Evidence suggests Neanderthals boiled food

Interesante artículo. Aunque aún me sorprende que, aunque las evidencias sean novedosas, no asumamos del todo que los Neanderthal eran gente sofisticada, inteligente y creativa.

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Evidence suggests Neanderthals boiled food

Neanderthal cooking likely wouldn’t have won any prizes on Top Chef, but a paleontologist suggests that our ancient cousins knew how to cook a mean stew, without even a stone pot to their name.

This female Neanderthal, found in a cave in Gibraltar, may have enjoyed foods heated
in birch bark trays [Credit: Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic]
“I think it’s pretty likely the Neanderthals boiled,” said University of Michigan paleontologist John Speth at a recent meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Austin, Texas. “They were around for a long time, and they were very clever with fire.”

Neanderthals were a species of early humans who lived in Europe and the Near East until about 30,000 years ago. Conventional wisdom holds that boiling to soften food or render fat from bones may have been one of the advantages that allowed Homo sapiens to thrive…

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ROMARCH: American Journal of Archaeology Open Access (April 2014)

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American Journal of Archaeology Open Access April 2014

Below is a list of freely available content published in tandem with the April 2014 issue (vol. 118 no. 2):

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American Journal of Archaeology – http://www.ajaonline.org

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PUPPETRIDERS

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The most fascinating and enigmatic of late Iron Age European coinage, the Celtic Puppetrider tetradrachms were produced from the early 3rd c. BC onwards by the Pannonian Celtic tribes. The coinage itself features a male laureate head on the obverse, the subjects eye being represented on a number of issues by an arrowhead.

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Obverse of Celtic tetradrachm of the Puppetrider/Triskele type (Hungary, late 3rd c. BC)

The reverse depicts a horseman with left arm raised, of whom only the upper part of the body is represented. Behind the riders head and in front of the horse is a Celtic inscription while below the horse, on the majority of such coins, is a triskelion/triskele, a common symbol on late Iron Age Celtic coins and other artifacts. The triskele variants date from the mid 3rd c. BC onwards, while rarer issues which feature a monogram from the coinage of the Paeonian king…

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A Roman hoard from the end of empire

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Dutch archaeologists have recently completed the rescue excavation of a unique treasure hoard dating to the beginning of the 5th century AD, from a field in Limburg. The hoard partially consists of a combination of gold coins and pieces of silver tableware which had been deliberately cut up hacksilver.The complete hoard was shown at a press conference on Friday, April 25 in Limburg Museum Venlo where archaeologists highlighted the significance of the find as a key piece of evidence for our understanding of the final phase of Roman rule in the Netherlands, around the year AD 411. Placing the treasure into perspective within the political and military chaos at the time, why was the precious and richly decorated Roman silver tableware cut into pieces and buried?

Read more: A Roman hoard from the end of empire : Archaeology News from Past Horizons.

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Do you have a soft spot for Ancient History?

The Student Life at Macquarie University

Did you know that Macquarie University accommodates a number of museums and collections? Yes, you heard right, museums inside a university campus!

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For today we will stick to just one, founded in 1974, the Museum of Ancient Cultures (MAC). A popular Ancient History and Archaeology museum at the university established to support undergraduate and postgraduates programs within the Ancient History department; but of course it is also designed for enthusiasts.

But where is the museum located?

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The museum can be found in Building X5B.

Its other purpose is to exhibit ancient everyday life including Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Cyprus and Near East. Not to mention its large library of over 7,000 artefacts. They also provide programs for primary and secondary schools in NSW and ACT.

The display areas exhibit material from:

  1. Ancient Egypt – spanning from the Pre-Dynastic to the Late periods
  2. Ancient Greek culture – from Minoan and Mycenaean material to the…

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