Recent and interesting news articles related to the Department of Archaeology, as well as articles from around the world.
Beheadings in South America are not uncommon and are usually associated with gang warfare. Now a group of researchers - including one from the University of Cape Town - has discovered a case of a 9000-year-old ritualistic decapitation, challenging established views on the practice.
New species of early human discovered near fossil of ‘Lucy’ Australopithecus deyiremeda lived about 3.4 million years ago in northern Ethiopia, around the same time and place as Australopithecus afarensis.
Once upon a time in the Bronze Age, a girl was born to a family of sun worshipers living in the Black Forest of what is today Germany. When she was young she became a priestess in the local sun cult, and soon attracted the eye of a tribal chief who lived far to the north. The girl’s family married her off, and she went to live with the chief in what is now Denmark. She often travelled back and forth between Denmark and her ancestral home and eventually gave birth to a child while she was away.
Earth Institute at Columbia University—Scientists working in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya have found stone tools dating back 3.3 million years, long before the advent of modern humans, and by far the oldest such artifacts yet discovered. The tools, whose makers may or may not have been some sort of human ancestor, push the known date of such tools back by 700,000 years;