Posts Tagged ‘cave’

  • Romanian cave holds some of the oldest human footprints

    on Jul 22, 14 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, News, Paleolithic, Prehistory, Romania • with Comments Off

    GOOD IMPRESSION  Human footprints such as this, found in a Romanian cave almost 50 years ago, are much older than originally thought, dating to around 36,500 years ago, a new study finds.

    Preserved Stone Age impressions were made about 20,000 years earlier than thought Human footprints found in Romania’s Ciur-Izbuc Cave represent the oldest such impressions in Europe, and perhaps the world, researchers say. About 400 footprints were first discovered in the cave in 1965. Scientists initially attributed the impressions to a man, woman and child who lived 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. But radiocarbon measurements of two cave bear bones excavated just below the footprints now indicate that Homo sapiens made these tracks around 36,500 years ago, say anthropologist David Webb of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania

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  • Early human occupation in the Balkans: Balanica cave complex

    on Dec 15, 13 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, News, Paleolithic, Prehistory, Serbia • with Comments Off

    Balanica cave Serbia

    Professor Mirjana Roksandic (paleonathropologist at the Department of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg) joined Dusan Mihailovic‘s (University of Belgrade) team in 2006 to study early human occupation in the Balkan peninsula. Balkans represents the most convenient corridor for human and animal populations to penetrate Europe. At the gates of Europe in Dmanisi Georgia, we have earliest evidence of human populations outside of Africa at 1.7 million years ago. We also know that hominins reached western Europe by 1.2 mya. We also know that anatomically modern humans (an older version of all of us) spread into Europe

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  • Neanderthals Found in Greece

    on Nov 6, 13 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, Excavation, Greece, News, Paleolithic, Prehistory • with Comments Off


    Scientists have uncovered new evidence of Neanderthal occupation at the Kalamakia cave site on the western coast of the Mani peninsula in Greece, adding to previously recovered finds at other sites in the area. The finds lend additional support to the theory that Greece and the Southern Balkans served as a dispersal corridor and refugium for Pleistocene era human populations. The Middle Paleolithic (300,000 to 30,000 BP) cave site was excavated in 1993 – 2006 by an interdisciplinary team from the Ephoreia of Paleoanthropology and Speleology (Greek Ministry of Culture) and the Muséum national d’Histoire

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  • Trove of Neanderthal Bones Found in Greek Cave

    on Oct 14, 13 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, Greece, News, Paleolithic, Prehistory • with Comments Off

    Map of Greece (left) showing the approximate position of Kalamakia cave (right, shown with excavated sediments) and other sites with human remains in the Mani peninsula. 
Credit: Katerina Harvati et al.

    A trove of Neanderthal fossils including bones of children and adults, discovered in a cave in Greece hints the area may have been a key crossroad for ancient humans, researchers say. The timing of the fossils suggests Neanderthals and humans may have at least had the opportunity to interact, or cross paths, there, the researchers added. Neanderthals are the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, apparently even occasionally interbreeding with our ancestors. Neanderthals entered Europe before modern humans did, and may have lasted there until about 35,000 years ago, although recent findings have called this

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  • HAEMUS signs a cooperation agreement with ‘Ursus speleos’

    on Jun 11, 13 • in Archaeology, Management, Mesolithic, News, Our Activity, Paleolithic, Prehistory, Republic of Macedonia, Speleology, Tourism • with Comments Off

    Speleo house in Slatina

    On 09.06.2013, HAEMUS and ‘Ursus spelaeus‘ signed an agreement for scientific and fieldwork collaboration. ‘Ursus speleos‘ is a society professionally engaged with exploring, protecting and promoting of the Karst forms, caves and speleology in general in the Republic of Macedonia. Since 2011, with a special permission by the Macedonian Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, ‘Ursus speleos‘ are managing the environments of the village of Slatina in central Macedonia, a speleological landscape with several natural monuments. The society owns the spelaeological home ‘Ursus speleos‘ in the village of Slatina near Makedonski Brod, a structure with

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