W2 Archaeology in the News Post

Archaeologists at the University of York have undertaken pioneering scans of the highest prehistoric paintings of animals in Europe. May 25, 2016. Science daily.com.

This article briefly summarizes the findings found in the alps in an open cave where people from the Bronze Age and Iron Age left artifacts in the open but they remained intact. Research has been active in the Southwest region of the Alps since 2010. They have uncovered findings from the Mesolithic Age to the Pre-Medieval Era. The archaeologists have uncovered large stone structures that are believed to have held animals and housed humans. These are the most complex structures to found at such a high altitude. Other object to have been found are flint tools from multiple eras as well as Iron Age hand-thrown pottery. They recently found paintings on the walls that are from the prehistoric time. The fact that these paintings have lasted after the thousands of years of human activity in the shelter is astounding in itself. This excavation is going back through the ages that we have discussed in class: Stone, Bronze, and Iron. It also deals with the structures and the activities the people in the shelter created during their lives that they left for us to uncover.

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  1. Your article is very interesting because you don’t hear about archaeologist discovering artifacts above ground. Very rare you find artifacts intact however being above ground could have been the cause of that. But all of those years and weather conditions you would think something would have damaged or changed the artifacts in some shape or form. Since there are indications of human and animal life will the archaeologist have to start digging in the cave to possibly discover remains or around the cave. It’s strange that there been recent human activity and no one had reported the cave. Which made me consider maybe looters found the cave first and been searching through it.

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