Sunday , October 21 2018


Oldest Known Fragment of Homer’s Odyssey Found on Clay Tablet

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered what they think is the oldest written record of Homer’s poem Odyssey. The clay tablet contains 13 verses from the Odyssey’s 14th rhapsody. Image credit: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. The clay tablet, inscribed around 200-300 CE (Roman era), was unearthed near the Temple …

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Flatbread Baked 14,400 Years Ago Found in Jordan

Archaeologists from the Universities of Copenhagen and Cambridge, and University College London have unearthed the charred remains of a flatbread baked by Natufian hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago. The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provide the earliest empirical evidence for the production of bread, and …

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Archaeologists Find Pre-Clovis Projectile Points in Texas

At the Gault archaeological site in central Texas, archaeologists have unearthed a projectile point technology never previously seen in North America, which they date to be 16,000-20,000 years old. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, suggest humans occupied the North American continent prior to Clovis — considered the …

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Neanderthals Could Start Fires with Mineral Pyrite and Stone Tools

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports provides clear evidence that Neanderthals made fire by striking a piece of pyrite, the yellow mineral sometimes known as fool’s gold, against flint tools called bifaces. The occasional use of stone tools as ‘strike-a-lights’ was a technocultural feature shared among Neanderthals in …

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Study Claims Dingoes Reached Australia 3,500 Years Ago

A team of scientists in Australia has uncovered new evidence that suggests dingoes (Canis familiaris dingo) arrived on the continent around 3,500 years ago, more recently than previously thought. Balme et al present the results of direct dating of dingo bones from their oldest known archaeological context, Madura Cave on …

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