found near the northeastern French town of Braye-en-Laonnois.These extraordinary tunnels house the memories of thousands of World War One soldiers who left their mark on the walls of the Froidmont quarry, not far from the scene of the horrific Second Battle of the Aisne.More than 20 kilometres of limestone walls bare over 1,000 inscriptions, drawings and carvings from German, French and...
  • Shuwaymis (oldest leashed dog carvings) (Seems to be origin of large number of new articles)

    11/19/2017 6:19:12 AM PST · by mairdie · 26 replies
    Shuwaymis is an area about 370 km southwest of the city of Ha’il, near the town of al-Ha’it, in southern Ha’il province. The petroglyphs were known by local Bedouin for centuries, but only drawn to the attention of authorities by a local school headmaster, Mamdouh al Rasheedi, in 2001. Professor Saad Abdul Aziz al-Rashid, calls Shuwaymis “a unique and very important find.” The setting differs significantly from Jubbah in being surrounded by striking lava flows that impede travel, especially by camels and horses. Wadis are therefore important avenues for herders, and it is in these valleys that Neolithic and later...
  • Oldest Neanderthal cave engravings ever are discovered in France — and they date back 75,000 Years

    06/22/2023 10:16:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Thursday, June 22, 2023 | Xantha Leatham
    A team from the University of Tours analyzed marks found on a wall in La Roche-Cotard cave in the French region of Centre-Val de Loire.Based on these engravings' shape, spacing and arrangement, the team concluded they were deliberate, organized and intentional shapes created by Neanderthal fingers drawing making indents on a soft surface.By analyzing sediment found at the site, they worked out that the cave had become closed off around 57,000 years ago as rocks and debris filled it up.Writing in the journal Plos One, the team said this dates the 'finger fluting' to well before Homo sapiens became established...
  • Archaeologists Discover Cave Paintings Using Drones

    05/27/2023 2:45:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | May 23, 2023 | Markus Milligan
    Archaeologists From the University of Alicante Have Discovered Cave Paintings in Penáguila, Spain.The team were conducting a drone survey of the Castellet-Barranc del Salt ravine and Port de Penáguila, revealing Neolithic cave paintings from 7,000-years-ago.The survey is part of a pioneering project, enabling the researchers to study inaccessible mountain shelters by photographing and recording videos of the walls in 18 shallow cavities using small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s).Two of the shelters contained wall paintings, with the most notable being in the del Salt ravine that contains painted figures of anthropomorphic archers, in addition to depictions of deer and goats, some...
  • Runes were just as advanced as Roman alphabet writing, says researcher

    03/08/2023 11:05:31 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | March 3, 2023 | Lisbet Jære, University of Oslo
    In the Middle Ages, the Roman alphabet and runes lived side by side. A new doctoral thesis challenges the notion that runes represent more of an oral and less of a learned form of written language....Johan Bollaert, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies... has investigated written language used in public inscriptions in Norway from the 1100s to the 1500s. Last autumn, he defended his doctoral thesis "Visuality and Literacy in the Medieval Epigraphy of Norway."The assumption that runes represent a more oral tradition is based on the idea that runic inscriptions are contextually bound and are...
  • Code hidden in Stone Age art may be the root of human writing

    11/12/2016 9:06:16 AM PST · by JimSEA · 23 replies
    New Science ^ | 11/9/2016 | Alison George
    cave paintings Spot the signs: geometric forms can be found in paintings, as at Marsoulas in France Philippe Blanchot / hemis.fr / Hemis/AFP By Alison George When she first saw the necklace, Genevieve von Petzinger feared the trip halfway around the globe to the French village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac had been in vain. The dozens of ancient deer teeth laid out before her, each one pierced like a bead, looked roughly the same. It was only when she flipped one over that the hairs on the back of her neck stood up. On the reverse were three etched symbols: a...
  • Bulgaria's Burgas Showcases for the first time 7,000-year-old... 'Pre-Alphabetic Writing'

    06/13/2016 11:25:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Archaeology in Bulgaria ^ | June 12, 2016 | Ivan Dikov
    A nearly 7,000-year-old ceramic prism with what might be pre-alphabetic writing has been unveiled to the public for the first time by the Regional Museum of History in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Burgas. The prism-shaped prehistoric artifact featuring the supposedly pre-alphabetic signs on its four sides was discovered during the excavations of an Early Chalcolithic settlement mound near Burgas back in 2008, and has never been shown to the public before. The artifact (and the Burgas Chalcolithic Mound where it was found) dates back to the Early Chalcolithic (Aeneolithic, Copper Age) – 4,900 / 4,850-4,600 / 4,550 BC, the...
  • Signs of world's first pictograph found in Gobeklitepe

    07/25/2015 4:58:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Anadolu Agency
    Turkey's Göbeklitepe, the site of the world's oldest temple, may be the home of the first pictograph, according to a scene etched into an obelisk. A scene on an obelisk found during excavations in Göbeklitepe, a 12,000-year-old site in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa, could be humanity's first pictograph, according to researchers... Ercan said the artifacts found in Göbeklitepe provided information about ancient burial traditions. "There were no graves 12,000 years ago. The dead bodies were left outdoors and raptors ate them. In this way, people believed the soul goes to the sky," he added. Ercan said it was called...
  • Runestone hits the road with U-Haul (MN)

    05/28/2011 11:35:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/28/22 | Kelly Smith
    A controversial Minnesota artifact is making a name for itself across the country in its next biggest publicity move. The Kensington Runestone, which was unearthed in Minnesota but has been long disputed as a hoax, will now be featured on 2,300 20-foot moving trucks across the country. U-Haul unveiled the image Saturday morning at the Alexandria museum that houses the stone during the city's "Awake the Lakes" celebration. About 1,000 people celebrated the announcement at the Runestone Museum with T-shirts and a truck depicting the stone behind a large Vikings ship -- the fourth image representing Minnesota on the company's...