"When farmers showed up from the Near East about 7,500 years ago, eager to grow their grains in the soil of Central Europe, they were met by indigenous hunters and gatherers.
MADISON – For decades, archaeologists have debated how farming spread to Stone Age Europe, setting the stage for the rise of Western civilization. Now, new data gleaned from the teeth of prehistoric farmers and the hunter-gatherers with...Show More Summary
Archaeologists in Europe and in the Middle East have found something quite puzzling-stone aged bodies with their skulls smashed. It would appear that several years after the bodies were buried, the heads were detached and smashed and then reburied separate from the body. Show More Summary
Two new papers in PNAS document that the Later Stone Age (LSA), the period of African prehistory corresponding to the Upper Paleolithic in Europe, began earlier than previously thought (c. 44ka BP), and contained elements of the material...Show More Summary
Mostly: Genetic study shed light on rise of agriculture in Stone Age Europe One of the most debated developments in human history is the transition from hunter?gatherer to agricultural societies. This week’s edition of Science presents the genetic findings of a Swedish?Danish research team, which show that agriculture spread to Northern Europe via migration from Southern [...]
One of the most debated developments in human history is the transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies. Scientists have now shown that agriculture spread to Northern Europe via migration from Southern Europe.
One of the most debated developments in human history is the transition from hunter?gatherer to agricultural societies. This week's edition of Science presents the genetic findings of a Swedish?Danish research team, which show hat agriculture spread to Northern Europe via migration from Southern Europe. read more
This release is available in Danish and Swedish. An analysis of 5,000-year-old DNA taken from the Stone Age remains of four humans excavated in Sweden is helping researchers understand how agriculture spread throughout Europe long ago. Show More Summary
New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World.A remarkable series ofShow More Summary
A new study of prehistoric horse DNA suggests that spotted horses roamed ancient Europe, and that early artists may have been reproducing what they saw rather than creating imaginary creatures.
Tribesmen who lived in western Europe at the beginning of the Neolithic Era, or New Stone Age, liked travelling, as demonstrated by the genetic affinity between the prehistoric inhabitants of France, Spain, Germany and other parts of Europe, European archeologists reported in an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Stone Age man created a massive network of underground tunnels criss-crossing Europe from Scotland to Turkey, a new book on the ancient superhighways has claimed.German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kusch said evidence of the tunnels has...Show More Summary
Stone Age man created a massive network of underground tunnels criss-crossing Europe from Scotland to Turkey, a new book on the ancient superhighways has claimed. German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kusch said evidence of the tunnels has been found under hundreds of Neolithic settlements all over the continent. Show More Summary
Arrow origins traced to Africa “The invention of the bow and arrow used to be closely linked to the late Upper Paleolithic (Stone Age) in Europe,” less than 30,000 years ago, says anthropologist Marlize Lombard of South Africa’s University of Johannesburg, in a study in the current Journal of Archaeological Science. Last year, however, Lombard and her [...]
"The Basques have the oldest history in Europe," says Dr. Alberto Santana, historian and co-founder of Aunia, a Basque cultural magazine. "We have been here since the Stone Age and have the most distinct language in the world. There are some 6,000 languages in 12 language families. Show More Summary
The 21 October Europe a la Carte Podcast summaries the following three recent Blog posts: Coming Face to Face with the Stone Age in Paris Why You Should Stop in Kayseri, Turkey Tempting Your Stomach at the Outdoor Market in Vieste, Puglia, Italy There’s an invitation to the Twitter Party on 22 October 2010 celebrating [...]Show More Summary
There really is so much to see and do in Paris, something to suit everyone’s tastes and interests. So well featured is this European city on the Europe a la Carte blog that Karen recently produced a post summarizing the Best of Paris Travel Tips as recommended in a number of posts on this blog [...]Show More Summary
Once thought of as near total carnivores, early humans ate ground flour 20,000 years before the dawn of agriculture. Flour residues recovered from 30,000-year-old grinding stones found in Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic point to...Show More Summary
Western Europe's massive prehistoric tombs were built in a burst of activity over a few centuries around 4000 BC, suggests dating evidence, rather than continuously throughout the Stone Age.
Stone tools and animal remains found on England’s coast suggest that humans arrived in northern Europe at least 150,000 years earlier than was previously thought. Maybe the toolmakers stayed. Maybe they were part of successive migrations that went north during Ice Age thaws, and retreated south when the cold came back. Either way, “this has significant implications [...]