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Neolithic Artisans of the Iberian Peninsula Created Beads That Simulated Amber

Researchers have revealed that the prehistoric communities of the Iberian Peninsula developed advanced technology to create beads that imitated amber, a precious and scarce material in antiquity. This finding, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, highlights the skill and creativity of the Iberian artisans who managed to replicate the characteristics of amber using composite […]

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The Enigmatic Merimde Culture, the Origin of Egyptian Civilization

Although we are accustomed to reading about Egyptian kings and great pharaohs, about gigantic monuments such as pyramids and mastabas, Egyptian civilization did not emerge out of nowhere but developed from prehistoric cultures around the Nile Delta. The oldest, and perhaps one of the most enigmatic, which is considered the origin of the later Egyptian […]

Posted inBronze Age Archaeology

78 Silos for Storing Grain and Homes of the Builders of the Bronze Age Circular Sanctuary of Pömmelte Unearthed in Germany

Large-scale archaeological excavations from 2018 to 2022 impressively demonstrated, with a total of almost 140 house plans investigated, how people lived in the third millennium BC at the circular sanctuary of Pömmelte, located near the city of Barby in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Various scientific methods now even allow us to reconstruct what people […]

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Archaeological Discoveries in Northern Iraq Evidence the Rise of Private Property and the First City-States

Since 2015, a team of researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) has been carrying out an ambitious international archaeological research project in the historic region of Northern Mesopotamia, currently known as Iraqi Kurdistan. This area, which has been closed to international archaeological research due to complex geopolitical situations, has recently opened, allowing the […]

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Fewer than 1000 People Lived in Çatalhöyük: Researchers Reassess the Population of Neolithic Villages

A recent interdisciplinary study combining archaeology and ethnography has cast doubt on historical population estimates for Neolithic villages, specifically in Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Historically, it has been claimed that this settlement housed between 3,500 and 10,000 people. However, new research suggests that these numbers are a significant overestimation. Using a review of the distribution of residential […]

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The Great Solar Storm of 5259 BC Precisely Dates the Prehistoric Settlement of Dispilio in Greece

Researchers from the University of Bern have achieved a groundbreaking feat by precisely dating a prehistoric agricultural settlement in northern Greece, which is over 7,000 years old. Utilizing a combination of annual growth ring measurements in wooden construction elements and a sudden spike in cosmogenic radiocarbon dating back to 5259 BC, they have provided a […]

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Archaeologists Discover Threshing Sledges were already Used in Neolithic Greece in 6500 B.C., about 3000 Years Earlier than Previously Thought

Used until a few decades ago to separate straw from grain in many Mediterranean countries, from Turkey to Spain, the threshing sledge may have appeared in Greece as early as 6500 B.C. This is affirmed by a recent study conducted by an international team of researchers, led by the University of Pisa, which, by applying […]

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Liangzhu was Built in the Late Neolithic Period with Advanced Techniques such as “Grass-wrapped Clay Blocks” and a Novel Organization of Labor

The majestic Forbidden City in Beijing astonishes its visitors with its colorful roofs and intricate wood carvings, along with its tall walls of red brick. However, beyond its impressive appearance, traditional Chinese architecture is distinguished by the predominant use of earth as the main building material and the application of various earth construction technologies. Since […]

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Look of 4000-year-old Norwegian Hunter-Gatherer whose Remains were Found on Hitra Island, Reconstructed

In 1916, construction workers in Norway made an unexpected discovery while building a road on Hitra Island. Amidst the sand and rocks, they uncovered human remains belonging to a 25-year-old man from the Stone Age, estimated to be 4,000 years old. Since then, these remains have been a subject of study at the NTNU University […]

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Five Ancient Neolithic “Cursus” Aligned with Solar Events Discovered in Ireland

The beginning of the Neolithic in much of Western Europe marked the construction of the first large-scale communal monuments, which became a way to gather disparate communities for rituals and create a unified group identity. These enclosures are often found in groups in southern England, France, and Scandinavia/Denmark. Recently, a notable group of these monuments […]