“La Braña” mtDNA haplogroup of 6th c. BC Punic youth

A European Mitochondrial Haplotype Identified in Ancient Phoenician Remains from Carthage, North Africa.

Elizabeth A. Matisoo-Smith , Anna L. Gosling, James Boocock, Olga Kardailsky, Yara Kurumilian, Sihem Roudesli-Chebbi, Leila Badre, Jean-Paul Morel, Leïla Ladjimi Sebaï, Pierre A. Zalloua

PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155046. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155046

While Phoenician culture and trade networks had a significant impact on Western civilizations, we know little about the Phoenicians themselves. In 1994,  … ⇒

In the field: Mead Site, Tanana Valley, Alaska

In the field: Mead Site, Tanana Valley, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska: I’m headed out tomorrow morning to the Mead Site in the middle Tanana Basin for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ 2016 Field School in Subarctic Archaeology, led by UAF’s Ben A. Potter. I wove a strange trail into archaeology, so this is actually my first participation in an active excavation — and I’m all the gladder for this one’s richness: intricately stratified loess deposits ranging in age from 1.4 to 14+ ka BP (including two Pre-Clovis components) that have already offered perhaps the New World’s oldest known residential features and the earliest examples of artwork from boreal America.  … ⇒

Underwater archaeology places Pre-Clovis mastodon butchers in Florida interior at 14.5 ka BP

Underwater archaeology places Pre-Clovis mastodon butchers in Florida interior at 14.5 ka BP

Remarkable findings from under nine meters of tannin-inky water.

Pre-Clovis occupation 14,550 years ago at the Page-Ladson site, Florida, and the peopling of the Americas

Jessi J. Halligan, Michael R. Waters, Angelina Perrotti, Ivy J. Owens, Joshua M. Feinberg, Mark D. Bourne, Brendan Fenerty, Barbara Winsborough, David Carlson, Daniel C. Fisher, Thomas W. Stafford Jr., James S. Dunbar

Sci. Adv. 2, e1600375 (2016)
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600375
Supplementary Materials

Stone tools and mastodon bones occur in an undisturbed geological context at the Page-Ladson site,  … ⇒