A dig in Jersey has yielded a stash of hunter-gatherer artefacts from the end of the last Ice Age, including stone pieces criss-crossed by carved lines. They are similar to engravings found from the same period in continental Europe, but are the first of their kind in the British Isles. Show More Summary
Scientists studying a Stone Age site in Britain came across something that by all rights shouldn't have been there: wheat. More specifically, the researchers found the DNA of wheat dating back 8,000 years off the coast of the Isle of Wright, reports Reuters. That's about 2,000 years before...
Anthropologists at Duke University say that the near metamorphosis that occurred in the human skull during the very end of the Stone Age, which gave way to the Cro-Magnon colonization of Europe, indicates plummeting levels of testosterone.
"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
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
Europe’s first farmers replaced their Stone Age hunter-gatherer forerunners Analysis of ancient DNA from skeletons suggests that Europe’s first farmers were not the descendants of the people who settled the area after the retreat of the ice sheets. Instead, the early farmers probably migrated into major areas of central and eastern Europe about 7,500 years ago, [...]