What’s been happening this week in the world of archaeology? Let’s take a look..
Historic boats found in Irish lake
Boats from the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval period have been found in Lough Corrib, a lake in western Ireland. The boats date as far back as 4,500 years, and are of similar construction, leading researchers to believe they were made by the same craftsman.
Along with this ancient boats, excavators also found Viking artifacts including battle axes, a wooden spear, and bronze spearheads.
New study says Neanderthals were good parents
It’s often presumed that Neanderthal kids had a harsh upbringing and had to fend for themselves in an otherwise rough world, but a new study by the University of York and the Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins is suggesting otherwise.
Studies have shown that sick or injured children were cared for over long periods of time, and after investigating burials of Neanderthal young, they were shown to be very delicately buried.
Iberian shield found during La Vila excavation
Excavators in Mallorca have pieced together fragments of a rare Iberian shield, only finding out what it was during restoration. The shield is made of wood with the image being of metal resources. It was usually buried with a soldier who died in battle.
The team also found a Greek perfume bottle, bronze tweezers and two drinking cups.
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