Category Archives: Archaeology

Contrary to previous thinking, Indonesia’s hobbit humans — Homo floresiensis — appear to have gone extinct before or shortly after Homo sapiens arrived — a cautionary lesson on dating the proper stratigraphic layer Comments Off on Contrary to previous thinking, Indonesia’s hobbit humans — Homo floresiensis — appear to have gone extinct before or shortly after Homo sapiens arrived — a cautionary lesson on dating the proper stratigraphic layer

© 2016 Peter Free Citation — to study Thomas Sutikna, Matthew W. Tocheri, Michael J. Morwood, E. Wahyu Saptomo, Jatmiko, Rokus Due Awe, Sri Wasisto, Kira E. Westaway, Maxime Aubert, Bo Li, Jian-xin Zhao, Michael Storey, Brent V. Alloway, Mike W. Morley, Hanneke J. M. Meijer, Gerrit D. van den Bergh, Rainer Grün, Anthony Dosseto, […]

A study of Greenland’s past glacier margins — suggests that the Vikings were not forced off the island by a cooling climate Comments Off on A study of Greenland’s past glacier margins — suggests that the Vikings were not forced off the island by a cooling climate

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Nicolás E. Young, Avriel D. Schweinsberg, Jason P. Briner, and Joerg M. Schaefer, Glacier maxima in Baffin Bay during the Medieval Warm Period coeval with Norse settlement, Science Advances 1(11): e1500806, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500806 (04 December 2015) Citation — to press release Kevin Krajick and Kyu Lee, Study […]

Last year’s discovery of worm and fluke parasites — in 100 BC Iron Age waste deposits — at the Novartis AG Basel-Gasfabrik archaeological site — And an (irritated) question about why so few people use easily accessible resources to more efficiently communicate scientific information Comments Off on Last year’s discovery of worm and fluke parasites — in 100 BC Iron Age waste deposits — at the Novartis AG Basel-Gasfabrik archaeological site — And an (irritated) question about why so few people use easily accessible resources to more efficiently communicate scientific information

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Sandra L. Pichler, Christine Pümpin, David Brönnimann, and Philippe Rentzel, Life in the proto-urban style: the identification of parasite eggs in micromorphological thin sections from the Basel-Gasfabrik Late Iron Age settlement, Switzerland, Journal of Archaeological Science 43: 55–65, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.12.002 (March 2014) Citation — to press release […]

An unwarranted conclusion based on spears found in the same sedimentary layer as a fossil saber toothed cat Comments Off on An unwarranted conclusion based on spears found in the same sedimentary layer as a fossil saber toothed cat

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to press release Antje Karbe, Humans and saber toothed tiger met at Schöningen 300.000 years ago, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen  (01 April 2014) The press release takes proximity to a surprising level of unwarranted inference The story: Scientists of the Lower Saxony Heritage Authority and of the University of […]

Rediscovered sediments in La Cotte de St Brelade cave on the Jersey coast may provide more details about the Neanderthals’ last years — or they may not — and my possibly ignorant comment about the questionability of using optically stimulated luminescence dating under the totality of these circumstances Comments Off on Rediscovered sediments in La Cotte de St Brelade cave on the Jersey coast may provide more details about the Neanderthals’ last years — or they may not — and my possibly ignorant comment about the questionability of using optically stimulated luminescence dating under the totality of these circumstances

© 2013 Peter Free Citation — to study Martin Bates, Matthew Pope, Andrew Shaw, Beccy Scott, and Jean-Luc Schwenninger, Late Neanderthal occupation in North-West Europe: rediscovery, investigation and dating of a last glacial sediment sequence at the site of La Cotte de Saint Brelade, Jersey, Journal of Quaternary Science 28(7): 647–652 (October 2013) Citation — […]