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Win Scutt (EAA Social Media Editor)

Thirty nine ancient standing stones at the Neolithic site of Carnac, in north-west France, have been destroyed during the construction of a Mr Bricolage DIY store, it has been revealed.

Two Roman head sculptures, three times the size of human heads, have been found during excavations of a huge Roman bathhouse close to Hadrian’s Wall in Carlisle, UK.

Footprints from early species of human, Homo heidelbergensis, who lived some 300,000 years ago, have been found in Schöningen, Germany. Children and juveniles were among the group that walked along a lakeside.

New evidence of early use of controlled fire in Europe. Organic geochemical evidence of human-controlled fires at Acheulean site of Valdocarros II (Spain, 245 kya) Just published in Nature Scientific Reports and #OpenAccess

Baltic Amber found in ancient Iraq. Amber found under the great ziggurat of Aššur in Iraq, in a deposit c.1800-1750 BC has now been identified using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) as having been from the Baltic.

Roman watchtower from the 4th century CE discovered in Switzerland.

Road, 4m wide, and perhaps 6,000 years old, connecting submerged neolithic settlement of Soline with the island of Korčula, is revealed by archaeologists from the University of Zadar, Croatia.

A 3,000 year old wooden burial chamber threatened by development in Saxony Anhalt, Germany, has been transported complete with its contents to a laboratory at the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle for analysis, including dna.

Human DNA extracted from deer-tooth pendant, from Denisova Cave, estimated to be 19,000–25,000 years old.  The ground-breaking development of a non-destructive method for the gradual release of DNA trapped in ancient bone and tooth artefacts. #openaccess at  Synopsis:

1st-century burial, excavated by archaeologists in Hungary, holds Roman doctor buried with medical tools, including 'top-quality' scalpels

How English Heritage reconstructed a Roman gateway to tell the story of Britain’s invasion

Homo sapiens colonised Europe in three separate waves between 54,000 and 42,000 years ago. New paper just published in PloS One and described by Professor Chris Stringer as "provocative and ambitious"

Genealogical mapping by scientists at the University of Oxford and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University has produced a tree of 27 million ancestors tracing human evolution and migration back one million years.

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