martes, 24 de febrero de 2015

Clausura de las conferencias sobre el dolmen de Alberite


Galería del Dolmen de Alberite

20/02/2015. Durante la tarde de ayer quedaron clausuradas las conferencias que en torno al dolmen de Alberite se han venido celebrando en Villamartín durante las últimas semanas.

D. Adolfo Moreno Márquez, presentó "Rituales de los vivos para los difuntos: Antropología y paleontologíasde las inhumaciones de los dólmenes de Villamartín". Entre otros datos de interés, Moreno nos mostró la importancia del dolmen de Alberite y del resto de monumentos megalíticos que se encuentran a los alrederores a la hora de intentar replantearse la Historia desde el punto de vista de la organización social, con determinados individuos que podrían tener unos privilegios reconocidos (incluso desde pequeños) y el resto de la comunidad que trabajaría para estas élites que eran enterradas en los dólmenes. [...] villamartin.es
 
Noticia relacionada: 29-01-2015. Presente y futuro del dolmen de Alberite, tras 20 años del hallazgo Villamartín acoge a varios expertos del 5 al 19 de febrero en unas jornadas sobre el Megalitismo en el sur de Iberia...

Vídeo relacionado: 23-02-2015. Miguel Bernal nos habla del Dolmen de Alberite



La Bastida es portada de Current World Archaeology



10/02/2015. La Bastida es portada del número 69 de la revista Current World Archaeology (CWA), con un artículo extenso acerca de la sociedad argárica bajo el título: SPAIN: Rise and fall of the Argar. How revolution toppled a Bronze Age civilisation.

Junto al yacimiento de La Bastida, el escrito presta también atención a La Tira del Lienzo, otro asentamiento del término municipal de Totana en el que trabaja el equipo de investigación. Por otra parte, destaca la especial relevancia que reciben, sobre todo, los últimos descubrimientos acontecidos en las excavaciones que el mismo equipo de investigación está llevando a cabo en el yacimiento de La Almoloya (Pliego, Murcia). la-bastida.com

Making Discoveries about Human Evolution Using 3D Technology


Researchers at Stony Brook examine models

It has already been demonstrated numerous times that 3D printing replicas of delicate or rare artifacts and fossils is an excellent way of sharing them with students and conveying the sum of human knowledge about them in a more concrete, tactile way. What is less often realized is that there is new knowledge being created as a result of these digital models and 3D prints. Capturing the data from a particular site or set of artifacts means that the data is quickly and easily portable. It can be sent from researcher to researcher and be studied closely by many more minds at the same time.

Researchers in paleoanthropology working in the Stony Brook University Department of Anatomical Sciences immediately recognized the benefits that 3D printing’s reproductive capabilities provided to their study. [...] 3dprint.com

How Compassion Made Us Human: Love and Tenderness in the Prehistoric World



Book: How Compassion Made Us Human: Love and Tenderness in the Prehistoric World
Penny Spikins
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (March 30, 2015)

In the movies, the emotional range of a caveman consists of grunting... and hitting things with clubs.

But early humans had a sensitive side – developing a sense of compassion long before the emergence of intelligence and language, researchers claim.

Three million years ago our early ancestors, who had brains just a third the size of ours, were carrying pebbles shaped like babies’ faces, archaeologists say.

Researchers speculate that by carrying the pebbles long distances, the early humans were displaying ‘tenderness’.

Move on 1.5 million years, when brains had grown to 60 per cent of their size today, our predecessors had learned to care for their ill.

And 450,000 years ago our ancestors appear to have nursed disabled children.

Intelligence and language skills are thought to have emerged only in the past 500,000 years, possibly as late as 150,000 years ago.

Dr Penny Spikins of York University, who details the findings in her new book, How Compassion Made Us Human, says that archaeology suggests pre-humans had unsuspected emotional depths.

‘Human evolution is usually depicted as driven by intelligence, with empathy and deeper emotions following,’ she told the Sunday Times. [...]  dailymail.co.uk