Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ceramic pottery was invented by hunter gatherers at least 15,000 years ago

Until quite recently ceramic container technologies have been associated with the arrival of farming, but we now know they were a much earlier hunter-gatherer adaptation, though the reasons for their emergence and subsequent widespread uptake are poorly understood. The first ceramic containers must have provided prehistoric hunter-gatherers with attractive new ways for processing and consuming foods but until now virtually nothing was known of how or for what early pots were used. Continue reading

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From Polynesia to South America? and back?

Researchers have found some Polynesian DNA in the remains of some Native Americans.
Although the interpretation is bewildering, the data is pretty clear-cut. The authors focused on a tribe that originally lived in the south-east of Brazil called the Botocudo. ….. Continue reading

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