Archaeology

Neolithic women in Europe were tied up and buried alive in ritual sacrifices, study suggests ( www.livescience.com )

The murder of sacrificial victims by "incaprettamento" — tying their neck to their legs bent behind their back, so that they effectively strangled themselves — seems to have been a tradition across much of Neolithic Europe, with a new study identifying more than a dozen such murders over more than 2,000 years....

Elephant hunting by early humans may explain proximity between extensive Paleolithic stone quarries and water sources ( phys.org )

Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University have uncovered the mystery surrounding extensive Paleolithic stone quarrying and tool-making sites: Why did Homo erectus repeatedly revisit the very same locations for hundreds of thousands of years? The answer lies in the migration routes of elephants, which they hunted and dismembered...

Genetic secrets from 4,000-year-old teeth illuminate the impact of changing human diets over the centuries ( phys.org )

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have recovered remarkably preserved microbiomes from two teeth dating back 4,000 years, found in an Irish limestone cave. Genetic analyses of these microbiomes reveal major changes in the oral microenvironment from the Bronze Age to today. The teeth both belonged to the same male individual...

4,300-year-old Egyptian tomb with stunning wall paintings was burial place of priestess and royal official ( www.livescience.com )

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,300-year-old tomb with remarkable wall paintings illustrating everyday life. The tomb is located at Dahshur, a site with royal pyramids and a vast necropolis that's about 20 miles (33 kilometers) south of Cairo. When the team returns to the field, they plan to excavate the burial...

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