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Four new sets of cave paintings identified in Spain

Four new sets of cave paintings have been found in Spain through the use of 3-D laser scanning technology. The paintings, like much prehistoric artwork, had degraded so much over time that they were difficult to identify with the naked eye. To overcome this, Ontañón and his team used a 3D

Evidence of Mesolithic cannibalism found in Spain

Evidence of cannibalism has been found in a cave near Valencia, in Spain. In a recent paper for Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Valencia anthropologist Juan V. Morales-Pérez and colleagues describe their discovery of human bones covered in marks that suggest what they delicately refer to as "anthropophagic practices." Carbon

Stunning rock art found in Spain

More than 50 Palaeolithic etchings dating back between 12,000-14,500 years ago have been found in Armintxe Cave in northern Spain. They include horses, bison, goats and - in a radical departure from previously discovered Palaeolithic art in the Biscay province - two lions. Some depictions are also much bigger than those found

Silver denarii cache found in Spain

A cache of 200 silver denarii dating back to the 1st century B.C. has been found in Spain. The 2,500-year-old Empúries site on the Costa Brava continues to provide surprises. The last three weeks of excavations, carried out by thirty students attending the 70th edition of Archaeology Course of Empúries, lead

Million-year-old flint tools found in Spain

Researchers working in the La Mina area at Barranc de la Boella in Spain have uncovered 50 flint tools that are estimated to date back between 800,000-1,000,000 years ago. A set of 50 flint tools has been discovered in Barranc de la Boella, near Tarragona, a city 80 kilometres south of

5,000-year-old animal pen found in Spain

A new study has shown that a rock shelter in the Sierra de Cantabria mountains was repeatedly used as an animal pen 5,000 years ago. The sedimentary and paleobotanical findings suggest the rock shelter was not in continual use but was likely used for brief periods of time as herders followed

Palaeolithic cave paintings found in Spain

At least 70 cave paintings depicting animals have been found in Spain's Atxurra caves. The paintings, which include those of bison, horses and goats, were discovered by archeologist Diego Garate at a depth of 300m in the Atxurra caves, around 50km from Bilbao. The paintings are between 12,000 and 14,000 years old

Neanderthals used toothpicks

Traces of bark, found in Spain's El Sidrón Cave, with fossilized plaque on them suggest that Neanderthals used them as toothpicks. The scientists said they were mostly after the fossilized plaque known as dental calculus. It's the same stuff a hygienist will scrape off your teeth if you haven't done a