Poggetti Vecchi, Tuscany, Italy; evidence of the use of fire for working wooden implements by Neanderthals (∼171,000 years B.P.)

Wooden artifacts were found in the stratified site of Poggetti Vecchi in southern Tuscany (central Italy) that was dated to the final Middle Pleistocene. Continue reading “Poggetti Vecchi, Tuscany, Italy; evidence of the use of fire for working wooden implements by Neanderthals (∼171,000 years B.P.)”

Neanderthal populations from different Caucasus regions evidently had strong social connections

Researchers from Russia and the United States analyzed samples of obsidian volcanic glass from various Caucasus’ regions. It turned out that more than 70 thousand years ago, Neanderthals transferred this mineral to distances up to 250 kilometers and used it to manufacture tools. These findings help to understand how populations from different regions communicated in antiquity. Followingly, we present extracts from 3 relative publications. Continue reading “Neanderthal populations from different Caucasus regions evidently had strong social connections”

Palaeolithic in the Pindus Mountains of Western Macedonia (Greece); Neanderthals exploited raw materials at altitudes as high as 2,200m

This post is a summary of official announcements on the very interesting discovery of Neanderthal populations moving at very high altitudes (more than 2,000m) in the Pindus Mountains of Western Macedonia, Greece, and exploiting various raw materials during the Middle Palaeolithic era. Continue reading “Palaeolithic in the Pindus Mountains of Western Macedonia (Greece); Neanderthals exploited raw materials at altitudes as high as 2,200m”

A 23,000 years built wall found at the prehistoric Theopetra Cave in Thessaly, Greece. The oldest Anatomically Modern Human footprint in Europe?

The Theopetra Cave is one of the recently studied ‘prehistoric heavens’ in Greece. It can be rightfully claimed as such because its study has already provided us with plethora of  information, including climate changes in the long past and evolution of human life in the area during the Paleolithic era. This article provides the reader with a summary on the various finds. Continue reading “A 23,000 years built wall found at the prehistoric Theopetra Cave in Thessaly, Greece. The oldest Anatomically Modern Human footprint in Europe?”

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