Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


Fossilised finger points to previously unknown group of human relatives

Ian Sample, Guardian, 22/12/2010

A fossilised little finger discovered in a cave in the mountains of southern Siberia belonged to a young girl from an unknown group of archaic humans, scientists say. The missing human relatives are thought to have inhabited much of Asia as recently as 30,000 years ago, and so shared the land with early modern humans and Neanderthals. The new ancestors

Yannis Sakellarakis Museum

The Municipality of Archanes decided that a new archaeological museum which will be built by the Municipality, as well as a road close to the archaeological site “Tourkogeitonia”, will have the name of the archaeologist Yannis Sakellarakis, who died recently.

Neanderthal ‘Family’ Possibly Victim of Cannibal Attack

Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience, 22/12/2010

The remains of a possible family group of Neanderthals, including an infant, were discovered in a cave in Spain, researchers reported this week. The bones of the 12 individuals show signs of cannibalism, suggesting another Neanderthal group came along and chowed down on the meat. This group of Neanderthals died some 49,000 years ago, the research suggests. Shortly after, a

Neanderthals Fashioned Earliest Tool Made From Human Bone

Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor, 15/12/2010

The earliest known tool made from human bone has been discovered — and it was apparently crafted by Neanderthals, scientists find. The scientists note that as of yet, they have no way to prove or disprove whether the Neanderthals who made the tool did so intentionally — for instance, for rituals or after cannibalization. Until now, the first evidence that

Lucky duck! Spanish Bronze Age man suffered broken bone in neck – and lived

Owen Jarus, Unreported Heritage News, 17/12/2010

Archaeologists exploring a Bronze Age fortress at La Motilla del Azuer, in Spain, have come across a very lucky man. One of the skeletons is of a man that lived more than 3,400 years ago and suffered a broken hyoid bone, likely caused by a blow to his neck.The hyoid bone is a horseshoe shaped object located at the root of

To «παράδοξο της Λακωνίας». Σεισµοί καταπόντισαν την αρχαία πόλη Παυλοπέτρι πριν από 5.000 χρόνια

Stephanos Krikkis, Τα Νέα, 17/12/2010

Μια σειρά από ισχυρούς σεισµούς, που άρχισαν να εκδηλώνονται πριν από 5.000 χρόνια, ήταν η αιτία που τερµατίστηκε η ευηµερία της αρχαίας πόλης Παυλοπέτρι στη Λακωνία, η οποία καταποντίστηκε στον βυθό της θάλασσας. Στο συµπέρασµα αυτό συγκλίνουν τα δεδοµένα που προέκυψαν µετά την τελευταία µεγάλη γεωµορφολογική και γεωλογική έρευνα που πραγµατοποίησαν επιστήµονες από το Ελληνικό Κέντρο Θαλασσίων Ερευνών στις ακτές

Top 10 Discoveries of 2010

Archaeology, January/February 2011

Decades from now people may remember 2010 for the BP oil spill, the Tea Party, and the iPad. But for our money, it’s a lock people will still be excited about the year’s most remarkable archaeological discoveries, which we explore (along with one “undiscovery”) in the following pages.

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Η «Ακρόπολις της παλαιοντολογίας»

K. Smeros, Ο Δημότης της Ανατολικής Αττικής, 09/12/2010

Η έκθεση με τίτλο «Πικέρμι Χθες, Σήμερα, Αύριο» άνοιξε τις πύλες της για το κοινό, παρουσιάζοντας σημαντικά παλαιοντολογικά ευρήματα της περιοχής της Ανατολικής Αττικής, η οποία είναι πλούσια σε τέτοιου είδους θησαυρούς που μαρτυρούν πολλά για την φυσική ιστορία του πλανήτη μας. Άλλωστε το Πικέρμι δεν είναι άγνωστη «έννοια» για τους επιστήμονες παλαιοντολόγους. Θεωρείται ως η «Ακρόπολις της Παλαιοντολογίας», καθώς

Did Climate Change Drive Prehistoric Culture Change?

Michael Balter, Science, 6-12-2010

Earth is warming, climate researchers say, and sooner or later we will have to adjust our lifestyles if we want to adapt and survive. Perhaps we should take a cue from earlier occupants of North America. A new study finds a strong correlation between changing climate and changing culture in the prehistoric United States. Archaeologists divide the prehistory of North

Farmers slowed down by hunter-gatherers: Our ancestors’ fight for space

Agricultural – or Neolithic – economics replaced the Mesolithic social model of hunter-gathering in the Near East about 10,000 years ago. One of the most important socioeconomic changes in human history, this socioeconomic shift, known as the Neolithic transition, spread gradually across Europe until it slowed down when more northern latitudes were reached. Research published today, Friday, 3 December 2010,

Archaeological amazements from Bulgaria: 5 thousands year old burials (Chirpan Project)

Examiner, 2/12/2010

Bulgaria is one of the archaeologically richest countries in the world. Archaeology is a highly prestige profession there with huge media interest in everything what has been discovered. Recently, thanks especially to young generations archaeologists, more information has begun to be published online. An excellent example is 2009-2010 Project “Archaeologiacal examination of a Thracian-Roman Dynasty Centre in the region of

Neanderthals: how needles and skins gave us the edge on our kissing cousins

Guardian, 5/12/2010

On the ground floor of the Natural History Museum in London, arrays of Formica-covered cabinets stretch from floor to ceiling and from one end of the great building to the other. Some of nature’s finest glories are stored here: pygmy hippo bones from Sicily, mammoth tusks from Siberia and skulls of giant sloths from South America. Many treasures compete for

ISLANDS OF WINDS. Maritime Culture of the Bronze Age Aegean. University of Heidelberg (November 27, 2010 – July 24, 2011)

The exhibition is organised by the University of Heidelberg. It is divided into three thematic sections. The first section focuses on the life of the inhabitants of the islands and the mainland seaside areas. The second section presents the development of shipbuilding materials, tools and other materials and the use of vessels. In the third part the land-based facilities of