Weekly archaeology roundup 11/04/2014

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.

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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.

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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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More news from the week:

Face carving found in Canadian tree

Scan of Egyptian Mummy brain, but no heart

Cardiovascular system identified in 520 million year old arthropod

Prehistoric elephant tusk found in Arabian desert

Humans and Neanderthals got it on

Ancient Egyptian coffin found in Israel

14,000 year old stone tools found in Scotland

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