When Viking grave Bj 581 was discovered in the 19th century, at the former Viking town of Birka, Sweden, the remains it contained were automatically assumed to be those of a man. This person had been buried with all the trappings of a high status professional Viking warrior, including an axe, a sword, a spear, a … More A Female Viking Warrior? DNA Evidence Says “Yes”.
A study undertaken by archaeologist Silje Fretheim at NTNU’s Department of Archaeology and Cultural History suggests that Late Mesolithic dwellings in Norway were maintained and repeatedly used for a period of over 1000 years. … More Anchored in the Past
The first anatomically modern humans set foot in Britain between 44,200 and 36,400 years ago*, likely during a brief warm spell during the Upper Palaeolithic. The two oldest modern human remains in Britain derive from Kents Cavern in Devon (fragment of an upper jaw, dated to 44,200 – 41,500 BP in 2011 in a study … More The First Humans in Britain: A Journey through Time
Starr Carr is the site of a substantial early Mesolithic settlement on the shores of palaeo-lake Flixton in Yorkshire, dating to the 9th millennium BC. It is remarkable in more than one respect. A new investigation of the site by the Vale of Pickering Research Trust, in progress since 2004, revealed that what was once … More The Early Mesolithic Pendant of Star Carr: relatives across the sea
In the 13th century BC, the banks of the river Tollense near the Baltic coast in north-eastern Germany (Fig.1) witnessed a battle of a scale previously undocumented for any region north of the Alps in prehistoric Europe – and perhaps the earliest of this scale so far discovered anywhere in Europe. The area surrounding the … More Bronze Age Battle at the River