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  • Rare diseases in the Bronze Age
    on 4 March 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Rare diseases are a special field in medical-pharmaceutical research and treatment today. "Rare" means that no more than five in 10,000 people suffer from a particular disease. Patients affected by a rare disorder are often severely restricted, both physically and in their social life, and require a high level of social and medical care.

  • Journey of a skull: How a single human cranium wound up alone in a cave in Italy
    on 3 March 2021 at 7:00 pm

    A lone cranium in an Italian cave wound up there after being washed away from its original burial site, according to a study published March 3, 2021 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Maria Giovanna Belcastro of the University of Bologna, Italy and colleagues.

  • Shift in scientific consensus about demise of Neanderthals
    on 2 March 2021 at 3:25 pm

    It is still unclear how the Neanderthals died out. For long, one theory seemed most likely: the emergence of the highly intelligent Homo sapiens, or modern humans. This competition hypothesis is no longer the dominant theory among scientists, research among archaeologists and anthropologists has shown. Publication in Scientific Reports.

  • Bahamas were settled earlier than believed, settlers dramatically changed landscape
    on 2 March 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Humans were present in Florida by 14,000 years ago, and until recently, it was believed the Bahamas—located only a few miles away—were not colonized until about 1,000 years ago. But new findings from a team including a Texas A&M University at Galveston researcher prove that the area was colonized earlier, and the new settlers dramatically changed the landscape.

  • Secrets of sealed 17th century letters revealed by dental X-ray scanners
    on 2 March 2021 at 10:00 am

    In a world first, an international team of researchers has read an unopened letter from Renaissance Europe—without breaking its seal or damaging it in any way.

  • Neanderthal and early modern human stone tool culture co-existed for over 100,000 years
    on 2 March 2021 at 1:00 am

    The Acheulean was estimated to have died out around 200,000 years ago but the new findings suggest it may have persisted for much longer, creating over 100,000 years of overlap with more advanced technologies produced by Neanderthals and early modern humans.

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  • Museum of Buryatia History
    by DrewParsons on 15 February 2021 at 7:05 pm

    The Museum of Buryatia History is located at Profsoyuznaya ul., 29, Ulan-Ude in Siberia. It contains a variety of historical displays including archaeological and cultural items.

  • Castle Ditch Eddisbury
    by widnes_archaeologist on 15 February 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Following the rediscovery of the excavator Bill Varley's archive, Rachel Pope and Richard Mason have worked out the functioning and development of the iron gate mechanisms at Eddisbury, Hembury, and South Cadbury hillforts. Eddisbury’s gate-mechanisms are revealed as the earliest in Europe, with Roman adoption of Iron Age technology. Details in the comments on our page.. Eddisbury is the largest and most complex of the seven hill forts in the county of Cheshire. It was constructed from 400 BC onwards. In the 1st century AD, the Romans slighted the site.

  • Sinodun Camp
    by Anne T on 15 February 2021 at 2:10 pm

    ‘Astonishing’ dig reveals domestic life in the iron age, more details in the comments on our page. At Wittenham, near Didcot, two prominent hills known locally as the Clumps overlook the river Thames, just across the river from Dorchester-on-Thames. The southerly 'Clump', Castle Hill, is an Iron-Age hillfort. This page also covers the wider Wittenham Clumps area, including Round Hill which is not a specific archaeological site, although the whole area is rich with remains from the Bronze Age to modern times.

  • Waun Mawn NE
    by Vicky on 12 February 2021 at 8:59 am

    Researchers suggest Stonehenge’s first stone circle was transplanted from this Welsh hillside, paper out today and on the TV tonight in the UK, details in the comments on our page . The stones are part of the Talfarn y Bwlch Stone Complex, Nr Brynberian in Pembrokeshire. These stones possibly formed part of a stone circle. The complex includes two other standing stones and a further standing stone close by.

  • Curraghawaddra
    by GaelicLaird on 11 February 2021 at 8:52 pm

    A Pair of Standing Stones in Co. Cork, one of which has fallen. Sited on a bog-covered hillside near the headwaters of Glashagarriff River. The north-eastern stone is prostrate; it measures 4.3m by 1.4m and 0.6m tall. The second stone stands 1.8m to the south-west in a townland boundary fence; it is 0.8m by 0.6m by 2.4m. There is a boulder-burial immediately to the south-west, see the nearby sites list on our page.