All posts tagged “Archeology

Stone tools from India show early toolmaking advances

Around 400,000 years ago, human ancestors began to innovate. Suddenly the large hand axes that their predecessors had manufactured for more than a million years weren’t enough anymore. From this point they began fashioning sophisticated new kinds of stone tools. A site on the Indian subcontinent became one of such innovation centers, a kind of Middle Paleolithic Silicon Valley. Read More

Birds saved centuries old documents in their nests

Birds saved centuries old documents in their nests
Photos by Alexey Alexeyev.

During the restoration work in the Assumption Cathedral built in early XV century in Zvenigorod Russian archaeologists found numerous birds’ nests built throughout several centuries under the decayed roof. Researchers were surprised when during the decomposition of the nests they started finding paper documents from different periods in the addition to birds’ bones and eggshells. In particular, they found 18th century manuscripts and notes from early 20th century. Read More