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  • Grotesque Mummy Head Reveals Advanced Medieval Science

    on Mar 7, 13 • in Anthropology, History, Middle Ages, News • with Comments Off on Grotesque Mummy Head Reveals Advanced Medieval Science

    In the second century, an ethnically Greek Roman named Galen became doctor to the gladiators. His glimpses into the human body via these warriors’ wounds, combined with much more systematic dissections of animals, became the basis of Islamic and European medicine for centuries. Galen’s texts wouldn’t be challenged for anatomical supremacy until the Renaissance, when human dissections — often in public — surged in popularity. But doctors in medieval Europe weren’t as idle as it may seem, as a new analysis of the oldest-known preserved human dissection in Europe reveals. The gruesome specimen, now in a private

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  • Scientist of the Week: Tom Higham

    on Mar 4, 13 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, Croatia, News, Paleolithic • with Comments Off on Scientist of the Week: Tom Higham

    Еvery Thursday, Laboratory Equipment features a Scientist of the Week, chosen from the science industry’s latest headlines. This week’s scientist is Tom Higham from the Univ. of Oxford. He and a team found that Neanderthals went extinct in Europe much earlier than previously thought. Q:  What made you interested in dating Neanderthal bones? A: I am interested in working out when Neanderthals went extinct and how long they overlapped with the earliest anatomically modern humans in places like Europe. The European archaeological record is one of the best examples of the extinction of a human species, and we

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  • Farming Arrived in Europe with Asian Migrants, Isotopic Study Reveals

    on Feb 24, 13 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, Mesolithic, Neolithic, News, Romania, Serbia • with Comments Off on Farming Arrived in Europe with Asian Migrants, Isotopic Study Reveals

    Strontium isotope data from the Danube Gorges in the north-central Balkan show Europe’s first farmers were immigrants. “One of the big questions in European archaeology has been whether farming was brought or borrowed from the Near East,” said Dr Douglas Price of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who co-authored a paper published in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr Price with colleague Dr Dusan Boric of Cardiff University, the UK, measured strontium isotopes in the teeth of 153 humans from Neolithic burials (6,200 B.C.) in an area known as the Danube Gorges

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  • Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone Found

    on Feb 7, 13 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, News, Paleolithic, Prehistory, Serbia • with Comments Off on Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone Found

    Scientists have unearthed a jawbone from an ancient human ancestor in a cave in Serbia. The jawbone, which may have come from an ancient Homo erectus or a primitive-looking Neanderthal precursor, is more than 397,000 years old, and possibly more than 525,000 years old. The fossil, described today (Feb. 6) in the journal PLOS ONE, is the oldest hominin fossil found in this region of Europe, and may change the view that Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relatives, evolved throughout Europe around that time. “It comes from an area where we basically don’t have anything

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  • Loom weights reveal existence of weaving since 2,500 years ago

    on Jan 30, 13 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Craft, News, Turkey • with Comments Off on Loom weights reveal existence of weaving since 2,500 years ago

    Loom weights dating back 2,500 years that were found in the ancient Assoss show the textile industry has existed in the region since ancient times The northwestern province of Çanakkale’s Ayvacık district is home to one of the most important areas of Turkey’s textile industry. The district is famous for kilim carpets produced in different colors and designs, but as of late 2,500-year-old loom weights recently found in the ancient city of Assoss, within the borders of the district, have brought the district even more fame. Ayvacık was one of Turkey’s significant centers, especially in

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  • Romanian media: Thousands of valuable stamps stolen from Romanian heritage

    on Dec 15, 12 • in Anthropology, Cultural heritage, Media, News, Romania • with Comments Off on Romanian media: Thousands of valuable stamps stolen from Romanian heritage

    Romania owns an impressive collection of 12 million stamps which is worth EUR 500 million, but when the officials from the Romanian Post, which manages the collection, tried to take an inventory, they discovered that some of the stamps were missing or replaced with fakes, according to the Romanian media. The audit results showed that more than two hundred “Cap de Bour 1858″ stamps, the first and most expensive of the famous series, had been replaced by other fake stamps. The value of the stamps strictly speaking comes to RON 12 million. During a a

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