Did you know that the origin of trees goes back to the Devonian period, around 400 million years ago Yup, that long. Since then, the trees have always occupied a central place in the evolution of life on earth since the earliest hominid groups, to the appearance of the first… Read More »From trees to… charcoal?
As Christmas approaches everybody is getting ready to eat lots of sweets and put aside work for a few days of rest. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have work to do until the 24th – quite the opposite! So today we will give you a quick rundown of one… Read More »Merry Christmas and happy new… lithics?
As you may have already heard, Archaeology is a science that studies the human past by analyzing bones, rocks, charcoal, ceramics, or shells (among others) that are in archaeological sites. These archaeological sites are very important, because they were the home of past human communities, where we find the remains… Read More »A day in the lab.
Ever wondered what our “cousins”, the neanderthals, were up to during their time? We have. In fact, many archaeologists have, and studying neanderthals and the Middle Paleolithic has been a key aspect in Archaeology. Recently our colleague and friend, Jovan Galfi, has been studying a Middle Paleolithic stone tool assemblage… Read More »Studying the stone tools at Escoural.
We hope you enjoy your veggies because today we are going to talk about… agriculture. Humans didn’t always accompany their meat with lettuce, tomato, and carrot, nor did we always have bread or cereal for breakfast. In fact, agriculture marked a revolution in human (pre)history. Starting at about 10,000 years… Read More »The beginnings of agriculture.
Stone tools are a key aspect of prehistory. They are well preserved in the archaeological record and can tell us a lot about the technology and culture of hunter gatherer groups. Nowadays, we have plastic and metal – our knives, forks and scissors are all made of these materials. In… Read More »August is the month for… fieldwork!
Image with the autograph of José Leite de Vasconcelos (one of the most important “archaeologists” from the beginning of the 20th century) taken from Cardoso, 2012. What if we tell you that knowing and understanding the past is not only important in Archaeology and History, but also in every science… Read More »Is History important in Archaeological Sciences?
Excavations at Gruta da Companheira finished last week, but that doesn’t mean the work stops. Due to its location, all the excavated sediment from within the cave is placed in bags and taken to the laboratory to be processed. It is up to us, here at the ICArEHB laboratory, to… Read More »I excavated 5L of sediment – what now?
The world has been upside down since the beginning of 2020, finding itself torn between a vaccination (that allows us to dream of the much-desired “end” of this pandemic) and new waves, strains and restrictions imposed by the evolution of COVID-19. As in all areas of society, Archeology and archaeological… Read More »Welcome to the 2021 archaeological season of ICArEHB!
We could define archaeologists as people who study human history and prehistory, and who also try to understand and develop interpretative theories about past communities. They do this through the excavation of archaeological sites and the analysis of archaeological materials or other physical remains. So essentially, we could say archaeologists… Read More »What is an archaeologist anyway?