Serial Collapses of Ancient Pueblo Societies Carry a Stark Warning For Today’s World

Scheffer and colleagues suspect slowly accumulating social tensions – like wealth inequality, racial injustice, and general unrest – wore away at social cohesion until all it took was a bit more pressure from another drought to tip them over the edge. This appears to have happened to the Pueblo peoples around 700, 900, and 1140 CE.
— Read on www.sciencealert.com/over-and-over-again-rising-social-tension-preceded-collapses-of-pueblo-societies/amp

105,000 years ago in the Kalahari Desert, people invented complex culture – Ars Technica

It sounds like an almost laughably simple idea to a 21st century human: if you put some stuff inside a larger thing, you can carry it more easily and store it for later. But we’ve had the benefit of at least 200,000 years of figuring out how to do things. At one point in our distant prehistory, containers were an amazing new idea. It would have been, as Wilkins and her colleagues put it, “a crucial innovation for early humans.”

— Read on arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/105000-years-ago-in-the-kalahari-desert-people-invented-complex-culture/

Dump Archeology – Dig It: Exploring the archaeology of us

I read a story years ago where you could purchase a compressed cubic yard of trash from the 1970’s. The time right before recycling and oversight. Our future looks to be similar in the digital era.

“They excavated deep test holes into garbage dumps, just as one might excavate test units into any archaeological site

The archaeological investigation of garbage dumps allowed for the quantification of what kinds of trash predominate in landfills.

Survey data showed that Americans commonly believed garbage dumps to be dominated by fast food refuse, Styrofoam packaging, and disposable diapers.

Instead, the garbologists found these items constitute a small fraction of the total volume of refuse in landfills — typically less than five per cent.”

Read more: https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-exploring-the-archaeology-of-us-1.24196068

6,000-year-old child skeleton found in Israel’s ‘Cave of Horrors’ along with ancient Dead Sea scrolls and world’s oldest basket

Written mainly in Greek, newly unveiled Dead Sea Scrolls fragments contain parts of the book of the 12 minor prophets. Massive survey of Israel’s Judean Desert caves also discovered body of mummified child wrapped in a 6,000-year-old blanket

  • Archaeologists found the child’s preserved skeleton naturally mummified in the dry cave.
  • The “Cave of Horrors” takes its name from the 40 skeletons found during excavations in the 1960s.
  • A CT scan revealed the child was 6 to 12 years old. The child is thought to have been a girl.

— Read on https://www.businessinsider.in/science/news/6000-year-old-child-skeleton-found-in-israels-cave-of-horrors-along-with-ancient-dead-sea-scrolls-and-worlds-oldest-basket/articleshow/81619934.cms

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