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Forensic techniques used to study rock art

University researchers in England are using forensic techniques to study hand stencils found in prehistoric rock art. To solve the problem, scientists adopted a forensics technique to yield more definitive results. Scientists believe the new analysis strategy can sex 40,000-year-old hand stencils with 90 percent accuracy. "The problem with focussing on hand

Prehistoric fishing camp found in New Jersey

A prehistoric Native American fishing camp, including ancient hearths and more than 1,300 artifacts, has been found at an industrial construction site in New Jersey. As archaeological teams dug into the earth on Broadway, near where the Holtec International site would soon rise on the South Camden waterfront in early 2015,

Preserved fish found at prehistoric site in Sweden

Evidence of large-scale fish preservation has been found at a 9,000-year-old settlement in Sweden. The discovery of the world’s oldest storage of fermented fish in southern Sweden could rewrite the Nordic prehistory with findings indicating a far more complex society than previously thought. The unique discovery by osteologist Adam Boethius from

Pierced snail shells date back 150,000 years

Thousands of pierced snail shells found in a North African cave has been dated back 150,000 years. The snails were used for food. ‘Detailed analysis of the pierced shells at Queen’s University Belfast and LJMU and of the stone tools at the University of Cambridge by my colleagues Dr Giulio Lucarini

Prehistoric village found in Guam

A prehistoric village made up of 15 homes has been discovered near Ritidian Point in Guam. The ancient site of at least 15 latte homes — limestone and coral pillars — is located close to the Ritidian shoreline. There also were stones lined in front of the pillars that used to be

Prehistoric cemetery excavated in China

A 4,000-year-old cemetery, made up of hundreds of tombs, has been excavated in northwest China. The burials date back around 4,000 years, before writing was developed in the area. In just one archaeological field season — between August and November 2009 — almost 300 tombs were excavated, and hundreds more were

Prehistoric rock art found in Indonesia

400 prehistoric rock art images have been found in Indonesia's Maluku province. "We do not know the age yet. It needs in-depth research. However, according to the number of motive images, we can conclude that the culture at the time was well developed," Husni said. So far there are three rock painting

Stone tool uncovered by Alaska landslide

A prehistoric stone tool has been discovered after an Alaskan landslide brought it to the surface. A devastating landslide near Sitka last year has produced an interesting discovery — evidence of early human occupation. Against unbelievable odds, a pair of Forest Service hydrologists mapping the Starrigavan slide found a curiously-shaped rock amid

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