“Sungir is an Upper Paleolithic archaeological site in Russia, about 200 km east of Moscow, on the outskirts of Vladimir. The site is approximately 28,000 to 30,000 years old and serves as a grave to an older man and two children. They were all adorned with elaborate grave goods that included ivory-beaded jewelry, clothing, and spears. The site is one of the earliest known ritual burials and evidence of the antiquity of human religious practices. It was discovered in 1955 and the site underwent excavations from 1957 to 1977. Most notably, Otto Bader excavated a Neanderthal femur that had been severed at the joints. The socket was filled with ochre-colored powder.”
(Source: fangdandwarlikemistress, via theolduvaigorge)
6,500-year-old Croatian hunting trophy
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:27:18 +0100
Archaeologists in Bapska, eastern Croatia have stumbled across 6,500 year old deer antlers. The hunting trophy was found hanging on the wall of prehistoric house along with valuable items of jewellery. “We have the oldest deer hunting trophy in Croatia,” said Marcel Buric, the head researcher at the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb.
According to Buric, local hunters from Bapska have estimated that the deer, whose antlers has come from, would have weighed between 220 and 250 kilograms and would have been extremely strong due to its 12 antlers. “It was in prehistoric times and would have needed real skill to catch such an animal, and with only stones as weapons. It is a known fact that deers are fast animals,” concluded Buric.
Edited from Croatian Times (25 July 2012)
Reconstruction of a mesolithic settlement in Denmark
Reconstruction of the Yde Girl, a bog body found in The Netherlands.