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2 days ago
Gruesome mammoth 'kill site' discovered | Fox News
Archaeologists in Austria have uncovered a gruesome ‘kill site’ where Stone Age people slaughtered mammoths.

The site, which was found during construction of a new bypass in Drasenhofen on the Czech border, contains mammoth tusks and bones. The remains have been dated to between 18,000 and 28,000 years ago.
mammoth  extinctions  hunter-gatherer  ice-age  conclusion07  europe 
9 days ago
Ancient farmers spared us from glaciers but profoundly changed Earth's climate
Millenia ago, ancient farmers cleared land to plant wheat and maize, potatoes and squash. They flooded fields to grow rice. They began to raise livestock. And unknowingly, they may have been fundamentally altering the climate of the Earth.


A study published in the journal Scientific Reports provides new evidence that ancient farming practices led to a rise in the atmospheric emission of the heat-trapping gases carbon dioxide and methane—a rise that has continued since, unlike the trend at any other time in Earth's geologic history.

It also shows that without this human influence, by the start of the Industrial Revolution, the planet would have likely been headed for another ice age.
agriculture  climate_change  conclusion07 
11 days ago
What Came First: The Village Or The Temple? Or, The Mystery Of Göbekli Tepe – The Bookworm Club
Yuval Noah Harari suggests that this chain of events may be backwards. In other words, the temple may have come first, and then the agriculture. The evidence he provides for this theory is a fascinating1 archeological site in southeastern Turkey called Göbekli Tepe (GT).
conclusion07  agriculture  religion  hunter-gatherer 
14 days ago
The Case for Applied History | History Today
the scepticism of the majority of professionals about ‘applied history’ is a shame. First, it displays a lack of awareness of the provenance of the discipline. Second, it implies a misunderstanding of causation – the very thing that historians are supposed to be specialists in. If one makes a claim to expertise in cause and effect, one should be trained to discern patterns and project trends forward. Third, it disregards what the public want from their historians (who they largely fund): a willingness to tackle big problems. Finally, the professional wariness about the ‘relevance’ of history is arguably one important reason why thousands of university students fret that their history degree will prove ‘useless’.
history  conclusion07 
15 days ago
Humans May Have Reached North America by More Than One Route
These two theories include the conventionally argued, but often maligned, Ice Free Corridor route, in which the first migrants crossed over from Beringia into the interior of Alaska, and then into the high plains of North America by venturing through two massive ice sheets around 15,500 to 13,500 years ago. The other is a newer hypothesis known as the North Pacific Coast route, also called the Kelp Highway Hypothesis, in which America’s first settlers arrived by hugging the coastline along southern Beringia and North America’s west coast, no earlier than about 17,000 years ago. ...

“... I think all the available evidence now suggests that the standstill likely occurred somewhere in Northeast Asia, where we actually have evidence of people at that time.”
north_america  migration  hunter-gatherer  conclusion07 
5 weeks ago
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