Herodotus Returns

Neanderthal bedroom discovered in Spain
August 9, 2010, 7:33 pm
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Neanderthals were crafty homemakers, it turns out. Archaeologists working in a cave Spain have uncovered a bedroom, complete with a fireplace and two beds that were covered in grass. It’s been a big year for Neanderthal public relations. First we found out that 50,000 years ago they were wearing makeup and jewelry. Next, the Neanderthal Genome Project told us that they were mating with Homo sapiens.

Neanderthals inhabited the cozy Late Pleistocene room, located within Esquilleu Cave in Cantabria, Spain, anywhere between 53,000 to 39,000 years ago, according to a Journal of Archaeological Science paper concerning the discovery.

Living the ultimate clean and literally green lifestyle, the Neanderthals appear to have constructed new beds out of grass every so often, using the old bedding material to help fuel the hearth.

“It is possible that the Neanderthals renewed the bedding each time they visited the cave,” lead author Dan Cabanes told Discovery News.

Cabanes, a researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Kimmel Center for Archaeological Research, added that these hearth-side beds also likely served as sitting areas during waking hours for the Neanderthals.

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Atlantis found in Southern Spain?
January 22, 2010, 11:32 am
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Recent aerial photos of a marshy Andalusian parkland provide evidence of a 3,000-year-old lost city that may have links with the lost city of Atlantis, say archaeologists from Spain’s Higher Council for Scientific Study (CSIC).

The settlement in Donaña National Park has been traced back to the civilization of Tartessos, an extravagantly wealthy civilization which flourished from 11th – 7th century BC, predating the Phoenicians in the southern Iberian peninsula. Tartessos, ruled by a legendary king Arganthonios, dominated lucrative gold and silver trade routes with the Greeks and Pheonicians during the Bronze Age.

The aerial images of broad circular and rectangular forms pinpoint an area where the Guadalquiver river flows into the Atlantic. Archaeologists have found (less-significant) evidence of Tartessian civilization on the other side of the river. As Sebastian Celestino, the archaeologist leading the project told the newspaper El Pais: “If they existed on the other side, they must also have been here (in Donaña).” This location of Tartessos is supported in literary accounts by Greek geographers such as Strabo.

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