09 MAI 2018: Xuchang - St George - Alderney -
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CHINE – Xuchang - An international team of researchers says they have identified seven bone soft hammers or retouchers as China's earliest known bone tools, dating back 115,000 years. The bone tools, six made of broken long limb bones from herbivores and one made of antler, were discovered in a Paleolithic site in Xuchang City in central China's Henan Province, China News Service reported. Before the new discovery, China's oldest bone tools, dating back 35,000 years, had been found in Guizhou Province. Li Zhanyang, researcher with Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, said the bone soft hammers were mainly used to make and modify stone tools. Chinese archaeologists have long been troubled by the questions such as when ancient Chinese started using bone and whether stone tools made by early humans were present in China. Li said the findings proved the revolution and progress of stone tool appeared in China at least 115,000 years ago, and Chinese hominids at that time had a relatively developed brain.
USA – St George - When a hiker came across a small but intact piece of pottery in January along a dusty trail in the Arizona Strip desert south of St. George, he carefully concealed the pot in place and contacted the Bureau of Land Management. The pot could be more than 1,000 years old, dated to the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived in the region between AD 1050 and 1250. The most intact pot has an effigy handle that appears to depict an animal, possibly a deer or bighorn sheep. The ears or horns have broken off, making an exact description difficult.The piece falls into a category local archaeologists call North Creek Corrugated, which dates to the Late Pueblo II period, according to an analysis conducted by archaeologist David Van Alfen.
ROYAUME UNI – Alderney - Archaeological features and patterns below the ground have been mapped using a resistivity survey in two fields adjacent to where Iron Age and Roman remains were discovered in Alderney. During the work, the team used an electrical earth resistance meter to determine foundations, ancient walls, holes and rubbish pits down to a depth of just over a metre. It is hoped a new excavation in the fields will take place in July.