After the Ice

29 Apr 2021

A new study in Current Biology concerns DNA evidence about the human colonisation of Europe in the post Late Glacial Maximum period. See for example ... is about the discovery of a mandible that has been dated 17,000 years ago. It was found in NE Italy, in the lower hills of the Alps. Genetic results show the individual harked from eastern Europe or western Asia, oir was genetically related to people living in those regions. The date of the mandible was unexpected. This was in the throes of the Oldest Dryas event, shortly after the end of the Late Glacial Maximum. Europe was still very cold, bitterly so. The mandible also displays affinities with an Iberian example dated 19,000 years ago, and southern Italians at 14,000 years ago.

Over at ... archaeologists have found traces of a Bronze Age lakeside village under the surface of Lake Lucerne. It was a pile dwelling - a viallge on wooden stilts. It came to light when construction workers were building a pipeline in the harbour. The wood and pottery exhumed from the mud have been dated around 1000BC.