lunes, 7 de octubre de 2013

Proof of Human Migration from Sweden to Poland During the Early Bronze Age

During the Early Bronze Age there was a very high level of territorial mobility of the Únětice culture in Silesia, a large community inhabiting the south western territories of Poland approximately 4,000 years ago. This is found in a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg which also conclusively confirms the first case of human long-distance overseas journey to Silesia from Scandinavia, probably from southern Sweden.

'Over 3800 years ago, a young male, possibly born in Skåne, made a journey of over 900 kilometers south, to Wroclaw in Poland. He died violently in Wroclaw, killed by Úněticean farmers, possibly due to romance with two local females, who were murdered together with him. This 'Bronze Age love story', with no happy ending is the first case of Swedish-Polish contacts in history ever', concludes archaeologist Dalia Pokutta, author of the thesis. [...]

Link 2: Population Dynamics, Diet and Migrations of the Únětice Culture in Poland

Denmark. Butchering Circa 10,000 B.C.

Big-game hunts about 12,000 years ago involved feasting on a meaty morsel popular with today’s gourmets, followed by chopping, hauling, bone tossing, jewelry making and boasting.

All of these activities are suggested by remains found at a prehistoric Danish butchering site, called Lundy Mose, which is described in a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Bone fragments belonging to wild boar, red deer and aurochs were unearthed. But the hunters clearly had a taste for elk meat, since elk remains were prevalent at the site, located in South Zealand, Denmark. [...]

Kent’s Bronze Age gold treasures on show in Dover

A hoard of some of the rarest prehistoric gold ornaments ever found in Britain is now on public display for the first time in many years.

Owned by the Kent Archaeological Society, the Bronze Age ‘torcs’ (bracelets and armbands) have been released for exhibition at Dover Museum until December (2013).

During this time two events in the town will focus on Bronze Age (2100BC-750BC) and earlier periods of history and the world-famous Dover Bronze Age Boat, unearthed during road works in 1992, will be one of the museum’s main attractions. more… see Press Release

Link 2: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition
"Beyond the horizon" tells the history of men and women who lived on the Channel coast 3500 years ago, and also of the research community who now gives it a new life today...

Link 3: Les trésors de l'exposition


What evolved first, a dexterous hand or an agile foot?

Resolving a long-standing mystery in human evolution, new research from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute indicates that early hominids developed finger dexterity and tool use ability before the development of bipedal locomotion.

Combining monkey and human behavior, brain imaging, and fossil evidence, a research team led by neurobiologist Dr. Atsushi Iriki and including Dr. Gen Suwa, an anthropologist from the University of Tokyo Museum, have overturned the common assumption that manual dexterity evolved after the development of bipedal locomotion freed hominid hands to use fingers for tool manipulation.

In a study published today in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, [...]

Actualización 20-10-13. ¿Qué evolucionó antes, las manos hábiles o los pies hábiles?
Según un estudio liderado por el neurobiólogo Atsushi Iriki, la habilidad con los dedos, y para utilizar herramientas con las manos fue anterior al andar bípedo.

Iriki, junto con el antropólogo Gen Suwa, de la Universidad del Museo de Tokio, estudiaron a diversos primates, incluyéndonos a nosotros, y a nuestros ancestros fósiles...