Writing in Neolithic Europe; an Aegean origin?

For many years the earliest writing was assumed to have originated in Uruk, in Sumeria, Mesopotamia c. 3100 BC. Evidence from Egypt has now dated writing to c. 3400-3200 BC, while evidence from the Indus Valley suggests a date of 3500 BC for the development of writing there.  Continue reading “Writing in Neolithic Europe; an Aegean origin?”

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Does the Megalithic Tradition have an ‘origin’?

There are ∼35,000 presently extant European Megaliths – ancient monuments constructed from one or more blocks of stone – that remain all across Europe. Most of them come from the Neolithic period and the Copper Age. The majority of them are concentrated in coastal areas, while there are quite a few in the inland, too (e.g. Thrace -modern day Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey). Continue reading “Does the Megalithic Tradition have an ‘origin’?”

First New World inhabitants had strong ties with Europe, study suggests – Jomon and Ainu from Japan show morphological similarities with European populations

Here we present extended parts of the very interesting paper titled “Old World sources of the first New World human inhabitants: a comparative craniofacial view“, by C. Loring Brace et al. Continue reading “First New World inhabitants had strong ties with Europe, study suggests – Jomon and Ainu from Japan show morphological similarities with European populations”

Neolithic in the Greek peninsula; cereal cultivation began during the first half of the 7th millennium BC – the Franchti cave findings and what we can learn from them

Here we present extended parts of the very informative and interesting paper titled “Early seventh-millennium AMS dates from domestic seeds in the Initial Neolithic at Franchthi Cave (Argolid, Greece)“, by Catherine Perlès, Anita Quiles and Hélène Valladas (2018). Continue reading “Neolithic in the Greek peninsula; cereal cultivation began during the first half of the 7th millennium BC – the Franchti cave findings and what we can learn from them”

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