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Osteodontokeratic

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

The term osteodontokeratic was invented by the Australian archaeologist Raymond Dart, to describe the tool kit of our hominid ancestor Australopithecus africanus. Great name,isn't it? Too bad he was wrong.



Did European Solutrean Upper Paleolithic People...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

The Solutrean-Clovis connection suggests that at least some of the first people in North America were direct descendants of European Solutreans.



Is the Mayan Moon Goddess Ix Chel Really Two...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Ix Chel was the Maya moon goddess, and the patron deity of fertility, childbirth, and weaving; but was she the only moon goddess?



The Oldest Known Example of Early Modern...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Omo Kibish I is the name of a skeleton found in Ethiopia, which at 195,000 years of age is the oldest known example of our modern human species.



The Archaeology of Peru and the Central Andes

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

This page describes the archaeology of Peru, with a brief introduction to Precolumbian Peru and the ancient Andes



A Kiva Holds a Special Importance to Ancient...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

A kiva is a ceremonial structure used by ancient and modern Puebloan societies through the American southwest



A 430,000 year old key to human evolution of...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Deposits in the Sima de los Huesos site of northern Spain contain 28 hominid individuals, who together represent evidence of the evolutionary speciation of human kind, Neanderthal, Denisovan and us.



What Is the Oasis Theory?

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

The Oasis Theory is a core concept in archaeology, referring to one of the main hypotheses about the origins of agriculture.



What are the Hilly Flanks in Agriculture?

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Hilly Flanks is a geographic term describing a specific set of environmental conditions, and in archaeology it refers to a theory about the origins of agriculture



Stone Boiling: How Did We Make Soup Hot Without...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Stone boiling is what archaeologists and anthropologists call the cooking method where you put hot rocks into liquid, as a way of getting your soup hot. This method dates at least to Middle Paleolithic Period.



Wouldn't You Live in a House Made of Elephant...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

In central Europe about 16,000 years ago, some stylish hunter gatherers built their houses out of ancient elephant bones. What a great idea!



Chetro Ketl Holds the Key to Tree-Ring Dating...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Chetro Ketl is a Great House in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park of New Mexico, important for the pioneering use of the tree ring dating method.



Archaeology Is Many Things to Many People:...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

The study of archaeology has been defined in a number of silly and serious ways. Here's a pithy collection from professionals and non-professionals.



Mesoamerica Timeline: Chronology of the...

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Mesoamerica Timeline: Chronology of the Mesoamerican Cultures. Description of the time periods for Mesoamerican archaeology.



Why Don't Scholars Agree on the Dates for...

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Figuring out the calendar dates of the ancient pharaohs and the rest of the Mediterranean communities of the Bronze Age is tougher than it seems.



Australopithecus

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Australopithecus is one of several species of hominins who may or may not be Homo sapiens direct ancestor.



The Secret Innovations and Inventions of...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

This collection of ancient farming includes core concept definitions, archaeological research into ancient farming, and special farming techniques.



Natufian Hunter-Gatherers were Ancestral to...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

The Natufian culture is the name given to the sedentary hunter-gatherers living in the Levant region of the near east ~2,500 and 10,200 years ago.



When and Where were Donkeys First Domesticated?

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The modern donkey (Equus asinus) was bred from the wild African ass (E. africanus spp) in northeastern Africa during the predynastic period of Egypt, about 6,000 years ago.



Were There Really Only Eight Founder Crops in...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Eight founder crops made up the core of new agriculture on our planet--but recent scientific research has shown it wasn't that straightforward.



How Long Have Humans Been Consuming Alcohol?

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

A timeline of the history of alcohol, when it was first developed and how it expanded into one of the most important social elements of modern culture.



How Did the Wild Boar Become the Sweet Domestic...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Our modern domestic pig (Sus scrofa) was developed from the ferocious wild boar in two very distant places in the world: Turkey and China.



Multiregional Hypothesis

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

The Multiregional Hypothesis argues that our earliest hominid ancestors radiated out from Africa and Homo sapiens evolved from several different groups of Homo erectus in several places throughout the world.



Emmer is the Ancient Parent of the Wheat Used...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Most of the types of wheat that we consume today derived from the initial domestication of the wild form of emmer wheat, some 11,000 years ago.



Ile Ife (Nigeria) History and Archaeology

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Ile-Ife is the traditional home of the Yoruba civilization, and an archaeological site located in southwestern Nigeria.



What Were the Rules of the Oldest Known Sport...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

The Mesoamerican ball game was an exciting, dangerous game played by most cultures in central America, beginning over 3,500 years ago.



How did Vikings make their livings?

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Over the 250 years of the period called the Viking Age, the economics of the people known as the Vikings changed and adapted, and sometimes failed.



Erlitou - What and Where is Erlitou

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Erlitou is a very large Bronze Age (Shang or Xia Dynasty) site located 9 kilometers southwest of Yanshi City in Henan Province of China.



The Mythology of the Aztecs and the Founding of...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

This page describes the mythical and archaeological origins of the Aztec people, and the founding of their capital city of Tenochtitan



Chinampa - Raised Field Agriculture in the...

2016-12-10T11:01:22Z

Chinampa systems are a type of American traditional agriculture that has been practiced for at least 1,000 years