Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




ABOUT US
Ancient hearth in Israel shows early, daily use of controlled fire
by Staff Writers
Rehovot, Israel (UPI) Jan 27, 2013


Scientists have uncovered the remains of a 300,000-year-old hearth at the Qesem Cave, an archeological site seven miles east of Tel Aviv. Weizmann Institute

Researchers in Israel say an ancient hearth shows the first evidence of humans controlling and using fire for their daily needs.

While most scientists believe humans discovered fire millions of years ago, there has been ongoing debate about when controlled use of fire -- central to the rise of human culture -- began.

Writing in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the researchers describe the hearth in the Qesem Cave, an archaeological site near present-day Rosh Ha'ayin, which they say is the earliest evidence of unequivocal repeated fire building over a period of time.

The finding, dated to almost 300,000 years ago. also suggests the prehistoric humans at the site already had a highly advanced social structure and intellectual capacity, the researchers said.

A thick deposit of wood ash in the center of the cave, mixed in with bits of bone and soil that had been heated to very high temperatures, proved the area had been the site of a large hearth, they researchers said.

Around and inside the hearth were a large number of flint tools used for cutting meat, said Ruth Shahack-Gross of the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel.

"These findings help us to fix an important turning point in the development of human culture -- that in which humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point-- a sort of campfire -- for social gatherings," she said.

The hearth and the organization of various "household" activities into different parts of the cave points to an organization of space -- and a thus kind of social order -- that is typical of modern humans, the researchers said.

.


Related Links
All About Human Beings and How We Got To Be Here






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





ABOUT US
Blue eyes and dark skin, that's how the European hunter-gatherer looked
La Brana, Spain (SPX) Jan 27, 2014
The La Brana-Arintero site was discovered by chance in 2006 and excavated by Julio Manuel Vidal Encinas, archeologist of the Council of Castilla y Leon. The cave, located in a cold mountainous area with a steady temperature and 1,500 meters below the sea level, contributed to the "exceptional" preservation of the DNA from two individuals found inside, and they were called La Brana 1 and La Brana ... read more


ABOUT US
One in 4 Japan tsunami children needs psychiatric care

Indonesia increases maritime patrols

Mayor of scandal-hit Italy quake town withdraws resignation

UK charity expands Philippine anti-trafficking work

ABOUT US
Fujitsu returns to profit with healthy sales

Microwires as mobile phone sensors

Mollusc shells inspire super-glass

Highly Efficient Broadband Terahertz Radiation from Metamaterials

ABOUT US
Is there an ocean beneath our feet?

NMSU expert seeks alternative irrigation sources to save potable landscaping water

Whale shark factory found in China: conservationists

Japan navy admits losing $5 mn submarine

ABOUT US
Arctic Warmth Unprecedented in 44,000 Years

North and Tropical Atlantic Ocean bringing climate change to Antarctica

Polar bear diet changes as sea ice melts

New sea anemone species discovered in Antarctica

ABOUT US
Plant scientists unravel a molecular switch to stimulate leaf growth

Fertilizer nutrient imbalance to limit food production in Africa

Chicken off menu as Hong Kong culls 20,000 birds in H7N9 scare

Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive

ABOUT US
Natural engineering offers solution against future flooding

Five dead, 14 missing in Indonesian landslide

More Precise Hurricane Forecasts with NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP VIIRS Satellite Sensor

New, younger age determined for the Grand Canyon

ABOUT US
Rivalries led to top brass sackings: Nigeria president

US forces launch missile strike against Shebab leader in Somalia

Rwandan soldier sent back home illegally goes on trial

C. Africa president to ask UN for peacekeeping operation

ABOUT US
Forty percent of parents learn how to use technology from their children

Ancient hearth in Israel shows early, daily use of controlled fire

Putting 'Adam' in his rightful place in evolutionary history

Finland's education success opens new business niches




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement