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13 July 2016

Homo erectus walked just like modern humans – see http://phys.org/print387534364.html … which was proved by the discovery of footprints said to be one and a half million years of age.

At http://phys.org/print387521569.html … archaeologists have unearthed an interesting burial in Leicester. It contained a skeleton wearing a ornamented belt in a style known to be used by Late Roman soldiers and civil administrators (who were sometimes retired soldiers). The belt contains symbols of Roman authority.

In Cyprus we have something more ancient – an 11,000 year old village. Domestic dogs and cats were part of village life it seems and most importantly the cultivation of emmer wheat. They also hunted wild pigs and other game. There were 20 circular buildings (10 times 20 feet) around a much larger central circular building (33 feet across) and it seems the inhabitants had contact or origins in the Levant or Anatolia. See http://phys.org/print387539813.html

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/archaeologists-unc… … ancient farming activities but this time in Scotland. The site is at Dunning in Perthshire and although occupation goes back well into the Mesolithic there is plenty of evidence of Neolithic farmers (from around 4000BC)

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/dead-sea-scrolls-s… …. Norwegian researchers who have some fragments of Dead Sea scrolls at their disposal have published new research which shows they are mostly texts that are embedded in the Old Testament – but not necessarily in the same version. For example, the Temple Scroll contains a radically different version of Deuteronomy (dating to the 2nd century BC).

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