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Pollen types that are frequently found in medieval and post-medieval cesspits: chervil (a), starflower (b), myrtle family (c), lungwort (d), gum rockrose (e), cluster of chervil (f). (Photo: RBINS)
19/08/2016

Pollen from Medieval Cesspits Reveal Medieval Diet

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Reinout Verbeke

Between 1100 and 1700, the menu of the ‘Belgians’ mostly consisted of cereal products and occasionally some exotic ingredients, like honey from Spain or cloves from Indonesia. Researcher Koen Deforce (RBINS) analysed pollen that were collected in ancient Flemish cesspits.

The different modifications: the femur left shows percussion pits and a percussion notch and the femur right shows cutmarks. Femur right also shows retouching marks left from its use to retouch the edges of stone tools. (Photo: RBINS)
06/07/2016

Belgian Neanderthals Were Cannibals

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Reinout Verbeke

Neandertals that lived near the Belgian caverns of Goyet were cannibals. Several bones show cut marks and percussion marks. It is the first evidence of Neandertal cannibalism in northern Europe.

Excavations in the Tadkeshwar mine in western India (Photo: Annelise Folie, RBINS)
27/06/2016

New Indian Site Yields Hoard of Fossils

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of palaeontologists and geologists have dug up 54 million year old fossils in India. The fossils are from mammals, birds and reptiles, including a newly discovered giant snake.

Taking measurements for the archaeo-magnetic survey in the Bruniquel Cave. (Photo: Etienne FABRE - SSAC)
25/05/2016

Constructions in French Cave Indicate Neanderthals Were More Modern than Assumed

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists have found constructions in a cave in the south west of France that are 176,500 years old. This makes them among the oldest known human constructions. Neanderthals built structures with broken stalagmites and used them as fireplaces.

Artist's impression of an Ice Age man (Image: Stephano Ricci)
02/05/2016

Belgian Fossil Represents Earliest Ancestors of Europeans

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Reinout Verbeke

A new study analysing the genomes of a few dozens of individuals from the ice age has identified the early ancestors of present-day Europeans. A 35 000 year old humerus from the Goyet caves in Belgium belongs to the earliest ancestors of Europeans.

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