Yesterday the latest ArchaeoNews bulletin (from Stone Pages) arrived to my mailbox. Here there are some of the news items that I found more interesting:
Cave bear remains argued to be clue to Grotte Chauvet paintings’ age
Radiocarbon dating demonstrates
quite convincingly that the famous Paleolithic artwork, starring in the latest Herzog’s film, is from some 30-32,000 years BP, what would be well in the Aurignacian period but some archaeologists from California had trouble accepting such old dates.
To further confirm the date of the Chauvet
rock art, another archaeologist, J.M. Elalouf used as reference the remains of cave bears found in the site, which have been dated with C14 to 37,000 to 29,000 years BP, roughly coincident with the previous data.
There is little doubt that the bears painted in Chauvet are the extinct cave bear species and not the surviving brown bear because their skulls are quite different.
Additionally Elalouf analyzed the mitochondrial DNA of the cave bears, concluding that they were all closely related and hence were probably already endangered before they final extinction.
Parts of lion-man sculpture found
In another case of very old artwork, as the age of the lion-man of Stadel, estimated to be c. 32,000 years old, also from the Aurigñacian period, has seen missing parts found in new digs at this Bavarian cave.
The lack of context of this finding has suggested some that it was some sort of votive offering at an otherwise unused, taboo, cave.
It is hoped that the ancient sculpture will be complete in few years, as the dig is finished.
Neolithic to Gupta era remains found in Uttar Pradesh
Not much info is provided but at DNA
Bronze Age findings in North China may be from Xizhou dynasty
Does Hoffecker attempt to rescue ‘modern behavior’ theories from the junk yard?
|John Hoffecker working at Kostenki
The use of terms like collective mind may suggest otherwise but it seems to me a new attempt to justify the biological intellectual superiority of H. sapiens on slippery grounds.