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  • Newly discovered Amazon rock art show the rainforest's earliest inhabitants living with giant Ice Age animals
    on 1 December 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Amazonian rock art newly discovered by researchers provides further proof the rainforest's earliest inhabitants lived alongside now-extinct giant Ice Age animals.

  • Researchers offer new theory on 'Venus' figurines
    on 1 December 2020 at 8:31 am

    One of world's earliest examples of art, the enigmatic 'Venus' figurines carved some 30,000 years ago, have intrigued and puzzled scientists for nearly two centuries. Now a researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus believes he's gathered enough evidence to solve the mystery behind these curious totems.

  • Researchers explore population size, density in rise of centralized power in antiquity
    on 30 November 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Early populations shifted from quasi-egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies to communities governed by a centralized authority in the middle to late Holocene, but how the transition occurred still puzzles anthropologists. A University of Maine-led group of researchers contend that population size and density served as crucial drivers.

  • Cereal, olive and vine pollen reveal market integration in Ancient Greece
    on 30 November 2020 at 4:14 pm

    In the field of economics, the concept of a market economy is largely considered a modern phenomenon. Influential economists such as Karl Marx and Max Weber, for example, argued that although markets existed in antiquity, economies in which structures of production and distribution responded to the laws of supply and demand developed only as recently as the 19th century. A recent study by an international team of researchers, including Adam Izdebski of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, uses palynology—the study of pollen remains extracted from cored sediments—to challenge this belief and provide evidence for an integrated market economy existing in ancient Greece.

  • Pyroclasts protect the paintings of Pompeii buried but damage them when they are unearthed
    on 30 November 2020 at 3:29 pm

    A study conducted by the UPV/EHU's IBeA group shows that pyroclasts may be putting the conservation of the paintings of Pompeii at risk. Specifically, the ions leached from these materials and the underground ion-rich waters from the volcanic rocks may be causing the salts in the paintings to crystallize. In addition, the use of fluorine as a marker is proposed to monitor in situ the extent of the damage sustained by the murals.

  • Melting ice patch in Norway reveals large collection of ancient arrows
    on 27 November 2020 at 6:30 pm

    A team of researchers affiliated with a host of institutions in Norway and one in the U.K., has unveiled their findings after collecting and studying a very large number of ancient arrows they found near a melting ice patch in Norway's Jotunheimen Mountains. In their paper published in the journal The Holocene, the group describes how they kept their research secret to avoid the possibility of others contaminating the site and what they have learned about the arrows thus far.

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  • West Woods Standing Stone
    by Malarchist on 22 November 2020 at 11:29 pm

    This is the standing sarsen stone recorded by the Wiltshire Archaeology and Natural History Society's Archaeology Field Group in their survey of West Woods 2007. Their report records it as find J025. West Woods is now famous as the source the Stonehenge sarsens, and contains evidence of use since the Mesolithic. The whole wood is open access land, and there's lots to explore.

  • Flimston Castle
    by vicky on 18 November 2020 at 4:45 pm

    A video talk as part of Pembrokeshire Coast Archaeology Day which was held online this year and is now available to watch. This talk is Stacks, cliffs & cauldrons: Recent fieldwork at the remarkable coastal promontory forts of the Castlemartin Training Area, Pembrokeshire by Dr Toby Driver, Louise Barker and Dan Hunt from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. There's also a video talk on Waun Mawn from Prof. Mike Parker Pearson and much more, including digitally recreating the remains of a Prehistoric Bear! Links on our page.. Flimston Bay Camp is one of the most spectacular promontory forts of Pembrokeshire, with three lines of curving landward defence, 120m in length, cutting off the eroding and collapsing limestone headland of Flimston Castles. The defences include a pair of close-set ramparts, comprising a double bank and ditch to the west of a centrally placed entrance.

  • Little John's Well (Hampole)
    by HOLYWELL on 13 November 2020 at 9:32 pm

    The main photo has been sent in by Lee Turnbull who collects old photographs. He's kindly sent four from the Edwardian era showing Little John's Well in a much better state than it is now. Little John's Well is a short distance from the famed Robin Hood's Well at Skelbrooke, South Yorkshire. It once filled a trough flowing from a rock. The site is now dry, the water having been diverted to some nearby lakes and looks rather forlorn.

  • Gwal y Filiast
    by vicky on 12 November 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Gwal y Filiast trees update - CADW say the owner is not felling the trees, but in conjunction with the footpath people, looking at making any diseased ones safe. . Located 6km south east of Crymych in Carmarthenshire on a steep wooded ridge overlooking the River Taf (at this point the river changes character from slow flowing to rapids). The large capstone (pointing towards the river to the west) is supported by four uprights. The tomb would once have been covered by an oval or circular mound - some kerbstones remain.

  • Faldouet Dolmen
    by enkidu41 on 11 November 2020 at 5:40 pm

    One of the stones that forms part of the ancient dolmen of Faldouet has been drilled into, leaving a hole of several inches, in an apparent attempt to extract quartz crystals... See comment on this page.. Reconstructed in the late 19th century this has a 5m long, slightly bowed, passage of 17 stones leading to a roughly circular chamber surrounded by 4 chambers (possibly 8 originally). Beyond that is a further horseshoe shaped chamber of 7 uprights covered by a huge capstone estimated to weigh 23 tons.