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Ancient British stone circles were used for ‘Neolithic parties’, study finds
‘It’s where they came back to bury their dead, have summer and winter solstice festivals, and meet a partner’
From the Independant. See also The Times of their Lives: On the Web
From Scientific American: Graham Hancock is an audacious autodidact who believes that long before ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Egypt there existed an even more glorious civilization.
Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find.
From the Telegraph. Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa. But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago. The full article at PlosOne.
DNA of Ancient Skeleton Linked to Modern Indigenous Peoples
A new study has established a genetic link between a 10,300-year-old man and native groups living in the Pacific Northwest today. From Smithsonian Magazine.
Official launch of public database of ‘at risk’ archaeological sites
It is hoped that the database will drive awareness of the scale of the problem and help governments, NGOs, and other regional stakeholders preserve the heritage of the people of the Middle East and the wider world. From Heritage Daily
Earth's Magnetic Field Is Going To Flip, Here's How We Know
Scientists are using clues from ancient artifacts to help them predict the future of the magnetic field. From Seeker.
Don’t Believe The Big Story About Humans Roaming America 130,000 Years Ago
From BuzzFeed News Scientists are bashing a big study claiming that people lived in the Americas 100,000 years earlier than was thought. "I was astonished by it. I was astonished not because it is so good, but because it is so bad," one said.
A new online digital resource has been launched to bring to life one of Scotland's most important prehistoric settlement landscapes
From Phys.org Archaeology meets technology. Visit the app at http://www.seriousanimation.com/hillforts/
Earth was hit with a devastating comet strike around 11,000 BC, ancient stone carvings reveal
From International Business Times
Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations
From the Telegraph
Love and death in the Paleolithic
ASU student finds clues to ancient funerary customs in broken pieces of stone. From Arizona State University
For the First Time, Metropolitan Museum Will Display Indigenous Art in Its American Wing
With a major promised gift of 91 works of Native American art. From Hyperallergic
The misguided archaeological review behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
An archaeology professor explains how official reviews miss key tribal sites. From High Country News
From Hakai. Original article in PlosOne.
Source Siberian Times, 31 Oct. 2016.
Source Popular Archaeology 18 Oct 2016
First Humans Entered the Americas Along the Coast, Not Through the Ice
Evidence mounts against the traditional story of early human migration through an ice corridor
The great stone circle, Stenness on the Isle of Orkney, is situated in a “reverse” landscape. The project examined the alignments running from the centre of circle through the stones on the circle's perimeter and the stone holes where stones formally stood (as revealed by excavation). This told us that the stone furthest to the right is oriented upon the last glimmer of a southern Moon occurring only every 18.6 years; the second stone is aligned towards the winter solstice sunset and the stone furthest to our left is aligned to the Moon as it sets into its most northern position every 18.6 years. These are astronomical events that could be seen 5000 years ago. Credit: Douglas Scott
Where women once ruled
Excavated tombs of Peru’s Moche priestesses provide archaeologists with troves of artifacts, data.
Source: Western Digs
New evidence of Viking life in America? BBC Report
Rare religious artifact found at ancient temple site in Italy is from lost culture fundamental to western traditions
Militants bulldoze through Native American archeological site, share video rifling through artifacts
In a warehouse in Utah, federal agents are storing tens of thousands of looted objects recovered in a massive sting
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/exclusive-greatest-haul-native-american-artifacts-looted-180956959/#r8Sw8J0Dfx8UO3ep.99
Science Blows Up Big Lies: Pre-Columbian Peoples Skilled Farmers, and Many Millions Killed by Invasion
A submerged monolith in the Sicilian Channel (central Mediterranean Sea): Evidence for Mesolithic human activity
...and then there's this old story...New Evidence Puts Man In North America 50,000 Years Ago
Ancient Guam Village Rediscovered - Note: An ad may run before the CNN video report.
Why We Need the Winter Solstice - NY Times Editorial
Researchers discuss new theories on human migration revealed by sophisticated DNA tests
Noah Cordle donates the 14,000-year-old artifact to museum after finding it while boogie boarding on vacation in New Jersey; he thought it was a crab at first
Although sound is invisible, evidence suggests its complex properties can easily lead to 'supernatural' auditory illusions that correspond to depictions in prehistoric cave art
Caption: Here are prehistoric paintings of hoofed animals in a cave with thunderous reverberations located in Bhimbetka, India.
Credit: S. Waller
Editorial note: This is a follow-up for a story posted about a month ago.
The images included show the results from the below surface surveys that were condusted.
Editorial note: The road referred to in the story, West Saugerites Rd, runs for about 4 miles north/south, along the base of the "Wall of the Manitou", at its south end, where Overlook Mountain and the Lewis Hollow site are located. As the story quotes, a burial ground "somewhere up there", would not be surprising. The Hammonasset Line also crosses West Saugerties Rd.
He’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his story
Editorial Note: not only is the new information really big news, it concludes that the skull most closely resembles the Ainu of Japan who were descendants of the Jomon Culture that flourished 12,000 years ago, and were sea going and the first to develop pottery in Japan. Betty Meggers first proposed in 1956 that there was a cultural connection between Jomon and the pottery of Valdivia in Ecuador. Recently geneticists have published haplogroup studies that support this theory. Thanks to Ros Strong for this.
A new Smithsonian Channel show reveals groundbreaking research that may explain what really went on there
Visitors to Nine Mile Canyon decided to leave more than footprints at the longest art gallery in the world
Note: You may have to suffer an ad to watch the video
An acoustic image of the ancient caribou hunting site produced via a mosaic of scanning sonar images. (Light colored objects are stones that produce a strong acoustic signature while dark areas are acoustic shadows.)
Languages spoken in North America and Siberia are distantly related. What does that tell us about the first Americans?
Chicken DNA 'suggests Columbus was first New research on the DNA on ancient bones from domesticated chickens confirms Columbus beat Polynesians to South America, say researchers. But not all agree. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Language 'evolution' may shed light on human migration out-of-Beringia: Relationship between Siberian, North American languages
Evolutionary analysis applied to the relationship between North American and Central Siberian languages may indicate that people moved out from the Bering Land Bridge, with some migrating back to central Asia and others into North America. Article from Science Daily, full article from Plos One "Linguistic Phylogenies Support Back-Migration from Beringia to Asia"
See also: Ancient Genome Stirs Ethics Debate.
By DAVID ROBERTS
Published: December 22, 2012
Stonehenge 'was a prehistoric centre for rock music': Stones sound like bells, drums, and gongs when played
- Rocks make metallic and wooden sounds, in many different notes
- Monoliths were moved by Stone Age man from Wales to Stonehenge
- Researchers believe their musical make-up could be why they were moved
- Uncovering New England’s Viking connections
By Christopher KleinGLOBE CORRESPONDENT NOVEMBER 23, 2013
The Letter published in Nature November 20, 2013 along with supplimental information may be downloaded at Nature/12736.
(Oxford University Press)
An underwater pyramidal structure was identified at a depth of 40 meters of the coast of Terceira Island. The perfectly squared structure was sighted by a private yacht owner, Diocleciano Silva, during a recreational trip.
The Vikings Were Not the First Colonizers of the Faroe Islands
Aug. 20, 2013 — From Science Digest. The Faroe Islands were colonised much earlier than previously believed, and it wasn't by the Vikings, according to new research. New archaeological evidence places human colonisation in the 4th to 6th centuries AD, at least 300-500 years earlier than previously demonstrated. The research, directed by Dr Mike J Church from Durham University and Símun V Arge from the National Museum of the Faroe Islands as part of the multidisciplinary project "Heart of the Atlantic," is pubblished in the Quaternary Science Reviews.
Aug. 13, 2013 — A new high-tech analysis led by a University of Colorado Boulder researcher shows the oldest known petroglyphs in North America, which are cut into several boulders in western Nevada, date to at least 10,500 years ago and perhaps even as far back as 14,800 years ago. More pictures on EarthSky.
Archaeologists working in Scotland have uncovered what they believe to be the world's oldest lunar calendar—a series of 12 large, specially shaped pits that were designed to mimic the various phases of the moon. The pits aligned perfectly on the midwinter solstice in a way that would have helped the hunter-gathers of Mesolithic Britain keep accurate track of the passage of the seasons and the lunar cycle.
Follow the link below to a list of conferences and events of interest to NEARA Members
NEARA members speaking this month.
Central Massachusetts Chapter, MAS Lecture
Zion Lutheran Church,
41 Whitmarsh Avenue,
Massachusetts Archaeological Society Annual Meeting
Dr. Curtiss Hoffman and Cory Fournier, Bridgewater State University
TWO NEW PROGRAMS OFFERED BY UMASS, BOSTON
For more information Visit UMASS, Boston's Web Site www.umb.edu
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Feb. 21st Press release from University of Colorado Denver
October 17-19, 2013
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Eastern States Archaeological Federation
80th Annual Meeting
Hosted by the
Maine Archaeological Society
October 31-November 3, 2013
Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks
200 Sable Oaks Dr.,
South Portland, Maine 04106
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A conference in Cambridge this weekend will mark the 60th anniversary of the decipherment by Michael Ventris of Linear B, a script used for an early form of ancient Greek. His stunning achievement pushed back the frontiers of knowledge about the ancient world.
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Tsunami-hit towns forgot warnings from ancestors
Modern sea walls failed to protect coastal towns from Japan’s destructive tsunami last month. But in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, a single centuries-old tablet saved the day.
“High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants,’’ the stone slab reads. “Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.’’
It was advice the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi heeded, and their homes emerged unscathed from a disaster that flattened low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands along Japan’s northeastern shore.
Along The 'Hammonasset Line' Madison Resident Finding Stone Formations He Believes Native Americans Built Long Ago To Mark Winter Solstice Sunrise MADISON
December 20, 2010
As the summer solstice approaches each June, a chunk of white rock in a manmade chamber on the edge of a reservoir here is illuminated by sunlight in the shape of a dagger.
In another part of town, a 7-acre parcel is filled with stone walls that align during the solstices with rocks in the shape of snakes, white quartz boulders, prayer seats and assorted cairns.
These stone displays are among the thousands discovered by Madison resident and retired engineer Tom Paul along what he calls the "Hammonasset Line." Paul believes the solar alignment runs from a Native American council rock on Long Island, across the Sound, through Madison and Killingworth, northwest through Waterbury and the Berkshires into the Catskills. He said he thinks many of the stone formations date back thousands of years and were constructed by Native Americans to mark the sunrise of winter solstice – when the Earth is farthest from the sun — and the sunset of summer solstice, when the Earth is closest to the sun.
Multiple burials at Orkney Neolithic site
BBC December 2, 2010
A stone slab forms the roof of one of the chambers
Archaeologists have recovered remains from at least eight people after initial excavation at a Neolithic tomb site in Orkney discovered in October.
A narrow, stone-lined passageway leads to five chambers, two of which have been part-excavated so far.
Fragments of skull and hipbone have been unearthed, some carefully placed in gaps in the stones, suggesting the 5,000-year-old site is undisturbed.
CNN International Explores the Secrets of Armenia’s Stonehenge
A stone circle located high in the highlands of Southern Armenia may in fact be the oldest stone observatory in the world, predating England’s Stonehenge. According to newly started excavations, the Armenian Stonehenge (Karahunj) has a history of 7500 years. It’s discovery has sparked a scientific debate in astronomical and astrological circles. Yerkir Media’s Gayane Avetisyan reports on the story for CNN World View.
More Proof That Vikings Were First to America
By Lisa Abend Friday, Nov. 26, 2010
Jack Heretik of the Knights of Columbus portrays the 15th century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus during a Columbus Day event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 2010 (right)
Pity poor Leif Ericsson. The Viking explorer may well have been the first European to reach the Americas, but it is a certain Genoan sailor who gets all the glory. Thanks to evidence that has until now consisted only of bare archeological remains and a bunch of Icelandic legends, Ericsson has long been treated as a footnote in American history: no holiday, no state capitals named after him, no little ditty to remind you of the date of his voyage. But a group of Icelandic and Spanish scientists studying one mysterious genetic sequence — and one woman who's been dead 1,000 years — may soon change that.
First Americans 'reached Europe five centuries before Columbus discoveries'
Scientists claim first Americans arrived long before Columbus bumped into an island in the Bahamas in 1492.
By Giles Tremlett,Madrid Tuesday 16 November 2010 17.43 GMT
Christopher Columbus did not introduce the first native Americans to Europe, according to new research. Picture: PoodlesRock/Corbis
When Christopher Columbus paraded his newly discovered American Indians through the streets of Spanish towns at the end of the 15th century, he was not in fact introducing the first native Americans to Europe, according to new research.
World's oldest Copper Age settlement found
Indo-Asian News Service
Belgrade, November 15, 2010
A "sensational" discovery of 75-century-old copper tools in Serbia is compelling scientists to reconsider existing theories about where and when man began using metal. Belgrade - axes, hammers, hooks and needles - were found interspersed with other artefacts from a settlement that burned down some 7000 years ago…
Digger finds Neolithic tomb complex
Posted 31 October 2010
Excavations have exposed a complex rock cut chamber with skulls in it. Archaeologists on Orkney are investigating what is thought to be a 5,000-year-old tomb complex. A local man stumbled on the site while using a mechanical digger for landscaping. It appears to contain a central passageway and multiple chambers excavated from rock. There is a large neolithic burial complex nearby called The Tomb of the Eagles where over 300 bodies were found.
"Potentially these skeletons could tell us so much about Neolithic people," said Orkney Islands Council archaeologist Julie Gibson"
Pseudoscience’s human cost exposed at Trottier Symposium
By William Raillant-Clark
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010
James Randi demonstrates the effectiveness of a so-called "bomb-sniffing" device at the Trottier Symposium, "Confronting pseudoscience: a call to action." / Photo Owen Egan (left)
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house – not what you would typically expect at a symposium on science. This year’s Trottier Symposium was entitled “Confronting Pseudoscience: A Call to Action,” and it would not be out of order to conclude that many in the audience were surprised by the emotion on stage, and by extension, in the seats.
How very powerful it is to hear a researcher’s voice tremble as he describes the needless suffering and deaths of the victims of quackery. Many facts were presented at the event, but the most important was clearly that beyond the merchandising of lies, pseudoscience causes real human suffering every day.
Smithsonian does not dispute authenticity of archaeological find in Vero Beach
VERO BEACH — The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has found no reason to dispute the authenticity of an one-of-a-kind archaeological discovery (pictured at right) that might help confirm a human presence here up to 13,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age.
In early 2009, local fossil collector James Kennedy cleaned off an old bone he found two years earlier and noticed some lines on it — lines that turned out to be a clear etching of a walking mammoth with tusks. Click here for full story
Possible Geoglyphs Spotted in Peru
A huge network of earthworks, or geoglyphs, is visible in satellite imagery of a large area around Titicaca Lake, a researcher claims.
By Rossella Lorenzi
Thu Oct 14, 2010
A researcher used Google maps to spot what she claims are geoglyphs around Titicaca Lake in Peru. The area was heavily landscaped by Andean communities to improve agriculture. Some argue the shapes are just agricultural projects, not earthworks
An Italian researcher may have discovered a huge network of earthworks representing birds, snakes and other animals in Peru, according to a study published on the Cornell University physics website arXiv.
Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, assistant professor at the department of physics of Turin's Polytechnic University, used Google satellite maps and AstroFracTool, an astronomical image-processing program which she developed, to investigate over 463 square miles of land around Peru's Titicaca Lake.
Author explores legend of the Westford Knight
Updated: 09/22/2010 07:00:34 AM EDT
WESTFORD -- It's a modern-day knight's tale. For more than five decades, historians from near and far have been trying to uncover rock-solid evidence to validate the legend of the Westford knight.
Off Depot Street, a stone's throw from the Abbot School, is the epicenter of local folklore. A rock, with little prominence other than a chain, post fence and small plaque, could hold a story more significant than that other Bay State stone -- Plymouth Rock. And one Massachusetts native and author has begun a quest to make its presence known. Click here for full story.
Treasure hunter hopes new law clears path to gold
Province to replace old rules with Oak Island Act
By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau
Thu. Jul 15 - 4:54 AM
Dan Blankenship says he’s growing impatient waiting for a green light to resume exploration for buried treasure on Oak Island.
News the province plans to repeal the Treasure Trove Act and create an Oak Island Act is interesting at best, the 87-year-old said Wednesday.
He and his American partners applied two years ago for a licence to dig for treasure believed to be buried on Oak Island. And even though they’re paying "over $30,000 a year in taxes (on property), we can’t get a treasure trove licence," he said. He and his partners own about 78 per cent of Oak Island, including the money pit, the spot where treasure is said to be hidden.
3,350-year-old fragment of text found
July 13th – Bloomburg News
Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University of Jerusalem held a fragment bearing an ancient form of writing (right).
(Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press)
JERUSALEM — A tiny clay fragment dating from the 14th century BC discovered outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls contains the oldest written document found in the city, researchers say.
The 3,350-year-old clay fragment was uncovered during sifting of fill excavated from beneath a 10th-century BC tower, dating from the period of King Solomon in an area near the southern wall of the Old City, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. Details of the find appear in the current Israel Exploration Journal.
Skulls show New World was settled twice: study
JUNE 14th, 2010
Paleoanthropologists from Brazil, Chile and Germany compared the skulls of several dozen Paleoamericans, dating back to the early days of migration 11,000 years ago, with the more recent remains of more than 300 Amerindians.
"We found that the differences between Early and Late Native American groups match the predictions of a two-migration scenario far better than they do those of any other hypothesis," they said."
"In other words, these differences are so large that it is highly improbable that the earliest inhabitants of the New World were the direct ancestors of recent Native American populations."
Their landmark research found differences in the cranial morphology that could only be explained by the fact that the last common ancestor of the Early and Late Native American groups came from outside the continent.
Who Were the First Americans? by STEPHEN FRIED
June 13, 2010
Who really discovered America? If you think the earliest Americans were Christopher Columbus and his crew, or even the Native Americans they met here, you’d be off by thousands of years. The debate over just how many years—and how people lived after arriving here—is one of the most important in ancient U.S. history. The hunt for “the American Adam,” says David Meltzer, a professor of prehistory at Southern Methodist University, is a “search for insight into how our species adapted to a truly new world.”Link to full article Click here
A 12,000-year-old find in Keene
By MELANIE PLENDA
Union Leader Correspondent
Thursday, Jun. 10, 2010
KEENE –Just beyond the grind of machinery and trucks working to build a state of the art middle school in Keene lays the remnants of the life that used to be there. Before machines, before planes and cars, before the first settlers from strange lands, people were here. They built fires and carved tools, had families, and most of all, existed. Link to article click here
Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 3:30 a.m.
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH |
A local captain and his crew have discovered a unique rock and nearby artifacts that might help reveal how the first people came to Southeastern North Carolina thousands of years ago.
Zulu Discovery owner Jim Batey holds a piece of North Carolina black chert (left)
April 26, 2010
LAWRENCE — Al and Joyce Sunskis think they have proof the Vikings passed through Tower Hill six centuries ago.
They believe a rock that sets in the backyard of their Maurice Avenue home next to an ancient wellspring bears markings that may have been carved or chiseled by Norsemen who sailed up and down the Merrimack River.
America's architectural heritage: Native American mortuary temples
March 24th, 2010
Archaeologists believe that many Native American cultures were obsessed with death and the hereafter. The most obvious evidence is the abundance of burial mounds containing human remains with grave openings. However, certain cultures not only built burial mounds, but also earthen complexes contain burial mounds, geometric patterns and mounds, which did not contain burials. North of the Southern Highlands, these ceremonial complexes contain few or no houses. This means that people traveled to these sites from distant villages in order build, worship, trade and socialize. There is evidence that some cultures even brought the remains of their love ones to be treated with rituals or cremated.
Why and how did Native Americans build mounds?
March 7th, 2010
When English and Scottish settlers first arrived in what was to become the United States, they encountered literally thousands of abandoned earthen and shell mounds that seemed not to be associated with occupied Indian villages.
March 12th, 2010
When Scholarship and Tribal Heritage Face Off Against Commerce
OXFORD, Ala. — Overlooking the Interstate and an outdoor shopping mall here stands a sad little hill, bald but for four bare trees and a scattering of stones.
That the stones are there is beyond argument. But everything else about them — whether somebody put them there, how long they have been there and what should be done with them — became a matter of fierce debate last summer and has continued to yield surprising twists into recent weeks.