Posts Tagged ‘neolithic’

Huge Neolithic Cursus Linked with Isle of Arran’s Sacred Stones Revealed

In August this year, within the rugged southwest of Scotland’s Isle of Arran, researchers began excavating an ancient ceremonial monument dating back to between 4000 and 3000 BC.  Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Ancient Places Europe Read Later  Source

How to Make a Neolithic Longbow (Video)

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exist countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained. The goal […]

Neolithic Solutions to Lactose Intolerance Revealed in New Study

During the Neolithic period up until the Late Bronze Age, lactose intolerance was prevalent among the European population. However, a genetic mutation eventually became widespread, allowing adults to produce lactase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose in the body. But milk had already become an important part of the human diet before then. So […]

Grand Neolithic Homes Dating Back 5,800 Years Found in Northern Ireland

In the past, archaeologists exploring near the banks of Lough Foyle in Ireland have found ruins and artifacts linked to the first millennium AD Kingdom of Aileach.  Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Ancient Places Europe Read Later  Source

Gre Filla Neolithic Site in Turkey to be Relocated to Avoid Floodwaters

Archaeologists in Turkey have spent the past four years excavating at a Neolithic mound in southeastern Turkey that will be flooded once the construction of a huge dam is completed. The waters of the reservoir have already begun to collect, but water levels have risen slowly, which has given the archaeologists enough time to perform […]

Why One Neolithic Scottish Settlement Didn’t Need Any Fertilizer

People living in Western Europe and on the British Isles during the Neolithic Period (10000 to 2200 BC) had already discovered the powers of manure-based fertilizer to increase crop yields. In fact, the earliest Neolithic farmers in the lands of modern-day England and Wales were spreading dung fertilizer on thick, recycling nutrients enthusiastically in order […]

Why One Neolithic Scottish Settlement Didn’t Need Any Fertilizer

People living in Western Europe and on the British Isles during the Neolithic Period (10000 to 2200 BC) had already discovered the powers of manure-based fertilizer to increase crop yields. In fact, the earliest Neolithic farmers in the lands of modern-day England and Wales were spreading dung fertilizer on thick, recycling nutrients enthusiastically in order […]

Intentionally Deformed Skulls Dug Up in Odd Neolithic Iranian Cemetery

In excavations in southwestern Iran at the Tol-e Chega Sofla site on the Zohreh plain, a team of Iranian archaeologists unearthed 13 deformed skulls of humans. Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Ancient Places Asia Read Later 

Ancient DNA Reveals Anatolian Neolithic Revolution Migration Patterns

Beginning approximately 12,000 years ago, the Neolithic Revolution sparked one of the most profound and lasting changes in human history.  Read more Section:  News Evolution & Human Origins Read Later 

Neolithic Revolution Spurred Mental and Physical Growth of Europeans

New research just published in the journal Frontiers in Genetics reveals fascinating details about the evolution of Europeans, the humans living in Europe during the Neolithic period (10,000 BC to 4,500 BC). It seems that during this tumultuous time, when agriculture replaced hunting and gathering as the principal organizer of society and culture, ancient Europeans […]

6,500-Year-Old Pearl Bead Found in Neolithic Grave in Qatar

The host of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar, is in the news for the right reasons once again. The recent discovery of the oldest pearl bead in the Middle Eastern country, which has a rich history of pearl diving and trade, was reported on by I Love Qatar (ILQ) and many other news […]

Neolithic Fisherman Died by Drowning 5,000 Years Ago, New Research Shows

The 5,000-year-old remains of a man unearthed from a mass burial in northern Chile have been identified as having belonged to a Neolithic fisherman who died by drowning. The details of the man’s life were discovered through an extensive analysis of his bones, which showed telltale signs of his lifestyle and cause of death. The […]

A Rediscovered Unit of Length and Implications for the Neolithic

Following work which began in the 1970s and spanned nearly 40 years, Peter Harris and Norman Stockdale identified a “new” unit of length in 2015. They called it the Harris and Stockdale Megalithic Foot, or the HSMF for short, to distinguish it from other similar lengths. It is 14.142 inches (35.92 cm) or 1.1785 feet […]

Pre-Pottery “Perfect” Neolithic Shrine Found in East Jordan Desert

A team of Jordanian and French archaeologists have found an exceptionally well-preserved and intact Neolithic shrine at a remote prehistoric hunting campsite in Jordan’s eastern desert that dates back roughly 9,000 years, reports NPR. This places the shrine in the late Pre-Pottery Neolithic era, a Neolithic culture mostly existed in upper Mesopotamia and the Levant, […]

‘World’s Oldest Family Tree’ Revealed in Neolithic Tomb in England

Genome sequencing of 35 individuals from the best-preserved Neolithic tomb in B Tomb in England ritain has revealed that 27 of the individuals were the children of 4 women – and just one man! This being so, five generations of a single family are represented, and so the researchers have been able to put together […]

Tracing Scotland’s Neolithic Civilization Back To Armenian And Sardinian Roots

Around 5300 BC a revolution occurred on Orkney. A group of unnamed astronomers and seafarers dared to sail across one of the most hostile waterways in the world to establish the earliest stone circles in the British Isles, along with unusual conical towers and horned passage mounds. Such architecture had no parallel in Britain, it […]

‘Neolithic Mince Pies’ Were Eaten by Stonehenge’s Builders

Just 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Stonehenge in England, Durrington Walls is a huge Neolithic settlement and henge site. Located within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, excavations back in 2004 and 2006 by the University of Sheffield Riverside Project revealed evidence of seven ancient houses. The finding of as many as 1,000 houses and […]

Tests Prove Largest Neolithic Circle in Britain was Definitely Human-Made

In June last year, archaeologists in Britain announced that they had made an amazing discovery near Stonehenge. They detected a massive circular monument near the world-famous Neolithic site. When they suggested that it may be the largest monument from the Neolithic period found in the British Isles they faced heavy criticism from some colleagues, who […]

Anatolian Neolithic Weavers At Çatalhöyük Used Trees to Make The Oldest Cloth

A new study published in the journal Antiquity has revealed some surprising information about the inhabitants of the ancient city of Çatalhöyük, an early Neolithic settlement located in southern Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). It seems these industrious people found a way to convert fibers from oak trees into textiles that were used to make clothes. Based […]

“V” and “F” Sounds Were Birthed in the Neolithic Overbite Revolution

At the dawn of the Neolithic revolution , which occurred around 10,000 years ago, humans began eating less raw wild foods and more processed meals. A study published in Science shows how this reduction of pressure on the teeth caused changes in the way the human jaw developed and grew. Adults of the new agricultural […]

Early Artistic Skills Amaze at Turkey’s Neolithic Karahantepe Site

Turkey’s Karahantepe site (also written as Karahan Tepe) is believed to be nearly 11,500 years old, and some of the recent finds are truly sensational. Archaeologists have recently discovered early Neolithic artworks that are “crude” three-dimensional depictions of human and animal figures. And what is truly astonishing is that these huge artworks were carved into […]

Neolithic Atacama Desert Farmers Battled Violently Over Resources

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that human history has been a continuum of violence, bloodshed, and gore. This phenomenon has been captured today in virtual simulations, games, and other forms of entertainment, but real life has plenty of examples where this bloodthirsty behavior has had deeply traumatic and disturbing consequences. A new study in […]

Neolithic Burial Mound Found at Base of Bohemia’s Rip Mountain

Czech archaeologists have discovered and unearthed  a 6,000-year-old ancient burial mound  in Bohemia, which is among the oldest of its kind found anywhere in Europe. Underneath the mound (or cairn) they uncovered a large burial chamber that contained the skeletal remains of a child. Adding more intrigue to the discovery, the rare Neolithic mound and […]

Gallic Ancient Skeleton Found Clutching Deer Antler in Neolithic Complex in France

Archaeologists involved in a mid-summer excavation in northcentral France discovered two isolated Neolithic-era burials, dating from the years 5,500 BC to 3,700 BC. Uniquely, one of the skeletons was found holding a deer antler in its arms. France’s National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research  (INRAP) reports that the ancient graves were found at a 20-acre (eight-hectare) […]

Sacred Farming: Huge Monument Find Showcases Neolithic Earth Worship

Archaeologists excavating near the village of Biddenham in Bedfordshire, England, have uncovered several ancient structures dating back 6,000 years. But most recently, a huge ritualistic monument has emerged from the timeworn fields. The team have uncovered several layers of archaeology dating back to the Neolithic. Bronze Age , Iron Age and Saxon period artifacts have […]

Plato’s Prehistoric Athens Destroyed In A Neolithic Landslide

The Ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote his Atlantis story in two documents called the Timaeus and Critias. These writings date from about 360 BC and are the only known works that describe the Atlantean civilization in detail. Most modern scholars argue that Plato fabricated the entire story of Atlantis to illustrate his political theories. Other […]

Did Neolithic Dairy Farmers Try To Butter Up The Gods?

Evidence of Neolithic dairy farming has been discovered in Wales dating back over 5,000 years. These new findings are from a time when people transitioned from hunting to farming. This was a moment when new monuments were raised, and when dairy products, it seems, were believed to be conduits to the gods of the fields.   […]

Thirteen Aligned Neolithic Menhirs Discovered in a Small Swiss Town

A group of 13 aligned menhirs believed to be from the Neolithic period have been found in Switzerland’s Valais canton, in the municipality of Saint-Léonard. This discovery was made as part of excavation work at a construction site called “Les Fougains” (The Fountains) in collaboration with the cantonal office of archaeology, as reported in the […]

Eleven New Neolithic Hill Sites Discovered Near Göbeklitepe, Turkey

The Turkish government has just announced a major archaeological discovery that could have a serious impact on the study of Neolithic Era culture in the region. On June 27, Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy  told reporters  gathered in the southeastern Turkish city of Sanliurfa that several new sites had been found in the […]

Neolithic Bamboo House and the Birthplace of Paddy Fields Found

The Chengdu Plain is an alluvial plain located on the western part of the Sichuan basin in southwestern China, which was the site of a recent breakthrough discovery. Six pieces of carbonized bamboo from a mud-bamboo house, along with tens of thousands of pottery pieces and evidence of ancient rice paddies have been found at […]

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