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Unusual Bronze Age tools discovered in Wales

A cache of stone tools, the likes of which have not been seen before, has been found in Wales. The tools appear to have been deposited deliberately — perhaps ceremonially — in what would have been a stream around 4,500 years ago, according to the researchers. Around 20 of the roughly triangular

Neolithic pottery and stone tools found in Scotland

Installation of a pipeline in Scotland has led to the discovery of Neolithic pottery and stone tools. “These finds provide yet another piece in the jigsaw to help us reconstruct the mundane, as well as the more interesting, aspects of how societies interacted and travelled in ancient Britain,” he said. “The artefacts

Ancient Polynesians used obsidian tools to tattoo

15 obsidian artifacts found in the Solomon Islands suggest that the ancient islanders used them to tattoo. One potential way to learn more about prehistoric tattooing is to unearth the tools used to make the markings. However, until now, archaeologists had discovered few ancient tattooing implements, likely because perishable materials were

Stone Tools found in Gobi Desert

Stone tools dating as far back as 200,000 years ago have been found in the southern Gobi Desert. "The highly diversified forms of objects found and the varied techniques of working stone prove that certain locations were repeatedly colonized across history," said Professor Józef Szykulski, from the Institute of Archeology at

Paleolithic stone tools found in Kurdistan

Paleolithic stone tools and the remains of burned animal bones have been uncovered during excavations in western Iran. The new discoveries suggest that primitive game hunters lived in the region from about 40,000 years ago, until the end of Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago. “The new finds provide researchers with valuable

Remains of butchered elephant found in Greece

Researchers working in Greece have uncovered the nearly complete remains of a butchered elephant, surrounded by stone tools. Marathousa 1 is located in an open-cast coal mine, on what was once the shore of a shallow lake. It has yielded stratified stone artifacts in association with a nearly complete skeleton of

3.4-million-year-old butchered animal bones found in Ethiopia

Marks found on 3.4-million-year-old bones discovered in Ethiopia may be evidence of ancient butchering by stone tools. “Our analysis clearly shows that the marks on these bones are not characteristic of trampling,” says Jessica Thompson, an assistant professor of anthropology at Emory University and lead author of the study. “The best

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