- S. Shennan & K. Edinborough, Prehistoric population history: from the Late Glacial to the Late Neolithic in Central and Northern Europe (Journal of Archaeological Science, 2007).
- Mark Collard et al., Radiocarbon evidence indicates that migrants introduced farming to Britain. Antiquity, 2009.
Category Archives: Poland
Revisiting the demographics of Northern and Central Europe in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods
Some interesting news I cannot dedicate much effort to:
Human intelligence not really linked to frontal lobe.
New research highlights that the human frontal lobe is not oversized in comparison with other animals. Instead the human intelligence seems to be distributed through all the brain, being the network what really matters → Science Daily.
Ref. Robert A. Barton and
Chris Venditti. Human frontal lobes are not relatively large. PNAS, May 13, 2013 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1215723110
Early hominin ear bones found together in South Africa.
The three bones, dated to c. 1.9 Ma show intermediate features between modern humans and apes → PhysOrg.
New hominin site in Hunan (China).
The sediments of Fuyan cave, in which five human teeth (Homo erectus?) were found, along with plenty of animal ones, are dated to 141,700 (±12,100) years ago. → IVPP – Chinese Academy of Sciences.
|The five human teeth|
Neanderthal workshop found in Poland.
In Pietrowice Wielkie (Silesia), which is at the end of a major natural corridor from the Danubian basin → PAP.
Ancient Eastern Europeans ritually killed their pets to become warriors.
In the Bronze Age site of Krasnosamarkskoe (Volga region, Russia) more than 50 ritually pieced skulls of dogs have puzzled archaeologists, who have reached the conclusion, after researching Indoeuropean accounts from India, that the animals may have been killed in adulthood rituals: the boys who were to become warriors had to kill their most beloved pet in order to be accepted as such, and did so in a precise and macabre ritual → National Geographic.
Ancient log boat found in Ireland.
In the Boyne river, which was in the past a major artery of the island. Not yet dated: it could be from prehistoric times or the 18th century. → Irish Times.
… we were able to pinpoint some lineages which could possibly reflect the relatively recent contacts of Slavs with nomadic Altaic peoples (C4a1a, G2a, D5a2a1a1).
The remaining H6 samples sequenced in our study belong to different H6a subclusters being identified as singletons (H6a1a*) or as members of subclusters H6a1a4, H6a1a9 and H6a1b3. Subcluster H6a1a9 is novel, comprising of two haplotypes found in Russians and Ukrainians. Subcluster H6a1b3 is also interesting because it contains, except for European individuals of unknown origin, a founder haplotype of Czech origin and two Polish haplotypes.
|Figure 2. Complete mtDNA phylogenetic tree of haplogroup H6 (legend as above).|
Other items I found notable in this newsletter are:
- Earthen burial urns (nannagadies) found but barely researched in Kerala
- Paleolithic fertility art found in Poland (already discussed in a wider entry)
- Mammoth engraving found in North America
- 10,000 years old stone carvings from Timor
- Australian stone semicircle is astronomical device, 10,000 years old