jueves, 4 de junio de 2015

Five massive Bronze Age axes unearthed in Denmark

1/5.  Constanze Rassmann, the curator of Museum Midtjylland, shows off the largest of the bronze axes. (Photo: Private photo)
Archaeologists have made a world-class Bronze Age find on a small field in North Denmark

"I'm all electric," says archaeologist Constanze Rassmann, the curator of Museum Midtjylland in Denmark.

Five huge Bronze Age axes have turned up in a field in Boest near Nørre Snede in Jutland, the museum writes in a press release.

And when they say huge, they mean huge. The axes are around twice the size of those usually found, explains Rassmann, who doesn't hesitate to compare the find to winning Champions League.

"Five such Bronze Age axes have been found in all Northern Europe to date, and then we go and five more in one go. That's fantastic," says the enthusiastic museum curator according to tv2.dk.

The axes date from 1600 BCE, which makes them one of the earliest Bronze Age finds in Denmark.

The gallery above contains pictures of the impressive find which has drawn archaeologists from far and wide to the field in Jutland. [...] sciencenordic.com

Archeologists Uncover Clues on Beginnings of Agriculture in Jordan

New findings by archeologists excavating a prehistoric site in Jordan may shed new light on the way early humans transitioned from hunter-gatherers to farmers. But the discoveries also reveal the dramatic consequences of ancient climate changes.

Driving through arid, barren lava fields in Jordan’s Black Desert, it is hard to imagine that about 14,000 years ago, this was the area where humans started a revolutionary transition - from hunting and gathering to farming.

University of Copenhagen archaeologist Tobias Richter, who leads the excavation, says findings made so far show that after the last Ice Age, there was much more water here than there is today.

“When people appeared to have started to settle here, this would have been an extensive wetland area with birds, with lots of wetland plants that we found in the excavation, water fowl, herds of gazelle, of wild ass, of onager, roaming around this landscape. One can imagine it perhaps a little bit like the Serengeti in Africa," said Richter.

At this site, close to the Syrian border, scientists have found evidence that the area was occupied by a large number of humans who may have decided to stay because of the abundance of animals suitable for hunting.
Researchers think the lush richness of the land is also why the hunters eventually decided to settle down and begin farming.

Stone artifacts, along with bones of a child and an adult found nearby, may help scientists piece together a story about the lives of Neolithic humans - what plants and animals they grew and how they interacted within their social groups. [...] voanews.com

Human life in WA's Mid West existed 30,000 years ago

Brendan Hamlett excavating at Yalibirri Mindi rock shelter in WA's Mid West. (Supplied: UWA)

The first proof that humans lived in Western Australia's Mid West at the same time as humans in the Pilbara and South West regions has been found in a cave 50 kilometres north-west of Cue. 

Previously, archaeologists had no established evidence that humans occupied the Mid West region more than 10,000 years ago.

But charcoal associated with stone artefacts excavated in the Yalibirri Mindi rock shelter in the Weld Range have been shown to belong to ancestors of the Wajarri native title claimants living 30,000 years ago.

The discovery brings the history of human occupation in the state in line with well established evidence found in the Pilbara, Devil's Lair south of Perth and further to the east in the Western Desert.

The project was a collaboration between archaeologists from the University of Western Australia and Wajarri traditional owners.

Project coordinator Viviene Brown said it was an exciting find for both archaeologists and the Wajarri people. [...] abc.net.au / Link 2