The finding is part of a context of five newly-found lake-dwelling Neolithic villages. As always we are surprised by the persistence of the old ways of doing things, as doors much like this one can still be found in veteran rural homes.
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Archaeologists S. Rama Krishna Pisipaty and S. Shanmugavelu have researched what may be a key site in a dry lake bed at Singadivakkam, a village some 65 km south of Chennai (Madras). The site is known as Kancheepuram.
The site has so far provided some 200 tools and, crucially, it seems to have no disruption from the Lower Paleolithic (thought to be work of H. erectus) and the Middle Paleolithic (maybe work of H. sapiens), unlike all other sites in the subcontinent. The tools found include hand axes, borers, scrappers, choppers and pointed tools, as well as microliths.
Kancheepuram was ideal for early settlers with its large number of safe water bodies a lifeline for any human settlement, said Pisipaty.
Takengon, Aceh. Two archeologists from Medan have found evidence that a village in Central Aceh district had been inhabited by prehistoric humans.
Ketut Wiradnyana and Lucas Partanda Koestoro announced on Sunday that they had found artifacts such as a a square stone axe, a niche, pottery pieces and a human skeleton inside a cave near Danau Laut Tawar, a lake in Kampung Mendale.
“One of our latest discoveries is a human skeleton which we found in the Ujung Karang Kebayakan area, another excavation site near Kampung Mendale,” Ketut said.
The skeleton’s exact age has yet to be confirmed, since the excavation is still ongoing.
Ketut said the artifacts would have to undergo a carbon dating test at the National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan).
Last May, residents of Jayapura district in Papua Province found prehistoric relics at two different locations.
Hari Suroto, head of a research team from the Archeological Institute, said locals who were digging at Kalkote, a small village in East Sentani district, came across pottery pieces now believed to date back to 1500 BC, or during the Neolithic Age.
The team also established that the same type of pottery was found in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea, in 1996.
Hari said Lapita pottery was previously discovered in many places in the Pacific region and the Bismarck Islands.
Residents of Kwadare village in Waibu district also found a bronze axe, which the archeological team said was made in 300 BC and originally came from Dong Son, North Vietnam.
The axe was kept by the village chieftain instead of being entrusted to the Archaeological Institute.
Hari said axe-making was introduced to Papua’s northern coastal regions by the Austronesian people.
|Cut from fig.2 Location of linear origin and the results of the least-cost route analysis into South Asia. Least-cost route is indicated by the grey [black] line.|
|Fig. 3 Results of the wandering path analyses into and through South Asia. Least-cost routes are indicated by the grey [black] lines.|
|Fig. 1 showing among other things ‘a simplified
distribution of Lower and Middle Paleolithic archaeological sites in the Arabian Peninsula’.
|Fig. 5 reconstructed shoreline of Bab-el-Mandeb at different Late UP dates (cal BP)|
|Fig. 2 Map of ancient drainage systems in Arabia showing the Ur-Schatt River Valley as
the primary recipient of runoff within the regional catchment zone. Numbers indicate
known MP/UP sites in eastern Arabia and southern Iran.
|Cutoff from fig. 5 (Palaeo-shoreline configuration, drainage systems and archaeological sites around the Persian Gulf basin during the Upper Pleistocene and Early Holocene). Shown 74-24 Ka map only. Dots are archaeological sites.|
- Gahnim Wahida et al., A Middle Paleolithic Assemblage from Jebel Barakah,
Coastal Abu Dhabi Emirate. (Chapter in M.D. Petraglia and J.I. Rose (eds.), The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia, Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology). [LINK]
- Marta Mirazón Lahr et al., Project: ‘Searching for traces of the Southern Dispersal’. General description of the archaeological research project0 by the ‘Petraglia team’. [LINK]
- Ancient Indian Ocean Corridors. Blog of the same team, inaugurated this spring. [LINK]
- Synopsis of Paleo India (2007). James B. Harrod. [LINK]
Almost three years since the infamous ad-hoc commission decreed in a single session and without any proper evidence nor hearing that the exceptional findings of Vasco-Roman city Iruña-Veleia were false, a parliamentary commission (of the autonomous provincial parliament of Araba) finally gathered yesterday to listen to the civic association (SOS Iruña-Veleia) and its demands that the physico-chemical analysis are finally made in order to demonstrate whether the findings are genuine or not.
- The origin of the association as convergence of concerned citizens on the situation of the exceptional findings.
- The patrimonial damages caused by newly appointed site director and “archaeologist” Julio Núñez, including a document not yet available online that is described as very precise and clarifying.
- The fraud of the Scientific Assessor Commission of 2008: half-done work, impossibility of appeal, not allowing reply by chief archaeologist Eliseo Gil, lack of demonstrating alleged falsehood with independent methods.
- The demonstration of the existence of many many indications of carbonate crystallizations in the incisions of the inscriptions (which are blatant evidence that the pieces have been buried for a long time, with the texts on them). This is evident in the only chemical report of the 2008 commission (Madariaga) and in the many available photos of the inscribed shards.
|The Miscart/Descartes shard|
|The 50cm that became 150|
- SOS Iruña-Veleia (mostly in Spanish)
- Leherensuge: category Iruña-Veleia (in English)
- Iruña-Veleia: gezurra ala egia? (linguist J.M. Elexpuru’s blog, in Basque)
- Ostraka euskalduna (another Basque-language blog on Iruña-Veleia)