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 on: January 06, 2010, 06:51:47 AM 
Started by Rokcet Scientist - Last post by Chuman
That's the D2700 - It's been on display at the Naturalis Museum, Leiden in the Netherlands since the beginning of December.  It looks as if the picture was taken there.

 on: January 03, 2010, 04:15:23 AM 
Started by Rokcet Scientist - Last post by Don
Are you sure that's not the D 2700 cranium and the D 2735 mandible?

If so, it has been around a while.

Where did you get the photo? Is there a high resolution one around?

 on: January 02, 2010, 09:17:06 PM 
Started by Rokcet Scientist - Last post by Rokcet Scientist
Taken two weeks ago.

That's our granddaddy right there!

He who walked to the ends of the earth.

 on: December 25, 2009, 05:54:53 PM 
Started by Charlie Hatchett - Last post by Bill
Even revered figures sometimes espouse gratuitously provocative positions. One example of this, arguably, is Mr. Baker's in this instance.

I have bought a fair number of paleoindian artifacts from artifact dealers' junk boxes and on ebay over the years, in the same spirit that I have adopted four cats which were destined for animal shelters and probable euthanasia. Both have been worthwhile endeavors and sources of great joy.

In the real world (particularly in the USA), there is simply no possibility of archaeology being done as it should be. Resources are dwindling to the point where even the cost of having blood analysis done on the recently discovered Colorado paleo cache had to be paid by the landowner himself. Museums are refusing all but the most noteworthy donations because their holdings exceed their ability to properly curate what they already have. In such a climate, one in which only the widespread co-operation of everyone interested can keep a shaky endeavor moving forward, for one faction to continue to demonise another one (as has been the fashion in professional archaeology for the past thirty or so years) is irresponsible. It is irresponsible because it alienates the thousands of volunteer legs and eyes it needs to assess the world around it, and rules out any likelihood of widespread improvement in collecting/reporting ethics the only way (people being people) it can be improved -- through persuasion and role-model example.

Collecting things is an innate human behavior. In cases such as that in Alabama, where the previous damage has been largely healed and professional-amateur bridges built, the resulting synergy has benefited all concerned beyond anyone's expectations. If models of approaches that work are needed, this, the ASAA and other endeavors that are "part of the solution" are easily enough copied. This might begin with the realistic acknowledgement that the number of artifacts already collected over the past 200 years so far exceeds the profession's ability to even catalogue them that obsessing over private individuals holding them is futile. And that the great majority of them, again realistically, are of little or no interest to anyone, being common types, made of common materials, and with even their general area contexts long since lost.

I, for one, look forward to the day when my collection can be entrusted to a project capable of curating and learning from it. As matters stand, this is probably a hope shared by all involved, but seemingly not with sufficient intensity that much is being done to bring it to pass.

 on: December 25, 2009, 11:31:26 AM 
Started by aggsbach - Last post by Bill
For those who may have missed it, it might be of interest to review Tony Baker's proposed conceptual revision of what handaxes were.

His shorter account,
is a summary of the longer and more detailed

In brief, "handaxes" are more likely to have been flake cores, expediently used as tools, rather than intended primarily as tools in and of themselves.

 on: December 22, 2009, 10:36:06 AM 
Started by Jacques Cinq-Mars - Last post by E.P. Grondine
Take a look. It strikes me that the banks of a river which is subject to flooding is not the best place to gather
DNA samples for dating purposes:

 on: December 20, 2009, 03:45:16 PM 
Started by Jacques Cinq-Mars - Last post by E.P. Grondine
Firestone replies to some of the other researchers findings here

Note the clear referee bias.

I suspect that the spores from the Appleton lake cores dating was thrown off by 14C production related to the impact process.

What is very interesting is that the effects of hunting by pre-Clovis may be showing up in these cores, and the introduction of Clovis tech may be showing up as well.

We know there is a very late mammoth survival on Wrangel Island, and perhaps something similar has been seen in the recent Alaskan DNA data, or perhaps its just mixing of layer data.

We'll see.

 on: December 19, 2009, 06:54:46 PM 
Started by Charlie Hatchett - Last post by Charlie Hatchett

"...Gesher Benot Ya’aqov is located on the shores of the paleo–Lake Hula in the northern Jordan Valley in the Dead Sea Rift (7). The Early to Middle Pleistocene sediments document an oscillating freshwater lake and represent some 100,000 years of hominin occupation (Oxygen Isotope Stages 18–20) dating to 790,000 years ago (8, 9). Fourteen archaeological horizons indicate that Acheulian hominins repeatedly occupied the lake margins, where they skillfully produced stone tools, systematically butchered and exploited animals, gathered plant food, and controlled fire (7, 10–15)..."

"...Although most taxa indicate wet habitats (e.g., lakes, lake margins, swamps, and near streams), the abundant fruit remains of woodland species such as olive, oak, and officinal storax (Styrax officinalis) imply human involvement, as their habitat was likely located some distance from the lake shore. Edible plants include oak acorns, prickly water lily (Euryale ferox) seeds, and water chestnut (Trapa natans) fruits; these were probably staple foods because of the nutritive value of their starchy nuts. Through roasting, the inedible shell of the nuts can easily be peeled and the tannin content of the acorns reduced. The fruits of the wild grapevine (Vitis sylvestris) and olive, and the leaves of the white beet (Beta vulgaris) and holy thistle (Silybum marianum), may also have been consumed..."

"...The 17 crab specimens [minimum number of individuals (MNI) = 4 (22)], identified as the extant Potamon potamios, include pieces of the two asymmetric chelipeds, each with a distinctive form of the movable (upper) and fixed (lower) pincer....Of the seven pincers of the large cheliped present in Level 2, six occur around the hearth. These are the only crab remains in this area (fig. S4) (23)..."

"...The evidence from Gesher Benot Ya’aqov suggests that early Middle Pleistocene hominins carried out different activities at discrete locations. The designation of different areas for different activities indicates a formalized conceptualization of living space, often considered to reflect sophisticated cognition and thought to be unique to Homo sapiens (3). Modern use of space requires social organization and communication between group members, and is thought to involve kinship, gender, age, status, and skill (2)..."

 on: December 17, 2009, 03:14:21 PM 
Started by Charlie Hatchett - Last post by Charlie Hatchett
 KUNMING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have found through genetic studies that modern humans had successfully colonized the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in the Late Paleolithic Age, at least 21,000 years ago.

 on: December 17, 2009, 03:00:59 PM 
Started by Charlie Hatchett - Last post by Charlie Hatchett

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