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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

After what seemed like two months of intolerable cold, we’re finally looking forward to some milder weather this weekend with the high in mid-20s and some light snow to tidy to tidy up the neighborhood. This week was hectic, but a mild weekend offers a great chance to hunker down, read, write, and recharge for another busy week. … Read More ?

Nefertiti’s Face by Joyce Tyldesley review – the creation of an Ancient Egyptian icon

Why did the bust of a queen carved more than 3,000 years ago achieve such fame when it was exhibited in 1924? Even with her blinded left eye, Nefertiti has come to epitomise female perfection. Uncannily symmetrical, and with the second...Show More Summary

Where was/is Macedonia?

The bitter dispute over the name "Macedonia" has lasted more than 70 years Eleni Chrepa and Slav Okov, 'Inside the Bitter Dispute Over the Name ‘Macedonia’...',. Bloomberg 22 Feb 2018.A dispute between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia goes back more than seven decades, but now both neighbors have a political interest in finding a solution. Show More Summary

Research into the family tree of today's horses sheds new light on the origins of the species

(University of Exeter) The earliest known domesticated horses are not at the root of today's modern breed's family tree, as had previously been thought, new research has shown.

Surprising new study redraws family tree of domesticated and 'wild' horses

(University of Kansas) Research published in Science today overturns a long-held assumption that Przewalski's horses, native to the Eurasian steppes, are the last wild horse species on Earth

Unsaddling old theory on origin of horses

(CNRS) Botai horses were tamed in Kazakhstan 5,500 years ago and thought to be the ancestors of today's domesticated horses... until a team led by researchers from the CNRS and Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier sequenced their genome. Show More Summary

Neanderthals thought like we do

(Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) Using Uranium-Thorium dating an international team of researchers co-directed by Dirk Hoffmann of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, demonstrates...Show More Summary

Neanderthals – not humans – were first artists on Earth, experts claim

Neanderthals painted on cave walls in Spain 65,000 years ago – tens of thousands of years before modern humans arrived, say researchers More than 65,000 years ago, a Neanderthal reached out and made strokes in red ochre on the wall of a cave, and in doing so, became the first known artist on Earth, scientists claim. Show More Summary

Archaeology: Pots, people and knowledge transfer

(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) In the Late Neolithic, a new style of pottery appears among the grave goods buried with the dead in many parts of Europe. A new genetic study shows that, with one exception, its dissemination was not accompanied by large-scale migration.

DNA study reveals the scale of Bell Beaker migration into the British Isles

Wessex Archaeology was part of an international team of 144 archaeologists and geneticists from Europe and the United States that collaborated on the largest ever study of Bell Beaker DNA. Working with David Reich and Iñigo Olalde (both Harvard Medical School), the results have just been published in the scientific magazine Nature. Show More Summary

The Wesley College Documentation Project

In about a half hour, I start my one-credit class designed to document the two buildings on the University of North Dakota’s campus associated with Wesley College: Robertson/Sayre and Corwin/Larimore halls. I’ve christened this project the Wesley College Documentation Project.  1. Show More Summary

Scientists create 'Evolutionwatch' for plants

(PLOS) Using a hitchhiking weed, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology reveal for the first time the mutation rate of a plant growing in the wild.

Ancient DNA tells tales of humans' migrant history

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied -- revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixing of populations in our prehistoric past.

Arrival of Beaker folk changed Britain forever, ancient DNA study shows

At least 90% of the ancestry of Britons was replaced by a wave of migrants, who arrived about 4,500 years ago, say researchers The largest ever study on ancient DNA has shown that Britain was changed forever by the arrival of the Beaker...Show More Summary

Brancaster Rings tell the story of life in Britain during the twilight of the Roman Empire

Researchers from Newcastle and Oxford Universities have for the first time catalogued in detail each of the 54 Brancaster-type rings known to exist in the UK today and say that they can be dated with confidence due to their design and...Show More Summary

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesi

Duh... Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis: the first peoples in the Americas were not from EuropeFirst, in addition to the scientific problems with the Solutrean hypothesis which I’ll discuss shortly, it’s important to note that it has...Show More Summary

Writing up the Excavations at Pyla-Koutsopetria on Cyprus, Part 1.

A few weeks ago, I boldly complained (in my head) that this is the February of Pyla-Koutsopetria. Since then, my colleagues and I have been working frantically to get the second volume of our work at the site of Pyla-Koutsopetria on Cyprus completed and ready for submission. The second volume documents our three seasons of excavation and a couple of seasons of… Read More ?

US court forbids seizure of Persian artifacts by Jerusalem bomb victims

US Supreme Court rules 8-0 that the Persepolis texts cannot be seized and sold in order to pay a civil judgement against the government of Iran for sponsoring terrorism. Only in America, I feel, would anyone think they 'could'.

Modern Conflict Research Symposium

The University of Bradford was the scene of the first Modern Conflict Research Symposium (3 Feb 2018). Wessex Archaeology sponsored the event and two members of staff (Bob Clarke and Si Cleggett) attended the conference – along withShow More Summary

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis: the first peoples in the Americas were not from Europe

A recent Canadian documentary promoted a fringe idea in American archaeology that’s both scientifically wrong and racist Last month’s release of The Ice Bridge, an episode in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series The Nature of...Show More Summary

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