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The Telegraph, Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations
April 21, 2017. Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000 BCE, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.
The Telegraph, Stonehenge wasn’t so hard to build after all, archaeologists discover
May 24, 2016. Just how did prehistoric Britons manage to transport the huge bluestones of Stonehenge some 140 miles from the Preseli Mountains in Wales to their final home on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. The answer is surprisingly simple...
New Scientist, Stonehenge mystery deepens with discovery of 30 new stones
September 9, 2015. Move over, Stonehenge, we have found “Superhenge”. An even more massive stone monument has lain hidden for thousands of years just a short walk away from the famous prehistoric site.
New York Times, Quran Fragments Found in Britain Are Dated to the Birth of Islam
July 22, 2015. Fragments of a manuscript kept at the University of Birmingham have been found to be part of one of the world’s oldest texts of the Quran – possibly written within a few years of the founding of Islam.
The New York Times, NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks
October 30, 2015. “The idea that foragers could amass the numbers of people necessary to undertake large-scale projects — like creating the Kazakhstan geoglyphs — has caused archaeologists to deeply rethink the nature and timing of sophisticated large-scale human organization as one that predates settled and civilized societies,” Dr. Clarkson wrote in an email.
Pacific Standard, 8,000 Years Ago, 17 Women Reproduced for Every One Man
March 7, 2015. 4,000 to 8,000 years after humanity invented agriculture, something very strange happened to human reproduction. Across the globe, for every 17 women who were reproducing, passing on genes that are still around today—only one man did the same.
BBC, Stonehenge 'may have been giant musical instrument'
March 6, 2014. Stonehenge may have been used as a giant musical instrument, according to a study.
New York Times, Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say
April 10, 2014. A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery.
Archaelogy, Solar Circle
July/August 2006. A 7,000-year-old henge in eastern Germany may be the world’s first observatory.
Slate, Were early cave painters were men or women?
A Pen State researcher recently analyzed early hand stencils from cave sites in France and Spain and there was a surprising result. (Video)
BBC, Stonehenge builders travelled from far, say researchers
March 9, 2013. Thousands of people came from across Britain to help build Stonehenge, experts investigating the origins of the monument have said.
The New Yorker, The Big Reveal, Why does the Bible end that way?
March 5, 2012. In her new book, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (Viking), Elaine Pagels sets out to gently bring the fiery, apocalyptic symbolism back to earth.
American Scientist Volume 92, The Adaptive Value of Religious Ritual
March-April 2004. Rituals promote group cohesion by requiring members to engage in behavior that is too costly to fake.
BBC, World: Middle East Oldest alphabet found in Egypt
November 15, 1999. US scientists believe they have found the earliest surviving alphabet in ancient Egyptian limestone inscriptions.
BBC, ‘Earliest writing’ found
May 4, 1999. The first known examples of writing may have been unearthed at an archaeological dig in Pakistan.