You are here
Home > Posts tagged "Rocks"

Stonehenge quarries identified in Wales

The origin of Stonehenge's bluestones have been traced back to outcrops of natural pillars at Carn Geodog and Craig Rhos-y-felin in the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, in Wales. The very large standing stones at Stonehenge are of ‘sarsen’, a local sandstone, but the smaller ones, known as ‘bluestones’,

Ancient shaman’s stone collection found in Panama

Archaeologists believe that a collection of 12 stones found in a 5,000-year-old rick shelter in Panama may have belonged to an ancient shaman. The collection, which included translucent quartz, pyrite, magnetic rocks and bladed tools, was likely used in shamanic rituals because of how closely together they were packed, Dickau told

Engraved artifact found at Palaeolithic site in China

An engraved stone artifact has been found at the Shuidonggou Paleolithic Site in Northwest China. This engraved stone artifact was found in a recent technological analysis of the stone tool assemblage unearthed at the Shuidonggou site in 1980. It is the first engraved non-organic artifact from the entire Paleolithic of China. Archaeologists

Four petroglyphs chipped out of cliffs and stolen

At least four ancient petroglyphs have been stolen from the cliffs at the Volcanic Tableland in California. The thieves also heavily damaged some of the other glyphs at the site. Federal authorities say at least four petroglyphs have been taken from the site. A fifth was defaced with deep saw cuts

Ancient fish trap found in Australian creek

Archaeologists believe a series of rocks placed in a creek near Esperance, Western Australia, may be an ancient fish trap. Archaeologist David Guilfoyle said the rock structure harnessed the natural tidal cycles of the estuary by trapping fish as they moved in and out with the tides. "It is difficult to determine

Tooth protruding from rock leads researchers to hominin remains

A CT scan performed on a lump of rock at the University of Witwatersrand has revealed that it contains parts of an early hominin. Last month a prehistoric tooth protruding from a boulder tipped off researchers to hidden evolutionary treasure: remarkably complete human-ancestor fossils trapped in a rock that had been

The world’s oldest abstract art

A Stone Age pebble, engraved 100,000-years-ago, may be the world's oldest abstract art. “Upon engraving the piece with a sharp lithic implement, it is likely to have produced a markedly bright and dark red-maroon powder,” Rifkin said. “The design may therefore have been strikingly visible shortly after it was produced.” Ochre is

Stonehenge stones linked to Wales

Researchers have confirmed the precise origin of some of the rocks at Stoneheneg to Pembrokeshire, Wales. It has long been suspected that rhyolites from the northern Preseli Hills helped build the monument. But research by National Museum Wales and Leicester University has identified their source to within 70m (230ft) of Craig Rhos-y-felin,

Top