domingo, 13 de octubre de 2013

Stone tools were similar in widely separated ancient cultures

Archaeologists and paleontologists from universities in Spain, Israel, and Gibraltar reported that common techniques of manufacturing stone tools using animal bones developed in widely geographically separated cultures in the earliest known stone tools ever discovered in the Oct. 11, 2013, edition of the journal Public Library of Science.

Stone tools manufactured using bone found in the Bolomor Cave in Spain and the Qesem Cave in Israel display an unusual similarity in concept, construction, and the methods of manufacture. The bone and tool artifacts from the Bolomor Cave were dated from 350,000 to 125,000 years of age. The bone and tools from the Qesem Cave were dated to between 420,000 and 200,000 years ago. [...]

Link 3: Bolomor y Qesem: El retocado con hueso surge en MIS 9 de forma independiente en ambos extremos del Mediterráneo


Amesbury dig 'could explain' Stonehenge history

A group of archaeologists is undertaking a major dig in Wiltshire, which it is hoped could explain why Stonehenge was built where it was. 

The team, which comprises of leading experts in the Mesolithic period, also hopes to confirm Amesbury as the oldest continuous settlement in the UK.

The site already boasts the biggest collection of flints and cooked animal bones in north-western Europe.
The dig in Amesbury will run until 25 October.[...]

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Treasures From the 'King of Stonehenge' Revealed in Bronze Age Burial

Jewels and precious objects excavated at Stonehenge are appearing for the first time in a new exhibition at the Wiltshire Museum.

The Stonehenge treasure hoard includes a large 'lozenge'-shaped sheet of gold and a sheet gold belt plate. (Wikipedia).
One of Britain's earliest professional archaeologists, William Cunnington discovered what were to become known as the crown jewels of the 'King of Stonehenge'.

In 1808, Cunnington excavated Bush Barrow, a Bronze Age burial mound near the prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain.

In a letter to Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Cunnington wrote: "I have the pleasure to inform you that our discoveries are truly important. [...]

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Rutz Clovis point to sell for $400,000 at Morphy Auctions?

The Rutz Clovis point will auction for the first time since its discovery
The Rutz Clovis Point, a projectile head circa 10,000-9,000 BC, will lead Morphy Auctions' November 9 sale of prehistoric American artefacts in Denver with a $200,000-400,000 estimate.

The Clovis people were early inhabitants of North America who first appear on the archaeological record 13,000 years ago. The distinctive bifacal stone spearheads, known as points, were used to hunt big game such as mammoth.

The Rutz point, carved from green obsidian, was discovered in a wheat field in Douglas County, Washington in the 1950s and has remained in the same family ever since.

At just over 9 inches, it is the largest ever found and is considered to be of great historical importance. [...]