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Have the ancestors become too much to bear? Emergence of cremation 9000 years ago in the Near East

Caring for the dead is a significant issue in all societies. While burials were known since at least 120,000 years ago, it was an unusual practice in the Near East throughout the Paleolithic period. It only became common practice when people adopted a sedentary lifestyle,... click to read more

  • Fanny Bocquentin | Tenure at National Center of Scientific Research and Equipe Ethnologie Préhistorique, MSH Mondes, Nanterre, France
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Reading time 4.5 min
published on Apr 23, 2021
7000 years of the peopling of present-day France revealed by paleogenomics

By accessing the genomes of past populations, researchers have revealed how migrations have been at the origin of major cultural changes for our societies. Some of them have shaped Europe's modern genetic heritage. In France, this type of study had only been carried out on... click to read more

  • Melanie Pruvost | Research fellow at University of Bordeaux, CNRS, UMR5199 De la Préhistoire à l’Actuel : Culture, Environnement et Anthropologie (PACEA), allée Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 33600 Pessac
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 23, 2020
A prehistoric seawall to combat Mediterranean Sea-level rise

In November 2019, world media reported floods in Venice with the highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years (peaking at 1.87m above mean sea level). The mayor of Venice tweeted "These are the effects of climate change... the costs will be... click to read more

  • Ehud Galili | Lecturer and researcher at The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  • Jonathan Benjamin | Associate Professor at College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Liora Kolska Horwitz | Researcher at The National Natural History Collections, Faculty of Life Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
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Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 6, 2020
The European idea, a 5000 years old concept according to the Bell Beaker culture

The 3rd millennium BC in Occidental Europe and Northern Africa is marked by the appearance of a very specific type of ceramic: the bell beaker. As its name indicates, these beakers have the shape of inverted bells, and were decorated with various geometric patterns. They... click to read more

  • Claudine Abegg | PhD student at Département F.-A. Forel des sciences de l’environnement et de l’eau, Université de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
  • Marie Besse | Professor at Département F.-A. Forel des sciences de l’environnement et de l’eau, Université de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 23, 2018