Category pleistocene

Ancient cemetery tells a tale of constant, low level warfare

Crevecoeur and Antoine 2021 When archaeologists in the 1960s unearthed a 13,400-year-old cemetery at Jebel Sahaba in Sudan, it appeared like they’d stumbled across the aftermath of a substantial-scale fight fought throughout the Pleistocene. At the very least half the…

Climate change is erasing humanity’s oldest art

Enlarge / Detailed rock-art recording by ARKENAS archaeologist in Maros-Pangkep. Adhi Agus Oktaviana The limestone caves and rock shelters of Indonesia’s southern Sulawesi island hold the oldest traces of human art and storytelling, dating back more than 40,000 years. Paintings…

105,000 years ago in the Kalahari Desert, people invented complex culture

Concerning 125,000 and 70,000 many years ago, people started to do some pretty present day matters: accumulating compact objects for no functional motive, decorating issues with pigments, and storing water and probably even foodstuff in containers. The oldest identified sites…