While certain US Presidents carry on trying to take us back to the Stone Age in the derogatory sense, it’s good to know there are finds being unearthed around the world to reinforce the complexity of human civilization and our relationship to it. Here’s this week’s roundup. Enjoy!
Genetic testing on five individuals from Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) suggest that the islanders had contact with native peoples from South America earlier than previously believed.
Sweden’s violent history is growing more intriguing with the discovery of gold coins minted during the reign of Roman Emperor Valentinian III on an island off the country’s south coast.
Textiles from another site in Sweden suggest that the Vikings’ burial practices were influenced by interactions with the Arab world.
If you’ve never heard of Luwian, go look it up. This translation, and its accompanying reference to the Sea Peoples, could be game-changing.
More DNA evidence points to a strange conclusion; that the Beothuk peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador were not related to any of the other First Nations in the area. The full article in The Globe and Mail can be found here.
From the Smithsonian:
Painting over history is nothing new, as this restored painting from the 17th century shows.
The canoe dredged up during the catastrophic hurricane season this year dates to between 1640 and 1680, according to recent tests.
From the CBC:
As the water levels of the Thompson River in BC continue to drop, pre-contact artifacts are being discovered all along its banks.
Critically rare Ojibway ponies are preparing for the auction block in Manitoba.
From the University of Victoria:
A legendary settlement on the coast of BC has likely been identified by archaeologists from the Hakai Institute and the University of Victoria.
From Archaeology UK:
Well preserved evidence from a broch in Scotland may shed light on an Iron Age destruction event.