Recent news in the world of rock art and archaeology…

Below are links to recent archaeological articles of interest. By clicking on the links you will be navigated to an external website that is not maintained by NRAF.

Mark your calendars for the 'Rockin' Out Art Show' to benefit the Nevada Rock Art Foundation. The show is hosted annually by the Artists Co-op of Reno, and runs the entire month of July, with the opening reception Sunday, July 2, 12-4 pm. The Artists Co-op is located at 627 Mill Street, Reno NV 89502. Visit their website for more information:http://www.artistsco-opgalleryreno.com/

May is Nevada’s Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month. There are many events scheduled across the state: http://shpo.nv.gov/get-involved/nevadas-historic-preservation-and-archaeological-awareness-month¬†

Testing of sediments at caves in Europe reveal evidence of hominin DNA...http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39747326

New reports show that bison entered the New World much later than previously thought...http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/29/dna-technology-volcanic-ash-help-pinpoint-when-bisons-arrived-in-north-america.html

DNA evidence sheds light on the peopling of Australia...http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39202348

New research provides insights into Neanderthal health and diet...http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39205530

Chinese fossils provide new insights into human evolution...http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39118752

Scientists discover clues why woolly mammoths went extinct... http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39142941

Scientist wants to resurrect mammoths to combat climate change...http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/scientist-aims-resurrect-woolly-mammoth-surprising-reason-n718616

Fossil hominid footprints discovered in Tanzania...http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38289960

Newly found cave art in Iberia show impressive horses, bisons, and goat, as well as two lions...http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37654544

Australian rock shelter pushes back dates for populating of Australia by 10,000 years...http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37854246

Cave art helps solve the origins of the European bison
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37649597

More on the 14,500 years old cave art discovered on the Iberian peninsular...
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37654544

What killed the Neanderthals? Perhaps it wasn't modern humans at all...
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160712-what-killed-the-neanderthals

Reminiscent of the vandalism at Lagomarsino is an instance in Norway, where a faint 5,000-year-old carving depicting a figure on skis has been vandalized by a teenaged boy who used a sharp object to scratch over the original etching.
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4691-160801-norway-tro-skier

Mammoths survived longer on Beringia Islands than on the mainland, but their final demise may have been related to a lack of fresh water.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/01/woolly-mammoth-st-pauls-island-demise-due-freshwater-shortage

20 pictographs estimated to be 4,000 years old have been found in a remote area of the eastern Transbaikal region.
http://www.archaeology.org/news/4589-160621-red-orange-ochre

And closer to home, Far Western Archaeologist Daron Duke is working in Utah... https://www.dvidshub.net/news/204768/archaeologists-discover-proof-wetlands-ancient-life-utah-test-and-training-range

New analysis suggests that Neanderthals did not bury their dead covered with flowers at the well-known Shanidar cave in Iraq...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/11919272/Neanderthal-flower-children-burials-theory-debunked.html

The so-called hobbit of Flores has been more extensively studied and new insights revealed...
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160217-ancient-hobbit-was-not-human?ocid=ww.social.link.email

And more news from the Paleolithic Caves...the Axturra Cave in the northern Basque region is now known to have some of the most impressive art in the region, possibly rivaling Altamira.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/27/spanish-archaeologists-discover-cave-art-axturra-paleolithic

Findings from a cave in France demonstrate intriguing evidence of ritualized behavior and material culture construction by Neanderthals, adding more evidence to replace the older view of Neanderthals as knuckle-walking, brutish beings.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/stalagmite-rings-made-neanderthals-study-finds-n580446

Genetic testing reveals presence of modern human DNA in 100,000 year old Neandertal female, pushing back the time of contact between the two species by tens of thousands of years: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35595661

"Space archaeologist" wants your help to fight looting--calls for an army of citizen-scientists to protect ancient sites from rabid increase in looting: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160216-ted-prize-sarah-parcak-satellite-archaeology/

Predictive modeling led archaeologists to Paleoarchaic sites in Lincoln County: http://westerndigs.org/nearly-20-stone-tool-sites-up-to-12000-years-old-discovered-in-nevada/

The origins of human conflict are discussed in this article about a 10,000 year old massacre site in Kenya: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35370374

Rock Art in Italian Alps Recorded in 3-D:
http://archaeology.org/news/4076-160115-italy-valcamonica-pitoti

Professor Brian Villmoare, of UNLV, weighs in on what it means to be human: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160111-what-is-it-that-makes-you-a-human-and-not-something-else

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Last updated 6/23/17